10 Dec 2017

Sketching Christmas Cards with the Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait




Hello Janet here again with ideas for quick, sketch cards drawn onto Kraft card blanks with a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait.



A quick method, for making a batch of cards, is to sketch from the Silhouette software onto pre-made card blanks. I purchased a Winter Birds set of clipart images by Le Petite Market on Etsy and quickly turned them into a set of Christmas cards with the Business Edition of the Silhouette Studio software.  The bird outlines were resized in the Silhouette software and sketch sentiments from the Silhouette Design Store were added. I made six variations and simply sketched them in Uniball Signo white gel pen.


What You'll Need

Kraft Card Blanks with matching Envelopes

Clipart

White Gel Pen

Silhouette Pen Holder

White coloured pencil



STEP 1: Import Images

Open all the winter birds file in the Silhouette software (simply File > Open, locate file and Open). The Business edition of the Silhouette Studio will open the EPS files which are ready to sketch. If you don't have the Business edition you'll need to open either JPG or PNG images and use the trace function to make your own sketch lines.



STEP 2: Add Sentiments

Open the sentiment files in the same tab, or type your own using the Text tool and a sketch font. I used a couple of sentiments from the Silhouette Design Store.  Add some small circles for full stops (periods) for the snow flakes.



STEP 3: Prepare Card Layout

Measure a card blank and make the page size the same as the open blank.

Draw a rectangle/square equal to the size of the card front and place it in the top left of the virtual mat. Position and resize the sentiments and the bird images.



STEP 4: Sketch Cards


You made need to reorientate the page size and card front to match the physical position of the card blank on the mat.



Remove or hide the square and the card is now ready to sketch.

Sketch several of one card and then change out the bird and sentiment to print variations and you'll have a stack of cards in no time.

I added some simple shading with a white coloured pencil.




Just fold the card blanks and they are ready to write and send.











9 Dec 2017

Pyjama Bags - layering HTV



Hello,

Today I have a tutorial on how to make these fun, Christmas-themed, pyjama bags over on the Silhouette UK Blog. I took some blank drawer-string bags and transformed them by decorating them with jewel-like glitter heat transfer material and Christmas phrases from the Silhouette Design Store.

This is a great project if you haven't used heat transfer material (aka HTV) before, or if you'd like to try out multi-colour designs and some layering.  A domestic iron is perfectly adequate for this type of decorative project.




Last year I hit on the idea of giving out Christmas Eve PJs in reusable drawer-string bags with initial letter tags to indicate the recipient's name. The details for making the reusable tags (by adding a hanging loop to the font LW Splendid) are here.

I used Silhouette Glitter Heat Transfer Material in Mint, Hot Pink and Silver, with some Black Flock Heat Transfer too.



My blog post one on the Silhouette UK Blog includes directions on how to prepare and reverse the designs, preparing and cutting the media, and applying it using a heat press or a domestic iron.

I used these designs from the Silhouette Design Store:
Ho, Ho, Ho and a bottle of Merlot
Dear Santa, Define Good
Get Mistletoed
Top of the Nice List
Both Naughty & Nice

Can you guess which one is mine?


1 Dec 2017

Gingerbread Ornaments made with Silhouette Cork Sheets



Hiya. On the Silhouette UK blog this week I've been making faux gingerbread tree ornaments.  I used the Silhouette Cork Sheets; perfect in colour and texture for faux gingerbread.




I used the Snowy House files (1) and (2) by Hero Arts from the Silhouette Design Store, there is also a church in the same series.  The materials and techniques detailed in the post would work for any snow-sprinkled design, so browse your files and see what would fit your decorating scheme and taste.


What I Used

Silhouette Smooth Heat Transfer Material - White,

Silhouette Glitter Heat Transfer Material - White,

Silhouette Cork Sheets,

Ribbon,

Mini Bells,

Liquid Glue,

Iron or Heat Press



I shall hang mine on my Christmas tree, but as they are flat, they could also be attached to a card for  a lovely card/present combination. Of course, family names, house names, or personal greetings can be added to the reverse, for a personalised gift for friends and family.

27 Nov 2017

Printing Custom Cards in Silhouette Studio



Hiya.

Over on the Silhouette UK Blog today I have a tutorial for making and printing quick, custom cards in the Silhouette Studio® software.

A batch of cards can be made super fast by printing from the Silhouette software onto pre-made card blanks. I've used some hand-painted baubles (painted by my daughter) and quickly turned them into a set of Christmas cards.  I've refined the water-coloured baubles in the Silhouette software and added sentiments from the Silhouette Design Store by Skyla Design. The tutorial shows how to make them for yourself.



