Digital Die Cutting Files with Digital Papers

I love to use my digital die cutting files together with digital patterned scrapbook papers.  The design possibilities are really endless and I can so easily experiment and change my mind before I print anything.  Print and cut is one of my favorite crafty inventions!

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Today I have a tutorial for you on how I use digital scrapbook papers with more intricate digital die cutting files to create print and cut projects.  It looks long – but its all easy-peasy pictures.

I’m using the Folk Art Eggs digital cutting files and the Calico Spring digital kit in this tutorial.

The first thing I do is to add my digital papers to my pattern library in my Silhouette Studio software.  Just open the library (book icon), open the my patterns folder, and create a folder for my papers (it helps with finding papers from a certain kit later).

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Then open the file folder where the papers are stored and simply click and drag them into the space to add them to the folder in the Studio library.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Just add in all the papers you want to use.  They will all appear in your pattern library when you are ready.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Open the digital cutting file in your Studio software.  I’m using the SVG version of the files here (there are instructions for both SVG and DFX in the download).  Select everything and set the line thickness to zero using the line icon.  This prevents cutting lines from printing on your final project.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

With detailed cuts like these eggs, you want to prevent any tiny edges were the pattern is missing because of slight shifting during cutting, but you don’t want to waste printer ink.  So we are going to fill just a bit beyond the egg shape with pattern.

First, release the compound path with: object – release compound path.  Note – with some files you may have to ungroup instead, and other files may come already in pieces.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Then click off the shape and go back and select only the outer edge of the egg. Go the the off-set path icon and off-set the egg shape.  This is going to be your pattern fill shape.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Then go to the pattern icon.  Remember those patterned papers we added?  Scroll down and you will find them there.  Just choose the one you want add click-drag it into the egg shape you just made.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

If you  would like, you can alter your pattern fill using the advanced options.  Just select the filled shape and apply them.  Here I scaled my pattern a bit larger and I moved the pattern using Pan Pattern to put one of the flower clusters more in the center.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Keep your patterned fill selected and send it to the back using object-arrange-send to back.  (this just makes life easier later).

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Select the entire egg, shift-click on the pattern fill to unselect it and then group all the remaining lines.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

While you have them selected, set the cut lines using the cut icon.  Select cut and set the paper type.  I print my items on Matte Presentation paper and I use the Pattern Paper setting.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Do this for any other pieces you want to use for your project.  You do not need to re-create the egg pattern fill shape again, you can just copy it and place it behind any of the other eggs.  You can change the pattern fill by dragging a different patterned paper into the shape.

For the cuts below, I changed the pattern and I decided to add pattern fill shapes to the labels.  I didn’t bother with the label centers because they are very simple shapes and close to while already – so I’m betting they will cut just fine.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

The last thing I want to show you is adding sentiments.  These sentiments come with this digital cutting file, but you can also use digital scrapbooking wordart or digital stamp set sentiments.

Just open the PNG in Studio, cntr C to copy it…

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Then go to your working file and cntr V to paste it.  Align it on top of the label center you want to print and cut.  You can use the alignment tools to help you center it.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

Set all your cutting lines to cut and you are ready to print and cut (don’t forget to adjust your blade depth).  Save this document as a studio file and you can use it whenever you wish.  You can change the file with different scrapbook paper patterns or sentiments to make new projects.

Digital die cutting files tutorial

I hope you found this tutorial useful.  Here is a peek at the digital die cutting files and the digital scrapbooking kit that I used:

Easter card digital die cutting filesCalico Spring Digital Scrapbooking Kit

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