M2B Studio - Calligraphy by Missy Briggs

Silhouette Advent Calendar

Missy Briggs
 This advent calendar is available for only $24.99 through Oct 31, 2018 using code M2B through this  link

This advent calendar is available for only $24.99 through Oct 31, 2018 using code M2B through this link

Christmas in October? It’s a little early, but this Advent Calendar by Silhouette is available for only $24.99 this month. You need to use code M2B through this LINK.

Want to see how I made it?

The Advent Calendar comes blank with white boxes and a download card to access all the files you could possibly need to finish the project.

 Boxes included! Sweet! It also includes all cut files you could possibly need.

Boxes included! Sweet! It also includes all cut files you could possibly need.

 

Materials needed:

1.     Silhouette CAMEO or Silhouette Curio or Silhouette Portrait (Silhouette CAMEO is my go-to, but you can weigh the options on price and performance for your needs!)

2.     Silhouette Alta (you don’t need this, but I used it to make my numerals 3D. You can cut them flat)

3.     Advent Calendar (use code M2B for discount)

4.     Silver matte adhesive vinyl

5.     Silver sparkle adhesive vinyl

6.     Gray cardstock

7.     Transfer tape

8.     Glue gun (only if you are adhering 3D prints)

9.     Free Jingle Bells lyric design by M2B Studio

To access the free cut files that come with the Advent Calendar go to the Design Store.

1.       Click on your account name on the top right and login.

2.       Select account settings and then Redeem a Promotional Download code.

3.       Enter the number on the card included and download your advent calendar files.

 

 Click Redeem a Promotional Download Code in the Account Tools menu

Click Redeem a Promotional Download Code in the Account Tools menu

ADDITIONAL FILES NEEDED:

I can’t help it. I had to letter something! It’s my thing. I’ve lettered the first verse and chorus of Jingle Bells and adhered one to each side of the Advent Calendar frame. My lettering file png is available for you FOR FREEBIES, HERE.

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 For the numbers, you can use the numbers included in the Advent Calendar cut files, but I already had my eye on the 25 Days of Christmas, Design ID: #169339 and #169336 by Simple Stories

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Added snowflakes! I love snowflakes and there are always fun and free ones in the Silhouette Design store. For this project I used Echo Park Snowflake, Design ID # 32709 and Snowflake, Design ID # 69812

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CUTTING AND ASSEMBLY OF BOX FRONTS:

Open the design files from the Advent Calendar design package. From the advent calendar design package, choose the box front design (a triangle) and do an internal off-set cut. This way, the border of the white boxes will show! I love that the boxes are already white and wintery.

 Do an internal offset (.125”) of the design to retain that white border look. Don’t offset the design and you’ll cover the entire box front. Your choice!

Do an internal offset (.125”) of the design to retain that white border look. Don’t offset the design and you’ll cover the entire box front. Your choice!

You can use any color you want or mix and match. I’ve done this with two different vinyls. A matte silver and a glitter silver vinyl. I will alternate them in the calendar to create a pattern.

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Design tip: If you don’t want white boxes, a cut file is included to cut out and create your own boxes with any material you desire! Think glitter cardstock boxes.

For the triangle-shaped box front, carefully peel away the vinyl from the carrier sheet and stick. Just like a sticker!

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Now let’s make a fun border to go around the numbers. I’ve chosen this border pattern from the Advent Calendar design set and cut it out in mirror-finish vinyl.

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To adhere the border you will need to use transfer tape.

Depending on the brand, transfer tapes will vary from sticky to REALLY sticky. Removing some excess adhesive is necessary to prevent the transfer tape from adhering to and ripping the cardstock. My “de-sticking” trick is to stick the transfer tape to my clothes or put it down repeatedly on the desktop to remove some adhesive.

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Cut the tape just larger than the design. Use the Silhouette Scraper (mine is black, yours might be white) to burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl and peel off. Then adhere the transfer tape carefully to the box.

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3D Number Printing and Assembly

This part requires a Silhouette Alta 3D printer (get ready to add it to your early Xmas shopping list). If you don’t have one yet, cut the number designs out in cardstock.

I’ll skip the deets on 3D printing because your first project should be something simple to get acquainted, like a free design included with the purchase of your Silhouette Alta 3D printer. I’ll tell you that this is like my tenth project. It’s easy to get started! I only craft-failed one Alta project.

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If you’re familiar with the Alta try this: By ungrouping the number design in Silhouette Studio, resaving and importing into the Silhouette 3D software for the Silhouette Alta 3D printer as an extrusion, you can easily 3D print the calendar numbers for a more dimensional and REUSABLE design. I’m planning to reuse these numbers later as a fun 25 days of Christmas ornament craft for the kids.

 Oh my heart! These came out even better than I imagined!

Oh my heart! These came out even better than I imagined!

I adhered the 3D numbers (each sized to 1 x 1 x .3”) to the calendar box fronts using a glue gun.

DECORATING THE SIDES OF THE ADVENT CALENDAR BOX

For the sides of the box, I’m adding vinyl letters. I chose to letter the lyrics to Jingle Bells because it goes with my BOX SURPRISE (more on that later).

First, cut the lyrics out on two sheets of vinyl. You don’t need to use a cut mat, so you can feed a 16” piece of vinyl easily into a Silhouette CAMEO machine.

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Download your freebie file HERE, then go to File > Open and Silhouette Studio will import my png for you to trace and cut!

 The blue guidelines should be sitting on at least one of the letter baselines for easy alignment. I missed the mark.

The blue guidelines should be sitting on at least one of the letter baselines for easy alignment. I missed the mark.

Next, carefully* place the transfer tape over the lettering, and burnish to transfer onto the transfer paper. Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl carrier sheet.

