Oh man. Today’s 12 Days of ScanNCut day miiiiight just be my favorite! I probably could have said that almost every day so far, but I tried to really filter that statement! Haha, and since we are day 11 and this one is my favorite and only has one more day to compete with, it might take the cake!
I remember when I first heard that I could cut vinyl with my ScanNCut. Vinyl? Why would I want to cut vinyl? I had no clue about adhesive vinyl, both temporary and permanent. I had no idea I could create fake wallpaper (working on Jonesy’s room right now!), create beautiful labels or add decorations to, well, just about anything. ;)
My sister and I often joke (she is a fellow ScanNCut owner and fan) that if you’re getting frustrated cutting something else, just whip out some adhesive vinyl or heat applied vinyl — they always cut so beautifully! You can get incredible detail too.
Back in Pittsburgh, we had round spice jars with lids that slid on instead of twisting. I knew as we were packing up to move that there was no way we could bring them with — well, we could have, but it was a good time to let them go. ;) My mom found these great square glass containers, so when we moved into our home here, I ordered a bunch of them. I’m definitely still building my spice collection, since purging in Pittsburgh and keeping it pretty trim in our apartment.
But before we end up with Cumin in our waffles instead of Cinnamon…. I needed to get these babies labeled!
I made my mom labels for her spice jars over the last few months. We had a few spelling errors and forgotten spices that we needed to make later. I still owe her a few, but that’s what is so awesome: it’s so easy to keep updating and creating with the ScanNCut and ScanNCut2.
And who doesn’t love pretty labels! I know one of my goals for 2016 is to only keep things that have a home. If something just keeps getting shifted around because it doesn’t have a specific place to call home, it’s probably going to go! Labeling and creating spaces that are beautiful and tidy really motivate me to continue organizing my entire home! Well, and my organizing genius of a mom. :)
When cutting vinyl, you want to only cut through the vinyl sheet, not the backing. I typically have my blade at a depth of 1-2 with a pressure of 0. Be sure to run a test before cutting out all of your labels!
I also whipped up labels for our trash and recycling bins!
And an address label for our front door! See? I told you …..EVERYTHING! haha.
And then of course the spice labels…
….and the real-life behind the scenes of nabbing photos of them!
My little helpers! Harlow helped me transfer all the labels to the jars — I love involving her in projects. I will be finishing these labels and posting a download of the cut file soon. Let me know if there are specific spices that you’d like me to include!
Over three years ago, when I received a prototype ScanNCut Machine, I never thought cutting something this intricate from fabric would ever be possible. I had no idea that three years later, I would be cutting leather and wood veneer — and intricate snowflakes from fabric!
Part of the equation was simply learning how to push the ScanNCut Machine and perfecting our settings. Another part of the equation are 3rd party products that have radically impacted the detail we are able to achieve!
The above snowflake pattern was designed by my friend Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. She is one of those oh-I-develop-software-and-I-also-am-an-amazing-quilter-and-basically-am-amazing-at-everything people–and she has a heart of gold. I remember during my very first year at the Houston International Quilt Market when I met Jeanie! She was beyond excited about what the ScanNCut could do, but I’ll be honest: I didn’t think it could hold up to her dreams! I was trying to be conservative about the blades and fabric fibers, but little did I know we had just scratched the surface of what this little machine can do! Over the past three years, I have had more fun playing the “can it cut this?” game and learned so much! Thank you for following along and letting me play.
So we’ve got the software piece, and we’ve learned how to make the ScanNCut and ScanNCut2 work the way we dream about. The last piece of the puzzle is worthy of its name: Terial Magic. I also met the Terial Magic crew at Quilt Market and truly this product is magic. In a nutshell, it turns fabric into more of a paper consistency. It holds the fibers together, removes the stretch (I cut jersey fabric on my ScanNCut2 now! More on that soon.), and the best part is that it just washes right out when you are done. I know that I’ve only scratched the surface with what is possible with this product! You can read more about this product here.
Now do you need software or Terial Magic to cut fabric? Nope! You don’t even need any type of fusible appliqué or anything like that.
I need to make some new videos with the things I’ve learned since I made these, but here are a few that will also help to get you started!
