Friday, August 26, 2016

Heron Cove- SVG Cutting File in Paper

I designed another shadow box file this week. It is clearly an expansion on the theme I started last week. Did you see Loon Lake? This time I used a silhouetted heron as the focal point again displayed in a shadow box with a variety of backgrounds.



The backgrounds come with the file if you download it from 3dcuts. They are not included with the Silhouette SIL online store download. They are in jpg format. The top and bottom one are photographs from our trip to Iceland. The middle one I created using Illustrator. Love that gradient tool!

I have made the file available for purchase to other crafters on my sales website - 3dcuts.com 
The cutting file is available here:

And you can view the assembly tutorial here:


Check out my entire collection of shadow boxes here: http://3dcuts.com/shadow-boxes-nature-themes/

Which background do you like best?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Loon Lake Shadow Box


Our family summer vacation inspired my latest shadow box. We rented a rustic lodge on a quiet lake in New Hampshire that is a loon sanctuary and spent our week swimming, kayaking and listening the the melodic call of the loons. It was a wonderful week and I came home and with a design idea to remember the special times. 
I also experimented with different backgrounds. Here are two more versions.

Loon Lake 3D Shadow Box is a four-layer shadow box. Each layer is created and then they are stacked together creating the illusion of greater depth.The construction techniques are basic 3D techniques and are clearly explained in the tutorial which is included in pdf format in the download. The tutorial can also be viewed online before purchase. The finished design is about 6.5 " square and all parts fit on 8.5 x 11" card stock.


The background paper can affect the impact of the design and it is a great place to experiment. I have included 3 jpg images with the download for you to choose from for the Loon Lake project. These papers can be printed for many uses, not just this shadow box.

Cutting file is available here: http://3dcuts.com/shadow-boxes-nature-themes
Assembly tutorial is here: http://3dcuts.com/loon-lake-tutorial

Happy crafting everyone!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A New Twist on the Monogram

There is such a love for monogrammed items in the crafting world and that got me to thinking. It is time for a new style of monogram....... I just love the negative space created by letters and the design possibilities by replicating a letter multiple times. I combined that concept with rotation and came up with a new monogram idea....


I took every letter of the alphabet and created a unique radial design. I was amazed as each new pattern evolved - all made such interesting geometric shapes. So many a very tribal in feel.

But then I also incorporated the idea into the lid of a gift box. Here is an idea for a way to personalize a small gift.  Are you giving a gift card or money to someone but want to make it a little more personal? Present it in a gift box with their radial monogram on the lid.


This project is a great cutting machine project and an easy, beginner level 3D construction project. All 26 cutting files are available here and an assembly tutorial is here.

Happy crafting!