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!
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 that time of year again - with all the chaos that Covid-19 has been causing, this challenge has offered a bit of respite during this period of self-isolation and social distancing. The first cases of the virus wreaked havoc in the stores as people hoarded certain items and made it nearly impossible for the general public to have access. One of the items was toilet paper -- and in true crafter fashion Whimsey stamps offered this digital freebie!
eCal3's Print 2 cut feature was perfect for this tag using the digital image from Whimsey Stamps. Creative Fabrica's font library provided the font, name of font. Font was "filled" with the line fill command and printed (I had originally planned on using the foil quill, but my quill broke and I didn't want to wait for the delivery (yeah, some days it's just like that.) You just have to keep crafting.
Rembrandt colored pencils were used to color Dudley and the print 2 cut feature was used to cut both the tag and Dudley.
Run the lower 1/3 to 1/2 through an embossing folder and the Big Shot for a little extra texture. I decided to add a little more dimension using the eBrush and a light gray marker. Just a little color added enough dimension.
Using some strategically placed pop-dots place Dudley as desired on the tag and embellish as desired.Add a for a hanger.
Hop on over to the eclips/ecal FB page to see what others are making this year. It's time to get some more crafting on! Hoping you're finding some time to do the same. Enjoy!
Happy Llama-Days! Tag 8 is another quick and easy tag to complete.
Fill the tag with the background pattern of your choice. My pattern is from CreativeFabrica.com. They have a huge selection of backgrounds you can choose from (a few are even free!)
I added a little color to the print2cut llama also available from CreativeFabrica.com. I used Tombow markers and a little bit of glaze to add a little dimension and interest. The sentiment is made using the WRMK Foil Quill (Black foil, fine tip, D adapter*) This section was added as an extension to the original tag cut. The llama is secured to the tag base with some pop dots.
Additional details for the foil quill and settings using the eclips2 and eCal3 software can be found here.
Lots of good ideas for tags are filling the 12 Tags of Christmas album on the Facebook group page. Don't forget to stop by there to see the rest of the makers' tags.
Thanks again for stopping by! Enjoy your creative time!
And the tendonitis is winning at the moment. So bummed! And a visit with the specialist is still a month out!
Every now and then, I can get a few minutes in - ice and then a few more minutes. I did sneak in a little bit of time to create this playful "get well" card for my brother-in-law who just had some shoulder surgery.
I used eCal3's library of basic shapes to create the band-aids and fill a card shape. I used a square and a half circle to form the sides of the band-aids. Place a few circles and center a square over the bands and you've got the shape. Add a few other details as desired. Group all the pieces in the band-aid and then set the lines to Print2Cut Print. Copy and paste to fill. Print and then follow the step by step directions to cut your card base to size.
Color with a couple of swipes of a Tombow marker, the coloring is done. Adhere the card front to the base, add your sentiment and it's ready to deliver.
I think I'll print a full page or two for future cards. I imagine we'll need a few more cards this coming winter.
Hoping to be able to share a few more projects in the coming weeks. Hoping you've set aside a bit of time in your studio or craft room. Celebrate your creative spirit!
We've just celebrated the 4th of July here in the states. It was a near picture perfect day here in the Mountain West!
This month is also host to several birthdays and I'd like to share this card made for my Father in Law using the Going Fishing Truck from @SimplyCraftySvgs. It's very easy to cut, put together and adding additional embellishments is super easy using the blank extras found in the file.
This is a great reminder of many fond memories of Gpa's old truck. Making lots of trips to and from the river, the lake, a camping trip or two, and even to classes at the Burley College of Southern Idaho campus. Lots of good memories, not only for me, but for the kids and T.
Paper is from AC Cardstock SVG File from SimplyCraftySvg's* FORD - my design in stencil form reverse embossed on a blank cut. Markers and ink pads for additional shading and texture Project cut using Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3
*no affiliate links used in this post.
More birthdays coming and I'm busy at work on a couple more -- hoping to share soon.
There are lots of commands I haven't used previously, but it sure was fun to do a little playing to create this sun.... and the best part is that I can size as needed -
Supplies: Cardstock, white 110lb Neenah; Bazzill texture, yellow; unknown smooth, blue Tombow markers Craftwell's eBrush with TB adapter WRMK's Foil Quill, fine tip pen with D adapter for the eclips Spellbinder's Black Foil Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3 Scor-Tape, 1/4 in wide
I also used some black foil and the foil quill to add the "You Are So" to the vellum cloud piece. Tombow markers and the eBrush added the fun coloring to the word "amazing" and some highlights to the sun.
