@raccoon81 I am sorry, no disrespect intended I was tired. As for the amount of work, took me a few hours, but it was my first attempt. I can see doing it again, easily. I think a ruler with a t-square like end would have made it more accurate and less error prone. My crappy ruler slid a lot !!
Hey Silhouette crafters, quick question for ya. I’m trying to make a 3D card for Mom’s birthday, and it has some pretty thin components to it. No matter how “untacky” I try to make the mat, the thin bits either tear, or curl up terribly. Rumor has it I can cut vinyl without a mat, but what about paper?
@ruouttaurmind nope…vinyl works because of the kiss cut, leaving the backing in place… Try a fluffy sweatshirt or tshirt, as well as sticking your hands to the mat… (My hands aren’t oily enough to make a difference…) …
Or use a spatula/small putty knife to remove the pieces rather than pulling the paper up. Or flip the mat over and remove the mat from the paper, instead of the paper from the mat.
@lisaviolet The first mat I ordered from Amazon must have been sitting in the heat somewhere because the adhesive was so tacky I had trouble peeling up the protective sheet. Amz just issued a refund and told me to recycle the defective mat. Obviously not recyclable, but they have to be PC about such things I guess.
@mikibell One more week for her. I’m up to 11 dozen paper flowers of all varieties of colors and shapes. My goal was 12 doz. On Saturday I’ll load them all into a Priority Mail box and send them off to her with a pair of little sterling feather earrings. She loves the little silver feathers with turquoise. A box full of paper flowers and some earrings, just for fun.
@mikibell I’ll take some pics when they’re ready to box up. TBH, 130 paper flowers is quite a bit less impressive in person than it seems in concept. I’d probably need three times that number to be truly impressive.
@lisaviolet … I offered to help make wedding invites for my nephew. (OY!) He wants embossed writing for the actual invite part – can I do that with a custom stamp? Is it outrageously hard??? I figure I do that part first, since it is most error prone? HELP!
@lisaviolet I was going to ask that next – do I try to make it myself, with the stamp maker you recommended, or for the sake of the cleanness crispness? of lettering do I get it custom? Do you have someone you recommend?
@mikibell Honestly, for someone else’s wedding, I’d probably have a pro make the stamp (and give it to the wedding couple as a present).
The way I do it, is powder the paper I’m embossing with the cornstarch in the sock, then blow off the extra. When you do the actual stamping and sprinkle the embossing powder over the stamped image, the cornstarch goes a long way towards preventing the embossing powder from sticking on the paper that doesn’t have the image on it.
I guess you’d call it a kind of “overspray”. Most of the excess knocks off more easily with the cornstarch (or they have commercial products that do the same, but the cornstarch in the sock is a lot cheaper). After you’ve used the heat tool, a small paint brush can be used to brush off any leftover embossing powder.
You can get embossing powder at any craft store. There are tons of colors and brands to choose from. And a little goes a long way.
@lisaviolet gotcha… makes complete sense! I am a little intrepid about doing this – all of it is my present to them He already bought DIY invites, so I am going to use whatever I can, i.e. envelopes and such, but the time, paper, dodads are all on me. TBH, he is my favorite of alllll the family, possibly tied with my fil, and worth this and more.
@lisaviolet Soooo I am about to order the stamp – the invitations are about 5x7 in size – would you recommend ordering 1 stamp with all the wording or 2 stamps with half of the wording each? Worried about not getting a clear stamp with the large one, and not lining up properly with the smaller …
@lisaviolet I order it, some mounting sticky stuff, aleenes (sp?) tack it over and over, and dark blue ink (already have black) – right?? try to match the ink as close to the embossing powder as possible?? Ordering stamps tomorrow (fingers crossed) and will start cutting the invites this weekend.
This machine is used and CANNOT BE REGISTERED FOR A WARRANTY. These machines are customer returns that either have never been used or used very little. Expressions Vinyl has done a full inspection and verified the working condition on each used machine. All machines are in perfect working order.
@mikibell you know how I can tell you’re crafty? When most people on the internet redact an image, they scribble. If they’re feeling fancy, they may apply a mosaic filter. But you? You break out rainbows, flowers, AND sparkles!
@lisaviolet I hear you… I need another machine like I need another hole in my head, though. I don’t want to invest in cricut pieces parts again, either. Trying to sell it all off. Will keep the cake machine, and stick with silhouette.
