Wednesday, 23 January 2019

DOTW - Frosty Mornings & Toasty Mugs - 22 January 2019 - Making a cut file into print and cut.

Hello, hello Karen here wishing you a happy Wednesday.

If I am being honest (now keep this to yourselves) sometimes when I see the free Design of the Week I am somewhat stuck for what to do with it.  I have to admit that when I saw this week's one I exclaimed, out loud, "You Must Be Joking"!

But I put on my 'big girls pants' and my 'thinking cap' and decided to use it for a post on how to change a cut file into a print and cut file.

When I opened the design I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the work has been done for me.  It was already coloured and the position of most of the elements was correct.

So to start I will show you how to add colour to this colourless design and then get on to working with this weeks design.

Once you have opened your design  click on 'SEND' and change the outline to 'No Cut' - as the title says this will tell your machine not to cut the outline of the design.

Now comes the exciting bit - choosing the colours of your design. Firstly ungroup the design.

Now this has been done you can colour the sections of the design using the colour palette.  Open the colour palette - to make the leaves green I simply clicked on the wreath and then clicked on the green colour I wanted from the colour palette.

Do the same for the butterflies.

Drag your butterflies to where you want them on the wreath and group the design.

On the 'Line Style Palette' change the lines to white.

The final step is to add an offset outline and registration marks to the design for cutting.

To add an offset go to the offset panel and once you click on it an offset will be added to your design, this will not show until you change the line colour back to red.

To add your registration marks simply choose the size of paper/card you are using (I only have a standard printer so have to choose A4) and registration marks from the Page SetUp Menu.

On SEND check once more that only the offset lines are going to cut.

Now you are ready to send your design to print and then cut out on your machine.

I changed the colours again (my printer was out of red ink) and printed out the design to make a birthday card.

Now back to this week's design. I arranged all the elements to make the design complete and added 'Wishing you' as I decided to make it into a card.

All that was left for me to do was to print and cut the design and add to a card with some foam pads.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Ink Storage organising - Vinyl Labels

Hi everyone. It's Verity here from Pretty Little Button bringing you another project. So today's project is more on an inspiration and a little how-to for cutting without a mat for beginners. I have recently been reorganising my craft room, trying to make things more efficient. My previous mini ink storage was pretty as it hung on the wall, but wasn't easy to hand when I needed them. So instead, I clear out this draw storage that sits just to the right of my desk and reutilised it for my mini inks. To make it even more efficient I decided it would be best to label which inks are ink which draws. Of course, my trusty silhouette to the rescue to make custom labels out of vinyl. The metallic vinyl was perfect for the job as it is a little darker where I store these draws. However, the metallic silver catches the light making it super easy to read in low light!

Also, these 12" vinyl sheets don't require you to cut with the mat, and there are a few simples things you need to follow to do this. So reading on for how to with ink storage organising and make your craft room more efficient. 

Card storage and organiser details: 

I have designer edition studio and do not have the weeding lines feature in the more advanced studio versions. To make it easier to weed, I drew little boxes to insert my label titles in, so I could just peel the straight away to leave the title. Also, it prevents wasting more vinyl than needed. 

Next, I added my label titles within the boxes making sure they fit within. The font I'm using is Amelia. As this is a thin-ish font, I added a 0.01 offset, just so it would be easier to cut and not tear.

Before you send to cut you need to make a few alterations to cut without a mat. Open up the page setup window. Select the drop-down menu for 'cutting mat' and select 'none'. 

You will now notice your 'cutting mat' will disappear from your design space. Before you send your to design to cut, you need to load your 'media' (Vinyl). In your machine, you need to move the rollers in order to grip your media. 

On the right-hand side, move the leaver from the 'locked' position to the 'unlocked' position as seen below: 

Next, rotate the white roller feed until the grips pop out of their little slots. Move the roller feed to the left to the next little slots as seen below: 

Put the leaver back up into the locked position. To load the vinyl, insert your sheet like you would your mat, but on your machine screen press 'load media'. You are not ready to send your design to cut. 

Remember to test cut before you cut your design out, your machine and blade can differ from the factory default settings. As you can see, my cut settings for the metallic vinyl below is quite different from the default I had above. I think I need to replace my blade!!

Remember to use your Silhouette tool kit to weed the vinyl from the boxes. Cover the labels with transfer tape and burnish onto the tape. Lift this up and position onto your draws. Again, burnish this so the vinyl sticks to your surface and peel the transfer tape off.

