11/29/14

Penguin Vinyl Decals (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Here are some penguin vinyl decals.



In the second file, there is a split set of penguins with no words in the middle so you can add your own word/letters.

Gina

11/25/14

Butterfly Girl Vinyl Decal (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Here's another little vinyl decal I created in my Pazzles Pro 2010 software.  You'll probably see her quite a bit with different decor on her.  I have more girls in my Etsy shop too.

Click on her image to visit the specific listing.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/212777969/butterfly-girl-long-hair-vinyl-decal-svg?ref=shop_home_active_1
Gina

11/22/14

Silhouette Meets A Letter

Here's a letter I used to incorporate my daughter's face in.  I created this a little while back, but I wanted to cut it out in black.

Here's the originals:

Here's the vinyl cut out. I placed this on the front of my craft cabinet.

Gina

Fleece Ear Warmers

I'm making my first set of fleece ear warmers today!  My daughter's ear warmer will be easy because she wants no decorations.  For me, I've got to add something.


I have to decide which color heat transfer vinyl I want to use.  I'm really leaning towards the silver and black style, but the orange and black is a part of Mercer University's colors.  I'll be adding either rhinestuds or rhinestones.  Not sure yet.  I'll show the finished product later today.

This is going to be a test.  I've never put heat transfer vinyl on fleece before.  :-)


UPDATE:  I decided to go with the silver with the silver rhinestuds, but, I'm going to make another one.

Thank you Crafty Gemini for giving me the idea to make these.  :-) 

We had been going around looking for ear warmers (all were just plain ugly and only pullovers) until I remembered her video.  I paid less than $2 for about 7/8th of a yard of fleece.  So far I've made 3 of these and still have plenty of fabric left to make more.  I must admit mine are not perfect, but my picky daughter likes hers.  :-)

The one thing I messed up on with the first one is that I only cut the circumference of my daughter's friend's head and it was not long enough for the button and buttonhole to meet.  I ended up adding another 3 1/4" inches and it fit perfectly. I also doubled the fabric, sewed a 5/8" seam, left an opening, turned outside, then sewed a top stitch to keep it from losing it's form after washing or just plain handling.



Gina

11/21/14

Black Con-Tact Shelf Lining

I have been looking for black shelf lining, locally, so I can cut out my vinyl decal designs for a while.  I finally found some at Home Depot today!  It would have been even better if it was smooth, but it has what looks like a cheetah print or something on it.  Not bad though because the other shelf liner I have is way too busy to show anyone the test cuts.

With this product, I had to increase the blade depth to 1.5 instead of the 1 I was using with the Duck Brand shelf liner (I have a Pazzles Inspiration).  This product is 18" x 15ft.

It was a little less than $8.  This is good for me because buying vinyl online would have cost me much more with the shipping included.




I had never put contact paper on a wall before.  We'll see how it holds up with the varying temperatures in the room.

Here's the design.  If you saw this before, I had way more details in the decal, but my daughter likes things plain...not like her blingy mom.  :-)


Gina

11/20/14

Abstract Collection - Jessica Vinyl Decals - Split Monogram (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Here's the letter J in the Abstract collection.  Find it on Etsy.




The one with the name welded is really just so you can see how a name will look.  This is a bonus if you know someone named Jessica like I do.  :-).

11/19/14

More Abstract Collection Vinyl Decals (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Head on over to Etsy to grab these abstract vinyl decal designs.  :-)

Enlarge them for a wall design or scale them down to fit on a greeting card or envelope.





Thanks for stopping by.  :-)

Gina Stevens

Abstract Design Vinyl Decal Design (SVG, MTC, WPC)

I'm making some vinyl decals I call my Abstract Collection.  I really like "curves" and "circles" so you will see quite a bit of them in this collection.

Note that with any of my vinyl designs, my intention is for them to be used with vinyl because some designs, if paper is used, some pieces will fall out (but can be glued down if you are putting it on a surface).

You can find this design at Etsy.





Thanks for stopping by my blog, but don't forget to visit my Etsy shop.  :-)

Gina

11/15/14

Steampunk Hats Vinyl Decals (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Steampunk Hats - Vinyl Decals
Find at Etsy

Thanks for stopping by.  :-)

Gina



Natural Afro Beauty Star Viny Decal (SVG, MTC, WPC)


Find this natural afro vinyl decal design at Etsy.

11/14/14

Portrait to Vinyl Decal Cleanup

There's a few applications out there used to clean up images before converting to a vectorized image for a vinyl decal.  My favorite cleanup buddy is Adobe Fireworks, but I'll have to give that up once I get another computer since Adobe is scrapping it.  Uggghhh!  I miss Macromedia!

I can clean images in Pazzles Pro 2010 and Make-The-Cut too, but only after I've vectorized the photo.

Some people like to convert black and white or gray scale photos, but I tend to use whichever will make the converted image look good.  The fewer the steps the better for me.

Here's a photo I found online of someone with natural hair.  I chose this photo because I wanted to see how the hair would look.  As you can tell from the photo I cleaned up quite a bit (if I had left it as is, I would be weeding this for days).  This photo was easy to convert because the background was really clean, which did not disturb the main object in the photo.

When I'm cleaning up vectorized photos that I know I will make into a cut file, I clean out as many tiny pieces as I can.  I would probably clean more off from her hands and around her eyes for an easier cut.

