Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cobweb Lace with the Silhouette Cameo

 Last week I shared some previews of incredibly delicate cuts that I made using the Silhouette Cameo.  I was experimenting with making the lines of my designs thinner and thinner to see how the look would change.  Originally, I was thinking of using these designs for print and cut projects.  However, in the back of my mind, I wondered if I could cut any of them successfully - so I had to give it a try.

I started with a design that I had created from my original line drawing.  The grid in the screen shot above is set at one inch so you can see that these are small designs.  I used the offset function and applied an internal offset to make the lines even thinner.

I knew from experience that this Dazzle glitter cardstock from DCWV produces beautifully detailed cuts, so I decided to use this to increase my chances of success.  The sparkle is amazing and no glitter dust is produced when you cut.  The backing is almost like vinyl and the sparkly effect is produced by a different manufacturing process than the typical DCWV glitter stacks.

I did a double cut on the first image - just for insurance.  I tried some more with just a single cut and they worked well but with a double cut the image lifted perfectly.  You can see all of the leftover bits on the mat (yes, it is a Cricut mat and it works fine in the Cameo).

Here is the finished cut.  I can hardly believe that it cut so easily and cleanly.

There is a dime placed on edge at the top of this photo to help you understand the size of the webbing in this medallion.  Some of the lines are less than 1/16 of an inch.

I designed a few more lacey images and cut them out.  It was amazing to see that even thinner lines like the ones in the center of this medallion were cut cleanly.

Here is another comparison of the size of the images with the dime for reference.

One of the first things I ever cut with the Silhouette SD was this dress form shape that I adapted from an image I found online.  The first cut I made last year was in black cardstock.  The same design cut perfectly in the Dazzle cardstock and most of the tiny offcuts stayed on the mat.

Here is my little collection of delicate shapes (nearly cobweb thin) that I was able to cut with the Cameo.

I think these lace medallions are great for feminine cards - perfect for Mother's Day coming up next weekend.

 I made a layered card front and added a piece of sparkly ruffled ribbon from May Arts. 

I knew that I wanted an old button for the center of the medallion, so I raided my button tin.  I love buttons and always look for them at estate sales and in second hand shops.

I was excited to find a button that coordinated perfectly with my paper choices.  It even had some thread through the holes (leftover from when it was cut off a garment).

I thought about using my silver trial cut but I decided the effect was too pastel.  I wanted the delicate lace cut to get full attention (so the silver would work better on a darker background).

I changed my mind again and switched to this medallion because the shape seems to echo the pattern in the paper nicely.

After fussing to find a button with the thread already in it, I decided that the card needed a bit of sparkle in the center of the button and added a pink gem.

Here is another close view of the final card top with the jewel added to the button.

I could add a small sentiment to the front but for this type of card I will usually just put the message inside the card.

I am tempted to try designing and cutting a full page of lace.  It will take a long time to cut but the effect could be spectacular.

Tonight is "La Rummage" at my in-law's church (AKA the rummage sale!).  I wonder if I'll find more buttons or other crafty supplies - I'll share photos of whatever "treasures" I find tomorrow.
Have a creative day!

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  1. Gorgeous card! Hope you find some good stuff at the rummage sale.

  2. Wow I love your card, very dainty. Makes me want a silhouette! Gulp!!!

  3. This is so cool! I really love that star-like one. Someone else directed me to this blog post. You used to (long ago) share Cricut stuff from DS (yes, THAT long ago, lol)... do you still share? I really, really like the star-like one!! If you haven't already, you should look into selling on the Silhouette store. You make very pretty stuff.

  4. Wow, Absolutely Fabulous.

  5. Gorgeous work! I love the delicacy of your designs... they are so beautiful.

  6. These are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. designs and cuts, Diane. I am so impressed with your ability on your die-cutting machines. Beautiful, beautiful!

  7. This lacy design is just beautiful. Any chance it would cut on the cricut if it were able to be changed to a .cut of scal file? You do beautiful work.

  8. Wow, that is amazingly delicate work. I can't imagine the Cricut cutting so well. Have fun "rummaging"!

  9. Oh! Diane each is more beautiful than the one before. You are so talented. Joan, Port St. Lucie, FL.

  10. Hi Diane,

    Wow, I agree that you could sell your designs to Silhouette! We would buy them.

    I am quite liking my cameo and need to find time to get a bit more acquainted so I can make more fun things.

    Wondering how you Dad is doing? Thinking of you. It is hard not to be close by.

    Jane K.

  11. Those cuts are amazing!!!! I am waiting for my Cameo to get here, I can hardly wait to try it out. I think my Cricut's will be collecting dust!!!

  12. Diane, these are so beautiful! May I ask you to share what settings you use for these projects on the Cameo? I recently got one but have not had much time yet to play with it and knowing what kinds of papers, card stocks, etc. will also work best. Can you share those discoveries you have had thus far?
    Thank you so much, and yes, I also hope your Dad is doing well...I lost my parents from heart attacks and strokes at ages 55 and 66 and 2 brothers out of 3 so I understand the necessity to take the time now to be with loved ones and never wait until tomorrow.
    Best to you and yours! You are so nice to share you beautiful projects and escapades with us!

  13. Fantastic designs, TFS Diane.
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. This is a great post. Incredible detail on those cut images. Have you done a post comparing the Expression to the Cameo? I'm aware of the general differences but I'd like to hear your opinion on actual ease of use and how hard is to switch to the Cameo. Thank you!!

  15. Amazing! I didn't think detail like that was possible. Wowzers, looks so pretty.


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