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!
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.
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).
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.
Just add in all the papers you want to use. They will all appear in your pattern library when you are ready.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep your patterned fill selected and send it to the back using object-arrange-send to back. (this just makes life easier later).
Select the entire egg, shift-click on the pattern fill to unselect it and then group all the remaining lines.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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