@mikibell Kind offer. Thank you. In concept, the new blade control system is very intriguing. And the scoring wheel options are pretty sweet. I see lots of potential there. But that $400 entry fee. Ouch. Plus tools and accessories, it’s going to hover closer to $500.
Like @lisaviolet, I’d love to play with one, but I’m still facing a $7K HVAC system replacement, so my budget just isn’t up for it.
The equipment that runs our pool (25 years old) was in pretty bad shape and one of the pipes that takes the water to the filter broke. He decided that this year he’s finally going to get new equipment and replace all of the pipes and fittings, as well as rebuild the deck the equipment sits on.
He did the work himself, which saved money.
One of the reasons I hadn’t jumped on a Cricut yet is the cost of the options. I’m a little obsessed with that. I want all the stuff! Right now!
And even if we could afford it, there’s no real estate. We’d need a she shed for my stuff and I already commandeered the garage. lol
@mikibell USED on clearance! Wow. Definitely outside my hobby budget.
they come with the software…
When I looked at the various configuration options, I only saw two choices for software. $120 and $416. I didn’t realize those were optional upgrades. So without spending any time reading the lit, I’m assuming it comes with some kind of starter software like the Silhouette and Cricut do. Either that, or they adhere to some kind of industry control standard which makes them compatible with the usual sign shop software.
Hubby has been searching for a replacement for his favorite hat. He found the right hat, but it is missing the fleur-di-lis and BSA logo. He asked if I could add them. Told him I needed THAT machine to do it Truth be told, the single needle version would do it, but can’t help but trrryyyy for the 10 needle version!!!
There are a lot of crafty things shared here. Be sure to check out the first Freebie thread, link in the first post here by @mikibell (heh, what a misnomer, if we’re not sharing our work, we’re sharing what really looks fun and wouldn’t you like to have that links).
I have three Cameos. Version one and two Cameo 3s. I had a Silhouette SD, which I gave to a friend.
I have a Mint and a Curio. I like the Mint, but haven’t really done much with the Curio (I got the Mint and Curio in a batch deal from Silhouette).
@lisaviolet@mikibell Thanks for the welcome, I will scroll through the threads and check everything out! Here’s an image that I had handy of a few gifts I made and I’ll share some other goodies eventually.
Is everyone members of the big FB Silhouette groups?
So, earlier in this thread I mentioned trying my hand at etching with the Chomas tool. I did a bracelet with dinosaurs. Just little outlines, it was a border svg from the Silhouette store. I put a couple of them together and did a weld.
Watched a couple of videos about placement (here’s the one I followed) and it worked nicely.
But it was just an outline on an aluminum band and you couldn’t see it. So, I tried some of the other suggestions I found, like Sharpies, with no luck. I even bought an ImpressArt enamel pen. The sharpie did a better job and cost a lot less.
I found some other video tutorials for filling in the design, I’m going to try my hand at those. I also got some anodized aluminum tags (a sample kit, with a lot of tags for dogs) that I’m going to play with.
@lisaviolet I just finished reading your blog post about it. You write:
I couldn’t see the dinos to my satisfaction
May I offer another option to your solution?
When I refurbish gauge clusters and switch controls on my vintage auto projects, the engraved labeling is often obscured by years of wear and tear and debris. After cleaning and polishing the item (for example the ignition switch bezel), the engraved labeling is difficult to see (just like your dinos!).
Here’s a before and after of a Mod T ignition cluster:
So I use bowling ball paint sticks to fill in the engraved area, which makes the lettering show up much better, illustrated by this '64 Mustang switch bezel:
WTF are bowling ball paint sticks? It’s the paint a bowling ball shop uses to fill in the letters after engraving a bowling ball. They look like this, and are available in every imaginable color, and usually a buck or two per stick:
It’s easy to use… basically you smear it into the crevices of the engraved area, then wipe the surface clean. The paint is left in the letters and the surface remains shiny. After a day or so the paint is dry, glossy and durable.
@ruouttaurmind So, last week I remind my husband “the next time you go to airgas…”
This morning, I check the company bank account (I do this everyday, because thieves). There’s a charge from Airgas.
He’s getting in the shower. I stomp into the bedroom “Hey, when did you go to Airgas? Why didn’t you get my marking pen?” He denies ever having any conversation about this pen. I repeat our conversation, mimicking his voice when he told me “Airgas doesn’t have anything that cheap.”
I stomped out. Then I went over to the Airgas website, found the pen and printed out the page and put it on his desk. He just left, paper in hand. He has other stuff he has to get so he’s going to swing by Airgas.
