Debi, take it away!
This was so much fun. I went outdoors and found some leaves, we don't have many fall colored ones yet but I found a few. A quick scan into my photo editing program.
Once brought in to my photo program I traced the image to make a SVG file.It was so easy to import into my SCAL software. I was able to cut a flap very quickly! The flap is used to locate the cutting area for your graphics.
If you are looking for an image editor there is always www.gimp.org The Gimp. It is a free open source photo editing type program .
I also cut out my leaves from my photo program. I used the generic photo paper matte setting. I love the way the Square 1 material takes to printing! I tested its fastness and seems not to run color!
I was able then to mark where my photos were to be placed to be cut out. I taped them into place. I recommend that you make your template based on a shadow of the image to give you more edge.
I can't wait to practice this method more. I have many mirrors, and windows that would love to be decorated! It didn't take long to make my leaf cuts!
Next came my lettering, I used www.inkscape.org (Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.) and made a "Bumpy Textured" orange rectangle and proceeded to cut out my lettering. I used TTF named JanieHMKBold. It is such a fun looking font! Remember too the nice thing is I can move this around and add or subtract to it! I love http://www.
Wait till you see what is in-store for you next week!! I have my own video too! I can't wait to meet you! See you then!