Top 5 Card Making Blogs

Last month I shared with you my Top 5 Digital Cut Blogs and now I want to share with you my top 5 Card Making Blogs. I love seeing how others are creating their cards. I look for at their layouts, colour combinations, the techniques, and the products they use. That is where I learned out the Silhouette Cameo. Not all of these blogs use a Silhouette but they are doing some very inspirations things with their cards.

  1. KwernerDesign by Kristina Werner. To me she is the most inspirational not only in her card layouts and techniques, but her style. How she blogs, creates videos, and it just seems to all come so naturally to her.
  2. Damask Love by Amber. This a newly addition to my RSS reader. Her cards a clean and simple, just my kind of style
  3. Simply Stamped by Maile Belles. When I would look in Cards Magazine her cards were the most memorable to me. Her layouts are clean and simple just the way I like it!
  4. Alice’s {Little} Wonderland by Alice. She does amazing things with Copic markers. I love seeing how she colours and shades her images to give them more dimensions.
  5. Sugar Buffet Studio by Kryssi. She also has clean and simple card layouts with bright colours that just grab your attention.

As you can tell when I am blog searching I gravitate to the clean and simple designs. I realized that is the style that I am most comfortable with and the one that I get the most excited about out. Eventually I think my style will change and that is why I am going to continue these Top 5 lists to track the changes. Also, I want to share with you the blogs that motivate me to keep on making cards.

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Hunger Games – Mocking Jay

I took the logo from the Hunger Games and turned it into a card. I wanted to give a thank you card to someone special who is a really big fan if the Hunger Games.

I found the Mocking Jay image only. I made sure that I found one that was black and white. It is a lot easier for the Silhouette Studio to make a trace round an image with distinct border and lease amount shading if possible.

I used the trace tool around the Mocking Jay and then cut it out on gold vellum. Then I used foam adhesives to raise the image off black cardstock. I created a faux stitch using a gold gel pen that I got with my Chomas Creation order. It is a really quick card that was thrown together.

And out came the flowers

Today I have a how to flower lace pattern to share with you. It is very similar to my last post with the circle lace card. Again it was all created in Silhouette Studio

First off I started with creating a bunch of flowers. To create the flowers:

  1. Make an oval using the ellipse tool
  2. From there I sometimes used the offset tool to make an internal offset like with the circles. Don’t forget to subtract tool in the modify window if you want centers to be hollow.
  3. Select your oval and then go to the Replicate window.
  4. There you can choose to Rotate Three Copies or even up to five copies. Test each one out to see how it looks with more or less petals on your flower.
  5. Then weld all the copies together.
  6. Now you have your basic flower.

I made several different types of flowers using the same method but changed the number of replicates and the shapes.

When you are ready to piece the flowers together to get a lace pattern I highly recommended starting at the bottom, if you are creating a card similar to this one. That way you can get a straighter line at the bottom that looks more natural. I did not do that with the last circle card and that is why one part juts out more than I would have liked. So I think I will redo that one in the future.

Circle Circle Dot Dot…

It has been awhile since I created something from scratch.  I am proud to say that this card was entirely made in Silhouette Studio. It is a circle pattern that I have seen around. I really liked the pattern so I decided to make it into a card, but it could easily be made to be a scrapbook page.

To create hollow circles

  1. To create perfect circles in Silhouette Studio and Photoshop hold down the SHIFT key when adjusting the size of the circle.
  2. To make the center of the circles hollow I did an internal offset in the Offset Menu.
  3. Select the inner and outer circles and under the Modify Menu used the Subtract tool.
  4. Now you have a hollow circle, so when you weld the circles together they will weld with the hollow circles and not just have the outer circles weld obscuring the inner ring. If you are working in Silhouette Studio you will know what I mean by this. It is super frustrating.
  5. And then when you are done send it to your Silhouette Cameo to cut.

And Ta Da! You have an your own circle design.

Hello Hipster Kitty!

Hey guys it’s been awhile so I have something great to show you. Here is a Hello Kitty card.

A Hello Kitty cared started with my best friend, Laura’s, suggestion that I make a hipster Hello Kitty. So I added some glasses from Jamie Koay, Funny Spectacle Mustache from the Silhouette Store. I think the glasses makes Hello Kitty even cutier than she already is!

I took an image of Hello Kitty and used Photoshop to separate the different layers. I wanted it have the pieces as whole as I can get them. So instead of puzzle like pieces they are just layers. I hope that make sense (these pictures should be able to help).

And to make it into a card. I used the weld tool to and align tools to make sure that everything was all lined up. That way I could have the whiskers on both the front and back of the card.

 

 

Last Day of Doctor Who Week

Day 5 -Tardis Parking Stall

Today is the last day of Doctor Who week. And for the last day I have another vinyl piece. (Image removed upon author’s request.) I thought that it was a really cool image that I found when I was searching Doctor Who things.

This was made exactly like the vinyl stencils from Day 2 of Doctor Who week. Drag the image into Silhouette Studio and use the trace tool and cut. After weeded the excess vinyl away. Placed the Clear Contact Paper on top and now it is ready to be placed on anything.

I made this image to be about 5″ X 7″. I wanted have something larger so that it could be put a picture frame or even on poster board.  Another reason why I really like the doing things digitally is because it is so easy to enlarge or shrink things to the right size.

I have really enjoyed doing a theme week and I am definitely going to continue it one in the future. So stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by for Doctor Who week!

(Image removed upon author’s request.)

Allons-y!

Day 4 -Allons-y! (Let’s Go!)

Today I have another card for you. With Doctor Who’s famous phrase “Allons-y”. It is a basic card that could be used for any occasion.

One more reason that the Cameo is great is that you can use any font that you have on your computer. For this card I used the Doctor Who font. When you download the font file, transfer the tff, true type font, or otf, open font type, to the folder where your fonts are kept on your computer. Now when you open up Silhouette Studio your font will can be used when you click on the Text Icon. As you can see below I cut the phrase “Allons-y” on the card front and glued that down on card.

For the little Tardis I used this stencil. I wanted something that wasn’t as detailed because I knew that I the Tardis will be small. To give the Tardis a little extra pop I used dimensionals to raise them up. Also, to have the Tardis stand out just a little more on the card face I used the offset tool around the Tardis so there is a gap and the black of the card comes through.