Playing with templates

You might remember my mentioning that Hubby had made up a couple of templates for my card making kit and I was looking forward to giving them a test drive.
Well, I’ve had some fun today and learned a couple of things.

The first is that it doesn’t pay to buy cheap paper or card as the cutting tool tends to snag  and it tears, just where you don’t want it to or can’t hide it.
The second is that when using a handmade template like the above, it makes sense to use a new scalpel blade to cut out the shape.

So having come unstuck TWICE today, I have still managed to put something together, and not wasted anything, including the recycling of two cards from last year into new ones.
I made two cards using the ‘grid’, an idea of implying looking through a window.
The cards were two different sizes and shapes, and the black frame on the left was recycled from a triple card I had written but not sent (the other part of it is the ornamental bauble in the first picture). There’s a Santa on the inside making toys.
The one on the right was my original idea of cutting a hole in the card and then putting a prepared frame over it. I’d turned the grid 90º because it fitted better.

Two other ideas also came together quite well, using one of the ‘wheels’ I’d made up.
I bought some small serrated edged cards and had some diamantes left over that wouldn’t fit anywhere, so bordered two sides and added a gift tag.

I literally threw together some oddments and came up with these:
But the one that was most time-consuming was the lattice work, as I had a lot of diamonds to cut out and my scalpel wasn’t the sharpest in the box!
I’m quite pleased with this one though and will happily do some more.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Playing with templates

  1. The “window” and “lattice” work is so beautiful!!

  2. quiall says:

    They are lovely! My favourite is the last one. Are those real flowers? Excellent job.

  3. murisopsis says:

    The birthday card is beautiful!! The “window” cards are better than any that I’ve seen in the store!!

    • Thank you Val. I need to work on a better technique to keep the ‘other side’ tidy and have some ideas for that. I was pleased with the lattice one as that worked really well.

  4. Sadje says:

    Very nice cards Di

  5. Ian Kay says:

    These look extremely good, Di, especially the lattice work.

  6. Liz says:

    They look lovely. Yes, a scalpel is good to use to cut things like that. It’s good your husband helping you with some templates.

  7. They are lovely and unique! You have quite a talent, I’m glad you pursue it! Thanks for sharing those with everyone!

  8. Carol anne says:

    I wish I had your talent Di! But I’m afraid being blind is a barrier to me making cards alone! I do love to do it though when I have help!

    • I admire you for making them with assistance Carol Anne. I find it very therapeutic sometimes, and if something goes wrong, I can rip it to shreds to make myself feel better!!!.

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