the eCal/Scal FB page is hosting another tag reveal beginning today, September 1. Only 3 tags -- but they've been incredibly fun to make and create.
The tag I'm choosing to share today is this one.
I love fall and have lots of fun memories of raking leaves into great big piles, helping my dad put them into a wheel barrow and moving them to a bigger pile. We would play for hours in the piles. Once all the "play" was done, we would have a bon-fire (the leaves were the fuel), roast marshmallows and make s'mores. As the cooler weather arrived, warm cider or hot chocolate in mugs and freshly made doughnuts would often great us.
Supplies needed: All digital images are from Creative Fabrica (affiliate links are used and help provide vouchers for participants in the challenges on the Facebook page) Harvest Hayrides Apple Cider... found here.
Open SCAL and select Tag 2 from the library. Size to 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall. You'll need to ungroup and resize the circle near the top of the tag and center.
Open the quote bundle and select the quote, size as needed. Make sure the image is set to print + cut print. The SVG was colored using the Gradient feature and 4 colors using the radial feature. You can play with the sliders to get the best effect.
Create your Spiced Cider image. Don't have a cent sign, create your own using a lower case "c" and a lower case "l" in separate text boxes and overlap the l onto the c. Center in the circle. If you have trouble creating the text, refer to the SCAL user manual for best results. Set all the lettering to print + cut print. Highlight the circle, select Effects < Contour Cut (Shadow Layer) and leave at the default setting.
The plaid border at the bottom of the tag is a separate horizontal rectangle and is filled with one of the digital papers in the pack. It was pretty close to the ribbon I had on hand, so I used it.
Drag and drop the Cup onto the mat. DO NOT UNGROUP yet. Highlight and select Effects < Contour Cut (Shadow Layer). Create a shadow that is .30. Select blackout. Click ok. Now, you can ungroup the cup and separate the pieces for cutting. Fill the middle band with the same plaid you used for the rectangle. Be sure to set it to print + cut print.
Print all printables. Cut all pieces. Ink if desired for a little more dimension and texture. Assemble the cup. Place foam dots on the back and place on the tag as shown below. Adhere the spiced cider circle to the shadow circle. Foam dots were also added to the back of the shadow of the spiced cider circle. Add your ribbon and secure as desired. A staple was used in this example.
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you'll check out all the tags being shared this week on the Facebook page and elsewhere. Set aside some creative time this week. Enjoy the flow and nurture your heart along the way.
It's been a joy to be back in the craft room again and sharing some ideas over on The Artistry using some files from CreativeFabrica.com They were fun and we're going to enjoy using several of them on some scrapbooking pages and cards. I'll have a few more to share in the days to come.
Gotta love these shutter mechanism cards! So happy that The Artistry liked it too. This card also features an EZ Sound Module, button activated from InviteByVoice.com. Bonus: there's an SVG / PDF file you can download as well for the shutter mechanism. Hope you'll stop by!
It's been so fun to use these quirky digital images from Vera Lane Studio for some upcoming birthday cards.
The digi stamp is a p2c using the Skycut and SCAL5. Spot on and perfect cut! Colored pencils, blended with Gamsol. The background is "smooshed" using distress inks, water and an acetate sheet. A few enamel dots were added. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.
This "scrappy" slimline card is interactive. There's a lever mechanism and a wobble in use. It's so much fun. The colors are bright and and are perfect for the 10 year old it's going to. All pieces were cut on the Skycut using SCAL 5. And again, the P2C is spot on with no problem cutting the candle and flames. The digi stamp was resized without losing any details and is about 1 1/2 inches tall. Colored pencils, gamsol were used for color on the stamp. Some hand drawn details were added to the "packages"
I'm looking forward to using these and a few other digis in my stash in the days to come. It's so relaxing to do a little coloring and that lever mechanism is easy to set up and use. It's the same mechanism that was used in this post last year using a digi from Whimsy Stamps.
Thanks for dropping by and have a crafty day and if today's not your day, schedule in an hour to two this week.
We have quite a few birthdays coming up in the next few weeks. LOTS of birthdays! Pinterest offered the inspiration for this card.
I love the retro look in the way the triangle shapes are organized. This was the first card I cut on the new machine (#skycut) and I was amazed at how quickly the machine cut everything but the card base. It was probably less than 1 1/2 minutes from start to finish.
A little inking around each of the triangles. The word "birthday" is a stamp from a Tim Holtz set, embossed with white detail embossing powder from Ranger. The enamel dot is from FSJ. Paper is from SU, FSJ, Bazill and AC.
This card is so adaptable for other occasions as well. Change out the words, papers and even the font if you'd like to suit the occasion. Looking forward to making a few with some of the digital papers I have in my stash....
