Here it is! My first ever FREEBIE download. Your free digital download comes in a zipped folder which includes the SVG cutting file to make this super sweet Twinkle Twinkle Treasure Box using your Silhouette Cameo or other home cutting machine, along with a pdf ReadMe file with details and instructions. Get it now—it will only be available for free through the end of August before it becomes available for purchase through my shop.
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Have you wanted to try your hand at hand papercutting, but didn't know how to get started? I've added the first design in my new line of downloadable hand papercutting patterns to my etsy shop! Pretty much all you need is an exacto knife, paper, and a self-healing cutting mat to get to work. Lovebirds is sweet, easy-to-cut, and adorable in a frame. The digital download includes a pdf pattern sheet along with a sheet listing materials and packed with my cutting tips and tricks. More pattern designs will be added soon! Please note, this is a digital download, not a physical product.
Don't want to cut by hand? Check out my SVG cutting file here to use your Silhouette Cameo or other home cutting machine.
As I've been exploring more layering of textures and patterns in my new collage work, I've been hankering to try my hand at stencils. I thought I'd start out low tech, seeing what I can do quickly and cheaply with basic stencils cut on my Silhouette Cameo using materials on hand. I used one of my patterns inspired by Moroccan tile designs, converted into SVG cutting files (available here).
- Cut the stencils using basic card stock
- Use blue painters tape to hold them in place without tearing the paper
- Apply paint using a pouncer, making sure to push the paint completely into the cutout spaces. (I used Liquitex Basics acrylic paint)
- Remove the tape and stencils, and instant success!
I'm excited to use these in some projects I'm working on. I also tried using easy tack spray to hold down the stencil, which worked well, but left a tacky feel on the finished design that I didn't like. The cardstock seems perfect for using a few times and tossing, but doesn't seem like it will hold up super long for multiple uses, so I plan to experiment on cutting more stencils out of some different materials to see what I like best. I'll keep you posted!
I can't believe I have gone this long without a blog post! Things have been so chaotic these past few months while I have adjusted to leaving my position at Northern Clay Center to focus on creating licensed designs for Silhouette America and freelance graphic design work. It's been so great to work from home and enjoy the flexibility my new schedule allows. I've been blessed so far to have plenty of work and my biggest challenge has been finding the time to get everything done, juggle deadlines, and balance work/family time (while still squeaking in some time to make new personal work for my sanity).
I just got an email with photos of some t-shirts created with my recent logo design for Yinghua Academy Chinese Immersion School in Minneapolis (yes, a volunteer project for my son, Eli's school). The school has been using a mix of dragon clip art from various places for their sports team, the Dragons. This year, with a major building and gym renovation, it seemed like time for a new unique design created especially for the school. The school wanted to incorporate the traditional chinese dragon with a chinese papercut look, and to have a dynamic and "fierce" logo while still friendly enough for elementary school kids. We created these t-shirts for our school team in the annual twin cities dragon boat races. I love how they turned out! Can't wait to see the dragon on the wall of the new gym this fall!
I also have been busy working on an identity system for HKLaw, LLC, a small law firm in Denver, CO. The law team there was looking for a design that was fresh and vibrant to reflect the energy and passion of their attorneys, while still keeping a clean, traditional design. Here is the final design we chose for the logo. We decided to go with two variation of business cards, one more traditional and one a bit more playful, depending on who they are giving them out to. So far I've designed letterhead and stationary, ads and signage, and a website design is in the works.