Ever since I was a little girl, Santa would bring a few unwrapped gifts each year. Walking downstairs on Christmas morning to see what he left for me underneath the tree was one of the highlights of the holiday season. What would have made that experience just a bit more special for me would have been a little mystery! One year Santa had a little extra time on his hands, and he wrapped our presents, and I loved it. Guessing at what was inside made for an interesting morning that year. Had gift sacks been popular then, I think this would have made Santa’s job a little bit easier, and now that I’m a mom, I know Santa appreciates an easier task! Today, gift sacks that us crafters refer to as “Santa Sacks” are all the rage for helping Santa “wrap” presents. Nearly every crafter has tried their hand at creating them, and they can be found in the holiday décor sections in many retail stores. They are popular because they make for a truly unique family tradition that can last for years. If you are new to the crafting world and have not yet encountered them, they are essentially an oversized canvas, cotton, or burlap sack or laundry bag that are typically reusable year after year. The message on the sack may say something like “Overnight Delivery for Austin, to arrive on December 25.” Santa adds his presents to the sack and leaves it under the tree (or by the fireplace, foot of a child’s bed, etc)
If you have ever felt lost when it comes to knowing how to use fonts in your crafting designs, you’re not alone! Pairing two or more fonts can be a daunting task and choosing the right ones that work well together can seem impossible. You need the fonts to complement one another but not be overly similar. Easier said than done, right?! When I pair fonts together in my own designs, I sometimes try 40+ different combinations before I find the one that is just right. I also like to pair fonts made by the same designer, as often there are similar qualities and structures among each typeface a designer creates. The last technique I utilize when combining fonts duos and families.
I have had my Silhouette for about six years now, and I have made so many mistakes in those years that I could write a pretty lengthy novel. Back when I first started crafting with my Silhouette cutter, there weren’t many blogs with online tutorials or YouTube channels with how to videos. I struggled to come up with techniques that worked for even the most basic of things. I love that electronic cutting machines have changed the world of crafting, even forged a new path for crafters everywhere. There are so many different methods to do one thing and what works for one person may not work for another. I wish I had some of the resources available to me that are available today, including experienced veterans to teach their ways! Although I now know my Silhouette machine and software backwards and forwards, I am still learning new things.
As a crafter myself, I completely understand when someone else’s work inspires you! So, periodically I will put together a ‘Get Inspired” post with ideas to get you crafting. Today’s post is all about Halloween. I have compiled nine different project ideas that may help get your imagination flowing. All include designs available at our sister site, TheHungryJPEG.com. Make sure you read the product description to be sure the file formats will work with your software.
Fonts that were created for layering can achieve some very unique looks. I am obsessed with these fonts! Unfortunately, most were not specifically created with vinyl and paper crafts in mind. Layering both the outline and solid words on top of one another would be great for print and other digital works, but not for vinyl projects. The overlapping areas would not make for clean layering. For this reason, sometimes some manipulations are required in order to create a clean design that layers perfectly. But not to worry because the edits are fairly simple. Silhouette’s advanced editing capabilities allow us to take one layer and make it into a two layer piece with the proper edits.
As I was growing up and into my adult years, Halloween was not a day that I was ever overly thrilled about. I hated dressing up! I loved looking at everyone else who dressed up though, so for many years on October 31, I retreated into my house (which boasted absolutely no decorations for the day), passed out candy, and admired everyone else’s costumes. This continued until I became a mom.
If you are brand new to Silhouette with no previous graphic design experience, some of the available designing capabilities can be difficult to grasp at first. I personally was already familiar with compound paths before I began working in Silhouette, but I can remember back to my first class in college where I learned about them, and it took some time for me to fully understand.