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Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

It's that time of year when holiday parties abound. What are you going to wear? Here's an easy ugly holiday sweatshirt you can whip up for that fun party!

 DIY Ugly Holiday Sweatshirt 2

 

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

Sweatshirt

White Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl

Iron-On Fabric Adhesive

Fabric

Iron

Pressing Cloth

Ribbon

Buttons

Fabric Glue

FREE Cut-File

 

 

Instructions:

Watch this video or follow along with the instructions below:

 

 

Step 1 - In a photo editing program create the word art you want to use and save it as a .jpg file, or download the FREE cut file here.

  Step1

 

Step 2 – Open up ScanNCutCanvas.


To trace the .jpg file you created, click on the “image tracing” icon, select the file, choose “color” and click “ok.”

  Step2

To group all the letters and/or words, select all of them, click on “edit,” and then “group.” You can now move them easily anywhere you'd like on the screen.

Name your project if you're saving the file to your computer. If transferring the design wirelessly to your ScanNCut, click “ScanNCut Transfer” and then “close” and it will magically be waiting for you on your ScanNCut. If you've saved the downloaded free cut file onto your computer you can also transfer it wirelessly or save it to USB and then insert that into your computer.

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Step 3 – Measure the space on your shirt to see what size you need your designs to be.
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Step 4 – Apply the white flocked heat transfer vinyl to your cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Size your text to the correct size and add it to the mat. Add a test cut to the mat and then tell the machine to cut. It will perform the test cut first and then ask you to evaluate how it cut out. If no adjustments are needed proceed with cutting. If you do need adjustments, tell it to stop, make the adjustments and then perform another test cut before continuing on.
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(Note: because the font I choose for “oh snap” is thick and I've overlapped the first letters of the words I can cut through all the layers of the heat applied vinyl without worrying if my letters will be distorted when I go to apply them to the shirt. If you are using another design you may want to only cut through the vinyl and not the sticky protective cover since it will help your transfer the design onto your shirt.)

After you're finished cutting out the text, unload the mat and remove the flocked vinyl. Press the home key on the ScanNCut.

 

Step 5 – Load the pre-installed gingerbread man (AR-1006) onto the screen and adjust the height and width to fit on your shirt.
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Choose shape A to cut out just his outline and add it to the mat.
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Prepare the fabric by adhering iron-on adhesive to the back of it with a hot iron. Remove the paper backing and place the fabric onto the mat with the adhesive side down.

Adjust your blade, pressure and speed before cutting it out. -Once again, performing a test cut is a good idea!

 Step5c

 

Cut out your gingerbread man. Remove the excess fabric from the mat. Press the home button.
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Step 6 – Load the zig-zag pattern (BO-B004) from the pre-installed border patterns on your machine.
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Scan in the cutting mat with the gingerbread man on it.

Resize and position your zig-zag to go across his body, like a broken cookie would be, and then cut it out. Unload your mat and remove the gingerbread man.

 Step6b

  Step6c

 

Step 7 – If you have space remaining on your left over fabric piece, apply it to your mat and load it back into the machine. Scan it in to reveal where you can position other gingerbread men, resize them if necessary and then cut them out.
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Step 8 – Lay all of your cut pieces out onto your shirt, cover it with a pressing cloth and then iron them on.
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Step8b

 

Remember to peel off the protective sheet on the flocked vinyl after it's cooled off from being ironed on.

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Step 9 – Embellish your shirt by gluing trim and buttons onto it with fabric glue.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Thanksgiving Vignette & a ScanNCut Sponsored Giveaway! #BrotherBloggerBash

Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

 

I'm gearing up for Thanksgiving and created some projects for a vignette at my house.  I applied a design cut out of gold vinyl to a plate, and created a little sign using stamps. Now, I always get a lot of emails and questions about cutting out stamps, so hopefully this tutorial will help you learn some new cutting techniques!

