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!

Digital die cutting file tutorial finished cards

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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Valentine Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar Craft

The challenge this month over at The Silhouette Challenge facebook group is print and cut.  I love print and cut!  Plus I want to make some goodies for my girls for Valentine’s Day – so bonus!

Here is what I came up with for my project (the rest of the challenge projects are linked at the end of this post):

Canning jar valentine project

For this project, I used the following:

Love In a Jar Templates and Cutting Files

Love in a Jar stamp set

Me, myself and I digital scrapbooking kit

Me, myself and I digital tone on tone papers

  • Printer (and presentation paper for printing)
  • Cardstock for the base
  • Digital die cutting machine
  • Adhesive
  • Quart canning jar with lid
  • 2 bags of Hershey hug and kisses candy

I followed the procedure in this post to create my print and cut PNG from the templates included in the cutting file set.  This allowed me to use the digital papers and elements, without  printing whole sheets and wasting printer ink.

My final PNG looked like this.  You can see I have my front and back panels, my side panels and my properly sized decorative elements all there.  I used the decorative labels stamps and added some text to customize the tags.  I added the digital papers just like described in the blog post linked above.

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This PNG is bigger than the printing area when I turn on the registration marks in my Silhouette studio software.  The way to fix that is to just slice the PNG into pieces that fit into the cut area.  I just use my straight knife blade in the software to slice it up.  Then slide the pieces you want to print and cut first into the window and push the others aside. (I find it easier than making a bunch of smaller files).

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Layer the cut file lines from the cutting file set over the images and send to print and them cut.  Don’t forget to check and make sure the cut line thickness is zero so the lines do not print on your project.

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I want to add some scrapbook kit flowers as pop-up decoration – so I need to trace those before I cut them.  I cover the element with the trace area box, shut off the high pass filter, and adjust the threshold until I get a solid image.  Then just trace the edge.

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I like to do my print and cuts using matte presentation paper because the printouts come out nice and bright.

I cut my canning jar sleeve base out of cardstock using the cutting files and then layered all the decorative elements I print and cut on it.  Add some hugs and kisses and your done.  Save your project as a Silhouette Studio file and you can make more of them whenever you like.

Canning jar valentine project

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Print and Cut Rebus Valentine Tigger Printable Heat Transfer T-Shirt Love You Valentine’s Jar {tutorial} + Print & Cut Blog Hop Valentine BINGO with {FREE} Printable and Cut File DIY Conversation Hearts Temporary Tattoos {Heart} Dance! Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette's Print and Cut Milk & Cookies Valentine's Treat Print & Cut Valentine's Day Banner Old wooden box Love Print and Cut Fabric Labels Be Mine Banner Love is all you need - Print & Cut Valentine Journal Cards Free Printable: Snickers Valentine Tag Labor & Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags Valentine Robot Shirt with Print and Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Print and Cut Fish Valentines 3D Print and Cut Magnets (And Tons More Silhouette Print and Cut Ideas) Baby Month Stickers with a FREE cut file Super Easy Print and Cut Journal Card Valentines Simple Silhouette Valentine Card Valentine Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar Craft Frozen Inspired Tattoos Be My Valentine Mini Album Print and Cut Valentine Pudding Cup Wrappers - February Silhouette Challenge Print & Cut Birthday Invitations

1. Clever Someday // 2. TitiCrafty // 3. GingerSnapCrafts.com // 4. My Paper Craze // 5. Simply Kelly Designs // 6. Little Blue’s Room // 7. Mama Sonshine // 8. Small Stuff Counts // 9. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 10. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Barb’s Life // 13. GetSilvered // 14. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 15. Minted Strawberry // 16. unOriginal Mom // 17. Where The Smiles Have Been // 18. Persia Lou // 19. Silhouette School // 20. From Whine to Whine // 21. DailyDwelling // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Paper Garden Projects // 24. It Happens in a Blink // 25. Perfectly Fabulous // 26. Adventures in All Things Food // 27. Create & Babble

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Welcome to the February 2015 Digiscrap Parade

Welcome to the Paper Garden Projects stop on the February 2015 DigiScrap Parade route.

If you’re following the Parade route from start to finish, you should have arrived here from Two Tiny Turtles and your next stop will be Mari Koegelenberg. 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.

You can download my parade contribution here.

Feb Digiscrap Parade freebie by Paper Garden Projects

Feb Digiscrap Parade freebie by Paper Garden Projects

I’ve included a special coupon in my download in case you might want to stop by my Digichick store and take a peek.

Enjoy the parade!

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“Treat” someone special for Valentine’s Day

I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to make someone feel special on Valentine’s Day.

Sometimes taking an ordinary, everyday thing that you know they love and packaging it in a special way creates the most thoughtful gift.

I like to do this for my family.  Its so quick and easy to cut the packaging on my Silhouette Cameo – and somehow my kids are always thrilled, even though they are teenagers now!

Here are a few ideas to make simple gifts extra special with links to the digital cutting files to help you.

If you know someone who loves their coffee – you can package up a few of their favorite K-cup flavors.

K-cup gift box

Use your stash of paper craft supplies to decorate

Or maybe just give them a small gift card to their favorite coffee shop:

Coffee cup gift card holderYou could bake them their favorite homemade goodie and package it up in a way that tells them how special they are.

Maybe a cupcake:

Cup Cake BoxOr some banana bread:

Bread box

The box fits a min-foil loaf pan

And of course – a big chocolate bar is always nice:

Candy bar box

The butterfly latch is pretty cute huh?

Or maybe a little box of my husband’s favorite – toffee hard candy.

Bakery BoxAnd you can never have too many hugs and kisses – even if they are in a jar:

 

Valentine canning jar package

I love the caramel filled kisses!

But sometimes the best gift of all is a homemade card with a heartfelt note inside.

I heart you cardsWhatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day – have a wonderful one

Valentine collage

 

 

 

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A little Valentine’s Day help including free sentiments

I’m busy making Valentine cards over here.  This year, I decided on heart shaped cards – just for fun. (I also did one as Anniversary – just to have one on hand….)

Valentine cards

A selection of cute little cards…

I used the new I Heart You Digital Cutting File Set to make all of these.  I love my little Cameo!

I heart You Cutting Files

To make my samples, I did a print and cut for the label centers. I created the sentiments in Illustrator, saved them as PNG files and then layered them onto the label center cut lines.  Here is what the white ones looked like (I just did the same on craft paper for the chevron card).

Sentiments and labels

Adding sentiments to labels

I usually like to use matte presentation paper for print and cuts – they come out so nice and bright. Once the centers were cut, I just layered them on the label backing and added them to the card with foam tape so they popped up a bit.

Valentine Card sample

Here is a close-up to see the layering

If you would like to use some of the same sentiments that I did, I have a little free download for you.  You can download the sentiments here.  Some are curved and some are straight to fit the different labels.  You can change to color of them in your Silhouette Studio program.

I heart you sentiments

Here is a peek of the sentiments that are included

If you make any of these please let me know – I’d love to see!!

I’m off to make more Valentine projects – hope you have a fabulous day!

I Heart You Valentine samples

A pile of hand crafted valentines

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