Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cutting very small font. Point editing.

following on from my last post, as promised here are further details on point editing.
Using the same letter in the same font as before I have made a copy to show how moving the points will affect the shape of your cut line.

Don't forget you need to ungroup letters to edit points.

once again I have used the simplify button as in the previous post to reduce the number of points along my cut path.
if I lay my simplified S over the original there is a loss of definition. This can be seen by dragging the simplified letter over the top of the original.
The blue showing behind the yellow is the original although there isn't a noticeable difference when cutting at a very small size it is nice to keep the original shape of the font.


When the point editing mode is activated, there are a number of options that will appear in the top toolbar.


click on a few of the edit points and watch how different buttons will be active depending on the lines either side of it.


 selecting button 1 will delete whichever point you have selected and move the next point in the path. Button 2 will break the path, anywhere there is a break in the cut path will be displayed as a red circle instead of a square much like a full stop. Button 3 is the corner editor. By selecting this option you can manipulate the lines on either side of any point into two independent curves.when a line is bold it indicates that that line is active and you will be making changes to it.

Button 4 will allow you to create a smooth curve through the point you have selected.You can alter the path either side of the point by clicking and dragging the blue box to a new location. 


Button 5 is the straighten make flat tool in point editing if the button is clicked the active line will automatically become a straight line. 


The next button in line button 6 is the option that allows you to make a curve you can adjust either side of the point by clicking on the blue squares that are active when a point is selected in this mode. 
If at any point you feel that it is necessary to add another point back into the path simply click on the path while in the point editing mode and a new point will be automatical be added you can then edit this new point as you would any of the original points on the path. 


The aim of point editing is to keep the shape but with as few point along the way as posable. 
Please have a practice moving the points around using this method. I always make myself a copy of my shape before I start point editing to ensure I have something to refer back to. Taking a little time to carry out this point editing will ensure you get the best cut possible. Remember if you don't like what you've just done simply press the undo button! 

Happy Crafting 





Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Unicorn Processo: Tackling a Multi Pieced Design



Hey there! Niki here today with a fun layout using one of those fabulous Unicorn Faces that I've had my eye on for ages. As usual with these fun looking multicoloured designs, they can be slightly daunting becuase they need cutting from multiple colours.

I started off by opening the design onto my mat and it appeared like this:

Then I had to work out what was what and how all the pieces fit together. I started off by using the Fill option and coloured each of the individual pieces with different colours .

Now that all the pieces are coloured, it is much easier to see how all the pieces fit together.

I arranged the design on my mat. This helped me choose the colours of the patterned paper I was going to cut all the pieces from.

Once decided, I could then separate out all the pieces onto different parts of my mat. I loaded my physical mat with several different papers and then cut the whole thing all in one go.

And this is the finished layout. My unicorn colours were inspired by the piece of paper I have around the background and I went for glitter card for the horn - of course. I built the rest of the layout using embellishments from the Shimelle Glitter Girl collection.


Thank you so much for joining me today - give this a try, you'll love the results
Happy scrapping x 


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Nodes -What are they and why would you edit them?

Have you tried to cut an intricate font out only to be disappointed when it doesn't cut the way you expect? Point editing could have you doing the happy dance again!


The intuitive software that is Silhouette Studio® may mean you have never pressed the edit point button in your software. So what is it and how can make your cutting better?
Nodes are reference points that the cutter moves the blade to. Imagine you are directing someone to a shop at the end of the road, you could tell them "pass next door, go round the wheelie bin, step over the bike when you get to the cracked paving stone go over the bump". yes, they would end up at the shop but if they have to stop to check all the points you told them along the way it's going to be a jerky long walk. Instead, you will give them a more sweeping instruction. 
Here is the letter "S" written in Ravie font. To view the nodes we first need to make it a separate shape to do this right click and select "ungroup", now click on the edit points button from the left-hand panel. A number of squares will appear along your cut line these are the points "nodes".
You can see there are quite a few nodes or reference points for the machine to read. At this size there are not any issues, but when the letters are made an inch tall its way to much to create a smooth cut. Anywhere there are a group of nodes there is greater potential for your media to snag or rip. 
The easiest and quickest way to resolve the issue of too many nodes is by using the Simplify button which will activate in the top panel when in the point editing mode.


Each time this button is clicked the number of nodes will be reduced, resulting in a smoother cut line on your machine.

No editing 
After editing

This process will sometimes lose some of the detail from your design, in my next post I will go over how you can fine-tune your design to get the finest detail back, but for small cuts this option is perfect.  I hope you will revisit some of your favorite fonts and give this a go. Not only does it result in a clean cut it also means the cut is quicker.

The process is the same if you are doing an image so if you're having cut issues check out how many nodes you have and try the simplify button!







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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Cards - Remembrance and Armistice Day Poppies

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Hello, Janet here with a new cardmaking technique for delicate or detailed cutting files.  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 Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

As today is Armistice Day, and tomorrow Remembrance Sunday, when many Britons (and others)  wear poppies as a mark of respect to those who have fought for their country, I chose a beautiful poppy file by Hero Arts (#27110).


