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Playing with ScanNCut2

One of my favorite things I got to do this past year was go to the Brother's USA offices for a craft day to check out the new ScanNCut2 machine!

Brother USA

 

Messy craft desk

The ScanNCut2 has some great new upgrades...

  • Enhanced scanning - RGB Color recognition makes it easier to scan low contrasting color patterns and you are now able to scan up to 24"
  • Larger LCD display screen - it's 30% larger than prior models at 4.85" wide
  • Computer Connectivity - has two USB ports 
  • Wireless Network Ready - (my favorite upgrade!!) You can now transfer cut files wirelessly
  • and more!

 

After getting walked through all the new updates and changes on the new machine we got to work playing with them. I was really excited to try out the new Stamp Kit and see how the improved scanner worked.

Brother Designer's Craft Together
   Photo credit: Tina Zhen             

Ok, so for my project, I broke out my Plaid Fabric Creations Wood Block Printing Stamps, stamped each of the images I was going to use onto white paper and then scanned them into the machine and then had it cut out each of the designs so that I'd have a background stamp to use under the block print stamps.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

Next I used a sponge to pounce the fabric paint onto the background stamp I created and stamped it onto my fabric.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

After it dried I used the block printing stamp to stamp over the background stamp...I just eyeballed it and wasn't too concerned if it didn't line up exactly perfect.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps 

I kept going until the whole thing was complete. DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

I'm totally loving this project!
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

And my colorful trash.  ;)
colorful trash

And, if you're wondering what the end of the day looks like at Brother...
Brother Mugs

 

Did you get a new ScanNCut2 for the holidays? How's it going? What have you made?

 

 

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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Using Metallic Texture Gems In Your Art Projects

Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems

Here's a quick video on how fun it is to use Metallic Texture Gems in your artwork!

 

 
I love playing with "new to me" products! Here's some photos of the backgrounds I made for my project life cards...
 
Because the Metallic Texture Gems have a precision nib on them they are great for drawing out a design.
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
You can squeeze out a nice thick amount too to create 3D texture!
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
Add easy embellishments to your patterned papers.
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
Works great on a variety of surfaces besides paper like this transparency.
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
For more creative ways to make Project Life Cards and other artsy things subscribe to my YouTube!
 
 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from 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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Truth Scrap

Truth Scrap Event 2015

I've got exciting news to share! If you've been lacking in the creative mojo, or been facing down self-doubt, or wanting to know how to share your faith through your art... or you just want to spend some time with a bunch of super-cool crafty people, then look no further! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together SIX fun and talented instructors to offer a full day of faith-based crafting inspiration, including as Stephanie Ackerman, Florence Antonette, Andrea Foster Chebeleu, Heather GreenwoodLiz Hicks, ... and ME, Erin Bassett! We'll be revealing our best crafting tips, tricks, techniques, and secrets in the latest True Scrap event – Truth Scrap. Truth Scrap is a one-day, online, LIVE event on January 23. Yep, that's right – all six instructors will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You'll watch class demonstrations on everything from mixed-media art to Bible journaling, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your crafty life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!).

Register here: http://www.truescrap.com/ts16erin

If you're tired of just staring at your crafting supplies or creating the “same old” projects, then check out Truth Scrap. You'll be inspired to create!

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How To Make A Personalized iPad Sleeve Cover

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The holidays are approaching...do you need a great personalized gift for your favorite tech person? How about making them (or yourself!) a new iPad sleeve to protect one of their favorite toys?

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch the step by step video to show you how to create your very own cover for your tablet:

 

To create the sleeve...

1.  Flip your placemat onto the backside and place an ipad on it so that it is about a half inch down from the top edge of the placemat. This will give the top of your iPad protection from getting scuffed up.

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2.  Fold up the bottom of the placemat about a half an inch away from the bottom of the iPad. This will allow you to have enough room to tuck in the edges and anchor it closed.
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3.  Cut about a half an inch away from the fold line.
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4. Fold in raw edges of placemat on both sides and iron.

