Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Adding color to Embossed Images

Sometimes plain embossing doesn't seem to be enough, you look at what you have a feel like something is missing.  Adding a little color to an embossed image can take plain to fabulous.

Here are two very simple cards showing this technique.  There are several ways to add color to embossing, this is one of many.  If you search the internet you can open a whole new dimension to your cards.

Using your favorite embossing folder, emboss your design on your card stock.  Once thats done,   lightly rub your ink pad over the raised area.  As you can see you can even do several colors.  I find using those small ink pads gives you a little more control over where the ink is applied.   

Add a few embellishments and take the simple to elegant.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Centering your Vinyl Design On Glass

I have had some projects go really wrong when working with vinyl on glass.  I found a very helpful video explaining the wet method.  This video is from the Wallwritten Channel on Youtube, "How to Apply Vinyl Lettering Using the "Wet Method"".   The solution for the wet method is 1 drop of baby shampoo to about a half a cup of water.  You will need a fine spray mist bottle for applying to your    project's surface.

After watching this video I have started using the wet method, and by trial and error, I have learned a few tricks.

First you want to have a well identified marking system to mark the centers of your project and the surface you are planning to lay it on.  I have a few cutting mats laying around, and one I use strictly for my paper projects.  So I decided to take this mat and mark center points for my project.  It is hard to see, but I used a permanent marker on the mat to mark my project size and center points.  If you don't have a cutting mat, use a large piece of paper larger than your project.  The cutting mat allows me to tape my surface in place, so it doesn't shift when I am applying my vinyl image.

The "wet method" is great, but  there are a few drawbacks.  First off, if your design has a border, it is going to be more difficult to get the water out.  Therefore,  there is going to be a much longer drying time.   I had to leave one project outside in the sun all day and still had difficulty getting the vinyl to stick.   You may also get more sticky residue on your vinyl, probably because it is on the vinyl for a longer time.  Just use a little alcohol or Undu on a lint free cloth to clean it up.  Use is sparingly, you don't want to get it under the vinyl.   With these issues in mind,  use as little water solution as possible.

Next you will want to trim your image AFTER you have applied it to the transfer tape.  Trim it as close to the design as possible, about 1/2" is what I use.  Now, using the design and not the paper mark your center points with a pencil, you will be able to erase these marks if you reuse your transfer tape.

Another good idea, if you have a large project, is to cut your transfer tape backing in half and place it behind the image, this allows you to center your image without it sticking.  

Lay your image on the surface lining up all the center points.  

Apply painters tape along the  bottom or top of your project, holding it in place.  

Now you can flip the image over and remove the backing from half the image, do the side the tape is on first.  Now remove the second half of the transfer paper and lay the second half down.

Now you can start moving the water from under your image, don't apply too much pressure and be sure you don't move your image.  

Start from the center and use your squeegee to smooth the image and insure it is adhered to the surface. I used a scrap piece of craft felt and applied it to my squeegee with my ATG tape runner, and so far it is holding pretty good.  I use this to smooth out my vinyl after I remove the transfer tape, especially if using outdoor vinyl with that shiny finish.  Be sure to clean any sticky residue from the vinyl before using the felt squeegee.

The great thing about the wet method, for large projects you have a chance to pick it up and re-position it.  

This was an 8x10 frame and the image was all one piece.  If you are a Cricut Explore user, you can get the Regal fonts already split from the Facebook page "Let's Learn Cricut Explore " uploaded  by Debbie O'Neal. 

I made the box outline by slicing rectangles in Design Space. 
I hope this post helped you learn a little about using vinyl.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hap-Bee Birthday Card Mojo394 & CTD339

Today I am showing you a card I made using two challenges.  The sketch is from the  Mojo Monday Challenge, Sketch 394 and the colors used are from  the Color Throwdown challenge #339.   

To use both these challenges together, you have wait until Wednesday.  Mojo Monday, of course is changed every Monday, but the Color throw down is changed on a Wednesday. 

This weeks colors are  black, white and yellow.  The first thing that came to mind was a bumble bee.  So I designed my card with that in mind.  I used some of the specialty paper I have from Close to my Heart.  The canary yellow has a cute little honeycomb design.  The black has a chevron design.  You can't tell in the picture but I did use my Swiss Dots embossing folder on the bottom piece.   My sentiment was written with my Cricut Explore .  I used a Slick Writer (Medium point) and Fantastic Fonts - DJ Smooth.

I definitely had to put a new blade in to cut those little bees.  But after putting it all together I thought it came out really cute.  I added a little Stickles and bling to finish it off.

