We're having a Tag Along challenge on the FB eclips & eCal page... if you're an eclips user, come join in the fun! (There's even a free file - (optional to use) for those in the challenge.
Here's a couple of my samples and a quick run down of how I made them.
Create the top tag using basic shapes. Position a heart on the tag, resizing if needed. I flipped mine. Select all and using the PATH dropdown, select Back minus Front. Select the desired font -- I chose one that is called Stencil. Position as desired and once again, use PATH > Back minus Front. Add a small circle near the top of the tag and centered. Again, repeat the PATH ? Back minus Front command.
You can add a another layer - but the easiest for me was to choose EFFECTS >Shadow (Contour Cut). Adjust the width to .09 and change the shadow to rounded shadow and select BLACKOUT SHADOW. Click on OK.
Go back to the basica shapes library and select a circle. With both layers showing on the mat, center the circle on the top where the hole is and then in the layers' palette, hide the top layer (Click the eye in the layers palette, selecting the layer with the heart and sentiment). Select the shadow layer and the circle and choose PATH > Back Minus Front.
At this point, you can separate the two pieces for cutting. Cut with your machine.
I wanted to make some custom backgrounds, so I added a layer of Gesso to each of the pieces. Using some dye based inks and a blending tool, add colors and blend lightly. Spritz with water lightly and dab with a cloth or paper towel for a little more texture and to remove a little bit of color. Add additional sparkle using a glitter pen and white gel pen. Repeat for the bottom layer or shadow and then adhere the top to the bottom using your favorite adhesive.
For this single layered tag, I colored directly to the stock. Spritzed lightly with water and let dry. I used a stamp from Purple Onion and sentiment from the same set. Using the decor art foil glue pen, fill in the heart and let dry according to manufacturer's directions. Apply foil and burnish. I colored the flower using Tombow markers. Quick and easy.
1) Choose a digital stamp, trace and use the Print2CutPrint feature in the eCal software instead of stamps and ink
2) Choose a digital stamp, trace and use the DRAW (pen) feature in the eCal software
I still need to laminate them and add my ribbons and a charm.
Join us in the challenge! You'll find all the details on the Facebook page in the pinned post. #sizzixeclipsecalmakers