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Tie-Dye Family T-shirts

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Do the kids need a fun summer project? Are you looking for a family reunion project? Then these colorful T-shirts are just what you're looking for!

Supplies:
ScanNCut machine and accessories
USB Flash Drive
Cousin.fcm cut file (free download HERE)
White T-shirts
Tie-Dyes (I used 3 colors: fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise)
Freezer Paper
Iron-on materials (I used flocked in royal, glitter in aqua, and hologram in black)
Gloves (your dye usually comes with some)
Craft Mat


Instructions:

Follow this video on how to create these shirts or read the instructions below.


1. Download the FREE ScanNCut file “Cousins.fcm"onto your USB drive and insert it into your ScanNCut.

Cousins dot fcm cut file



2. Cut circle design out of freezer paper.

  • To do that first tap on “patterns,” then “saved data,” and then the USB icon. Find the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file, select it, and then click “ok”. 
  • Next, click on the mat icon. On this screen you can delete the word layer and keep circle layer. Resize and move your circle if you need to and then hit “ok”.
  • Then hit “cut” and insert a mat loaded with a piece of freezer paper on it into the machine.
  • Adjust your blade to 1 and have it cut out your design. (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)
  • Once the design is cut out go ahead and unload the mat. You can now use your spatula to gently remove the freezer paper design from the mat. You want to be sure you take your time so you don't rip it.

Step 2 - cut circle

 

3. Iron freezer paper stencil onto T-shirt, waxy side down. Use a pressing cloth and set your iron to cotton without steam.

Step 3


4. Take another large piece of freezer paper and fold it in half with the waxy side out and place it inside your shirt to prevent the dye from seeping through the back side of the stencil.

Step 4 - block dye from seeping through
5. You're now ready to break out the dye!

  • Follow the manufacture's instructions for mixing up the dye and any safety precautions.
  • Wear gloves if you don't want to have colorful hands!
  • Dye your T-shirt! You'll see in the video that I try out a couple of different techniques. Play around and see what you like, most tie-dye kits come with enough dye to create numerous T-shirts.
  • (NOTE: I did not wet my shirts prior to dying them since I didn't want the dye to bleed too much.)
  • Using a brush to spread the dye around gives fairly crisp edges to your stenciled design.
  • Squeezing the dye around the stencil and then pushing it around with a brush allows the dye to bleed a little bit but still maintains the overall design.
  • Not using a freezer paper stencil and just squeezing dye in a circular pattern creates an unpredictable circle.

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6. Wait the manufacture's instructed amount of time for the dye to work it's magic and then remove the freezer paper stencils, and then wash and dry the shirts per the instructions.
NOTE: I just let mine dry over night and then washed and dried them in the morning.
Also, to show the difference between using a freezer paper stencil & not using one, I created one extra shirt (pictured on the far right below) by just squeezing the dye onto the shirt in a circular pattern and I did not use a freezer paper stencil for it. You can see in the washed & dried shirts below how it bleeds much more then the stenciled shirts.

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7. Choose which type and color of heat-applied material you want to use for the lettering and determine what size you're going to need it to be.

  • I used Glitter Flake Aqua, Hologram Black, and Flock Royal.

Step 7 -Heat Applied Materials

8. Place your heat-applied material onto the mat with the shiny side down, matte side up. You want to cut through the material but not through the clear plastic transfer sheet. This sheet is important since it will hold your design all together so you can easily position it onto your T-shirt and iron it on.

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9. Cut the word design out of your heat-applied materials.

  • Plug your USB drive into your ScanNCut, click on “patterns,” then “saved data,” then click on the USB icon and then choose the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file and then click “ok”.
  • Click on the “mat” icon. This time, select and delete the circle design.
  • Resize if needed and then click the “mirror” icon (it's the icon with the two triangles on it). Move the word design where you want it and then click “ok”. (You can double check that the writing has flipped to mirrored by clicking on the magnifying glass if you're nervous about it really being mirrored.) Keep clicking “ok” until you're at the cut screen.