*I wasn’t careful and dropped the transfer tape onto the sheet. It would have been so much easier for final placement had I gotten that part right. The final product aligned properly, but I had to mark the wood frame with a pencil and a ruler. That was a near #craftfail but I pulled it off in the end. WHEW!

Place your transfer tape SLOWLY onto the outside of the Advent calendar frame. Burnish the transfer paper to secure your lettering onto the frame. And peel away the transfer tape.

 Tip for peeling: Go slowly. If the vinyl does not release from the transfer tape, put the tape back down and burnish again.

Tip for peeling: Go slowly. If the vinyl does not release from the transfer tape, put the tape back down and burnish again.

Repeat for the other side of the Advent Calendar frame! Here’s the finished view from above.

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Insert the numbered boxes.

Holiday Surprise Scene

The Advent Calendar comes with a series of four Christmas-themed scenes to cut and add to the back of the calendar. As numbered boxes are removed, the holiday scene is revealed!

Choose a scene, and cut out of gray cardstock (I alternated shades of gray)

This is the sleigh scene, open in Silhouette Studio. By ungrouping the shapes and rotating, each will fit onto an 8.5 x 11” sheet of cardstock. Cut and fold back the tabs.

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Insert the folded design pieces into the back of the frame, starting with number one. There are slots in the frame that the scenes will slide right into. Here’s a quick shot of the completed Advent Calendar from the back. Not cute from the back!

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I added a couple tiny snowflakes in front of the scene for more dimension. I used Echo Park Snowflake, Design ID # 32709 and Snowflake, Design ID # 69812

Here’s what my Advent Calendar will look like from the front on Christmas Eve when almost all of the treat boxes have been removed.

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Are you in love with this project?

Don’t forget: This calendar is available until October 31st for just $24.99 using code M2B through THIS LINK ONLY.


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Tombow vs Pentel: Small Brush Pen Comparison

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 Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip color pens have DROPPED. Let’s check them out and compare to Pentel Sign Pen Brush.

Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip color pens have DROPPED. Let’s check them out and compare to Pentel Sign Pen Brush.

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Color war! I’m so excited the new Tombow Fudenosuke Color pens have arrived. Let’s take a look at how they compare to Pentel Sign Pen Brush pens.

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I haven’t had the Tombow Fudenosuke Colors pens for more than a few hours, so these are first impressions based on color, blending and durability. My first impression is that a direct comparison between Tombow and Pentel would be a bit unfair because they are not offered in the same number of colors.



COLOR:

Tombow Fudenosuke Colors hard tip brush pens come in a package of 10 colors.

Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Yellow. The black is a Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Brush pen (blue barrel)

Pentel Sign Pen Brush (fudenosuke touch) are available in twelve colors.

Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Ochre, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Sky blue, and Yellow

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Let’s compare color advertised (left) to the actual colors…

 COLOR COMPARISON CHART OF Tombow Fudenosuke Colors vs. Pentel Touch - Pentel Sign Pen Brush, small pens.

COLOR COMPARISON CHART OF Tombow Fudenosuke Colors vs. Pentel Touch - Pentel Sign Pen Brush, small pens.

SMALL BRUSH PEN COLOR BLENDING

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Disclaimer: Tombow has not yet specifically marketed these pens to blend or to be blendable. It’s often shown on Instagram as a can-do thing to extend the range of colors available in their Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The Pentel packaging encourages blending and water blending as an option.

Let’s look at two types of color blending

Color-on-color blending method- lay down color on a non-porous surface and pick it up with another pen and start to write.

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Color Blend:

Color blending with Tombow Fudenosuke Colors

 The Tombow result was more of a dry-brush look. The pink marker immediately dried on the non-porous surface and didn’t translate as expected. The Tombow Dual Brush Pens perform this action seamlessly. The dry brush effect looks pretty!

The Tombow result was more of a dry-brush look. The pink marker immediately dried on the non-porous surface and didn’t translate as expected. The Tombow Dual Brush Pens perform this action seamlessly. The dry brush effect looks pretty!

 The Pentel Sign Pen brush blending produced a gradient result. The pink marker remained wet when applied to the non-porous surface (watercolor mixing tray) and it produced this lovely orange to yellow gradient.

The Pentel Sign Pen brush blending produced a gradient result. The pink marker remained wet when applied to the non-porous surface (watercolor mixing tray) and it produced this lovely orange to yellow gradient.

Water method - dip the pen tip in water for a fixed amount of time (usually 5-15 seconds) to achieve a tonal range of colors as the water

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Water Blend:

with Pentel Sign Pen Brush

 This test was achieved by dipping each pen tip in water for 10 seconds. If repeated, I would try for a little less time with the Tombow pen. As you can see with the word “water”. the pen was at about 50%.

This test was achieved by dipping each pen tip in water for 10 seconds. If repeated, I would try for a little less time with the Tombow pen. As you can see with the word “water”. the pen was at about 50%.

SMALL BRUSH PEN DURABILITY

A heavy-handed writer, like me will wear the Tombow Fudenosuke pen into a hard, rounded tip over time. Similar writing with the Pentel Sign Pen Brush will yield an ultra-flexible tip.

 You don’t need to toss old brush pens. As long as they have ink, simply adjust your pressure for a tip that has become more flexible.

You don’t need to toss old brush pens. As long as they have ink, simply adjust your pressure for a tip that has become more flexible.


OVERALL IMPRESSION

You really can’t compare. The Tombow Fudenosuke Colors hard tip brush pens are more rigid, as a hard-tipped brush pen. The Pentel Sign Pen Brush pen is more flexible and comes in two additional colors. Overall it’s a win to have more options!

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