A little "tutorial" on using the Sew Easy :-) I wish I had a flip cam, but I don't so I have to take pictures and try to explain what I'm doing along the way, I hope that's ok :-)
Sew Easy Mat. Love that it's Pink :-)
I don't have the sew Easy carry case yet which you can see here. So I had this case laying around that I got a few months ago at M's for 4.99 so I decided to use it and it's working perfectly to hold everything so far :-)
I'm pretty happy with the way everything fits, and there is still room for more. I also have some extra needles and a paper piercer I keep in here as well :-)
Ok. I am using my favorite sew easy head for this tutorial, the heart one. I love this one so much and have used it on a card I made in the past :-) You need to hold the tool so the head is straight down on the paper and push the tool away from you. Make sure you put a lot of pressure down on the tool when you go across your paper :-)
Here is how it looks when it's done. Notice on the right hand side where I started not all of the holes were punched all the way through, that's b/c it's hard to get good pressure on the paper when you first start but it's an easy fix :-)
OK, so when this happens I take my paper piercer and pierce through where the holes didn't completely go through the paper. Easy peasy :-)
OK, here it is with the design done and the holes completely through all the cardstock :-)
I love how you can store the needle in the end of the tool. Very helpful if you are like me and misplace things often :-)
Now that we have our needle we are ready to find our thread and start sewing. I have a ton of embroidery floss from when I used to cross stitch so I found a light pink floss to use :-)
Now to start the fun part, the sewing. Yes it takes time to do, but I find it very theraputic. I can work on it in front of the tv and I just find it soothing. It was the same way for me when I used to cross stitch. I just loved it!
Got one cute heart done.
Now two, you can see how pretty the design is :-)
I decided to only do three hearts for this project, so now I am done with the sewing part, looks really pretty. I love the sewed look :-)
When I am done I tie the loose ends up and then stick a glue dot on the end of each floss to keep it in place.
You can see here where I added my glue dots so the ends stay in place :-)
I decided for this project to cut the hearts out and added some pop up dimensionals to the back of each heart :-)
I used my Bazzill jewel stencils to add a heart to my card. I didn't realize these were NOT heat resistant like the I-rock stencils which ARE heat resistant. I wanted to point this out b/c I don't want you to make the same mistake I did and ruin your Bazzill stencils with your I-rock tool. This is what happened to the stencil below after I used it to heat set some gems :-( I think the bazzill stencils are meant to be used with pre-adhered gems that you just pop into the stencil and the gems already have sticky on them so you don't have to heat them up. The stencils seemed really tough though, so I didnt' even think about the I-rock tool melting the plastic on them. Just wanted to warn everyone so it wouldn't happen to them. I will stick to the I-Rock stencils if I'm heat setting stencils from now on :-)
Here you can see the Bazzill stencil and that the heat tool melted it some.
SO, now I am going to go about this a different way. When I use the bazzill stencils from now on, I will have to take the stencil, and lay it down on my paper and mark with a pencil or a pen in between each circle on the template to where I would put the gems when using the template.
So now I have my stencil with my pen marks on the paper to make the design. I can add the heat fix jewels by lining them up with the pencil / pen marks and put one jewel on each mark to know where they will go and then use the heat fix tool on those jewels and heat them that way to make the design :-)
Or if you want to use the Bazzill jewel templete and want to use it for sewing instead of jewels you can by taking out my paper piercer and going over the pencil or pen marks to show where to lay the gems on the paper. Also if you want to you can use the hole puncher to put holes in the image and you can now use this for sewing as well or you can just leave the holes in for a pierced look :-)
Here is my finished Card. It's not the best card, just wanted to show you how to use the Sew Easy to add a sewed look to your cards.
Thanks for following along :-)