@mikibell@ruouttaurmind I don’t. I don’t belong to too many groups. I tried and was overwhelmed with all the people…if I didn’t check in every two seconds, there were five thousand more posts to look at. lol
Oracal 751 is like the “super outdoor” adhesive vinyl. Oracal claims 8+ years service life, plus it’s thinner than 651 which makes it more nimble at wrapping and contour applications. Swing Design says “Use on Glass, Mugs, and other Hard Goods”.
This bundle also includes $100 in So Fontsy Designs - SVGs, JPGs, Commercial Use.
@ruouttaurmind The 751 is a cast vinyl vs a calendared vinyl like 651. That means it is formed as a thin sheet instead of rolled into a sheet like a pie crust, so cast vinyl will not tend to shrink like calendared vinyl will. It also allows it to be thinner with no stresses on the sheet product.
This leads to longer durability especially outdoors, but the product comes at a higher cost as production is more time consuming.
They both have their places, this is some of the good stuff. And this is a good deal on it.
@mikibell Aye, you may speak the truth… but I’m not sure how that applies here?
I mean… I’m just doing a public service by alerting my fellow crafters to money saving opportunities. It’s like… It’s like I’m a modern Robin Hood. Robbing deals from the wealthy craft suppliers and spreading those savings across the land!
@Ignorant you’re right, I wasn’t paying close attention, it just showed up in a recommended items listing and I thought “damn, I just bought that.” I didn’t look at the number at all, even when I commented before that this was the good stuff.
@mikibell All rolled as one is a bummer. So you’ve got to go through and re-roll them all so you won’t have to dig through in the future. Now that you mention it, Swing Design did the same thing with the segments I ordered from them. No center roller, just 10 colors wrapped around each other.
Has anyone here messed with the Speedball screen printing frames using vinyl as a stencil rather than the Speedball emulsion? Making shirts is very appealing to me, but HTV is not. I would love to do screen printing if it’s as easy as the Speedball YT vids make it out to be. The screens aren’t that pricey, and fabric ink is readily available. Dunno about multicolor screening though since they don’t acommidate any way to lock down alignment between colors. Still, ink is much more appealing for me than HTV.
@ruouttaurmind screening is something I’d love to play with, but it’s way down my list. So I haven’t tried but I suspect you would have seepage issues. Vinyl just isn’t going to bond to the screen like emulsion will.
I suspect if it worked screenprinters would already be doing it because it would cut down their setup.
@djslack Vid makes it seem super simple too. My creative juices started boiling.
I’m pretty handy in the shop, I can’t imagine it would be much effort to rig up some kind of multi-screen jig with scraps I have laying around. Just clamp in the Speedball screens and ready for multi-color screening.
@djslack@ruouttaurmind I have seen people use it for silk screening on cookies, which in my mind is even more challenging than a shirt.
as for a jig, our silk screening equipment has a swiveling bracket with a peg on it on each end of the platform. The screens have a L bracket on each end screwed into the wood and the set on those pegs to keep alignment – very primitive. Want me to send a picture of it??
We get our screen frames and screen material at dick blicks.
I like the lady that does those videos, but she is sooooooo loud. Very knowledgeable though.
@ruouttaurmind I know my husband purchased ours… not sure if it is “professional” Have to silk screen bsa shirts this weekend, so I will be able to get the pictures soon – ignore the disaster we call our garage!
Overstock (via evilBay) is offering the new Cricut Maker machine for $325 with free shipping (alas, they charge sales tax almost everywhere). Listed for $375 ($400 MSRP), apply discount code POPULAR on checkout for a $50 savings. Also, targeted accounts can earn 10% bonus eBay Bucks. Check the top banner on the eBay.com home page for the offer, or try to clicky this linky.
Who’s gonna try this bad boy out and report back about how awesome it is?
@lisaviolet I haven’t researched this model at all, but Cricut’s convoluted cartridges and content subscription stuff for their other models put me off of Cricut. If this model uses the same strategy, I’m instantly not interested.
@lisaviolet The Brother is pretty interesting to me. I like the integrated scanner, and combination cut/emboss/etch capably. And the deeper cutting capability. And it’s commercial grade cutting/embossing torque. I do not care for it’s price.
The cutting sizes. There aren’t any for the inside of the frame. You have to figure it out for yourself. And the example they have looks like a frame inside of the frame, but it isn’t, I think that’s from the die they used for cutting the inside, but they don’t say that. I can’t even imagine trying to get the inside centered with a paper cutter.
