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4 Ways for Mixed Media Artists to Use the ScanNCut

As you know, I love my ScanNCut.  But, I'm definitely not into using cookie cutter designs.  That's part of the reason I love the ScanNCut so much: it allows me to express my own quirky style quickly and easily. There are so many ways to design custom files:

  • Using the built-in editing functions in the stand-alone ScanNCut.
  • Using the built-in scanner to scan my own original drawings or copyright free artwork from books or the internet.
  • Using the free computer-based software, CanvasWorkspace.
  • Using any third-party software that can output an SVG cut file.

And the ScanNCut cuts a wide variety of materials, allowing me to make lots and lots of my own custom art tools.

Here are 4 ways for mixed media artists, like me, to use the ScanNCut:


You can easily design and cut your own foam stamps.  Here are some that I've created:

And here's a video on how to make your own:


You can also easily design and cut your own custom stencils.  Here are some recent faves:

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Here's a video covering the most asked about stencil design question: How to create stencil bridges?

I also have an online class that goes into lots and lots of detail about how to design and cut your own custom stencils with the ScanNCut.


This is one of my favorite techniques.  All you need it a curtain sheer and some heat transfer vinyl (HTV).  Here is an example of using custom ScanNCut screens:

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And here's a video on how to make your own custom screen:


I love that the ScanNCut is able to fussy cut around an entire sheet of stamped or even hand painted images.  Here are some leaves I painted and had the ScanNCut cut out using Direct Cut:

And here's a video on how Direct Cut works:

If you've ever considered an electronic cutter before, the ScanNCut might be a good fit for you if you like to make custom things and feel comfortable using a scanner.

If you're an artist who uses the ScanNCut to make tools for your art, leave me a comment letting me know what you love to make with your ScanNCut!


P.S. I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut.  It is a machine that I love and use.  All projects and opinions are my own.

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