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An Update, A Few Musings On My ScanNCut, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery
I’ve used some more of the pieces I cut out using my ScanNCut on Wednesday, some digi-stamps I’ve coloured of an evening while watching TV a few nights ago, as well as more or less finished a set of jewellery I’ve been working on slowly for the last 10 days or so. So there’s a bit of an assortment of items for you to look at today. I hope you like them.
I’m gradually getting familiar with my new electronic cutting machine, the Brother ScanNCut. There are some things it is handy for – and some things that are not quite as good as my Silhouette Cameo, so I’m thinking of it as complimenting rather than replacing my Cameo.
As I don’t have the space to leave any electronic cutting machine out all the time, and as the ScanNCut doesn’t need to be connected to a computer/laptop, it’s quicker and requires less space when wanting to cut a series of mats with matching flowers, or other cutting job. But not having a computer attached with software where you can do quick editing if a shape needs to be altered, or for designing patterns from scratch, and not having access to every font on the computer, isn’t so good at other times. I don’t believe that Brother’s on-line application the “Canvas” is anywhere near as good as the Silhouette Studio software either, though the latest upgrade does make a better job of converting more .svg files to the ScanNCut format, many of which were not opening at all prior to the upgrade. So plusses and minusses.
Following my cutting out of various items on several cards using my Brother ScanNCut I’ve been asked about what settings I used.
I’ve been doing a lot of playing around with different settings and different cardstock, but the cardstock I’ve used most of lately is the American Crafts 216gsm (which I think is 80lbs weight). For this I upped the pressure from 0 to 1 as it wouldn’t cut at all on 0. I took the speed down – I think it was down to 3 as I’d had much more problems at the top speed of 5 during a previous cutting session. I gradually upped the blade depth to between 4 and 5. It wasn’t cutting through properly at 4, but didn’t need to be at 5 which was marking more of the carrier mat. I also cut out some non-intricate mat pieces out of 250gsm Original Super Smooth cardstock and I did have the blade depth at 5 for that.
After I’d done some cutting the middle of the week I went looking on the GentleMan Crafter, John Bloodworth’s, blog and found that for one project he’d been using the same cardstock and had used practically identically the same settings I’d settled on in the end. It is nice to know that I’m on the right track.
As you’ll see on the last card I’ve got in today’s post – the ScanNCut cuts very narrow bands of flourishes beautifully, but simply doesn’t have a good tight turn for the very small areas. Some of these it’s barely marked the surface of the cardstock and others it hasn’t cut through cleanly. Some of the areas that it did cut through it pinged the little pieces of cardstock out as the blade lifted after going round, half of these little bits of cardstock landed up going into the holder up the side of the blade, which prevented the free motion of the blade. I must have paused the cutting over a dozen times while cutting out the one layer on this card, and one of the layers of the card I showed you in my previous post, to empty out the blade holder. But even with an clean blade holder it couldn’t do the smallest areas. (I’ve started doing this pausing and emptying of the blade holder because I rather think that letting stuff build up in the blade holder, thus preventing the free motion of the blade, could have been what was causing the blade to chip off the tip or blunting quicker than it should on previous days when I’ve done cutting.) I considered whether the fact that some of the smaller bits cut out were pinged off the mat was down to the mat not being tacky enough, but the cardstock is staying in place when cutting the really narrow flourishes and other small areas, and finished cuts all need to be removed with the provided tool, they don’t just flip off easily.
(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.)
There’s a cross section of very pretty, feminine, cards to more masculine ones, including cards for youngsters – so I’m still keeping to my resolution to make a mixture of cards even if every post doesn’t show the variety.
This image would be great for a child’s card, or an invite to a “Teddy Bears’ Picknic” event, but I’ve done it quite masculine as I think it would also work as a card from a child on Father’s Day or for a father’s birthday.
- Teddys Day out ( Butterflies) by Janette Padley and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed this digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock . I also printed some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of paper. I coloured the image in using my ProMarkers, FlexMarkers and Wink of Stella Brush Markers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Walnut, Glacier Blue, Cloud Blue, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Holly, Shale; Violet and Clear Wink of Stella. I then fed the various sheets into my ScanNCut machine and cut out the topper, various mats, paper ribbons and leafy branches. I took a 6″ square base card and used finger-lift tape to attach the largest mat layer. The finger-lift tape was also used to attach the topper to a mat. I used 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the paper ribbons and the matted topper and quick grab wet glue to attach the leaves. I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in. As the card is only 6″ square and I’ve only used 1mm deep foam for attaching some elements, this card is shallow enough to go through the UK post on a standard stamp.)
