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DIY: Make Gift Bags from Envelopes

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I have a friend who always packages up every gift beautifully. It’s her thing and she does it well. She has a scrapbook kit club and every kit she packages and ships out is beautifully wrapped. Presentation is everything! Through the years of knowing Jeana, she has inspired me to take a little more time with packaging. Putting that extra time into the outside of the gift, can make what is inside even sweeter. And, I mean, who doesn’t love opening pretty packages?

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I have a really easy tutorial for your today showing you how to make gift bags from envelopes. Can you believe each bag took less than 10 minutes? You can use any size envelope and embellishments you already have. Head over to the Craftsy blog for a full tutorial and some close-up photos of each back with written instruction.5 envelopes to gift bags

DIY Glitter Pillow Cover

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My amazingly talented friend, Jen (The Project Girl), designed this beautiful pillow for Hazel and Ruby’s Crafternoon line that is available at Joann stores! This girl designs paper and party supplies, fabric, digital scrapbooking lines and so much more. I’m telling you, she’s incredible! She also has a beautiful home and the most adorable little boys to top it all off. When she told me she designed a Crafternoon project kit, I had to check it out. pillow contents

The kit comes with a sewn pillow cover, iron on design, and instructions. The instructions are written out like a recipe. I thought it was so cute and just had to mention it. I love fun details like that.pillow iron on

Step 1: Iron out any creases or wrinkles in the pillow cover.

Step 2: Place the words on the pillow cover and iron with a cool iron.

I was scared to iron directly on the plastic, because I thought it would melt to my iron, so I didn’t have it hot enough the first time and had to go over it again. I had my iron pretty warm the second time and it still didn’t melt the plastic onto my iron. Thank heavens!pillow peel off

Step 3: After ironing, wait for it to cool for 20 minutes. This was marked as very important in the instructions, so I wasn’t about to rush it and pull it off sooner. After the 20 minutes, the plastic sheets peeled off smoothly and left the design on the pillow cover. I didn’t have any pieces flake or not transfer. So easy!pillow zipper

Step 4: Stuff a 16×16″ pillow form in the bottom of the pillow cover and zip close.

pillow close upThis was seriously so easy and the glitter transfer is smooth and looks beautiful! If you’re looking for some fun projects to do with your kids, friends or by yourself to rejuvenate, grab some Crafternoon projects and get crafting!

Memory Calendar

July Calendar

INSPIRATION

I started a new memory calendar at our house a few months ago as a way to document the fun things we do as a family, and also to start building a foundation for the concept of time with my kids. I was inspired by all those planner girls out there. I never really understood the whole planner thing until I went to Silhouette Summit in May and met, Cori, The Reset Girl. She showed me her planners and told me about the wonderful planner community and all about her business adventures. She was so kind and patient and had this amazing energy about her as she shared her passion for planning. I left wanting to have a million planners to decorate and a million things to schedule in them.

Reality is, I don’t have a lot of things to plan. The kids and I pretty much fly by the seat of our pants at home. We have play dates scheduled with other friends, but that’s about the extent of it. And hauling around a planner along with everything else for kids (diapers, wipes, snacks) just wasn’t going to happen for me. There are a lot of moms that love their planners, but I just didn’t see it working out for me at this point in my life.

With the itch to somehow keep a planner I came up with our memory calendar. It has grown over the past three months and evolved to be more fun than I had imagined. I love creating little embellishments to go along with our simple adventures of the day. I plan to have the kids help create little embellishments to put on the calendar to mark their memories of fun they had that day too. For now, I’m having too much fun creating to share it with them. Ha!

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June 2015 calendar

EMBELLISHMENTS
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Embellishments are the funnest part of the whole calendar to me. I love drawing up designs to go along with our activities and cutting them out with my Silhouette CAMEO. My embellishments are very literal of the things we have done that day. This is for my kids. They can’t read yet, but when they see an image of their bikes by the mountains, they know that was the day they rode their bikes in the mountains. Pretty straight forward. My kids LOVE this calendar. They look at it all the time, point to a picture and then tell me all about the fun things they did that day. You can embellish your calendar any way you would like, but this is what works for us and is what my kids love.

In addition to embellishing with die cuts and other paper crafts, I also use mini Instax prints from my Instax Share Printer. I can’t even tell you how much I love this little printer and the tiny photos it pops out. When I first bought it, I was a little skeptical about how much I would actually use it. I’m happy to say, I use it all the time and can’t get enough of the tiny, adorable photos. It really is the funnest little tool. I have increased the amount of photos I use on the calendar each month, as you can see by looking at the month of July. It brings the calendar and memories to life that much more. My kids love seeing pictures of themselves, but they love it even more when their friends or cousins are in the pictures with them.