 

Plate Supplies:

 

Frame Supplies:

 

Here's video instructions of how to create both projects.

 

Plate Instructions:

1.Insert the cutting mat with gold craft vinyl adhered to it. Download the cut file and load it onto your machine and then add a test cut.  When you do a test cut it will cut that out first, and then pause so you can evaluate how it cut out. You can then begin cutting out the design or adjust your settings and do another test cut.  
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

2. After it has finished cutting remove the vinyl from the cutting mat and weed out the negative parts of the vinyl design.  It's supper handy to use your hook tool to get out the centers of letters.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

 

3. Cut a piece of transfer paper to be the same size as your design, remove it's backing, and then apply it to your design and rub it firmly so the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

4. Remove the transfer paper and the design from the vinyl backing and apply it to the center of the plate.  Rub the transfer paper to adhere the vinyl onto the plate and then slowly peel up the transfer paper leaving the vinyl design on the plate.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

 

Sign Instructions:

Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 3

1. On a piece of cream cardstock stamp out various leaf patterns using different colors of ink.  Allow it to dry and then place the paper onto the cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Choose "Scan" then "Direct Cut" and scan in your stamped design.
Thanksgiving - ScanNCut 1

2. Crop the design selecting just the patterns you want to cut out. Next, click on the "offset" feature button. This is where the magic happens of choosing if you want a border around your stamped image, have it cut right along the edge of the image, or cut inside the edge of the image.  Isn't it cool that you get to choose your preference! -I love it!

So for this project I cut the majority of the solid leaf patterns using an "inward offset" of "-0.02" and for the more open stamped images I used "0.00" so it would just around the edge.

Thanksgiving - Step6
Thanksgiving - Step6

Here is how it looks when it's cut out:
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Enjoy decorating your home!

Thanksgiving - Step6

 

 #BrotherBloggerBash Giveaway

My friends at Brother ScanNCut is giving one very lucky blog reader a fun prize package! See the details and enter to win below!

Giveaway Duration - November 14th - 15th

Brother prize valued at approximately $70!

Prize

Brother prize package includes: 

  • 1  set Spatula and Hook tools
  • 1 roll of gold craft vinyl 
  • 1 roll of silver craft vinyl
  • 1 roll of black craft vinyl
  • 1 roll of grid transfer paper

Official Rules: To enter to win, just comment below on this blog post by midnight PST on November 15, 2016. By commenting on this blog post you are agreeing to the official rules and you agree to provide your name and mailing address to Erin Bassett and Brother International for prize distribution. Prize fulfillment will be done by Brother International.

Eligibility requirements: Open to USA residents 18 and older only. 

A random winner will be chosen via random.org on November 16th, 2016 and contacted that day. If potential prize winner does not claim the prize in 48 hours or forfeits the prize, the prize will be re-awarded. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

 Comments are now closed and a winner will be notified.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Magnetic Back-To-School Photo Board

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Taking back to school photos is a big deal for us. We love to look back through the years to see how much the kids have grown!  Well, this year I got smart and created a magnetic photo prop so I can easily switch out the grade and if it's for the first day of school or the last. No more last minute scramble to get things together for a photo!

 

You can watch this video on how it all came together:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Use ScanNCutCanvas to trace the first printable (or print it and then scan it in) and then cut it out on vinyl.
Back To School Photo Board -Step 1

Make sure you do a test cut first so you only cut through the vinyl and not through the backing.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - test cut

 

Step 2 -Weed out the vinyl design and then use a piece of the gridded transfer sheet to transfer the letters onto the metal board.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - grid transfer2

 

Step 3 - Print design onto the printable magnetic sheets and then scan it into the ScanNCut machine using Scan To Cut Data.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Scan to cut data

 Make sure you use the color recognition feature for great scanning of color or black and white images.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Color Recognition

Once scanned, choose to cut around the outside and the inside of the letters. Perform a test cut and then have the machine cut out the design.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Weed Magnetic Sheet

 

Step 4 - Arrange the magnetic pieces as desired onto the metal board and then store the unused ones on the backside of the board.

