Friday 3 November 2000

Scan n Cut meeting 1 - 21st October 2017

We successfully managed to make a  shadow box like this:

Background papers 

We also looked at direct cut and scanning and resizing images.

Saturday 10 June 2000

Scan n Cut group - 9th June 2018

This month we will be making a working clock using the scan n cut.  There are 2 clocks to choose from - the colours will depend on the coloured card/paper you bring with you and will be your choice.   

As a rough guide, you will need around 6 black or kraft card 12 x 12 sheets, 1 or 2 white 12 x 12 and various colours to complement the main colour.  A reasonably thick 12 x 12 decorative paper pad will be best for the patterned paper - these can be obtained at a reasonable price from the Works, the Range or from B&M.

The clock workings (including black plastic hands) and the foam board for the front of the clock will be provided for you for a small charge (around £3).   

You should bring your normal craft kit with you - ds tape, pva glue, scissors, etc.  Also, any decorative materials you want to use to decorate your clock. If you want to use the butterflies and flowers I've used on the teal clock to decorate yours, the dies and a die cutting machine  will be made available.

The flowers from the other traditional style clock are available in a scan n cut file.

Saturday 18 March 2000

SNC project April - Tissue box

The project we will be doing in April will be this tissue box cover.

I have used black and kraft card but you can use whichever card you like - it just needs to be reasonably heavy in weight.

All files will be provided to you on the day for the card elements - but you are welcome to bring any other embellishments you want to use.

You will need your scan n cut machine, and accessories, card stock (ideally 12 x 12, but A4 can work) and basic craft kit (ds or red liner tape, glue, scissors.

I have some vinyl if you want to try cutting out a sentiment or saying to go in one of the panels...

The hall has a kitchen, and tea and coffee will be provided, but you should bring a packed lunch and cold drinks if you want them.


Everyone had a good time - and we were very productive, making our tissue box covers and also having a go at the box in a card placeholders...

Thursday 17 February 2000

Decorated boxes - technique class

Our first class was held on 17th February, at the Methodist Church Hall Gidea Park between 1pm and 4 pm. 

For the first class we were decorating a box using paints, inks and stencils and stamps.

The first techniques class produced an abundance of beautifully decorated boxes!  Aren't they great?  A lot are still works in progress, as they will be decorated with additional embellishments later.

Wednesday 9 February 2000

Techniques group - 9th February 2019

We will be doing 5 projects at the techniques class, all of which can be made into cards by using them as toppers.

Card 1

  • Put the aperture mask onto the piece of card.
  • Place the wavy line mask across the centre of the aperture.
  • Place the sun in the sky where you want it to be.
  • Using the inks and the daubers, colour the sky, putting some yellow around the sun and blending up to it with blue.
  • Remove the sun mask and lightly colour it.
  • Remove the wavy line mask and stamp your hills and trees over the edge of it.
  • Using wavy line mask, create lines across the bottom half of the aperture using pale blue ink. Make sure that you ink round the bottom half of the aperture.
  • Stamp tree onto right hand side and animals in centre.
  • Using the clear glitter brush pen, add some “Z” strokes across the landscape.
  • Remove the aperture mask and stamp the sentiment underneath the circle.

Card 2
  • Stamp the jar onto the card, and also onto the yellow post it paper.
  • Cut out the parts that you want to see through and put the mask over the stamped image on the card.
  • Stamp the bunch of flowers and stamp it onto the card over the top of the jar, so that the stems appear to be in the water.
  • Remove the mask.
  • Using coloured pencils, colour in the image.
  • Colour the water a very faint blue and go over with glitter brush pen.

Tag 3
  • Using the distress inks, apply colour randomly to the tag.
  • Spritz with water and dry.
  • Using stencil, add ink where required and dry.
  • Stamp leaves in greens on corners.
  • Stamp writing in brown across centre.
  • Make sure everything is dry, and then stamp wreath and sentiment using versamark.
  • Emboss using gold powder.
  • Go around the edge with gold gilding wax.

