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21 July 2018

Quick and Easy Hanging Heart

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My friend came to me a few days ago to ask for my help to make a last minute teacher gift.  She requested a hanging heart that said "Athrawes gorau" (Best Teacher in Welsh) and personalised with the teacher's name and her son's name and featuring the colour purple.  



To make the heart I cut five hearts from white 300gsm cardstock, and one from Kraft card.  I punched holes in each of the curves at the top of the heart then stuck all the layers together using PVA glue 
with the Kraft heart at the back.  (I used my ScanNCut to cut the hearts but a die would also work.  If you don't have a die cutter or cutting machine I recommend using a square or a rectangle.)  To prevent the stack from warping I put it under a heavy stack of books as it dried.  When dry it feels very sturdy - like chipboard.

Meanwhile I found some pretty digital background paper and in a graphics program I used the heart template as a guide to place the text before cutting it out with the ScanNCut and sticking it to the top of the heart stack.  Incidentally the fonts that I used for the teacher's name and the sentiment are Old Emma Decorative and King Basil (which I love).

To finish I printed out some flower and leaf graphics, cut them out and added them to the heart.  It's not very clear from the photograph, but I printed three of each flower, cut each one gradually smaller than the last and then layered them up to add some dimension and make them more interesting.  I threaded some thick string through the holes to create the hanger.

Download free floral graphics here and here.

19 July 2018

Freebie Finds - Free Graphics and Fonts

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Welcome to my weekly(ish) round-up of font and graphic freebies floating around the web right now.  If you're into digital crafting or creating digital art then these free resources are worth seeking out.  Most come with commercial licences so that you can create products to sell, whether they be print-on-demand patterns and designs or to create physical craft products, but be quick as they are generally only available for a limited time.



Creative Fabrica have just released a brand new free graphic bundle*, featuring 16 graphic packs including watercolour florals, cute cat illustrations, various SVG cutting files and more.  It's definitely worth taking a look at.  


Free Graphic Bundle Vol 5 | creativefabrica.com


This Street Scene Builder* would be perfect for 'New Home' greeting cards.  Adjust the scale and colours to create your own unique urban landscape artwork.
Street Scene Builder | creativefabrica.com


Over at Creative Market I'm loving 'Contemporary Graphic Huge Set Vol.1'.  It's a bumper set of 100 graphic elements that can be combined in any way you like to create abstract designs that could be used to create framed artwork, greetings cards, background papers, t-shirt designs and so on.  
Contemporary Graphic Huge Set Vol.1 - Illustrations
Contemporary Graphic Huge Set Vol 1 | creativemarket.com


At Design Cuts you can download 'Watercolor and Chalkboard Patterns, Vintage Papers and Textures' a set consisting of watercolour patterns, a chalkboard pattern, a marble pattern, vintage paper and a texture.  The great thing about the Design Cuts website is that they also provide a tutorial to give you some ideas about how to use the free designs.  
Art Class Flyer Design
'Watercolor and Chalkboard Patterns, Vintage Papers and Textures' | designcuts.com

18 July 2018

L'amour est la cle

When it comes to craft supplies I'm a hoarder.  I can't bear to part with the smallest scraps of paper or a bit of ribbon that came with a gift or some old cardboard that could be used for some project or other.  So in an attempt to destash I decided to make a heart wall hanging out of old cereal boxes that I've been putting aside for a while.  



I made a large heart template on a piece of A5 card and then traced around that on the large panels of the cereal box.   After cutting them out (4 of them) and punching holes so that the finished piece could be hung, I stuck the 4 hearts together to get a thick, chipboard type of effect.  I also used the heart template to cut a heart from a piece of woodgrain effect paper.  NOTE - I suggest placing the heart stack underneath something heavy to prevent it from warping as the glue dries.

I cut the flowers with my ScanNCut using a pattern that I designed myself and coloured them using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, before layering them together.  The leaves came from another die set.  I also used some Katy Sue Flower Soft for the flower centres. 

I gave the padlock die cut the same treatment as the hanging heart in that I layered up several die cuts - 5 from plain white card and one from gold mirror card - to get some dimension.  I then went over the front and sides with copper gilding wax to take away the white edges. 