These cards are essentially made from four layers using the Silhouette® Studio's offset and knife tools:
  1. a card blank containing a cutout of the design,
  2. the detailed design cut from the self-adhesive printable foil,
  3. a layer of clear acetate to support the design, and
  4. a printed under-layer matching the design shapes.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


I initially made the pink one, but thought a more intense shade was required to make the flowers look more like remembrance poppies. I also added a cutout banner which gives a nice inset embossed effect.  I've omitted the banner from the instructions to make the process simpler, but do get in touch if you need further instruction.
 
 
What You'll Need

White Glimmer Cardstock
Printable White Glimmer Paper
Silhouette Printable Adhesive Foil in Gold
Acetate Sheet
Double-Sided Adhesive Tape
Adhesive Tape Runner
Glue Stick
Plain Envelope
Colour Printer



STEP 1: Design the Cutout Card Blank

Open the design in new tab. Fill it with a gold colour. Draw a rectangle for the card front of a slightly smaller size than the envelope that you will be using (my envelope was 242 mm x 106 mm, and my card front 230 mm x 100 mm).

Centre the design to the rectangle (select both, Transform panel, Align tab, click Centre icon). Make a copy to use later in step 4. Create an offset of the design (select design, Offset panel, Offset tab, Distance of 1.5 mm, Apply).

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

A number of additional cut lines have been created. To remove them, move the design aside, select the offset and release the compound path (select offset, Modify panel, Compound Path - Release, or mouse right click, select Release Compound Path).

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

While all the pieces are still selected, hold down the shift key and click on the outer offset line to deselect it (all the excess pieces are now selected).  Press delete or back space on the keyboard to delete these pieces.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Move the design off to the side and ,with the card front and offset selected, move both together to the right.

Make a duplicate copy of the card front to the left of the existing one (select card front, Replicate panel, Replicate tab, Mirror left).

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Then, with the new rectangle only selected, use the right arrow key on the keyboard to move this piece to the right one click at a time until it just overlaps the card front. Then weld the two rectangles together (Modify panel, Weld, or right click, Weld).

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Add a vertical score line centred to the new large rectangle.

Cut this piece from white glimmer, or plain cardstock.


STEP 2: Cut the Design from Foil

Remove the card base, and bring the design back onto the virtual cutting mat.  Change the paper size to Letter to match the media, and cut the design from the Silhouette® Printable Foil. The foil has a self-adhesive backing sheet and should be 'kiss cut', that is, only the foil should be cut, and not the backing sheet.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Carry out a test cut, as you may need to lower the cut settings to achieve a kiss cut yet still cut all of the intricate cut lines. I used the following (Cameo 3, AutoBlade, v4.1, new mat), your ideal setting may differ.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Remove the unwanted parts from the inside of the design by slightly bending the cut foil sheet and lifting them off.


Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


STEP 3: Prepare the Acetate Layer

Cut a rectangle of acetate fractionally smaller than the card front. I like to use thin overhead projector sheets for this technique, rather than the more weighty craft acetates available, but the choice is yours.


STEP 4: Preparing the Coloured Under Layer

Working with a duplicate of the main design, and the copied card front from step 1, use the knife tool to separate the flower heads from the stems. Ensure that the Solid knife setting is selected.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Select and delete the stems (hit back space on your keyboard while they are selected). Leaving the flower heads in place, select them all and release compound path. Select all the heads and deselect just the outside lines (holding down the shift key, click on the outer lines to deselect them). Hit backspace to delete the remaining pieces.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


Fill the shapes with your chosen colour. Selecting one flower at a time, use the advanced Fill (Fill panel, Fill Gradient tab) then click on a sample to add a gradient fill, then rotate it to make the light and dark gradients match the orientation of each flower.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Select all the petals and make the lines 'clear' in the Line Style Panel.

Change the page setup to display a Print & Cut frame with a page size to match your printable paper. Ensure the correct paper size is select in Print Setup, and then send the petal background to the printer.

HINT: Make sure your printer is NOT set to borderless. You'll find more useful tips on Print & Cut here.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

Cut out the petal background on the Silhouette using an appropriate cut setting.


STEP 5: Constructing the Card

Using an adhesive tape runner, apply adhesive to the reverse of the card front and adhere the acetate behind the card front. Align the printed piece behind, and adhere with double-sided tape and/or tape runner around the edges of the reverse of the card front to achieve a neat finish.

Hint: Add a little glue from a glue stick on top of the adhesive so that the runner adhesive doesn't 'grab' immediately. This makes it easier to align the pieces.  

Peel the gold design from its backing and apply it onto the front of the acetate.


Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk

The card is now complete.

Foil and Acetate Stained Glass Poppy Card by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine). Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day card. Step-by-step Tutorial at http://silhouetteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/foil-and-acetate-stained-glass-cards.html. Cutting file by Hero Arts. Also at http://craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk


A sentiment or banner can be added if required.

If you like to make elegant cards, do try out this technique, I'm sure you'll love the effect.  I'm off to make some Christmas cards using the same technique with the silver printable foil.  The rose gold foil would look fabulous too.

Bye for now,





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