I also, created a manly version using the Color Throwdown challenge.  I couldn't resist since the colors are very similar to our team, The New Orleans Saints.  Any of the men I know would appreciate this card.

I used my Close to My Heart Stripped embossing folder and of course the Cuttlebug Fleur di Lis embossing folder.  The sentiment is a stamp from Close to My Heart also.

Hope you enjoyed these cards.  Check out the two challenges, it will definitely help you get that stock  pile of cards needed for emergencies.

If you have any questions, feel free to add them to the comments below.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just Married Card with Cricut Explore

I made this card using my Cuttlebug and Cricut Explore.  With a little slicing and welding, I was able to re-create a card I saw on Pinterest.

I used two images, 

the Car Couple image from the Sweethearts cartridge , I only used  the couple, the bumper,  and license plate from this image.

and the Just Married Image from the Wedding Cartridge.  I sliced the tires from one of the layers and used the hide contour to remove the tail lights and just married text.  

I decided to add Just Married with vinyl, the card stock I was using wouldn't make clean cuts on this really skinny text.  

I had some oval gemstones that were perfect for the tail lights.  I used a simple text and wrote the Mr&Mrs license plate with my Explore also.

If you have a Cricut Explore an access to these cartridges, here is the file.  It is possible I used an image to do the slicing that may not have been free.  It seems that images are changing status, but if you have the subscription there shouldn't be any problem.

I used a metallic white card stock for the car and a silver metallic for the bumper.  The embossing was from a folder in the Anna Griffith's Lovely Impressions.

Till next time,

Happy Cratin!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mailbox Decal

My son is getting ready to move into a new home.  I have been browsing Pinterest for different ideas to make.

I saw mailbox decals and thought, I can make that.  Here is one I made using Inkscape.  I have been learning to create flourishes, so I decided to try my hand at designing something.  I wish I could say I created the design, I did not.   I don't have that kind of creativity, show me a picture and I can recreate but don't tell me your idea and let me envision it.  I would be here for the next year trying to get it right.  So I browse Pinterest and make things from pictures.    I have more versions coming later.   I haven't made anything using this design yet, so I only have a picture from the screen shot.

I cut it out to be sure everything worked.  This is a large design, but you can definitely re-size it to any size you want.  I didn't include the font, so you can add any letter and font you want.

I am sharing this file on my Google Drive.

Here is a link to the file. Mailbox decal by MCR

I would love to see how you used my design, please feel free to comment below and share your projects.

Till next time, 

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Father's Day Card

What better way to get inspiration for a new project, but a challenge.  Today's card combines two great challenges I found while searching the internet.  

I used this great sketch from Mojo Monday.  I have been trying to make a card each week.

Mojo Monday Challenge 393

I was viewing the cards that had been entered in this challenge  and came across the Color Throwdown Challenge.  

What better way to combine two challenges, a sketch and a color scheme.  This certainly takes a lot of the guess work out of creating a card.  I thought the colors would be great for a Father's Day card, so I am getting a jump on getting my cards done.
Color Throwdown #337

I had a printed piece of card stock that is double sided and covered all the colors in ctd337, except the Kraft color.  For this color I used my pre-cut kraft cards.  I created the shapes in Design Space and started cutting.

My colors are a little brighter than the color scheme provided, so I decided to add some embossing and ink to tone them down.   I used Tim Holtz Distressing ink in Antique around the edges and lightly over the raised embossed area.  Each shape was embossed with a different pattern.  I combined chevron, dots and stripes.  

I added to small brads and my sentiment.  This card took me less than an hour.  It takes a lot less time when you have a sketch and color scheme in mind.

I highly recommend using challenges to help you try new things.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easy card with My Scrap Chick SVG files

I have been purchasing the belly box files from My Srap Chick, they have some adorable files.  I decided I would make all of the cards included in the Trio Sets.  I am adding them to my stash of emergency cards.   This one was for my brother, a major cat lover.  

I hope it doesn't cause him too much pain, he lost his friend "Max" to a rare feline condition.  So I made this card in tribute of "Max", his beloved friend.

This is from the file set Trio of Kitties.  I did a little slicing and welding to make it match Max's likeness.  The hardest part of the cards from MyScrapChick, is the shading and adding of details with a pen.  The cards are cute when you cut them, but definitely add a little detailing to make them go from cute to down right adorable.  

If you are wondering, here is Max.

I think it came out pretty good.  I sure hope my brother likes it.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vinyl on Canvas Word Art

My niece found this plaque on Pinterest and asked if I could make it.  Of course, with the Cricut Explore, it would be easy peasy.

Well I was going to try my hand at painting the words, but that just didn't work out for me.

