Sunday, 24 March 2019

Sunday's with Steph - 12 x 12 Paige Taylor Evans scrapbooking post


Welcome to this weeks blog post!!  I am just loving scrapbooking at the moment and rarely do anything's soooo much fun!!

I made this layout at a recent re-treat, I was especially pleased with this layout as I had managed to join my daughters love for travelling and her love of Disney using the song from Aladin "A whole new world" as  a title.  

Again I have used a Paige Taylor Evans cut file.  This one is of a globe, I've seen it used's so versatile! Anyway I cut this out on my absolute favourite paper Bazzill Basics (cardstock, heavy with two passes) and then set to work on my layout.

I used a sheet of bobble textured paper also from Bazzil which I gutted to create a border and then trimmed the pink gingham paper down to 11 x 11. 

I centrally placed the globe on the paper some layers on foam risers to give the layout some depth.  Then I started on my main cluster.  My photo was a polaroid style photo which I popped on top of a strip of green and white paper that had been rounded at the edges.  This piece of paper acted almost as a "shelf" for my embellishments and I then started stacking in front and behind it layering up the flowers, type writer and sequins.  

I then popped the heading on and added a few banners to the top right hand corner, a heavy dashing of sequins and some enamel dots, which I thought looked like destinations but were actually positive sayings and that was it!

Thank you so much for reading my blog post this week....

Until next week, happy crafting!!

Steph xo 

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Make a 3D Lightbox using Carbon Fibre Vinyl

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Hello, Janet from the Crafting Quine Blog here using the Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl and saying farewell* with a 3D Lightbox design. This speciality vinyl is available in black with a pattern that gives the look and texture of carbon fibre in an easy to apply material. For this project I have applied the vinyl to cardstock which I then used to make the box. I also used it in a more conventional way to make the letters.

The lightbox design (#251632) is from the Silhouette Design Store. I adapted it to take three rows of letters, which allows for longer words and then cheated on the letters, putting the  words onto long strips. Far quicker and less fiddly to change out than individual letters. Finally I added a string of led fairy lights inside.

Design ID #251832 in Studio and SVG format

Lightbox by Nilmara Quintella (#251632)
LW Perfect Type font by Lori Whitlock (#55159)

Black & White Cardstock
Shiny/Mirror Card, Paper or Vinyl
Strong Tack Transfer Tape
Liquid Craft Adhesive
Strong-Tack Tape Adhesive
Vinyl Scraps for Emojis
Silhouette Premium Carbon Fibre Vinyl
Silhouette Vellum
Set of Battery-Powered LED Lights

You'll find instructions for assembling the box on the designer's website and there is a link from the file's description in the Silhouette store. I'll just highlight the things I did differently.

HINT: The designer's instructions are in Brazilian, for English instructions just copy the link into a Google search and you get the option to translate the page. 

Preparing & Cutting Carbon Fibre Cardstock
Cut a piece of vinyl slightly larger than the box base and smooth it onto a piece of black cardstock. Cut the piece, increasing the blade depth and force as necessary, to cut all the way through. Use a bone folder to make crisp fold lines.

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Adding Reflective Panels
Use the panel pieces cut from mirror card to line the reverse of the box if you have it. I didn't, so I used some sticky-backed reflective paper that I had on hand. In this photo I've left the backing on at the ends of the long strips. When assembled these can be removed so the reflective paper hides the  box tabs on the inside also giving a bigger reflective surface.

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Add Extra Supports
The translucent part of the lightbox is effectively an adapted box lid. In order to add an extra line of text it is necessary to cut an extra centre support bar. I'd also recommend cutting extras of all of the bars in case they don't all fold straight. It is also necessary to add one extra aperture and reduce the height of the existing apertures in the lid. Check they are all of the same height, evenly aligned, and are equally spaced using the alignment and spacing tools in tools in the transform panel.

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Applying Vellum
Vellum is applied to the reverse of the lid. I recommend a strong adhesive tape so that no excess glue can get onto the vellum.

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Adding Lights
Here are the assembled top and base parts of the box with the fairy lights inside.

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Arrange the lights around the edges of the inside, adhering them to the box sides using adhesive tape. For an even neater effect, adhere the battery pack in the box (with double-sided tape) and cut a small slit and a rectangle out of the side so that the controller can be switched on and off with the lid in place (then no-one has to see the light 'spaghetti').

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Text Cheat
Instead of cutting individual letters and mounting them on small acetate rectangles, cut strips of acetate and mount the words in carbon fibre vinyl directly to the strip. This isn't quite so versatile, but you can just cut more strips and vinyl when you need new words. So much quicker and less fiddly to change them out. With this method you can choose just about any font you want. I picked LW Perfect Type as its quick to weed and easy to read, but any cuttable font will do, even script fonts work (don't forget to weld any overlapped letters together before cutting though).

HINT: For ease of application, cut your letters in weeding boxes of the same size as the acetate strips. Place your acetate strip on a card strip cut to the same size so that is easier to see. Align your transfer tape with the top of the weeding box, lift the word, then align the top of the transfer tape with the top of the strip and burnish it onto the strip. 

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

Layered Emojis
These crying emojis were made using layered vinyl. Using transfer tape, pick up the blue 'tears' first, then the yellow faces next, and finally the black circles (with weeding box the same height as one of the acetate strips as for the words). Then they are easy to align onto an acetate strip in the same way as the letters.

