Friday, May 29, 2015

Pop-up Gift Card Boxes

I have been busy sewing these days, and the few things I did make I didn't take pictures of.  So I decided to bring back my first project created in Design Space.  I cleaned it up a little, since the update allows us to design a little better.

I posted these boxes previously a year ago.  I have had more requests for the file, and since it is hard to find in my posts I am adding it again.  If you click here it will bring you to original post with credits to the original designer.  I just made the file cut with my Explore

Free images were used to create this file, so it should work for everyone with access to Design Space.

The finished box measures 3x5 inches and is 1 inch deep.  If you decide to use double sided paper, place the tape or glue on the side you want to be the outside. 

After I had the first box all put together I thought it would be nice to add something inside that would pop-up when it opened.  So I created an insert page without the cut out, it just has a slit for your gift card.  You add decorations to the face of it, I used this insert in the birthday box.  

Any images or decorations you place inside the box should not be any larger than 2” high or 4.5 inches wide.  If they are too big they will bend or your box won’t open and close properly.  Also, I recommend using a very sturdy piece of card stock so your boxes aren't too flimsy.  I found it easier to decorate the insert before taping it in the box.

Be sure to add some goodies inside the box along with your gift card.

Here is the link to the file,, it has also been added to my Design Space files page.

I hope you will join me.

Happy Craftin!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Football Wall Art

Hi everyone

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  This week I have a really great project to share.  My brother had this old kitchen cabinet door hanging around his garage.  I wanted to make him an Backyard rules plaque for his patio, his only request, he wanted black and gold for his beloved Saints.

Here is what I came up with.  He is a MAJOR football fan, so I created a Football rules instead of backyard rules.

I painted the inner groove with gold paint I had laying around,  FYI, don't use the acrylic gold paint, it took me 6 coats and it still wasn't a completely even coverage.  Buy the spray paint, spray the groove and once that is dry, use a roller on the other areas.  After applying the vinyl I covered in Outdoor Mod Podge.

It came out so good, he is hanging it inside instead of his patio.  I guess I will be making another one for the patio.

So if you come across some old kitchen cabinet doors, use your imagination.  They really are a great palette to get creative on.

Hope you liked it.  Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Design Wall Art in Design Space

Hi everybody,

Here is the post I promised about creating the Word Art for FAMILY.

Step 1:  Enter text and center it.

Step 2:  Choose Font and size it based on your canvas.  Isolate your letters, not exactly required, but it does help you use the align features for better spacing.  

Make sure your text is centered on the canvas, using the new Align feature.

Step 3:  Add text for each of your sayings.  Change your fonts and adjust spacing for layout by
adding or deleting spaces.

Step 4:  Weld script text so it cuts in one piece.

Step 5:  Attach phrases.

Step 6:  Line everything up and adjust sizes.  Once you are satisfied, attach images for cutting and applying ease.  

The following screen shots show the difference between how grouping and attaching affects your cutting options.  

This is how your cutting mat looks when you attach.

This is how your cutting mat looks when things are grouped.  Grouping has no affect on the cutting mat.

I attached the phrases for each letter separately.  It has been my experience to apply smaller pieces to a canvas if possible.  

I also changed colors of each section, only to make fitting on the cutting mats easier.  My canvas was 16x20", so some attached phrases were larger than 12".

I hope this quick tutorial helps you create your own canvas art.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Family Wall Art with Vinyl

I have seen several versions of this wall decor, here is my take.

I started with an old wall decor picture my daughter-in-law was tossing in the trash.  It was a picture that had been applied to a piece of board.  

First I applied a primer, to give the paint something to adhere to.  You could also sand, but it was a dark picture and I knew it would take several coats of paint.   Then I painted it the color I needed, in this case a teal blue color.  After it dried, I applied a glaze of brown, to tone down the blue and give it a aged look,  I understand that is all the craze these days.  Next I applied a layer of Mod Podge.

After it was completely dry I started applying the vinyl.  I found it easier to apply the word Family.  I wanted to be sure it was centered and all the letters lined up.  I was afraid to do one letter at a time, I tend to end up with things crooked.  I then drew a pencil line where the bottom saying was to be placed.  I cut the sayings for each letter together, and applied as a group.   For example, the top two lines were cut as seen on the plaque and applied together, lining it up with the pencil line.  Then I did the same thing for each letter.   The pencil will come off  with a damp cloth if you don't wait too long, otherwise just erase it, but be sure to be careful around your vinyl letters.

After all the vinyl was applied, I added two thick coats of Mod Podge.  I have read mixed reviews on putting Mod Podge on vinyl, there are quite a few folks that say it will cause the vinyl to peel and  there are those that say they do it all the time.  I decided to find out for myself.   

Here are the fonts I used.  

Chip Decor (FAMILY)  (Cricut - purchased)

In order from top to bottom:

Athelas (System font - included on laptop)
Samantha Italic (a special glyph for A) (purchased Mighty Deals)
American Typewriter (System font - included on laptop)
Birch Standard (System font - included on laptop)
Everyday Fonts - Best of Times (Cricut - purchased)
Arial narrow (system font included on most computers)
Everyday Fonts - A is for Alice  (Cricut - purchased)
Branboll Fet (free Dafont)
Bickham Script Pro (free Dafont)
Giddyup Std (free Dafont)
Folighten No7 (free Dafont)
Pharmacy (free Dafont)

Decorations - glyphs from Samantha Fonts

You should be able to find all the system fonts for free, the only one I purchased was Samantha.

Be sure to work with your fonts, I welded my script fonts and some of them I adjusted spacing to make them a little more uniformed.  I added spaces between the letters to have them lay correctly next to the center letter.  I will talk about this more in my instructional post.

Because of Samantha and system fonts the file is not shareable.  But it really isn't difficult to make, just substitute a font you have for the ones that are not free.  

I am working on a quick tutorial to show how to get your file ready.  Check back for more info.

I am working on another wall decor on an old cabinet door.  Stay tuned.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!