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Artwork Clipboard

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen with a fine nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running since once the ink is dry it's waterproof. (Oh, and if you want instructions on how to create a fun pencil like this one, check out the instructions here.)

1 - Pencil Sketch
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the watercoloring is dry I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
1 - Pencil Sketch

3c - Gel Medium Resist with Gelatos


Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelato® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more glitter to it, and then let it dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

 

 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

Word Art Clipboard

 

 

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Mixed Media Home Decor: Heart Frame

Confession time. We moved into our current home about 2 years ago and I've been so busy since then that I haven't really began to decorate until recently. (To make matters worse, I actually just unpacked a box that had been sitting in my office this whole time too, LOL!) In our family room we have a bunch of family photos up on the wall mixed with a few small pieces of artwork, but we had a little spot still left open that had been driving me nuts this whole time so I decided it was time to finally make something that would go there...and coincidentally I got an assignment from Faber Castell to play with some of their new stencils and create a video for them (you can watch that video here).

EB heart - home sweet homeSo here's how I created this piece....you can follow the step-by-step directions below, or check out this video:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Take your piece of Sticky Back Canvas and collage whatever type of ephemera you are using onto it using gel medium.

1- Home Sweet Home2.  Apply various colors of acrylic paint to your canvas to create a background.
1- Home Sweet Home
3. First stencil layer: Using this pattern from the 102 Collection of Stencils, take a baby wipe and remove the acrylic paint that shows through the stencil to create a pattern.

Another confession, I never clean my stencils so I had some orange spray mist on there that transferred onto my canvas...a cool serendipitous art moment!
1- Home Sweet Home
Second stencil layer: Using this stencil from the 102 Collection of stencils, continue to remove paint using a baby wipe.
1- Home Sweet HomeThird stencil layer: Using a make-up sponge apply various acrylic paints from the same color family over this stencil from the Doodle Collection of stencils.
1- Home Sweet HomeFourth stencil layer: Using a baby wipe apply white acrylic paint to this stencil from the Doodle Collection of stencils. 
1- Home Sweet HomeFifth stencil layer: Use this stencil from the 102 Collection of stencils to add another layer onto the canvas.
1- Home Sweet Home4. Use bubble wrap dipped in acrylic paint to add texture and patterns to the canvas.
1- Home Sweet HomeSixth stencil layer: Lastly, use this stencil from the Doodle Collection to add a final stenciled layer to the canvas.
1- Home Sweet Home5.  Add some brush strokes of acrylic paint to the canvas and then allow it to dry.
1- Home Sweet Home6. Once dry, use a charcoal pencil to create marks on the canvas and then use a wet paint brush over them to give them a painted look.
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7. Trace the heart pattern onto the backside of the canvas and cut it out.
1- Home Sweet HomeRemove the backing on the canvas and then insert it into the metal frame.
1- Home Sweet Home

8. Embellishing: Use a white pen to doodle onto the black chipboard letters and allow it to dry before adhering it to the canvas with double sided foam adhesive. On a scrap of white cardstock write "sweet home" and then cut it into a pennant shape and adhere it to the canvas with foam adhesive. Tie a ribbon through the whole so it can be hung up.

1- Home Sweet HomeAnd here's the final piece!

EB heart - home sweet home

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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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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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Craft Vinyl Home Decor Project & ScanNCut Giveaway!

Hey everyone, exciting stuff happening on my blog this week for National Craft Month!  

First up is a great home decor project I want to share with you. I found these great frames when I was out shopping and thought how fun they would be to use at home or in my art studio since they have little clips you can hang photos or artwork on. The frames are great on their own but I thought it would be cool to jazz them up a bit by cutting a warm cuddly phrase out of craft vinyl and applying it to the glass.

And, I not only made one of these...I made two! So a random lucky blog reader can win one along with a bundle of ScanNCut goodies! -Check out the details at the end of this article.

ScanNCut - Craft Vinyl on Glass Photo Frame - Title

 

Here's a video on how I created this project:

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Use the "Scan To Cut Data" feature to scan in the word art or open up the Every_Family.fcm file onto your ScanNCut.

