Posts tagged ‘word art’
I’m always on the lookout for word art of bible verses and can not believe I never found Papercraft Memories before. Karen creates stunning word art, gives away high resolution versions for personal use generously, as well as often showing how she uses the word art in a card. Much of it would also be suitable for making vinyl cut files. I am so excited to find this site, and couldn’t wait to share it with you. Please stop by and feast on the Word made visually beautiful, and be sure to leave some blog love for Karen.
My Teresa Collins Stampmaker arrived late last week and I have been having a great time experimenting with it. I wasted 2 “Imagepacs” before getting it right, so read on for my tips to help you avoid the same fate.
Here was what my design looked like in Inkscape:
Here is what the stamps look like when they are finished and (temporarily) mounted:
Here is what the stamped images look like:
-Use the small imagepacs for your initial tries. That way if it doesn’t work you have less to lose.
-Proofread, proofread, proofread and be sure you have the image exactly the way you want it before you burn the stamp. I accidentally reversed the order in the faith Bible verse (Hebrews 11:1) when I made the stamp.
-Leave about a quarter of an inch between different designs on the same Imagepac. If you put them closer it will be really difficult to cut them apart and you may end up sacrificing some images.
-Avoid arranging images close to the corners as this is where the pouches tend to pucker. Also be sure that the plastic and gel is completely smooth and flat underneath your images. Any wrinkles, puckers or creases will ruin the stamp.
-When they say the image has to be really black, they aren’t kidding. It needs to be as black as the ones they send you. Use the film provided and follow the directions exactly and you should be fine. Do not try to burn the stamps with a light image or you will end up with a solid block of stamp material (my first try). If your image is not quite dark enough, your stamp will look OK, but your stamped image will be muddy since the stamp image will not be raised enough with respect to the surrounding area (my second try).
I’m giving away the corrected faith circle word art in case you want to make your own stamp or just use it as a digistamp. It is sized to use with a 2 inch circle punch at 300 dpi. Click on the image to see it full size and then right click and select Save Image As… to download. I’d love to see what you make with it.
This is a sample of the word art at Bethany’s site (though this image is not her usual fare) and you can download the .png version there. I’m linking it here because this idea is perfect for adapting to Cricut cutting. Just create a simple background in any program you like by repeating the word at a small size and in a variety of fonts, then print it onto the paper or card stock of your choice. Load your custom background sheet on the Cricut mat and then cut the same word out in bold letters. It is ready to go on a scrapbook page, card or other craft.
Numerous variations come to mind. You could list adjectives on the background paper, then cut out a person’s name, for instance. The only design consideration is that the background text be small enough so that it can be read on the the size letters you cut.
For detailed instructions on making the background paper, look at the instructions for making custom wrapping paper in The Color Printer Idea Book. Click “search inside this book,” type in gift wrap, press go and then click on the link to page 45 in the results window.
I love fonts and typography. With the ability to do vinyl wall sayings and tiles, I began to renew my interest in word art. Turns out the digital scrapbookers are pretty into word art, too, so there are some great resources out there.
Now, many of these designs are not suitable for cutting, but they do give you some great ideas about phrases to use, positioning the words in a phrase, etc. One word art site I really like is Elegant Word Art by Bethany. She is very generous with her talent… just look at the long list of freebies in the right hand column. What I really like is that she usually lists the names of the fonts she uses in each design, which makes it easy to recreate the look in Inkscape or SCAL.