Gift tags and stickers from Ikea gift wrapping paper

I just couldn’t walk by that beautiful paper when we were at IKEA lately.
I thought these lovely animal illustrations are perfect to be cut into matching tags and stickers.

This is so easy with the Silhouette Cameo and the PixScan mat.
You can do it with any kind of gift paper also with used one.

Have fun!

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First you roughly cut the motifs you like and fix them on double sided adhesive sheets. I used those from Silhouette and they are working great as expected. Just take care, that the “full¬†sandwich” will not be too thick.

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Then you make a pic with your smart phone, tablet or scanner. It should be as bright and as straight as possible.
I tried to fool Silhouette Studio with making the pic upside down. You can see the arrow on the mat pointing down.

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Then you fire up SilhouetteStudio, click pixscan (the 3rd icon top left) and import your picture.
SilhouetteStudio is not to be fooled ūüôā It turned the pic perfectly all by itself!!! Very cool.

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Now you create your cut lines by tracing or by drawing them by hand. Please save the file so you can use the outlines for the motifs later for your next pic or scan just by copying it into the new file/work space.
Take care, that your cut lines are set to “cut” in the cutting menu.

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I had huge problem to have the registration marks read so after some research I knew you have to keep a distance to the left mark on the machine (see arrow) when you feed in the mat.
Maybe this is just a bug and will be resolved once.

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Now you can check your cut settings and send to Silhouette to start cutting.
I used much too thick card stock and had to repeat the cut several times, but in the end I had beautiful stiff animal cards, precious enough to be used over and over again.

For the stickers you put the motifs fixed on the double sided adhesive on the pixScan mat and adjust your cut settings to sticker paper. I will use mine for solid color gift packages later.

Good luck with your own projects!

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Hat Box Tutorial – DIY craft project for electronic cutting machines

This is a step by step tutorial to create the charming little paper hat boxes I just released.
It is cut on a Silhouette Cameo, but it should work also for similiar cutters and software which is svg compatible.

You can get the svg file here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/198100414/svg-hat-box-digital-cut-file-diy-project

Tips:
– cut the files twice with matching paper and combine them, so you get directly two beautiful bicolored boxes
– edge blending (coloring the cut white paper edges and holes) gives the box an even more realistic and used look.

Be prepared the first box will be a bit tricky and fiddling until you know how to hold everything best.
Depending on the thickness of your paper the parts are fitting more or less tight. You might have to adjust the parts a little bit in width.

The second box will be much easier, big promise! And from the third it will be a breeze and so much fun.
I guess your friends and family will rib them out of your hands.

Much success and please contact me if you need help!

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Gelli Print – Sunday!

So today I used my new stencils with the new made gelatin plate.
I think I am going to order the Gelli Arts plate next week. I saw it is available again.
My gelatin plate is full of color pigments now after 2 times usage. For my next session I definitely need a new one.

I got another stack of prints. There are not many I am really happy with today though. While printing I wished I had a redo button like on the computer, because I ruined a beautiful print with adding another layer and it has just not been a good choice, what a pity. I wished I had more control and I could repeat a print, but no way.

Here you can see some work in process pics and some results.
More pics I’ll show tomorrow….

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and more 4th of July crafting…stars and stripes box tutorial

Have fun to build this lovely 4th of July Independence Day gift box. You can get the template in my Etsy shop (it is just $3.50) or you are inspired enough to construct something similiar yourself.

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This is what you need:
3 printed sheets (I used heavy glossy photo paper)
scissors, ruler
something to crease edges ( I use a knitting needle, but there are cool tools available in craft shops, too)
liquid glue, double sided tape

Take care that you print all sheets on the same size. It just happens that the printer settings are changing from one to the other…techniques!
Then you roughly cut the parts and sort it.

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Then crease the edges of the side parts between the rectangle and the zigzag lines urgently before cutting! This makes it much easier to fold the parts later.

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Next you cut the circles and zigazg lines. I am die cutting this with my sizzix big shot. The biggest circle of the sizzix framelits is perfect and the Tapered Fringe by Tim Holtz goes well for the zigzag lines.
But you cut it easily by hand, too.

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Close the side parts with double sided tape

Add the circles on top and bottom of the box lid, the fringes have to be between the circles. Then try the inner parts, while it is not yet fixed to see if it fits and if necessary adjust before closing the round.

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Take the figure and fold along the dashed line in the middle of front and back figure. Add some double sided tape to glue it against each other. Then cut the figure carefully leaving a bigger white rectangle on the bottom to make her stand. With making a slit into the surface where you want her and pushing the ends under it you can make her stand.

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I love those striped sticks. They are so versatile and always perfect to pimp up something, that looks a bit boring. You just fix a stripe of double sided tape on one side, then roll it up from the other side over a knitting needle, so easy!

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The stars you can make 3-dimensional by folding them up on the long and down on the short edges. First crease all the edges, then fold into shape. This is much easier than you might think!

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At last you assemble all the parts and fix it with tape, glue or best with a hot glue pistol.
Don’t worry if some parts are not looking 100% proper and clean. With the worn and stamped looking print this doesn’t matter at all.

Have a great 4th of July!

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