Hougie Crafters Rule
The Hougie Crafter’s Rule is a clear plastic rule with a steel edge on one side. This is so that you can run a craft blade along it without causing any damage to the rule. It also has a grid pattern on it to use as a measuring guide. This enables you to matt and layer any straight sided shape without measuring. No more number crunching. By using the following technique you can matt and layer projects bigger as well as smaller. Once you have mastered the technique you will see how quickly you can matt and layer a card or topper perfectly.
TECHNIQUE 1 – MATTING & LAYERING BIGGER – e.g. a topper
1. If your topper has 4 sides and a right angle, line it up in a corner on the back of your chosen backing paper and draw around it.
2. Look at the grid lines on your rule. Decide which distance you like from the cutting edge to a particular grid line.
TOP TIP - The distance you choose will be half that all the way round when you stick your matt together.
3. Line up your chosen grid line on top of your pencil with the cutting edge of the rule outside the pencil line.
4. Hold the rule firmly in place and cut along metal edge using the crafters blade. Repeat on the outside of both the pencil lines.
5. If you wish to do more layers just repeat steps 1 – 4 and remember that all the layers do not have to be the same depth.
TECHNIQUE 2 - MATTING AND LAYERING SMALLER e.g. backing paper straight on to your base card
a. Follow steps 1 – 2 for technique 1
b. Line up your chosen grid line on top of your pencil with the cutting edge of the rule inside the pencil line.
c. Follow steps 4 – 5 for technique 1
NOTE: If your topper has more than 4 straight sides, place it further in on your backing paper and carefully trim all sides to the required size.