Monday, February 21, 2011

Tip of the Week: Faux stitching made easy

A few Followers have asked how I made the box used (shown at left) for my notecard collection featured on this weekend's Friendship Blog Hop.

And, as one crafter put it, "how the heck did you keep those curved faux stitches so evenly spaced and the same curve." 


Easy-peasy ... I'll show you!

First of all, the box was cut using Cricut's Tags Bags Boxes and More cartridge, using the "crayon box" setting. I used a full 12x12" piece of cardstock, and set my Expression to "Fit to Size".  An added suggestion: set "Shadow".

Now for the faux stitching: Cheat!!!

Here's how I do it. Do you know those plastic canvas pieces we used to use before papercrafting took over our worlds? They come in round, rectangle, heart-shaped, etc. Then, as shown below, use them as a guide for your white gel pen:



Pretty neat, huh?


22 comments:

Shawnee said...

Ellen, that is such a great idea!! I love it!!

Lisa said...

What a great idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lisa
prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Oooh, great tip! :)

the cricutologist said...

Genius!!!! I love this tip!

Shawn Mosch said...

Why didn't I think of this! You are so smart!

Creating a Crafty Life said...

What a Fabulous idea!!! Thank you for sharing :)

Anna said...

Oh my stars Thank you for this awesome idea!!! And congrats to the winner!!!

Tami B. said...

A great big gold star for you today. Thanks for the wonderful tip.

Brenda said...

"Slap to the forehead" why didn't I think of that. Way to go. TFS

Pat N. said...

Excellent idea! I love to get such helpful tips like that!

Theresa said...

What a brilliant tip!TFS!

Lori Comeau said...

Great tip. Thanks for sharing.

http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/

Teri A said...

love that idea
Thank you,
Teri
teri dot barefoot at gmail dot com

Becky Dunham said...

Totally brilliant Ellen! I have got to get that cartridge :)

tz said...

That is the neatest idea, love it

Becks Cricards said...

wow,I would have never thought! what a great tip!

bluecrayons said...

yay im the 300th follower. yippee. i love them plastic canvas things. i never thought of useing them the way you do. thanks for the great tip.

Edna said...

I love this tip ! i sooo struggle with getting this right thanks :)

Sue in CT said...

I wondered how you kept the lines were straight and even. Thank you for sharing the secret.

Nicolle Kramer said...

What a clever idea!! I have many hobbies and have a bunch of this laying around....thanx for the inspiration..:)

Dalis said...

super uber neat!!!!! I am coming from Gaby's linking Love party and I am starting to follow you!

-- dalis

Michele said...

Super cool idea! Thanks so much!