Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween Cards Using Chic & Scary Cricut Cart

Here's a number of Halloween cards I recently completed. I used the Teresa Collins Chic & Scary cart for the Cricut. I really like this cart. Has a ton of great classic Halloween images.

For these cards I used some Die Cuts With a View paper mat stacks. The ones that were available at Joanns this year and last. I also used DCWV glitter cardstock to cut the images. To give the images more dimension I cut the same image at the same size in a dark pearlaized cardstock. This cart does not have a shadow feature and the images can look a little flat. Cutting a faux shadow and off setting it a bit makes it look a lot better than just the image itself.

Also to finish the look of the cards I added some heat embossed labels with the Happy Halloween greeting. Here are a ton of pictures below. Got to do a variety of cards in a short time.

Hope you liked. These cards were very simple to put together. Till next time...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Halloween Crafting: Glittered Witches Hat

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love decorating the house for this time of year. We usually decorate the house around this time and keep the Halloween decor up until we decorate for Christmas.

I saw this paper mache hat at Michales and knew it would look really great glittered, and maybe sitting on top of the television. I recently picked up some Scor-Tape at my LSS. I had read that it adhered glitter very well. It did not disappoint and worked really well.

I used Making Memories and Martha Stewart ultrafine glitters. The Score-Tape is really sticky so I am sure coarser glitter and microbeads would work well also.

Start of the bands

For the brim of the hat I used Martha Stewart glittering glue and her black glitter. It worked out well and looks really nice. I recently purchased some new acyclic paints from Michales by Martha Stewart. They are now selling a new line of acrylic paints by her which include different types: gloss, satin, pearl, metallic, and glitter. The bottle of the glitter paints states it can be used for metal, glass, wood, and fabric, also indoor/outdoor. I thought it would work for the paper mache hat but it did not. The glitter paint did not spread well on the paper mache. I wonder if the glitter paint does not work well on paper materials. Will have to try in the future on other paper materials and post my findings here.
Finished look

Like the sparkle

This was a fun and quick project to complete. I have some more Halloween glitter projects in mind and hope to get them complete and posted here. Till next time...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tinkerbell Quinceanera Card using Cricut Imagine Printed Layers and Tinkerbell Cart

Here is one of my latest projects. I am so pleased the way this turned out. One of my guy's cowokers asked if I could make them a Tinkerbell Quinceanera card. I have the Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cart and was glad to have a project to use it again (only my second time). One issues I have with this cart is all the tiny intricate cuts. Sometimes these very layered carts seem impossible. This is where using the Imagine has such great possibilities. I was able to combine all the layers(different colored) and print it as one image. To see this step see the Lotso card I previously posted and it will give you my steps and the link to the blog that has all the details. The Cricut Craftroom was recently updated and from what I have read the ability to cut after printing combined layers no longer works correctly. So I printed this in the middle of the mat and used boarder punches to add some detail.

Closer detail
For this project I used:

DCWV White cardstock (that is what I printed the Tinkerbell image on)
DCWV Gliiter cardstock (scallop circle)
Bazzill Bling (card base)
Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cart
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cart (scallop circle and circle shape)
CTMH mini alphabet stamp set (Atomic)
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Set (??? the name of the set)

Fairy dust

Upclose of Tink

Upclose of stamping

When I picked the colors for Tinkerbell I just eyeballed it from the colors available in a couple of the Imagine palettes. I wasn't sure if it would work in the beginning and by the time I did know it would work I didn't have time to exactly match the colors, and I thought it looked pretty close anyways.

See top of card, didn't do all that well lining it up

Hopefully the Craftroom will have the ability to cut the layered print soon. But I like having this print only options as well. Thanks for stopping by and till next time....