Back To School Photo Board CloseUp1
Back To School Photo Board CloseUp1

I hope this simplifies your back to school photo taking as much as it has ours!

Happy scanning!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating a Monogrammed Picnic Blanket

Creating your own, one of a kind picnic blanket is really simple using your ScanNCut, and it would make a great gift!

  Picnic Blanket2

Supplies:

Optional Supplies:

If you create your own blanket you will need the following supplies, however you can always alter a store bought blanket instead of sewing your own

Instructions:

Follow along with the written instructions below, or view the video on how to create it here:

 

 Step 1: If you decide to create your own blanket using canvas fabric, hem in the edges.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 2:  Import the Ant.fcm file into ScanNCutCanvas and wirelessly transfer it to your ScanNCut.
Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import2


Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import
Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import

 

Step 3: I created the cut file with the eye being a separate piece so you could adapt the design as you desire. If you plan on using the design as I did you will need to unify the ant's eye and body before resizing it. To do that click on the button with the three red squares.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Select both the eye and the body.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

And then click on the Unify button.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 4: Apply the Iron-On Transfer Film onto the mat with the film side up. Insert it into the machine and click on the scan button.

After the scan is complete you will be able to see both the film and the design and then you can resize, multiply, rotate, and then move the design as desired to fit as many as you can onto your film.  Then cut out the designs so that the blade only cuts the film and not the backing.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 5: Weed out the negative parts of the film and then cut the ants apart so they can be transferred onto the fabric.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 6:  Following the instructions on the package, heat up the fabric with an iron and then place the ant design onto it with the backing side up. Cover it with a pressing cloth and iron for approximately 30 seconds. Allow it to cool and then remove the backing.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 7: Use fabric paint to paint in the whites of the eye.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Continue on until all the ants are finished.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Step 8: For the monogram, cut out the letters you desire along with ants to carry them off with. Follow the same instructions above to adhere them onto the center of the fabric.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

And then you're finished and ready for a picnic!

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Get Your Patriotic Decor Ready!

Patriotic

It's that time of year again for us in the USA to dust off our patriotic decor for the upcoming summer patriotic holidays to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed to give us the freedoms we have and then to celebrate our independence.  How's your decor holding up? Do you need to replace some of it?

Here are a few various patriotic projects you can quickly whip up using craft vinyl and your ScanNCut.  When working on multiple projects at once I like to plan out what designs I'm going to need cut out of each color of vinyl and get them all organized on the same "mat" in ScanNCut canvas and then send them over to my ScanNCut using the wireless transfer.  -I love that new feature! While previously using a USB stick to bring my designs back and forth from ScanNCutCanvas to my ScanNCut wasn't hard, THIS is even easier and faster!

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

You can watch this video of the whole process, or follow along with the instructions below:

 

1. Load your designs onto the ScanNCut and cut them out. Be sure to do a test cut first to ensure you are only cutting through your vinyl and not through the backing.

Test Cut (1)

2. Weed the negative areas out of the vinyl design.Weed Vinyl1

Repeat until they are all weeded and ready to be used.
Weed Vinyl1

3. If you've cut out any embellishing designs (like I did with the stars in the example below) use transfer paper to layer them on top of your vinyl design. 
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4. Apply transfer paper over the entire design, burnish it well with your spatula, remove it from the backing, then take it to your project, burnish it again, and then remove the transfer paper.  I really like using the clear grid transfer paper because it makes it much easier to line things up.
Weed Vinyl1
Weed Vinyl1

You don't always need to use transfer paper though. If your design is simple, and you want a random pattern, just use your vinyl cut outs like a sticker and place them where every you'd like.

Make Stickers

 

And snap, we're done! Such fast projects!

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Weed Vinyl1

Happy crafting!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig