Another sketchbook decorated with vinyl and a fashion silhouettes freebie

Ok, I admit it, I did not buy only one notebook, but a couple of them. I just love the square format. It is great to decorate them.

This time I made some fashion silhouettes in my favourite 3D program PoserPro, which I unearthed and upgraded lately to the newest version (see the image at the bottom of this post).
At the bottom you can also download the silhouettes file for non-commercial purposes from my dropbox. Have fun!

I was not able to remove the label from the notebook properly, so I cut and applied a circle from black vinyl to cover the ugly parts.

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Then I prepared my silhouettes by coloring and arranging them in the color of the final vinyl on the screen in Silhouette Studio®.

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Then I moved them to the right positions, that it fits the vinyl on the mat and cut the silhouettes in two rounds with the Silhouette Cameo.
For this project you can easily use left over stripes from other projects.

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I weeded the silhouettes and applied them to the notebook with transfer tape.

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Then I cut and added the word: Sketchbook and done.

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This is how the Silhouettes were created:
the little figure was styled, dressed and posed in a 3D program called “PoserPro11”.
From the rendered images I created the black and white silhouettes.

You may download and use the silhouettes for non-commercial purposes here:
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A book for a cook – black glossy vinyl on a golden notebook

When I saw these matte golden notebooks as a double pack in the crafts shop last week I had to have them. They are bound with a thread instead of metal clips, beautifully, and you can never have enough notebooks!

Today I made a gift for a hobby cook with decorating one of them with a very detailed design (an altered graphic from a vector design collection) from black glossy vinyl cut with the Silhouette Cameo.
It was not an easy job, because the lines of the text are very thin. But in the end it worked and I love the result. The vivid contrast between the high glossy vinyl and the shimmering gold is hard to show in a static photo.

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For those who are not familiar with cutting vinyl I list the steps below:

You need a blanc notebook, a piece of vinyl and matching transfer tape and of course your cutting machine.

 

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First you prepare your design in Silhouette Studio.
Watch your cut lines the motifs not to be too thin and that all overlapping parts are weld.

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Put your vinyl on the cutting mat.
For glossy vinyl I use cotton gloves to avoid having finger prints on the material.

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Cut the design.
I used blade length 1 (I never trust blade length 1, but indeed it worked) and thickness 10.
If you are not sure make a test cut.
Then weed all the parts around your design, that have to go off with a hook or pick.
This took the most time.

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Carefully put the transfer tape onto the right side of, on top of your vinyl.
Then remove the backside of the vinyl.
Then place your design onto the notebook and fix it by rubbing over the transfer tape. You can also use a scrape, but I personally prefer to use my hands for this.

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Then carefully remove the transparent transfer tape by dropping it to the side (not upwards!)
You can rub again with a cloth over the finished book to make sure all parts are sticking well.
Have fun to make your own personalized notebooks!

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New year, new order

January is always a month to put things in order for me.
Christmas madness is over, my workshop is one big mess from too much work and never enough time. With constantly adding new products to my shops and a growing warehouse I also had to find a new system. So last week I went through the shops to find those beautiful black boxes, perfect for A4 and letter size vinyl, heat transfer sheets and papers.

Yesterday I was playing in Photoshop what I didn’t do since weeks and was playing with some new resources from designcuts.com (the painted background graphics and the beautiful thick art font). What a relaxing day!

I created some sheets of stickers on glossy self adhesive photo paper, then put them on the PixScan mat and cut them with my Silhouette Cameo®.
This worked perfectly with the blade set to 1.

Combining fun and relaxation with creativity and something useful is what I like most.

Have a great day, too!

Angelika

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Happy New Year!!!

I am wishing all my readers, friends, customers and followers a wonderful happy and healthy new year 2016.

This last year was the craziest year ever for me and it’s been you who have made this so special.
While I have made and written it, I have never ever expected that my book “Crafty Cuttings” and especially the german version “Frisch Geschnitten” which is there for 2 months more, would become such a huge success.

You bought the complete first edition within 2 days even before it was out of the printing company.
I am still overwhelmed from so much trust and I  just wanna say thank you!

For this new year I do not have plans yet how to go on.
But I need to take more time for crafting, designing and trying new things, urgently. I missed this so much while those past 3 busy months. My crafts room is a mess and I have new tools and so many new supplies I did not even try out.

To start right here I went back to my 3D program today to give this charming little 3D-figure life to hold my Happy New Year sign. I guess  she will be my new paper doll model and I can’t wait to dress her up…

Take good care, take your time for the things you love most and have an inspired crafty new year.

All the best,

Angelika

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Landscape Christmas Card made with the Silhouette Curio

I did not cut a lot with the Curio yet. I still prefer to cut with my “work horse” Cameo, just being more familiar with it.
Now I got the bigger platform and mats and this makes the Curio for me a full working cutting machine. I still find this machine more difficult than the Cameo, especially to find the right settings and amount of platforms.
Anyway I LOVE the stiff basic platform and how easy it is to feed it into the machine. Just sticking it in and pressing the middle button on the side of the machine to get it into the right place. Then pressing the same button to take it out again.

So I have made my christmas cards with the Curio:

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I created the basic square layers for the card with some simple text. For the 3D effect I created some layers of curved shapes and also for the christmas tree. It is a lot of cutting with all the many layered parts. In the end I made it to cut 10 cards and they are for special people, who’ve been crossing my way within this exciting year.

For the basic cards I used letter size card stock self printed with my own paper designs. I marked a square on a rectangle die with tape and ran the double folded card stock through my Sizzix Big shot to get the double square cards.

