ScanNCut SDX Calligraphy kit project – Illuminated letter Medieval manuscript

I really enjoyed putting this project together – I’ve made two of these for my twin daughters bedrooms 🙂

For this project, I used: some gold mirror cardstock that I’ve had in my stash for ages, and cardstock from Makers Superstore

– this is very high quality cardstock and is solid coloured to the core, so cuts like butter on the machine and is ideal for this type of heirloom project.

The Brother ScanNCut SDX Calligraphy Starter Kit – some of you will have it already, but here in the UK it is available exclusively through Makers Superstore: (I’ve had my kit since September last year and have used it for lots of projects).

And the Brother ScanNCut SDX Calligraphy Font Set – Gothic and Unicial font activation card – my brother bought this card for me at Christmas and it’s the first chance I’ve had to use it.

On the SDX series, there is a folder of onboard patterns that are absolutely ideal for this kind of project – I’ve highlighted the ones in red that I’ve used in the image from the pattern list below:

I used Canvas Workspace to create the frame for the illuminated letter, but it is perfectly doable on the machine itself.

There are lots of tutorials on how to do things like this Canvas Workspace on YouTube, so rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought I would share how you can do this on the machine itself:

Choose AR-J101 and duplicate four times.

Add a square from the basic shapes, and create an inwards offset (choose whatever size offset suits you). Move the inner square off to one side for now.

Now rotate and place the four duplicate swirls round the large square to suit, select all, and then weld.

Now select the welded swirl pattern, and the inwards offset square, select all, and align everything centrally horizontally and centrally vertically.

Group both your outer swirl frame and inner square together and you have your frame for your illuminated letter.
I also used one of the patterns in the borders section of the machine – again highlighted below in red.

I can’t remember exactly where I got the font for the illuminated letter D and the rest of the letters for daughter – but I’ve had a look and on there is a 100% free font that is very similar called “Olde English”

That’s about it, so I’ll be with another post in the near future 🙂

Happy crafting! 🙂

YouTube live Thursday 19th March 2020 – Calligraphy kit questions and answers session!

I wanted to make a special framed project for my twin daughters – so I put together two of these projects and am going to frame them for their bedroom walls:

I’m going to be doing my first Youtube live tomorrow night (Thursday 19th March 2020) at

8PM UK time!

answering any questions you may have about the calligraphy kit and the project – so I hope you will join me!

After the Youtube live, I will be updating the blog with details of all the patterns I used to put the project together – apart from the calligraphy kit and the font, all the rest of the patterns are built in to the SDX series.

Hope to see you there 🙂


There has been a new model added to the ScanNCut family – it’s available just in the US at the moment is and is called the SDX135 PRO. However it will be released in Europe at some point in the very near future.

This is the link to the Brother support page for the new model.

If you click on the pattern list, the website directs you to the current SDX125/SDX1000 pattern list

The SDX125 has been officially discontinued in the USA – see here

so the new model seems to be just a SDX125 for now so just possibly just a model name change – it has the same onboard patterns as the SDX125/SDX1000.

It will be released in Europe as there is an *unlisted* Youtube video on the official Brother Europe YouTube channel – so this video hasn’t been made public by Brother Europe yet 🙂 – with a teaser trailer – the features as the same as the rest of the SDX series.

I’ve asked Brother for some more information on what the difference is between this and the other models in the SDX range and will post when I know more.

Cinderella Ariel Disney Activation card – the perfect fit!

The Makers Superstore BOGOF offer on the activation cards has ended….

So if you treated youself to some of the cards while the offer was on, you should hopefully have them in your hands now so let the Disney crafting fun begin! (PS they work on both the CM series and the DX series!)

I’m still playing with the Cinderella/Ariel activation card….still got lots of projects I want to make from this one! Here are a couple of cards I made this weekend:

The thing I love about the Cinderella/Ariel card is that the patterns on there are so versatile….the patterns on there are suitable for Princesses of all ages you can see. 🙂

It’s coming up to school report time…and my two teenage Princesses have excelled theirselves yet again 🙂 so I knew I needed to make two gorgeous cards that I could slip some money in so they can treat theirselves during the Easter holidays.

The shoe design from the activation card was a perfect fit for my project – sorry for the pun – I couldn’t resist! :-

The cards were very simple to make –

I first inked up a piece of cardstock slightly bigger than I needed.

To get the rainbow effect, I used just FOUR colours of Distress Oxide inkpads:

Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet.

I used a very simple ink blending technique – inking each colour in rainbow sequence overlapping each colour as I went – this gave me the full rainbow spectrum, seven beautiful vibrant colours in total.

While I was waiting for the ink panel to dry. I just lined multiple of the shoes up in rows, mirror imaging every other row, and added a rectangle to this. I also duplicated the rectangle so I had two of the same size.

I then cut out the shoe panel from the rainbow background, and a gold background from the other rectangle. and glued them together.

The “congrats” sentiment is a built in sentiments from the SDX machine – pattern number LO-AC07. I cut this out three times, glued them together and covered them with Glossy Accents.

On the inside of the card, I used pattern BA-A140 as a pocket that I can pop some cash into. I used the Brother SDX calligraphy kit (which is on offer at the moment at Makers Superstore btw!) to write the word “Enjoy” onto this.

For the second card, I cut another shoe panel in black from the Makers Superstore range of pearlescent cardstock – (it’s absolutely gorgeous card, pearlescent both sides and coloured to the core – cuts on the machine like a hot knife through butter!) and simply pieced in the remaning rainbow shoes that was the waste from my original panel.

I’d love to see what projects you’re making – so please leave me a comment!

Happy cutting! 🙂