Off to cut and make a stack! Hoping you have some creative time planned in the next few days! Enjoy!
A current challenge on the eclips & eCal Facebook page was the basis for creating this fun interactive card. The challenge requires use of a shaker element. The shaker must be created using eCal and cutting with the eclips cutting machine.
This idea has been in a sketchbook for over a year --the challenge was perfect timing and the opportunity to bring this project to the top of the list opened a bevy of other ideas! The shaker for this card had to be transparent all the way to the base of the card -- as that would be where the sentiment would be adhered under the shutter elements.
You'll need: Bazzil cardstock: 2 8.5 x 11 sheets for the card base (5.5 x 8.5) , 2 panels (1.875 x 5), clasp (optional), shutter mechanism pieces (1 6 x 6 piece) 1 6 x 6 inch for camera 1 3 x 4 inch piece for foil quilled sentiment 1 6 x 6 inch piece for Lens and bar 1 6 x 6 inch transparency for lens
Foil quill standard tip Foil sprinkles for the shaker Foam for back of camera to adhere to card base. Foam for the shaker.
Assemble card base, create a gatefold card. The gatefold will be used in landscape orientation with the flaps being on the top and bottom. You can add the panels to the front of the card now. In this version, the panels were dry embossed. Open the card base. Form the shutter mechanism and adhere to the card base. While the card base is open, adhere the foil quilled sentiment. It should be centered in the opening of the shutter when fully opened.
This card also features an LED light for a flash - using a simple circuit using copper tape, battery and light. (Check out Chibitronics for the basics.) A 1/8 inch punch was used to create the spot for the LED to shine through. Apply foam tape around the 2 outside short edges of the camera - and around the battery to keep it in place. Adhere to the card base, making sure the sentiment is centered in the lens opening.
Create the shaker, Glue both of the lense cardstock shapes together -- this provides a firm top for the shaker. To the back of these, adhere on of the transparency circles.
Adhere the 2nd transparency shape to the front of the camera, centered over the opening in the camera. Add a foam tape circle to the transparency. This version used thin strips of 1/8 thick tape - stacked with a second layer of tape. Add some sprinkles and then place the top of the shaker over this piece.
Add the clasp and closing (if desired). Many of the cards you can find using the gatefold method use a belly band. The clasp used her consists of a rounded rectangle and a decorative piece. Adhere about 1/3 of the clasp piece to the top fold of the card base. Glue a small hook and loop to the clasp and bottom flap to keep the card closed.
Plans are to make several versions of this card. The shutter element is perfect. If desired the shaker element could be left off and just the lens piece with one transparency piece used. Change the sentiment to a stamped image or even a selfie that would fit in the opening area of the shutter.
Hoping you have some time built into your schedules to do a little creating this week. Nurture your spirit along the way too!
Coming soon: 5 Spring Tags! Annual challenge reveal.
The days have been a bit on the dreary side with recent storms -- rain and snow seem to be the forecast for the time being. Not much in the way of sunshine.... BUT... Sometimes you just need to break away from what you've been doing and try something new or go back to something old and do a "refresh." The next few posts will be just about that! I've had so much fun in the last couple of weeks, that it's hard not to explore things I've been wanting to do for a long time, but didn't have enough hours in the day.... or night.
I was gifted an IkonStencilArt kit just before Christmas and thought I might be able to create a few stencils for use in other projects and learn more about the silkscreen process. It has been a lot of fun. I've tried several different mediums some with success, others not so much... it has been an interesting journey and I'm not done yet, that's for sure. Lots of ideas formulating and I'm looking forward to some serious "makes" in the future.
The project showcased in this post is for a two step stencil.
You'll need: eCal3/SCAL5 Printer (laser or inkjet) - this project used an inkjet printer Printer acetate for your printer Silkscreen material Blacklight kit (IkonStencilArt) Desired medium (chalk paste, acrylic paint, speedball silkscreen print ink) Foam brush Fonts
*some links used in this post are affiliate links.
I'm using my eCal3 software to create the artwork. You can use other editing programs (PaintShop, PrintShop, etc.) including Word or Pages (though I don't see as much flexibility as might be needed for a more advanced design in Word or Pages).
Open eCal From the library, select a horizontal rectangle and size to 4x6 inches - in the color palette, make the background white and select none for the stroke. Type Hello in caps using the font Smart Choices Sans Regular from CreativeFabrica. In the color palette, select Black for the fill color and non for the stroke. Arrange the word in the center of the rectangle both vertically and horizontally. You can group the two layers together if designed. Move to the upper left corner of the mat.