Paper 4
  •  Apply a water wash with a big brush over the whole card.
  • Using watercolour inks, apply colours randomly
  • Spritz with water and dab with kitchen roll.
  • Sprinkle brusho powders of choice onto surface of card and spritz again until effect you want is achieved.
  • Make sure the card is dry and then stamp the flowers in versamark ink where required and emboss with gold powder.
  • Take some ink and the pearlescent paint and using a paintbrush, splat it onto the card. Allow to dry.
  • This can now be used as background paper, or can be diecut.

Card 5
  • Take the yellow post it paper and tear off a strip as long as the card is wide.
  • Cut it in half lengthways.
  • Make sure that the straight edges are in the middle and apply across the card, leaving a stripe across the centre.
  • Apply distress inks randomly and blend together.
  • Dry.
  • Using versamark ink, stamp butterflies randomly across the stripe.
  • Using the soft brush, apply the mica powder over the top of the stamped butterflies and polish with a tissue/kitchen paper.
  • Remove masks, and stamp the sentiment underneath.

Saturday 5 February 2000

Scan and Cut group - 3rd February 2018

The group met for the second time on 3rd February 2018.

We all successfully cut vinyl to add our names to our machines and looked at calibration of the machine.

The project for the day was started too late to finish, but I did mine at home on the Sunday and this was the outcome.
The number of files to cut listed in the book was a bit confusing - so for clarity, I have listed it below.  Personally, I think the Day should be at the back, then the month, then the date, so I would cut the files accordingly.

It is also a lot bigger than it looks - 7 inches wide, by 4 inches deep and at least 8 inches high.  Again, I think I would make it smaller... Although, if it were to sit on a desk, there is room in the box behind the biggest card to put things like post it note pads, or similar.

Largest card 

3 for Months
2 for Days

Middle card

2 for Days
3 for Months

Small card 
11 cards - 1 for each number and a duplicate card with 1 on the front and 2 on the back.  This is for the 11th or 22nd of the month!

I did think that on the Month card (below the line of the next card) you could probably write birthdays or special occasions that month and that would act as a reminder too!

Saturday 1 January 2000

Instruction Sheet - Double Easel Card (February 2012)

Green version

Pink version in progress

You will need:
  • A4 Cream card, folded to make A5 portrait card.
  • A6 cream card to make main easel background
  • 1 A4 sheet of patterned background paper
  • Toning card in a matching colour
  • 2 pictures which are the same for the topper
  • Plain cream card for main easel  and sentiments
  • Paper flowers to decorate
  • 1 ribbon bow


  • First, fold the A4 card in half to form an A5 landscape card.
  • Mark and cut a straight line down the centre of the front of the card to form two flaps.
  • On the right hand flap, score across at 9.5 cms and then mark up 4 cm from the bottom and cut off that part. (This piece of card will be used for a sentiment)
  •  On the left hand flap, score across at 7.5 cm.
  • Fold both flaps so that they form “mountain folds”

  • Take the A6 piece of card and stick it to the bottom of the fold on the left hand flap as shown.
  • Cut backing card and background paper to size.
  • Mat and layer the card and paper onto the card base as shown. 

  • Using the largest of the small oval nestability die, cut the centre of one of the pictures. Layer it onto the other picture using a foam pad, or silicone glue.
  • Mat and layer the picture onto the A6 piece of card.

  • Stamp a verse onto the spare piece of card from the base card and mat and layer onto the bottom half of the right hand flap.

  • Using foam tape/pads attach the “stops” to the card base.

  • Decorate the “stops” with flowers, gems or embellishments of choice.
  •  Stamp a sentiment onto spare card and stick on the bottom of the base (or use a peel off).

Details of fold and score lines and background paper/toning card sizes are as follows:

Base card
A4 card folded to A5

Contrast card
1 —20.5 cm x 14.3 cm
1—9 x 14 cm
1—10 x 8 cm
2 –10 x 5 cm

Background paper
1- 20 x 14 cm
1 - 13.5 x 8.5 cm
2 - 9.5 x 4.5 cm
2 - 8 x 3 cm