Whoa – my hair was so long! Crazy. If you have specific questions you’d like me to answer in my next fabric cutting videos, just let me know! I’m hoping to film them at the start of the new year. In the meantime, let’s get to today’s question for the giveaway! If you are joining us for the first time today, you can enter to win your very own ScanNCut2!
Today’s Comment Entry:
What would be your first fabric project with the ScanNCut2?
What new skill would the ScanNCut2 allow you to explore for the first time?
I seriously cannot wait to get a ScanNCut2 into one of y’all’s hands! Today’s feature is RGB Color Recognition Scanning. I know it’s a mouthful, and for many people it’s not super clear upon hearing those words. The previous ScanNCut could scan color…couldn’t it?
Well yes, it could. But the ScanNCut2 is able to detect slight color differences and create cut files from those subtle differences. It’s not always an all or nothing difference between the grayscale scan and the RGB scan, but as you begin working with it, you’ll see the amazing detail the RGB scan can capture. Let me go ahead and show you with this gold star example!
I used my snowflake stamp from the Custom Stamp Kit to do a gold foil snowflake on this yellow piece of card stock.
First I scanned using grayscale:
You’ll see it didn’t pick up my snowflake like I want it to.
I went back to my Direct Cut Scan screen and changed my setting to the RGB Color Recognition Mode.
Voila! You’ll see from the screen below that you have a few new options with the RGB scanning and a few scanning options that are similar. You can still Ignore Object Sizes smaller than the size you indicate and change the contrast of the scan. You can also change the number of color differences the ScanNCut looks for.
I just wanted to zoom in so you could see the detail it grabbed around the perimeter of the snowflake. I’m in the Direct Cut scanning setting, so I wanted to only cut out around the perimeter of the snowflake. I could have had the ScanNCut2 pick up even those tiny white spaces inside the snowflake! From this point I put a .04″ edge around the outline as my cut file, and I cut out the snowflake.
Seriously took me a few minutes! And the detail is amazing!
Tomorrow I’ll be back and sharing some of the crazy detail you can cut out with fabric! I have a few tips on doing so, and I’m excited to share them with you, of course.
Today’s comment entry:
What feature or accessory I’ve shared so far excites you most? (links below!)
Happy Tuesday! Are you sick of me yet? Probably. ;) Today I’m back sharing about cutting felt with your ScanNCut or ScanNCut2! I have a lot of people asking about felt, whether I’m at conventions or replying to comments and emails.
When asked if the ScanNCut will cut felt? My answer is always yes.
When asked what type of detail one can get cutting felt with the ScanNCut? My answer is always, it depends.
The word felt covers such a myriad of fibers: wood, bamboo, polyester, rayon, or maybe a blend of all of that. I’m working on a material dictionary for you all, and it will include details about settings, testing, and specific blends and brands of materials. If there is a specific brand of felt you want to see, just let me know!
Today I’ll be sharing how the ScanNCut performs with three different felts: 100% wool, a wool-rayon blend, and a stiff poly craft felt.
A few tips when cutting felt:
Use a Standard Mat with a Fabric Support Sheet. If you are cutting a lot of felt, consider prepping two mats. When one gets too fuzzy, use a baby wipe to remove debris. While that mat dries, use the other mat to continue cutting.
I find that almost all felt cuts better when the cut file is run 2-3 times. Running a few times allows the blade to get through the fibers a bit at a time.
If you are cutting something extremely detailed, consider using Terial Magic. I am obsessed with this product — you’ll see the detail I am able to achieve with fabric in the next few days — as it turns materials with a fiber into almost the feel of paper. Best part? It’s easy to apply and it washes right out! Just be sure to test it first — I tried it on this wool-rayon blend and it worked beautifully. For the snowflakes pictured in this post, I didn’t treat any of the felt.
Oh! And I always use the standard blade, not the deep cut blade. I find I always get a smoother edge using that Standard Blade.
This wool felt isn’t as dense as other wool felts I’ve used. It’s about 2mm thick, and I think the fibers are a bit looser. It still cuts, but I wasn’t able to get as crisp details as I would have liked.
Settings: blade 11; pressure 5; speed 1; I run this file at least 3 times.
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