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June calendar cotton candy

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CREATE YOUR OWN CALENDAR

I originally created this calendar last year to be made into a little planner for kids. I loved it so much, I enlarged it for our wall calendar. The reason I love this one is because it has 6 rows of weeks. I didn’t want to have to share any squares when room runs out on the calendar, and the last day or two of the month have to share a square with the days from the previous week. All the extra space from having 6 rows gives me room to right goals, a bucket list and other fun things for the month. During birthday months, I plan to highlight the person in this area with a photo and some fun things about them. Okay, let’s get down to business and make a calendar…

  1. Download and print out the calendar: You can download the calendar in my store. I printed mine at Cosco photo center. It’s a 20×30″ print and is about $8. To make it reusable for each month, I put mine in a frame. You can also laminate it.
  2. Fill in the month and days: I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the letters for the month out of cardstock. I taped them on using scotch tape so I can take them off and reuse the letters for other months. The days of the month are filled in with a black dry erase marker. Nothing fancy here. :)
  3. Plan and embellish: The first thing I do when I have the month and days filled out, is go through and mark holidays and special events. I use these calendar cards for the majority of that process. Then I document the fun things we do each day with a memento, photo or paper embellishment. I use washi tape, scotch tape and sometimes a glue stick to adhere the embellishments to the calendar.
  4. Document: When the month is over, I snap a photo of the whole calendar along with some close-ups of special events that happened. I put them in an album along with all the photos I used on the calendar that month. Then I use some glass cleaner to clean the glue and marker off the calendar for the next month.

This calendar is so simple to make and you can embellish to your own taste. My family loves it and I know yours will too. Any questions or fun ideas for this calendar, please post below. I’m always looking for new ways to make this even better.

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Carnival Party

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I hosted a little carnival party a few weeks ago and am finally posting about it. I had all these intensions of making cute carnival decorations and booths and the whole nine yards. But, it’s summer, and ours has been so jam packed with fun that there was no way all that was going to get done.

I stopped by Zurchers and picked up a few rolls of tickets for around $3 per roll. Can you say cheapest party decorations ever?! I didn’t plan on using them in so many fun ways, but the more I played around, the more the ideas just started flowing.

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This invitation was pretty colorful and I wanted it to show, so I slipped it in a glassine bag and stapled a few tickets to the outside to embellish it a little. I loved the look but wanted to try to make something more dimensional, and that is when I came up with these cute bows. ticket bows

I went crazy and made a bunch in every color. I ended up putting the ticket bows on the invitations for the girls, and the strips of tickets on the invites for the boys.

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I carried the bows through to the party favor bags for the girls. I wrapped a long strip of tickets around the bags and stapled them on for the boys. I love the simplicity of these and they looked even cuter when filled with all their colorful prizes from all the games.

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One of the games at the carnival was potato sack races. I hadn’t done those in the longest time and the kids LOVED them. That game was a hit. We did several rounds of races to determine our first, second and third place winners. The kids loved the ribbons too! Sometimes I get carried away making things and think they really don’t matter for the party, but I love to create so I make them anyway. It’s always fun when the little kids notice and appreciate the small things like these ribbons. They thought it was really cool they were made out of tickets and everyone had to check them out.carnival ticket ribbons 2 carnival ticket ribbon back

carnival marble run

I made a photo backdrop out of tickets like the one I saw from Brittany Jepsen. It was so easy, but did take a bit of time. I also made a chain out of tickets to act as bunting around the game tables. I forgot to get a picture of it, and this was the best I could find. Oops! I used a ton of tickets on the backdrop and decorations, yet still had almost half a roll of each color left. Best. Purchase. Ever.
carnival duck gameI had to throw this picture of my little baby sneaking a duck. She has learned to walk and climb and has become quite the little trouble-maker. She is lucky she’s so cute. Anyway, back to the party decorations…
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I stapled strips of tickets to these white lunch sacks and filled them with Dum Dum suckers in the bottom to give them some weight so they wouldn’t tip over. Then I filled the rest with popcorn. It was such a yummy treat the kids were delighted to enjoy.

These rolls of tickets were so colorful, cheap and adorable that I now want to use them on everything! I hope you have been inspired to take a step back sometimes and make hosting parties a little simpler with easy ideas like the ones I’ve shared today.

DIY Pin Tutorial using the Silhouette

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You all know I love my Silhouette CAMEO and all the projects I can create with it. I also love challenging its capabilities. Today I have a tutorial for you showing how to make these pins using the Silhouette. It’s so easy and simple and you can involve the kids too, which is always a plus.

