Friday, June 19, 2015

Lacy Butterfly Card with Cutting Machine

I finally got a chance to really play with my new Silhouette Cameo Machine. I had purchased it about 2 months ago, and haven't had a chance to use it until recently.

I made this pretty butterfly lace card for my MIL's birthday. (She loved it, BTW.)

This was not a very difficult design, as I purchased the cut file from their online store. It was, however a very delicate cut. I had a problem with the paper ripping, especially at the very thin cuts where the blade had to change direction.

 I was using some pretty card stock that I had in my stash. It was off-white with some colored speckles woven through it. I am not sure of the weight, but it was about the thickness of a nice business card. 

I slowed down the cut, and adjusted the pressure to the blade. In the end, the blade setting was at 3 with a ratchet blade. The speed was set at 3 cm/s, and the thickness at 33.

I just used some scrap paper for the 3 small butterflies. about an inch and a half  sq. each.  and two larger pieces of 2 of the same scrap paper pieces for the larger center butterfly. I used a hot glue gun to attach them.

The "Happy Birthday" text was done with the sketch pens, and then cut out, and stuck onto the front of the card with foam squares.

For the inside, I used the print and cut feature. I measured the space from the butterfly cutout to the inside fold and made a rectangle that would fit in that space. I typed the saying using kissmekissme font, and using the print and cut, I printed it to my HP printer. Then loaded it into my Silhouette machine and cut out the words inside the rectangle.

I found a pretty velum envelope to put it in, to keep it protected in the mailing envelope.

This is the final result. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WVAL Summer Art Show

Just wanted to share a quick announcement. The Watauga Valley Art League is holding its 21st annual art show at the Sycamore Shoals Historical Site from June 28 to July 26, 2015. The People's Choice awards will be announced at 2:45 pm on June 28th during the Artist reception. (This means if you want to vote on your favorite artist or artwork, you must do so on June 28th between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.)

I don't understand the reason for not allowing more time for the public to view and vote on the entered pieces, but that is just the way of things.

There will be lots of beautiful works of art from local artists and WVAL members. (There will also be snacks, and refreshments) PLEASE COME BY DURING THE RECEPTION and VOTE!


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