I just finished a new little paper quilt hanging for my work space and wanted to share that with you today. I will put it into an 8" x 8" shadowbox frame. I may want to add some tissue flowers later--still deciding on that little detail. For now, it's going in the frame as is.
I started with two things in mind for my paper quilt: the popular hexagon shape and a 6" x 6" Crate Paper Pretty Party pad. After I cut the hexagons with my Spellbinders S4-368 Hexagon die template, they needed something to make them POP still. Hmmm. . . a thin mat layer? I have just the tool! In fact, this tool is one that I have used for years to get a thin mat layer. I first bought a Perfect Layers tool several years ago when Stampin' Up carried them. I haven't mentioned using it lately because I did not know that they were stil available from the original manufacturer until I was in Los Angeles last month for a certification. When one of the ladies in class mentioned working with the Perfect Paper Crafting company and explained what they sell, I knew exactly what she was talking about: "I use that tool almost every day! Mine is starting to get a bit nicked up from years of use, but I rarely mat without it!" Fast forward: she told me that she would send me another Perfect Layers tool AND share a code that would give my blog readers a discount if they wanted one too. Yay!! (That code at checkout is Olson5%.)
I recorded a short video tonight, but then I discovered that there were much better ones online already, so I will link you to them rather than reinvent the wheel. There is a product review along with video on Splitcoaststampers <<HERE>>, and there are videos on the Perfect Products site <<HERE>>.
So, can you see how the 1/16" mats make the hexagons pop? I use the 1/16" mat layer more than any other. Besides matting my hexagons, I also added stitching to help with the quilt look. Since I had just a 6" x 6" pad of the Crate Paper Pretty Party and needed an 8" square for my frame, I pulled out a retired Girls Paperie pattern for my quilt border and ran a blanket stitch around the perimeter. Buttons are from Papertrey Ink.
Well, that's it for today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and if you go Perfect Layers shopping, don't forget that you can use the code Olson5% for a discount. Thanks for stopping by today!