I was recently introduced to the Cuttlelola Dotspen by Sandy McCauley and Michele Harvey. I was so excited when I saw it, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one… which I promptly did when I received a check for my birthday.
While I do most of my drawing on the computer and am not a freehand artist, there are a few things that are done best by hand. Such is the case with using the Cuttlelola Dotspen to add shading. (Although I also have plans to try it out in my Zing. You can see some cool results Sandy got here.)
This simple black and white nautical necklace I made has two charms; one is the shape of the lake we live on in Michigan, and the other is a compass rose. I used a sheet of Inkjet Shrinky Dink and did a print and cut. After cutting the charms out, I enhanced them using my Dotspen before baking them. I was able to represent the depth of the lake by shading the deepest areas the darkest, and gradually making the more shallow areas lighter.
- Inkjet Shrink Plastic
- Make the Cut software
- Blue-capped blade
- Inkjet printer
- Cuttlelola Dotspen (purchased from Amazon)
- Jewlery Jump Rings – I used some from an old necklace I wasn’t using
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Hole punch
- Ribbon or chain
Settings for Zing:
- Force – 130
- Speed – 10
- Multi-cut – 2
- Import pixel trace – I used a line drawing.
- Follow instructions in manual to complete print and cut.
- Use a standard hole punch to put hole in top of your charm for the jump ring
- Use Dotspen to shade design as desired.
- Place charms on cookie sheet
- Bake shrink plastic according to manufacturers directions. I baked mine for 3.5 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove from oven. If the charms are not completely flat, quickly flatten with spatula while still hot.
- If desired you can spray with clear, use clear nail polish, or use a self leveling resin such as EnviroTex.
- Use pliers to carefully apply jump rings.
- Add ribbon or chain.