Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fabric sticker technique, a purse in progress, & More Martha flower templates

I'm lovin' scanning to make customized templates lately.
This Martha flower template is available here.

Martha Stewart et al make some lovely templates (like this single flower one) to make those sweet cards above with that cut out technique. However, I find their templates are usually a big waste of paper--especially for us crafters who can use different sizes of one image for many things.

The multi-sized flower template used to make these fabric sticker flowers is also great for:
  • Sweet Floral cutout cards--(À la Martha Stewart)
  • Paper piercing template (print on cardstock or printable acetate or transfer to plastic sheets)
  • Vellum/cardstock flowers for scrapbooking
  • Embroidery/glue-pen embossing guide

Want to adapt your own templates? Here's how:

1. Print several numbers of one/more items. You can use scaled printing to resize the image(s) With my printer this option is under file>print>properties button>page set up tab--page layout section--choose scaled printing.

2. Cut out images and stick to a piece of paper; I love to use Dotto (repositionable adhesive) for this, so I can move them around for the best fit. TIP: it helps to keep print margins in mind.

3. Scan the page you've made:

I choose the black and white photo setting on my scanner (Canon Pixma MP210.) After scanning, there's an option to save as a PDF or a JPEG...I save one of each, because you can post PDFs in splitcoaststampers forum threads (and it won't alter in size--which seems to be crucial for some templates) --But if you want a pic of your template on blogger you need a jpeg instead.

Another advantage to having both a pdf & a JPEG is that you can manipulate the jpeg but not the PDF. It's of great advantage to be able to crop lighten or darken the image. You can also use imaging or photo manipulation software to change sizes/colours at your whim

The fabric for the flowers is a sticky linen paper from Close to my Heart that you can easily run through your printer, cut out stamp & peel. Nifty huh?

Card Supplies:

Cardstock: Vellum cardstock distressed with a nailfile and scratched with an exacto blade, Really Rust altered with Orange Stazon ink, Tempting turquoise altered with Orange Stazon, Basic Grey Alias from the Skate Shoppe line SKT-307 also altered with Orange Stazon Stamps: Paisley Print Accessories: Flower template, Really Rust marker, Close to my Heart Linen paper, Flower punch (SU retired), assorted brads, Copper tape made by adding a verdigris patina to stained-glass tape how-to here.

Purse & note card Supplies:

A homemade purse template (I'm still ironing out the kinks, so that it'll stand well after adding weighty accessories--I'll post it soon) :0) For 66 purse templates/projects (and counting) please see my previous post
Fancy Pants Blossom from their Fancy-Free collection Accessories: hodgepodge hardware brad, dollar store beads & grosgrain.

Thanks for stopping by! :0)

P.S. Here's another Martha cutout flower card idea: Daisy tent topper cutout


Alhambra Club said...

Your creations are lovely.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

You honestly amaze me! The things you create are spectacular! Gorgeous items! WOW!

Maria said...

Wow, love all your templates!! How do you find time to make all of them! They're fabulous! I really love the purse and card!!


Rose Ann said...

Fabulous stuff!!

sophia landry said...

Wow, you have some gorgeous work here! Very talented. I found it neat that you enjoy many of the hobbies that I enjoy. I worked in restaurants and love cooking, as well as sketching and reading. I can't wait to look through your whole blog!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

You are amazingly talented. This is one gorgeous set!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is great. As Maria said, how do you find time to do all this stuff? WOWSER!!!

Totty Teabag said...

Thank you for the inspiration. It has become the basis of a series of cards.

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