Saturday, December 12, 2015

December - Merry Christmas

I'm still designing a few Christmas elements and cards. I'm starting to focus on Valentines day with a few romantic items.

But first - I've created door hanger cards to treat those you visit as you carol, Santa so he can deliver presents to houses with no fireplace, and don't forget the mailman and newspaper carriers!

All my cards are available as SVG and Studio Ready cutting files at

With Christmas fast approaching, I looked for new ways to make presents for friends and family. Since my husband is a hobby letterpress printer we have many old typeface and ornament catalogs. He loaned me two from 1925 which I then made cutting file derivatives.

The first is an angel which I added multiple layers of doilies to give it that feminine quality. I've included the original type cast. Purchase the cutting file at 






One of my most popular cutting files is the Iris over the edge. For Christmas I found a typecast of a poinsettia. I hope it will also be well received. Alone it could be used as an embellishment for scrapbooks or as part of a photo frame. I made it into a card with multi-layers framing the flower. Purchase cutting file here.








Even though it is Christmas, there are people falling in love, having birthdays, weddings and anniversary. 3D flowers on a card make stunning gifts. Using my embossing tool, foam for shaping and a little elbow grease I was able to add dimension to a bouquet of violets, another type cast. Purchase SVG cutting file here.

My last design takes me to Valentine's day. Yes, it will be here sooner then you think and just like Christmas cards we must think ahead. I love the Art Deco feel of this card. Its another Type cast which I have elaborated into a valentines theme. Purchase SVG cutting file here.


There are still many days left in December to get my designs. I change my 5 sale items every 3-4 days. Today the Type cast designs are on sale until 12/16/15.

Happy Crafting

Friday, November 20, 2015

November - A month of giving THANKS

I'm so thankful for all the support I am getting from friends and clients.

I have reached 200 sales this month!!
 
 This month I was asked by a local group of teachers to share my passion for card making. We spent over an hour touring my craft closet, having a cutting machine demonstration and preview of my products. I had gotten out all my cards that I made this year. Some have been mailed to friends or given away at fundraising events. There were many left undistributed. Enough to fill my dining room table. As always, I let each pick a card to take know that they will go to cheer up others.

The biggest compliment I got this past month was a card I sent a dear friend when she was so ill. I wrote a poem to include inside for encouragement. She was so cheered by this delicate card that she told me she was going to frame it. What an honor! But what is more important is the impact a card can make in her recovery. She's back to being herself which is the message I gave her.

It's memories like these that make each card I make a treasure to someone. We have lost that connection with people, become very impersonal with our use of emails, and messaging has replaced a meaningful phone call. The greeting card is very special especially the handmade ones. They remind me of the Victorian cards.

I'm hoping to get back to working on more complex card designs. They take more time to complete and have generated new cutting templates that others can use to make their own designs.

This month I have posted two new templates available at http://www.craftsuprint.com/judith-henry/.


Double Slider Card

Three Tier Shadow Box
 
It's good to have these templates because they are so easy to embellish to make other projects.
 
Three Deer Elements

The Three Deer Shadow Box was made with the Three Tier Shadow Box template, Three Deer Elements and the Christmas Winter Paper Set 1. Very simple but effective. I have included assembly instructions to help understand the folds.

I'm now working on making a double slider card with Santa Popping out of the chimney using the Santa Down the Chimney element which is available today.



Thank You to all my followers. All my designs on sale

11/19/2015 - 11/21/2015.




Friday, October 30, 2015

October projects

I've been busy this month try out new styles and expanding my products.
 

 
What's New this week was Gatefold Cards. I've had several comments on Facebook groups and have included cutting settings for that work well for intricate designs. Other that being patient I've suggested using double cut and over cut. Over cut is something that many people have not heard about. It is a setting you can add/change when picking the material you cut. Most people know that you can change the speed here and thickness of the material. I have found for cardstock my setting for thickness is 25. If it is pearl coated I then double cut. If what I'm cutting has many twists and turns I turn on overcut with 2 mm setting. I also turn the speed down. Some of these cards seem to take a long time to cut but it's worth the wait to not be frustrated.


