I read Patty Bennett’s blog this week about how she created templates for the Circle Scissors Plus that Stampin’ Up! is now offering as an accessory. I finally received mine from Hilo’s best FedEx guy this week, and I have been SOOOO anxious to play with it. But there it sat, with its accompanying glass mat, just daring me to open it and try it out! So reading Patty’s blog made me want to get it out of its box and do something–SOMETHING–with it!
So my first try to was make the templates that Patty had made. What Patty did was to make circles of various sizes in pieces of card stock. Have a picture you want to cut in a circle? Try the card stock circle holes to see which one worked! Absolutely the greatest idea!!
My first step was to find several pieces of card stock that I figured I might not use any time soon. My choice was Tangerine Tango. Not because I don’t like this color; but because I’m not seeing much in the way of Tangerine in my near future. And this "In Color" will disappear with the next catalog (rats!) and I have a bunch of it.
With the first piece of card stock, I realized I would need, not several, but only ONE piece of cardstock to achieve my goal. Because once I cut that 6" circle, I wondered why I couldn’t just ratchet the circle size down and cut a 5-1/2" circle inside the 6" circle; then a 5" circle inside that; and so on down until I got to the point where Stampin’ Up! has punches sized to make the circle.
This is what I ended up making: 8 concentric circles with the outside 1/2" larger than the inside. I stopped once I got to 2" because Stampin’ Up! has a 1-3/4" circle punch, so no need for the Circle Scissors for that.
What you can do with these circles is lay them over a photograph or stamped image–or anything that you might want to cut out–to figure out what size circle you should be cutting. The two measurements that are on each circle are the outside size then the inside size.
And how do I store them? Easy! I have a walll decorated with Decor Elements flowers and several push pins stuck in in various places. In this section, I have several of the Brass Templates for dry embossing. I just added a push pin, and there now hang my Circle Scissors templates, too!
Finally, I have to say that I just LOVE my Circle Scissors Plus, and I haven’t even tried out the Plus (drawing) side! It only took me a few times of cutting to realize that I didn’t need to PRESS on the card stock. This tool just effortlessly cuts circles.
Would you like to know more about this great new Stampin’ Up! tool? Just call (808.854.6145) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) me and I’ll answer any questions you might have!
Happy stamping–and cutting!!