It's definitely time to trim the tray again. This time with a Halloween theme. Lots of great spooky stuff at Creative Fabrica -- and while these are pretty simple items.... they definitely are fun to make.
You'll find all the details for a few of these items at The Artistry.
And there's always a little hocus pocus going on around here as we get ready for Halloween. The pumpkins are ripening -- a little more slowly than the norm, but we will harvest a few more before the freeze we're expecting next week. This week has been peak viewing of the change in color of the leaves on the mountains in the area. They've been brilliant this year. Even our peach trees have given us quite the show. It's time for apple cider, hot chocolate and if the snow arrives as forecast, there'll be some doughnuts too.
It's been a fun couple of weeks designing and assembling some fun holiday decor this year and I'm so happy that the Skycut and SCAL 5 Pro have made it easy to accomplish. The first project is a new banner to hang over the fireplace. It's a featured article this week on The Artistry and I'm excited to share it with you.
You'll find the creative details and assembly instructions here.
And I still had a few rosettes left over, so I thought they would make a fun bouquet.
Hoping you're enjoying some creative time this week and if not, will be able to carve out a bit of time in the near future. I know that crafting makes my spirits lighter. Thanks for dropping by. For more inspiration, feel free to read some of my archived posts here on the blog or hop on over to my page over on The Artistry.
These tags have been so fun to make. Today's tag is the last in this short Tag Challenge. Today's tag is the smallest. but it still packs a punch, I think. It's also pinterest inspired.
Supplies used: Neenah 110 lb. White Poetique Ink Refills Skycut cutter/plotter Christmas Acorn Leaf SVG (from Creative Fabrica) SCAL 5 Pro Nuvo Drops Adhesive (Bearly Art glue & foam dots)
Open SCAL5 Pro and choose the acorn leaf pattern from the file and drag and drop to the mat. Size as needed. Add Tag #2 from the library and made sure that the images will fit.
Add another page and place vertical rectangle and add desired sentiment. Make sure that all of the type is set to P2C. Size as desired. Print and cut the image. Ink the edges of the piece.
Cut the leaves and tag.
Use the same method for coloring the leaves and tag as used in yesterday's tag details. Let all the images dry. Assemble the tag as desired. Add a few Nuvo drops in desired color on the leaves and around the tag.
Enjoy the process if you try this. Hoping you'll enjoy some creative time soon. Take care and happy crafting!
Oversized and big! These tags measure nearly 6" x 10.5"! They're cute and simple and made of paper and vinyl!
Once again, I chose to use Tag 2 from the SCAL library. Resize and ungroup to resize the circle. Since I chose to use 1 1/2 in wide burlap ribbon, the hole is about 1 inch in diameter. Cut using your cutting machine.
Choose your font (CK Emily Pen). Choose your words and using the text tool, type and size as needed to fit within the bounds of the tag, leaving a bit of a margin all the way around the tag. Using the vinyl setting for your machine, cut, weed and transfer to the tag. Highlight a shadow using a white gel pen as desired. I also round the bottom corners of the tags for a softer look.
Add any other embellishments as desired.
Since these are pretty large and I decided not to embellish, I added them to a 24" diameter grapevine wreath. Centered under a paper twist tied bow and a few dyed* paper leaves.
You'll need: Kraft paper for tags (12 x 12) Vinyl White Gel pen Leaves (two collections from Creative Fabrica were used you'll find them here and here) Poetique ink refills Glass plate Water Toothbrush Freezer paper Skycut SCAL5 Pro Glue gun, glue Paper twist (deep olive green) wire Burlap ribbon 24" grapevine wreath
To dye the leaves: Cut the leaves from AC white cardstock. I used the textured stock. It adds a look of watercolor paper - but that is purely optional. Place a couple of drops of the desired ink refills on a glass plate and spritz a bit of water on the plate to spread the color. Lay the leaf cut face down in the color, lift and set aside to dry.
Use a toothbrush to flick a little extra color if desired.
Expect to get a little inky during the process if you don't want to wear gloves. Thanks for stopping by. Tag 3 to be posted tomorrow.
Enjoy some creative time today, or set some aside.
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.
While preparing another article for The Artistry, I decided to try something I haven't done for a while. I got out the eBrush and the Tombow markers to see how they would work with the silk screen stencils I was making.
SUCCESS! The design for this stenciled card front is from Ikonartstencil.com and is one of the free files they have on their website under the resource tab.
There are quite a few files available in pdf or svg format. I used SCAL5 Pro to set up the files for printing. The next step of creating the silkscreen stencils is a breeze. I'll have a full tutorial on that coming up in a couple of weeks on the Artistry.
I love the option of being able to reuse the stencil multiple times. Using the eBrush allows for even more flexibility in colors and easy clean up especially when applying the color to paper. Similar results can also be achieved using acrylic paint and a foam brush, but the clean up for the markers is much easier and quicker. (wink - no brushes to clean!)
Thanks for dropping by and hoping you're enjoying some creative time or have some scheduled soon. Keep nurturing your own creativity! It really is good for the soul!
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.