And just try to find foam tape. Just try. I had everything I needed but the foam tape.
You need about fifteen inches per card.
Oh, and if anyone wants the svg files I did for this, let me know. I can put a zip file together for the white bottom, turquoise frame and acetate sheet.
@lisaviolet@ruouttaurmind do either of you know a safe pdf to png converter? I am sooooo behind on these wedding invites. I think I finally have the right size output, but when I did a screenshot and pasted into paint, it changed the dimensions.
I am sick and whineyish, so please excuse my frustrations
@lisaviolet and to make it worse, I need 3.5x5 and 3.5x7.75 inch stamps. Think I am going to print them on an 8x10 and cut them? Is that doable?
@ruouttaurmind The Mint won’t make a stamp large enough. And you have to be really fast to emboss. The ink is proprietary so using something like Versamark or other inks won’t work. It’s kind of self inking. You squirt the ink on the stamp, wait, then wipe off the excess and it’s good for about fifty stampings.
Interesting about the conversion. I wonder if I can do that in Paint Shop Pro.
@lisaviolet@ruouttaurmind Ok, so he had to change the URL of his wedding site, because it is case sensitive!! grrrrrr… meanwhile I had updated my ms office to 2013 (gave the kids the 2016 version ) Downloaded the google fonts that he used, recreated in Publisher and was able to save as png there!!! I had to bold the font, because they were very faint fonts and the stamp site was making holes in the fonts!
Thank you both for the assistance. I am on the mend and less winey…
@lisaviolet, and @ruouttaurmind cooking with gas now… two machines going – if I wanted to mess with adding more usb ports, I would have all 3. Print and cut is done, working on glitter and cardstock now. Then I have one more piece and I can assemble. Rsvp cards are done, but those were just simple print on cardstock. 100 invites printed and cut.
That gold glitter “paper” from Joann’s – not paper. It is like a plastic sticker. I was sick of it getting gummed up, I just put the blade on 8 and let it cut through the backing too. Was easier than breaking the pieces.
Coverstock was the most prone to error. I used brand new mats and still 1 in 10 got hung up in the machine.
Know what parts show. There were times where those little spokes ripped. The only ones that mattered were on that final ring. If an edge isn’t perfect, don’t sweat it if it is in the inside of the folded object.
Know your glue/adhesive correction tolerance. That gold stuff, once it was set, there was no moving it. I had bought the glue you recommended LisaViolet, with the fine tip – couldn’t find it to save my life. Ended up using the 3 in 1 from Beacon. It worked, lots of strings though.
Flat surfaces are a must. I didn’t have a clear surface for matting stuff. That was a bad thing.
The software gets finicky with multiple machines. It keep wonkying the settings. I have to play with it more, but it didn’t consistently give me the autoblade for the cameo 3.
I made all those cuts to the glitter, some of the coverstock, the card stock and the glossy card stock using the same premium blade that I have had in my machine for a while – I was quite surprised that it still cut so cleanly.
Don’t sweat the small imperfections. There were so many whiskers, but if I fixed them all, I would still be there. With all the glitter flying about, most of them blended in.
There is definitely a time to turn off the machine and call it quits for the night. I wish I had listened to my body and done it sooner, because I think it was part of the waste of the paper.
Have at least 1/3 extra in backup, if you are as awful at this as I am. I didn’t have any extra gold, and I ruined 2. I didn’t purchase it, so it made it hard to replace. Everything else, I had plenty.
Thank the good Lord for having the good luck to finally finish things!!!
@lisaviolet yes, he is. I know I was late, he knows what craziness my life has been. Yet, he was still passive aggressive about my nephew not being insistent enough that they HAD to be done asap. Like I didn’t know the invites are the linch pin of a wedding!
@mikibell I did. I even looked at google images to see if someone had it. I finally found something with the same name on Amazon, I’d kind of not wanted to get it because it was more than I wanted to pay, but the description said “pack of three”. Three paper pads? I do the math, pretty cheap. Order it. Only one showed up. And it was the wrong stuff. Weird, same manufacturer, same product name, but not what I wanted.
The seller just refunded all of my money (because of the shipping mix-up, they didn’t have any others to send).
@lisaviolet@ruouttaurmind btw… Bitchy bride’s dad STILL hasn’t mailed the invitations out. He “forgot” to send them, even though he works at the post office!!! Sooo not my fault !! And I might have gotten a little bit of satisfaction in pointing out no one had received their invite yet! Yup… Totally tarnished my halo this week…
With my upside down life lately, I didn’t get to order thank you gifts for touch a truck. So, using print and cut, I made inserts for keychains!
