Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Brick Wall Technique Tutorial

Hi Ladies,

Thank you for your comments. Love to hear from fellow crafters!
Glad you like the brick wall technique.  It is a great look and easy to do but very fiddly.
I'll do my best to explain:

1)  Your sizes need to be in increments full half sizes width wise (1.5", 2.5", 3.5", 4.5"etc.)This is important because you will be drawing and offsetting lines at half inch points
2)  and your height can be in half sizes (1.5", 2", 2.5", 3", 3.5" etc)

The flower cards were 3.5 x 4 (w x h)
The buffalo card was 3.5 x 2.5 (w x h)

3)  Start by drawing lines horizontally on your base moving downward every 1/2". I used Whisper White and also Natural White.
4)  Starting at one corner, lets say, the top right corner...measure to the left 1" and draw a vertical line.  Move leftward again and draw another line at the 2" mark.  Now move left again and draw another vertical line at the 3" mark.  What is left is the small square which is 1/2"
5)  Move down to the next row and start at the 1/2" mark and then mark at 1" intervals 

6)  Stamp your image with classic ink
7)  Restamp with versa mark, adhere clear embossing powder and heat set.
8)  Cut your strips and then brick peices.
9)  Lay them down and in order as you.  Make sure the picture is in order as you do each row
 You will need space to place them down as you go because you don't want to mix the order up
10) Sponge all the edges, one at a time.

Lay your bricks...
for the bison card, the next size to lay(glue) bricks on was 3.75" x 2.75" (Soft Suede)and then the Expresso was 4 x 3
It is a smart idea to place the bricks down first before gluing to make sure you have the right amount of space between each brick and enough outside border.  When you're satisfied, start gluing.
Glue one piece at a time starting in the top right hand corner

On the larger tall flowers card - you can see there are pieces missing from the edges and sides - I decided already which ones I wanted to keep and which ones I didn't but in order to keep things straight and even, I started in the top right hand corner and laid my first brick down with removable adhesive and then all the ones I knew I was going to remove, I laid with removable adhesive. The background card size is 4 x 5.25" and then of course your card size is 4.25 X 5.5"

Splitcoast has a good tutorial should you need more direction.  Or email me

Let's see your cards now!

1 comment:

Angela McKay, Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

Thanks so much for sharing Cathie! I've posted a link to your blog on my post today as we used your fabulous idea for our club card this month!