Last week we did a blog post about the wide array of things the Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter can do. There was a pic of a big white star on a blue background fabric: this showed just one of the HUNDREDS of applique stitches you can use to digitize around the edge of your star (or any other shape for that matter) with the Simple Cut software which comes included with the Artistic Edge cutter . Here are a couple more pics showing alternative applique stitches – the fun is endless!
Terial Magic is available in a small spray bottle in our Fabric applique starter kit which you may purchase from participating Janome dealers. Your dealer should also be able to sell larger containers to you. It is what we highly recommend for a crisp, clean cut. It is like Best Press on steroids!
Talking about quilts……do you use quilting stencils to mark your quilts? Always looking for the perfect one to do the job? Or you have dozens of stencils but none suit the quilt you are making? No worries…..make your own custom stencil in the Artistic Simple Cut software in the exact shape & size you require with the nifty stencil making function. Even scan your fabric and cut a stencil to “mirror” designs and shapes in the fabric. Cut the stencil using thick cardstock or template plastic, mark your quilt & you never need to buy another stencil! No X-acto knife was used, no tedious transferring of markings…….just the easy Artistic way.
Also make & use your own stencils for painting words and/or shapes onto banners, walls, posters, you name it!
- Similarly, you too can now make your own silk screen templates very easily. No fancy equipment needed: just use self adhesive vinyl and drapery sheers to create a myriad of patterns for silk screen printing; fabric painting and inking.
To make custom silk screens, all you do is stick a sheet of self adhesive vinyl with its peel away backing onto the cutting mat and cut away the top sticky layer of the vinyl only. The peel away backing should not be cut so make adjustments to blade depth & pressure to get the best results.
Then peel your design carefully away from the paper backing. You may need to use a transfer sheet it the design is quite intricate.
Next step is to paste the sticky vinyl down on top of a piece of drapery sheer. Smooth gently to remove any air bubbles and ensure a good contact. Strengthen & neaten the raw edges of the silk screen. We used duct tape but you could attach a stiff cardboard frame if you prefer.
You are now ready to apply paint or inks and silk screen any design you can dream up.
Ever bought stamps for scrapbooking, card making and/or fabric embellishment? Did you nearly choke when you saw the price of these little things which you might only use a few times? Mmmmm……yes, well, now make your own from any shape & size you so desire. Cut craft foam with the Artistic Edge digital cutter, mount this onto a base such a thick cardstock or a little wood or plastic block….Voila! you have a stamp ready to ink and start making memories with scrapbooking and card making. You could also paint & ink fabric……the creative potential is
Are you having fun yet?? I know I am. And you can too…….see your local Janome dealer today to ask about the ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER.