The idea of a wreath builder template for stamping is not new, I am sure. But, Gina K recently came out with a template and stamp set. With the iminent arrival of the Stamparatus in the Annual Catalog on June 1, demonstrators are jumping on this trend and showing off the potential.
I also thought I’d try it out. Jennifer McGuire has a wonderful video on how she used the Gina K set for a bunch of cards, but using a MISTI. In theory, you could also use this with a Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Here is how I made two versions. The first, I directly copied from Dawn Olchefske‘s version. Essentially, you take the largest square framelit from the Layering Squares framelits set. Die cut one in the middle of a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock. (The widest piece you can put into the Big Shot is 6″ wide.) Now, offset the die at 45 degrees from the original square and cut again.
I marked the diagonals of my 6″ x 6″ cardstock to center the first cut. I put the die in the second position and centered the corners along each edge before cutting.
The largest square in the Layering Squares framelits set is 2-7/8″. I was planning on using rectangles of cardstock for stamping, so I created a corner bumper for my template. This allows my cardstock to rotate without hitting the sides of the Stamparatus. I believe the strips are 1-1/2″ wide in this example.
To create the bumper, cut a 1″ or 1-1/2″ by 11″ strip of cardstock from a full sheet of cardstock, before cutting out a 6″ x 6″ piece. Cut the strip approximately in half, and butt them together at the corner of the Stamparatus. Tape liberally to hold together, and to keep your template in place (I use washi tape).
The square you use for your template will determine the overall size of your wreath. You are basically creating a circular path for your cardstock, upon which you will stamp. The corners are essentially “stopping points” along the circle, like numbers on a clock. I thought if I just used a larger piece of cardstock, I would get a larger circle. Not sure what I was thinking…
Here’s is a wreath I got, using a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of cardstock in my 2-7/8″ square template.
Pretty, but not quite what I wanted at the moment.
Since I wanted to use a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of cardstock to stamp on and get a bigger wreath, I made a bigger template as well. I started with a 7″ x 7″ piece of cardstock, and used my paper trimmer to cut out a 4″ x 4″ square.
- Line up each edge at 1-1/2″. Make a cut (measuring on the cutting guide of the blade), from 1-1/2″ to 5-1/2″.
- Take the square you just cut out, and lay over the opening at 45 degrees, approximately.
- Using a ruler, adjust your square so that each point is 3-1/2″ from the corners of the base.
- Add tick marks on the base where the points of the square are.
- Put base back into trimmer, line up each pair of consecutive ticks and make cuts between each tick mark.
(Note: If you have framelits that are larger, it is way simpler to use those to cut your squares. Just be aware of the maximum width of the Big Shot.)
I used a corner bumper again to put the template into my Stamparatus, to allow my cardstock to rotate in the template without hitting the sides of my Stamparatus.
Here is a picture of my 4″ x 4″ template with 1″ bumpers.
So, now, when I stamp, I get a larger wreath that fills out the width of my cardstock.
Oh, and don’t worry about using your favorite color cardstock for your template, unless you want it pretty. I save my least-loved and/or retired colors for this and prototyping 3D projects. 🙂