Saturday, October 20, 2012

Autumn with Art Philosophy

Welcome to our Autumn Art Philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing our amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.
It's the time of year where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, the days are shorter, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This month we will be featuring projects with an Autumn theme made using the Art  Philosophy Cricut cartridge!

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create. If you came here from Rebecca's blog, then you're in the right place!

My project is ..."Thankful" Candle Votive

I've decided to use many images from the Art Philosophy cartridge in a unique way.  I love the recent trend of using found items to "spell" out words like names, etc.  This is called "Letter Art."   

My take on this trend was to take images from the cartridge . . . such as a house shape for an "N" and a key sitting vertically for the "L".  For this project, I did not stamp at all but EVERY shape is found in the Art Philosophy cartridge.  As I looked, I could have used many other shapes, done a hundred different words, and personalized it very specifically.

Here is the Cricut Craft Room file that I started with.  The blue box is my guide to make sure that the letters will fit.  I measured the votive and matched the box to my "printable size".  Of course, I deleted this layer before cutting.  NOTE:  The new layers function of the craft room would have allowed me to make each letter a different color and see even closer what it would look like assembled.
  Here is the small sections of vinyl being cut by Cricut.  Note that I was able to reduce the amount of waste significantly by laying out the letters and tiling the vinyl where they would cut.
And here they are cut out with the weeding done.  I then used transfer tape to adhere each letter starting from the lowest items (the house and key) and working my way up.  I left the most delicate (tree branches and the "f") for last so they had the most chance of being seen in their entirety.
Before I show you video "tour", here are a few images of the votive complete. 
I love how the following picture shows the shadows the vinyl casts on the paper.  I think a vignette of candles of different levels would be amazing on a mantle or dining table.
And finally, here is the video showing all the way around the candle:

While I was at it, I did a second version (not fall but pretty none the less).
It was much easier than I thought and the possibilities are endless.  I'm thinking of a couple of Japanese inspired ones for my living room, maybe some Christmas presents, and maybe looking for other things to vinyl...

Thank you for stopping by! (While you are hear, don't forget to check out my Giveaway!)

The next stop on your trail of falling leaves is Theodora.

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you "fall" off the path:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
  3. Diana ~ Dianas Free Moments 
  4. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper 
  5. Amie ~ Mimi, Myself, and I
  6. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  7. Rebecca ~ Stamp and Scrap Studio
  8. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents <<< You are here
  9. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  10. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  11. Amanda  ~ Scraps of Love
  12. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
  13. Ginger ~ Ginger's Creative Cottage
  14. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy


  1. Oh my gosh...I am floored! This is amazing--what a brilliant idea!

  2. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Gotta get me some vinyl!! Thank you for including a video.

  4. Cute way to do the candle! Thanks for sharing!

  5. kinda scared to try vinyl, you make it look easy! thanks!

  6. Okay - this is too funny! I just saw Letter Art at the Harvest Festival I went to this past weekend and was just fascinated by it. What a great idea to recreate it with the AP cart - TFS :)