There is definitely a nip of fall in the air and Halloween will be here before we know it. Yesterday I started testing some new project files. I have been using digital content that I have purchased over the years to create print and cut as well as regular cut files. I have been doing digital scrapbooking for years and I have lots of papers and elements from Creative Memories and many other sources.
Creative Memories now sells digital content in a universal format (jpegs and pngs) in addition to the self installing sets that work with directly with the StoryBook Creator 4.0 program. You can purchase these downloads and use them for digital scrapbooking in any program or adapt them for print and cut projects. I chose this set of Classic Halloween Digital Embellishments. I liked the little green monster shaped candy bag in the top left corner.
One of the things I like the most about using the Silhouette machines is the freedom I have to use my own images for print and cut projects. I'll explain the step by step process in another post. It is pretty simple to import an image into the Silhouette software and then trace it to create cutting lines.
I traced the monster (I called him Frank) and then created a shaped card. The back of the card is blank but you could print both sides. I was trying to conserve printer ink. I don't have a 12 x 12 printer (but I hope to someday soon...) so I had to set the card up to print on 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. I filled in a few small monster images to use on another project along the side.
The cut was nearly perfect - I moved things around on my mat and I didn't quite get it back into perfect alignment when I set up the print and cut.
I simply inked all around the front of the card with some "Mowed Lawn" seasonal Distress Ink - this hid any white lines and gave a nice bit of shading to the card. (Distress Inks and reinkers are on sale this week at Blitsy).
I used some Black Diamond Stickles glitter glue to highlight the monster's hair, mouth and added small centers to the eyes.
It's a bit hard to see the Stickles - here is another view.
I stamped the inside with a Studio G dollar stamp set (I collected these for a few years and stopped when I realized that I hardly ever used them. I keep them in a binder and "rediscovered" them while sorting out my craft room).
I had to take one more photo with my spiky flower frog holding the card. The monster seems to be immune to the pain of the spikes!
Have you started making Halloween projects? I am planning to actually send some of the cards I make this year...
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