Object to path is a great tool to use for things other than text. Adding a series of shapes (narrow triangles in this case) to another shape (the circle) is so simple and made quick work of the sun.
The cloud piece was made using a horizontal rectangle and half circles and the Union command.
Welcome back! So happy you stopped by for day 3's tag. I just love this one! Hope you do too!
You'll need: White cardstock Chocolate cardstock Tombow Markers Ink (light green and sky blue, oatmeal) Easter Grass (Sizzix eShape Store) Tombow markers Flower shaped sequins Clear and white seed beads Glue (Lineco) Foam pop dots (1/4 inch) Scissors Blender Tool and felt Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3
CUTTING AND ASSEMBLY: Size and cut the shapes from the Easter Grass file and a tag from the Shape Library.
Color the background of the tag using the ink and blender tool. Set aside.
Put the basket together. I glued the vertical splines at the bottom only and did a over/under weave. Make sure the top edge is open and not glued shut.
Color the "grass" using markers. I crumpled mine up a bit and glued to the back inside of the basket. You can't really see it, but it's there for a little bit of filler.
Using the brown/oatmeal ink, add a little bit of color to the edges of the bunny pieces. Color the pads of the feet with a bit of pink. Glue the pads to the feet and add the tail using a piece of the foam pad. Glue the body to the grass, tucking the bottom of the body into the basket. Add a pop up to the feet.
Glue the basket to the tag. Glue a few sequins to the basket and add some seed beads to the sequin centers.
You can see a little more detail in this image -- the weave on the basket is pretty tight and the seed beads are a perfect fill if you're not stitching the sequins to the paper.
The Sentiment was created in eCal3 as a print 2 print. Super easy and the font is Bodini. Just fill the font with the desired color and set the stroke to none. Size the font, make sure it is set to print*; add a rectangle (Fill is white and stroke is set to none and layer to the back). Print and cut according to the step by step instructions in the software.
*Check preview to make sure the sentiment will print and the rectangle cuts.
Hoping you have some more creative time set for this coming week. Don't forget to stop by the FB page for more inspiration and if you'd like to participate, we'd be happy to have you join in the fun too!
It's day 2 of the hop -- have you stopped by the eclips/eCal page yet? You'll love all of yesterday's tags and enjoy the ones that will be shared today.
Here's my tag for today.
You'll need: White cardstock (8.5 x 11) Green Textured Cardstock (Bazzil) Green watercolor print paper (Bazzil) Ink Tombow Dual Brush Markers Sizzix Shapes Library (Bunny, Boot, Tag) Xyron X (permanent adhesive) Glue (Lineco) Foam pop dots (1/4 inch squares) Ribbon Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3
CUTTING AND ASSEMBLY: Select the tag shape from the library. Size as desired. Draw a line the same width as the tag and apply the Wave effect and place on the tag. Group. Copy and paste to cut 2 from the green papers. Cut a tag (hide the wave line) from white stock.
Place the bunny on the mat, using the knife tool cut the bunny just below the paws. Select the top portion of the image and close path. You can delete the other portion of the image. Copy and paste the head to cut 2. Create a small flower, stem and leaves using shapes from the library. Select the boot from the library and size to fit the rabbit. Make sure it will fit on the tag. Cut the boot, flower, and two rabbits from white card stock.
Using the white tag as the base, choose one piece from each of the two green cuts. I used the plain textured stock for the top portion of the tag and the print for the bottom of the tag. Before gluing in place, using the blender tool, blend a little color to the edges of the pieces. Glue in place. Be sure to rub a little more color along the edges to hide the white paper a bit more.
Pick one of the rabbit cuts and put through the Xyron. Apply to the other rabbit head. Add an eye and nose using markers. Color the boot and add some dots to the boot and line the sole with a darker color. Using some ink, add a little more color along the edges to cover the white.
Fold over the front ear and glue the rabbit to the boot. Secure the folded ear to the front of the boot with a little bit of glue. Add the flower after you have colored it. Add some pop ups to the back of the boot and secure to the front of the tag.
Add your sentiment as desired. Add a ribbon hanger. And it's all done.
Thanks for stopping by again today! If you missed yesterday's post, just scroll down the page a bit for yesterday's tag.
Hoping you have some creative time scheduled this week and be sure to stop by the Facebook page for a little more inspiration from other #eclipsecalmakers.