I have happily been crafting away with my fellow brand ambassadors for Brother! It’s always lovely to see Erin & Julie, but especially fun when we’ve got the good folks at Brother that we normally only email with too!
One of my 2019 goals is to use up and/or repurpose more, and clean out this closet of mine! As I was organizing last week I stumbled across a photo frame that I really like – except I didn’t like its color.
I decided to grab a bit of acrylic paint, my camera to record, and get to work! In less than 10 minutes I had a brand new looking frame just perfect for Elizabeth’s horse photo from her very first lesson at her new barn. This photo tugs all the heartstrings for me, as the instructor is the one that taught me how to ride back in the late 80s! (yes, when I do the math I feel old – ha!)
Here is a link to my YouTube real time video creating this if you’d like to watch the process. Essentially what I did was to layer three red/pink/orange colors onto the frame. Then finish with black paint lightly on the raised parts.
A project like this one will work with any frame that paint will stick to – just remember to leave the frame out to dry completely. I like ones like this with some texture/design to them, but you could easily DIY some texture with a stencil, then paint!
I look forward to bringing you more DIY and re purposed fun this year – stay tuned!
I was asked to create a swatch sample with the new ScanNCutDX which I thought immediately was a super fun challenge – I’m in! When I got the list of suggested materials, many of which I’d never tried I thought oh my goodness this is going to be fun – and with some I thought no way. It can’t!
Disclaimer: The usual disclaimer here that I am a paid consultant for Brother. All ideas & opinions expressed by me are always my own – this is a great machine and company I’m thrilled to work with!
What you need to know about cutting with a ScanNCutDX:
- The machine can cut up to 3mm many materials
- Use the appropriate mat, or if working with something really crazy consider adding a bit of painter’s tape for security and work on an old mat
- The machine has an auto-blade which means that you don’t need to guess what to set it at – it will do it for you!
- The machine may require more than one pass to cut a material. Don’t worry! It’ll figure it out and keep going until done.
- Not sure a new material? Start with a small simple design such as a square or circle and see how it does before you get wild!
Basically? The ScanNCutDX has made my adventures into new materials completely pain free! Here is a quick little YouTube video where I show cutting a plastic table cloth material as well as some thermoplastic hardcore cosplay sheet material!
So what all can the ScanNCut DX handle?
I don’t actually know! I say I do not know because I keep adding materials and trying new to me stuff – and most of it works! As long as it is cut-able and not too thick to enter the machine my success rate is tremendous. I’ve even cut some plastic dragon scale material for cosplay that I was sure would get stuck. Nope! Below is a listing of the types of materials I’ve cut so far this week:
Plastic thick or thin table cloth, vinyl, thermoplastic sheeting, leather, untreated leather, ultra suede, felt, foam, PVC foam, chipboard, illustration board, paper (vellum, cardstock, watercolor), fabric, glitter sheet, hard plastic sheets from ultra thin to 2mm thick, balsa wood sheets, shrink plastic, cosplay fabric materials, corrugated cardboard, foam board, gasket (think rubber-ish sheeting), and so much more!
I am seriously mind blown over here at the vast variety of things that I have been cutting out – AND how well this blade, mat, and machine are holding up to my mad scientist like abuse. Stay tuned for future posts using many of these awesome materials – and be sure to ask me questions if you’ve got them! I’d be happy to help.
Oh yes, and if you’ll be in Phoenix for Creativation next week be sure to stop by the Brother booth and say hello! Not attending? No worries! I’ll be doing posts to my Facebook and Instagram, as well as doing a post-show report right here. Happy Crafting!
This project was a labor of true love – and I won’t pretend otherwise it took well over 100 hours over 2 1/2 months to make it happen. Oh but it was worth it and I’d do it all again! As you can see from the photo below this was no small project! It’s bigger than the real dog!
Last night we were discussing the year, and how much happened for us (good and bad!) in 2018. There were travel adventures, goals not achieved, surprises, and so much more. I began working on more costume type crafts as well as rekindled my love of jewelry, and I am reworking the structure on a lot of business stuff!