We're so excited to be launching our brand new range tonight on Hochanda! These 5” x 7” die-cut and emboss folders are a fantastic new concept that allows you to cut and emboss a design with just one pass through your die-cutting machine. Bring these beautiful designs to life in one easy step, using the carefully formulated plate combination provided and create a project that really pops! The embossed detail is perfect for inking and colouring and you can use the cut-out shapes to create a matt and layered effect or even add your own touch to the cut-out areas for a beautifully framed piece.
Check out this easy to follow tutorial from Janine to see just how easy they are to use.
Crafter’s Companion Supplies:
‘Eternal Elegance’ Cut & Emboss Folder
Sheena White Stamping Card
Back & Gold ‘Love’ Die
Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens – Aquamarine, Blossom, Meadow
Sparkle Embossing Powder
5” x 7” card Blank
Trim a piece of stamping card to roughly 7½” x 7”. Add a little glycerine to your glass mat, and work it into your blending tool. Scribble the Meadow Aqua pen onto your work surface and work it into your blending tool and then add it to your white card into 3 or 4 areas. Repeat the process with the other 2 coloured pens, making sure you change your foam applicator each time. Keep adding the colours until you get the desired look you want. Heat set this with your heat gun to ensure it is dry.
Trim the card to fit your embossing folder and keep the spare portion for later. Add Versamark ink to the top section of the folder making sure you add plenty.
Wipe over the surface of the coloured card with an anti-static bag to remove any residual grease etc. Carefully position your card inside the folder and run it thought your embossing machine.
Carefully remove the card from the folder and quickly add the embossing powder. Tap off the excess and using a heat gun to melt the powder.
Trim and add a piece of complementary coloured card to the card front, then attach the glittered panel over the top using foam pads. Die cut the sentiment from the spare piece of coloured card, and glue it inside the circle aperture. To complete the card add a few gems.
Don't forget to tune into Hochanda at 6pm tonight to see more incredible inspiration! Can't wait, check out our gallery!
How to make:
1 Use a hot-glue gun to apply glue to one end of the headband, secure the ribbon to it and wrap it around the headband. Secure the ribbon with glue on the other side and ensure that the ribbon covers the entire headband.
2 Cut the flowers from felt using the template and some leaves. Cut between the petals to shape them when they sit on the headband. Layer them together with the leaves, stitching a button onto the centre to secure them.
3 Spray the felt for the rabbit ears with fabric stabiliser and once dry, cut the rabbit ears from it. Assemble the ears, place glue on the underside of the top of the headband and fold the bottom 1cm (½”) of the ears onto it to secure them.
4 Use the hot-glue gun to embellish the headband with the flowers from Step 2 and allow it to cool. Your rabbit ears are now complete for any little bunny hop along on their Easter egg hunt!
Have you seen our latest range of Die'sire Classique dies? Our new Ribbon Threading dies launched Monday on Hochanda and we haven't stopped thinking about all the wonderful inspiration we spotted throughout the show!
Check out this wonderful tutorial from Julia to see how we're using these in our crafting!
With an A5 piece of your white Centura Pearl card place on your ribbon threading die to the outer side of your card approx 1cm from the edge of the card. Hold down with low tack tape and run through your Gemini. I used my metal shim as this is a very intricate die.
Move the die along the cardstock evenly 4 times. Taping down and running through your Gemini each time.
Trim down your card and matt onto silver mirri card which you should also cut to size. Make an A5 card base with your Deep Purple Centura Pearl card.
Thread your ribbon through the die and use a tiny amount of red liner tape at each end to secure.
Cut to fit and stick foam pads to the back of your topper to raise from the mirri card and then matt this all onto your card base.
To celebrate 'International Women's Day', we sat down with Crafter's Companion owner, Sara Davies for a cuppa and a chat!
Tell us about how you set up your business?
I was just 21 when I started developing the envelope-making board with my Dad. I had seen a gap in the market when I did my placement year at uni at a craft company, so saved up the money earned from my summer job and worked with a joiner from my village who built me the prototype of the Enveloper – he produced the original boards for me out of MDF (I even have one of these very first boards in a glass cabinet at Crafter's Companion HQ). I converted a section of my university bedroom into a mini office and this is where I did all the work, recruiting some of my uni friends to help me out in different aspects that I was unsure of, like the web development and graphic design side.
Did you always want to have your own business?
Growing up, I wanted to be a history teacher believe it or not! History was always my favourite subject at school. Now I get to teach craft on TV which is even better!
Tell us more about presenting on live TV!
I've always been fairly confident about public speaking but I was definitely nervous going on TV for the first time! It took a while to get used to which camera to look at and not to look at the monitors while the camera was on you! It also took some getting used to being on Talkback. This is where you have an earpiece so you can hear what the director and producer are saying. It’s really useful as they help guide you through the show, telling you where to go to on the set or what to talk about next but it’s so strange at first listening to people talking to you and not being able to respond to them! Now, I take it in my stride. Most people who know me will say that I am the same on air as I am in real life.
Which woman inspires you the most?
My mam of course! She's taught me and my kid sister, Helen everything we know. She's been by my side throughout the whole Crafter's Companion journey and is an amazing nana to our Oliver and Charlie. (Thanks, Mam!)
'Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.' Karim Seddiki
What has been the stand-out moment of your craft career to date?
It's hard to pick just one! Can I choose three?
