November 30th, 2014
I created those adorable Let it Snow banners for my Michaels Dream Tree this year. I’ve had quite a few people ask about how I made them so I put together this quick tutorial. They are really easy to make if you have the new Cricut Explore which cuts glitter cardstock like it’s well, regular card stock.
White paper – 12″x18″
Large Cricut Mat
Cricut Deep Cut Blade
Ad tech Permanent Glue Runner
Step 1: Use Cricut and Large Cricut Mat to cut banners. Mine are 3.75×17.5. You can also cut these by hand because they are such a simple shape.
I get 3 banners from one sheet of 12×18 paper.
Step 2: Lay out your phrase in Cricut Design Space to fit on your mat size. You can cut any of your own fonts. Just make sure they are sized to fit your banner. My phrase is 14″ long.
Step 3 Cut glitter card stock. I use my deep-cut blade, but I’ve never tried it any other way, so you may be able to use a regular blade.
The glitter card stock cuts perfectly every single time, even in the tiny detail areas.
Step 4 Apply glue to the back of the phrase. I use the Ad tech Permanent Glue runner because I like how the adhesive just adheres to where the paper is.
Step 5 Stick the phrase on the paper banners!
And then just decorate your tree!
October 30th, 2014
Ad Tech Hot Temp Glue Gun (this one was perfect because of the small metal tip)
Ad Tech Glitter Glue Sticks
Ad Tech Silicone Glue Pad (nothing sticks to this sucker and it’s see-through)
Wood Veneer Snowflake ornament (Found these at my local Michaels)
The snowflakes can be used as a template for creating a full glue snowflake. You could also use any snow-flake item you have or print out a snowflake illustration. Slide your snowflake (or image) under the silicone mat.
With a glitter glue stick, simply glue directly onto the silicone pad over the snowflake using the snowflake/image as a guide. I HIGHLY recommend this hot temp glue gun. I tried this with a low temp and I just couldn’t get the flow that I needed to create details. Also this glue gun has a metal tip that you can use to manipulate the glue you’ve already put down.
I hand drew a few words too. You can also use a print-out of a font you like and place it under the pad to use as a template for any words you want.
After doing the glitter snowflakes, I embellished my wood snowflakes with some of the glitter glue too. I love how they turned out!
They would be super cute on a tree, wreath, or garland.
And if you want to see more Christmas fun, Check out my blog on November 1st (2014), I’ll be debuting my Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Tree!
October 6th, 2014
Aloha! Natacha here, just hanging out and surfing around the Internet. Today, I would like to share with you a new way to compose or design your page using a lens flare filter. No, we’re not going to use it as an overlay on a photo, the way filters such as this are typically used. Instead, we’re going to use the filter as the base for designing our own page template. Unusual, right? I really love the light effects from lens filters, and I find them very inspiring, which led me to try to create a page with circles, repeating those original positions. This is digital folks – have fun with it!
Here’s a page I created using the lens filter as the base for my design:
Credits: Vanity Fair Persimmon Collection and Truly-Madly Flourishes — both Jen Allyson Digital Designs (with a touch of blue elements since I made this page for a color challenge)
Let me show you, in just a few easy steps, how I made this page. Read the rest of this entry »