Tuesday, December 11, 2300

Cricut Explore Design Space Tutorials

Design Space may look a little difficult and overwhelming but it is quite simple when you know what to do.  I have been doing tutorials to show you how simple it truly is. So check out these tutorials and play with your Explore today

{What is new in Design Space 2.0}

{Basics of Design Space part 1}
{Basics of Design Space part 2}
{How to Upload Your Own Photos In Design Space}
{How To Card Tutorial}
{How to use codes in Design Space} updated for 2.0
{How to Contour in Design Space}
{How to use text in Design Space}
{How to use custom setting in Design Space}
{How To Size Envelopes}
{Print Then Cut}
{How to use slice with Artfully Sent}
{How to make a 3D snowflake and how to add score lines}
{Split Images Using Slice}
{Vinyl Tutorial}
{How To Make Your Own Pattern Alphabet}
{How To Emboss Using Design Space}
{How To Write On The Inside Of A Card}
{How To Make A State Outline Sign}
{How To Make Sequins}
{How To Make A Chipboard Alphabet Book}
{How To Make A Shaped Monogram}
{How To Do Knockout Text}
{How To Cut An Image Larger Than The Mat}
{Attach Vs Slice}
{How To Upload Layers Without A SVG}
{Making A Custom Cut Out Card On The Ipad}


5 Minute Tutorials
{How To Make A Solid Layer}
{Print Then Cut A White Background}
{Make A Watercolor Image}
{How To Cut Multiple Colors On One Mat}


There will be more to come.  Is there a tutorial you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below.

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I have also added a pin button on all of my posts so you can easily add artwork to you Pinterest account

You can print or save a .pdf version of each tutorial. At the bottom of the post is a print friendly button

Monday, March 30, 2015

No Fooling Challenge At Heart 2 Heart

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Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}.


This weeks challenge is No Fooling, We want you to scrapbook something fun. 



While we still lived in California, we would take the 3 hour drive to the shore for some fun. Yes, three hours. We lived in the desert so making the trip to the ocean was worth the drive. This was the last trip we took before going back home to Michigan in 2013. We went to Santa Monica Pier and walked the board walk and ate at Bubba Gump's. I had mac and cheese with shrimp. Very weird. And I always seem to wear the wrong shoes for these type of things, so we had to search for some flip flops so my feet wouldn't fall off. It was harder than you think to find shoes on this pier.

One of the pattern paper from Wanderful has cities and states on it. I just cut out the part that said California.  The sequins are a sneak peak from the new mini that comes out in April. I think this is the Coral Reef set. I took out some from both this one and Oceanside and forgot which colors went with which. LOL. 

I used image #M42F4D for the mini banners. The text is Always Forever font from Dafont.com and I used my wonderful Explore to cut it. I did use bold to make it thicker. This font is pretty thin. I downloaded a bunch of thinner fonts to try with the writing feature, just haven't done it yet.

There is this really cool site call {wordmark.it} that lets you type in a word and it will show it using all the fonts you have on your computer. Pretty awesome.  The cool thing about this is you can see if the font you want has numbers or symbols. A couple of the fonts I have don't have numbers, so I couldn't do the 66.

The sketch is pattern 9 from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2.


I hope you join us for No Fooling challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}. You will need to use some Close To My Heart product, which you can order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.  You have the end of April to play along so come back when you get wonderful Close To My Heart products.


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Recipe:

Santa Monica Layout

Stamps -
   D1555 All The Details
  
Paper -
   X7191B  Wanderful Paper Pack 
   X5929  Whisper Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5757  Gypsy Cardstock
   X5668  Honey Cardstock
   1292  Crystal Blue Cardstock

Ink -
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad
   Z2117  Crystal Blue Ink Pad

Other -
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cartridge 
   Z3042   Coral Reef Sequins (Available in April)
   Z2027  Mini Stapler
   9042  Make It From Your Heart Volume 2

Sunday, March 29, 2015

5 Minute Tutorial - How To Make A Shaped Card


It's Sunday. I almost wasn't able to make it today. The pain from my surgery has been bad lately. But here it is. Today's tutorial is on how to make a shaped card. So let's get started.


Chose the shape you would like. I am using a balloon image for Artiste cartridge, #M45A50. You will also need the score line, #M48E16. Duplicate your image.


Once duplicated, chose one of the images. Under the Edit box, you will mirror you image. Which way you mirror will all depend on the type of image. I could have attached them next to each other, but was easier to do it on top.


If there is a cut out in the design, like the one here, you will want to use contour under the layers box so the back of the card is a solid image.


Line up your images. I find the easiest way is to move it against the edge of the mat, like pictured. Use the top if the fold is the other way. Make sure to overlap the images slightly. It will not weld if there is no overlap. Mae the overlap small though. You don't want to loose to much of the image because of the fold. Under the layers box, chose weld.


Here is you welded image. Take your score line and place it where you want the fold to be.


Remember to select all and attach. If you want to write on the card, whether it be the inside or the outside, it doesn't matter which side is which. Just fold accordingly. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you would like to check out my other tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.

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I have used Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge in this tutorial, which you can purchase at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Monday, March 23, 2015

How cute at Heart 2 Heart


Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}.


This weeks challenge is How Cute. We want to see your cute creations. 


I was inspired by this pic from {frostedpetticoatblog.com}. I saw the gold unicorn and was inspired to use unicorn dreams, an old hostess only stamp set.  My mom just love unicorns so I had to get this stamp. Not sure if I am going to send her this card. I think the pink is close enough to mauve that she might like it. 