- Time 4 Tea 5×5 Decoupage In Lemon by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out. Although great for a 5 x 5 card I decided to use this as a topper for a larger card made from hammered cream cardstock. I stuck two doilies bottom right and top left of the card before sticking the base image down using a roller tape pen. I then used a very narrow, red backed, double sided tape at the top right and bottom left corners to add strips of lace from my crafting stash. I shaped the decoupage layers and added them using glue gel before finishing off the card by putting on sticky back, faux pearls. I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
- Angled view of part of the card to try and show the dimension I got with shaping the decoupage layers.
- Luka with Crayons by La La Land Crafts and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at the size I required onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in. The colours I used were: Poppy, Ruby, Chestnut, Bright Orange, Bright Green, Grass, Canary, Blue Grey 1, Almond, Blush, Light Fawn. I also printed a sheet from the blue kit onto the same cardstock. I used my ScanNCut to cut out the topper panel and mats. The base card is a 6″ sqhare white card and I used a roller tape pen to attach everything to the front, giving panels a bit of a twist and making them just touching. I finished off the card by writing on a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – using an Indigo Blue ProMarker. I also added a dotty border around and spots in the corners of the panels using the same ProMarker. Another card for a child that’s flat enough to be posted on a standard letter stamp in the UK.)
This is how I decorated the card that I showed you at the end of my last blog post. It was cut and stuck together then, but now I’ve decorated it as well.
- Deco Card – SNC by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I try and maximise the use of the cardstock by filling in unused areas with flower shapes or small panels for greetings, etc.. When cutting out layers of this card I’d cut several different shapes and sizes of flowers. With the aperture being in the back as well as the front of this card I thought that it would be an ideal card for putting in a “floating” element. I cut a narrow strip of acetate and attached it to the back of the card using ultra tacky double sided tape. I then used the same tape to attach a flower to it. I added layers to the flower using quick grab wet glue. I finished off by putting lots of very small, sticky back, faux pearls on various areas of the card front – No way I could handle the faux pearls with my fingers, so this is where my Pokey Tool was invaluable for picking up and placing in the correct place.)
- Teen boy text star Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at half size. I then cut the pieces out. I took a 6″ square white card and went around the edge using a Crimson ProMarker. I cut out two panels out of red linen textured cardstock and an oval panel out of white, which I also went round the edge using the ProMarker. The panels were attached to the card front using 1mm deep double sided foam tape. I then build up the decoupage, shaping each piece and gluing in place using glue gel. I just added a piece of knotted bakers twine as an embelishment. I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
- Angled view of previous card to try and show the dimension of the decoupage.
This is a set of jewellery I’ve been working on for days. Because of the small nature of the beads and some of the pieces I’ve only been able to do small sessions of making at a time. I’ve also had to use a flat nose pliers to hold the wire to pick up the beads and feed it round the outside circle. I love the look, and have some more pieces with different beads planned, but it does take me quite a bit of time because of having problems with my hands. I’m sure that each piece would be taking less than an hour if it wasn’t for my problems.
- A set of “Tree of Life” jewellery. The pendant is on the four tone green braid I showed you in my last post, though I’ve not finished off the other ends yet with the attachment to the chain and clasp for the back of the neck.
- A closer look at the “Tree of Life” pendant. I used a spray can as a form for making the circle and fine wire for the roots and branches. The beads are green seed beads.
- This is a ring made of memory wire, so expands to fit anybody’s fingers. But it can also be used with the ends of a fine scarf threaded through at the neckline. I cut the piece so that it had several loops to go round the finger plus two loops to turn at 90 degrees to use as the circular form of the “Tree of Life” decorative top of the ring.
- Smaller drops for earrings. As I ware sleepers I haven’t put ear wires on these as I just open the sleepers, slip on the drops and close the sleepers – If you have problems with the shepherds hook or kidney wires that come on earrings then consider getting sleepers and either making your own drops or buying and taking off the wires they came with. For these I used two loops of ring size memory wire as the base of the shape, cutting around 1cm longer to turn a hoop at the top. I used gold toned thin wire and green seed beads for the “Tree of Life” pattern exactly as the other pieces, though these being small like the ring top needed the use of flat nose pliers to do all the manipulating as I couldn’t work the pieces by hand.
CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:
I’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch. This time cutting out another design using my ScanNCut.
- Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (All the layers of the card were cut out of 216gsm American Crafts cardstock. Most of it cut out beautifully, but I’m not totally happy with the cut of the smaller details in the palest pink layer just below the white flourishes. No matter what I set the settings at, the ScanNCut doesn’t appear to like cutting out the smallest shapes. I’ve used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and quick grab wet glue to attach the layers together. I’ve not decorated the card yet so I’ll probably be back with the card to show you again once I decide what to put on it.)
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