These silhouettes can be adhered to many surfaces and some people even cut them from paper.  I usually use vinyl because I can pick up all pieces at once using clear contact paper.

I've made these personal portrait decals for people to use on cell phones, cell phone cases, laptops, wooden plaques, walls, t-shirts, jackets, tote bags, doors, tiles, license plates, etc.  It doesn't take me long to create these.  I don't charge a lot to do these (especially if you want a downloadable digital file).  People love to give these silhouettes as Christmas gifts.
If you ever want to convert a photo to a silhouette, delete the background and clean off as many small pieces as you can.

There are some photo to stencil programs (or vectorizing programs) out there for you to freely use, but you'll still have to clean the photo so you can have a clean cut file.   When you upload a busy background to one of the free programs, you will get undesired results if you plan on cutting the file. If you only want a print out, the free programs are the way to go.

Here's a video I did a little while back.


Talk to ya later.

Gina  :-)

Double Decker Bus Gift Box Completed (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Finally finished my double decker bus (at least my version of one).  :-)

I haven't done an assembly video, but if anyone wants to purchase this file, let me know and I will do the assembly video and put up a listing on Etsy.

I didn't paint the inside or put in the acetate for the windows.  When I make this again, I will be sure to remember to do that.   I still like this bus though!  :-)

I added some hotfix rhinestuds and cut up some scrap paper to decorate. I also added some black Oracal 631 vinyl. I have to remember to use Oracal 651 vinyl on painted chipboard surfaces because the 631 does not like to stick to paint on chipboard.

I like red for the holidays, but I was also thinking to paint this bus a deep purple.  I sealed the paint with Glossy Mod Podge.  The front grille is included in the file - it's a print and cut.  None of the text cuts are included in the file.




Ok, thanks for visiting.  :-)

Gina

11/12/14

Gift Box Double Decker Bus

Here's my prototype double decker bus and all it's dirty.  :-)

I have assembled this bus twice and for some reason the measurements are off again.  What makes this weird is that I designed this in my Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 software and the measurements are the same front and back and side to side because I cut and pasted them, but this is not working out for some reason.  Uggghhh!  I don't like scissor trimming. I'll dump the whole project if this does not line up like I want it to.

Anyway, here's the dirty:  :-)





Since I want it to be a gift box I wasn't sure if it would be better to have the top of the bus lift up or have the side doors as the opening to add things inside.

I've decided that I'm going to paint instead of covering with paper like I did on the prototype.

Finished Project

Thank for visiting.

TTYL

Gina

Greeting Card Maker Wish List

I just know we all know someone who loves to make greeting cards, but they're difficult to buy gifts for because they already have everything.  Or do they?

As a crafting person myself, I can never have too much paper, chipboard, glue, die-cut blades, mats, AA batteries, embellishments, vinyl, etc, but if you're just not sure, but you are sure they like to work on a computer, why not try PopUp Card Studio.  Of course, you should sneak and find out if they have ever made a popup card or if they already have it. :-)

I like to buy gifts that I think that no one else can duplicate.  Purchasing a piece of software is probably not what too many people will think of.  :-)

Anyway, have fun Christmas shopping this season.  :-)

Gina

11/11/14

Family Vinyl PopUp Card

Just finished up another popup card with a converted family portrait and vinyl inside!  I cleaned up the silhouette as much as possible so that I could have an easier time placing it on the paper insert.  It's not as intricate as the first two I did.  All the black is Oracal 631 matte vinyl.



This is a virtual snapshot generated by PopUp Card Studio (before I cut it out).  If you want to purchase PopUp Card Studio click here.

Ttyl

Gina :-)

11/9/14

Steampunk Owl Vinyl Decal (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Here's a steampunk owl.  Once you download your file you can change the colors.

This file was created with vinyl in mind or for a print and cut.  If you use paper, you will have to be mindful of pieces that will fall out after cutting.





Thanks for stopping by.

Gina

11/8/14

Silhouette Portrait to Vinyl PopUp Card

Here's my second attempt at making a popup card (5"x4" folded) using a photo I converted to a silhouette.  I should use another photo of my kid (this one is 4 yrs old), but this photo is the best of my conversions and it's already cleaned and ready to cut.  :-)  Hard to imagine this was used as a vinyl wall decal too.



This one is a little blurry, but I put a piece of white paper behind it so you could see the intricate cuts made by my Pazzles Inspiration machine.


This looks 10 times better in person.

Thanks for stopping by.  :-)

Gina

Happy Holidays Vinyl Decals (SVG, MTC, WPC)

Happy Holidays Vinyl Decal ready for instant download on Etsy.


This vinyl decal can be scaled down to fit on an adult t-shirt or to fit on a glass block.

Here's another decal for the holidays:




Gina

11/7/14

Friends PopUp Card (SVG)

This girls image is from the Pazzles Pro 2010 library.  I've been wanting to make something with this image for a long time.  Now that I am in a popup card mood I decided to add this image in one.  It's a delicate cut too.


Find it in my Etsy shop as Girl Talk.

ttyl

Gina.  :-)

Fancy Ankle Boot PopUp Card (SVG)

Here's a popup card that can be given to someone who loves shoes as much as I do.  :-)



This set comes with a card base, envelope, popup insert, and an individual shoe just in case you want to cut it out of a different color.  Add some bling (which is what I forgot to do before posting this).

Find this little beauty at Etsy.

TTYL  :-)