Corinne Bradd tests out the features of the new TODO Multi-Functional Crafting Machine
What you need...
- TODO machine
- Embossing folder, Cherry Blossoms
- Card, various
- Bakers twine
- Punch, hole
- Ink-pad, blue
Embossed Card - 1 Place cream card, 16cm square, inside a Cherry Blossoms embossing folder and close. Position the folder between the B and C plates and lay onto the base plate. Check the carriage is at either end of the machine. Adjust the rollers to the lower end of the recommended 5 – 8 settings for a deep, crisp impression. Turn the handle to move the rollers over the stack of plates to the other end.
2 Remove the card from the folder, trim the edges of the square and round the corners. Use pink and purple chalks to tint the raised areas of the pattern by rubbing powder over the surface using your finger.
3 Matt the section onto orange and fix polka dot ribbon near the bottom, securing the edges to the back. Mount onto a pink square blank. Refer to the Letterpress Tag tutorial for instructions on how to make a ‘Good Luck’ sentiment.
Hot Foiling - 1 Plug in the TODO and click the side button to turn on the red indicator light. Leave the metal plate to heat up for around 12 minutes, making sure that nothing is resting on it. When the light turns green, the machine is ready to use.
2 Place a geometric leaf template face up on the metal plate, then leave for a minute to heat up. Cut orange foil and lay it dull side up on the template. Place hot pink card over the foil and lay the A plate on top. Check that the carriage is at either end of the machine. Adjust the rollers to the recommended 2 – 3 setting and turn the handle to move them over the stack and to the other end. Remove the plate and card from the machine, then peel away the foil to reveal the image.
3 Use a magnetic tool to pick up the hot template and turn it over. Lay the waste foil dull side up on this and lay light pink card and mats on top as before. Adjust the setting to half a number lower and slowly roll the carriage over the top to stick the reverse foil image to the card.
4 Trim the hot pink background piece to 11.5cm. Next, hot foil a decorative oval design onto yellow and cut out. Make an oval from the light pink decorated card and stick to the centre of the frame, then add a charm using a brad before sticking to the panel. Attach the entire section to a light blue blank to finish.
Letterpress Tag - 1 Use a blue ink-pad to colour the raised areas of a Geometric Leaf letterpress template. Place the template face up on the base plate of the TODO. Cut a square of thin cream card and place over the template and lay the C and A plates on top.
2 Check that the carriage is at either end of the machine. Adjust the rollers to the recommended 6 – 8 setting. 6 will give a deeper impression, and 8 will give a lighter print depending on the card weight. Turn the handle to move the rollers over the stack of plates to the other end. Remove the card from the stack and trim into a tag shape. Mount onto orange card, then trim and punch a hole at the top before threading with orange and turquoise bakers twine. Decorate with a hot foiled motif.
TODO machine, £299.99, TODO hot foil press, £19.99, 090 5648 0480, [url=http:///todo]http:///todo[/url]