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19 March 2021

New Skillshare Class - An Introduction To Digital Crafting

If you're at all familiar with this blog, you'll know that I have a bit of a hoarding problem when it comes to art and craft supplies! This also applies to digital products.  I have literally hundreds of digital papers, textures, clipart, fonts and cut files.  

I was looking for a way to use some of my extensive collection of digital assets in real life and not just leave them languishing in cyberspace.  But then it occurred to me that there might be people like me who might be looking for ideas about how to use their digital products and thus this class was born!  It's also a perfect introduction to crafting for those who might want to give crafting a try, but don't have any supplies.

Skillshare Class - An Introduction to Digital Crafting


In this class you will learn:
  • where to find digital resources that you can download (for free)
  • how to combine the printed digital elements to create a beautiful piece of home d├ęcor.
PLUS
  • a bonus mini class on how to create your own floral embellishments
There's no need for stamps or dies or inks or patterned papers.  The only supplies needed are:
  • a computer
  • a printer
  • copy paper
  • heavier weight printer (photo) paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • and a pencil.  
This class is suitable for all levels.  Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned crafter looking for something new, or someone looking for ideas about how to use your own collection of digital artwork, I'm sure you will take something from this class.  

Head over to Skillshare to watch the class. You'll need a Premium Membership to watch the whole class, but if you're not a member yet you can sign up for a 14-day free trial.

If you want to craft along with me, these are the resources that I use during the class:

Free Watercolor Jewel Tone Papers

Free Mixed Media Painted Butterflies

Free Rose Gold Floral Sprays

Free Fantasy Watercolor Digital Paper Set

Note that you may need to create an account to download some of the resources. 

09 March 2021

Friends Are The Flowers in The Garden of Life - With Free Download


I made this for a friend a while ago.  It's been a while since I've seen it, but the adhesive failed so she asked me to fix it and now that I've seen it again I really love it!

The base is an MDF shape that I picked up at a craft show.  I covered it with a couple of coats of silver acrylic paint.

The flowers were made using Tattered Lace's Floral Layers Rose die, which makes really lovely layered flowers, but sadly has been discontinued.  However any floral dies would work.  Same for the foliage.

I designed the sentiment in Canvas Workspace, positioning all the letters so that there was some overlap, then welding them together so that the sentiment was a single piece.  I cut 4 layers from 300gsm card and glued them together to get a solid, dimensional appearance.  Download the SVG cut file for the sentiment here (personal use only please).

To arrange the flowers I used hot glue to affix a piece of acetate to the back of the watering can that extended from the top to the handle and then used hot glue to stick down the flowers. Then I cut cut some foliage, doubling up the layers again to give them some rigidity, and just slotted them in around the flowers.

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