I recently saw a demonstrator post a card that had three hearts and a sentiment, surrounded by a hand-drawn frame. I have seen the technique before. However, getting the frame “just right” always bugged. The other demonstrator suggested buying a T-square to draw the lines (Jennifer McGuire uses one, too). But, I didn’t feel like ordering one. The space *ahem* on my desk doesn’t allow something 12″ long to be used, so I went for a different approach. (I don’t like free hand, so that wasn’t the answer either.)
I decided to create a vellum template with a window cut out of the middle for the approximate box I wanted to draw on my card. I ended up making it 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. The window is cut at 1″ from all edges, just to make it simple. Turns out, it worked well for the card I made.
Stamp: Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments
Ink: Night of Navy, Night of Navy marker
Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Night of Navy, Vellum
Accesories: Stamp-a-ma-jig (retired)
I kept the inside simple.
The card front was originally 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ to match the vellum template. I stamped the flower approximately where I wanted it (I could have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, if I wanted), then lay the template on top. Since the two pieces are the same size, all I had to do was line up and secure to my work surface. (Sorry, these are rotated.)
Using the inside opening, I used my marker to add a box, stopping before I got to the flower.
What’s super cool is that, since the marker doesn’t go right on top of the edge, I can use the cut out part to make a double border. Using a bit of repositionable adhesive, I put the cut out into the middle of the template.
Draw along the outside, stopping before reaching the flower.
I added the sentiment using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. I could have used the Stamparatus, but thought it would be easier this way for a one-off card. Whatever you use, do make sure you are not fumbly fingered.
Before adding to my card, I cut down my stamped piece to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.
Now, going back to the idea of having three items and a sentiment with a box around them, I stamped the smaller poppy on another 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White. Using my template as guidance, I stamped my sentiment underneath, such that it would be right where the drawn box would go. However, I found that the row of poppies were just a bit too wide for my template. Not to worry.
I lined up the template with the piece of cardstock and secured to my work surface. Note that the opening of the template should be approximately centered over the poppies and the sentiment goes right across one edge of the opening. Just where I want everything to be.
Using my marker, I start drawing my box on the top and bottom edges only. I don’t go all the way into the corners.
Now, keeping the top and bottom edges of both layers aligned, slide the template to one side, so that the opening now clears that side of the poppies.
To help disguise starts and stops in drawing the box, I used randomly-placed dots as part of my box. Draw in the first side and corners of the box.
Shift the template to the other side of the poppies, again keeping the edges aligned between the two layers.
Finish drawing the other side and corners.
Complete! Again, I cut down this stamped layer to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ before adding to my card.
For the inside, I thought I would get a little bit fancy, while still staying in the theme of lines and poppy line art.
I used my template to draw these lines, and not a ruler / t-square!
Line up the side edges this time, and slide up the template, until the outside edge is where you want to draw a line. (You will see that I already cut down this layer, so only lined up the left hand side of both layers.)
Draw your line.
Move it again, to draw another line.
Draw your second line.
It was at this point that I realized that the lines come out better if you go slow.
Hope you like this technique and try it for yourself! All you need is some vellum and a blade trimmer. Chances are, you already have them!