Trendspotting : Holographic Foil

I think it’s safe to say that 2015 has been a great year for copper foil, and gold foil is still going very strong, but what’s this? I sense a new contender in the foil stamped stationery and paper goods space, and its name starts with “holo” and ends with “graphic”. There’s lots to love about holographic foil. It has a metallic rainbow finish. Its colors change as you move it. Um, yeah. It’s magic.

Here’s a little holographic eye candy to whet your appetite, and I hope that we’ll be seeing many more craveable, holographic paper goodies this holiday season and into 2016.

2016 Paper and Stationery Trends : Holographic Foil

1. NAVUCKO 2. The Social Type 3. Parrott Design Studio 4. Lionheart Prints 5. Ashkahn 6. Garance Doré for Rifle Paper Co. 7. Smitten on Paper 8. The Social Type

images from their respective sources

Quick Picks : 8.27.15

An Alphabet of Sorts Letterpress Poster by Starshaped Press

“An Alphabet of Sorts” Letterpress Poster by Starshaped Press
(read more about the creation of the awesome, metal type ornament alphabet here)

This Week’s Picks

Rainbow Brite is back, and my inner 8 year old – oh, who am I kidding – all of me is screaming “yaaaaasssss”!

♥ Digging the new card bundles from Thimblepress, especially this one and this one and … yeah, they’re all pretty rad.

♥ The A*Press line from Avanti has some seriously fun and colorful cards. The “nutty” ice cream cone card is my fave!

♥ These miniature paper models by Charles Young are absolutely incredible. See more here.

♥ Lane’s Twin Tone lampshades are so stylish, and they’re made of paper, too!

image from Starshaped Press

DIY Die Cut Wall Art + Free Cut File Templates

DIY Die Cut Wall Art + Free Cut File Templates

Looking to take your wall art game to the next level? A little die cutting will get you there, and today I’ll be showing you how to make two die cut wall art pieces that you can customize with your choice of color and pattern to match pretty much any room in your house. Yep, these babies are versatile and, if you like a good puzzle, they’re also a lot of fun to put together!

LCI Paper was recently selected by German paper manufacturer, Gmund (their Savanna papers are some of my favorites), to carry and distribute the gorgeous papers in the Gmund Color System, and they sent me a selection of papers that I’ll be using in today’s project, as well as a couple of projects that’ll be coming up soon. I think you’ll agree that the Gmund colors are pretty wowsa!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A variety of colored cardstock (I used Gmund Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Cobblestone, Dark Teal, Aqua Blue, Cayenne, Snow White, and Sun Glow)
  • A digital die cutting machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
  • The free wall art templates (download below)
  • Double-sided adhesive and / or craft glue
  • 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” picture frames

Click any of the screenshots below to see at a larger size

Make Die Cut Wall Art Using the Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Ungroup Shapes

Step 1 : Open the herringbone pattern wall art SVG file in Silhouette Studio*. You’ll see two shapes, the base (left) and the pattern (right). I kept the color fills on the pattern shapes so, if you want to set up your wall art in the same way as I did, you’ll be able to quickly choose the shapes for each color. Select the shapes and ungroup them (Object > Ungroup).

Note : There are really only two basic shapes, a right triangle and a parallelogram, in this pattern, and they’re interchangeable. In other words, if you accidentally cut a fuchsia parallelogram in a position where you meant to cut an aqua one, then you can cut an aqua one later and pop it into place anywhere you see a parallelogram shape in the pattern.

* You’ll need Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to work with SVG files, but I’ve also included GSD versions in case you don’t own the Designer Edition of the software. Please note that color fills are not available in the GSD files, but you can still use the printable PDF guide that’s included in the download to keep track of colors.

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Choose Shapes

Step 2 : Choose all of the shapes for the first color that you’ll be using. You can choose multiple shapes at once with Shift + Click. A dark gray rectangle will appear around the shapes as you select them.

