Monday, 16 October 2017

BIG Birthday Card for a BIG birthday

Hello, Janet here with a post about a very versatile accordion card I found in the Silhouette Design Store recently; the Expanding Birthday Candle Card by Marji Roy. It is a fantastic design for important birthdays, as it can include a candle for every year of the birthday person's age. This is done by adding whole 'pages' of eleven candles, and then trimming away the flames of the surplus candles.

This was the perfect card to take along to a combined birthday party we've been invited to recently - a 130th Birthday. Perfect, that is, except for the number of candles required. This was the ideal time to use adhesive-backed cardstock, a real time-saver! The designer has an excellent tutorial on how to put the card together and how to calculate the number of pages needed (link in the file listing in Silhouette Design store). In this post I've shared some additional tips including how to further personalise this card design.

Using Self-Adhesive Cardstock

I used the Silhouette Adhesive Cardstock which comes in 12 inch square sheets. I didn't have any orange, so I made my own, using Silhouette's double sided adhesive sheet on the back of a piece of textured orange cardstock (that's why it has yellow backing in the picture below).


I followed the designer's instructions, but found it easier to apply the red part of the flames BEFORE the white candles as the candles overlap the red part of the flame slightly.

Adding Ages

By way of explanation and to add more interest, I added the ages of the birthday couple.  The file comes with numbers, and I added a plus sign. To find a suitable font I typed the plus sign and then scrolled down my font list and stopped when I found one of similar thickness to the numbers (sorry, I didn't make a note of the font name).

Then I added an offset to the numbers and mounted the original and the offset on to the card front.

Amending the Sentiment

Although not strictly necessary, I liked the idea of making the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment plural.  I ungrouped the sentiment provided and added an 's' using the same technique as for the plus sign above.

This time 2 offsets were needed to match the original.

Adding a Greeting Panel

I made a greeting panel to attach onto the back of the card, with 3 coloured layers and one white layer.  On the white layer I added a quotation about candles and sharing, attributed to Buddha (incorrectly, according to some websites) which seemed appropriate for this occasion.

I used the Sweet Pea Sketch font and a green/blue glitter pen from the Silhouette® Sketch Pen Starter Set. The whole layered panel was then attached onto the back of the card.

The finished card is pretty BIG, but a fun card to take along to a BIG birthday party!

Do let me know in the comments if you've used this file. I'd love to know what 'extras' you added to it.

Bye for now,

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Going Big - Outlined & Underlined Title

Hello, hello Karen here with yet another title idea - yes its big but at the moment I absolutely love big statement titles and this one doesn't disappoint.

I came across the quote on Pinterest and thought that never a truer word had been written!

I started by writing the title in Ariel - it has to be a font that has the option of underlining. (I noticed that I have written the word GIVE instead of GIFT and changed it after step 2!)

Next I highlighted the text and added an underline, changed the font size to 110 pt and adjusted the line spacing to 85.

The next step was to make the text a compound path.

You now need to add an external offset of 0.125 to the text.

And there you have a lovely large title ready to cut.

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Crafty Girls: Using the Subtract Tool

Hey there! Niki here with you today with a tutorial on how to use the substract tool to crop a background into a shape.

I started off by choosing a background I wanted to crop into a shape and also choose the shape I wanted to crop it into.  The background is on the cutting mat and the heart shape I have chosen, is to the right of the mat.

The heart shape is part of another shape, so I have released the compound path of that shape and am going to take the outline to use as my shape, and delete the other parts of that shattered heart design.

Now I have my heart shape but I want this plus an outline, so I have selected the shape and created an offset at 0.200 using the Offset window.

I have now selected both the heart and the offset, and gone up to the Object window and clicked Arrange, Send to Back. This ensures that the two heart shapes will be behind my background.

 I have now re-sized the two hearts and moved them over to my cutting mat. They are behind the background rather than on top. I made sure the hearts and the background were lined up and I was happy with where the pattern was.

Now I have selected the internal heart and the background.

With both the internal heart and the background selected, I then went to the Modify window and clicked Subtract. This then crops the background into the shape and leaves me with a totally perfect cut file, filled with the original background I chose.

The final step is to select the whole design and then either 'group' or 'Make Compound Path'. I usually make a compound path but it makes little difference here really.

I then cut my heart shape out of whit card and created this layout with it. I have used Paige Evans 'Turn the Page' collection to backfill the petals and embellish the layout.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you will give that tutorial a go - the possibilities are endless! 

Circles Petals Background by Paige Evans
Heart Geometric Lace by Jamie Koay. This design does not appear to be available any more so there is an alternative by Sarah Hurley here: Geometric Heart


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

DOTW - Pumpkin Frames

Hello, hello - Karen here with my take on this weeks Design of the Week - Pumpkin Frames

I thought that this would be perfect for a quick layout utalising my sketch pens and using a photo of my daughter and her boyfriend at a Halloween party five years ago.  I adjusted the file so that the right edge of the title and the head and front legs of the spider were cut, as well as drawn, so  they overlapped the photo.  I also dispenced with all the frames and drew a 5.5in square one to hold my photo and used the penent shapes to hold my journaling.  The last thing I needed to do was to add cobweb corners to fill the remaining white space. 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Making A Spooky Halloween Title

Hello,hello  Karen here with a fun title I created.

I haven't ever really done Halloween and thought that now Gracia has well and truly left home I wouldn't need to make a Halloween layout.  Well it all started with a scrapbook kit I use and part of this months kit was die cuts from the American Crafts Bootiful Nights range.  One of the die cuts was a cute bat with purple ears.  I then went shopping to my local supermarket and saw a Halloween headband with cute purple ears and instantly thought -'KIERA'.  I knew I could get a photo of her wearing them and then only needed a suitable title for my page.

I started by writing the word BATDOG in LWGothic font size 150. I then gave it a 0.25 offset as I wanted to use the purple sparkly card that came in the kit.

Next I opened this bat file and resized them to 50%.

I removed the bat from the tree using the knife tool to separate its legs from the branch.

The next step was to add him to the bottom of my title and weld him there. I added the other two bats (reducing the larger one to 65%) to either side of my title.  I also removed the fangs from the one on the left as I didn't want a vampire bat.
I cut the title out in purple and black and also cut two branches with bats hanging from them to add to my page.  Finally I gave all my bats little purple ears!

There we have a fun page that was inspired by a cheeky little bat die cut.  You never know where this hobby of ours will take you next.