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August 2014

Celebration Doily Banner

Banners make everything more festive! 

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I've wanted to make a general "celebration" banner for awhile now since it can be used for so many occasions, and when I found this gold foil paper I knew now was the time!  Here's a video on how I used my ScanNCut to create it:

 

Supplies Needed:

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Step 1 - (Download the FREE doily_triangle.fcm cut file HERE.) Cut out one doily triangle, one triangle, one letter, and one shadow letter for each section of banner.

To create the letters and their shadows follow these instructions:

  • On your computer open your internet browser and go to ScanNCutCanvas.brother.com
  • Click on "new".
  • Click on "text" down on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Select the font you want to use, highlight the text on the mat, and then type in the word you want to use.
  • Right-click on the text and choose "create offset line".

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  • Adjust the slider so that it is at 0.04 (or higher if you want a thicker outline shadow).

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  • Uncheck the box that says "create an offset line only around the outter edge".
  • Click "ok".
  • Click on the text and move the top layer of text below the regular text.

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  • You can then place two pieces of patterned paper onto your actual mat so that they will cut out at the same time.

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step 2 - Assemble the banner by adhering the triangle diecut on top of the doily triangle diecut.  I added a strip of washi tape to my triangle.

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Glue each of the regular letters on top of the shadow letters. Using foam adhesive, adhere the letters on to the center of each of the banner triangles. Glue the finished triangles on to the ribbon an add any extra embelishments you desire.

DIY Doily Triangle Banner
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Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

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What if we treated people like our favorite pet?

I'm way behind on sharing the art journal swap pages I've been doing...but let's just forget that and jump right in to the most recent one I did. :)

The person who's journal I had is a cat person. I'm a cat and dog person so that worked for me! Here's the page I came up with from a paraphrase of a great quote I found not too long ago by Martin Delany, the original quote is:

"If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr."

I love the compassion in that quote!

Mixed media cat

 

I started off by putting some washi tape around the boarder of the pages and then gessoing the them. Next I did some imperfect image transfers using magazine pages and Americana Decoupage
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After that was dry I used some water soluble wax pastels to make marks on the page.
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I then did an image transfer of the cat and the pages using Americana Acrylic Paint. I hand cut a few hearts out of patterned paper scraps I had and used a charcoals pencil on them and around the cat
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And then it was time to stamp...meow.
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Mixed media cat

 

 

Sponsor: DecoArt

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ScanNCut Heat Applied Material & Rhinestones

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Got craft supplies? Need to store them? Here's just the spot!  

I love embellishing things to make them customized for my crafty space and this one couldn't have been more perfect with all the sparkle from the iron-on transfer glitter sheet and the rhinestones.

 

 

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Supplies Needed:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Create your artwork or download the one I created HERE, and then apply the iron-on transfer glitter sheet to your standard cutting mat so that the shiney (more glittery side) is facing down. Do a test cut and make sure your blade will cut through the top, glittery layer, but NOT through the carrier sheet that is against the mat. I had my blade set to 3, and the pressure to 0, but you may need to adjust yours differently.
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Step 2 - Using your flash drive, transfer your design to the ScanNCut. Load the design and then delete the rhinestone part of the pattern off  of the design and then cut out the remaining design on the iron-on material. (I set my blade depth to 3 and the pressure to 4, but yours may need to be adjusted differently so make sure you do a test cut first.)

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Step 3 - Carefully remove the waste from your design and then set it aside.
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Step 4 - Delete all designs on the ScanNCut screen and then reload the design. This time delete the words and frame but keep the rhinestone design. Apply the rhinestone template sheet to the standard mat. Before you cut out your design be sure to do a test cut of the template sheet. You want to be able to cut through the template sheet, but not the backing.  (I have my blade set to 5 and the pressure at 0, but your blade may need a different adjustment.)

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Step 5 - Cut out the rhinestone design. Once it's done cutting, remove the backing from the template sheet by pulling it off quickly. If you notice any holes that didn't pop off of the template sheet when you removed it from the backing then remove those now.

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Step 6 - Place the backing board into the box lid so the shiny side is facing up. Press the template sheet onto the backing board and smooth it all out.

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Step 7 - Pour the rhinestones on top of the pattern and use the brush  in a circular motion to brush them into place.

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Step 8 - Apply the transfer sheet that already has the iron-on glitter design on it to the top of the rhinestones and lift it off carefully.

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Step 9 - (Note: The box I used is collapsible, so it made it easy to work with, if your can't collapse, make sure you have something inside the box to support you ironing on it.) Place the transfer paper onto the front of the box and then cover it with a pressing cloth. Iron for about 45 - 60 seconds in each area, or until everything is adhered.

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Step 10 - Allow it to cool and then remove the transfer sheet from the design.
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Happy crafting!

 

Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

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