How to make your own pins

Supplies Needed:

Shrink Film
Silhouette or scissors
extra fine sandpaper
spray paint
E6000
pin backs

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Step 1: Load your shrink film on your cutting matte. Cut out your shapes using a sharp blade on Silhouette. I set my blade to a ten and used the double cut feature. This cut through the material enough to bend and pop the shapes out. I also tried doing the two round of the double cut (4 times cutting total) and that was enough to cut all the way through it. When cutting your shapes, keep in the mind that they will shrink to half their size when cooked in step 2.

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Step 2: Follow the directions on the back of the package to cook your shrink film in the over or toaster over. I cooked mine at 325 degrees farenheit, for about 5 minutes. It was a little longer than the package recommended, but my shaped were pretty large.

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Step 3: As they are cooking they curl up almost into a ball. Don’t panic. It’s supposed to do this. Somehow they miraculously flatten back out. When your plastic shapes are flat on the pan, then they are complete and can be take out of the oven. If there is still a slight curve to some, place a pan on top of the pins and press down on them to flatten. This must be done immediately after they come out of the over while they are still hot.

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On the left is the shape before cooking, and on the right if the shape after. It’s so tiny and adorable!

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Step 4: You can color on the film with permanent marker before it is cooked to make your design. I chose to spray paint them gold after cooking, instead of drawing on them. Using an extra fine sandpaper, I believe mine is 400 grit, sand it side of the plastic to give the paint something to stick to.

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In this image you can the see the difference between the unsanded part on the left, and the sanded side on the right.

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Step 5: Apply some E6000 adhesive to the pin back and adhere it to your shape. I didn’t want to have to worry about my pin popping off so I used a lot of adhesive. I figured no one will see the back of the pin while wearing it anyway, right?

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Press the glued pin back firmly on the back of you plastic shape and let dry for about 24 hours.
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Step 6: Spray paint the pin your color of choice and allow to completely dry before handling and wearing. You can spray paint your shape before you put the pin back on, but I wanted my metal pin back to be the same color as the pin, so I chose to glue it on before spray painting.

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I’m at Snap Conference this weekend passing out these pins on my business cards with a little tutorial and amazing giveaway from Silhouette. If you’re at Snap, come find me, grap a pin and be entered to win a Silhouette CAMEO and a Silhouette Portrait. So much fun!

5 Simple Flower Tutorials Using Circle Punches

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I have a few circle punches in my stash that are staples in my paper crafting. I generally just use them for little gift tags, but today over on the Craftsy blog, I’m sharing tutorials on how to make all of these flowers and leaves using your circle punches. They are all so simple and take just a few minutes. Head over there and check it out.

* You can also find the 3D flower tutorial on my blog.

Weaving Instruction Booklets

For those of you that couldn’t make it to my recent workshops, I put together a weaving instruction booklet for each project you can download. It’s filled with step-by-step images and written instruction. Enjoy some time weaving with your kids, or a fun craft night with friends learning a new skill.

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Download your booklet today and get started creating your new hobby.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | FREE Download

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One of the favorite projects at my advent workshop was gold foiling tags. Everyone couldn’t believe how easy it was. I have a gold foil printing tutorial for you today showing how you can make your own gold foil prints at home. Professional printers charge a lot to gold foil, but for a tiny fraction of the cost you can do it yourself in only a few minutes. The key is using laminating foil (available in a variety of colors) and laser prints. Download your FREE tags and follow the instructions below to create your own gold foil gift tags.

Supplies Needed:

laminating foil
laser printed tags
laminator or iron
text weight paper
scissors
twine

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Instructions:

  1. Place laser printed tag with design face up.
  2. Place gold foil on printed design. Gold side up.
  3. Keep the foil in position and place in between a half sheet of text weight paper. Cardstock is too thick and won’t allow the gold foil to get hot enough to adhere to the printed design.
  4. Set your laminator to the highest setting. If using an iron, set to the highest dry setting.gold foil tutorial 2
  5. Send the half sheet of paper through the laminator, folded end first.
  6. If using an iron, place on a hard surface and press down firmly on the half sheet of paper for about 30 seconds. Make sure to iron over the entire area of the printed design inside the paper. You may have to test out different times with your iron. Be sure to protect the hard surface you are ironing on with a thin cloth, while still keeping the surface firm.
  7. Peel off gold foil.
  8. Finish your tag with a string.

