Thursday, November 12, 2015

Oh Brother... Stick a Flower on It!

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Welcome back to my recently embarked upon series all about how I decided to give myself a crash course in all things ScanNCut! If you missed the introductory post, you can check that out here.

As promised, I am back today to share with you a project made with said ScanNCut machine and my self guided ScanNCut 101 class...

You might remember seeing this giant flower cut?
So, what in the world did I do with that?

Well, thanks to an amazing video tutorial from Julie, I made this....


And used it to top a little birthday present for one amazing 10 year old!
Then, I finished it off with a little tag that I used to wipe up extra paint...
These flowers are SO fun and SO, SO easy to make! And this is now officially my new favorite way to use up paper and paper scraps!!!
So, what did I learn about my machine while working on this? Blade settings and mat stickiness is KEY. Like really important. And, that spatula thingie that comes with the machine? It is PERFECTION for burnishing your paper onto the mat. If you do that, the paper sticks super well and a clean cut is guaranteed. Also, a quick clean with a baby wipe and once dry, the mat is like new! EASY PEASY!

And, thanks to the fabulous test cut feature, which I also learned about while working on this project...I also learned that for whatever reason, my "standard" blade seems to cut cardstock the best on a little higher setting than normal. Maybe it was wearing out and getting dull... but I see no need to replace it when a higher blade setting worked great!

Oh, and pressure and speed matter too! What was my perfect settings for these flowers? Blade: 6, Speed: 1, Pressure 4 - Keep in mind, that is with a DULL blade. A sharp blade will be very different.


Next up in my Oh Brother series? A layout! Stay tuned...


Some, not all, of the products I used...

     



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