Using this method you can be reproduce a whole batch of cards in minutes - perfect for your last minute Christmas cards!















20 Nov 2017

Add a new material type to Silhouette Studio software

Silhouette Tutorials - add new materials or new media to the Silhouette Studio software. By janet Packer craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk. Full tutorial over on the Silhouette UK Blog.


Hello again, over on the Silhouette UK Blog today I have a post to show how to add custom media to the list of cutting materials in the Silhouette Studio® software. You'll find adding custom settings can be a HUGE time saver.

My post includes a step-by-step guide (using version 4.1 of the Silhouette Studio® software).

The media I added is glitter wallpaper; which cuts beautifully on my Cameo and Curio. I tested it making bows for my Christmas tags and parcels using Lori Whitlock's 3D Bow from the Silhouette Design Store.

Silhouette Tutorials - add new materials or new media to the Silhouette Studio software. By janet Packer craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk. Full tutorial over on the Silhouette UK Blog.


Pop over to the Silhouette UK Blog if you have a Silhouette and haven't mastered this process yet.  If you discover anything extra about adding new cut settings it would be great to add it as a comment and share it with the wider Silhouette community too.


11 Nov 2017

Foil and Acetate Card for Armistice and Remembrance Sunday

Foil and Acetate Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Cutting file details by Hero Arts at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Hi, I'm sharing a new cardmaking technique for delicate or detailed cutting files over on the Silhouette UK Blog today.

Foil and Acetate Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Cutting file details by Hero Arts at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


In recognition of Remembrance weekend, I have used a beautiful poppy file by Hero Arts (#27110). This is my grandad who served in WW1 as a teenager.

Foil and Acetate Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Cutting file details by Hero Arts at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


These elegant cards are made with adhesive foil and acetate, overlaid on a printed background and mounted within an offset of the shape.  Using the Silhouette Printable Foil gives a fine foiled-effect without the need for heat or messy embossing powders. My photographs really don't do justice to the depth, dimension, and prettiness of the cards in real life.

Foil and Acetate Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Cutting file details by Hero Arts at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Foil and Acetate Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Cutting file details by Hero Arts at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


I have a full step-by-step tutorial over on the Silhouette UK Blog today. As usual, there are plenty of additional hints and tips on using your Silhouette and the Silhouette Studio software.


8 Nov 2017

Snow Lady using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set

Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Hello, Janet here with my first 3D Christmas project of the year using the Snowman Stacking Box Set from Simply Crafty SVGs.  I've turned the snowman into a glamorous 'snowLADY' using the Silhouette Cameo's Print & Cut function with digital papers and elements to make new accessories.  I used a Silhouette Cameo® 3, but of course these SVG files can be used with other desktop die cutting machines (details here).
 
My finished Snowlady ended up just under 12" tall, with the largest box at 6.5" across and 4" tall, and the smaller one at 4.5" by 3.75".  The original sizes can be found with the Snowman's listing in the Simply Crafty SVGs shop.




MATERIALS:
White Pearl Card (large sheets)
Black Pearl Card
Red & White Baker's Twine
Down the Road Snow Flurries Digital Elements
Down the Road Snow Flurries Digital Papers
Versafine Embossing Ink
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder
Sizzix Embossing Folder & Stamp - Fun Stripes Set by Hero Arts
Small gems
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Inkjet Printer
Silhouette Cameo


The Snowman Body
I made the whole snowman a little larger to fit some bigger gifts inside. To do this it is necessary merge all the files that make up the snowman onto one tab, selecting all the pieces and enlarging the biggest piece to fit the largest piece of card. Of course, you also need to check that the largest piece to be cut from smaller card fits too.


The Body Box
The two boxes are cut from white pearl card and constructed using the instructions in the PDF included with the Snowman Stacking Box Set files.  The top of the lid of the larger box is 'filled' with a snowflake design from the set of digital papers and then print and cut with printer and Cameo. The scarf lid edging was filled a plain paper from the same set.


Scarf
The scarf tails come from the digital set, substituting them for the original scarf tails, but using them to gauge the sizing.  All the scarf pieces were stamped with embossing ink and then heat embossed with the iridescent powder to give sparkling stripes.

Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Buttons
The buttons were cut from coated black card with just the top piece embossed using the striped embossing folder. Once constructed they were mounted to the base using dimensional foam pads.

Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



Mittens
The mittens were a new element taken from the digital elements set and sized to match the project.  I print and cut three copies of each glove (one set was a mirror image of another), cutting a slit in one of each. Three copies of the mittens were layered with the slit copy in the middle of the sandwich and with baker's twine trapped inside. The bakers' twine was placed close to the position that the head box will sit on the body lid and then stitched in place using embroidery thread.

Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



Head
I attempted to substitute some more feminine facial elements, using a berry from the digital elements as a nose. I can't pretend that I didn't have several attempts at this, and I'm not entirely sure I achieved it. Maybe you can do better?

Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



Hat
This is my favourite part. The hat parts were cut straight from the file and decorated with print and cut digital elements from the elements set. These were enhanced with the addition of some Glossy Accents, extra small shapes, sequins and adhesive gems.


Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



... And that completes the snowlady.

Snow Lady Stacking Boxes by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs Snowman Stacking Box Set. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


It was such fun to combine the SVG file with digital elements to make something unique. I hope you'll try it.



Bye for now,
Janet, DT Member Simply Crafty SVGS

Blog: https://CraftingQuine.blogspot.co.uk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craftingquine



Simply Crafty SVG Files:
Snowman Stacking Box Set


Additional Digital Files:
Down the Road Flurries of Fun Digital Elements
Down the Road Flurries of Fun Digital Papers















3 Nov 2017

No-Mess Ways to add Glitter - using the Polar Bear Girl by Sanqunetti Design




Do you love using glitter, but hate the mess it leaves behind? Adding regular glitter with wet adhesive can really add wow factor to cards but tends leave a glittery trail behind.  I made this sparkling card with a new SVG release from Sanqunetti Design - the Polar Bear Girl SVG using two no-mess glitter techniques.


 Supplies Used



I used all the above which including patterned papers are from Kaisercraft's Bubblegum Hills, 6 1/2" Paper Pad (recently retired).  For the glittery parts I used regular superfine glitter and also Silhouette's  Glitter Heat Transfer material.


Card Technique

I made a shaped card base in the Silhouette Studio software using an offset of the bear sitting on a present.  The present is simply a rectangle draw in the software, and the ribbons are just thinner rectangles.  I used a 2 mm offset of the two pieces, then made a mirrored copy to the left, overlapped the two, and then welded them together. The small extra shapes generated were then deleted to give just the outline.  I added a few simple tag shapes, trying out a couple of different colours of sketch pens. This is what I cut out from the white frost glimmer card.



It was then simply a matter of cutting the other pieces out of card and paper. I didn't cut the bear feet separately but made a combined grey base welding all the shapes together, and borrowing the right leg cut line from the feet, adding it to the white bear body.  More about the bear body later.




Now, here is my first non-mess glitter method.


METHOD 1. Apply Glitter with Double-Sided Adhesive


Cut the parcel from regular patterned paper (no fancy finish) and apply a matching piece of double-sides adhesive sheet over the top.  Expose the sticky surface of the sheet and sprinkle it with clear super-fine crystal glitter.





Knock off the excess glitter and burnish the newly glittered surface with a paper folder. Use one of the scrap protective layers from the adhesive sheet to cover the glittered surface while rubbing to protect the paper folder and rub firmly to ensure the glitter is firmly adhered to the paper.




After burnishing in this way you'll have a hard time shifting any of the glitter!






METHOD 2: Using Glitter Heat Transfer Material on Card


To make the he glittery bear, I cut the main bear body from white glitter heat transfer material. The material is cut with the shiny side to the mat, and the design should be flipped horizontally before cutting so that the bear is oriented correctly.

This is the design piece that I cut. Do see where the I placed the right leg piece borrowed from the foot?



I used a heat press to activate the adhesive on the heat transfer material, but an iron would work too. Use a lower temperature than you would normally use to attach heat transfer to fabric to avoid distorting the supporting card.  Apply for just a few seconds and then check if it has adhered. Peel off the backing sheet and press for another second or so and the glitter is permanently stuck.





I hope you'll try these methods out; they both give a really neat professional look - so much easier and cleaner than using liquid glue.

The cute Girl Polar Bear SVG file is available now from the Sangunetti Design website and also from the Etsy store.






This card has been entered in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'W' for White
Craft Rocket Challenges - Christmas Is Coming
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas Gift Tag
Crafty Cats Challenge - ATG Beartastic challenge #391

If you like polar bears - here are a Polar Bear shaker card  and  Polar Bear personalised gift boxes that I made from the Sangunetti Design Christmas Polar Bear SVG.