The lettering was die cut using Sizzix Brush Alphabet dies and then I added a few freehand hearts to finish it all off.  I decided to go with French as it was a present for my (French) friend's mother.  To finish it off I used some thick string, which gave it a bit of a rustic feel.

In case you're interested in any of the supplies that I used:

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11 July 2018

Freebie Finds - Free Font and Graphics Downloads

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Welcome to my weekly round-up of font and graphic freebies gracing the web right now.  If you're into digital crafting or creating digital art then these free resources are worth seeking out.  Most come with commercial licences so that you can create products to sell, whether they be print-on-demand patterns and designs or to create physical craft products, but be quick as they are generally only available for a limited time.


At The Hungry JPEG there's a free font bundle worth $104 available to download.  The bundle consists of 25 fonts in a variety of styles with a few bonus graphics thrown in as well.  In order to access the download simply share the deal via Facebook or Twitter.

The Free Font Bundle | TheHungryJPEG
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At Creative Market one of the free goods of the week is "Herbaceous Greens" - a watercolour, hand-painted foliage clip art collection consisting of 62 individual elements plus wreaths, arrangements and seamless patterns.

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Also at Creative Market are these adorable Summer Posters,  They would make great thank you/ greetings cards for teachers.  You could also take the designs into a graphics program to manipulate the colours or add additional elements.
Summer Posters - Graphics
Summer Posters | creativemarket.com
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Over at Creative Fabrica I discovered the "Manbow" font*.  It's a fun, art-decoesque font that comes with various options such as dots, stripes and shading.  I have quite a few art deco dies and digital images, so I expect to make good use of this.
Manbow Font | creativefabrica.com
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And finally, although not quite freebies, there are some great $1 deals* to be had at Creative Fabrica like this set of 4 graphics packs by PrettyGrafik.  These would be great for summer projects, kids' parties and also posters, clothing and soft furnishings for kids. 
PrettyGrafik 4-pack | creativefabrica.com

And in case you missed the offer deadline, you can still get each of the 4 graphics - Luau Party*, Super Hero*, Super Hero 2* and A Mother’s Love* - for $1.50 a piece.

07 July 2018

Society Sunday - Inspired by Music

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I recently attended a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the City Voices Cardiff choir, which is what has inspired today's Society Sunday picks.

"Lost in Stereo" is an unusual composition but very compelling.  I'm not entirely sure what's going on, but I like it.  It definitely stood out from the crowd.  
Lost in Stereo Art Print


I love this piece - "Nature Guitar Record".   It makes me think of the harmony found in nature.
"Nature Guitar Record" Wall Tapestry


"Music" is a simple, but bold composition.  I like the duality of abstract and form.
"Music" Canvas Print


The composition in "Sight Reading" is so clever - the way the the placement of the birds looks like musical notes on a stave.
"Sight Reading" Framed Art Print


"Beat of Your Own Drum" is my new work.  
"Beat of Your Own Drum" Art Print

Get 25% off all wall art with the code ARTNOW (offer ends midnight PT 9th July 2018).

02 July 2018

Freebie Finds - Digital Crafting and Design Downloads

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There are so many great font and graphic freebies to be found on the web.  If you're into digital crafting or creating digital art then these free resources are worth seeking out.  Most come with commercial licences so that you can create products to sell, whether they be print-on-demand patterns and designs or to create physical craft products, but be quick as they are generally only available for a limited time.

Over at designbundles.net the freebie of the week is a gorgeous set of 16 Mermaid Texture Digital Papers.The colours are a deliciosus combination of shimmering purples, pinks, turquoise and blue. 
Download for free or if you have missed the deadline make a purchase.

Mermaid Textures Digital Paper - Free Design of The Week Design

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Next, CACTUS PARADISE vector set on PIXELSURPLUS.  A set of 30 vector cactus illustrations and 2 seamless patterns (email sign-up required to download).
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Cactus Paradise vector illustration set
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The Nordic-style NORTHERN WOODLAND ANIMALS* set on Creative Fabrica is so cute!  Consisting of 14 vector animals, 30 vector landscape elements, a wreath, a landscape and a seamless border, the set definitely reminds me of Christmas, but could definitely embody any occasion or time of year by adjusting the colours.



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