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You may have tiny flecks that don’t completely transfer to the printed design. All of the tags are printed in gold to help mask the little imperfections that come with doing it at home. This technique isn’t perfect, but for the price and convenience, you can’t go wrong.

Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop

My Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop is just over a week away. I’m so excited to teach you all fun, new techniques and introduce you to tools that will make crafting a breeze. Today I wanted to give you a little overview of the workshop and what we’ll be doing. You do NOT need to be crafty to come to this workshop. Hopefully as you read through this, you’ll see just how easy this advent calendar is. The easier the craft, the more time you have for chatting. My favorite part. :)

The advent calendar has five different styles of paper ornaments that hang from the pine bough or elk antler. You will make five of each kind, totally 25. The gift card envelopes will be made using a tool called an envelope punch from We R Memory Keepers. It is so simple and easy to use, it’s genius.

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These 3D ornaments will all be cut and scored ahead of time thanks to my trusty Silhouette machine. All you need to do is fold, fill and glue together. Easy right? Silhouette will have two machines there for you to try out and watch it cut like magic. These diamonds are cut from the most beautiful woodgrain textured cardstock from American Crafts. You’ll love it! I promise.

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This tag is something I’m dying to teach you. It is gold foiled and takes under a minute to make. It’s amazing and my only regret is that I haven’t shared this sooner. Once again, the tags will already be cut out, so you get to spend your time doing the enjoyable part.

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How cute are these gold polka-dot bags from Whisker Graphics?! I will provide a few tags you can gold foil and stuff inside before stapling shut with gold staples. You can also bring your own goodies to fill inside.

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Thanks to the Silhouette again, the reindeer is already cut out for you. You will get to use the Silhouette to cut out your numbers from sticker paper. Then just tie on a bell and you’re finished!

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When you finish all the ornaments, you simply tie them on your pine bough or elk antler with the amazing twine from Whisker Graphics, and it’s ready to hang in your home for the holidays. Sign up for the workshop today and join me for an evening of fun.

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your ticket HERE.

Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop | Utah

The day has finally come that I get to share this huge project I’ve been working on. YAY!!! I am so excited to announce I will be hosting craft workshops every three months or so, and the first one is this beautiful Christmas Advent Calendar.

Amy Robison Advent Calendar Pine Bough

photo credit: justizzydesign.com

Everything you need to make this advent calendar is included in the workshop. Each attendee will go home with a FINISHED project ready to display for the holidays. And don’t you worry, there will be plenty of time for chatting and snacking too! There will also be some fun prizes to win! Believe me, there are some good amazing ones!

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your tickets HERE.

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photo credit: justizzydesign.com

There are two choices of advent calendars with the only difference being the live pine bough or genuine elk antler. I love the look and feel they both give to the holiday season, and the stability given to this whimsical calendar of dangling paper ornaments.

Amy Robison Advent Calendar Elk

Hosting and teaching workshops is something I have wanted to do for years. A few months ago I decide, there’s no time like the present, (3 kids under 3-years-old seems like perfect timing, doesn’t it?) and I jumped in with both feet and went for it. I have learned a lot and worked hard making a craft that is not only visually appealing and useful, but affordable too. We will get to play with some fun tools and materials at the workshop from these wonderful companies: American Crafts, Pebbles in my Pocket, Silhouette America, We R Memory Keepers, and Whisker Graphics. I can’t wait to introduce you to new tools and techniques.

Join me for some fun holiday crafting and grab your ticket today because space is limited. See you there!

Friday Fav | Honeycomb Paper Pads

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I tried these out a month or two ago when I was trying to find tiny 1″ honeycomb balls to hang on pineapples for a party favor. They were hard to find online and when I did find some they were $1 a piece. That was too pricey in my book, so I kept looking and stumbled on honeycomb paper pads. It’s a blank canvas of honeycomb paper where you can cut out your own designs. I was hesitant to try it because I thought it would be hard to cut and get a nice edge that wasn’t chewed up from my scissors trying to cut through so many layers. I was pleasantly surprised at the results and that my scissors were able to cut through it.

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The honeycomb paper pads come in various sizes and glue widths (the spacing between each glue line.) I needed to make 1″ balls so I chose the pad with the smallest glue width, 1/4″. For small shapes use a pad with a small glue line width. For larger pads, use a pad with a large glue line width.

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3D Honecomb shapes are really simple to make, but all shapes must be symmetrical. Draw half of your shape onto the pad. Make sure the center of your shape runs perpendicular to the glue lines. For example: The straight edge of my half circle (center of full circle) runs vertically on my paper, while all the glue lines are horizontal.

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Once you have drawn your half shapes filling your paper, cut them out.

