Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Technique Tuesday - Scored Flowers....

It is Tuesday and that means another technique for you!  Today, I am going to show you a project using our new Simply Scored.  I am excited that I can finally show you this great product!  It has some great features that you won't see on that other scoring tool.  So let me know you the Simply Scored and some of its' great features and then we will begin!
 Introducing the SIMPLY SCORED!  Stampin' Up! announced this product at convention to a rousing ovation.  Shelli explained that the delay in getting this product out is that they wanted to make sure that they put out a QUALITY product and were not happy with the first few prototypes.  If you look at the picture closely, you can get an idea of the reinforcement on the back.  This means that it will not bow so your score lines will be uniform no matter how long they are.  The SIMPLY SCORED is configured for paper up to 12" in length AND width.
 At the top is a ruler in 1/8" increments which are also what the score lines are in.  There are removable markers so you can mark the exact score lines you need when working on a project.  Three markers come with the SIMPLY SCORED but you can order more.
 There is an ergonomic steel stylus which snaps in at the bottom of the SIMPLY SCORED.  No worrying about where your scoring tool is!
 There is a storage tray at the top of the SIMPLY SCORED that can hold a bone folder AND a piece of chocolate - two necessities when cardmaking!  You can also store your markers here.
 Now, that you are in love with the SIMPLY SCORED, let's create something!  Here's what you will need:
  • A SIMPLY SCORED!!!!  (It even retails for less than that other one!)
  • Cardstock and/or Designer Series Paper  (I used Pool Party & Spice Cake)
  • Scrap paper - for punching a 1 3/8" circle (not seen so it doesn't matter what color)
  • Glue Gun
  • 2-way Glue Pen (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
 Cut your strip of paper for your flower.  For the Pool Party cardstock, I cut a piece 1 1/2"x11".  For the Designer Paper, I cut it at 1"x12".
 Punch a circle out of your scrap paper for each flower.  I made the second circle smaller since I was making a second smaller flower.
 Place your strip down against the top left corner of the SIMPLY SCORED and score at 1/2" increments.
 Flip the paper strip over and score at the 1/4" and 3/4" marks.
 As you can see, you have created alternating peaks and valleys on your cardstock strip.
 Fold your piece back and forth along the score lines.  I find it works best if I keep it flat on a surface as I am folding them.
 Put some glue on either side of one end's peak and place the other side's peak on top of it.  Hold it together until dry and secure.
 If you choose to glitter the edge, use a 2-way glue pen and run a line of glue along the edge of the flower and place in glitter.  Brush off excess.
 Stand the piece upright and press the center inward until it lays flat and you have your flower.  If you do this a few times, it makes it easier when you are ready with the hot glue.
Take your scrap circle and cover with hot glue.
 Place flower around the outside of the circle and press the flower in against the hot glue and hold until cool.
 As you can see on the backside, the circle does not need to be exactly in the middle.

Here's the card I made using the two flowers.  Want to try another variation of this technique?  Use a border punch along one edge of the cardstock strip before putting it together for a different look.

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