Thursday, December 23, 2010

...a tutorial from Ingvild!

Ingvild Bolme has whipped up a tutorial on how to create a wavy paper lace edge on your circle layouts or cards! On this layout, Ingvild has also used our Girl word (WD191) and Decorative Photo Corners (PC02).

The beautiful pattern papers, background stamp and "Adorable" paper tag are from Onirie. Bird stamp from Layers of Color, and flowers, green journal paper pieces, clear tapes and small butterflies stamps from Prima.

And a close-up showing some details and the paper lace;
Wavy Paper Lace Edge Tutorial

•Craft Knife
•Sewing Machine
•Ranger Dabber (Snow Cap) or white acrylic paint
•Chalk ink or Ink in color of choice
•2 papers; 1 solid and 1 patterned and not too thick
•Strong Clear Glue
•Paper Craft Glue

Step One: Draw a circle in the center of your layout. I used a plate to help me draw the circle. Be sure to leave at least 2.5 centimetres left on each edge of a 12”x12” layout. 
Step Two: Cut out the circle and remove the edge.


Step Three: Make a template that is 3.7 centimetres high, 2 centimetres wide on the bottom and 4 centimetres wide on the top, as shown on the white paper in this image. If possible, use a thick paper or cardstock for this as it makes it easier to use over and over again and to draw lines around.
Step Four: Choose a patterned paper to use for the paper lace edge and lay it upside down on your work surface. Then use your template and draw this shape on the backside of your patterned paper as shown in the following image.

Step Five: Using a craft knife or a pair of scissors, cut out paper strips by following the drawn lines.
Step Six: Now you can easily and quickly cut the short lines and you'll have all your small paper pieces ready for the next step.

Step Seven: Using an edge punch, put one short paper segment and one piece of paper in the punch to create a shaped edge. Make sure you punch the widest edge of each paper segment (the one that is 4 centimetres wide).

Step Eight: Each of your paper pieces should look like this:

Step Nine: Use the paint dabber or acrylic paint to randomly cover the punched edges of each paper piece.


Step Ten: All your paper pieces should now look like this.

Step Eleven: Apply a very thin line of glue on the outer edge of the circle paper, trying to keep the glue as far out on the edge as possible, and then glue on each paper piece not farther into the circle paper than 0.5 centimetres each. Glue on one and one piece beside each other with a gap of about 0.2 centimetres between each inner edge.

Step Twelve: When all your paper pieces are glued on, your circle paper and paper edge should look like this:

Step Thirteen: Use a sewing machine to sew around the circle paper to faster even paper piece to the edge. Use a zigzag pattern and try to sew only on the double paper edges.

Step Fourteen: If there are any edges left on the paper pieces that aren’t sewn, you can fold them up with your finger nails. This will create a fancy and “used” look.

Step Fifteen: Now you can lay a piece of paper over the circle paper to cover it up, and then use a ink pad or chalk ink pad to ink and distress the folded edges a bit.

Step Sixteen: Use three fingers to fold every single paper piece like this to create a fold.

Step Seventeen: Try to place each folded paper piece so each edge is meeting each other. Only do two at a time. Try to place the edges between two pieces so they meet each other (you’ll have to force the paper pieces to curl a bit while doing this) and then sew a zigzag seam back and forward two or three times on the edges to fasten them together. You don’t have to fasten the thread now. When one is done, move forward to the next piece and continue around the whole circle until all pieces are done.

Step Eighteen: Now cut all off all the long threads on the front and backside of the sewn paper.

Step Nineteen: Where the punched edges don’t meet perfectly to each other, you can use scissors to shape it a bit and to cut off small pieces to make them fit better.

Step Twenty: Use a strong, clear glue to fasten the thread. If you glue on the backside of all the seams, you’ll fasten it better and make sure it won’t loosen or tear off. You’ll also make the whole paper edge stronger. Leave it to dry.

Step Twenty-One: Now your background paper with a handmade paper lace edge should look like this and will be ready to decorate as desired.

All this probably seems like a lot of work, but Ingvild promises that it isn't difficult to do at all. And when you have done it one time, its very easy and quick to do another one ;o)

I hope you all enjoyed Ingvild's tutorial, I am off to try one now myself!



  1. OMG this is just stunning TFS I hope I can pull this off some time!

  2. THIS SPECTACULAR!!! Thankyou for showing us this I am blown away what a great technique! What an amazing imagination and the finished page totally ROCKS!!! :)