Unfortunately, my image was not as round as I thought it was
Part of my latest project. I made the stamp with my imagepac stampmaker. Really had a tough time getting the white right. I used white pigment ink, too sloppy. I ended up with Versa clear. Then white opaque embossing powder, hit it with the heat tool, then painted over it with Ranger Stickles glitter glue.
I think it’s going to look nice if I can get the rest of the project to look the way I want it to.
Moar…I did a test sheet, I really like how it turned out. The instructions called for about a tsp of “snow” but I think 3/4 of a teaspoon or even 1/2 of a teaspoon would be better and not cover up so much of the base of the trees.
@ruouttaurmind@anyoneelse … is there some place to start on making eye pleasing graphics? I want to make my kid some sweatshirts, with swim phrases, but are there some guides (lines?) that will help me make them “look” good? Like graphics art 101 tutorial somewhere? How to mix fonts etc?
Since there is a strong influence of “art” in graphic arts, it’s all about what looks good to you. I have had job applicants with years of schooling who’s portfolios look like a trainwreck of misfortune, and I’ve had newbie summer interns with practically no training at all who seem to be able to work magic with space and color and balance and shape.
I suppose it’s a bit like reading “Elements of Style” then setting out to write the next “For Whom The Bell Tolls” because you now know everything you need about creative writing. I don’t know if it can be an acquired skill as much as a talent.
see… all from google images that are allowed for use after modification – as far as I am aware I am doing it “legally”?? tracing images and modifying them. Don’t intend on selling it, regardless…
hmmm like it better without the bottom of the heart, I think!!
Don’t get embroiled into the creative commons nonsense. Since the images are for your own personal use and will have very limited public exposure, I say just use what you need. Change as necessary, but don’t bother changing just for the sake of copyright.
Before anyone bothers to flame for condoning IP theft, I speak from the perspective of the copyright holder of about 10TB of copyrighted text, images and photographs as well as half a dozen PC programs. I have vested interest in the sensible enforcement of copyrights, but NO PATIENCE for the pedagogues who would rather drop dead than to see even a single harmless unauthorized use of their beloved intellectual creativity.
@ruouttaurmind I get the copyright concern and want to be respectful. It annoys me to no end when people just steal other people’s work. For the sayings, chlorine is my perfume and swim hair, don’t care, there are dozens of etsy sites with images I could easily trace, but that feels like I am stealing. Creating my own designs makes me feel better. Course, I didn’t take the time to see if they are trademarked phrases, so maybe I am full of hot air??
@therealjrn I am unfamiliar with whether or not this is a quality brand, but I recently purchased a 20 sheet package of construction paper at… Dollar Tree maybe? Choice of assorted or single colors.
EDIT: Nvm, I just realized the image indicates 50 count 9x12 inch sheets, but the actual product being offered is 50 count 18x24 inch sheets, dark green. If you can do something with that much dark green paper, it is a good deal.
Just in case somebody is interested, there’s a Cricut Cake machine on the Goodwill auction site. Not really certain what a bargain price would be; currently @ $30. Looks to be ‘never used’.
/image Cricut Cake
@compunaut cool beans. I have this machine. I use it with separate cutting blade and mats for paper… It comes with silicone covers for the components so food doesn’t get into it. Uses cartridges and online designs.
@ruouttaurmind nope, not at all. I am known as the tough mom, the old fashioned “you don’t get away with crap in my house” mom. My own kids don’t know anything different when it comes to mom creating stuff for them. They know other moms don’t, but their helicopter overachiever mom does (hahahhahahah)
My son was more annoyed that I forgot to order the shirt from Amazon!!! (He created the safety 3rd design in his laser engraving program.)
The other kids think is it cool that I do this, and anything else my kids need and admire that my kids can tell me ANYthing (and do), but wouldn’t trade their parents for me because I make my kids toe the line.
Most days, my kids love and respect me and are great kids… so I am good with being the tough mom!
@mikibell Good for you!! You are a parent of a different era, to be sure. More parents should follow your lead. This was always a major arguing point with the ex. I subscribe to responsibility and accountability. New concepts to her kids. It didn’t go well.
@ruouttaurmind meh… my husband and I work to do our best for the kids. We are, by far, not perfect, and neither are our kids We could do much better – so that my house would be clean and grades higher, but it is all a balancing act. My kids appreciate the boundaries and freedoms they are given. Hopefully, it will continue for the next 10 years or so until they are “adults”!!!
