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

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/paper-and-card

– 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).

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-SDX-Calligraphy-Starter-Kit/1X

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.

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-SDX-Calligraphy-Font-Set-Gothic-and-Unical/1Z

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 Dafont.com there is a 100% free font that is very similar called “Olde English”

https://www.dafont.com/olde-english.font

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

Happy crafting! 🙂

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