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.