Friday, 9 September 2011

Hang it out...

Using twine and embossing powders 
part one...

When I started to think about my first blog post here, I decided that I'd like to use my two favourite products/techniques right now: Baker's Twine and using Embossing Powders/Stamps.

This stamp set immediately caught my eye: 
and I started to think about how I could use the peg image.  So thinking about combining the Peg with some Twine, I came up with the idea of hanging pictures on a line.  And so, this layout was born:

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How I used the twine:

1. I began by wrapping a length of twine around the top part of the page.  The lemon twine was wrapped around twice and to make it stand out a little more, I added a length of the pink/yellow twine.

2.   This tag was stuck down with tape to secure it in place and then I used a small piece of twine, tied into a bow around the 'washing line' to make it look as though the tag had been tied on.

3. Again, I tied this tag onto the line but this time by just using a knot and cutting the ends down so that it slightly overlapped the photo next to it to add some flow between these embellishments..

Similarly, a piece of the pink/yellow twine was tied onto the 'Right now' title kraft tag.

Some ideas for using the stamp set and embossing powders:

Embossing powders leave a lovely glossy, enamel-like finish to the stamped image.  If you haven't already tried  them, I'd really recommend having a play as they add a new texture to your work.  I especially like using the cream and white powders as it's really difficult to stamp in ink with these colours.

1. I had a washing line on my page so I next needed some pegs to go with it.  Using a versamark pad, I stamped the image a few times onto some white cardstock.  These were then covered with black Zing powder.  I shook off the excess and used my heat gun to set the powders.  Some pegs seemed to emboss better than others so I was glad to have a few to choose from.

 I carefully hand cut around each image, also cutting right into the middle of the peg so that they would open up to attach onto the line:

To add a bit of colour interest and to complement the colours of the papers, I also used aqua Zing to make a turquoise peg:

2. I decided to use the heart circle stamp to make a tag to add to the line.  I firstly sprayed some lemon and cream mists onto white cardstock.  When this had dried I stamped with versamark and added some grapefruit Zing.  Some of the spots around the circle hadn't stamped clearly so I used a versamark pen to draw them back in before adding more powder.

I punched out the image using a large circle punch and then stuck it onto some of the bright pink paper on the reverse of one of the sheets and then trimmed to leave a small border.

3.  I like the idea of using tone on tone colours and so experimented with adding the circle stamp to the background paper (which was made up a pattern of similar circles).  I stamped three of the images onto the edge of the page to create a visual triangle around the layout  (bottom left, bottom right and top right) before embossing with Butter Zing powder.  A tiny punched heart was added to the middle of one of them to further embellish it and also to create another triangle of punched hearts on the page, on this image, the jade tag and the yellow tag with the photo at the right hand side of the page.

It's my birthday in a few weeks time and I thought it would be nice to not only make a page about myself, but also to document some 'facts and favourites right now'.  So, I typed out some headings before handwriting my journaling and attaching in different ways to the page.

The tiny AC tags were perfect for embellishing and also for hanging on the 'washing line'.  I also loved that I got to use the co-ordinating patterns from the paper range without having to buy whole sheets of the papers.

I have another layout to follow tomorrow, with more examples of how to incorporate twine and embossing into your layouts .  Thanks for reading :)

My Supply List  (for both today's and tomorrow's layouts)

Embossing Powders:





Trina said...

Thats gorgous Helen! Something else I need lol xx

Louise said...

Helen that is a fab post. I LOVE the LO, and I am defo going to need to get that stamp set now.... hhhhmmmm, maybe we should start a stamp swap rota... lol!

kjjc said...

what a fabulous idea and layout.

Nat said...

I'd seen the stamps and fancied them but now I want 'em even more!! Fab post, love the pegs but also really love how you used the heats stamp as a matt for alphas! Fab xx

Jenga said...

FAB post Helen - really inspiring. Loads of detail and ideas all crammed into a post. You've really shown how to get the best of these products!!!


alexa said...

Your LO looks wonderful and I admire your skill in thinking up how best to use all these items - the clothes pegs are beautifully crafted and so real. I thought they were hanging on a real line!

Gems said...

I really love those pegs :) Gorgeous page too xx