Showing posts with label Creative Fabrica. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creative Fabrica. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Halloween: Crackled and Jeweled Floral Sugar Skull Wall Art

 


I FINALLY got back to my craft room to make something last week! After the Summer from H*LL, the near septic abscess that tried to kill me followed by weeks of recovery, a move, and then surgery to remove the abscess host ovary and more weeks of recovery, it hasn't exactly been a productive Summer. But doctors know things and it was almost like clockwork when my energy level finally started coming back around week 5 post-op. 

Supplies: 
  • Wood Art Board (Target Clearance but available at Art Supply Stores)
  • Acrylic Paints (Folk Art and Craftsmart)
  • White School Glue (Elmers but store brand will work too) 
  • White Vinyl, Transfer Tape (Cricut)
  • Jewels (Art Minds, Michaels)
  • Dimensional Glue ( Glossy Accents, Ranger)

Before all of this started, I'd stumbled on these fabulous Art Boards at Target which screamed "buy me" especially since they were on clearance for something like $3 so of course I bought all the ones they had! Seven of them for what two cost at regular price. 


I had this mega pack of purple jewels from a previous project so it became the inspiration for my color choice of Purple, Black and White which will fit right into my primarily Black and White Halloween decor.


 
I painted the board with a coat of Folk Art Violet Pansy. I didn't care about a perfect finish because that's not my thing and besides, I knew I was going to add black with the purple showing through the crackle. 

My go to process for achieving a crackle finish is good old white school glue. I stock up on it during school supply season! Apply it straight from the bottle and then spread it trying to use complete strokes in one direction. 


You want a medium coverage of the glue. Too thin and it won't crackle. Too thick and you won't have a smooth surface. Let this coat dry to tacky. I use my handy craft tool...an old blow dryer set on cool, to speed up the process. You don't want the glue completely dry. Go over the glue layer with the black paint, using the same one direction brush strokes as the glue layer. If you're patient, you can let this air dry. If you're me, grab the blow dryer again, this time set on warm to help the crackling process. 

Q: "Can I use my heat gun?"
A: NO! It's too hot and everything will bubble and peel which might give you a cool effect but it won't be THIS effect. 



Don't worry if the glue shows through. Once dry, it dries clear. Even though I help the drying process with the blow dryer, set it aside to dry completely which gives you time to work on the vinyl piece. I found this image on Creative Fabrica ( Disclosure: I am an Affiliate so if you use this link to purchse, I do receive credit to their store).




Download your image  then bring it into the Cricut Design Space Software ( these files work with all of the different cutting machines but I used my Cricut) and size accordingly. I cut this from white Cricut Vinyl, using my Explore Air 2. 




Weed your vinyl (if you're new to vinyl, weeding is the process of removing the vinyl from the negtive spaces to reveal your image) and then apply the Transfer Tape (this is clear tape, I used the Cricut brand, that allows you to position and apply the vinyl to your surface). 


Position your transfer tape lightly on your surface until satisfied then use a scraping tool ( I use the one that came w/ my first ever Cricut or they sell them at craft stores and you can also use an old credit card etc. ) to apply your vinyl to your surface. Peel off the transfer tape.  I do this slowly vs ripping off like a bandaid in case there are spots the vinyl isn't sticking. It allows you to maintain the positioning and fix any issues. 

Then it was time for the jewels! I used a strong glue (Glossy Accents by Ranger) to adhere these and just randomly placed using the different sizes and shades. 


Et, voila! 



I haven't hung it up yet because I haven't started my Halloween decorating yet but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and I have some other projects planned using this color scheme! Happy Haunting Season! 




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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Papercrafting: Layered "Moonogram"

 


I mentioned that I'm going to be a "Fairy Grandmother" since my bestie's daughter is having a baby. The nursery is coming together with a very cool ombre wall done by one of our other friends and has Moon elements. I made this layered "Moonogram" to complement that theme. 


Supplies: 

  • Black Cardstock
  • Lavender Glitter Cardstock
  • Coordinating Scrapbook Paper ( Let's Wander Stack by Recollections from Michaels)
  • Shadowbox Frame (Michaels) 
  • Moon SVG (Creative Fabrica
  • Digital Cutting Machine ( I used my Cricut Explore2) 


As always, I needed to choose what papers I wanted to use. I had a general sense of what I wanted to do but the papers were key! I went with black, since like me, the mom to be is non-traditional and has a lot of black and white in the nursery, a lavender glitter paper and a sheet of very celestial looking paper from the Let's Wander Stack by Recollections. 



The next step was to design the "Moonogram" so I popped over to Creative Fabrica (disclosure, I am an affiliate there) to look for a Moon themed SVG and found this bundle which was perfect: 


I uploaded the "Man in the Moon with Stars" and the "Man in the Moon" images to Cricut Design Space. Then I chose the letter of the baby's first name in a font that would work well with the Moon images and used the Slice function in Design Space to make the cut out layer of the letter adding stars as well. 



