Monday, 12 January 2009

Dials anyone?

As some of you know I am part of the tutorial team on In Love With Stamping forum(see link to the right). It was my turn to write one for today so here is what I did.

Cardstock in two colours
¼” and 1 ¼” circular punch
¼” square punch
Craft knife
One of the following methods of cutting; Nestabilities circles, compass and pencil, coluzzle with circle template.
1. I have chosen to work with nestabilities for this project, but you can use a compass and pencil, coluzzle with circular template. Just adjust to accommodate.
Choose 3 sizes, large (9.5cm), Medium (7.5cm), small (3.5cm) all approximate.
2. Choose your main colour and cut out the three circles from step 1.
3. On the back of all three, find the middle by using your ruler and a pencil. (Work in pencil as it can be rubbed out as you proceed.) Make a cross.
Where the lines cross, using a pricking tool punch a hole. This will be for the brad to go through later on.
4. Using a piece of contrasting card cut a strip 2.5cm (1”) wide. To round the edges use your 1 ¼” circle punch. Slide your strip of card through the punch. Centralise it on the end and punch out.
5. To get the length, place under your large circle and pencil the edge. Place it back in the punch and punch a tiny bit away from the marked edge.
6. For the hole, place it under the large circle again but on a pricking mat and prick through the hole of the large circle.
7. To make windows on the strip for each dial. Use a scrap piece of card the same width as your strip (2.5cm/1”). Draw a line along the centre and using the ¼” circle and the ¼” square punches make some windows.
8. To make your windows in your strip, take your brad and push it through your strip. Take the small dial and place that on top. Using a pencil mark the side but on the strip. Do this for all three dials.
9. Remove all dials off the brad and strip. You will now have guidelines for all the dials (these can be rubbed out later).
10. Using your template you made in step 7, place which ever window you want showing over the relevant dial, within the guidelines for that dial and trace. If you don’t like it, you can erase it and choose another.
11. Once you are happy punch/cut them out.
12. Put it all together and Voila!
13. Now you have the basics you can decorate using stamps, rub-ons, peeloffs, even doodling.
You can even experiment using different shapes; making them smaller for different projects, use less or more layers.
The only limit is your imagination.


Steph said...

Fab! Thanks for sharing x

Kate Lewis said...

Great tutorial Melanie - must give this a try, thank you for sharing this with us. K x

Clair and Sharni said...

Great tutorial - thank you xxx