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10. Change your machine settings and do a test cut.

  • You change the machine settings by clicking on the wrench icon, scrolling to page 2 and there you can adjust the cut speed and cut pressure. When set correctly perform a test cut and then when ready cut out the design.
  • Settings for heat-applied materials:

           Glitter – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

           Hologram – Blade: 2, Pressure: 2, Speed: 1

           Flocking – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

  • (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)

Step 10 -test cut

 

11. Weed out the negative parts of the heat-applied material.

  • Trim down your heat-applied material if needed, it makes it easier to weed out the design and you'll be able to use the leftovers later.
  • Be gentle! You don't want to rip your material.
  • Make sure you weed out the centers of letters.

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12. Place your heat-applied material onto your T-shirt and then iron it on.

  • Turn iron to the hottest setting an do not use steam.
  • Use a pressing cloth and keep the iron on it using pressure for 25-30 seconds. 
  • It's helpful to turn your T-shirt inside out and iron on the “wrong” side too.
  • After the design is cool completely, remove the clear plastic transfer sheet.

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And here's my finished shirts!

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye brushed on & flocked letters:

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Tshirt1 - flock

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye squeezed on & glitter letters:

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Tshirt2 - glitter

The one done with the dye squeezed on without a stencil & hologram letters:

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Tshirt3 - hologram

 

 

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. 

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

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The Documented Life Project - Featured Artist

Featured Artist

I'm honored to be this week's featured artist for Art to the 5th's the Documented Life Project 2015.

 

This weeks challenge is using ephemera: old maps, letters, tickets and more and the prompt is Life…with a history and it goes along perfectly with what's happening in my life this week...we're at the Lincoln Family Reunion! For those of you that don't know me in real life, my maiden name is Lincoln and I share an ancestor with Abraham Lincoln.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 2

 

I created THIS VIDEO of the whole process I used to do these art journal pages:

 

 

 

The main steps I did were...

1. Use spray ink and stencils for the background.

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Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 13

 

2. Create my own Abraham Lincoln stencil using my ScanNCut & used it on my page.

Abraham Lincoln Stencil

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3. Glued down some meaningful ephemera.

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4. Journaling

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5. Adding finishing touches with Faber-Castell Gelatos® and water soluble crayons.

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If you're curious about my previous guest artist post for Art to the 5th check it out HERE.

You can find more info on Art to the 5th at: The Art to the 5th Academy and on Instagram: #documentedlife

 

Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Sewing ScanNCut Cutting Machine Draw CM250

 

Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12 x 12 inch

 

C-Thru Blank Stencil Material pack of 3 (9in x 12in)

 

DecoArt DASK279 Crafter's Acrylics Home Décor Brights Sample Pack

 

DecoArt DASK278 Crafter's Acrylics Primary Sample Pack

 

Designing W/Gelatos Colors Kit-

 

OHTO Fude 1.5mm Ballpoint Pen, Black (CFR-150FB-Black)

 

Ranger TCW-TIM-29687 Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Dye Spray, Red Pepper, 2-Ounce

 

Tim Holtz -Set 1 - Blossom, Flourish, Lace, Wildflower & Valentine -

 

Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels, Set of 48

 

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil, 4.125 by 8.5-Inch, Stars

 

Jenni Bowlin Studio - Bingo Place Cards - Whimsy

 

Metal File Tabs by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

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.

Other sponsors: Deco Arts, Faber Castell...I receive products from both of these companies and the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money to keep this site up and running (not enough for a pony).

 

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ScanNCut Father's Day Gift Idea

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Father's Day is approaching and it's time to rack your brain for a great gift idea that will show Dad how much you care.  Here's your step by step tutorial on how to create this great wooden photo mat using your ScanNCut.  Once it's finished you can just pop in some great photos of you and that special man in your life.

See the video of how to create this HERE:

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Open up your photo editing program and type out the word "Dad" using Chunk Five EX font (or a font of your choice) on a 5" x 7" background.  Save your design as a .jpg.

