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#1 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 10:23:07 AM(UTC)
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Hi everyone!

I finally picked out my paper that I will be using to cut my snowflakes for our escort cards, and originally I was planning on teaching myself calligraphy to handwrite every single name/table number. Then I came across the markers and pens, had no idea they existed!!

My question is this: I had cut the snowflakes and left them all on the mat, then I typed in the name and deleted the snowflakes so the pen wouldn't draw the snowflakes but the names would be where they belong. Is there a better way to do this?
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#2 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 5:38:31 PM(UTC)
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It's a great way to do it, in my opinion.

The only problem might be if the TEXT you typed in comes out to the very edges of the snowflakes (which I doubt it does), it might not go exactly to the right spot to get it all on the snowflake. I would allow 1/4" to 1/2" inside the snowflake for this.

Let us see how it turns out; I have never really thought about doing the markers in this way. It sounds really good to me.

Char
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:08:58 PM(UTC)
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Thanks! I was wondering if I should put the names in a second layer or something like that... haven't quite figured out the whole "layer" thing yet! Once I get the markers in and and buy my paper, I'll certainly make a sample and show it!
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:20:43 PM(UTC)
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One other thing.

If you choose to use your markers to outline images (I love using the markers in this way as it adds definition to a lot of the cuts), I find it better to use the markers BEFORE I cut the image. This might be individual preference, but that's what I do.

I'm always a little leery that after the CUT is made, the marker might hit a snag along the way because of the CUT, where the markers aren't going to hit a snag if it's not cut first.

We will love to see what you come up with!

Char
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:06:58 AM(UTC)
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Just wanted to add my preference is the other way around. lol

I like to do the cutting first and then the marker.
For me it seems to leave a darker more fresh looking marker line.

I am sure Char will agree with me for you to try them both ways so you can see which way you want it for your particular project.

I'd love to see your projects too when you are finished. Please share. BigGrin

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#6 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:22:50 AM(UTC)
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Sorry I haven't responded, been a bit busy!! I've attached a picture of my place card I'm going to be making with using the pen for writing out the names in the cricut. Not too happy with the spaces in the center!

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:00:45 AM(UTC)
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Do you use CCR? I thought it might be worth trying to go back over the same CUT again by making the letters a little smaller in CCR (after the first CUT) and letting the pen go back over the smaller letter (which will be inside the first CUT/inking) on the second pass. I would also use the highest pressure in CCR to effect a thicker inking.

Just a thought. I could show you what I mean with a picture, if you want. Again, I'm not sure it would work perfectly, but I think it's worth a try if you are in CCR.

If you've already done all of your initial cuts, this won't work, of course. You would just go ahead and ink them in yourself (using your gel pen in your hand). BUT, if you haven't already cut all of them out, you could try this. YOU WOULD HAVE TO leave the mat in after the first CUT so the second CUT inks right inside (where you have placed it on the next mat layer you will be cutting).

Char

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Thanks for your reply. I'm not planning on cutting the names and table numbers out at all if that is what you meant by cutting first. I'm only looking to have them written on the snowflake. I could always figure out how to print it on somehow and align the paper with the cutter. Not sure how though!!!

I did make them in CCR
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Let me run this by you.....can't hurt anything, I suppose.

What I'm hearing is you're placing each snowflake on the mat (one by one) and letting the Gel Pen write on the snowflake? If that is correct, can you try something like this?

Okay.....sorry, the font I was using wasn't working like I thought it would. I would have suggested laying three of the same size words "Table" on the mat and then put the second over the top of the first and move it in and up just a tiny little bit and then placing the third word over the second word and moving that one in and up just slightly. After you CUT the first, then you would CUT the second in the exactly same spot on the second mat layer (with the gel pen) and then placing the third word over the second to repeat for the third time.

It really didn't look like it was going to work and I gave up on it.

Honestly, I would simply color the empty spaces in (I think Scrapalette suggested it). I have done that a few times on projects I've worked on.

Char

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#10 Posted : Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:39:21 PM(UTC)
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What I did was cut the snowflakes but left them on the mat after cutting, then I simply replaced the blade with the gel pen, added the text in CCR and "cut" with the gel pen. The flakes aren't taken off of the mat until the writing part was finished.
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