First tutorial of the year!
To kick off 2017’s series of tutorials I’m going to show you how to make an inspiration board. They’re so versatile as they can be adapted to any size and decorated in any way you can imagine! They’re perfect for displaying your stash of art postcards, ACEO’s, or any other bits and pieces of inspiration that need a home.
» Light-weight wood board (mdf)
» Wadding (available from craft/fabric stores)
» Cotton material (less ‘busy’/patterned is best)
» Complimentary/matching ribbon
» Complimentary brads or buttons
» Complimentary/matching thick paper/thin card
» All-purpose glue
» Fabric scissors or craft knife
» Cotton thread to match your fabric
» Standard thin sewing needle
» Double-sided sticky tape
Begin by cutting your card/paper to roughly the same size as your pre-cut board.
Use PVA glue mixed with a very small amount of water and spread a thin layer over your board.
Smooth out any air bubbles by gently pressing/wiping over with a clean piece of kitchen towel.
Put your board to one side to let the glue dry, and place your chosen material DESIGN FACING DOWN, and place your wadding (cut to size) on top as central as you can, before carefully flipping it over the right way.
Evenly space your ribbon, trimming off excess, laying three diagonal one way, and then 3 diagonal the other way on top.
Carefully pin to the material/wadding, and sew (through the material, wadding, and ribbon) with a few stitches.
Stick your brads through all the layers, and fasten (if using buttons, attach at previous step) and place this wadding/fabric FACE DOWN.
Retrieve your board. Use your all-purpose glue to roughly cover the board.
Place your board, with your paper/card FACING UP, onto your wadding/fabric. Try to get it as central as possible. Press down a few times.
Once your wadding/material is stuck to your board (all-purpose glue tends to set fast) it’s time to tackle the over-hanging material. Put a strip of double-sided sticky tape across the top of your board, and fold the material over.
Trim any excess ribbon.
Now to neaten the corners; put a strip of double-sided sticky tape just beyond the edge of the board, and fold the excess material towards the board, over the sticky tape, to form a neat right-angle.
Repeat the past 3 steps on the opposite side of your board, until you have this:
Now it’s just a case of folding over the remaining edges.
Use small amounts of glue to secure any flapping edges, then move on to your ribbons.
Let your board dry fully before using.
There’s just one thing left to do…fill with your favourite things!