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5.  Determine where to place your ribbon so that you can sew (or glue) it into place to be a closure for the sleeve and then sew (or glue) it into place.
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Title - iPad Sleeve

6.  Sew (or glue) the two sides of the placemat together to create the backside of the sleeve and use the ribbon to cover the seem. Sew (or glue) the bottom edge of the sleeve together as well.

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To create the monogram... 

7. Open ScanNCutCanvas and open a new project. Then click on the "image tracing" icon.

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8. Select the image you want to use. Change the tracing options to "color" and then click "ok".
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9. Once it's finished tracing it your image will be on your mat. Select the center, which will be the rhinestone part, and move it to the right side of the mat. Right-click on it and choose "Rhinestone Wizard".

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10. In the Rhinestone Wizard you have the options on how you want your rhinestones to be placed on the template your creating. Select your desired settings and then hit "ok".
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11.  The Rhinestone Wizard will do all the work for you!
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12. Next, you need to transfer your finished designs over to your ScanNCut2. This is one of my favorite features because it's such a time saver! With the original ScanNCut I would use a USB stick to do this same task.   I'd first title my project, click "download" and then insert the USB drive into my computer and save the .fcm file to it and then take it to the original ScanNCut and retrieve the file to use it there. 

But now I can just type in my file name and click the download button...
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and then it will ask me how I want to transfer the file to my ScanNCut2...I do it wirelessly.
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And that's it! 
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On my ScanNCut2 I just click on the wireless transfer button and there's my image!
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13. Once you've cut out your images take them off  your mat and over to your desk. The best way to easily separate the rhinestone template you just made from the backing is to quickly pull it off of the backing. Most of the holes should remain on the backing and you can poke out any remaining stragglers.
Title - iPad Sleeve
Title - iPad Sleeve

14. Next, place your template onto the backing sheet in the box lid and pour on the rhinestones. Use the included brush to swirl the rhinestones around. The will automatically flip over and get into those holes!
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15.  Next use a transfer sheet to gently lift off the rhinestones so you can iron them onto your project.
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16. Figure out the placement for your iron-on vinyl letter outline and the rhinestone letter and iron them both on one at a time.
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And you're done!
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Such an inexpensive, easy, and cute gift to make!
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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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I Love Me Some Stencils! {Part 2}

Using stencils in mixed media projects. - Part 2

 

Ok, so you've seen part 1 of the video for different techniques to use with stencils, here's part 2 of the stencil videos which means 5 more techniques for you, this time I'm using the 201 Stencil Collection from Faber-Castell!

I seriously had fun playing with these!  If you missed the first video using the 101 Stencil Collection from Faber-Castell, you can check it out here.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received  products from them 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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I Love Me Some Stencils! {Part 1}

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When Faber-Castell asked me to make them some videos on their stencils I was super excited since stencils are something that I use on just about every mixed media project I do. They are a great way to add texture and design to mixed media projects.

In this quick video I'll show you the basics of using stencils on paper with a variety of mediums...from acrylic paint, to Gelatos, to gesso, to metallic Texture Gems.

So, without further ado, here's the technique video using the 101 Stencil Collection:

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get  updates of future tutorials. Watch the second stencil video using the 201 Stencil Collection by Faber-Castell here.

 

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received  products from them 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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What To Do With Leftover Jewelry Resin?

So if you caught my blog post the other day, you saw I created a necklace pendant with Ice Resin...and if you watched the tutorial video closely you saw that I had leftover resin. Boo! Now if I wasn't making a tutorial I would have made up some other pendants or jewelry pieces with it, but time was ticking so I just made resin paper with it instead, and I didn't really plan on making a blog post out of it so you'll have to forgive my lack of step by step photos, but here's video of what I did:

Resin paper is just what it sounds like....paper coated with resin. In the past I've coated old ephemera letters, bookkeeper logs, sheet music, etc. and they come out really cool. This time I just grabbed what was on the top of my mixed media paper stash and it was modern tissue paper. 

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And because someone (or 100 someones will email me), yes my ScanNCut2 cut through it.  The paper is still very flexible, not thick or hard (I put the resin on sparingly). I would not recommend trying it on thicker coated papers since you could damage your blade or machine...when in doubt, don't! I did use the same settings on my ScanNCut2 to cut through the cardstock and the resin tissue paper.

