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Using digital cutting files to make craft projects

Sweet Stuff – with no calories

We are trying to be a bit healthier this year (at least so far), so I’m planning to give my girls small gift cards instead of candy for Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Treat Gift Card HoldersI usually give them a little treat at dinner.  I came up with this cute packaging to put the cards in.  I don’t know if it will make up for lack of chocolate, but…

Sweet Stuff Gift Card Holder Digital Cutting FileEach card has a pocket for a gift card.

Sweet Stuff Gift Card Holder Digital Cutting File

here is the cupcake one…

Hope everyone has some crafty Valentine fun!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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Friday freebie – Word-art canvas using a digital cutter

I have a skinny section of wall in my powder room that really needed a little something… so I decided to make this canvas using my Cameo digital cutter.  The saying made me smile…

Bathroom word art canvas

Maybe my kids will wash their hands more??

I just painted some simple sunflowers using acrylic paint from the craft store (my powder room is yellow and the rug has sunflowers).  After it dried, I white washed over it with thinned down white acrylic paint so the lettering would show clearly.

I then created the word art in Illustrator and saved it as an SVG file so I could cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo digital cutter.  I use a font family called “Thankful”.  I really like this collection of fonts – so many choices and they go so well together.

I did add a stroke outline to the thinnest font, just to make sure the cutter would cut it and I could transfer it easily.  The canvas is 10″ by 20″ – so I created a long, thin arrangement.  I cut the words from dark brown permanent vinyl and transferred them to my canvas.  I put a book under my canvas to support the fabric so I could rub the vinyl firmly.

If you would like to make something with this word art, you can download the SVG here. The PNG version is here.

Word art SVGI’m not sure if I can still offer free files in Silhouette Studio format (I know I am not allowed to sell them).  Does anyone know if free .studio files are still OK?

 

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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

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