Hi all Donna here with you today and I'm going to show some projects I created with the Martha Stewart circle cutter.
I was thrilled when Neelu sent me this tool. I know cutting circles will be easier now. Though the cutter can only cut up to 5.5 inches, I still liked it after several use. No more tracing with a pencil first. I have to admit that at first I felt awkward cutting and made several not so successful attempts - the paper moving and not knowing where to cut, etc. I didn't read the instructions how to use it so it was after 2 pcs of destroyed papers and askew circles, I finally realized I have to secure the paper or else, it will really move! :)
I think I consumed TONS of paper scraps when I finished my projects. Even those kraft wrapping papers from the mall I had saved were finally put to use (YES I take lots of those when I go shop! lol!). I tried cutting the smallest circle which is 1 inch up to the biggest 5.5 inches. I cut various sizes of circles for my projects.
First, I created a flower out of several circles on top of each other. Used it to top this little wrapped gift.
Second are these paper Christmas balls. I was only able to make 6 pcs because I run out of the My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad I used.
The "Peace, Love, & Joy" tags were from my previous photo tutorial which you can find here.
Last but not the least is this super cute 12 inches Christmas tree!!!! My favorite of all :)
I used gesso to cover all the papers and the doilies before misting with a mixture of acrylic paint, mist, watercolor and perfect pearls. I was aiming for a darker green color actually :D But I still liked it even though I didn't get the shade I wanted. It didn't show but I used a template/mask while misting on the papers. I used Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Stencils 9x12 Let it snow. I assembled the papers by piercing each piece, in the middle, with skewers. I have the skewers (a bundle of 5 skewers taped together) adhered to a piece of styro-foam. I covered the circle styro-foam with green patterened paper first and used fringing scissors for the fringe edge. Curled them upwards for a bit of flare. Pierce the mid part of the papers first to easily get it into the skewers. There is an easier way to do it I think. I've thought about it while staring at the finished tree. You could just adhere each piece of paper on top of each other without the skewer! Anyways, I still loved how mine turned out :) And it's pretty sturdy ;)
I don't have gold acrylic paint so I used bronze to cover up this glittered star topper. Sprinkled gold glitters while still wet. I also sprayed a sealer so the glitter will not fall (unless you scratch them, of course). Then, using a gold nylon thread, I tied it around the tree as "garland". My husband said where are the Christmas lights.. lol! :D The topper is secured with a pin attached to the topmost part of the tree.
I used doilies about 6 inches (or so) at the bottom part of my tree coz I wanted that part to be "fuller". I fuzzy cut these little houses from a patterned paper and made small gifts out of squares and sparkly crepe paper I found in the bookstore. I have a small village under my tree... really cute! :D
Here's a short video I made showing how I cut some circles out of a 6x6 paper...
I hope you liked my post today and got inspired so you can join this month's challenge!
A summary of what you have to do:
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'Holiday Cheers'
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS
Supplies and tools used:
Sparkly crepe paper
Gold nylon thread
Clear acrylic sealer - matte
Adhesives (liquid glue, double-sided tape, heavy-duty glue, foam tape, scotch tape)