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Workshop: Logos & Graphic Design for Etsy Sellers – Tickets Available Now!

Etsy Calgary - Logo Workshop

Great companies have great logos, but graphic design can be a tricky thing to navigate without any formal training. Thankfully, extraordinary graphic designer Becky Warren is here to help!

In this session, participants will learn some of the hallmarks of designing logos, as well as how to use graphic design to support your brand, through business cards, websites, and social media platforms. This will be an invaluable lesson on how to build a professional looking brand that suits you and your product!

To get the most of this presentation, start your shop prior to the workshop! Visit Etsy’s Promotions micro site and enter the code MakerCities and you will receive 20 free listings when your Etsy shop is opened. Your shop must be new to redeem this code. Don’t worry about making your shop perfect – you can keep your store in “Draft” mode until the workshop. All you need is your shop name picked out to redeem the promo code!

Get your tickets over on Eventbrite!

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Get Crafty Embroidery Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

I recently took up embroidering after taking a Make & Mingle workshop through Crafted with Stef of Needle and Pine. I am now officially addicted. I love the fabrics, the numerous colours of threads to choose from, the creative possiblities and most importantly, it’s a craft that I can do while watching tv. I find embroidering so relaxing! Today I’ve made up a really simple embroidery project. It includes a simple template and you only have to use the back stitch to create it. Have some fun with it! Choose some fun patterned fabric, colourful thread and get crafty!

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Supplies needed:
Template
6″ Embroidery Hoop
Patterned fabric (the lighter the better)
Embroidery thread in a complimentary colour. Black is always a good way to go.
Water Soluble Pen (regular pen will work in a pinch but it will be permanent)
Needle
Needle threader (optional but will make your life so much easier!)
Scissors

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 1:
Print out this “Get Crafty” Template and tape it to your window. Cut a piece of fabric roughly 9″ x 9″. Place the fabric over the template and tape it to the window. Using a Water Soluble Pen trace the words “Get Crafty” onto the fabric.

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Step 2:
Place your fabric over the inner part of the embroidery hoop as centred as possible. Place the outer hoop over top and twist the screw to tighten the hoop. From the back of the hoop gently pull the excess fabric going around the hoop. This will make your fabric nice and tight within the hoop.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 3:
Cut a piece of embroidery thread roughly 14″ long. Using your needle threader, or a steady hand, thread your needle and then tie a knot at the opposite end of the thread.

From the back of the hoop come up through the fabric with your needle just in from the end of the letter.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 4:
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the very end of the letter.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 5:
Pull your thread tight again and come back up through the fabric just in front of the last stitch you made.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 6:
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the point where your last stitch started.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 7:
Repeat this process along the line until you’ve finished the whole letter.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 8:
Keep working through your project one letter at a time. I would suggest going left to right but it’s up to you.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 9:
As you get to the end of your pieces of thread just tie them off on the back side of your hoop. Grab a new piece of thread and keep going.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Done! You can cut off the excess fabric from around the hoop leaving roughly an inch and then secure it to the back of the hoop with glue. Or you can add a piece of felt to the back with glue to hide the excess fabric. There are many options for cleaning up the back.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Now go Get Crafty!

Lindy is a stationery designer and runs her Etsy shop, craftedbylindy, out of her home studio in Calgary, Alberta. You an also find Lindy writing lifestyle posts on her blog and sharing her every day on Instagram.

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Coloring Page Printable – Etsy Craft Party

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It’s time to let your inner child out! Suzy of Tinged has designed this amazing colouring page for us to enjoy! Download the page here, print it out and then grab some crayons, markers, pencil crayons, paints, whatever you prefer and get creative! Be sure to share your work on social media with the hashtags #etsycraftparty and #etsycalgarycraftparty.

Suzy from Tinged is a self taught artist. Growing up in a small town gave her an appreciation of handmade items and a love of nature. Her favourite things to draw are animals and the forests and mountains they live in. If she isn’t drawing or painting she is creating jewelry to fulfill her love of all things shiny. 

Find Suzy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Paper Flag Banner Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

Welcome to the Etsy Craft Party!   I’m Kathy from Kiwi Tini and I am thrilled to be able to share this paper craft tutorial with you.  The techniques that I have used in this tutorial are ones that I use often when making my cupcake toppers and banners for the shop.  I hope that you find this banner easy to replicate with your own craft supplies and that you are able to put your own spin on it!  Remember to share photos of your creations.

The inspiration for my banner comes from childhood vacations which were often road trips taken throughout various parts of Canada and the US.  We would stop at local tourist spots and take in the view or learn something new wherever we went.  Quite often the journey was just as much fun as the destination, unless your parents declared: “We’ll see it on the way back”.  My sister and I started our own souvenir collections to keep track of the places we visited,  I had a spoon collection and my sister started a pennant collection.   For the craft party I thought it would be fun to create a paper banner similar to the one’s my sister collected all those years ago.  Inspirational quotes are so popular right now and I chose: ” Wild + Free” I hope this banner captures the spirit of adventure for you, whether it is climbing a mountain, dipping your oar in a glassy lake, jet setting to foreign lands, or relaxing on the patio….be wild and free this summer.

For this tutorial you will need the following materials:

Paper, background paper for flag and also paper for the flowers in different colors or textures
Scissors, ruler, pencil
Wooden dowel
Hot glue gun
Feathers (optional)
Computer or pen to print “Wild + Free” Template
Exacto knife and cutting mat or cutting board

Instructions: Cut your patterned paper down into a 8.5″ x 11″ size. Download this Wild + Free template and print it directly onto your patterned paper. Once you’ve done this, cut along the grey lines with the Exacto knife and this will form the triangle shape of your flag.

