Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What is My Favorite Xyron Product and Why


What is my favorite Xyron product and why? This is the theme for the 2018 Xyron Design Team's last project. I would have to say my favorite is the 9" Creative Station, although it's really a toss up between the permanent adhesive and the double-sided lamination cartridges. I probably use permanent adhesive most often because it is an ideal tool for applying adhesive - it puts adhesive evenly all over whatever you run through it. Not only is it great for making stickers, it is perfect for background papers for cards and super useful for die cuts. I used to hate having to glue things like thin die cut letters/words because the glue would get all over the place. Now it is really easy - just run the cardstock through the the Creative Station with permanent adhesive, die cut, peel, and stick! You can even make your own dimensional tape. For a unique look, create your own designs on cardstock (such as a gradient effect with ink) before running it through and die cutting.

Cartridges are super simple to change, even mid-roll, which I do all the time! As an example of how I use lamination, check out my post on creating watercolor swatch sheets.

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Making the Card

1. Cut Neenah Solar White cardstock about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Use a Stamp Platform to stamp large dog (Crazy Dogs), small dog (Mini Cats & Dogs), and bone (Mini Cats & Dogs) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Note: I didn't notice until I went to color the images that I had missed the large dog's foot in stamping - I just used a black Copic Multiliner SP to draw the edges then covered the paw with the bone to hide my mistake.

2. Color images with Copic markers (see Supplies for a list of colors I used).

3. Find the page in Puppy Love 6x6 pad with labels - the one with "love at FURst sight;" cut it away from the other labels. Cut a piece of blue cardstock about 1/8 inch bigger (so it will have 1/16" border around it). Use 1/4" Corner Chomper to round all corners on label and blue mat. On the label, go around edges from the back side with E55 Light Carmel.


4. From Puppy Love 6x6 pad find striped page, brown small hearts page, colorful hearts page, and border strips page ("adorable" words and paw prints). Trim colorful hearts to 4 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Trim stripes (vertical stripe orientation) to 1 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Cut "adorable" and paw strip from the page of strips but leave them connected; trim to 4 3/4 inches wide.

5. Use Stacked Baroque - largest to cut blue cardstock, next largest to cut brown small hearts (vertical orientation, see card photo). On the brown hearts die cut, go around edges from the back side with E55 Light Carmel.

6. Instead of dimensional tape, cut a piece of craft foam a little smaller than "love at FURst sight" label (I used a larger piece - I keep the extra around for other projects). Cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock large enough to die cut "happy" and "anniversary" (Celebration Words: Script) - do not die cut yet.


7. Run everything through the Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive.

8. Use Crazy Dogs large dog die and Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs small dog die and bone die to die cut images. Hint: after cutting them out, go around edges with 110 Special Black to go around edges from back side plus fill in any extra white edge areas showing (e.g. if the cutting was a little off). Die cut "happy" and "anniversary" from adhesive backed Neenah Solar White cardstock.

9.  Cut blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. On inside of card, adhere "happy" and "anniversary" where shown in photo below. Use a Teflon bone folder to rub over the tops of all the letters - this helps adhere the words and removes any ejector hole indents, without adding shine to the cardstock.


10. After rubbing your fingers around all cellophane on top of papers (hint: use a die pick to also go around edges), remove cellophane. To remove backing from large pieces, flip and peel backing away - this reduces the amount of bending. Punch a small hole at the bottom right corner of striped piece where heart brad will go - peel backing partially away and insert heart brad, spreading tines. Adhere heart piece at top then striped piece at bottom, making sure spacing is equal around top/bottom and sides. Adhere "adorable"/paw strip in middle. Adhere brown heart baroque piece to blue baroque piece; adhere to card where shown. Adhere tall dog (I wrapped the tail around the back and used the Teflon bone folder to stick it down well), short dog, and bone as shown. Adhere "love at FURst sight" label to top of craft foam where the cellophane was. Peel off backing and stick to blue mat. Adhere to card front where shown.


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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Holiday Wishes Copic Colored Winter Card


This sweet image by Dreamerland Crafts reminds me of clear winter nights, looking up at the stars. This could be a holiday card or a simple winter greeting card just by changing the sentiment. I haven't done much Copic coloring on kraft colored cardstock; this Neenah Desert Storm version is lighter than most kraft cardstocks. I think it turned out pretty well. I used 100 lb for the card base but 80 lb for the image. I buy the 250 packs since they are a much better deal than the smaller packs. You have to adjust the colors a bit, compared to working on white, specially the skin colors. Keep a scrap piece handy to test colors.