Creating Design Step 1

Open up ScanNCutCanvas and click on "new" to open up a new project.  Next click on the leaf icon which opens up the Image Tracing screen.  Choose the file you just created and then click on "color" and "ok".  You can then add a 5"x7" rectangle around your word and then save your design as an .fcm file.

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Step 2 - Insert the USB flash drive into your ScanNCut and then click on "Patterns," "Saved Data," and then the USB symbol.  Find your .fcm file and then click "ok". You can now attach your paper thin wood veneer to your mat, load it into your machine, and then cut out your design. 

The settings I used were: Blade = 5; Speed = 1; Pressure = 0....but you may need to use different settings.

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Step 3 - Select and print the photos you'd like to use in the frame and then figure out how you want them placed.
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I used a pencil to mark on my photos where I needed to trim them. 

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And then I cut just slightly inside that line so the mark didn't show and then adhered it to the wood mat with some archival adhesive.  You don't need a lot of adhesive since your photo will be sandwiched in the frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 4 - Insert your wood mat into the frame so that it's centered.  You may want to place a little bit of adhesive on the back of the mat to hold it in place.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 5 - Reassemble your mat, glass, and frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And you're done! Dad is going to love it!
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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. 

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

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Mother's Day Paper Craft Ideas...Part 2

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Yesterday I shared with you how to create a paper gift basket, today let's make a little paper purse and some tiny note cards. These cute little note cards are great for gift tags or lunch box notes and will put a smile on Mom's face!

ScanNCut Mini Note Cards

 

Paper Purse with Mini Note Cards

 

Supplies Needed for the Purse & Cards:

 

You can check out how to create these in this video or follow along on the written tutorial below

Instructions for the Purse & Cards:

Step 1 – Open up USB #4 on your ScanNCut machine and select design #34, the purse.

Step 2 – Load your paper onto your mat, select the correct settings for your paper and cut out the design.

ScanNCut loading

Step 3 – Remove design from mat.

Step 4 – Fold on perforated lines.

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Step 5 – Adhere paper as shown in the instructions that came with USB #4 (or watch the video above to see it in action).

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Step 6 – Download the FREE mini card cut file onto your USB flash drive and open it up on your ScanNCut.

Step 7 – Load your mat with patterned paper and cut out as many of the mini cards as you desire. (You can fit 8 cards on one sheet of 12”x12” paper.)

Step 8 – Fold cards in half on perforated line and embellish as desired. I used a scalloped circle and a regular circle that fit the size of the heart stamp I was using...but you can use other designs as well.

ScanNCut Mini-Cards Cut & Fold ScanNCut Mini-Cards Stamping

Look how cute they are!!!
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Check back tomorrow as I share one more Mother's Day craft...this one is perfect for the kids to do!!

 

 

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. 

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

 

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Mother's Day Paper Craft Ideas...Part 1

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Mother's Day is coming up fast! Do you have a gift ready yet??? Is it wrapped??? -Don't panic, I have just the thing for you...Mom will love it (and not just because you made it for her!)

 

Paper Basket

I tweaked the original design, from ScanNCut USB #4, so that I was able to cut it out bigger using two sheets of paper.

 

Supplies Needed for the Basket:

 

Here's a video to walk you through the instructions...or you can follow the written tutorial below.

 

Instructions for the Basket:

Step 1 – Open up USB #4 on your ScanNCut machine and select design #35, the bag/basket.

Step 2 – Select just the half of the design and delete it. (see video above for detailed instructions)

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ScanNCut bag1
ScanNCut bag1

 

 Step 3 – Add a cut line at the bottom of the pattern.

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ScanNCut bag5

Step 4 – Unify the design & the cut line together.

Step 5 – Rotate diagonally and enlarge the design to be as large as possible.

Step 6 – Cut the design out on two pieces of 12”x12” patterned paper.

Step 7 – Adhere the two patterns together where you added the cut line.

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Step 8 – Assemble as you would if you had just cut out the original design. (See the instructions that accompany the USB, or watch the video for detailed instructions.)

