Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Always Follow your Dreams | Niki Rowland using White Adhesive Cardstock



Hi Silhouette Fans, Niki here today with a tutorial on how to adapt a cut file and cut it on the White Adhesive Backed Cardstock sold by Silhouette.


I started off with this cut file that I opened up in my Silhouette Software.


It wasn't quite what I wanted so decided to adapt it. I specifically wanted to replace the stars within the cloud with hearts and remove the wording. I opened up a heart cut file from my library too.

I ungrouped the large heart and picked the hearts I wanted and deleted the rest.

I then ungrouped the Dream Big cut file and removed the letters and the stars.

I then replaced the stars with the hearts.

When I was happy with the design I selected the whole thing and made a compound path. This step is important becuase it means the design will weld correctly when attaching to other shapes.

I copied the file and pasted it twice more so that I had three in total. I arranged them in a line so they all overlapped each other slightly.

And then clicked 'weld'. I resized and then sent it to cut.

In the cut settings I simply selected the setting for 'cardstock, printable adhesive' for the perfect cut settings. These cut perfectly - it cuts the cardstock but doesn't go through the backing paper so you can peel your stickers off the backing.

I stuck my clouds onto a piece of patterned paper and trimmed around them. I then stuck that onto tissue paper and put the cut file at the top of my layout. I then created my layout around those clouds as my main feature.


I added lots of star embellishments and sequins as well as paint splatters.

I used a chipboard title together with a Bramblefox Acrylic Perspextive.

The paper collection and embellishments I've used for this layout is Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Willow Lane.

Here's another look at the finished layout - I love how it turned out and the clouds at the top are so cute!

I hope this tutorial has been useful. Happy scrapping xx 

DESIGNS USED:
Dream Big Cloud
Hearts in Heart

PRODUCTS USED:
Silhouette Printable Adhesive Backed Cardstock

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunday's with Steph - Halloween Wedding scrapbooking layout



Hello crafters and welcome to this weeks blog post!

So I was asked by a friend to create something special for her friends up and coming wedding on Halloween.   This was a very different design brief to what I usually have and way out of my comfort zone but I thought I'd give it my best shot and I'm rather pleased with the end result!!

So I started off with this design https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/156688 and cut it out on my favourite paper bazzill basics, but in black this time!  I was also asked to write the new Mr & Mrs names, wedding date and til death do us part on the layout so I treated myself to a new font also https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/94555



I placed the cut file on a piece of textured paper that I had cut down to 10 x 10 and distressed the edges and put the font all the way round the design which fitted perfectly.  I cut roughly about 90 centimetres of netting about an inch wide and stuck it round my piece of card (with about half an inch showing) then placed it on some green rose print gutted paper.  I double boarded the photo, white then black and placed it in the bottom right hand corner.  I hand stamped a few roses which I then fussy cut and tucked round the photo and raised them a bit with foam pads.  I then added sequins in the wedding colours to finish of the design.



If it's your thing or not I hope you can appreciate the detail in the cutfile and the letting due to the Silhouette's superb cutting ability.  I myself am really happy with the finished design and having to be pushed right out of my comfort zones with this one.  I truly hope that they live happily ever after.



See you next week!

Take care,

Steph x x

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Easy Offset - make quick and easy embellishments

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Hello, Janet here again. What's your favourite feature in the Silhouette Studio software? Mine is probably the Print & Cut feature, but my favourite basic design function is Offset. Using it allows you to make your own embellishments quickly and easily, or even just enhance those you've downloaded from the Silhouette Design Store.

Today I'm sharing a couple of Lori Whitlock's new Haunted Houses (#276325 , #276343), concentrating on the embellishments that are included with the files. Adding an offset, especially when it's cut from Silhouette's Glow in the Dark Sticker Paper adds a quick and easy enhancement. The embellishments not only glow in the dark, but are also thicker and more dimensional. To make them even faster to put together, I used adhesive-backed cardstock.

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Here is a quick guide on how to make the embellishments for yourself. Of course, this technique isn't limited to Halloween projects; you can apply the same steps to any shape which isn't too complex.

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.

How to Make the Offset Embellishments:

STEP 1: Open all the files that you are going to use into one workspace, or copy and paste them from other workspaces.

STEP 2: Change your Page Setup to the settings for your media (Glow Sticker Sheets are US Letter sized). Space out all the embellishment file pieces in the active cut area.


Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


STEP 3: Now to make the offsets. The offsets will be of the default size, so the offset can be made quickly by selecting all the images and clicking on the Offset icon in the upper toolbar. IF you need another size, use the same icon on the right side of the window, select Offset, adjust the distance (default size of the offset is 0.125" or 0.2 cm), and click Apply.


Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


I've filled the new offsets with a cream colour to remind me they are to be cut from glow in the dark sticker paper . Move the darker shapes off to the side, and cut out the offsets.

STEP 4: Cut the remaining pieces from Silhouette Adhesive-Backed Textured Cardstock. If you trim down the cardstock, or use scraps, you can even cut all three colours at one time. If you don't have adhesive cardstock in the correct colours, I explain how to make your own here.

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


STEP 5: Peel off the textured pieces then layer and press them onto the glow in the dark shapes to make the embellishments. I added some domes of dimensional paint and dots made with a waterproof marker, once the paint is dry. Adhere the finished embellishments onto your project.

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Where the entire piece is to be placed onto the project, just peel the embellishment away from the backing, and press it on.

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Where part of the embellishment hangs over the edge of the project ease the embellishment and it's backing out from the whole backing piece if possible. If your cut is too shallow for that, trim around the bit of shape that will overhang with scissors and remove this part from the remainder of the backing. Replace it on to the shape where the shape will overhang.

Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Now align the shape onto your project so that the adhesive on the overhang is protected by backing paper.

Aside - did you notice of some of the pics that I'd forgotten to include the black layer on the pumpkin? I was able to peel the orange layer away with care, and add the black layer later!



Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


Bonus Project - Make Badges with your Embellishments.


Design Tools Tutorial - Easy Offsets by Janet Packer https://Craftingquine.blogspot.co.uk for Graphtec Silhouette UK. Haunted houses cutting files by Lori Whitlock.


I made that cute cat embellishment into a badge/brooch, by sticking it onto a piece of card cut out at the same size. Then I added a pin closure and I have a fun set of badges to wear for Halloween!





Bye for now,


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Friday, 19 October 2018

Halloween using a glow in the dark sticker sheet

Good day everyone

Today I am sharing how I used the Silhouette Glow in the Dark Sticker Paper.



I thought this would be perfect for decorating some little treats for all the children who call at the house on October 31st

The cute skull sucker seemed well suited for decorating some little lollies, so I added those to my design removing the 'stick'. I have a friend who loves bats and chose this bat skeleton as a decoration for her. Finally I made a couple of cards featuring bats again, one for my 'batty' friend and the other for a friend whose birthday falls on Halloween (found here). All these designs were cut from one sheet of the sticker paper using the Silhouette Cameo settings.


It was simple just to peel the skull stickers and apply directly to the lolly pops...


I made plenty to give out...


 and they look great with my Autumn decor!



The bat also turned out really well...


the cards coming together easily...


I had created a spooky set...



I love this little collection...



But best of all they really glow in the dark and will be amazing on Halloween!



Thanks so much for taking time to join me today and look forward to seeing you next week when I am playing with white adhesive cardstock!

Have fun

Ruth xxx