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.
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.
That's really the most difficult part about writing and creating for others.
What I can share are a couple of quick cards. One of the big bonuses of using SCAL 5 Pro is being able to import files created in Make The Cut (MTC) and cutting them with the Skycut. Easy, easy!
I found a fun Concertina card on Pinterest and it was the inspiration for this card:
We had so much fun looking through the photos to find the perfect shots to celebrate her 14th. Designer paper is from FSJ, vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in rose gold and used SCAL5 Pro to fill each of those photo squares perfectly and do the print + cut spot on!
We made cooling scarves for the homeless and we'll be making a few more in the next week or so. Some of those pieces of fabric in the stash are coming in handy and it felt really good to get the sewing machine out and stitch for a few hours.
Learning lots of new things about pop ups, construction and mechanisms. Hoping to play with those a little more in the days to come. Excited about the prospects of fulfilling a dream and lifelong goal.
or at least a productive couple of days! Birthdays for this month are creeping up and so it was a mad dash to get a few done. A mix of digital and hybrid. Love all the fun that can be created using the SCAL 5 Pro software and a few fun files and dies from favorite vendors.
Using the Gradient feature in SCAL 5 Pro, you can create a full rainbow of color and fill the text with lots of fun! Moving the individual sliders you can play with the color movement as well until you're satisfied with the shift.
Purely digital and so much fun.
Let the Skycut plotter/cutter do the cutting of a chunky font and you create the background on the card base using distress inks and blending tools. Embellish with a single cupcake (digi is from Creative Fabrica) colored with pencils are markers of your choice. Add a little glaze to the cherry for some shine.
Digi image from Creative Fabrica (watercolor collection). Print 2 cut using SCAL5 Pro to set up. Once the image is printed, use a Spellbinders' border die. Round the corners of the back edge and add a bit of additional color to the edge with a strip of paper in a complimentary color.
Hoping you will be able to spend some time in your creative space this week. Enjoy every moment of it. Happy Crafting!
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.
It's that time of year and we have some painting projects that need a few extra hands to help make it happen. That wheelchair ramp is a long one and it's needs a bit of refreshing! I figured that using some fun invites would make the job seem a little more fun and we'd enjoy the company as we tackled the ramp. You'll find more of the details on The Artistry!
And while you're there -- be sure to check out this amazing 210+ Font Bundle! There are definitely some keepers in this one! All have commercial use licenses! I spotted a few that could be used with a pen or other draw tool, like the Foil Quill. Scroll down the page to take a peek at all the fonts included - You won't be disappointed.
Hoping you'll get some time to spend in your crafty space this week to nurture your creative spirit and soul. Hope it's a great one!
Today's the final day for the 5 Days of Spring Tag Challenge for this year. It's been a fun week and I hope you've taken the time to peruse all the fabulous tags created by our #ecalmakers on the FB page.
I fell in love with this digital stamp from Polkadoodles! No rain in the forecast for today, but we could sure use some!
I imported the png file to eCal, resized, set to print 2 cut print. Copied and pasted 2 additional images since I would need them to do the layering for this tag. All of the images fit into a 6 inch square and I printed on white AC smooth cardstock. I decided to do the fussy cutting myself for the images since the head, leg and water splash needed to be cut separately. The tag is from the library and cut using the eclips.
The coloring of the image and wash on the tag was done using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I added a crochet thread string for the tie on the hat and used a drop of glue to secure it front and center. When dry, assemble using pop up dots and a bit of glue here and there as needed.
Add a few drops of Crystal Nuvo drops to the water splashes for a final touch.
This is the final tag in this year's series. Looking forward to next year's as well. Be sure to pop by the FB page and review all of the submissions for this week. And if you're so inclined, please join us in an upcoming challenge on the page. The more the merrier.
Set aside some time to be creative! Your spirit will definitely be nourished.