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An Update, A Few Cards and A Bracelet
I’m finding it hard to believe that April is almost over. Where has the month gone? I’m sure I’ve lost a few days somewhere – so if anybody’s found them, please send them back. LOL.
Today’s post has a lot of items that have been cut out using my ScanNCut. There were fewer problems with cutting most of these than with some designs I’ve been cutting (see my previous blog post for my musings about some problems I’ve encountered) as, although intricate, there are less of the really tiny areas that the machine struggles with. I did have to keep an eye and pause a couple of times, but not nearly as many times as with some of the items I’ve cut lately.
I’ve also got a simple bracelet to show you. I hope you like today’s assortment and will take a moment to leave me a comment/response at the end.
(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
- Clock Hanger Topper…SVG by Tina Fitch (I bought this file for cutting out using my Silhouette Cameo, but then I had the idea of testing out the Brother, online, “Canvas” application to convert the .svg file to the format needed for my Brother ScanNCut machine. The file imported nicely into “Canvas” and I resized everything together so that the maximum size, across the top hanger, was just over 7″ with all the pieces just filling the 12″ square working area. I downloaded and put onto my USB stick and put this into my ScanNCut. I cut the whole lot out twice, once out of white cardstock and once out of a deep maroon bordering on brown cardstock – both cardstocks were American Crafts 216gsm. For this card I’ve used every other layer out of each colour, and I’ve also got a topper in the opposite colours ready to make up another card. I used took an 8″ square black card and chopped an inch off the bottom. I built up the topper attaching some layers with quick grab wet glue and some using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I used two of the circles that had cut out from the centre of some of the layers to make my greeting panel. I’ve made it as a retirement card with the greeting “No More Working 9 to 5” covering the 9 and the clock hands set at 5.)
- Angled close-up of “clock” face.
- Closer look at part of “clock” face.
This is how I decorated the card I’d cut out and put together that I showed you at the end of my last blog post.
- Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I do try and drop on some flowers, flourishes, etc., into the spaces on my cardstock to maximise what I get out of each sheet. For the decoration of this card I simply used 3 flowers that I’d cut out previously, shaped a bit and then stuck on with quick grab wet glue. I finished off by putting on some little sticky back faux pearls – I use my pokey tool to pick up and position these as there’s no way my fingers will work well enough to work with such small items.)
- Fancy Doily 1….ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (This is such a pretty design that I decided to make a “white on white” card with it, with just a little silver mirror paper as a highlight. For this card I cut every layer out of the same sheet of 216gsm, American Crafts, white cardstock. The design cut very well in my ScanNCut with the base layer being around 5.5″” accross. For a base card I used an 8″ square white card. I cut a panel of white cardstock at 15cm square and a silver mirror paper panel at 16cm square. I used a corner punch on the corners of the base card and the white mat. The mats were then stuck in place using finger-lift tape and I also attached the base layer of the fancy doily using finger-lift tape. I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the next two layers and glue gel to attach the top layer. I punched some stars out of the silver mirror paper using the same corner punch I’d used previously, and stuck these at the top corners of the base card and the centre of the doily. I didn’t add any other embelishment and I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
- Angled look to try and show the dimension.
- A closer angled look.
- Ballroom Dancers Stamp by Janette Padley and Butterflies 2 by Andrea Hippenstiel, with the floral and leaf embelishments having been cut from Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley, and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the dances image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. After cutting it out I went round the edges with a black ProMarker to disguise the cut edge. I also printed out the butterflies onto the same cardstock, cut out three of different sized purple ones, added violet Wink of Stella Brush Pen to the body and clear Wink of Stella to the wings. The base card is a 7″ x 10″ black card. I cut out the centre 3cm from the sides and 4 from the bottom – I’m using the cut-out to make a second card, but I’ve not finished it yet so can’t show it to you today. I then scored an A4 sheet of acetate using my Hougie Board and attached it in the card centre using ultra tacky, red backed, double sided tape. Every time I do any cutting out, either with my electronic cutting machines or using dies, I cut out some flowers, leaves, flourishes, etc., out of any unused area to maximise my use of cardstock. For decoration of this card I just raided my “box of cut bits” and had fun dotting an assortment of cut items all over the card around the dancing couple, putting the butterflies flying around as well. I used glue gel for the sticking.)
- While the first card is photographed against a black background, for this photo the card is photographed against a white background to show ut the silhouette more. Whatever background is behind the card will show through because the main body of the card is clear acetate.
- Close-up of the central area of the card to show some detail.
- Angled view to show the dimension of the card.
A multi coil bracelet.
- This bracelet was made by turning a loop at one end of a 5 coil memory bracelet wire and then feeding on clusters of different types of semi-precious stone chips. I finished off by turning another couple of loops at the end to prevent the stones coming off, which is why the whole bracelet isn’t 5 coils all around.
- Flipped the bracelet ove.
- This is the tower of different types of semi-precious stones chips that I used. This is what was left after finishing the project (and I’d used some of the contents for previous projects as well) so you can see I’ve got enough left to make some more stuff again.
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