Then I assembled the layers with foam pads, so there is a distance between the layers.
I lined up the parts for the christmas tree on yarn and then on metal sticks. The yarn keeps the paper parts in place while without they slipped down too easily.
To send them flat (or almost flat) the christmas tree has to be separately. So I just added a piece of foam in the center (these are the pads, used for protection, when you buy Sizzix embossing folders, packaging material) to have a safe pad to put the extremely pointy sticks in. I marked the place where to put the stick in with a glossy arrow.
Of course the little art works look best given away fixed on a big gift box 🙂

Have fun following the single steps shown below.

Angelika

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Almost there, the english version of my plotter book

Last night I got some first books to check if everything is fine, before the whole quantity will be bound.

This was so exciting!!!

The Germans are full of praise about “Frisch Geschnitten” and I am so happy about the good reviews.
It was like a miracle, that I met Lesley, a wonderful translator, right in time to translate the book.  While she was busy with the text I was reworking all screenshots, photos and some of the projects.

It was almost impossible to get this done before christmas, but we did it. The night before it had to go into printing we had the last phone call at 2 AM. And in the morning just before uploading the final file my patient partner with the sharpe eyes found a thick fat bad mistake…waahhhhhh…sometimes you just overlook the most obvious things…

In the beginning of next week the books are ready to be delivered. And I hope that many english speaking people also love the playful step-by-step instructions on how to use your cutting machines to its fullest.
For preorder you can go to my Etsy shop or Amazon.co.uk.

For now the books will be sent from Germany. I will carry part of the shipping costs, so this is affordable.
Later we see if there are better ways to deliver the book internationally.

Have a great weekend!

Angelika

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Why it’s been so quiet here on my blog

For months I have been busy working on the german plotter book.
Before publishing I could not show any of the projects from the book. I hardly could resist to show off all the fun projects I was working on.

Then I thought while the book is printed I got plenty of time to try new things and write about it.
I listed the book in my german Dawanda Shop to pre order. But I did not expect, that somebody discovered it, posted it on Facebook and then it was over. I got so many orders, that the book was sold out after 2 days, even before it was out of the printing company.

So there were so many things to organize, order, sort, prepare, that all the german cutting machine owners got their book right after delivery.
Now after 4 weeks packing and delivering we are much better organized and I got a little bit time to take a deep breath and realize, that I must have hit a button :-)))

So this is me, brand new author and publisher with my 148 pages thick baby “Frisch Geschnitten” and having some surprises for you within the next couple of weeks 🙂

Love, Angelika

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My first experiences and creations with the new Silhouette Curio™

Last week I got the brand new Silhouette Curio cutting and embossing machine.

My first step was to ruin the embossing mat with crafts foil. I just didn’t get it off the mat anymore, instead the foam of the mat was gone.
It looks like the key to success is to use the right material. Three days later I started over again with a stack of new papers, with a new mat and the intention to test every material on the corner of the mat before covering the whole mat.

So I gave my new machine a second chance.
I love the edgy shape of the machine. It is very easy to grab and move.
Inside the machine there are 4 holders for tools, that are not currently in use, very handy!

The double carriage is fantastic. You can use 2 tools at a time, e.g. the embossing tool and the blade for embossing and cutting right after each other in one step. This is what I did with the leaves below using vellum and high quality hand made paper:

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I love the firm base of this new model. It is very easy to handle. You do not have to unload it to change materials.
The handling is very different from the Cameo. I had to get used to it.

I must say, I also love the small size platform. The Curio is a multi tasking crafts machine and for experimenting with the new techniques and materials the format is absolutely ok for making cards, embellishments and tags.
The double size platform will be delivered later in fall and of course I will get one, too. But for now, I don’t miss it.
I am missing more the extra tools, that are announced, the deep cut blade and the stippling tool.

Here I’ll give you a little impression of my workspace. Usually it is more loaded with stuff though.
I needed a photo for my book and cleared everything, that did not look like a perfect designers desk 🙂

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I find the new features in Silhouette Studio® confusing. It is only 2 icons in the menu, but there are so many options behind it. I experienced, that if you want to make deeper embossing lines you have to go over the same lines again and again. So I tried, if I can do this with the well known sketch functions of the DE Edition, too and indeed, this works!

The blue paper I did with sketch lines, the rose paper I did with a simple stencil design and the new embossing function. The paper feels great. It’s got a real 3D touch. It is curling a bit, so lets see how to use it…

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After 2 days of playing I can say, the Curio is not a replacement for the Cameo, if you love big projects.
But if letter size is ok for you it is a perfect companion with so many options. It is cutting perfectly, also on the embossing mat, so you do not have to change it, when you are cutting and embossing in one step.
It is sketching and making perfect score lines. For embossing you may not have too high expectations. You need to have the right material and the right settings combined with the right designs and patience to get great results 🙂

But you can creatively combine all those techniques. You can print and cut and there will also be a PixScan mat available soon.
So after a bit of a difficult start I love this new member of the Silhouette family, too.

It it there, my newest toy!!! The new Silhouette Curio just arrived.

I am so excited about this new member of the Silhouette family.

And I am extremely happy, that we in Germany do not have to wait months for a new release as usual, but get it almost at the same early date than the USA customers. Thank you to Silhouette and to our busy importer!

Just unboxing 🙂
Now I have to create space on my desk to go further…

Angelika

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T-Shirt decorations with heat transfer material and Silhouette Cameo

To try and test all the various heat transfer glitter, mirror, basketball structured and velvet materials available I went through my closet and just used some old t-shirts (just in case I damage everything….lol…), but I must say it was big fun and they all look so much better than I ever expected. I LOVE to wear them and nobody can see they are self-made.
Some are even washed 2 times and the film is still fixed perfectely.

My favorite is the neon pink “No No-Shirt” and the one with the coffee advertising.

Have a great Sunday!

Angelika

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