Card Tutorial With Holiday Home

Hi all.  Its Christmas card making season so I thought I’d share a little tutorial on how to combine digital cutting files with digital scrapbooking supplies to make layered greeting cards.  Its a bit long, but almost all pictures.

Here is the card I’m making in this tutorial:

Christmas CardI used the Holiday Home Digital Kit and the Scalloped Circle Card Cutting Files for this project.


First, I opened the cutting file for the card I wanted to make in my Silhouette Studio software.  I selected all the lines, went to the line style window and set the line thickness to zero.  This makes sure the lines to not show up on my finished print and cut.

tutorial picture

I want to fill the cutting file shapes with patterned papers from the Holiday Home Digital Kit.  To do this, I simply add the papers to the pattern library in the Silhouette software.  Open the library (book icon), click my patterns. ( You can add a sub-folder to help with organization.)  Then just drag the papers you want into the library.pic2

Close the library and click on the pattern icon.  Scroll down and you will find the papers you just added.pic3

To add the papers, just select a shape and click on the paper you want. You can scale the pattern larger or smaller using the scale tool (patterns often come in very small).  You can also use the pan tool if you want to move the pattern around inside the shape.


Then you need to set the cut lines – just choose the cutting window, select all the things you want to cut and click “cut”.  You can also choose the material type here.  I print my stuff on matte presentation paper and I use the standard patterned paper settings.


Now – if you want to get a bit fancier…

Sometimes if you have a detailed cut, the cut and the pattern fill will not match up exactly so when you cut you get tiny white edges or corners.  This scalloped circle would probably be fine, but just in case I’m going to use the expanded fill trick.

Choose the shape and go to the off-set path window.  Choose offset and set a small distance (I usually use 0.05 inches).  Hit apply.  The offset will be selected – keep it selected.


Go to the pattern window and click the paper to fill the expanded shape with the paper pattern.  Keep the shape selected.


Go to the cut window and choose no cut.  Now the expanded pattern fill will print, but the cut will be to original cut line.  This will give you a little patterned filled edge so if the cut line is off, it will not have any white edges.


Group the cut line and the offset shape together so when you move them they stay together.  Just select the shape and cut line and hit CNTR-G.

Now you can add any decorative pieces from the kit that you would like.  In this case I chose a flower cluster and a label.  I just opened them in the studio software, copied them and pasted them in my document.  You can resize them to better fit your card if necessary.


Create cut lines for these elements.  Open the trace window, choose select trace area and trace over the decorative element.  Uncheck the high pass filter and slide the threshold right until you get an nice solid yellow fill.  Then choose trace outer edge.

This is a detailed cut, and you could expand the fill area like we did for the scalloped circle, but since the edge of the element is pretty much white already – I’m not going to worry about it.  Any missed edges would never show.

Go ahead and trace the label too.


Keep in mind that the new cut line and the element image are 2 different pieces (see below).  If you try to move it they will separate – so I always group them together after I make them.


Check the cut and print borders and scoot the pieces around to stay inside the borders.  Then just send it to print.  I print on matte presentation paper that I just buy at the office supply store.  Make sure you adjust your printer settings to tell the printer the type of paper you are using – it makes a huge difference in print quality.


Cut it in your Silhouette – and you have all your card pieces.  All you need is a cardstock base to glue them on. I like to pop up a few pieces of my card with foam tape and the rest I just glue in place.  Its also fun to add embellishments like ribbons or gems or glitter.

Save this file as a .studio and you can make this card again any time just by printing can cutting.

Here are a couple other cards I made using the Holiday Home kit.  This one uses the Card Creations Volume 2 Cutting files.

Christmas card 2

And for this one I used the Winning Ribbons Card Templates with Cutting Files.

Christmas Card 3

I love making crafts with my digital supplies!  I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

Christmas Card Group by Paper Garden Projects

Edited to add:  If you would like to use my Merry Christmas label, you can grab the PNG here.

free Merry Christmas Label

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Christmas Lantern Digital Cutting File Tutorial

I’ve had Christmas decorating on my mind lately and thought I’d share a quick tutorial for making some decorative lanterns using a digital cutting file and a battery operated tea light.

