Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Easy Stick is Easy Play

We are featuring X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets this month, and it really has been a pleasure to test drive these... perfect for paper crafting, they are super adhesive, yet easy to apply to card and they have a little bit of push and give when you place paper on top of the adhesive.  I even gently removed and repositioned paper strips a few times, that is an added bonus when you are using lots of bits of paper!

So this month I opted to demo some paper quilting, with the thought that this was a great way to showcase the adhesive sheets, but also to use up the plethora of scraps that we all collect from the fabby paper packs that we have.  I have shown four different types of paper quilting in this tutorial, all would be great to use, as I have done, straight up as backgrounds, and also to die cut into shapes for use on cards and pages.

Here is what I started with...

The first step was to prepare the background card.  I chose to adhere a whole sheet of standard white card to one of the A4 double sided adhesive sheets.  This is really easy to do, just peel back a few centimetres of the backing from the sheet...

gently place the card on top of the exposed adhesive, this secures the top section of the card

then it is as easy as slowly pulling back the adhesive backing and rubbing the adhesive to the card.  One whole sheet of card with adhesive will be good for 4 full card backgrounds...

The first paper quilt is Herringbone.  This is a great technique to use up small strips of paper.  In this example I have strips that measure 0.7cm 1.0cm and 1.3cm.
The strips don't have to match on both sides of the pattern, but I chose to do this this time.  To start you need to run one long piece diagonally across the card base.  Then one shorter piece each side to section as shown below...
From there simply take strips of paper and butt them up to the end point in each section, working through the section until there is no adhesive that remains exposed.
Once you have done this for all four sections, turn the card over and trim the ends to reform your original shape.
Then you can trim to the specific sized card front you need.  I show a card at the end of this post using this background....

The next background is what I have called Starburst, cut three pieces of patterned paper the same size as your adhesive sheet.  
Slice through all three layers at the same time, from the one corner point.  
Note this will give you enough paper pieces for three backgrounds, and allow you to mix your pattern as shown.  In this example, I edged each paper piece with white ink prior to adhering.  This helps to soften the joins.

The next background builds chevrons.  I cut squares, using a paper punch, from co-ordinating papers, slicing each square on the diagonal to form a series of triangles.  I inked the edge of each triangle with brown ink this time.
Place the triangles along a straight line across your adhesive sheet, off-set matching paper triangles against the first row to form your first chevron, repeat with co-ordinating paper triangles until your sheet is full.

The last paper pattern is what I call Brick Wall.  Simply take a series of patterned papers, all the same width, but cut into various lengths.  I edged mine with  my trusty Copic 100 to define the edges and help with the Brick Wall effect.
 Start in one corner, and lay the paper pieces across the adhesive surface, offsetting the joins along the way.

Here is a finished card with the herringbone background, I chose this open frame again to allow as much of the background as possible to show through...
Thanks for visiting us at the X-Press It Blog, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for Double Sided Adhesive Sheets, tell us what you think by leaving a comment on one of this month's posts, one lucky commenter will win next month's feature product, which is the ever popular Clear Gel--Good Luck!!

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  1. OMG Edna, this is the best ever!!!!! As a quilter I have a great appreciation for your designs and this quilted look!!! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and for this terrific tutorial Heading over to order my Easy Stick now. Have a great week!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

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