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Once it's assembled here's how it compares to the original design

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And here's the actual gift basket

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Add a cute tag to your gift by using the patterns that are already installed on your machine. Just cut out the tag, letters and heart and glue them adhere them down with glue and extra love.

ScanNCut Mother's Day tag

-Check back tomorrow when we make these cute little note cards and a little paper purse to hold them in.  Perfect to tuck into Mom's gift basket!

ScanNCut Note Cards in Purse

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. 

This post contains affilliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

 

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Spring Garden Flag Tutorial

Hippity hop! Spring is right around the corner!

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I'm so glad I'm sharing this cute garden flag with you, because to create it you need to do a couple of ScanNCut techniques that I get emailed the most about: importing SVG files and cutting burlap. So if you're curious on how to do those things and how to make this flag then check out this video or follow along with the instructions below.

 

 

 Supplies Needed:

 

 

Instructions:

Step 1 – Importing .svg files

Open ScanNCutCanvas and then click on the SVG button.

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Choose your .svg file, and then click “ok”.

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And there's your bunny! 

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Now just like other shapes you can resizes her by first selecting her, and then dragging out the handles. If you hold down the “shift” key while you drag it it will keep the same aspect ratio, and if you don't then when you drag it you can distort the ratio. So get your bunny resized how you like it...mine is about 8” wide by 10” tall.

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Step 2 – Saving the .fcm file

Type in a name for your file and then click the “download” button, then click on the name...in this case “bunny.fcm” and then direct it where to save the file (I recommend you save it to your flash drive so you can pop it into your ScanNCut and get cutting). And then click “close”.

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Step 3 – Cutting out burlap bunny

(settings: blade depth 7, cut speed 3, and cut pressure 9. Use the standard mat and place the burlap face up on the mat (fusible back down). Always perform a test cut. -My settings may vary from yours)

 

If you plan on ironing on your bunny onto your placemat then prepare your burlap by cutting it to size and then ironing on you iron-on fabric applique sheet and then smoothing it onto the standard mat.

ScanNCut Bunny - Burlap on Mat

Insert your flash drive into the ScanNCut, choose “patterns,” then “saved data,” then pick the USB symbol and scroll through the designs you have stored on your flash drive until you find the one you just created, click on it, and there you go!

  ScanNCut Bunny - SNC

You can now cut it out...click “ok,” then press “cut” and then “start”.

 

Step 4 – Removing the burlap bunny from the mat

You can now carefully remove the burlap bunny off of the mat. Because of the inconsistencies with burlap fabric you may come across a knot in the fabric that doesn't cut through all the way. If any points stick apply gentle pressure to separate it or use your scissors to trim it.

  ScanNCut Bunny - Remove from Mat

 

AsteriskTIP: Now your mat is probably really hairy! Remember to take an alcohol free baby wipe to it later to remove all that fuzz.

 

Step 5 - Creating fabric flowers

ScanNCut rip fabric

I like to rip fabric, there's something therapeutic in doing it! Take a strip of fabric about 1” - 2” wide and tie a knot in one end. Now place the short tail of the knot in your non-dominant hand and then start to twist and wrap the fabric around the knot using your glue to adhere it into place. Keep going around and around the flower allowing whatever side and edge of the fabric you want to show until your flower gets to be about the size you want and then snip off the end of the fabric. You can just glue the little remainder under the flower.

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  ScanNCut Bunny - flowers making

Now that it's done you can also glue down the tail now if you desire.

 

Step 6 – Ironing on & placing pieces onto the flag

Next you'll want to figure out where to place everything on your flag so you can iron it on. When I iron my bunny onto it I'm also going to iron down the top edge about an inch so I can create a sleeve for my garden flag holder to slide into.

Now as I was figuring out where I was putting everything I realized that I wanted a bit of green leaves on there too...so I cut out this design on some green fabric backed with a iron-on fabric applique sheet, it's a great design since I can just snip it in half and have two branches of leaves.

