Product Review – Evo Templates
Evo Templates by Evolving Images
By: Susan Caplan, Product Guru
Evo Square Templates
Ever hear of Evo Templates by a company called Evolving Images? If you haven't, then I have a treat in store for you. I have been using these marvelous acrylic templates for years and don't know what I would do without them.
Evo Templates are graduated, bevel -edged, acrylic pieces that come in various shapes and sizes. I have the rectangles and squares. My rectangles I find indispensable, so I will focus my review on these. They come in 7 gradated sizes starting at 1.25" x 2.5" and progressing to the largest which is 4.25" x 5.5" ( a perfect A2 card size). I have mine sitting on my desk in a slotted acrylic holder.
Seeing as I don't have a keen eye for keeping things straight when I cut, the templates have solved this problem for me.
I start by placing a cutting mat on my desk. Then I place a piece of card stock on top of the mat. Next, I place the size template that I desire, and with an exact-o blade in hand, I cut along the 4 edges of the rectangle. It is that easy.
Often I stamp and color an image, then I place a template over my image, one at a time, until I find the correct size. Then, I cut it out using the exact-o blade. When that is done, I place the image onto a slightly larger rectangle, to create a mat. I usually choose the next size up template, place it on colored card stock and cut away. A perfect layer every time without rulers or unnecessary steps.
I have found that the most useful size to me is the largest template which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. It is the exact size of a folded card. I use this as a base for determining where my images will be placed. I also place the clear acrylic piece over different color card stocks, so that I can see exactly what the color looks like under my image. I can even score my card stock with this template, by placing it on the left side of a 4 1/4 x 11" card and score along the right edge. Fold the card in half at the score mark.
If you do a lot of layering on cards as I do, and like me "eye balling" just doesnt work, then I HIGHLY recommend these templates. The templates as I mentioned earlier come in various shapes and sizes. I have found that the circles and ovals were particularly difficult to work with. So I do not recommend those shapes. I do however LOVE the squares and rectangles. I cannot say enough positive things about them.
My rating: A+
An Evo Template Project
Dessert Tray & Sentiment (My Favorite Things)
Brown, White, Red, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Decorative paper (unknown)
Brown (Stampin' Up!)
Evo Templates - Rrectangles (Evolving Images)
Nestabilities tags (Spellbinders)
Cuttlebug Diecut Macine (Provo Craft)
Polka dots embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
1/4" circle punch
Slot punch (Stampin' Up!)
Red Glitter glue (Ranger)
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Decorative Edge Scissors (Friskars)
Adhesive (Scotch double sided tape)
Aleene's tacky glue
Color pencils (Prisma)
- Stamp image onto white card stock. Color and cut out using Evo template and an exact-o knife. Trim with decorative edge scissors.
- Layer onto a slightly larger piece of brown card stock, cut from Evo rectangular template. Apply glitter glue onto frosting, and Crystal lacquer onto cherries. Set aside.
- Cut red card stock using Evo template, apply to slightly larger piece of brown card stock. Set aside.
- Fold an 8.5" x 5.5" piece of card stock in half using the largest Evo template to score. Apply a decorative piece of paper along the front of the card.
- Take a piece of vellum and pass it through the Cuttlebug machine using the polka dot folder. Adhere to the front of the card on an angle.
- Apply the red/brown rectangle layer onto the card with double sided tape.
- Folder over a strip of ribbon and apply with glue as shown. Repeat just below the first.
- Adhere the dessert platter with pop dots over the ribbon and red/brown layer as shown.
- Punch out 3 circles apply red glitter glue, allow to dry, then apply crystal lacquer over all, creating a 3 D embellishment. Set aside to dry. When dry adhere to right side of card with a little crystal lacquer.
- Using Nestabilities dies punch out two tags, one brown and one red. Adhere the red over the brown and string ribbon through the holes and adhere to decorative paper with glue.
- Stamp saying with brown ink and punch out with slot punch. Adhere to red tag.
- Adhere all with pop dots on lower portion of card front.
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