Another area I tried is using double sided adhesive from Silhouette to add glitter to a page. All elements in this card used this method. However, I read a comment on Craftsuprint.com that by using spray adhesive you can create your own glitter elements. Perhaps making a stencil that can limit the spray to a specific area would work?

Sketch pens make very nice line art. I have discovered gel pens and the pen holder. I bought a set of metallic, glitter and neon pens. It took time to get the pen positioned right. I found another suggestion on the web to use a popsicle stick when inserting the pen. Not sure how to do this but it was a wakeup call that my pen needed to be adjusted since it kept dragging between objects.

Word Art has always been a challenge for me. I hate adding each little letter. They are never straight. So I have opted for layers and sketch pen. this Wonderful Counselor card uses this technique. It really pops out the words.


 Now where would October be if we didn't do some Halloween designs. Instead of creating everything with the layered look I switched to melding with lines and dripping fonts. The Spooky card with the bat and pumpkin grin pulled it all together. It's the fonts that create the haunting message.




I thought about making some kind of Christmas present. At this time of year everyone is getting their family picture taken. This then led me into creating a photo folder easel with multiple different frames. And with that in mind started the need for custom paper to further embellish the folder.
 
 
Next month I will continue to create Christmas Cards, maybe a thanksgiving treat table placeholder, and a 3D Christmas Tree advent calendar. Guess I'd better stock up on Green and Red paper.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

September Products

I've been absent on the blog for a month now. I've been busy with my grandchild and creating new cards. With the nice weather I have produced many new cards with flowers and tree themes. Let me share those with you:

First time creating bendy cards. I'm particularly fond of the Merry Christmas card. These were so much fun to design. Since they have a front and a back they can be made large for table decoration. The best selling one is the Cat on the fence.


I got into the Christmas Spirit and created card toppers and ornaments. In reality the toppers can be used as Christmas ornaments also by repeating the pattern on the back side. If you have the curio these could be made from crafting foam. I particularly like the snowflake and plan to create several new designs. 
The Seasons Greetings card has not been posted on CraftsUPrint yet. It is a print and cut file and contains the four seasons trees along with the Christmas Tree. The fence opens to expand the card.










With Thanksgiving fast approaching I thought some fall cards would be wonderful to send. The over the edge card has been a favorite of many clients and is another best seller. The Thanksgiving card is a tepee card which might be used for meeting name cards by swapping the word for the name. The Thinking of you card is very special. I have thought this would be nice as a shadow box. Several sentiments were included.

That catches you up on my designs through September. Let me know if there is anything you are interested in seeing. I'm always looking for customer input.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fancy Nested Circular Fold Card - Tutorial

This card is a 4 folded circle card that fits into a 5.5 square inch envelope. The circular flaps nest over each other to hold perhaps a gift inside. This was a challenging card to design but well worth the trouble. 
I created my own border using the Adobe Illustrator pattern paintbrush. Once you figure out how to do this and get all the parameters correct for repeats with spaces and corner patterns, it is easy to use with any object.

  1. Create the object and duplicate it for later.
  2. Apply the pattern paintbrush .
  3. Once it is the size you want, use the object/path/outline menu item to convert the pattern to individual objects.
  4. Use the object/path/offset menu to create outline objects of the boarder pieces and immediately merge them.
  5. Push this object to the back and select this object and the boarder objects.
  6. Now either create a compound object or use the exclude pathfinder to create the reverse border.
  7. Take the duplicate object from step 1, align with the boarder and merge.
Now for the Fancy Nested Circular Fold Card which cutting files are for sale at CraftsUPrint.com/judith-henry.:




There are five basic pattern pieces to create. Once the base design is created the others are derivatives off this pattern. It was created by using 4 semicircles and a square. I had to experiment with several designs until I came up with a pattern and border combination that would nest correctly. I'm sure there are templates you can find that will do this for you but the challenge was to get one that allowed a border on the circle.