ScanNCut Bunny -Leaves

After I cut that out, I then ironed the bunny and the leaves onto the placemat. I also ironed that top edge under about an inch. Glue down just the edge of it so it forms that little sleeve for the garden flag holder to slip into.

  ScanNCut Bunny - fold placemat

 

Step 7 - Glue on the flowers!

Figure out where you want your flowers and then glue them on.

ScanNCut Bunny - flowers on

AsteriskA handy tip if you're using a crocheted placemat like mine is to place the paper backing from the iron-on fabric applique sheet under your design so the glue won't stick to your table top.

 

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

 

Now just slip your flag onto to your flag holder and you're done!  

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

 

 

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.

Affiliate Links - Some of the links in the posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission...and it won't cost you a penny more. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Thanks for purchasing through these links, it keeps this blog up and running!

 

 

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The Second Best Time of the Year {#CHAshow}

Yep, you guessed it, it's CHA time!! I arrived down in Anaheim yesterday to help set up the Brother booth (#1575).

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And then last night was the Michael's sponsored Block Party that was really fun. There awesome were food trucks and a band that covered just about every genre of music!

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If you're down at the trade show make sure you come by the Brother booth # 1575 and say hi!

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Make your own holiday gift tag stickers

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It's time to wrap my holiday gifts and so I whipped up some quick holiday gift labels using my ScanNCut and their new printable sticker kit. I love how easy it is to use the “Printable Sticker Wizard” that's inside ScanNCutCanvas. I can add text to the stickers or even create my own designs and upload them into ScanNCutCanvas to use.

 

To make your own DIY stickers follow along with the tutorial below or watch this video:

 

Supplies Needed:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 – Open up ScanNCutCanvas and change the project area size by going to “project” and then “area size,” and change it to “A4” and “portrait”.

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Step 2 – Next, click on the “Printable Sticker Wizard” button & then scroll through to find the sticker you want to create.

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Step 3 – There are two ways to add text to the stickers in ScanNCutCanvas.

  • The first way is to just edit the font inside the wizard. When you select the sticker you want to use you can see it has text already on it. Delete that and then add in the text you want to use and then click on “preview” to see the changes and then click on “ok” to add it to the mat on your computer screen.

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  • You can also delete the font in the wizard and then use the ScanNCutCanvas “text” feature to add text to the gift tag once it's placed on your mat. To change the font colors and other options click on the “properties” icon.

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  • You can also add in your own sticker creations onto your mat by going into “edit” and “paste image” and then choosing the file you want to use. You can now use that design just like you would the stickers from the Wizard. The sticker I used for this project is actually a digital scrapbooking element was created by my friend Robin Sampson (and is a free download on her blog), and I just added the text using a photo editing program and then saved it as a .jpg before loading it into ScanNCutCanvas.

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Step 4 – Now I can save my whole sticker sheet as a .pdf so it can be printed. Just click on the .pdf button and then click on the file name to rename it, and then save it.

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Step 5 – Print out the .pdf file on your color ink-jet printer. For best results make sure your printing in photo quality on the white side of the sticker paper that comes in the kit. Allow your print to dry.

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Step 6 – To laminate the top of the sticker prepare the laminate sheet by pulling the tear strip off . This allows a little area of adhesive to remain at the bottom of the sheet. Line that adhesive up with the bottom of your print out and use the ruler as a scrapper to smooth out the laminate so that no air bubbles develop. I like to push it slowly so I can make sure it's going on smoothly.

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Step 7 – Lastly, apply it to the standard cutting mat & insert it into the ScanNCut machine. Make sure your machine settings are set at the recommended settings for the sticker kit and that you do a test cut before you cut out your real sticker. You should be able to cut through the sticker and not the backing, so adjust your machine settings and blade so you're able to.

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When you're ready, do a “direct cut” scan of your laminated sticker paper and then cut it out.

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And walla! We're done with our customizable and easy to make sticker gift tags!

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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. 

This post contains affilliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

ERIN Sig


Snowflake Wreath

How to make a snowflake wreath

The winter season is upon us! For those of us in Southern California that doesn't mean much change in the weather (although we've FINALLY got some rain!!!), BUT is the perfect reason to add a touch of snow to our homes! This stacked snowflake wreath is a great way to celebrate the change of the season no matter how cold your weather gets this winter.