I assembled the "Moonogram" layers using foam squares. 


Then I cut the background paper to fit the frame and attached the "Moonogram". 


The paper, with the gold foiling was already pretty but I'm a more is more person so I wanted to add some more bling and when I saw these jewels at Michaels ( on sale for $5!) they had to come home with me for this project. 




I like how they almost look like raindrops. To finish, I used the interior of the star images from the top layer of the "Moonogram" and attached those with foam squares. 


I need to adjust the letter ever so slightly to straighten as I look at these pics but I'm so happy with how this turned out! 

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Monday, June 21, 2021

While I'm Recovering, Have I Mentioned How I Love Creative Fabrica?

 


As I've been sharing, I'm still recovering from my unexpected hospitalization and as such, can't spend any real time in my office which is also in disarray because we're in the process of moving. Because who doesn't want to deal with a hospitalization in the middle of a move?! 

One thing I can do is enjoy the daily email I get from Creative Fabrica with their awesome daily free gifts (you get one font, one graphics package, and one SVG file EVERY DAY!) and take advantage of the regular steal deals they offer like this bundle I bought today for $1. They are one of my go to resources when I'm looking for Fonts, Graphics, or SVGs and I do highly recommend them as a resource. They also periodically surprise you with free bundles, $1 subscription deals (for the first month) a weekly freebie, and other generous goodies. 






You get a full license and their SVG files are wholly compatible with Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio, fonts are easy to install and import into other programs and graphics files can be used in places like PicMonkey, Inkscape etc. They offer everything from the daily freebies to monthly subscriptions. And while I am an affiliate this isn't about selling you something because I'm not a person who's super comfy with that. I will say that if you're interested and click this link I won't be sad but no pressure because who likes that? Not me. 

I don't write about things I don't believe and use. But even better, let me show you a couple of the things I've made using things I've either bought or downloaded for free from Creative Fabrica. 

I shared this Bunny Mandala project that I made and framed for Easter. As much as I am working on learning to make my own layered cut files ( because I'm compulsive about "learn all the things" ) sometimes you see something and the work's already done for you and why reinvent the wheel?




Here it is framed along with the link to my original project. 




Last Christmas season, I had too much fun making Quatrefoil Tile Ornaments and used a great Pandemic Humor Bundle along with a fun Coffee Themed  Cut file to make small gifts for local businesses as well as friends. Made one for the local Roastery where my husband gets his beans and one for my favorite Starbucks location that keeps me in Iced Mochas! 





One of my other favorite projects is this re-purposed frame I used to glam up a motivational quote that was in my old office and will go in my new one! With this hospitalization, boy is this ever true! 




If you're new to playing with fonts, graphics and SVGs or you're a seasoned crafter who's looking for great digital creative resources you can find many more high quality premium graphics and crafts on the Creative Fabrica website.


https://www.creativefabrica.com/subscriptions/graphics/

https://www.creativefabrica.com/subscriptions/crafts/







Saturday, March 27, 2021

Papercrafting: Layered Bunny Mandala

 


This week's party continues here .

This post contains a referral link for which I may receive free products. 

I mentioned in this week's party post that I love Creative Fabrica as a source for fonts, graphics, and SVG cutting files and that they offer one of each of these for free each day. I downloaded this one when it was free the other day ( it's still available here but no longer free). 

I was excited to play with it and I'm excited to show you how it turned out!

Supplies: 
  • Scrapbook papers 
  • Electronic Cutting Machine ( I used my Cricut Explore Air2, these files also work in Silhouette Design Studio)
  • Spray Glue
  • Frame


Downloaded the file to my computer and imported into Cricut Design Space as follows: 





Click on image on the left side of the design panel, Click on Upload Image. 



Click browse to go to where you've stored your file, and then select the SVG file. 


Your file will appear in your recently uploaded files and then select Insert Image. Once it's on your canvas, then you can re-size as desired. I sized mine 8x8 for a 12x12 frame. 



All three layers will be shown . For me, it's easier to work with one layer on the screen at a time so I can keep straight which layer I want in which color. To hide the layers you don't want to work with, click on the eye icons until only the layer(s) you want is shown. Then you can send to cut each layer. 



I did the background layer in turquoise glitter The middle layer in pastel turquoise. The top layer in cream. 



Since each layer is so detailed and delicate, I used a spray adhesive to attach them. I like the repositionable kind in case you need to adjust. 



Here are the first two layers glued together. Repeat the process to attach the base layer. 



Since this file is so intricate, I kept the background simple to let it stand out, using the same cream scrapbook paper as I'd used for the top layer. Framed in a 12x12 shadowbox frame!


And now I have this very cool new piece to add to my Easter decor and I love it! What do you think? 

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