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iPad Pro is Everything and I've Been Missing Out

Reviews, Graphic, Drawing, iPad Pro, Lettering, How to, Hand Lettering, Graphic design, Diy, ToolsGabriela SimsComment

Maaaaannnn, where do I begin!? I finally sat down to use an iPad Pro to try handlettering because I keep seeing everyone using ProCreate, so I wanted to try it. When I tell you that I literally improved my lettering in minutes, I am not exaggerating. I even rewatched a time lapse video of my first attempt and you could see the progress after 35 minutes! That's a really neat feature by the way; you can export a video of your art work. I am just starting out, so I am super excited about practicing and learning more. Before I was using my Wacom pad and Adobe Illustrator; I won't get rid of that, but I can tell an immediate difference in ease of use and results.

 Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Below you can watch the video of me starting to use the software and finally getting the lettering right. 

 

I cannot stress enough how excited I am! I even did another picture for the #DNDchallenge.  You can get the full list of prompts over on www.bydawnnicole.com along with some other cool tips and techniques about hand lettering! Yesterday's prompt was "Hot Pink" and I may have gotten carried away.

 So easy to do backgrounds!  

So easy to do backgrounds!  

I will be using this more than my Wacom I think, any letterers out there care to chime in? Leave a comment about what method you prefer; is it iPad, Wacom, or paper? Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

-Gaby

Lettering on a Wacom Pad using Adobe Illustrator

Tutorial, Diy, Tools, Drawing, Hand Lettering, Graphic design, How to, GraphicGabriela SimsComment

Hi there! I wanted to pop in and give you guys a quick tutorial of how to jazz up your hand lettering.  I have an Intuos Wacom Pad that I really love for digital drawing and I wanted to do some lettering on it as well.  I used Adobe Illustrator for this project; a simple graphic of my web address. You can play around with some of the settings, I settled on a Calligraphic Brush at .75 pt.

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Then once I finalized and smoothed everything out, I sent the image to my toner printer and printed it on 2 sheets of cardstock, a purple sheet and a white sheet. 

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Then to apply the foil I used my trusty Minc with fuschia and holographic foils.

 

 Holographic on purple. 

Holographic on purple. 

 Fuschia on white. 

Fuschia on white. 

These were so fun to make! I can see myself making lots of prints like this and experimenting with more brush types and techniques and doing more digital stamps.  See you soon, happy crafting!

When Sewing Takes Over

Graphic design, Scrapbooking, Blankets, Diy, Graphic, How to, Crafts, Drawing, Sewing, Color, QuiltingGabriela SimsComment

I have been busy making things like there is no tomorrow! I just realized I haven't posted anything in over a week, so today, here is a crafty, sewing showcase.

Let's start with the baby quilt that is a companion to the "Amelia" quilt I made. 

 

 Just like the other one, but different colors.

Just like the other one, but different colors.

I also decided to try working on my own fabric by putting my drawings on mug rugs and I started with one of the Jelly Friends, Tamber Melon and my resident Meowfox Mr. Snugglekins.

 Hi guys! 

Hi guys! 

Then I coordinated background fabric and attached them to the centers. 

 

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Finally I applied backing and binding. 

 

 All done!  

All done!  

 Posing as a mini rug! 

Posing as a mini rug! 

I cannot stress enough how happy it makes me to create things and I am so happy to have a new way to create by being able sew things and quilt.  I wish I'd been doing it forever, but I'm happy I started at all. I encourage you to start doing whatever it is you would like to do, today!!! I have learned to knit, crochet, paper craft, and sew...in the last 5 years! I keep telling anyone who will listen that I am so happy I started seeing because there's this whole world of fabric and patterns that I have access to now! I am really enjoying sewing and I look forward to improving as I keep working! Tomorrow I will be posting a video about making inked backgrounds for your layouts, happy crafting!

Quick Quotes Shaker Tag How to

Crafts, Paper crafting, How to, Diy, Graphic, Scrapbooking, Quick QuotesGabriela SimsComment

Hello everyone Gabriela here today with a video showing how to make a shaker tag! I started by choosing a paper from the Chiffon collection and die cutting my pieces. I stamped an image on what would be the inside of the tag and while that was drying I worked on the front of the tag. This tag can be used with a gift or it can be adhered to the front of a card. I finished it up with a stencil some Powder Puff Chalking Inks, die cut stickers, and a piece of ribbon. Check the video out below to see the whole process.


I hope you enjoyed the video and you make some shaker tags of your own, happy crafting!


Quick Quotes Products used: 
Chiffon 103 
Powder Puff Chalking Inks 2016
Farmhouse Die Cut Stickers
Ribbon