I'm loving how transparent it turned out! And this is just with one side coated in resin...if I wanted to I could coat the other side as well now that it's dry...if I was feeling particularly patient. Which I almost never am when crafting LOL!

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Now to make this quick card I just cut out the built in Christmas tree design that's on my ScanNCut2 on a sheet of 8.5" x 5.5" white cardstock.

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Then I selected the image on my machine and clicked on the seam allowance/outline button so that it would add a border around the design before cutting it out.

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I then put my resin paper onto the mat, scanned it to make sure my design was cutting where I wanted it to and then cut out the tree on the resin paper using the same blade depth as I did with the cardstock (which was 3.5 for me).

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I then put tiny dots of glue around the tree on the inside of the card and then placed my resin paper tree onto it....now it's like a window on the front of my card.

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 I finished it off by stamping a sentiment onto it.

Resin Tissue Paper - Christmas Card 2

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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Handmade Holidays - DIY Winter Necklace

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Welcome Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Visitors!

Jewelry is such a great gift to give as a gift and handmade jewelry is treasured even more since you put your heart into it! Giving a piece that's seasonal is fun too since every year they will be reminded of your love year after year.

For this project you need:

CreativitE - Winter Necklace

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I like using Ice Resin for projects like this because it's a jeweler's grade resin, so it's dries clear, is naturally doming, self-leveling, and there's NO BUBBLES...that's HUGE my crafty friends!!! Now while they sell this two part resin in individual contains that you can mix (which is great if you're making a bunch of jewelry for all your friends), I strongly recommend getting the one that has a pump so you can accurately squeeze out the exact amount you need of each part, it' makes it sooooo much easier if you're just making a few pieces! Oh, and you can just use the amount you need and place the cap back on to use it later. -Love that!

 

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Ok, here's a video tutorial on how to create your very own necklace to keep to give as a gift:

 

 

Giveaway!!!

The organizers of this blog hop are having a giveaway of over $600 in craft supplies to help you make this holiday handmade. Enter to win using the widget below:

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Thank you

And a big "thank you" shout out to the sponsors of this blog hop:

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS SPONSORS

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DIY Pocket Cards

Are you like me with a bunch of scrap papers left over from scrapbook pages, and extra pre-cut pocket cards just waiting to be used? I'll admit, in the past I've thrown out perfectly good scraps and given away pocket-cards I knew I was never going to get around to using...because really how many “best day ever” cards can a girl have and use? But now I've decided to stop buying cut back on the amount of artsy stuff I'm buying an make do with what I already have...hello, I can paint over those best day cards or even just use them to practice new techniques on!

So in order to use up the stuff I have I started cutting down white textured cardstock scraps  to 3" x 4", which is the perfect size for pocket cards. Now originally I used these papers for testing out some  fun products for Faber-Castell and wound up having a bunch of them with the same stencil pattern gesso'd onto them. So today I'm sharing with you what I did with two of those cards...you can check out this short video below to see the process of how I created them.

As I said, I started by using a stencil and applying gesso over it. After I removed the stencil I let the gesso dry.

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 Next, I rubbed some Gelatos® from the Bright collection over the gesso and activated it with a wet paint brush.  I love how easily the color spreads and how well the colors blend together.

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Easy peasy! Now I have a great background to work with in my pocket page scrapbooking.

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is another white cardstock card that had the same stencil & gesso technique done to it. Once it was dry I just used my handy-dandy fine point Sharpie pen to outline the raised portion of the gesso.

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Notice it's NOT perfect! Perfection is over rated.  ;)

Once I finished outlining the sectioned I just made quick hash marks down each of the "aisles".
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  Pocket Card2

It's not even or straight...which makes it perfect in my book. While you probably can't see it in this photo, the gesso texture is really cool in real life.  It would be fun to mix in some colored paint or Gelatos in the gesso too to give it another look.

 

How are you stretching your supplies and making authentically YOU art to use in your projects? I'd love to hear your ideas so comment below.

 

  

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received  products from them 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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