@therealjrn Ya, plenty of other crafty diciplines which use other medium sizes and types I guess. If you were into scrapbooking or sewing for example, there would be lots of storage space there for your embellishments and such.
@compunaut@ruouttaurmind I have these for my cake making supplies… they are nice… Use 60% off coupons, @ruouttaurmind. I also have the wire grid cubes, with a totally redneck modification, I zip tied the shelves in to hold the containers like the ones in the rack above.
I have asked my boys to make me one or two of these:
The pricing on materials in that article are a bit optimistic though. I estimate around $150 and six to eight hours to do one exactly like that, maybe $200 for a double. Add another $30ish to include an enclosed back and hinged front door. After all, if you’re gonna go for it, might as well be all-in.
But it is very sharp to be sure. I guess if I was going to do one it would be a double-wide with a double swinging door and enclosed rear. Also, I probably wouldn’t bother with so many shelf supports so close together.
I want to do longitude and latitude on these for Christmas presents. Similar to these:
I can easily get the Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403… do you think I should convert themDegrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24’12.2"N 2°10’26.5"E like in the second picture? I only have 18 inches by almost 4 inches…
I found the box over in the Silhouette Design store. I had to resize it. I embossed it with a star folder and used a brayer to apply glitter glue.
The top of the box has two slots so that the ribbon/bow can laced through it. This worked out nicely because I catch the balloon loop in the ribbon and when you open the box, the balloon comes with it.
I’m still working on the bows. Bows are hard.
Here’s one of the dark blue balloons.
I printed out the balloon paper and used stock paper for the basket. I got the ribbon on Amazon and glued beads on the ribbons. Took a long time.
@mikibell Thanks. I’m trying to figure out the bows, I bought a Bowdabra and that didn’t work right out of the gate, now I’m trying the ProBow the Hand. I made a gorgeous nine inch bow, but not having any luck with the small bow. They gave me a link for a video with a simple bow, I’ll try that later today. If it doesn’t work, I’ll give them a call.
@lisaviolet I find it easier to do by hand…like this lady does…although I have never cut notches in mine. practice makes perfect, and if you can’t see the flaw from 3 feet away, no one else will see it AT ALLLLL!!
Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition allows for all the above file types as well as the ability to import SVG files and PDF files. If importing PDF, you can select to Import as Image, which will not include cut lines, or Import as Vector, which will perform an automatic trace creating cut lines.
@mikibell Eco solvent ink is supposed to be more fade resistant, and can provide up to four or five years of fade resistance in harsh environments (read: outdoors). Not just any old inkjet can use eco inks.
@ruouttaurmind. At some point, my mil handwrote her recipe for pierogies on a 3x5 index card in tinnnnny writing. Subsequent to that, SHE lost her recipe. It was quite a relief when someone mentioned to me it was missing and I told her that I still had my copy ! So…this tiny writing on a small index card is a family treasure. I want to put it on tea towels or such for the family for Christmas presents.
Is there a way to make the writing bigger without losing resolution? I know I need to photo copy it and make it black ink and I can fine sharpie it… Any other tricks before I try to trace it in studio?
@mikibell I did a similar task for mfladd a few months ago. He had a small photograph and wanted to get it printed as a large mounted wall art.
There are enhancements you can do to maintain the integrity. Starting with enhancing the image prior to enlargement, interpolation filters applied to the enlargement process, and finally some interpolation enhancements post-enlargement.
We use some industry specific software in my company, but generally, A current version of Photoshop can do a pretty decent job of it.
As always, if you’d like me to take a crack at it, I would be pleased to be of service.
@mikibell Start with a high resolution scan. As high as your equipment supports in native mode (i.e. some scanners claim 1200dpi resolution, but actually scan in 600dpi and interpolate to 1200). Ideally a good high res scan in B&W is the best start.
Once you have your scan, open it up in Photoshop. If your scanner output was B&W, move on to the next step. If your scanner output color or grayscale, convert your image to B&W/Bitmap.
In Photoshop, scrub any stray pixels which inevitably result when scanning. Zoom in as close as you can stand to work. The more time you spend on cleanup, the better your final result. But realize if you’re target output is HTV on a dish towel, no matter how crisp you make it, your final result will be limited by your media. Be sure to visit each line of text, spending some time cleaning up the actual letters. Again, spend as much time as you can bear, while mitigating against your expected quality based on your output media. (as an example, we’ll spend more effort cleaning up an image who’s target is glossy, coated paper on a 4-color press, versus less time for an image to be printed on newsprint on a web-offset press).
