Hi everyone! It’s Traci and I’m so excited to share a tutorial with you today! For my project, I used several of Lori’s adorable shapes to create the cover for my latest “Artsy Albums”
mini album kit.
As you’ll notice, I added some details to my green banner. Here’s how I got the words to bend along the banner shape, and how I added those cute stitch lines.
First, find a banner shape in Lori’s shop … she has several really cute ones that you can add a title to.
Next, highlight your shape and go to the “Offset” window. Create an internal offset and set the offset distance to .50.
Now, with your offset line highlighted, open the “Line Style” window and choose a dashed line and set the line thickness to .75. With the line still highlighted, go to the “Line Color” window and select the color for your dashed “stitched” line. I chose white for my project.
For the title, use the type tool to add a title for your project. Highlight the title and change the fill color and size if desired. Now, with the title highlighted (with green box around it) hover your cursor over the small circle with a cross in it. Click on the small circle, hold it and drag the title over the curved line of your shape.
Release your cursor, and the words should pop onto your line as shown in the photo below.
Now, notice in the photo above, there is a little grey bar just to the left of the “E” in my title. If you slide the oval part up and down the bar, your title should move up into your shape, rather than sitting right on the line. See the photo below.
Now you can treat the shape as a print & cut. Make sure to go to the “Cut Style” window and make sure the outer edge is all that will be cut.
Lori’s shapes used on this cover:
Thanks for letting me share this fun technique with you! If you are interested in seeing additional photos of this mini album, or purchasing the kit for yourself, please visit my blog at www.artsyalbums.com
or my Etsy shop here