Craft Store Trip
Creation Ideas

Craft Store Trip

Today we wanted to show you how easy it is to create with your Etcher Laser after a trip to your local craft store. We stopped by the Michaels near our office and picked up different products that could be used as decorations around the house, or at events like a wedding! We’ll show you what materials and machine parameters we used to create each one!

Deer Silhouettes

Machine settings:

Cardstock & Pape
Speed: 450
Power: 95%
Times: 1

For this project, we actually got design inspiration from the Michaels website; we took their Witch Halloween project and tweaked it a little bit! We used 8x10 flat canvas panels instead, then cut down our red and patterned cardstock/paper into 8x10 sheets (you’ll need two sheets for whatever color or pattern you use as the background [red in our case] , and one for whatever you want to cut the design out of [floral for us] ). Then we pasted each red sheet to the canvas; we used Mod Podge so it would lay flat, but you could use any type of glue or adhesive! We then placed our patterned sheet into the Etcher Laser, and used the capture function to position the design. We also bumped the power down just a tad to 95% to reduce burning around the edges. After cutting had finished, we used Mod Podge again to glue the cut-out to one canvas and the outline to the other, and that’s it!

Wedding Stand

Machine settings:

Image
Speed: 1500
Power: 100%
Times: 1

Words
Speed: 1500
Power: 95%
Times: 1

Here we wanted to create an example of something you could use as a wedding decoration! A sign like this could be used to welcome guests, give guest book instructions, or show directions! First, we opened our image in Adobe Photoshop and removed the background. Then, we converted the image to black-and-white; this part isn’t necessary, as SmartDIYs Creator will automatically import the image as grayscale. However, we do this ourselves beforehand so we can check and make any parts darker or lighter if we want to.

(Selecting “Black & White” in Photoshop will convert the image to black and white and open this menu where you can make adjustments.)

After that, all we had to do was place the wooden tent sign in the Etcher Laser, position our image, and start processing! We did the same thing for the text; we created it in Adobe Illustrator (saved as a .png), positioned it in SmartDIYs Creator, and let the Etcher Laser work! For our design, we actually saved the text as three separate pieces to make it easier to position each part where we wanted. We also processed this after the image, so after observing the first result, we knocked the power down to 95% so the text wouldn’t be too dark or too deep. If you don’t want to change your settings but want your text lighter, try making it gray (ours was black)!

Save the Date

Machine settings:

Cardstock
Speed: 500
Power: 100%
Times: 1

This is another wedding design we created, and it was super simple to do! All we did was create the text and block in Adobe Illustrator, then combined it with our couple design. We then placed it over our gold cardstock, started the Etcher Laser, and that was it! We envisioned this as an insert to send along with a Save the Date, but you could even design and create the entire Save the Date itself!

Nature Slice

Machine settings:

Image
Speed: 1500-2000 (we forgot the exact number!)
Power: 100%
Times: 1

Feeling outdoorsy? Show it by decorating your house with a custom basswood slice! This was an easy one to make; all we had to do was position our design (a .jpg image) over our wood slice and then start!

Kid’s Coaster

Machine settings:

Image
Speed: 2000
Power: 100%
Times: 1

Want to make your child’s artwork last? It’s easy to engrave with the Etcher Laser! Use the Etcher Laser app to import a photo of their drawing from your camera or camera roll.

Then place it over whatever material you want to engrave. We chose to make coasters, then used wood finish to, well, finish! If your craft store doesn’t have any, you can find it at a hardware store (Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) or Walmart, like we did!

So that’s it! If you’re feeling stuck and don’t know where to start creating, take a look at the materials craft stores have to offer, or your own materials you already have around! Sometimes seeing what you’re working working with can help spark an idea of what to create with it!