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For the flowers cut out four squares.  I used the following measurements for my flowers: one 4″, one 3.5″ and two 2.5″.

Next take one of the squares and cut a spiral out of the square.  I cut my spirals about 1/4″ wide so the flower is relatively flat, stop near the end leaving a small circle, this will be the bottom of the flower.  (there are lots of you tube videos on how to make these flowers if you need more assistance)

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Take your dowel and start wrapping the spiral for one of the flowers onto the dowel.  Try to keep it as tight as possible.  Once you are finished rolling your flower remove it from the dowel and using the hot glue gun cover the last portion of the paper with glue and glue the rolled spirals to this.  Repeat this process for the rest of the flowers.

Paper Flag Banner by Kiwi Tini - Etsy Calgary Craft Party

Take your flag at the widest part and estimate about  two inches in from the edge on each side to make two parallel slits in the paper using the exacto knife.  This will be the openings for the dowel to slide through.  Note, you will have to make the slits long enough for the wooden dowel to pass through.  If you make the slits too long then the dowel will not stay in place but you can always use some tape on the back side of the flag to hold the dowel in place.

Cut out a triangle for the arrowhead and a rectangular shape for the tail of the arrow.  Fold the tail in half and using scissors you can make parallel cuts to make the fringe but do not cut all the way to the centre.  Glue these pieces on to the arrow.

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Next arrange your feathers and flowers for how you would like them to be and glue them in place.

Cut two 5″ x 0.5″  rectangular pieces of paper and fold them in half and then glue them slightly off centre and attach to the flag from behind.  I have attached mine to line up with where the slits for the dowel are.

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That’s it!  You are ready to display your banner.

Remember to share photos of your creation on Instagram using the hashtags:  #etsycraftparty and #etsycalgarycraftparty.

Kathy lives in Calgary, Alberta where she runs her shop, featuring handmade paper party decorations and accessories.

“For now I am a one woman operation, from designing, making, shipping and marketing. Every day I spend at my shop on line and in my studio is so enjoyable. It is great connecting with party planners, DIY brides and event coordinators. I am so happy to be a part of the Etsy community and the handmade movement at large.”

 

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Paper Cutting Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

Hello!

This is Sam from Catfriendo with my paper cutting tutorial. I’ve included a supply list, the tutorial, and a tips section. Sorry if this is a little bare bones!

Supply List:
All items can be found easily at a craft supply store or even a stationary shop. That’s the beauty of paper cutting: the supplies are pretty easy to find!
– Original hand-drawn Catfriendo template – provided here.
– Paper of choice – printer paper is great to practice on – it’s thin and easy to cut through, however, it tears pretty easily and isn’t archival grade. Cardstock or another acid-free paper will last longer and look nicer, but it can be more difficult to cut through and dulls blades faster.
– Access to a printer
– Knife of choice – I like to use a swivel kraft knife because I find it easier to control, but whatever knife you have lying around will work fine!
– Cutting mat or cutting board – these keep your blades sharper for longer and help to protect the surface below the piece you are cutting out.

– Container to put discard paper.

Paper Cutting Tutorial - Etsy Calgary Craft Party
1. Print the supplied template.

– The bigger you print your template, the easier the design is to cut out! The example shown here is about 5×7 inches. I’ve mirrored the template because the side of the paper you are cutting into is the back of the piece; when you are finished and flip it over, no lines will show and the text will be in the right direction.

Paper Cutting Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party
2. Start cutting!

– I like to start by cutting out the smaller, more detailed areas of the design. For example, here I cut out the inside of the letters and the delicate parts of the border. Loops are a great place to start as they are usually the most finicky areas and when the surrounding paper is still there tears are way less likely to occur.

Paper Cutting Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party
3. Bigger Pieces
– Once the detailed pieces are removed, move onto the bigger areas. I like to start in one area and move across the piece. Here I started in the lower left of the piece and moved across and up. I find it easier to break down the areas I remove – smaller pieces are easier and less difficult to extract and are less prone to causing the piece to tear if they get caught!

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Etsy Craft Party 2016 - Paper Cutting Tutorial by Sam of CatFriendo
4. Moving across the piece.
– Keep moving upwards on the piece. In really delicate places, I use my index finger on my non-cutting hand to stabilize / keep the paper tight in order to avoid tearing.
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5. Cut off excess.

– Almost done, all that’s left is to cut out the surrounding paper. You can do it!

Etsy Calgary Craft Party - Paper Cutting Tutorial
6. The reveal!

– Time to flip over your new piece of hand cut paper art! Thanks so much for following along with my little tutorial; I hope you had a blast!

Etsy Craft Party - Paper Cutting Tutorial on the Etsy Calgary blog

Tips: 
– thicker paper is more durable and less likely to tear, but will dull your blades faster
– if your paper of choice will not go through your printer, print the piece on regular paper and use carbon copy paper to trace the design onto the paper you want to use. Carbon copy paper is pretty easy to find at stationary or office supply stores.

– if you are drawing your own design and it includes text, make sure to write the text backwards to get a way cleaner design in the end. Try holding a mirror up to the backwards text to make sure that all of your letters face the right way!

Sam of Catfriendo is a hand cut paper artist based in Calgary, Alberta. Sam sells her paper creations at local markets as well as through her Etsy shop.

“The process of cutting out a lace like image from a single piece of paper using only an Exacto knife has not lost any of it’s charm. I’m still just as excited now, almost 5 years after my very first papercut , every time I start a new piece and see the light behind the very first subtractive cut.”

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