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Fan out your cut shapes and glue the front and back together to make your 3D shape. If you’re going to hang them, glue a string in between your front and back layer.

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I hope you enjoy working with honeycomb paper pads as much as I have.

 

 

Book Binding Tutorial

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There are several ways to bind a booklet, and today I’m going to show you a simple way using some string, a needle and hole punch (optional).

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You can follow the illustration above or use the step by step pictures below.

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  1. Fold all your pages in half.
  2. Align the centers of all the papers.
  3. Mark where you want your holes to be. You will need three.
  4. Use a small hole punch to cut out the holes for easier threading. I do this if I have a lot of pages and if they are cardstock. If you have a few thin sheets, you can just poke through with a needle and your string.
  5. Start by threading your string through the middle hole into the center of the book.
  6. Thread it from the center to the top.
  7. From the top hole, take it down and through the bottom hole into the center of the book.
  8. String it from the bottom hole through the center hole to the outside of the book.
  9. Both ends of the string should be on either side of the string going down the spine.
  10. Tie your two threads in a square knot around the center string. Then you can tie the two ends in a bow around the book to close it.

I love this simple way of binding and the professional look it gives your projects. If you don’t want to have the remainder string on the outside of your book so that you can use it as a clasp, just flip the sides of the steps and start step one from the inside of the book instead of the outside. Then you can finish with a small knot on the inside of the book and cut off the tail strings.

You can see all the details of the inside of this planner on my post HERE.

Calendar

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Here’s a great little project to get your kids excited for school. A simple calendar and planner that they can mark holidays, birthdays, field trips or even track the weather in. I printed out a few blank calendars on cardstock. Four calendars on a sheet, two on each side. I then printed out all the holiday icons onto sticker paper and used my Silhouette to cut them into squares with the Print and Cut feature. You could also use the new PixScan mat.

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Once you have everything printed and cut, fold your calendars in half to make a booklet. You can then fill the months and dates on the calendar, a great writing and counting exercise for your kids. Finally you get to put the stickers on all the important dates and start using the planner.

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You can find the blank calendar and all the calendar icons in the Silhouette online store. Silhouette is also having a great Back to School promotion on their machines as well as their specialty media (sticker paper, cotton canvas, gold foil, etc.)

August Promo

Portrait Bundle:

Originally $260.91
SALE $149.99

CAMEO Bundle

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Brush Script Tips

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I thought doing the brush script quotes and phrases would be a piece of cake and I could just whip them all up in an hour. Wrong. It took a lot of practice and experimenting to figure out which brushes and paints worked best for me. I’m sharing what I found worked to help save you time.

I first tried what I had on hand in my craft room, a small paint brush and craft paint that I watered down a little bit. This didn’t work well for me. It was gloppy and the paint wasn’t consistent through the whole quote. I decided to order some different tools and see if I could get better results.

Pentel Color Brush
I saw this brush in a lot of video tutorials and it looked like a great product, however I had a hard time getting the ink to flow consistently enough to look smooth and not dry. You really have to squeeze to get the ink into the brush and after 5 minutes of squeezing, it still wasn’t enough for a smooth flow of ink through the words. I found that this brush worked really well on paper with a smooth and sometimes slick finish, like a glossy paper. That wasn’t the look I wanted so I kept trying.

Pentel Water Brush and Gouache
This combination worked best for me. You fill the brush handle up with water and squeeze it through the brush tip. The harder you squeeze the more water flows through the tip. This brush cleaned up really easily and works well with gouache and watercolors. I highly recommend having this brush on hand for many different crafting uses.

I found it helpful to be loose in your writing, take your time and practice. If you have any tips you’ve found doing brush script, I would love for you to share. What phrases or quotes would you like to see in the future?

You can find all of the brush script cards in the Silhouette online store.
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Box Tutorial | Silhouette Promotion

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You all know that I love hosting little parties and party favors/boxes are one of my favorite things to design. I am going to show you how to turn your simple Silhouette shapes into a box using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

Before we get to the tutorial, let’s talk about the current Silhouette Promotion that starts today. This is a fabulous promotion and every one should take advantage. The Silhouette Studio Designer Edition gives you more freedom to create your own designs to cut with the Silhouette. You can also import .svg cut files you find online to build your library. All of the free designs I offer on my blog are in .svg format so you can cut them with your Silhouette, but you must have the designer edition to do so. You can get it for 40% off this week, using promo code ROBISON. I’ll be posting a free cut file for you later this week and you can find all my free downloads in the right column of the blog.

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FEATURES
Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

Let’s get started turning your designs into 3D boxes using your Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software. Continue reading