2 Nov 2017

Use Silhouette Sketch Pens to Make Cards with a Handrawn Look



Hiya, this is one of three cards that I have over on the Silhouette UK Blog today. This card is drawn with sketch pens on the Silhouette® Cameo and hand-coloured with copic markers. YES! Copic Markers ARE compatible with the Silhouette Sketch pens.  The instructions for this card show how to combine three cut files to make the card front, and include how to convert a regular cut file into a sketch file.

I have two other cards and lots of tips and techniques for using the Silhouette® Sketch Pens to make unusual Christmas cards with a hand-drawn look,






This one has additional text sketched onto the  Presents Christmas Card by Rivka Wilkins from the Silhouette Design Store.




This one uses two colours of pens and uses the Snowman Sketch Card also by Rivka Wilkins.




Sketching is a great way to batch make cards - pop over to the Silhouette UK Blog to read how to do it.






20 Oct 2017

Using your own watercolour paintings to make digital backgrounds and fills




Hiya, Over on the Silhouette UK Blog I have a tutorial on how to paint an ombré watercolour shape, import it into the Silhouette Studio software, and how to combine it with other digital files.



The post includes instructions on how to add the watercolour pattern as a fill pattern in the Silhouette Studio software, and how to manipulate the pattern and use it to fill other designs to make cards and digital prints.

The designs I used were all by Nic Squirrell from the Silhouette Design Store.

Agapanthus Flower Border by Nic Squirrell


Houseplant Papercut Border by Nic Squirrell

Spotted Succulent by Nic Squirrell





Do pop over to the Silhouette UK Blog and find out how to do this - the possibilities are endless!







18 Oct 2017

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary from Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass File



Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



Hello, Janet here with a Halloween project using another amazing cutting file from Simply Crafty SVGs. There are many fantastic Halloween designs in the shop, but I decided that I'd transform the 3D Beer Glass into a gruesome brew luminary, complete with eyeballs, green foam, and led lights.  I've included details on how you can make this 'brew' for yourself. I used a Silhouette Cameo® 3, but the SVG files used for the glass can be utilised with other desktop die cutting machines (details here).


Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



MATERIALS:
White Cardstock
Green Paper
Vellum
Glow-in-the-dark Sticker Paper
Scraps of Coloured Paper and Card
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Distress Oxide Ink in Distressed Pistachio
Bubbles Embossing Folder
Manual Embossing/Die-cutting Machine
Silhouette Cameo
Multi-coloured LED Light String
Drinking Straw with Firework Frill


The Faux Glass Base

Cut the base pieces from white cardstock and the panels from green paper. Make an offset of the base pieces and cut them from vellum.

Before assembling, darken the bottom edge of the green panels to represent sediment in the glass.

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Curl the base pieces before attaching the green panels.  Align the vellum pieces and bend over the right edge and adhere it on the underside of the panel with clear craft glue on the right edge only.

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Before securing the vellum on the other edges add eyeballs and vellum circles. For the circles I used vellum left over from another project which had been 'smooshed' with Distress Oxide Inks.

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Make eye balls with circles cut from glow-in-the-dark sticker paper, with smaller circles adhered on top (white card could be substituted). Draw on red veins to the eyeballs if desired.

Continue to assemble the base as directed in the designer's instructions.


The Green Foam

Since the completed base is thicker because of the extra vellum layer, enlarge the lid pieces slightly to compensate (base pieces and panels).

To allow light to shine though the top, add a large circular hole to the top of the lid on both lid pieces with sufficient width to cover the tabs. Cut from white cardstock.

Cut the panels from vellum. Duplicate the 10-sided shape adding a smaller hole to allow the straw to pass through. Cut that from vellum.

Emboss all the vellum pieces with a bubble embossing folder.


Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk



Tint the pieces with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink.  Adhere them to the main lid piece and assemble the lid.


Additional Decorations


Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Add a dangling spider to the side of the glass.

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Attach small black bats and glow-in-the-dark bubbles to the ends of the firework frill on the straw. 



To Finish
Add a battery-operated white or coloured LED light string. (My lights were bundled with blue and green lights at one end and red and orange lights at the other, I left them bundled as they were).

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Turn on the lights, put the lid on, and insert the straw.


Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk




Display

I displayed the brew with a 'Drink me if you dare' sign in a black bracket-shaped frame, a layered green paper and vellum background, and words in black sign vinyl.

Halloween Grusome Brew Luminary by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Tutorial using Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Beer Glass file. http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


I think this will make a great addition to my Halloween display this year.


Bye for now,
Janet, DT Member Simply Crafty SVGS



Simply Crafty SVG Files:
Beer Glass

Files for Accompanying Stand:
3D Bracket Shaped Frame by Lori Whitlock  
Drink Me Phrase by Rhonna Farrer