Make your own 3D Cardstock Lightbox - Using Silhouette Carbon Fibre Vinyl - by Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.

You may have realised, if you've been following the Silhouette UK Blog for a while, that I have a passion for adding lights to my projects. If you have a weakness for lights too, you might like to check out these earlier projects.

Wedding Marquee Letters
Marquee Lights
Light Up Big Ben - Cutting Thicker Cardstock
Big Ben Lantern 
Light Up Cards
Light up Cards
Vinyl and Foil Lanterns
Vellum & Foil Lanterns
Polar Bear Luminary
Acetate Lantern

*Saying Farewell
This is the last regular post I'll be doing with the Silhouette UK Blog Design Team. I've been on the team since it started in 2016 and I'm away to do a real world job which won't allow me as much crafting time. I may be back with a special post now and again. Meantime you can catch up with my crafty creations (Silhouette and otherwise) at the Crafting Quine Blog.

Bye for now,

Janet Packer for GraphtecGB Silhouette UK Blog.
  Crafting Quine Blog@CraftingQuine

 Lightbox by Nilmara Quintela  LW perfect Type font by Lori Whitlock

 Carbon Fibre Vinyl  Silhouette Vellum  Silhouette Cameo 3

Monday, 18 March 2019

Back to basics: Welding fonts & Glyphs

Hello, it's Verity here from Pretty Little Button. Its another episode in my mini back to basics series and this time I am focusing on welding fonts and how to use the glyphs/flourishes that they come with. If you plan of cutting out your text, then knowing how to weld your font is very important so it doesn't cut out all the pieces individually and mess up your text. Also, many fonts come with glyphs and flourishes that can really change up your text and possibilities can be endless, so it is a great tool to have in your belt if you know how to access them and use them. I used all this information to create some cute modern labels for some of my craft tubs just to spruce up my craft room a little. So have a look around you and see what you can spruce up with some vinyl and text!

Back to basics: Welding fonts & Glyphs process: 

Use the text tool add your text to your design space. 

Using the text style box and all your titles selected to change the font to your chosen style. The font used here is Antelope. 

To add flourishes/glyphs to the front and end sections of your words, you need to use the 'Glyphs' tab in the text style window.

In this tab, you will find a scrollable window contains a variety of characters. The characters at the top will contain plain alphabet and number options, but once you scroll past this you will find additional letters with flourishes to them. For 'Paintbrushes' I selected this p below, adding a flourishing to the beginning of the letter. 

Then I altered the remaining letters including the s with a flourish lopping back over the s character. Make sure you think about the position of the flourish and the position on the character within the word.

Once I was happy with all the flourishes, the next stop was to weld the font. As you can see above, there are many areas where the letters overlap and we don't have a continuous cut line. If you were to cut the font out like this, the vinyl would be in bits and you would struggle to adhere it correctly and without any of those cut lines showing. 

  Now it is important to note, that when you weld font you can no longer edit the text. So if you know you may wish to change the text later before you cut it out, leave the welding until the end. 

Select the modify panel in the right-hand toolbar to open the modify window. 

With your title selected, click the 'weld' button in the window. 

When the items welds' anywhere the to items overlap join together to create one continuous cut line. As you can see above, all the letters in 'paintbrush' are now joined, whereas the letters in 'mixed media' are still overlapping as they are not welded together. 

These titles were cut out of self-adhesive vinyl in a lovely teal colour. Once the titles were weeding, transfer tape was used to position the titles on the tubs and adhered down with a burnishing tool.

Back to basics: Welding fonts & Glyphs photos:

If this has inspired you to try this out, please post below. I would love to see it!

Until next time,


Profile Pretty Little Button Blog | Instagram | Facebook


ANTELOPE by Polem, design ID# 251515


Friday, 15 March 2019

Making a sign using Silhouette Whiteboard Vinyl

So life has been a bit up and down which means my posts here haven't quite gone to plan...but today I am finally back with a creation to help my weight loss journey...

I have been part of a weight loss group for a while now and sometimes I lose my way or lack inspiration. I thought a sign showing how far I had come would help to inspire me moving forwards.

I liked this cutfile (ID #199618)

and combined with this one  (ID #25555) I had the makings of a great motivational sign...

I changed the title to' my' weight loss  using a co-ordinating font from the Design Store and just used the lb signs from the second cutfile adding a block font under each...

As you can see the whiteboard vinyl has been cut in a circle and placed in the middle of the lbs cutfile so I can change my weight loss each week after I weigh in.

This sign will definitely help keep me on track and act as a reminder of how far I have come.

I owuld love to see what you would make with whiteboard vinyl so do share your ideas with the team in the comments section below.

Happy creating

Ruth xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Design of the Week - Giraffe Card - 12th March 2019

Hello, hello - Karen here with my Wednesday DOTW post and this week it is a cute print and cut giraffe card.

As I only have a normal A4 printer I needed to resize the file to fit onto a piece of A4 card.  To do this I reduced the design to 70%.

After turning on my registration marks I printed the card and cut out on my Silhouette.

Next I reduced the envelope to 70% and cut from a piece of rainbow coloured paper.

The result was this really cute card and envelope.