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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:

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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.

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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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DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I paper-mached these they are really light and easy to wear.

To start off with, I used my ScanNCut to cut out this shape out of a thin piece of chipboard...it happens to be a Christmas ornament shape that's built into the machine. Shhhh, don't tell.  
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

I even devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

 

I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings
Cinnamon Gelatos - DIY Fall Earrings

I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother ScanNCut and Faber-Castell 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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Cutting Wool Felt With Your ScanNCut

Fall Wool Felt Applique Emberoidery Tutorial

Yay, fall is just about here and I'm excited to welcome in the cooler weather of my favorite time of year.  Autumn always reminds me of comfort and so when I was trying to think of a project to create that symbolizes all those warm, fuzzy, comfy things, I thought what could be better represent that then a wool felt applique project!

 

 

Here's a video of how it all come together:

 

 

Supplies: 

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Write "happy" onto a piece of scrap paper and then scan it into the ScanNCut using the "Scan To Cut Data" option and then save your design.

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Step 2 -  Press the home button and then open up your design by going to "patterns" and then "saved data".  Unify the letters so you're able to move them anywhere on your screen.

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Unify1
Unify1

Prepare your felt by ironing Heat N Bond onto the backside of it. Once your design is unified you can then apply your felt to the mat and scan it into the machine so you can line up your word "hello" exactly where you want it.

Wool Felt Applique step 2


Step 3 -
Insert the fabric pen into the pen holder and insert that into the ScanNCut. Use the "draw" option instead of "cut" to draw the design onto the felt.
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Step 4 - Choose the designs and colors of felt that you want to use and then cut them out using the Deep Cut Blade on your ScanNCut. Make sure you do a test cut first to ensure you're cutting through the felt but not through your mat.  If your mat gets too much lint on it from the felt use a baby wipe to gently clean it off then allow it to dry and it will be good to continue using.
Fall Wool Felt Applique2

 

Step 5 - Iron your designs onto your felt (the one you wrote "hello" onto) and then have fun embroidering it!
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Wool Felt Applique step 6

Happy scanning, cutting, and embroidering!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother ScanNCut 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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Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color is Red Cherry and I thought it would be really fun to use that in an autumn project.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

 

I got started on it by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. I then applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background....I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would be intense.

Gelatos on decoupaged canvas

 

Next I put on a layer of Glaze...I love how glossy that makes it! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet, however by the time my project was finished there I had covered it up....but it is a cool technique to use!
Stamped impression in Glaze

 

For the leaves I used my die-cut machine to cut out a leaf shape out of black cardstock and then mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture but still has a metallic shine.  After they were mixed I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it...this really bumped up the metallic look of it and darkened it some too. Before it dried I used a pencil to etch in some vein lines.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
Mixing Texture Luxe and Whipped Spackle

 

The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I took just a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After that dried I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Big Brush Pen into the recessed parts.
Bookplate and Copper Texture Luxe



I then took a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalkboard Paint and allowed it to dry before writing on it with chalk ink. I applied some Chalkboard Paint around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
Autumn Leaves - closeup2

 

After everything was dry I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeup

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castellt 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!

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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. 
Weed Vinyl1

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). 

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The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you are looking for a beautiful gift that is personalized just for her, this is it! It's a meaningful way to forever treasure a child's handwriting...and it's practical too!

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Have your child write out the word she'd like to put on the jewelry box.
Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

 

2.  Scan the paper in using the "Scan To Cut Data" function on the ScanNCut.  Once it's scanned in you can select all the letters, unify them, and resize them if necessary and then save the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Scan to Cut Data

 

3.  Remove the paper from the mat and place the vinyl onto it. Adjust the ScanNCut blade setting (doing a test cut if necessary) and then cut out the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Vinyl

 

4. Remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out the parts of the design that you are not using.  Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Weed Vinyl

 

