Gooood morning! It’s Tip Time Tuesday! The highlight of the week when it comes to finding those bonus uses for your Kiwi Lane Designer Templates. Who ever said they were for trace and cut only? Certainly not us!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m excited to be here this month with the gorgeous WRMK Crazy For You collection and some fun ways to use your templates. I decided to use the collection to document some of the many reasons why I love my youngest daughter.
My layout evolved quite a bit during my process, but here is how I initially started framing my page. I wanted to create a grid with 6 spaces and do a combination of different techniques and photos in each piece of the grid. I lightly stitched my grid lines in pencil, knowing that I would eventually go back over them with a white gel pen.
Stitching on layouts, whether with a machine or by hand, is very trendy right now and I knew I wanted to use the template to create some hand stitched art. To create the stitched heart (Tiny Sweetheart 2T), I first traced it with pencil directly onto my background sheet. Then I took my WRMK Brad Setter and punched holes. I’m not very precise in the spacing of my holes, but you could easily use a ruler to help get them more precise. Then I backstitched around the outline of the heart using the WRMK floss (up through A, down through B, Up through C, down through B, up through D, Down through C, and so on). After the outline was completed I just randomly went back and forth between the holes inside of the outline until I was happy with how it looked.
I also wanted to add a confetti pocket in one of my grid areas. To start this I traced Tiny Sweetheart 3T with pencil directly onto my layout. Then I used a pair of sharp point scissors (Cutterbees in my case) and used them to punch a couple of holes in the middle of the shape. From there I was able to get my scissors inside the shape and cut it out. You could also use a craft knife, but I am not very steady with my craft knife, so I much prefer to use scissors. To make the pocket, I cut a piece of PP bigger than the cut out of the shape and a similar sized piece of acetate (this particular piece came from packaging of some clear stamps).
I used a double sided tape to adhere 3 sides of the two pieces (patterned paper and acetate) together. Then I used double sided tape on those same 3 sides to adhere it to the back of the background paper. Then I hand stitched around those same three “sides,”- punching holes with my brad setter again and back stitching – then I added the confetti. I made the confetti by taking a hole punch to several pieces of the patterned paper. Then I stitched the final “side” shut.
My final decorative grid section was done by layering Tiny Accent over a white heat embossed image of the doily stamp from Crazy for You and a piece of the washi tape from the collection.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the three Polaroid frames and backed the little heart in each with a piece of patterned paper.
I took some of my scraps from my layout to create this card. Inspired by my hand stitching on my layout, I decided to hand stitch the sentiment “LOVE” directly onto the heart, using more of the WRMK floss.
Hope you enjoyed these ideas for ways to use your templates with floss or thread to create fun string art and how to use them to make a confetti or sequin (Or glitter if you are brave and don’t mind the mess) pocket!
- Tiny Sweetheart 2T, 3T
- Tiny Accents 1T, 2T, 4T
- Clara Lane 3B
- Thoughtful 1A, 1B
- Adorn 2B
- Tiny Sweetheart 2T
- Tiny Accents 2T
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Oh Charissa. Please do us all a favor and share your creative enzymes with us. You know—you’re making me a wee bit jealous. ;)
Have fun putting your tips to use in your creations and be sure to share then on our Facebook fan page. We genuinely love seeing what you create with the templates!
Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for a little Write From the Heart from yours truly! (Charissa—if you could get those creative juices over ASAP that would be really helpful).