From the library select another horizontal rectangle and size to 4 x 6 inches - return to the color palette and make the background white and select none for the strock. Type Sunshine using the script font: Sign a Day Regular also from CreativeFabrica. Move the font and center over the Hello. You may need to stretch is a bit. Then move the font back down to the second rectangle. Center both horizontally and vertically. Make sure the font fill is set to black and the stroke to none.
Reverse both images so the writing is backwards. You will print the images in this way on the printer transfer acetate. This way the printer ink lays against the silkscreen material when being exposed for a much sharper image.
Printer settings are really important. So make sure you have the correct printer setup settings in the eCal program. I use a Canon Pixma printer with a rear feed. I have a special setting for printing the acetate -- following the suggestions by the manufacturer. I chose to print the entire sheet, not just a portion, so after printing, cut the the images into the desired sizes. Again, the rectangles were 4 x 6 inches. I filled the remainder of the sheet with smaller images and words to be used at a later time.
Following the manufacturer's directions expose the stencil material, wash, dry and post expose. You can watch a video of this process here.
Yep, these are used and the acrylic paint does leave them stained. I got a little anxious and wanted to use them and forgot to take a pic in their new and fresh state!
For this project, I chose to test on yellow cardstock from Bazill. I tried chalk paste, but still got some bleeding using the black paste. 1. Place the HELLO stencil centered over the yellow cardstock. Apply the chalk paste (Bright White was used in this sample). Wash the stencil while the paste is drying. It doesn't take long to do either. 2. When the white has dried, center the Sunshine stencil over the Hello as desired. Black chalk paste was applied. In this sample the black paste bled under the stencil -- which has been a consistent problem with this particular brand. (I'll be testing another brand later this week as I'm not happy at all with the results.)
This test was made using acrylic paint (yes, it will stain your stencil) and you need to wash the stencil quickly or slip into a basin with water prior to washing out. I used a foam brush to move the paint across the stencil. The results were near perfect.
These stencils can be used over and over and you can get some pretty fine lines and small lettering.
I'm very excited about the possibilities. I see lots of potential use for these stencils and a few others in the works.
Hoping you have some creative time calendared in over the next few days. Enjoy the time you spend nurturing your creative soul. Happy Crafting!
A digital Whimsy Stamp (Sugar) to the rescue for this card for one of our granddaughters. Her birthday is coming up soon and I really hope she'll like it. We've been doing some sort of interactive card for each of the grandkids for the last couple of years and it's getting a little tougher each year to find something "new" to keep them excited. However......
Digi stamp cuteness makes this little girl shine and dance using a simple lever mechanism.
Sentiment is from Queen & Co. I printed 3 stamps* to create one card. I used some textured AC cardstock for this card. Coloring accomplished using colored pencils. I sprayed with a fixative for a little more insurance against smearing.
*Printing multiple images and cutting the lever mechanism sets makes it easy to create additional cards on the fly when needed.
Thanks for dropping by today. Hoping you're staying safe and well during this Covid stuff and finding some time to be creative!
It's been a while -- and this project has been in the making for several months. Just kept hitting some snags with the build. I do need to thank Sandy Stark from SimplyCraftySVGs.com for the hexagon box and base. They're perfect!
Print, foil, cut and assemble the box and base, leaving the top of the box off. Do not glue the box and the base together yet. You'll have two pieces.
Add music to the EZSound Box according to manufacturer's directions from the instruction card in the packaging or from the video on the website. It's really easy!
Position the music box without the turntable attached on the top of the foam, with the turntable spindle as near the center of the foam as possible. The spindle should be facing up. Trace around the box with a pen.
Place the EZSound Box on the top farthest from the music box and trace. Using a craft knife or box knife, trim out that area. Trim out the area for the turntable as well. The foam and boxes should fit snugly in the foam.
Secure the foam and boxes in the hexagon box. Glue the hexagon box to the base. Using a little dye or pigment ink pad, apply a little ink to the top of the spindle of the turntable box. Carefully lay the top of the box centered and press lightly. This will mark the placement of the hole in the top. Using a punch, place that hold and glue the top to the tabs of the hexagon box. Secure the turntable to the music box spindle. you will need to turn the turntable to wind it up so it will spin. I have about 1/4" of space between the top of the box and the turntable.
Add your choice of decor to the turn table.
Spring always reminds me of my Grandmother's yard and the violets that grew wild in the grass. I'm using a file from Dreaming Tree from the Alluring Florals Bundle - African Violets (file pieces were reduced by 50%). The leaves were from a file from Lia Griffin's site (paid membership).
Hope this inspires you to do a little Spring crafting. Nurture your heart and soul with creativity this week.