After you’ve chosen all of the shapes, copy them (Edit > Copy or Cmd / Ctrl + C) and create a new document (File > New).

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Paste Shapes

Step 3 : In the new document, paste the selected shapes (Edit > Paste or Cmd / Ctrl + V). When you paste the shapes, they’ll be in the same layout as they were in the original pattern, which doesn’t make the best use of your paper.

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Move Shapes

Step 4 : Group your shapes closer together in one area of the document, so you’ll waste as little paper as possible when you cut it.

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Cut Settings

Step 5 : Pull up the cut settings menu by clicking the icon second from the right in the top menu. For the lighter weight cardstock (111 lb. and under), I used the recommended Cardstock cut settings (Blade 4 // Speed 3 // Thickness 33) and select the double cut option. For the heavier weight cardstock (130 lb.), I used the Heavy Cardstock cut settings (Blade 7 // Speed 1 // Thickness 33), which automatically selects the double cut option.

Attach your cardstock to a mat, load the mat into your die cutting machine, and press the Send to Silhouette button to cut the shapes.

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Delete Shapes

Step 6 : When I’m finished cutting a color, I go back to the original document and delete those shapes. I find that this helps me keep track of what I’ve cut and what I need to cut, but be careful to NOT save the document or the shapes will be lost.

Repeat Steps 2 through 6 for each color that you’ll be using.

Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) : Cut Base Shape

Step 7 : When you’ve finished cutting all of the herringbone pattern shapes, move the base piece to the center of the document and cut it out of of white (or whatever color you prefer) cardstock.

DIY Die Cut Wall Art : Pattern Guide

Step 8 : Print out the pattern guide (included in the free download below) and place it next to the pattern base on your work area. If you have a great memory, or if you’re only using a couple of colors, then you probably won’t need the guide. But because I’m using as many colors as I am, I found it very helpful to have in front of me while I was assembling the pattern.

DIY Die Cut Wall Art : Adhere Shapes

Step 9 : Adhere the die cut shapes, one by one, onto the base. To adhere the small triangles, I used craft glue, and for the parallelogram shapes, I used a double-sided adhesive runner.

DIY Die Cut Wall Art : Finished Pattern

When you’re finished assembling the pattern, it’s ready to frame!

Home Die Cut Wall Art Tips

Assembling the “HOME” wall art :

For the “HOME” wall art, cut out all of the pieces and the base in the same way that you did with the herringbone pattern. Run double-sided adhesive (a glue stick or spray adhesive would work, too) all over the surface of the base.

Line up and adhere the “HOME” frame (I cut mine from Cobblestone cardstock) to the surface of the base. From there, adhere the letter segments to the base, puzzle style. Lastly, adhere the center of the “O” to complete the piece.

DIY Die Cut Wall Art with the Silhouette Cameo

Download Wall Art Templates

Templates are for personal, non-commercial use only.

images by Kristen Magee for Paper Crave

Copper Foil Art Prints by Seven Swans Stationery

Copper Foil Art Prints by Seven Swans Stationery

These beautiful copper foil art prints by Seven Swans Stationery are perfectly understated and sophisticated, and I’m lovin’ the combination of copper foil with both the rich black and beautiful blush papers.

Each print in the collection features a different, inspiring quote. Included are “Hello Sunshine”, “Courage, Dear Heart”, “Speak the Truth Even if Your Voice Shakes”, and “You Are My Greatest Adventure”, and the prints are available framed or unframed.

Be sure to head on over and check out all of the lovely prints (gold foil, too!) in the Seven Swans shop.

Speak the Truth Even if Your Voice Shakes Copper Foil Print by Seven Swans Stationery

Courage, Dear Heart Copper Foil Print by Seven Swans Stationery

Hello Sunshine Copper Foil Print by Seven Swans Stationery

You Are My Greatest Adventure Copper Foil Print by Seven Swans Stationery

images from Seven Swans Stationery