Friday, 21 July 2017

Faux Stained Glass Butterfly Cards

Hi, Janet here with one of my favourite card-making techniques - faux stained glass. The Silhouette cuts great frames to show off the pattern variations and rich colours of decorated vellum paper.  I've adapted the card design so that the card base has the open pattern, as well as the card front, so that light can pass through. Using adhesive cardstock gives a clean, smear-free finish.

What You'll Need

Butterfly Card #124784 file by StudioIlustrado
Silhouette® Cameo 3
Pearlescent vellum
Alcohol inks & blending solution
Black medium-weight cardstock
Liquid craft glue
Silhouette Adhesive Cardstock

Prepare the Vellum

Decorate a sheet of vellum and allow it to dry. I used a blending tool with a felt pad to dab a few drops of alcohol ink onto pearlescent vellum. Work with your paper in landscape orientation and try to make the the pattern vertically symmetrical. You can blur parts of the design by dabbing ink and blending solution at the same time.

The photo below shows two decorated sheets. I chose to work with the one on the left for this card.

Prepare the Card Base

The card base in the file is solid, but in order for the light to shine through, it is necessary to add the holes from the card front to the card base. 

Open the file on the virtual mat and ungroup it. Group the card base with its dashed lines. Discard the upside down copy of the butterfly. Make a copy of the butterfly front and move it aside. Release the compound path on the other (bring up the context sensitive menu by right-clicking your mouse and then select 'Release Compound Path').  Select everything and, while holding down shift, deselect the butterfly outline. Then group the selected pieces (Object > Group).

Select the newly grouped shapes and the outline and align them onto the card front.


Move the outer butterfly shape aside. If you have trouble selecting it, select the card outline first and send it to the back (Object > Align > Send to Back), then the butterfly outline is easier to grab. Select the butterfly card base and the grouped pieces and group them together (shown in black below). This will be cut from medium-weight card and the outline will cut from the patterned vellum, but not yet.

Prepare the Card Front

Make the card front slightly bigger than the card base to create a margin of card around the vellum. This sandwiches the vellum independently of the card base and ensures everything remains stuck together. 

Take the copy butterfly front and release its compound path. Selecting just the outer, create an offset:

  1. Open Offset panel
  2. Select Offset
  3. Set distance at 0.1"/2.5mm
  4. Select Square corner style
  5. Click Apply.

Move the original away to use as a template and group the offset and the small pieces. Make a mirror image copy.

Select ALL the card elements and resize to suit. I made the width of the biggest butterfly a little under 8"/200mm so that the card base could be cut from A4 cardstock.

Cutting Guide

Cut pieces as follows:
  • Card base from medium-weight black cardstock
  • Two large butterflies from black adhesive cardstock
  • One butterfly from scrap as a template (this will be smaller than the adhesive ones) 
I also added a few more butterflies (design #59805) to use in another project (ignore the butterfly bodies, which I didn't use).

Make the Stained Glass Insert

These steps show how to cut the butterfly from the best part of the the vellum pattern.

Take one of the adhesive cardstock butterflies, work out the best position and, without allowing it to stick to the vellum, draw around it. Remove it and centre the scrap butterfly within the drawn butterfly outline.

Draw around the scrap and cut it out with scissors. Centre the cut vellum onto one of the adhesive butterflies. Trim excess vellum from the butterfly body.

Align the other butterfly on the reverse of the vellum and press them together.

Adhere this finished front onto the card base.

Add a sentiment.

Oh, and don't forget to use the vellum scraps from around the butterfly to make smaller butterflies to use for other projects!

I hope you'll try this out - the stained glass effect is beautiful in real life.

Bye for now,

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Three Happy Girls - Using Stitching Templates

Hello, hello, Karen here.  Have you tried using stitching templates?  I realised recently that I often buy them but then never use them so decided to make a layout that focuses on sewing - even my title was sewn.
  • I chose this sewing template as the basis of my layout. 

  • Then I used the 'Draw a Polygon' to join all the dots to give me a solid chevron shape.
  • I used the 'Internal Offset' option to make a smaller shape. 
  • Removed the larger chevron and grouped the small one with the sewing template.  This formed the basis of my pattern.
  • The next step was to duplicate my shape in a column of 3.

  • Arrange them the distance apart I wanted and then, under the ALIGN menu, with the three shapes selected, spaced them vertically to give me an equidistant space.

  • I then duplicated the three chevrons below.
  • Next I moved the duplicated chevrons up match the spacing of the ones above.
  • Select the top four chevrons and duplicate right then do the same for the top two of this column.  Group each set of chevrons into columns and arrange onto your design.  The column of two chevrons is then mirrored below and this set is moved to the bottom right corner of your design. 

  • The next step was to make the stitched square that surrounds my photograph and for that I used this stitching template, using a section of the first one for each of the square's sides. 

  • Then I used a stitching font to add my title.

The final step was to complete the stitching and back fill my chevrons with pretty paper.  I added a few stickers and mounted my photo onto a piece of patterned paper and that was my page finished.

I hope I have inspired you to try a stitch template or two.



Sunday, 16 July 2017

You Are a Whole Lot of Lovely: Curved Text Around a Shape

Hi again Silhouette Fans! Niki here today with a tutorial about how to curve text. I've done this before but with a simple circle, however it will work with any shape so today's project uses a large heart. The technique is the same but with a shape that has a dip, like at the top of the heart, the text will need a little tweeking...

So to begin with I opened up a file I already had in my library, ungrouped and just kept the heart I wanted.

I then wrote out my text. I've chosen Ballerina Script (one of my favourites).

I left the text all grouped together and looked for the green box that appears around text when you first type it out (if you've clicked off and lost the green box, simply click onto it a few times and it will reappear). Once the green box is there, there is also a little circle with a cross in the centre. Pick up the text by clicking on that circle and move it over towards your shape - it should automatically jump on to it. The text is now around the heart shape but doesn't look right becaused it's bunched in the middle in the dip of the heart and it doesn't stretch around the whole heart.

To solve this problem, i adjusted the 'character spacing' which is a slider bar within the Text Style window. I played around with this until I was happy with how the text looked.

 Now that the text is in the right place, I ungrouped all the words. This make the letters individual.

I then nudged the letters together so they overlapped, selected the letters in that word and clicked Weld. This made them one word, rather than several individual letters. I did this with all the words.

I then selected the whole of my design and clicked Weld. The purpose of this was for the heart to be welded to the letters BUT doing this took off the bottom of my letters. I tried very hard to solve this problem but had no luck! So I just went back a step to restore my heart with fully formed words

I then copied the heart and pasted on another two and arranged the three of them so they were all slightly overlapping each other, to form a scribble effect.

In my cut settings I selected the hearts. I drew two with sketch pens and cut the final one so there was a heart shaped hole in my white card. I then cut the words from another sheet of card so that I could arrange them onto my previous piece of card, with the heart-shaped hole.

And here is my finished layout. I backed the big heart with patterned paper and added a wash of yellow water colour paint around the edge, then added my white curved words on top. I love the result, it is so pretty and definitely a different way to add a title to my layouts.

I hope you've enjoyed this project and will have a go at curving text around different shapes.
Happy scrapping xx 

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