News at Hello Talii

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Hi! This month I’m celebrating my first year at Etsy!

I started a year ago with a few listings and have grown ever since. I’ve expanded into new stores in other sites, such as Creative Market, Society 6, Luvly Marketplace and Teachers pay Teachers. I also started this blog, and this last week, I’ve opened a new store at Etsy!

This new store will be all about printables: calendars, planners, prints, cards. You can take a peek at my work downloading this 2016 Calendar here. I’ll be uploading new products every week. Stay in touch!

To celebrate my first year at Etsy, this whole month, I’ve added various discount coupons at my store to choose from:

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Buy 5$ or more>> get 20% discount- Enter 20NOVEMBER at checkout

Buy 10$ or more>> get 30% discount- Enter 30NOVEMBER at checkout
Buy 15$ or more>> get 40% discount- Enter 40NOVEMBER at checkout

Here’s how to use them:
1. Put the item/s in your cart
2. Click on “Apply Coupon Code”
3. Enter the coupon code and click “Apply”
4. Do it before you complete payment

In addition there’s news from Luvly Marketplace. The giveaway winner at it’s Facebook contest is Heather Ann Chaney!

She received a whole set of Halloween clip art and digital papers from my Luvly store! Congratulations Heather!

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And last but not least I’ve added a new freebie at TpT which I hope will be very useful for teachers on all subjects: Participation Cards. This is a collaboration with my brother Alfredo, who teaches Philosophy at St. Ambrose University. Click here to watch a way in which my brother uses them in his classes.

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See you!

How to use Photoshop Brushes

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Hi! Today I uploaded to my shop these Photoshop Frame Brushes. To use them you’ll need Adobe Photoshop.

Here’s how to:

Open Photoshop. I have PS5 but you can use them with any older version.

Open a new file.

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Go to Window> Brush Presets. You’ll see a grayed window with the Default Brushes. On the toolbar on your left click the Brush tool. Then go to Brush Presets and the window’s changed to white and now you can use it.

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Go to the upper right of this window and click. A menu will open. Click on Load Brushes…

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Then open the MML-frames brushes.abr and you’ll see all the frames.

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Choose one, resize. These brushes are 1000 px, you can make them smaller, moving the size arrow on the Brush Palette, or bigger until they are 2500 px.

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Then choose a color from Window> Color, Window> Swatches, or the Color Picker. To open the Color Picker double click on the upper left square on the bottom of the toolbar on your left .

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Then stamp one of the frames on the artboard.

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You can play with the opacity of the frames with the tools on the upper toolbar.

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And now time to play with colors and shapes!

Enjoy!

Halloween Garland Cut Tutorial!

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Hi! Today I’m featuring my first tutorial ever on this blog!

Recently I have added this listing to my Etsy and my TpT stores. There’s two ways to use it.

Halloween D.I.Y. Jack O Lanterns- Cutting Files

The first one:  you can create a Halloween garland decoration. Here’s how:

I have a Silhouette Designer software but, with the files on this listing, you can make it with the Basic Silhouette software easily. The SVG files work with Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot software too.

  1. Open the two .studio3 files on your Silhouette Studio software.

Pumpkins

Noses, mouths and eyes

2. Grab the faces features and copy them into the pumpkins file. Ungroup all the shapes.

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3. Play with the shapes, duplicate pumpkins, add the faces features to each one, resize noses, rotate eyes, make groups with each pumpkin when you are done.

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4. When you have your pumpkins ready, resize each pumpkin group till you find the right size to make a garland. I wanted mine to be very visible on my door, so I took the measures, my door is about 60 inches wide, and I wanted the garland to have 5 pumpkins on it, so that’s about 12 inches space for each one. There has to be space between them, about 2 inches, more or less. So I resized the pumpkins to about 8 to 9 inches wide each.

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5. Then open the modify window, ungroup the shapes, substract, and voila!

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6. Repeat the procedure with each pumpkin and then cut each one on orange paper.

And that’s it! Attach to a nice string and hang it on your door, window or chimney!

There’s another way to use these files. Cut the pumpkins in orange paper, the noses, mouths and eyes on black paper first, and then on yellow paper, that gives the pumpkins a lightened up look. Then hand out the pieces to your kids, and let them play, making their own Jack O Lanterns! A nice way to spend a fall evening!

You can cut these on magnetic paper too, available at Silhouette’s online store, and play with the pumpkins on your fridge.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, the listing comes with a PDF that you can print and cut with your scissors!

Check my other Halloween listings that match this one here:

See you on my next tutorial!