For the first time in many years, I didn't buy my own birthday present, T did! Got to love a hubby that listens and says "let's do it!"
I've been wanting a laser engraver for a long time -- especially after seeing a model that also cuts, but the pricing was way out of our comfort zone. When we saw this model, we couldn't help but make the purchase even though the cutting area is very small, it does suffice for what I wanted to do.
Peggy at Mixed Media Supplies has some digital stamps that I'd hoped would have excellent results. So, let the play begin.
Mini Maker by Nejetool.com
Rose Stencil Digital Stamp (Mixed Media Supplies)
wood cuts (1/8" birch) - from my stash
eBrush w/ Tombow adapter
Adhesive, ScorTape, Red Line heavy duty tape, Scotch Quick Dry glue
Word Processing program
used fabric softener sheet (optional)
metallic rub on (gold)
I don't have a lot of pictures for this project, but I'm pretty sure you'll figure out the steps on your own.
Begin by selecting and sizing the digital stamp in the NJ software (I enlarged to fill the design window) The finished design was 1 x 1.5 inches. As you'll notice in the pictures below, the image was engraved on a wooden tag I had in my stash.
Once the image has been engraved, remove it from the machine. Trim if needed. Set aside.
Gesso and ATC sized piece of card stock. Let dry. Using the eBrush and Tombow markers, color as desired. I originally had plans to use the lighter edges as the top of the ATC, however, decided to flip it. Color the engraved piece and the mini heart.
Open your word processing program and select the fonts and sentiments for your ATC. I chose Summer Sunsets, the color of roses as a reminder of the beautiful sunsets we have been seeing in recent days and the garden of roses I pass by nearly every morning on walk through the neighborhood.
Print on plain paper, Then using some repositionable glue/tape, place the ATC over the printing noting the placement. Print again. At this point, you can spray with a bit of fixative OR using some embossing powder, emboss for another layer of texture.
If desired, add a bit of gold metallic rub to the edges of the ATC.
"Glue" some torn pieces of the used dryer sheet on the ATC with the mod podge. Let dry. Glue a small piece of the dryer sheet to the heart. Let that dry as well. When dry, add a bit of looped twine on the back of the heart. Secure with glue or redline tape.
When the ATC base has dried, secure the ATC to a base (3 x 4). Add embellishments. If desired add a light layer of ModPodge to the entire ATC, making sure that the edges of your wood pieces are also sealed. Let dry and you're ready to sign and frame your work of art.