Those of you who follow my blog will know that I’m on the “Creative Team” of the designer Tina Fitch. Tina is known mostly for her fantastic digital designs for using with cutting machines such as the CraftROBO and Silhouette Cameo. Well Tina’s latest CD-ROM, “Cameo Creations” is available on Create & Craft, and there’s a program scheduled for tomorrow (Monday, 2nd April) at 4pm. I’ve been busy, along with some other members of Tina’s Creative Team, making samples to go up to the studio for the show.
The cards I’ve got to show you today are just some of the cards I’ve cut/constructed/decorated using Tina’s wonderful designs as the starting point. All made to show different styles of cards that you can make when using such fantastic designs, from the simple to the more ornate. And not just using the Cameo’s cutting function, but also the ability to use pens in the machine.
Take a good look and keep an eye out during the program to see if you can spot them:
- Scalloped Oval Layers (Scalloped Oval.studio) – With this scalloped oval design there’s a choice of having the top layer with the wording “Best Wishes” or blank for you to decorate or put a greeting of your choice. I chose to make this card in tones that would make it suitable for a male card, without ribbons or glitter. (Base card Linen textured gold card. Oval layers cut out of Hunkydory card; Embellishment two colours of sticky back gems in various sizes.)
- 3d Teddy Frame (3d Teddy Frame.studio) – The cutting file for the base card is provided, as is the cutting outlines to cut out the teddy in colours of your choice. You can then paper piece the teddy onto the card. I added googlie eyes for a finishing effect. (Base card hammered effect white card. Teddy cut from two colours of Hunkydory card; Writing in one of Silhouette Sketch Pens – Glitters; Embellishment googly eyes.)
- Best Wishes Line Art Card (Cameo Line art 1.studio) – This card is made by using both the writing and the cutting facilities of the Cameo, just remember to set only the particular lines you want to Cut for every different colour and for the cutting. It does take a bit of time to set it to do a colour, change the lines and change the pen, and then set it to write again, but the finished effect is very effective. (Card base cut from hammered effect white card; writing all using Silhouette Sketch Pens – Glitters; Insert is glitter paper put so that coloured, glittered, side is out towards cut-out area.)
- 3d Flower frame (3d Flower frame.studio) – This design has a different look depending on the card texture and colours you use for the base card and layers, and also what you use as embellishment. Think how jazzy it would look in yellow, orange and red, or how striking in in just black and white. (Card and flower layers from three colours of Hunkydory card. Embellishment is green and white peel-offs.)
- 3d Flower frame (3d Flower frame.studio) -This is the same design as card 4 in the 1st set above, but the layers were cut in the opposite colours, and a coloured insert was put behind the aperture. (Card from Hammered effect white card; Flower layers from Hunkydory card; Embellishment is a spotted ribbon and bow, together with peel-offs; Panel of Glitter card put behind aperture.)
- Fancy Scalloped Shape Layers (Fancy scalloped shape.studio) – This is a really versatile series of layers that can be cut in colours to suit your project and decorated however you want. I made it up in pinks and creams as an easel card. (Layers were cut out of an assortment of Hunkydory cardstock and attached to the front of an easel card (think this was also a Hunkydory base card as well, but I could be wrong there).Decorated with two types of gems on branches tied with a ribbon and bow.)
- This is a closeup of the front of the easel card when flat for putting in an envelope.
- This is an even closer closeup so that you can see the scalloped effect.
I’ve made more items than just these, so keep an eye out for a couple more blog posts of samples from me over the next few days.
Tina’s work is available to buy as individual items from the craftsUprint site. You can see the over 1,000 items she’s uploaded by clicking – here.
If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, but are considering saving up for one, I’d say – go for it! You could do a lot worse than going for the Cameo. I loved my CraftROBO. I’m even happier that I decided to go for an upgrade to the Silhouette Cameo.
If however you are not going for a cutting machine that can use Tina’s cutting files at this time, then quite a few of Tina’s designs are now available as .pdf file formats from the craftsUprint site, so that you can hand cut them with a craft knife or scissors. Click – here – to see some of them.
You can see the cards Ive made using design sheets from CUP in my Crafter Showcase Area on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
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