5. Place a piece of adhesive transfer paper over the vinyl design and burnish it with your ScanNCut spatula or other tool to cause the vinyl to stick to the transfer paper.  Next, peel off the transfer paper and place it onto the glass of the jewelry box. Burnish it again to cause the vinyl to adhere to the glass and then remove the transfer paper.
Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

 

6. Cover the edges of the jewelry box with tape to protect it and then apply a thick layer of etching cream over the entire surface of the glass. Make sure you spread it evenly and get it into the corners well.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Applying Etching Cream

7. Wait the amount of time instructed on the etching cream directions and then remove the etching cream. I find the easiest way to do it is to gently scrape it off with a pallet knife and then to use baby wipes to remove it from the glass. 

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Cleaning

 

8. Next, remove the vinyl from the glass and clean off the whole glass surface with water and a clean towel.  

You now have the perfect gift to show Mom how loved she is!

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Makenna

 

Here's the video instructions on how to create this awesome gift:

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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Spring Banner

Yay, it's spring time! I'm so inspired by all the beautiful wildflowers I'm seeing pop up all over, so I whipped up a new pennant banner to celebrate!

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Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Below are the step by step instructions, or you can check out this video on how to create it:

1. Cut out all the various ScanNCut built-in-shapes, I needed 16 of each one to make an approximately 5 foot banner. And if you were to cut out your own triangles they would be 3" x 4.5". 

Spring Banner - step 1 -sizes
2. For each of the petals, cut a slit between two petals to the center of the flower.
Spring Banner - step 1

3. Apply adhesive to one of the petals next to the slit and then overlap the adjacent petal over it to give the flower dimension.
Spring Banner - step 1

4. For the flower center add a pearl to the middle of it and then fold up the petals to create the flower stamen.
Spring Banner - step 1

5. Apply a glue dot to the back of each flower layer and stack them together by size. Refer to photos for guidance if needed.
Spring Banner - step 1
Spring Banner - step 1

6. For this leaf, add some veins to it by placing it on a foam pad and using your ScanNCut stylus to etch in the design.
Spring Banner - step 1

7. Apply the doily to the pennant.
Spring Banner - step 1

8. Apply glue to just the stem of the leaves of the flower so when they are attached to the flower they will have dimension.
Spring Banner - step 1
Spring Banner - step 1

9. Adhere the completed flower to the pennant and add in the remaining leaf.
Spring Banner - step 1

And done!

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What are you doing to spruce up your home or art studio for spring?

 

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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Playing with new mixed media products

Boy, I sure love working with the companies I work with. I love that they are constantly coming up with such cool new products! Here's a video of the fun I had playing with a few of Faber-Castell's newest products in my art journal...the Cement and Asphalt Texture Paste and then Copper Texture Luxe.  And, because someone will ask me, the stencils I used in this I made by doodling on a sheet of paper, and then using my ScanNCut to scan them in & cut them out on stencil material

I will be sharing more in depth of each of these products (and more!) in upcoming articles.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and 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 Mixed Media Card Using The ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Have you played with the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder yet?  I love it!!!
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

 

Here's a video tutorial on how I created this card:

Supplies:

 

I used the Universal Pen Holder to draw out the heart with a Distress Marker on watercolor paper and then used a wet brush to pull the color out of the heart and fill it in. I also added some splatter by watering down some other colors of Distress Ink and flinging it onto my page with a fan brush.

  Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

After that dried I put an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie into the Universal Pen Holder and had it draw the word "family" onto the card. I love that I can scan in the card and then place "family" exactly where I want it to go and then just have it draw it out! (Note: on my first test of creating this I used a Distress Marker to write "family," as shown in this photo, but it was a little too thick of lines for my liking so I did another one with the Sharpie and liked it a lot better)
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

And then I pulled out my favorite little alphabet stamps and added "our" to it and then finished it off with a couple pieces of washi tape.
Alphabet stamps and Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Here a peek at what else I did with this mixed media card, check out the full project tutorial and don't forget to enter to win a fun creativitE +ScanNCut giveaway HERE!

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

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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