Nativity LanternI used the Christmas Lantern Bundle to create this project.  It contains 3 different lantern designs.  My tutorial uses the snowflake design.

Lantern Cutting File BundleI cut the pieces on my Silhouette Cameo using the SVG version of the files.  Instructions included in the downloads explain how to use either the SVG version or the DFX version in Silhouette Studio.

cutting file tutorial

Since these files are fairly detailed, sometimes making a few adjustments will make cutting them easier. Make sure your cutting blade is sharp and your mat is sticky enough so the paper can’t slide – but not so sticky you can’t get the paper back off. Plastic coated papers and glittered papers sometimes do not cut cleanly with detailed cuts.

One thing that often helps is to set your blade a little higher than usual and use the double cut feature. It can also help to slow down your cutting speed. I cut all these samples on my Silhouette Cameo using a very lightly textured cardstock. I used the cardstock setting recommended in the program, BUT I checked the double cut box and I set my ratchet blade at 3 even though the program calls for 5.

lantern tutorial

After cutting, fold all the tabs of the box inward (mountain folds)

Cutting file tutorial

If you would like to back your cutouts with something, glue it in place now. You can do this before you fold the tabs, but play close attention to the right and wrong sides of the cardstock so you don’t accidently glue your lining to the wrong side (lets not talk about how I know this….). I glued tissue paper into mine.

cutting file tutorial

Apply adhesive to the roof tabs and adhere the edge together. Fold the bottom tabs up and adhere to give the lid more strength.

cutting file tutorial

Adhere the two walls together and then adhere the walls to the tabs on the base.

digital cutting file tutorial

Create the double thick support at the base top. Tuck the small triangles in and fold the top flap over. The top of the box will be at the same angle as the box top to help keep it in place.


And there is your finished lantern.  Just add a battery operated tea light to light it up.

Snowflake Lantern Digital Cutting fileHope you found this tutorial useful and try making some lanterns of your own.


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November Digiscrap Parade Free Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Welcome to the  November edition of the Digiscrap Parade.  The theme was “to Gather” and I guess I must have been thinking about sitting down to a nice cup of tea with family and friends when I designed my mini digital scrapbooking kit.  Tea is good right?  Anyway – here is my contribution.  You can download it here (or click the picture).

To Gather Mini by Paper Garden ProjectsIf you’re following the Parade route from start to finish, you should have come from JoCee Designs and you are going to Alexis Design Studio site or Facebook Page next. 

If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main DigiScrap Parade site to view the master list and get back on track.

Enjoy the parade!


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Autumn Memories Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Because of a host of family issues, I have not been ably to do any designing for almost a year!  It feels really good to get back into it.

Autumn Memories Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Here is the whole kit

This new digital scrapbooking kit is full of traditional autumn things (leaves and acorns and such) but with (hopefully) a more modern twist – sketchy drawings, lots of embedded patterns and bright colors.

Autumn Memories Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Here are some of the elements

Autumn Memories Digital Scrapbooking papers

The papers

Here are a few projects from the talented Digichick Creative Team:

The CT is so talented!

The CT is so talented!

And of course I made a free coordinating mini-kit for you.  You can download it here.

Free Digital Scrapbooking kit

Hmmm… almost looks a bit Christmas-y

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$2 Tuesday digital scrapbooking kits and a free printable

Hi all,

Just thought I’d let you know that its $2 Tuesday over at the Digichick.  You can see all the deals and steals on digital scrapbooking supplies here.  Here are mine for this month…

$2 tuesday deals

Great for hybrid projects

Since I had the Boo To You kit out already to put it in the sale, I made up a little printable PDF  Halloween decoration for you.  Its 8″ x 8″ so it will print on letter sized paper.  I like to print on presentation paper (or photo paper) to keep the colors bright.  You can download the PDF file here.

Halloween printable

I’m more into cute than scary Halloween…

Hope everyone has some fun Halloween plans.  My middle school twins are planning a party after trick or treating.  All those girls on a sugar high – I think its going to get mighty loud over here!

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