I made this watercolor background different than the others that I have been making. I used reinker to get a bolder color than just using ink pads. I wanted to bring in the green like the inspiration picture but the pink and green paper just didn't look right. I did stamp happy birthday in Sweet Leaf pigment ink and clear embossed it, but it is kinda hard to tell, even in real life. 

The first part of the picture that inspired me was the gold unicorn. I don't have gold glitter embossing powder, so I just did gold. To make such a solid, consistent embossed image, I embossed 3 times. Each time doing another layer of Versamark before I embossed.  The banner is from Artfully Sent, #MFCD58. I used the Cricut to cut out the unicorn. There is no actual cut for that. I scanned the image and had it cut.

I needed a good glue to stick down the embossed images since they get pretty heavy with 3 layers of embossing powder, so I used Liquid Glass. 

I hope you join us for this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}. You do need to use some Close To My Heart products, so place you order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com} and come back to play.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}





Recipe:

Unicorn Birthday Card

Stamp -
   D1583 Unicorn Dreams (retired)
   B1419  Joyful Birthday

Paper -
   X254  Card and Envelope 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   Watercolor Paper (non-ctmh)

Ink -
   Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
   Z2500  Sweet Leaf Pigment Pad
   Z2296  Smoothie Reinker

Other -
   Z2088  Clear Embossing Powder
   Z2066  Gold Embossing Powder
   Z3017  Artfully Sent Cartridge 
   Z679  Liquid Glass

Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 Minute Tutorial - Using Contour To Get Positive Image

I am finally back with a new 5 minute tutorial. I an be upright without too much pain. Hoping to get into the craft room in a day or two.

Normally, when I want to get a positive image from a negative, I will use slice. But sometimes slice is not an option. You can use contour instead to get that image. If you are not quite getting what I am talking about, the pictures will explain.

First, in case you didn't know, they have added a filter option for cartridges so you can now see all your cartridges.


Onto the tutorial.


Choose the image you would like. See how the flower are cut out. That is the negative. This image would be hard to use slice because of how the flowers are grouped together. I am using image #MCBA4F from Artfully Sent.


Choose contour under layers tab. Your whole image will turn blue. Select everything that is not your image you want positive, including the card itself. Your image should be the only one with a dark blue outline. Everything else will be the green outline.


Click off the image and you should be left with the positive image. So easy to do. This will not work the other way around. You will have to slice a rectangle to get a negative from a positive.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you can see my other tutorials on my {tutorial page}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}. I am doing a special for members only during April, so make sure to join.

I used Artfully Sent on this tutorial, which you can purchase at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Monday, March 16, 2015

Green With Envy - Heart 2 Heart Challenges


Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}.


Tomorrow is Saint Patrick's Day, so this weeks challenge is all about Green. I am on bed rest from my surgery so no drinks for me. Yes, you heard right, a sober Irish. 



So I finally did the Bokeh trend. It is pretty simple. I used dye inks to do the watercolor background.  Used greens and green - blues. Use the all purpose mat or a stamp block to press your pad against to get the ink. Add water to the ink. Using waterpaper, get it all wet and start adding your watercolor. Wait til it dry to do the next part, or use a heat gun if impatient.
Make circle stencils using the presentation covers and image #M458E2. You can use just cardstock, but I want something that will last. Make sure to leave a border around your circles to get clean circles.  I used 5 sizes. 
Pigment ink will look the best for this. Even if you use other colors than white. Using white pigment ink, randomly add circles. The best look is to have the larger circles be lighter and the smaller circles be more opaque. The tiniest circle is actually an eraser dipped in the ink.  Heat once done to set the ink.


I made the background but couldn't figure out how to use it. Then I remembered I had a cake that had the same colors.  This is a Sunday sweets from {cakewrecks.com}. I love the Sunday cakes. They are amazing. But I digress. Love this cake. So I took the flowers to make my card. The Flowers are from Art Philosophy #M3EB66.

I embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder on the watercolor but it did not show at all. So I water colored a strip a White Daisy then embossed. This makes it blend more with the background but doesn't have the pigment ink so the embossing actually shows up.

Join us  at {Heart 2 Heart} for the green challenge this week. You have all month to play along. You will need to use some Close To My Heart product. Place your order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com} and come back to play.

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Recipe:

Hello Wonderful Card

Stamps -
   B1443  Hello Wonderful

Paper-
   X254  Card and Envelope 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock 

Ink-
   Z2153  Sweet Leaf Ink Pad
   Z2165  Juniper Ink Pad
   Z2197  Pear Ink Pad
   Z2195  Lagoon Ink Pad
   Z2163  White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad
   Z891  Versamark Ink Pad

Other -
   Z2068  White Embossing Powder
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cartridge
   Z2045  All Purpose Mat

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cut Above Retiring


This project uses Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit (Z2056) which will be retiring at the end of this month. It also features Heartstrings Paper Pack (X7193B), which will also be available til the end of the month. The stamp set and Pixie twine will be available for at least a year.

Place your order today before these wonderful items go away.





Recipe:

Stamps -
   Mini Valentine M1052

Paper -
   Heartstrings Paper Pack X7193B
   White Daisy Cardstock 1385
   Cards and Envelopes X254

Ink-
   Black Ink Z2105

Other-
   Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit Z2056
   Pixie Extra Thick Twine Z3035
   Foam Tape Z2060
   Liquid Glass Z679