This card looks even better in person - the glitter really adds some sparkle magic. I was tempted to add glitter to the stars but thought they might look too much like snowflakes.

Disclaimer: Please help support my work in this small way - just use my links if you plan to purchase anything - there's no extra cost to you. Here's the official jargon: links, affiliate links, and cookies may be used in this post and on this site. Using this site implies your consent. I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Share a Sale, and other affiliate programs; these affiliate advertising programs provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to amazon.com and/or other affiliated sites. This helps offset a small portion of my crafting addiction... uh, hobby. I am truly thankful for your kind support! I also receive free products from my design team companies, possibly monetary compensation, and sometimes free products for review. Regardless, all opinions are my own. Google and Blogger use cookies to provide and improve their services. See Notice at bottom of blog for a longer description and/or see the full Privacy Policy for even more details.

Making the Card

1. Cut Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb cardstock to about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (I had this piece on hand) - I like to have extra room around the image for die cutting. Using a Stamp Platform, stamp Holiday Wishes (Dreamerland Crafts) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Use a .3 black Copic Multiliner SP to create hills around the subjects.

2. Color image with Copic markers (see Supply list for colors I used). Use white Gelly Roll pens to add stars to the sky.


3. Die cut image with largest Small Dotted Circle Stackables die. Die cut white glittered cardstock (Recollections) with largest Large Dotted Circle Stackables die. Adhere image to glittered circle using dimensional tape. Set aside until step 5.

4. Cut Neenah Desert Storm 100 lb cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

5. Cut shown background sheet from Checking it Twice (Teresa Collins) to 4 x 4 3/4 inches. This sheet has beautiful red glitter decorating the top (there's also a strip at the bottom of the 12x12 sheet). Adhere to card base. Using VersaMark ink and a Stamp Platform, stamp "Happy Holidays" sentiment (Dreamerland Crafts, Holiday Wishes) on piece of Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb cardstock. Emboss with Red Tinsel Embossing Powder. Trim to a strip; adhere where shown. Adhere image circle where shown.


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Doodlebug Design Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Card


If you find Doodlebug Design papers super cute and quite irresistible (like me), then you will love these matching SVG cut files from Lori Whitlock and Doodlebug Design. You can buy them individually or get the whole set (again like me). Xyron adhesives make everything stick together easily. Follow along for some tips and tricks for putting together cut files.

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Making the Card

1. Download the Doodlebug Design Here Comes Santa Claus set SVG cut files from Lori Whitlock's site (you may also buy the individual files if you prefer).

2. Load Santa Standing and Reindeer Papa files into Silhouette Studio (cut/copy them to the same mat if necessary). Resize to fit on a 5x7 card (I think I used heights of about 4.5 inches for Santa and about 3.3 inches for the reindeer). Ungroup each and separate the layers according to color. See photo below. I put the layers to be cut in white in the upper right corner - I use my Copic markers to color smaller areas to save time (e.g. having to cut pink or yellow cardstock). The black deer silhouette layer actually only shows under the eye, mouth, and nose areas so I only have to color those spots; the rest I'll leave white (see next step for coloring). I put all the browns together and will again use my markers to color the darker shades - choose the lightest brown shade for cutting. Save the file if desired. Cut appropriate pieces of cardstock to put in the corresponding areas of the mat. Hint: turn on the grid for this and note the sizes - add a bit to each dimension for wiggle room. Load mat and send file to Silhouette Cameo for cutting. Note: you can see the pieces in the photo after step 3. Hint: if you have varying thicknesses of cardstock, you can still put them all on the same mat. Cut all pieces at the thinnest cardstock setting first, then without unloading the mat, delete the thin pieces from the Silhouette Studio mat and send again - this will double cut the thicker pieces that are left.


3. Carefully pull up the brown deer from the mat and line it up with the white version. Use a pencil to mark eye, mouth, collar, and hoof locations. Use Copic markers color nose, eyes, hoofs, and collar/bell where marked. Outline the white deer silhouette in a similar brown color used for the deer, except in the nose and collar areas. Outline antlers in a darker brown shade. Color Santa's nose, deer antlers, and inside deer ear (medium brown shade). A list of the marker colors I used can be found in Supplies at the bottom of this post.


