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Modern Grid Technique


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The Modern Grid Technique includes the creation of a hand-drawn grid behind images that are already stamped on cardstock. The grid only looks this way as its vertical and horizontal lines are drawn across the paper stopping whenever part of a stamped image gets in its way. The line is then continued at the other side of the image.

Using two or three medium-sized stamped images are perfect for this technique.


Stamps: Circle Sayings (161355), Whale Watching (162276)

Ink: Memento Black (132708), Stampin’ Blends: Calypso Coral (154881), Lost Lagoon (161680), Poppy Parade (154958), Tahitian Tide (159221), Pebbled Path (161658).

Paper with measurements: Tahitian Tide (159261) 5 ½ X 8 ½ sc 4 ¼ , Basic White (158276) 2 @ 4 X 5 ¼

Accessories: Double Oval Punch (154242), Small Blending Brushes (160518), Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack (155475), Non-Stampin’ Up!-Black Journaling Pen, Ruler.


 1. Stamp approximately three images using Memento Black ink with the 4” side of paper at top and color as desired. Make sure to leave room for sentiment.

2. Using a journaling pen start with Basic White 4 X 5 ¼.

3. You can use grid paper to help with line placement. Use a removable tape to hold the Basic White in place allowing you to create your grid.

4. Start with 4” at top-come down ¾” and draw a horizontal line from left to write. Repeating every 1 inch. When You come to an image stop at the edge of image, lift the pen and place it on the opposite side to continue with your line.

5. At top of Basic White (4 in.) draw four vertical lines 1” apart. Doing the same as above stopping at the edge of an image and restarting on the next side.

6. After the grids are completed color the squares as desired. I would color-in a few blocks and then move to creating dots, lines, wavy lines or small circles in the other squares. This would also be known as a form of Zentangle. Make sure to leave at least three to four squares blank for balance.

7. Color the above using your choice of Stampin’ Blends to coordinate with your project.

8. Fold your Tahitian Tide CS using Bone Folder to make a crisp fold.

9. Attach your grid using your adhesive to the card front.

10. Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of Basic White and punch using the Double Oval punch. Using the coordinating Tahitian Tide CS cut the scallop using the Double Oval punch.

11. Adhere the two sentiments together. Turnover, add adhesive, and your Black Bakers Twine.

12. Add Dimensionals to the above and attach to your image.




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