Monday, 9 April 2018

Wreath Builder Templates Now For Sale

I'm super stoked to announce that as of today I now have a Facebook Shop set up where you can purchase a set of the Wreath Maker Templates if you so desire, look for us on Facebook Cook's Cards & Crafts, send me a message letting me know how many sets you require and your PayPal email address, and I will send you a PayPal invoice, once paid your templates will ship to you as quickly as possible.

Let me just say that I'm not out to make a huge profit, I'm selling these because after Simon made them for me and I began to share photos of the cards I'd made with them, friends then asked if they could have a set and then their friends began to ask. The templates make creating wreaths so, so simple and have made creating this kind of card for me a joy and the possibilities are endless, so with that in mind we're selling them so others can create stamped wreath designs without spending an arm and a leg. 😍

What are the Templates?

The templates have been designed to make it easier to stamp circular shapes on to card blanks or panels to attach to cards.

They are printed on a 3D Printer by my hubby using a material called PLA. For those who don't know what PLA is, it's a rather versatile material called Polylactic Acid sometimes referred to as Polylactide.

It's a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester, which is derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch, cassava roots, or sugarcane. That's the science bit over lol!

Each template sets consist of 4 templates to fit card blanks for 3", 4", 5" and 6" shapes. You can stamp direct on to card blanks, see tip below. Each template is 1.5mm thick and has the size etched in to it so you know what size card you need for each template.

Will they fit in my stamping tool?


To use the full set from 3" to 6" you will need a larger sized stamping platform such as the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. If you have a smaller stamping tool you won't be able to use all the templates, here's the low down: -

Mini MISTI - Only the 3" template will fit in a Mini MISTI Stamping Tool or any stamping tool with a stamp area of 6" x 4.75" such as the Stamp Perfect by Hampton Arts.

Original MISTI - This size stamping tool will handle the 3" and 4" templates with ease, same can be said for any stamping tool with a stamp area of 6.5" x 8.5".

The 5" and 6" templates needs a larger stamping platform, and as I said above personally I recommend the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform by Tonic Studios, because that's what I have and its what I use, the TH SP has a 8.5" x 8.5" stamping area. FYI I am not affliated to Tonic Studios, nor do I recieve any benefits for recommending the TH Platform 😁

You can use other platforms with larger areas e.g. the Memory MISTI which has a stamp area of 12.25" x 12.25" and all the templates will fit inside

We don't currently offer the templates for sale individually but it may be possible to do so if there is a demand for single sizes.

How do I use the templates?

1) Pre-cut your card stock to the desired width, for the eaxmaple in this photo we used the 5" template so the card has been cut to 5" x 5".

2) Put the card in position as shown. N.B. you don't have to start in the diagonal, you can first place your stamp on the flat.

3) Place the first stamp of your design where you want the image to be and close down the lid of your stamping platform to adhere it to the lid.

4) Add ink to your stamp and close the lid, in the event that the image isn't crystal clear you can stamp again. It's important to note that your stamping template and card must NOT shift when stamping over the top of an already stamped image, if they do then your stamped image will become misaligned. So before stamping always check that the position hasn't shifted before you stamp.

5) After you have stamped the first image rotate your card stock 1 notch, if you want to create just 4 images then rotate 2 notches. In the above example I first stamped on the flat 4 times turning the card stock until I had the 4 lighter orange flowers in place. Then I shifted to the diagonal position as seen above and stamped and rotated to add the darker orange flowers. You then continue to build up the design using other smaller or larger stamps until you are happy with your wreath.

Can I clean my templates?

Yes you can! If you get ink on your templates it can be removed, for water based inks wipe with a soft cloth or baby wipe. For alcohol based inks or archival inks use a little hand santizer gel on a cotton wool ball or soft cloth to remove the ink. Do not wash the templates in hot water as this may melt the PLA or cause the shape to warp. Similarly don't use a heat gun on your templates as this will cause the PLA to melt.

What stamp sets can I use?

Any! The templates are fabulous for using with all those tiny stamps that often come with stamp sets that you wouldn't normally use. You don't have to use only floral images, any small stamps can be used, I've used snowflakes, tiny sea shells, butteflies and lots of other stamps.

In this kitty example I used a variety of small sized paw print stamps to create the wreath. I've also used sentiment stamps to create a wreath of words, again any stamp that fits in the area you're stamping can be used.

You can also stamp directly on to card blanks to make super quick single layer cards.
Top Tip:
I recommend adding a couple of post it notes to the back of the card blank to cover the area to make sure you don't get any stray ink marks on the back of your card.

The beauty of using a template and stamping platform is it makes it so easy to create batches of wreath cards like the ones below, all you have to do is repeat the process on as many card panels as you require. Stamp all your first layers, then add the next stamp and continue until you have all the panels you wish to create. If you change ink colours make sure you clean off the stamp with a baby wipe before switching to another colour.

If you have any questions or want to know more, message me through Facebook or leave me a comment on my blog and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Debs all the cards you have made are gorgeous. Good luck with your new venture I hope it goes well. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  2. Brilliant cards as ever - good luck, you both deserve it! Shabneez x

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  3. Beautiful set of cards, lovely stamping. Good luck with the new tool. Emmax

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  4. Wishing you success with your FB shop ... Steph x

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Thanks for your comments on my cards and posts, they are very much appreciated, I'll get back to you as soon as I can if a reply is required. Hugs - Debs x