4. Carefully pull up pieces from mat (I remove the outside scraps first). Hint: once off the mat, put small pieces in a dish so they don't get lost; I use a porcelain petal watercolor palette (photo of dish two below) because it is convenient (since I use it often for watercolor) and has 7 areas, but any small dish will do.


5. Cut red cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut Here Comes Santa Claus (5383) from 12x12 inch paper pack to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Using largest die from Nested Circle Small Stitch Die pack, die cut green cardstock. Using the second largest stitched circle, die cut multi-colored hearts sheet from Here Comes Santa Claus 6x6 paper pad. In the same pad, find the label sheet with Santa and "Merry Christmas" sentiment; cut out. Cut a piece of green cardstock about 1/16 bigger around (I just put the label in the corner with the spacing I want and lightly mark where I want to cut the other two sides in pencil).


6. Run larger items through 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Run the smaller items through 1.5" Sticker Maker (for the very smallest, just use liquid glue). See photo above.


7. Rub all around cellophane before removing; hint: I use a die pick to go around edges after rubbing with my fingers. Before removing the backing paper from the background patterned paper, after removing cellophane, flip over and peel backing away from paper - this helps keep the paper flat. Adhere to card base. Adhere heart circle to green circle then adhere to card base where shown. Adhere Santa with sentiment to green rectangle; stick inside card, bottom left corner (see above photo). Hint: if any adhesive is around edges, use Adhesive Remover.

8. Assemble Santa and reindeer (use images as guidelines). Adhere to card where shown. Optional: adhere red enamel dot where shown.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wild Whisper Fancy Label Accordion Card


This project is a collaboration between Xyron and Wild Whisper. Wild Whisper sent the Xyron Design Team members each a pack of 12x12 paper. I chose the Forever & Always pack. This pack includes pretty watercolored flowers and sketch doodles. The flowers were so pretty, I decided to feature them in this card. I fussy cut a couple pieces to give the front flower dimension.

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Making the Card

1. Watch the following video so you will know how to assemble the card but don't do it just yet.


2. Die cut pink wavy paper twice with main Fancy Label Accordion die - cut one on each side of the paper. Line them up so the left is the gray flowered side and the right is the pink side - flaps to the right. Train folds and trim flap and tabs on the pink as shown in the video. Use liquid glue (I recommend using Fine Tip Applicator) to glue gray flap to back left side of pink frame.


3. Cut both watercolor flower squares from page of labels then use main Fancy Label Accordion die to cut out flower with gray background (see photo above). Use detail scissors to cut away just the fancy label, then along where folds would be - it should fit flush on gray flowered side of frame. Use the largest (separate) fancy label die to cut out watercolor flower with pink background (see photo at top of post, right side). Cut a square of craft foam a little larger than it.

4. Cut a piece of turquoise cardstock big enough to cut both Fancy Flourish Frames twice (but do not die cut yet). Put turquoise cardstock, craft foam square, and framed flower with grey background through Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive. Die cut each Fancy Flourish Frames twice from the now adhesive-backed turquoise cardstock (peel cellophane off first). Note: you may need to run them through the die cutting machine a couple times - they do not need to cut through the backing paper but they do need to be cut completely through cardstock.


5. Peel backing off die cut Fancy Flourish Frames and adhere to card front and left inside as shown. Hint: use a Teflon bone folder to rub tops to be sure they really stick. Adhere gray background flower to gray flowered side, lining it up perfectly. Keep backing paper. Use detail scissors to fussy cut one of the matching flowers from flowered paper, as well as a center from another similar flower. Use a ball stylus to rub backs of petals of flower then flip and rub in center. Rub back of separately cut center. Use liquid glue to glue flower to gray background flower, offset. Glue center on top. See photo below.


6. In pencil, trace pink background flower label on adhesive backed craft foam (pull cellophane off first); cut inside of traced line. Use Tape Runner to put adhesive on other side of craft foam, stick to back of pink background flower. Adhere to pink (right) side as shown in above photo. Cut out "LIVE FOR THE" and "moments" (fussy cut around moments). Put words face down on saved backing sheet then use Tape Runner to put adhesive on them. Adhere where shown making sure the card will swing over "moments" without catching. Clean up any stray adhesive with Adhesive Remover. Optional: Add Nuvo Aqua Shimmer to flowers and Glossy Accents to flower centers. Once dry, attach tabs as shown in video using liquid blue.


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