Supplies Needed:

  • ·ScanNCut machine and accessories
  • ·USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)
  • ·10" embroidery hoop
  • ·White acrylic paint
  • ·Paint brush
  • ·Approximately 5 sheets of 12" x 12" white patterned paper
  • ·Buttons
  • ·Foam adhesive mounting tape
  • ·Glue gun and glue
  • ·Download the free snowflake cut files HERE.

 

Watch the how-to video below:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Start off by separating the embroidery hoop. For this project we are using just the inner circle, not the one with the hardware on it.  Paint all the sides of the hoop white and allow it to dry.

painted hoop

Step 2 - Next we need to cut out our snowflakes.  

ScanNCut snowflakes

You can use the ones pre-installed on your ScanNCut machine, the free download ones, or scan in and then cut your own.  I made my biggest flake 4" high, and my smallest about 1.5" high.  You will need a lot of them cut out since they will be layered up. I used about 40 various sized snowflakes.

white embossed scrapbook papers

The papers I used for my snowflakes are all white with pearl finished debossing.  Mixing up the size, shape, and pattern of the flakes really individualizes each snowflake stack!

paper snowflakes and buttons

Step 3 - Once your finished cutting, build your snowflakes by starting with the largest size flake and then adhere a medium flake on top of it with foam adhesive and then a small flake on top of that.  Vary your flakes so some are stacked 2 high, and some 3 high.

paper snowflake - back
layered paper snowflake

Step 4 - Using your glue gun, attach the snowflake stacks to the top of the hoop.

DIY snowflake wreath

Step 5 - Apply one layer of snowflakes on the back side of the hoop to create depth.  You can stagger different sized ones around to fill in any areas that need some filling out from the front view.

snowflake wreath - backside

Step 6 - Add some embellishments, such as buttons, to your front facing snowflakes.

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I love how the layers of the snowflake stacks look so dimensional when it's finished.

 

DIY Paper Snowflake Wreath - by Erin Bassett

 

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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Update Your Doormat For Fall!

Yay, after a super hot summer it finally feels like FALL in SoCal!

While I don't do a ton of decorating for this season, I do like to add some autumn touches to our front porch to welcome visitors. This project is simple but packs a punch of fall right at your feet.

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Supplies needed:

  • ScanNCut machine and accessories

  • USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)

  • Doormat

  • Clear shelf liner paper

  • Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Download the free cut files HERE and HERE!

 

Watch the how-to video below:

 

 

Instructions:

 

Step 1 – Create or download the cut files you are planning on using onto your USB flash drive, or use the designs that are already pre-installed onto the machine.

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Step 2 – Cut the shelf liner paper to 12” x 12”. I like to use shelf liner for this type of stencil because it's easier than vinyl to transfer from the backing to the doormat without using transfer paper, and it's sticky so it keeps your stencil from wiggling around...especially those inner bits, like the letters “a” has.

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Step 3 – Apply the shelf liner paper to the mat.

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Step 4 – Plug your USB flash drive into you ScanNCut and then retrieve the cut file off of the flash drive by click on “patterns”:

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Then click on “saved data”:

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Then click on the USB flash drive icon and scroll through to find your file:

 

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Step 5 – Cut out your design. I set my blade to around 3, and my pressure to 0, but you may need to adjust yours differently.

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Step 6 – Remove the cut design from the mat and keep the negative part, separating it from the backing. Apply cut shelf paper to the mat using a ruler to make sure it's placed on the mat straight.

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Step 7 – Be sure to save those inner pieces to the letters that have them and place those onto the rug too.

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Step 8 – Gently paint the stencil using a small amount of paint so that it doesn't seep under the stencil. It's best to start your paintbrush on the stencil and brush onto the mat. 

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Once you're finished painting remove the stencil and allow to dry.

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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. 


 

 

 

 

ERIN Sig