1 st cut, my vinyl was upside down.  I cut the backing instead of the vinyl which meant all my words were backwards.

2nd cut no problem, started weeding, about a quarter way through I realized I was weeding the back ground, I needed to weed the letters to leave a stencil.

3rd cut - everything went great, except when I placed it on the canvas, I had a difficult time getting it straight, plus the vinyl was lumpy.  There wouldn't be any clean painting with this.

4th cut - did it the way I know how, used vinyl lettering, I will try painting a smaller project.  I did learn one thing from this experience, do one line at a time, maybe two.  The whole plaque cut out at once was just too hard to fool with since it was such a detailed cut.

Here are the fonts I used in the order they appear : Everyday Fonts (1st line), Cherrylimeade (me), Calligraphy (Lord) and Boys will be Boys(2nd line), and Fontastic Fonts (morning).

I added the file on my page Design Space Files.

I definitely want to try painting one, I think it would have a more professional look, maybe next time.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin'

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wedding card with Anna Griffith

I am going to try to keep up with my blog after leaving CTMH.  I may not offer a lot of instructions, because some of my projects really don't need a lot of explanation.  If I do some special manipulation in DS, I will try to offer instructions, if I plan on using over and over I will even share the file.

I made this card using the Challenge on Mojo Monday. for sketch 392.  I think it came out pretty good for a simple design.  Embossing really makes a difference.  This card measures 4.25 x 5.5"

Supplies used:

White card stock
Brier Roses Embossing folder by Anna Griffith
Joliet Lace embossing border by AG
Reflections glitter tape
Silver metallic card stock

The wedding color is Teal, so I added Teal glitter tape.  I placed a piece right on the edge of the card, so it peeked through from behind the scallop piece.  The glitter tape on front is to hide the seam of the two pieces.

I originally cut out the Mr & Mrs, but the letters were too small to fool with so  I decided to write the sentiment out.  I used  a Gelly Roll silver glitter pen,   I glued the cut out & over the written area.  This image was found on the internet and I just uploaded it into Design Space.

I cut my border image and then embossed it.  I find it easier to line up this way.   I cut my scallop circles with my Explore, but Spellbinder or other dies will work just as well.  I was going to use my filigree bow on this, but I was having cutting issues today.  I think it has something to do with the humidity today.

I am really starting to love these designs from Mojo Monday.  They are nice clean designs with out to much fru fru.  

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Filigree Bow - Update

I previously posted a card I had made using a Filigree Bow.  At that time I was offering it as an incentive.  That didn't work too well for me.  I am not a big enough fish to generate sales on the internet.

I am no longer a CTMH consultant, so I am now offering the file to anyone who views my blog.

So here it is, you can click on this link Filigree Bow or visit my Page SVG files by MCR.

I am looking forward to you dropping by, I will be adding more files as I create them.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Buckets with your Cricut Explore

Happy Easter,

Sorry you haven't heard from me in awhile.  I have been busy working on my Easter projects.  I made Easter tubs, instead of baskets.  

I decided not to decorate with an Eater theme, but a girly theme.  This way the tubs can be displayed in their bedrooms, and maybe hold some of those things they have laying around.

I purchased the buckets at the local Dollar Tree, one thing I found out.  When you see something at the DT buy it, when you go back it will be sold out.  With all the chatter on Face book about projects folks are making everything is selling out.  I think the DT has had an increase i  business since the Cricut Explore has come out.

I used Cricut cartridge Fontastic Fonts for the names.  I did find using the slice feature on the other images made it a lot easier to piece them together.  I found that layering can be a little difficult with vinyl.  If you don't have an extremely steady hand you can definitely make mistakes.  

I picked very simple designs and sliced them into the pieces I wanted to use and then cut them out.  Slicing also helps you save vinyl, you don't need that background layer, just the top layers to make the design.  Here is what my images looked like after sliced.

I also worked on my own split bunny.  I found a bunny peeking over a heart from the Baby Steps Cartridge.  I couldn't find any image for the feet in DS, so I used pieces from the Trio of Bunnies Set I purchased from  I love their files.  I used the hands and feet from this file.

I put these images on those large eggs I purchased from Walmart.  Here is the finished product.  Sorry about the picture quality.  I took this with my phone.  I cut them out at about 3", I think a little shy of that.

Since I used parts of a purchased SVG file I cannot share the file.  If you would like the split bunny, minus the hands and feet, contact me.  I will send you only the bunny, you must have a subscription to use this file.  I used a square that was part of the subscription, I hadn't planned on sharing or I would have used a free image.

Well hope you liked my projects for Easter, it is time to concentrate on Mother's Day.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!