Once you have your image as clean as you care to make it, you can do one of two things:
1.Resize the image to your target output size, then use Studio Designer to trace
2.(Preferred, but requires Illustrator) Import the full resolution image to Illustrator, then create a high quality SVG file, which you can either resize, or import into Studio Designer and scale appropriately.
@mikibell In for four. I usually do the store credit thing where you pay $50 and get $100 of downloads. I was down to three bucks in the account. I like to add to my wishlist through the months, then when they have their half price sale, load up my cart.
Can anyone point me to a source for color tinted glassine or vellum stock? Preferably something larger than 8.5x11. I can find plenty of opaque white/translucent white, but nothing in bold colors. I have a variety of holiday card designs which would benefit from the addition of a nice bright glassine sheet behind the lettering cutouts. Any ideas??
@ruouttaurmind I’m looking for this. I bought mine in 2015 and still have a bunch left. But from what I can see, grafix no longer makes colored vellum. Still hoping someplace might have this available.
@lisaviolet That’s kinda what I’m hoping to find. A big pack of assorted colors. Maybe a couple packs in different color themes. Brights, earth tones, etc. Even a couple patterns for fun? Sure, why not! I’ll only ever need it if I don’t buy it when I find it, right?
Have you tried a brick and mortar store? I know that you can buy vellum by the sheet at Joann’s and Michael’s
I’ve tried two Michael’s near me, and both have very little in stock at about a buck a sheet for 8.5x11. Mostly the pink leopard you mention. I’m really hoping to find a big assorted color pack for less than thirty or forty cents a sheet for 12x12.
@mikibell The part that took the longest was the folding. This guy didn’t help. He kept creeping closer, to the point I couldn’t move my arm. And the fact that he had bad eye infections when he was a kitten which scarred his tear ducts and his face gets drippy. I didn’t want him dripping on my paper.
I’m looking for a stick figure family clip art library… with a twist.
I’ve been poking at this off and on all day and I’m surprised how much of a challenge it is. I’ve been through the Silhouette Design Store, the So Fontsy library, and a few other clip art collections, but I can’t find any quality artwork in a complete collection. Bits and pieces, mismatched stuff, very very low quality stuff.
It doesn’t have to be free, I will pay for the art, but I’m looking for a complete set of decent quality.
My brother wants me to make him one of those stick figure families for the back of each of his vehicles. So I want to give him the option to just select what he wants from a group of matching figures.
So what’s the twist? My niece rides a chair so I need an option for alternatively abled children. But at this point I can’t even find a library of typically abled families.
@mikibell Yup, but I need the full grouping of matching characters and accessories, pets, and such so he can concoct his desired family unit.
This specific image is from one of those repositories of clip art of questionable origin, and is a one-off figure without the rest of the family set. I’m really hoping to find a complete set of all the bits, and I’m happy to pay for it, but I’ll be darned if it’s a bigger challenge than I had initially conceived. Tons of pirated content out there in bits and bytes, but no success so far locating an original source.
I’ve even tried Dreamstime, 123rf, etc. looking for authentic content. No dice so far, but still trying. I really don’t want to let them down! Even if it’s just the family and accessories, I can probably hack up the wheelchair bit and merge with a “daughter” figure.
For my holiday cards this year, I made the envelopes. Used glossy paper, coated on both sides for inkjet printing. I got it a thousand years ago, it was in my stash, found it earlier this year digging through the office closet.
Anyway, I printed on side using a snowflake graphic that I had from a bundle I got at designbundles (same company as fontbundles) and used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board (less then ten bucks on Amazon) to make the envelope. I’d gotten this same punch board for a friend, but figured the idea probably scared her (it took her over a year to try the Big Shot embosser) so I made a short video.
@ruouttaurmind I used DMS… Google will give you DD if you click on the “what’s here?” Option, then if you click on the dd, it will give you the DMS where you would normally see the address in the upper left (desktop version). Was much easier than I thought, just had to play with Google a while to figure it out.
I got the compass rose from the silhouette store…did it in a silvery grey, to coordinate with the darker streaks under the white wash. Signs were from Michaels. Go ahead and steal! If I had more time I would have painted the signs…but I think they came out fine.
I used a narrow font to get maximum height to width ratio…will have to check what it was.
