18 May 2018

Make Duct Tape Flowers with your Silhouette Cameo



Hiya, I'm a real fan of duct tape, and use it for all kinds of jobs around the house and garden.
This week I had the opportunity to try out Silhouette Printable Duct Tape Sheets. I thought that they'd be great to use for the flowers on an outdoor wreath, as they were sure to be more durable than those made from cardstock.

I chose to make the Flower Wreath, Spring from Snapdragon Snippets, as it didn't have too many flower layers. Here is a list of the materials that I used to make the wreath.


Info on how I put the wreath together can be found on the Silhouette UK Blog.





Making Flowers from Duct Tape Sheets

The Silhouette version comes in sheets that can be cut with scissors, or a digital cutting machine. It comes with a backing sheet too - so I managed to not stick my fingers together for once!



The sheets can be used in three ways:

(1) Print - they can be printed with any pattern you choose. Here is a shot of some of the crazy patterns available somewhere in the world (from the book, "Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects" by Marisa Pawelko)!



(2) Cut - with scissors, die cutter or Silhouette/Cricut. The flower petals for the wreath were cut from unprinted  sheets. Rather than kiss-cut the sheets, I chose cut settings that would cut through both the tape and it's backing sheet. This gives the petals more 'body' and allows them to be layered without the adhesive side sticking to lower layers of petals or the wreath.



(3) Print & Cut - contour cutting with Silhouette. I did these plain-ish leaves, but cut shapes could be filled with virtually any colour or pattern.



You can see the finished wreath over on the Silhouette UK Blog.

What would YOU make with crazily printed duct tape?

16 May 2018

Anyone for Tennis? Cutting intricate pieces in Vinyl

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.

Hiya, Anyone for tennis? Today I've adapted the At The Ball Park  card file from Simply Crafty SVGs into a tennis card - in fact TWO tennis cards! Thinking of the Grand Slam Tournament, I've made a US Open as well as a Wimbledon version.




Living in the UK, I don't see many baseball games (live, or televised). However, tennis features much, much more, and Wimbledon was always such a HUGE event in my household as a child. I couldn't find any dimensional tennis cards out there, so I thought the fun baseball card could be successfully adapted.

I substituted the baseball and starred balls for tennis balls, and used tennis rackets in place of the baseball bats.  The court was a little more tricky and I sliced off the baseball field and welded on an offset of the tennis court.

For my card I needed some tennis images, and I found these open source ones at Openclipart.org. However, although they can be downloaded as SVG files, they aren't what you'd call 'cut ready'.

Tennis Racket by johnny_automatic
Tennis Court by netalloy
Tennis Ball by casino

I'll have a separate post on how to manipulate the new images ready for cutting, but in this post I'm concentrating on cutting out the intricate bits in vinyl (and a surprise material)! Now, I should emphasise that all the original pieces will cut fine; it's just my new bits that were too intricate to cut from cardstock.


Tennis Court Lines

The court lines are cut from white vinyl.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


The Wimbledon court has card stripes to represent the grass courts used in the UK ...

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


whereas the US Open court is flat blue to represent the hard courts used in the USA tournament.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


The cut for the lines could have been paper (the one on the right), but paper would have been tricky to adhere without some glue residue, so self-adhesive vinyl was a 'cleaner' way to go.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.



Tennis Net

Now the material chosen for the net might come as a bit of a surprise. It is actually some trimmed, self-adhesive, paper lace.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


Very quick and easy to apply.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.



Tennis Rackets

I cut the tennis racket bodies from wood-look vinyl for a retro look. They could also have been cut from silver, or coloured vinyl, to resemble steel, aluminium or carbon fibre.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


As it is would have been difficult to adhere the paper handle on top of the vinyl, I trimmed off the handle first, before applying it to the cardstock backing piece. Then it was an easy matter to apply the paper handle onto the racquet.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


Sentiments

The sentiments were written in LW Classic in the Silhouette Studio software and then cut from white vinyl. I love how it is possible to design custom sentiments without having to rely on using stamps or someone else's phrases.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


You'll noice that I have cut extra dots for the exclamation mark. I find that this is good insurance in case one is lost along the way.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.



Tennis Balls

I LOVE how these tennis balls turned out. They are made of two layers, the white under part, and three separate yellow/green top pieces. The American Crafts cardstock was the perfect colour! As an aside, do you think that tennis balls are green or yellow? My husband says yellow, but I say green.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.



Here's the finished US version of the card.

Wimbledon and USA Open Tennis Cards made by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) from the "At The Ball Park Card' by Simply Crafty SVGs.


I like them both. Which is your favourite?