1 - ScanNCut Test Cut

 

2. Add a test cut to your project mat and then push the "cut" and "start" buttons. Even though you have multiple designs on your mat your machine will perform the test cut first and then pause so you can make adjustments if needed before cutting your vinyl. You want to have it cut through your vinyl but not through the backing so start off with the blade barely coming out of the blade holder, and adjust it from there depending on the results of your test cut.
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut

 

3. Cut out the phrase on vinyl and remove the vinyl from the machine.  Weed out the design by removing the negative part of the vinyl and leaving the words you will be using on the backing sheet.  For long phrases, like the one for this word art, I like to cut apart the vinyl I'm removing so it doesn't accidently get stuck to letters I want to remain on the backing sheet.  3 - Weed Vinyl

 

4. Cut off a piece of the grid transfer tape that is a little larger than your vinyl letters an apply it on top of the letters, lining them up with the grid lines.  Burnish the transfer paper onto the letters and then carefully peel back the transfer tape to lift off the letters.
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut

 

5. Once your have lifted off the letters place the stip onto the glass of the photo frame and burnish it again to firmly affix the letters to the glass.  
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut

Then slowly peel off the transfer tape so that just the letters remain on the glass.
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut

 

6. Repeat using the same piece of transfer tape for the rest of your design.
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Such a quick project, but it sure packs a punch! This would make such a great personalized gift too!!  Later in the week I'll be sharing how I used my ScanNCut to create that mixed media art card I used in this project, so stay tuned for that!

 

Oh, and speaking of gifts, my friends at Brother ScanNCut is giving one very lucky blog reader a fun prize package! See the details and enter to win below!

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Prize Package - Brother Craft Vinyl DatedGiveaway Duration - March 14, 2016 through March 20, 2016

Brother prize valued at $53.97 PLUS Home Decor Frame valued at $50.00

Brother prize package includes: 

-10 Sheet of assorted craft vinyl (valued at $22.99)

-6 foot roll of grid transfer paper (valued at $17.99)

-6 foot roll of black craft yinyl (valued at $12.99)

Plus you get your own Home Decor Frame that you can personalize with your own family photos and artwork.

 

Official Rules: To enter to win, just comment below on this blog post by midnight on March 20, 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 Erin Bassett and Brother International.

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

A random winner will be chosen via random.org on March 21, 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.

  

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 Texture Cards in Mixed Media Projects

Who loves texture? -I do!!

Faber-Castell Texture Cards with a Gelli Plate

It's super easy and fun to add texture to your mixed media projects with Faber-Castell's Texture Cards. Here's a little video tutorial on some ways you can incorporate them into your next project:

 

And you don't always have to use a Gelli Plate, although they are super fun to play with! You can use them as a stencil to add borders and designs...here I used ink, but paint, Gelatos, and spray mists would be really cool too. Faber-Castell Texture Cards like a stencil with ink.

And of course using them with thick mediums is really neat too!  For this example I used some silver Texture Luxe over a stencil to define the bird's wings and tail.

Faber-Castell Texture Cards with Texture Luxe

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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Get Crafty For Your Valentine!

Heart Candy Kirigami - Title

This is a fun decoration for Valentine's Day, but it can also be filled with candy and used as cute gift wrap since it looks like a little piece of candy! While it looks pretty fancy it's actually really easy to make, especially when you use your ScanNCut to cut out the pieces you need.

To get started making this project I downloaded the original design, and asked permission to adapt the design it and after I got his blessing I then imported it into ScanNCutCanvas and got to work adding the heart details and duplicating each of the segments to create THIS (free) cut file that you can download and use.

 

To see how to create this project, watch THIS video:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

  • Open up the FCM file in your ScanNCut and cut out all of the pieces with both pieces of cardstock. You will need 9 – 10 segments cut for each “candy”.

  Heart_Candy_Kirigami

To assemble:

  • Choose one segment to be your “hook”. All of the other pieces will hook onto this and will fan equally around in a circle.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step1
Heart Candy Kirigami - Step1

  • Once they all interlock flip the piece over.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step2b
Heart Candy Kirigami - Step2b

  • Again choose a “hook” and begin hooking all the other segments onto it to finish off the project.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step3
Heart Candy Kirigami - Step3

Now you get to choose how you use it. Will you fill it with candy and give it away or are you going to make some decorations out of it?

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 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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