Sunday, 23 December 2012

Electric Guitar Christmas

This card proved to be a real labour of love!  It's for our 13 year old son, who spends much of his free time playing his electric guitar.  Although I knew exactly how I wanted the main image to turn out, actually achieving it took many hours!
First I downloaded a free electric guitar clipart graphic; I traced the outline of it in the Silhouette Studio software then chose a font which I thought would be suitable (Troutkings BTN, in case you're interested).  I imported the graphic into Craft Artist 2 Professional, then  roughly stretched each letter to fit, exported it back out as a png then reimported that into Studio!
Still with me? So far so good, but then came the tricky part!  I spent a while editing each letter to remove any bits which went outside the guitar outline and several hours using Silhouette Studio to delete points, also moving & stretching letters.  As I'd never done this before it was a huge learning process for me & although I realise there's still room for improvement, I decided in the end it was good enough so then came the moment of truth: cutting it on my Craft Robo Lite.
Amazingly, it cut first time!  I did have to finish off a couple of bits with my craft knife but I think that's because I need a new blade for my Robo. I cut a mat in contrasting card and spent ages deciding how the finished card should look.  In the end I kept it relatively simple, partly because I was running out of time and partly because I really wanted the guitar to stand out after all my efforts!
I'm quite pleased with the finished result, hope you like it.

Guitar greeting designed & copyright Helen Jones.
Cardstock & papers: We R Memory Keepers Teen Angst
Brads: We R Memory Keepers (part of Crop-a-Dile starter set)
Hemp cord: Manufacturer unknown.

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