 *Quick tip, make sure your surface is clean for good adherence*

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

Until next time,


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Amelia font by Dresden Carrie, Design ID#157996



Saturday, 19 January 2019

Top Tips for Cardstock Projects - Mini Treat Bowls

Hello, Janet from the Crafting Quine blog here again. My Facebook feed is already full of lovely Valentine's projects but, rather than making cards for Valentine's Day, I prefer to make 3D decor cardstock projects. The Heart Bowl (#39182) file by Snapdragon Snippets looked perfect for sharing some special chocolates on Valentine's Day. As I was putting the first one together, I thought it would be fun to share some tips for preparing and assembling cardstock projects generally. I hope you'll find them useful.

1. Fit more to a Sheet
I like to be economical with my cardstock, but the six decorative panels didn't quite fit on a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock, and it seemed a pity to use two sheets. The pieces just needed to be rearranged to fit them on. Select the set of decorative panels, and with a right click of the mouse, select ungroup from the resulting menu. Move the two right hand pieces further to right, and then move the middle two up. Then they all fit on with space to spare.

2. Cut v Score Lines
In a recent post in one of the American Silhouette Facebook groups we were discussing who used the dotted lines for creasing fold lines. It seems that many of us no longer use them. I like to use a shallow cut line instead as I prefer the neater finish.

To make the cut lines use the line drawing tool and draw a straight line along the existing dotted lines. I make the new line a different colour and then ungroup the original design, deleting the dashed lines. With the decorative panel pieces it was only necessary to change one of the pieces, then copy it five times (note - the new lines are orange).

3. Cut by Line
If you use Cut by Line option in the Send tab you can chose different cut settings for the crease lines and cut lines.  If you have made continuous lines as above, you can change them to shallower cuts. Even if you leave the dashed lines as they are you can make them less deep and therefore less noticeable. For crease lines in my regular textured cardstock I use the 'Vinyl, Glossy' setting and reduce the Force to five and slow down the speed if the lines are complex. I like to cut the crease lines first, so I click and drag the crease line action to the top of the cut list. You'll also notice that I've used the second blade holder with the Ratchet blade, manually adjusting the setting to a Depth of one. This is optional, but I tend to leave the ratchet blade set at one in my machine all the time.

4. Liquid Glue
When I'm assembling my project I like to use a liquid craft glue. A liquid glue that grabs quickly, but still allows some movement of the pieces for a short time is ideal. You may have heard this referred to as 'wiggle room'. I like to have some time to ensure that the alignment of the pieces is good before leaving it to dry. With the instant adhesion of double-sided tape, if your placement isn't exactly right on the first attempt, often the only solution is to re-cut the pieces. I also like liquid adhesive because it makes the cardstock a little more rigid when it dries - a positive advantage for most 3D projects.

5. Adhesive Eraser
Some crafters don't like to use liquid glue because of its potential messiness. If you apply too much liquid adhesive it can ooze onto top surfaces. My tip is immediately remove any excess with your finger tip and to then to rub away any unwanted adhesive once it has dried a little. I use an adhesive eraser. I've been using this one on black cardstock so it looks a little grubby, but still works fine.

6. Adjusting the Size
I loved the first bowl, but its capacity for chocolates was far bigger than I'd anticipated. I realised that I'd need a smaller version. To reduce the size of a 3D project, select all the files pieces and then either:
(1) drag the size smaller proportionately (by holding down shift on your keyboard),
(2) use the sizing function and reduce it by a percentage, or
(3) type in a measurement for the whole group of pieces (once you've clicked on the padlock to lock the relative dimensions).

To make the this file as small as I have done - open the Transform panel, and on the Scale tab click 50%. All the decorative panels for one bowl now fit on one 6" x 6" piece of scrapbook paper.

7. Media Choice
That leads me to my final tip. If you do reduce the size of a project significantly, consider using thinner materials. For the smaller bowls I abandoned the textured cardstock I'd used for the large bowl in favour of patterned paper and lightweight cardstock. It was then easier to fold and handle the smaller pieces.

I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any tips of your own to share, please add them in the comments.

Here are links some other 3D cardstock projects on the blog. Just click on a pic to visit the page for that project.

Wedding Clapperboard Cute Bunny Baskets Cutting ticker Cardstock by Janet Packer Leaf Wall Art

Bye for now,

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