Posts tagged ‘valentines’

“Magic” floating windshield message

A dark background, and light colored, reversed letters are all that is needed to “project” your message from dash to windshield. You can do it with a printer, but it’s ink-intensive, so I put my diecutter to work instead. This is white vinyl on black cardstock, but white cardstock letters would work fine, too.

A couple of caveats. It only works when light is shining through the windshield (so during the day and under street lights) and polarized lenses dull the effect significantly for the viewer. But hey, it’s cheap and this low tech heads up display is a cool way to surprise a special someone with an encouraging message (hijack their fancy sunglasses first) or remind yourself of something important.

January 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm 4 comments

Free Valentines Art for Stampmaking

I’ve got a new Yahoo group dedicated to the Teresa Collins (Photocentric) Stampmaker and it is growing in members and resources. Currently we have a Valentine challenge going on and members can download a packet of 14 commercial use OK images in negative form for easy stampmaking. A low rez preview is shown below. To get the high rez versions join the group!

January 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm 3 comments

Cool text tricks for your Valentines Day projects

There are some great online tools to take your custom text and “heart-ify” it. For starters, the following 3 sites make word clouds in the shape of a heart:

Image Chef


Festisite flows text into a spiral heart

Scrapcoloring lets you type in short text and then fill it with a heart pattern you can also customize. You can also generate high resolution background paper in various heart patterns.

Says-It generates circular text and a heart border.

And the software you already may have also has some cool text tricks for you to try. If you want to flow paragraph text into a heart shape, for instance, it is quick and easy to do in Inkscape. My one minute video is here. (Instructions for doing this in MSWord, PowerPoint, etc. are here, but I had little success with them.)

You can also flow text around the outline of a heart using Text>Put Text on Path in Inkscape or in SureCutsALot with the steps shown in this text on path video. Studio with the steps shown in this videoMake the Cut also has this capability.

And one more, custom candy hearts, classic, if too low rez to be very useful

ACME Heartmaker

Have fun and Happy Valentines Day!

1/14 update: This post was made before my Silhouette days, but I want to add this link for the Silh crowd.

How to shape a word into a heart in Silhouette Studio 

January 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm 18 comments

Free digipaper for Valentines

I dug out some high resolution seamless tiles I created for Valentines Day 2001, and made them into printable digipaper for the new decade. If you just want a pattern, click on a thumbnail below for a single 300 dpi tile.

A zipped file of all 6 patterns in 12 x 12 page size is here

A .pat file for installing into Photoshop is here

Please enjoy these files on your personal and commercial projects. I would love to see what you create with these.
Note that I am withholding the right to sell the files or include them in a collection for sale. Thanks.

January 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm 8 comments

Free Valentine .scut files at

Update: These files are no longer free.

I found a great source for free .scut files and information about Sure-Cuts-A-Lot software. Check out for many great Valentine cuttables like the basket shown below.

February 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm 6 comments

Pop ups with Cricut Design Studio

I am predominantly a Mac user, so I don’t mess with Cricut Design Studio much, but I thought I would try out the pop up card technique so those without SCAL can play along. Here were the results:


and here’s a screen shot (colors are reversed…the outside of the card is on the right):


You can download the .cut file here. Cartridge is Plantin Schoolbook. The finished card is A2 size so you can just use a half sheet of card stock for the outside instead of cutting one with the Cricut as I did above. For instructions on how to assemble the card, check the references on my earlier post about pop ups.

January 25, 2009 at 6:04 am 15 comments

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