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I’ve had my Silhouette Cameo out yesterday, so most of what I’m showing you today involves cutting out digital cutting files. Plus you’ll notice that lots of this has been combined with the colouring in of digi stamps using my Promarkers. I find cutting out of items by hand neatly after I’ve coloured them in a bit difficult, especially when my hands are playing up, so having digi stamp Print & Cut files is absolutely fantastic. Some digis are taking me ages to colour in, but on the whole, by putting down my pens regularly and wiggling my fingers around a lot and then resting them for a bit, I’m finding colouring in an easier job than cutting. Though I have to admit that I’m not the best colourer inner around, and never likely to be, but it is a relaxing thing to do on my lap tray, in bed with my damaged leg elevated, while watching TV at night. A bit of watching, and then a bit of colouring in during the adverts or boring bits is about the right pace for me.
(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)
- AUTUMN HEDGEHOG DECOUPAGE by Sharon Duncan and SET OF 2 WOODLAND TREES by Sharon Duncan (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth card and cut out all the pieces. I made the base card out of an A4 sheet of pale green cardstock in a similar tone to the green to the circle area behind the hedgehog. I cut out the trunk and branches from the Woodland Trees cutting file, out of brown card-stock, using my Silhouette Cameo. I shaped the pieces and built them up on the card front, attaching each layer in place using glue gel. I dotted some of the decoupage leaves around the card rather them building them up on the main image. For me, this was one of the most difficult, of the cards on show in this blog post, to make, because of the amount of ins and outs in the hand cutting. The rest of the cards here may look more complicated, but the cutting has been made mostly using my Cameo, with some paper punches.)
- LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 17 with butterfly by Clive Couter (I printed the two pages out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and coloured in the main image and the extra layers for decoupaging using my Promarkers. The colours I used were: stem and leaf – Apple Cider, Forest Green; flowers – Plum Preserve, Plum, Amethyst; butterfly – Summer Sun; edging shadow – Cool Grey 2. I then put them into to my Silhouette Cameo and cut out the card and layers. I shaped the layers to be added and stuck them in place using glue gel. I put the butterfly on the inside back. I finished off with some glittery ribbon in tones of purple and pink which came from my crafty stash. I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what greeting or what language will be needed.)
- LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 13 with butterfly by Clive Couter (I printed the main card layer and the page with the decoupage layers onto 300gsm Super Smooth card and then coloured them in using Promarkers. The colours I used were: butterfly – lilac, winter berry, together with some violet metallic marker; stem and leaves – Island Lagoon, holly; flowers – Canary, Gold, Tequila Sunrise; shading shadow – Cool Grey 2. I shaped the extra flowers and butterfly and then stuck them in place using glue gel. I finished off the card by putting a slit on the spine and threading through a yellow grosgrain and yellow organza ribbon. These were then tied in a knot on the front. I’ve left off the greeting for the time being until I know the occasion the card will be given for.)
- Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio by Tina Fitch (I printed the design off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my Promarkers before cutting it out using my Silhouette Cameo. The colours I used were: paints and leaf on hat – Canary, Leaf Green, Poppy; bear’s nose – Poppy; bear’s clothing – Budding Rose, Blossom, Rose Pink; bear’s fir and paint pallet – Tawny Owl, Tan, Chestnut, Oatmeal, March Hare. I also cut out the oval layers supplied in the cutting file – the top one out of white pearlescent cardstock, the second out of pink cardstock and the third out of pearlescent pink cardstock,and in addition to the layers I cut out some flourishes at the same time. I then punched out flower layers out of the leftover card-stock from the layers using a Petit Petal Pairs punch. The base card was a pre-cut card from my crafty stash. I inked the edge with Tattered Rose distress ink using an ink blending tool on a SplodgeAway mat – I’ve found having the little 8″ square one to hand for quick little jobs like this is easier than getting out my glass mat or heatproof mat when I don’t need them for larger jobs. I also used the same colour to touch the edge of some of the petals of the punched flowers. The flower layers were then shaped and the flowers built up, sticking each layer in place using a quick grab wet glue. I built up the matting layers using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape and then used glue gel to add the topper and other elements. I decided to make this card in shades of pink, but being a digi it could be coloured in any colour and made to suit the recipient’s favourite colour, from muted tones like this card to really bright and multicoloured.)
- Angled look at the card.
- A closer look at the flowers and flourishes.
- Closeup of the coloured in digi – the colouring in could be improved I think, but on the whole i’m quite pleased with how it turned out.
- Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio by Tina Fitch (This first picture shows the card closed. I cut the back and two doors out of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock – with a new blade set quite deep to make sure that I had a good cut as this is quite a tough cardstock to cut but excellent, weight wise, and with a nice finish for special cards like this. I cut the bottle pieces out of 240gsm green card-stock, and the glasses and sentiments out of silver textured cardstock. I used wet glue to put the pieces of the glasses and the bottle together, holding each piece together until the glue grabbed. I put very thin irridescent vellum panels behind each door and the back, attaching in place with strong, red backed, double sided tape. I used a Zig glue pen over both arches of flowers on the door and put ultra fine, clear, glitter, over them. I then used template tape to attach the doors to the back and finished off by attaching the glasses, bottle and sentiment. As this is such a pretty design I decided not to put on any further embellishment. It is just gorgeous, and because it comes with a variety of greetings and numbers it can be used for many occasions. Just think of it with either red glasses or the base card in red for a Ruby wedding anniversary, the possibilities are endless.)
- Closeup of one of the “glasses” on the front to show the dimension.
- Door partly opened to show inside.
- One door further opened – you’ll notice that there is a solid area that’s clear of cutting out to the side of the bottle where a greeting from the sender could be written, or it could be written on the back.
- Closeup of the bottle inside to show dimension.
With so many dimensional elements to this card it is quite a deep one when finished – but the cutting file actually includes the cutting elements to make a box to go with it. I’ve cut mine out but haven’t put it together yet, so keep an eye out in future blog posts for the card in the box.
In my last post (here) I showed you the finished hooded scarf with pockets that I showed you the start of in my post of the 17/09/12 (here). I decided that the photo of the item displayed over the back of a chair didn’t show it off well, so when my niece called over I asked her to model it for me. This is the resulting photo:
- Knitted using a very chunky yarn on an Authentic Knitting Board weaving back and fore between two rows of pins to give a scarf that’s double thickness, it is super toasty warm, with the hood to cover the ears, the scarf to wrap around the neck and the pockets to keep hands warm in.
Ive put up 2 items since my last blog post:
My shop details are saying that I’ve got 40 items listed at the moment, so have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- Monday, 29th October – here – If you’ve never bought from craftsUprint before, or if you’re somebody who buys regularly and has huge number of items in your Wish List – the 20% Discount Code is for everybody. Please make use of it and save yourself some money buying some of the digital designs that are on offer. Even just browsing the mailer, without ever browsing around the whole site, and you’ll see that there are some gorgeous items available. And if you are somebody who likes to do more of the hands one crafting then the Digital Stamping or Designer Resourse area may be more of an interest to you (you don’t have to be a CUP designer to use the designer resources.) And if paper-crafting isn’t your main interest then there’s sections for Cross Stitch, Knitting, etc., as well. You may find just the pattern for that cuddly toy, or child’s jumper, you are looking for – and the beauty of buying in a digital format like this – if the dog chews your pattern, or someone spills something on it – you just print it out again.
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.)
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