The first would be opening our first retail store in Newton Aycliffe (and then our stores in Chesterfield and Evesham) as this has definitely been a highlight. I'd been dreaming of opening our own stores for such a long time so I got really emotional when we finally achieved it!
Another highlight has been working with other amazing women in the craft world such as Sheena Douglass. I've learned so much from her over the years!
And last, but certainly not least, was when I received my MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to the industry. I’m so passionate about flying the flag for the craft industry so to see that recognised in such an incredible way was really overwhelming. Even Prince William knew about the Enveloper – can you believe it?! I was very impressed!
Me and Sheena at HSN!
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Following on from our fun Quilt-along series inside Sew Inspired 11 and the launch of our new Quilting Starter Kit, learn how to use a rotary cutter with accuracy and precision. By Bernie Corner
When used correctly, rotary cutters are amazing for speedy and accurate cutting. They’re also capable of cutting multiple layers of fabric in one go! Cutting is often a sewist’s least favourite part of a project, so follow this guide to speed up the process and focus on the fun parts!
Purchasing a rotary cutter;
There are many rotary cutters on the market, but you must always use them with a cutting mat and an acrylic ruler. Most are universal, but it’s worth checking if they’re specifically designed for left-handed or right-handed use to purchase the one that suits you. The rotary cutter in our Quilting Starter Kit is universal.
They are also available in blade sizes of 18mm to 60mm, with the most common size being 45mm. The smaller blades are ideal for tight curves and detailed designs, while the larger blades are more suited for straight cuts and cutting multiple layers of fabric.
The blades of rotary cutters are incredibly sharp so be careful and always keep them away from children! All rotary cutters feature a safety mechanism or guard that should be utilised after every cut and whenever the rotary cutter is not in use. This is a good habit to get into as the cutter is predominately a razor blade, so care should always be taken around it.
How to use
1 It’s best to stand up when using the rotary cutter as you need to apply an even pressure throughout the whole process. Always cut away from your body. Take note of your measurement then align the fabric and ruler on the cutting mat.
2 Splay the fingers of the hand you’re not cutting with across the ruler. Avoid laying your hand flat as it takes longer to react from this position if you should slip with the rotary cutter.
3 When you are ready to cut, remove the guard on the rotary cutter. Hold it at a 45° angle and place the blade against the edge of the ruler, just before you reach the edge of the fabric.
4 Use a smooth forward action to push the rotary cutter through the fabric. If you get so far and feel like you are stretching, pause, replace the guard and move your hand up the ruler. Then remove the guard and finish the cut. Always replace the guard after cutting.
As with any blade, rotary cutter blades will eventually blunt. The most common reason for a blade not cutting correctly is because it’s run over a pin. Once this happens, the blade cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced. Always take care when removing and replacing blades and ensure that they are disposed of safely. Blunt rotary blades will still cut paper so a good tip is to purchase two and to keep one for fabric and the other for paper!
We hope you'll join us in 'swooning' over Sheena's brand new Perfect Partners Collection! We love florals and we love co-ordinating dies and stamps! We have organised for an amazing step by step tutorial for you all to follow at home! Follow the guide below and create a masterpiece in the comfort of your own home!
Send your card to friends - as this design is perfect for any occassion!
Here is what you'll need to recreate this project:
One of the most versatile colours, this matt black cardstock is great to die-cut or emboss and looks especially good when gilded!
Innovative Rock-a-blocks for stamping brought to you by Crafter's Companion. Perfect for card making
Cut your Sheena stamping card to 6x6. Then take your Stick & Spray and spray short bursts onto the reverse of your stamp. Wait a few seconds then position onto your Rock a Block. Now take your Majestic Purple and Forest Moss Sparkle pens and scribble the colour over the surface of the stamp concentrating the colours on the areas required ie, purple on the flowers, green on the leaves.
Stamp the image onto the corner of your piece of card then with a damp paintbrush, start to blend your colours out into the whole image.
To add more depth to your image, add colour directly from the pen onto the card where there would be shadows and then gently blend out with a damp brush. Dot the centre of the image with your black sparkle pen.
Decant a pea sized blob of glycerine onto your craft mat and scribble some colour down from your Spectrum Aqua pens. Squidge your blending tool first into the glycerine ensuring a good coverage then take the aquamarine colour onto the sponge. Blend onto your card. Don't worry about your coloured image. Blending the colour over the top shouldn't affect it.
Add more glycerine if required then take the heather colour onto the dauber and go around the very edges of the card.
TOP TIP: If you find that you are leaving fingerprints on your card, rest your hand on a scrap piece of card.
Attach your sentiment stamp to your Rock a Block and ink up with Versamark (sticky) ink, then stamp onto your background. Sprinkle over your embossing powder and heat set with your heat gun.
Trim your lavender and black card to make matt and layers for your image then stick and add to your card base.
We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!
Send in pictures of your makes to our Facebook page - we'd love to see your creations! Have a wonderful week and stay crafty!
The secret is out! We're so excited about Sheena Douglass' brand new Perfect Partners collection - 'In Full Bloom'.
Stunning hand-drawn stamps by Sheena herself match up perfectly with dies to create an exciting and unique paper crafting collection!
Sheena says 'Flowers are perfect for any celebration and these floral corners will make creating stylish and pretty floral creations a breeze!'
Here's a sneak peek at what's to come!
Check our blog next week for a simple step by step tutorial on how to make this card - doesn't it look so professional and eye-catching! Believe us - you won't want to miss out on recreating this project!