Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy Birthday

Can you imagine turning 93!  What an awesome blessing to reach that age in good physical and mental health.  We just celebrated the birthday of a wonderful lady who reached that milestone in her life.  I created a lovely card  to celebrate the occasion.  I started by creating a slightly smaller than 6"x6" base out of purple bazzill so it would slide into the 6x6 envelope I had.  I then cut a piece of white card stock and
patterned paper consecutively smaller than the base and adhered them.  (Sorry the patterned paper comes from an old kit at KC that I had cut a piece from already and I don't know who the manufacturer is.)  I then cut two frames, the larger is 4".  I inked the larger one with Adirondack Willow ink, and printed the verse from 'The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Card' on the smaller frame in a darker green (for legibility) using the font Marnie Regular.  I then glued them together.  Before adhering this to the card front I added a strip of K&Company Smitten adhesive paper ribbon to the card front where the lower half of the frame would be adhered.  I then went ahead and adhered the frame.  I also cut 3 smaller and 2 larger flowers from white card stock using my Silhouette.  I inked one of the smaller flowers a light pink colour, and the other two with Periwinkle Adirondack ink.  The two larger flowers I lightly inked the edges using the Willow ink.  After shaping my flowers I added jewels and a pearl (by Kaisercraft) to the center of the smaller ones.  I also selected a larger purple silk blossom and added the small pink flower to the center; and adhered it to the bottom left corner of the frame.  I then layer the periwinkle and Willow green flowers and adhered them on either side of the silk blossom.  I also added a small green Kaisercraft jewel to the top and bottom points of the frame.  I then took two colours of green card stock and punched out rose leaves and twigs (by Martha Stewart).  I shaped the rose leaves to give them some definition, and adhered the punchies under the flowers.  As a final touch to the front card I took a Make it Special butterfly and adhered 3 small green Kaisercraft jewels to it's body and adhered it above the floral arrangement.  As a final finishing touch I printed Psalm 118:24 along the bottom of a piece of card stock using the font and colour as the front of the card and lined the inside of the card leaving a small purple edge showing.  Happy Birthday to our dear young at heart friend.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Higher and Higher

This layout was created for another rendition of layout tag.  I was given this layout by passion4scrappin to lift.  I decided to keep the general layout the same except that because I do scrap 8 1/2x11 I reduced the number of pictures to fill the width of the page.  I maintained the background paper (3 Bugs in a Rug, Seeing Stars, Fancy) with the small strips along the top and bottom except that I switched out for a fancier edge (3 borders from Silhouette) cut on my Silhouette. I chose to matte the pictures; the smaller pictures were matted on a continuous strip running the width of the page and sanded the edges, and I double matted the larger picture.  I inked the edges with a cloudy blue Adirondack ink.  I ran my tracing wheel along the top and bottom of the patterned paper to give the illusion of stitching.  I then cut out two leafy branches using my Silhouette and used some water colour crayons to give some definition/veins to the leaves.  I added them above the pictures on the right and below the pictures on the left using some strategically placed foam adhesive squares to add depth to some leaves and not to others.  Using a date stamp and black CTMH ink I stamped the date on small  piece of white card stock and rounded the bottom edges.  I then inked the edges using the same blue ink, added dots of Pesto Adirondack Acrylics on either side and adhered it just under the mat below the large photo.  Above the smaller photos I adhered a sticker from the Seeing Stars collection using foam adhesive.  I then added the title using Make it Special foam alphabet stickers that I covered with card stock and a smaller version of the letters cut from card stock. Here is a tutorial on how I used my Silhouette to cover the foam stickers using card stock.  The word 'and' was done using Provocraft Leere Black Alphabitty stickers.  I love the way this layout turned out and highlight these great pictures.  I love the delight you can see on the smile on his face; kids are so wonderfully authentic!

Covering Foam Stickers with paper using the Silhouette.

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I'm going to give you a quick tutorial on covering foam stickers or chipboard with paper using your Silhouette.  I'm going to presume you are comfortable using your photo editing software.  First of all you need to take the items you want to cover and scan them at 300 dpi (this is important because it will allow you to cut your paper at the exact same size as the material you are covering).  It is best if there is good contrast between the background and the items being scanned.  Import this into your photo editing software and remove the background. For this example (Image 1), even though I used a white alphabet, I scanned a black version because it has great contrast to the background they are mounted on.  If you only have white/light colour you may need to  create the contrast by temporarily adhering it to some clear plastic and use black card stock behind that in your scan.
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Because I have great contrast here I could simply play with the contrast of the colours to change it to this pure black and white image (Image 2).  You may need to manually erase some of the edges paying a bit of attention to any shadows cast in the scan as well.  Convert this to a black and white image to get the maximum contrast which will make it easier for Robomaster to detect the edges when you get the outline.   One way to achieve this is to remove the white background and then selecting what is left behind. If you then create a new transparent layer you can use black bucket fill to fill the letters.  Then add a new white layer below this and flatten it to get a pure black and white image.  Since I scanned the entire sticker sheet I then cut and pasted the letters I needed (the r was on a second sheet I didn't show for brevity).   Save this file (Image 3).

Open up the Robomaster software and create a new file.  Click on the 'Get Outline' button (Image 4).  Select File, then 'Load Image' and open the saved image which should look like image 5.  Select 'Convert to Outline'  and it will look like Image 6.  If the outline is not as smooth  as you'd like you can select 'Edit Image' and adjust the threshold.  If you only have an occasional 'blip' where it's not as smooth as you'd like you can play with the Delete/Add Break Point functions.  When you're finished editing select 'Paste then Exit' button and click on your document where you'd like to place it (Image 7).  DO NOTadjust the size.  Finally cut this out using your Silhouette and you will get perfectly sized paper to cover your chipboard or foam alphabet stickers.

You can see the finished product I used on this Layout.