Welcome to the Passionette’s Blog Hop – showcasing for you today the WHOLE of the new Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer catalogue. You will be able to hop from blog to blog following the pages in your Spring/Summer catalogue, hopefully leaving you inspired for all the products it contains! You should have joined me from Vicky’s blog, where she started the hop with some fabulous projects using products on pages 3-5. The blog hop starts at 10am, so if you’re stopping by before that time, please check back again later when it should be all up and running.
I’m going to be sharing some projects with you using products from pages 6-7. And since the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder is on page 6, I can indulge my Hexagon love with you a bit further today! First up is a fun card that I enjoyed playing around with a few techniques to create:
I started by embossing a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with the new Honeycomb embossing folder. However, to give it a little something extra, I brayered the folder with Crumb Cake ink before embossing, so the grooves around the hexagons has a little ink in them, making the pattern really stand out. The main image panel is stamped using ink applied to a clear block, which just gives an edge of ink to the panel. I then stamped the rose image from Oh, Hello onto the panel using my markers. The large hexagon shape is actually a piece of the Tea for Two Designer fabric. I stuck a piece of fabric onto a circle of card and then cut a hexagon shape from it.
Now before you go mad thinking there are hexagon dies and you missed them, I’m sorry to disappoint you. However, I do have a quick tutorial below of how you can create your own hexagon shapes without too much effort.
You will need the above supplies – card, ruler, pencil, compass and something to cut a circle with. I used a punch, but dies would work too, or even by hand.
So start by cutting a circle from your card. Now measure the diameter of the circle – that’s all the way across. I used a 2.5″ punch, so the diameter is 2.5″. The measurement you actually need though is the radius, which is from the centre to the edge, or half the diameter. In this case, the radius is 1.25″. Set your compass to the same width as the radius.
Putting the point of the compass at any point along the outer edge, make a mark around the edge using the compass.
Now put the point of the compass on the mark you just made and then make another further round from that point. Repeat all the way around the circle, moving the compass point to the last mark and then making the next.
You should end up with 6 marks around the edge of your circle.
Use your ruler to join up the marks to create a hexagon shape.
Use your scissors to cut along along the lines and you should have created a hexagon shape! To get different sizes, just start with different sizes of circles.
Back to the card, I added the fabric hexagon, the flower image and the embossing to a Baja Breeze case card. I swiped an ink pad around the base card. Then to finish off, I added a few little strips of DSP to the flower panel to create a sort of washi tape look.
For my second project, I created a little gift box and matching card, again using the Hexagon Embossing Folder:
I’ve shown the folder quite differently this time though. I started by embossing a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (for the gift bag, I die cut the Label shape first, then embossed). I embossed 3 pieces of patterned paper from the Tea for Two range. I then (patiently!) sat and snipped out the inner hexagon shapes from the paper to create little piles of hexagon shaped paper. You then just add a little glue to each of the hexagons in the embossed panel and add the little paper hexagons over the top to get this great patchwork quilt effect.
A little time consuming, but well worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for you today. Off you hop now to Teri’s blog who is showcasing for you pages 8-9. I can’t wait to see everyone’s projects, so I hope you enjoy the hop too. I hope you’ll stop by and visit me again soon. Hugs, Val. XX