Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May technique by Lindsey Krauss

You might have seen my layout this month titled “Water Watch” and wondered about the treatment of my TTT transparency. I’ve been searching for new and exciting ways to use TTT’s transparencies. Actually, I’ve been looking for something they CAN’T take (and I’m still looking for that!). Today, I’m punching holes all over my TTT transparency coaster!

Whether you call it paper-piercing (not piecing), hole-punching, Crop-a-diling, or creating a Swiss look, I’m going to show you a few techniques of how to make your transparency holey.

The first thing I tried was my We R Memory Keepers’ Crop-A-Dile II. I wanted to see how clean the cut was when I used the hole punch feature. No problem! ! I’m using a TTT coaster today and I used the flower’s center and dots as a guide to punch. I later threaded yellow sewing thread in a star pattern and tied them in front, creating a cute little center for the flower (I tinted the full flower with a Bic Mark-It on the back of the transparency.)

Next I tried my paper piercer. I used the dots on the outside of the coaster as a guide this time. . I then hand-sewed more sewing thread. Note: Put a mouse pad under your transparency for ease when piercing. Also, hand-sewing ALL those dots becomes quite tedious – I chose to sew through every other hole to save time and my hand!

I still have my old punches lined up, hand held and shapes. I’d like to try the larger punch on the Crop-A-Dile II, and I was thinking of tying knots up through the holes, adding eyelets and jewelry to the holes I create. The possibilities are endless.

Willing to try this hole-punching technique? Upload it to TTT’s User Gallery and post a comment back here to show us!


Transparent Touches said...

great technique Lindsey! Now I have a new use for my crop a dile!

Nathalie said...

Very cool! I hadn't thought about the mouse pad!