@ruouttaurmind I bought the tp designs from designbundles …assumed they were sized properly …since tp has a standard width, and was surprised to find I had to significantly fudge them after I cut them…
@ruouttaurmind Ohhhh…and if you use the pre-painted signs… I strongly suggest low to medium tack transfer tape… I bought at60 and at65 to do this, after struggling last year with Cricut transfer tape. I bought the.low tack for some acrylic I am working with. Fingers crossed it does the trick!
Making closet bar sizing tags for my newwwww great great nephew! (7 hours old, here)
Main reason is neither of them warp the paper. The Beacon gives you more time to reposition the paper, but the Art Glitter glue is less messy. But with the Beacon, it’s easier to clean the over glued areas and you can make glue boogers by rolling it between your fingers.
@reg036 Although the products @lisaviolet recommended are a bit on the pricey side, I learned not to cheap out when I was attempting to make 12 dozen paper flowers for my mother for mother’s day. I had to reglue dozens of stupid paper flowers before finally getting some decent glue.
If all she’s up to is playing around and experimenting, an Elmer’s glue stick or glue dots or even Elmer’s craft glue will work ok. But if she’s making something to gift, or something she wants to last, go for the gold. In the bigger picture, a few drops of expensive glue can save lots of frustration and disappointment.
@lisaviolet I preordered it from craft direct, but now swing has it for preorder, where i get a discount and free shipping. I am contemplating canceling the first, but that just seems so wrong, but the difference is close to $20… sigh.
@lisaviolet@mikibell I finally got around to watching the video. I still didn’t quite get it, so I found a tradeshow demo video. Now I get it! Plus, how much fun is that magnetic cutting mat We R is working on?
@lisaviolet I can’t imagine why not… but I’m not seeing an advantage? With a real pen you can use two colors, but with this you’re limited to whatever color foil you have laying on there, aren’t you? I saw in the We R product intro vid a couple examples of two foil color designs, but I’m sure those were achieved by running the card through twice, switching foil between runs.
@lisaviolet I’d bet subsequent iterations of this device will have the ability to do thinner lines. Or perhaps they’ll offer two different tip sizes. That would probably be the easiest path to market. Now two different tip sizes would certainly make sense for a dual pen setup!
@ruouttaurmind That would work if you had just a small inner area with the foil on it. This foil is really thin, if memory serves me.
Or, had the design low enough on the page so that you didn’t need to unload the mat and when the foil was done, remove it and run the design with the cut tool. Like with the (heh) engraving tools. (I laugh because I still never made a test engrave I was happy with.)
I still never made a test engrave I was happy with.
That is unfortunate. Which Silhouette machine does embossing and engraving? The Curio maybe? I guess I need to keep an eye out for a bargain on one of those since the Cameo experiment didn’t go as well as you had hoped.
@reg036 How about “Crafty Stuff (Part 3)”?
BTW, what’s your SO up to with the Cricut these days? IIRC, she was flirting with the idea of card making? How about you? Any projects more complicated than the screw hole cover dots for the bookshelf?
I fuss about mostly with vinyl, making signs for our distribution racks for work and novelty decals for my nephew. But I also love the 3D papercraft projects. Though mine fall short of @lisaviolet’s miracles, I still have fun trying.
A bit ago I made some little black labels for my car. The black paint on the cruise control buttons had worn away. So I took a closeup photo of the buttons, cleaned them up in Photoshop and traced the shape of each button. Imported into the Silhouette software and layered text labels over the shapes. Cut, weed out the words, stick in place. Now the white color of the button’s plastic shows through the black vinyl for lettering. It’s actually turned out ok. At night the white parts illuminate just like the original configuration, showing the labels “Set”, “Cancel” and “Res/Accel”
My miracles? Maybe you don’t swear enough. There needs too be many swears. And I have a lot of time on my hands. And I work along with the video tutorials. My favorite button is the pause. Rewind is second.
My first uses for the Silhouette (an SD) were vinyl decals for the hubs. It was the compromise for getting the machine.
He has an old Case machine, he rebuilt it and painted it. He took a photo of the old instructions and I did what I could to make it look as close to the original as possible. Of course I have pictures.
She hasn’t started with the papercraft yet, BUt we scored a nice drawer thing at an estate sale today alond with a tub of paper, 3 tubs of yarn…yay yarn (insert severe sarcasm), so she is working on starting up.
All I’ve done is print labels for my bins and such as my OCD with having a bin for everything makes me organize way too much and I have so many bins, labels on the outside are better then the ones I made with my Dymo 450 that I put on index cards inside the bin.