Using contrasting paper pops the borders in this card. The main pieces should be cut with cardstock. I chose a solid core blue for the base and pearl floral coverstock from the Paper Studio called Blanc Boutique for the border pieces. The inside paper is a floral print.

The pattern has dotted lines for score marks. I used the silhouettes advance cutting settings to cut at a low thickness to lightly identify where I needed to score the base. 


After scoring, fold and nest each tab and pressing the fold.


Both center pieces are attached to the inside and outside of the base.



The circle base should fold around the inside piece. When folded the outside base piece should show the lacy edging.


The last piece are the optional inside flaps and the outside fancy lace flaps.



I am particularly proud of this card. It works up so beautiful. An all occasion card yet very elegant for special occasions.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Challenge

I'm at a benchmark today. I've been a new designer at Craftsuprint.com for over 3 months. Today I have hit the 80% mark to up my status to the bronze level. I have 20 more items to sell and I'm hoping to gain this level by the end of the month. Keep looking for new cards in my store link.

Today's card is a Princess Birthday Card. It should be well received by those young ladies who watch Disney's shows like Sofia and Frozen. While this is not one of these princesses, she could be used for any of the princesses. To make this more versatile think how she could be used for Halloween and valentine's day.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Discussion - Card verse liners

I love making cards ahead of time and then using them for any occasion. This has become even more important as I share my cards with my mother-in-law to send to all her friends for birthday cards. Being in an independent living situation means there are many birthday celebrations, thinking of you, sympathy and get well needs.

I have discovered that this generation's needs are cards with no verses but since they have aging hands they want verses they can adhere to the card. Is this a new opportunity for a product base. I guess that depends on internet access and computer knowledge.

I have started using my scrapbook software to create some simple but elegant inserts for her. The verses come from the web. There are many special sites for this. As a personal use I have no problem using these for this purpose but wonder how others who sell digital cards create ones with verses.

I'd like to start a discussion here for purpose of sharing ideas on this topic. Think about these questions and provide your thoughts.

  1. When you purchase a card design do you look for ones with verses?
  2. Do you think there is a need for verse liners as a product to sell?
  3. What copyright issues exist?
  4. Would you purchase a kit of liners?


Insert for Thinking of You card.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Birthday Toppers

Today I have posted three new items at craftsuprint.

My challenge this month is to have an item in 50% of the categories on the SVG cutting file area of the site. Since Gwen's third birthday is coming up, I thought it would be fun to design a cupcake topper for her party. It is in the birthday category with ages. I included all the numbers so it can be used by anyone.
Happ Birthday Cupcake Topper - SVG, DXF and studio ready

However the Sweet Sixteen is topper is for a 5 x 5 inch card. Lots of fancy swirls but at this size there is no problem cutting it out. I'm not sure if young girls celebrate this birthday like we did when I was a kid. It was a big deal with a fancy party and all.
 
Sweet Sixteen - SVG, DXF and studio ready
I got carried away with swirls and curls on this 5 x 7 inch card. It was a challenge but it to cuts well. I think perhaps I'm getting the hang of the limitations of the cutting machine. I is really a pretty card but as is it need just a little personal touch to make it special. I did not create any sentiments for it but think it could be used for a birthday, sympathy, wedding or any special occasion. Naturally I put this in the female card category.

Cutout Floral Card - SVG, DXF and studio ready

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What's with the name?

In 2012 I became a grandma. My daughter asked me what I wanted my granddaughter to call me. I never thought about this. I guess to keep things straight she could call me Grandma Henry. This might confuse her since she has a great grandma. I told my daughter that Gwen would name me. She did, I'm sure with the help of her mommy. I became Gammy and as she got older the "R" was added. Grammy, Grammy, Grammy.

When I retired I began making more cards. Many of them were with her in mind. My specialty is the popup form of cards. That has led me into a lot of research with the hopes of creating a popup book for my grand "children". This includes my nieces children.