Enjoy A Cool Summer Making Fun Embellishments
Summer arrived about 3 weeks early this year and we’re still in the midst of a heatwave. Luckily, the AC is working and the fans are pushing the air around and so far, we’re still able to enjoy some creative time.
The digital files used for these projects offer lots of versatility. You can create and change it out just by choosing different papers and textures. Here are the collections used for a few of the embellishments we’ve made so far… oh, we’re not finished by a long shot. The grands are coming to help make a few more.
Watercolor Popsicles-ClipArt by peachycottoncandy
Flip Flops Bundle File by TMT Design Art
Starfish In Bottom by Luckypursestudio
Watermelon Icon for Your Project by adeel.anjum00
In addition to the above collections, you’ll also need:
- Fonts (single line for use with the foil quill)
- Electronic die cutting machine (Skycut C24) and SCAL5 Pro software
- Dimensional Foam strips
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Foil quill (standard tip)
- Black Foil (Glimmer Hot Foil System from Spellbinders)
- Distress Ink & blender tool
- Wink of Stella pen
- White Gel pen
Let’s get started!
Cool summer embellishment / card / plaque
Open your cutting machine’s software. Place a rectangle on the mat, sizing as desired. The size for the sample was at 7.5 inches (width) x 3.25 inches (height). Import the designs from the folder as you wish. Six of them were chosen for the card in the sample. Align and distribute them across the face of the rectangle. Make sure that each of the cool treats is set to print to cut and print. Remove the colored stroke from the rectangle. Group the treats and rectangle. Choose your font and write your sentiment. Enjoy a cool was the first part of the sentiment and Summer was the second. Adjust the size and stretch if needed to go across the face of the card.
Page setup should be for 12 x 12 stock. You can get 3 images on the page. Place them fairly close together for the registration marks to print correctly. Print and cut according to the directions of your software.
At this point, you can mount the card on another piece for a background and a little more sturdiness. You can also adhere to a board or custom frame. These are very close to the size of a slimline card, so you could also add them to a card base and share with a friend or two instead of using them as an oversized title for a scrapbook page.
Make a Wish/Starfish Embellishment or Tag
Super easy and quick to make. Open the cutting machine software, load the starfish digi. For this sample, you’ll only use the larger of the two starfish in the file. To remove the smaller of the two, you’ll need to use the break apart command in SCAL5. Delete the 2 layers of the smaller starfish. Separate the two layers of the remaining starfish. Both of these were cut from the same color of cardstock, but different inks and finishes were applied for the change in color.
Set up a 2.75 – 3 inch square on the mat. Add your sentiment using a single line font and set to draw. There are several on Creative Fabrica that fit the bill… warm up the Foil quill for about 15 minutes. Place the cardstock on the mat and add the foil. Make sure it is secure and won’t fish around during the drawing process. Black foil was used for this sample. When the sentiment has been drawn, remove the foil, not the mat from the machine. Change to cut in the software and cut the square and starfish. Remove the mat and remove the pieces from the mat.
Using some white ink, and a blending tool and pad, lightly wash some white onto the bottom layer of the starfish. Set aside to dry for a little bit. You can heat set the ink if you apply a heavier layer on it. Apply some light brown ink to the top layer of the starfish. You pretty much want to cover it. Rub some of the same ink on the square cut as well. Glue the two pieces of the starfish together. Add some white gel pen dots if desired, and add some Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer. Glue the starfish to the square as desired.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without Flip-flops!
The collection used here is a series of silhouettes. The SVG file is comprised of the sole which is cut in two pieces and the strap is 5 pieces. Dimension was wanted for these – so a third layer (contour cut/blackout shadow) was added using the base piece to create the bottom layer of the flip flop. It is the same dimension as the flip-flops.
Even though the sole is comprised of two pieces, it was very easy to align the stripes to match! The flip flop design was cut 3 times. Once for the shadow, once for the sole, and once for the strap. Foam strips were applied to the strap pieces for a little height. Apologies that there isn’t an assembly photo to share for this one.
Watermelon Embellishment – definitely a sweet treat!
The digital image used here has lots of layers. You can choose which ones to use. For this sample, all of the layers were used with the exception of the small seeds that were separated from the main image. Once all the pieces were cut, ink the edges, glue together. Add some dimensional glaze (Mod Podge dimensional magic) to the seeds and let dry.
This is just a start for what we hope will be a fun activity for our family to share the highlights of our 2021 summer!
You’ll find additional inspiration on Jan’s blog as additional embellishments (including the flamingo tag shown above) celebrating summer are added. We hope you’ll also enjoy browsing through Jan’s other articles on The Artistry.
If you decide to create these or any other ideas over the course of the summer, be sure to share them with us. We’d love to see them.