25 Christmas Cards Part 5

 

I had cut out the green background quite a while back, not even thinking about using it as a Christmas embellishment, but I needed something to use as a backdrop for my stocking and it seemed to work.  Again, I used the offset function to cut out  a red mat . Easy peasy. I thought the stocking turned out super cute, and the Silhouette cut through my glitter paper like butter.

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I would NOT recommend this next card if you are doing a whole bunch- unless you plan to start making them in January! The cutting out? Very quick.  The gluing to the card? Not so much!  After I got all of the pieces on the card I decided it needed something more so I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the triad leaves folder. I don’t remember what font I used for the Joy banner but it is great to be able to use any TrueType font with the Silhouette. Because the berries were so small I used Stickles instead of red cardstock.

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I don’t usually do square cards because I don’t like either the extra postage due if the card is mailed in a square enelope, or the half-filled envelope that you get from mailing a square card in a regular rectangular envelope.  However, this card needed the square format to work, so half-filled envelope here it comes. I added a some Stickles Icicle glitter to the doily that I cut out and embossed the Noel with a swiss dots folder.  This was a very fast card to do.

If you don’t have a Silhouette you could use a purchased paper doily and stamp the Noel on a piece of cardstock.

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I used the same resist technique that I did for one of the Tiny Bundle cards, but the background stamp I used this time was an alphabet  collage. This too was a very quick card.  The silk ribbon I used was some that I had purchased quite a while ago.  It was so pretty I was hesitant to use it, but use it I did, to good effect.

Ali Edwards Good Cheer, Tim Holtz Seasonal REflections, Unknown Alphabet Collage

What can I say? This card is busy ! There’s the embossing (2 different folders), 2 different patterned papers, 3 colors of cardstock, and 3 different die cuts. MOJO Monday would probably be proud of me, but I must admit it gave me a bit of a tic to look at it  after it was finished.  I did like the bird on the branch embossed piece , though. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ionk and dusted with Spring Green PearlEx.

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Not quite enough room for the last 3 cards, so see you tomorrow.

25 Christmas Cards Part 4

Miscellaneous cards

I wanted to do a card that wasn’t my usual 5″ x 4.5 “, so I made one that fits a standard business size envelope.  Everything on this card makes me happy, from the dotted border to the “joy” embellishment.   I used Versamark ink for the bottom dotted border and white pigment ink for the music .The holly corners are from my Silhouette, as is the “joy to the world” embellishment.  This same embellishment could be made by stamping a sentiment and then cutting around it leaving a border. Layer the piece on to some colored cardstock and trim again.

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 I used the same dots stamp and Versamark on this card.  Kraft card lends itself to Versamark ink very well.

I decided to cut a hole in the card front and then affix the ” Merry Christmas” stamped image on the inside of the card. Since I used dimensional dots to secure it the image stands out even when the card is closed.

I purposely made the pink frame and pearls very subtle.  The beauty of kraft cardstock is that it can be brightened up (like the card above) or left neutral.  Either way works.

square_nested_C01065_18816, Hero Arts Tiny Jubilee Dots, Printworks Holly andBerries, Magenta Merry Christmas

The next 2 cards contain the phrase “Wise Men Still Seek Him”.  Cutting these words out is so quick and easy.

For the background on this card I stamped a poinsettia pattern with Versamark ink and then embossed with clear powder.  I cut the panel into to pieces, trimmed each one a bit, and then applied them to the card. I used a Versamark pen to make the dots on the letters.  I love the rich red rhinestones that go so well with the background.

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Placement of the words is made even easier by having a mat underneath. I placed the phrase on the desktop and then hit the offset button.  I played with the settings until I got to the place whereI had a mat that had  the words  touching but there was still some open space.  I used the same cardstock for both the phrase and the mat and then I ran the mat , right side down, through my Xyron and sprinkled glitter on the sticky side.

wisae_men_still_seek_him_C00762_19547, A Lost Art background script, Bella Bohemia corner flourish

I wanted to do a card using a nativity scene  die cut but the ones I bought last year just wasn’t working for me.  I got very frustrated.  But this year there was a new nativity scene and it worked beautifully.  It fit just right on a 61/4″ by 4 4/8″ card.  I got the idea for the background from a video made by Paper Try Ink.

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This is one of my favorites.  I had embosseed a white piece of cardstock with the Dotted Flower Rings folder but hadn’t used it.  One day, out of boredom, I took a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen and colored in all of the flower centers.  The result was a great subtle shimmer that would worked well for a white and gold card.  The wreath was cut out of a piece of AC Specialty Pearl paper.  The paper shifts between white and gold as it is moved around.  The bow, berries, and the phrase were all cut out of a gold specialty cardstock.  Love the way the phrase is cut out so cleanly!

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See you tomorrow!

25 Christmas Cards Part 3

Precious Gift Stamped Image

I found this stamp at Michaels recently and really liked the way it dealt with the best gift ever in a slightly different way.  What a Christmas gift we all have been given!

I have always intended to try an easel card but somehow was scared by the prospect of finding enough images that would work together.  Not that big of a deal, I found out.  Love the cheery Christmas colors.  Since it doesnt work very well to put dimensional pieces on the flat part of the card (the “noel” part) I cut out the holly and then filled the berry holes with red Stickles.  Looks like they are above the surface, but they aren’t.  The directions for an easel card can be found at the  Splitcoast Stampers site. Look under “resources”.

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This card is not my favorite, but in order to get to 25 cards it has to be counted!  I sized the scroll label to fit my stamp and added Stickles Icicle glitter to all of the scrolls.  For the background I used Versamark and then brushed red and green PearlEx on the image.  A quick swipe with a Swiffer dusting cloth and the excess powder was gone.  Swiffers are the best for cleaning up glitter as well.

I used the “kissiing technique” for the background of this card.  Check out Jennifer McGuire’s blog to get more info.  I started with white glossy card and Distress Inks by Ranger.  I first inked up a damask background stamp using Peeled Paint ink.  I then used Pine Bough ink on a Tim Holtz Reflections stamp and stamped it onto the damask stamp (notice- nothing stamped on paper yet).  THEN I stamped the damask stamp on the glossy card.  Since the reflections stamps have the words backwards the final result is a stamped image with the words the right direction.  Fancy that.

lace_border_0856, Stampendous Precious Gift, Hero Arts Classic Fabric Design, Tim Holtz Seasonal Reflections

The embossing folder I used for this card is a Sizzix one called Triad Leaves.  You will see it again several more times.  The border is so easy with the Silhouette.  I just cut out the green top layer and then ungrouped the image, got rid of the dots and teardrop shapes, and cut out a white piece that fit perfectly behind the green one.  I have to admit that originally I started with a border that I had punched out with a Martha Stewart punch.  I wanted the border to have white behind it so I glued the green piece to some white paper and pondered the prospect of doing some really fiddly cutting.  Fortunately about that time a voice boomed out, “drop those scissors, dummy, use your Silhouette”. Duh.

6_labels_C01078_20509, scalloped_flower_border_C20090810003018_19210, Stampendous Precious Gift, Sizzix Triad Leaves

Next up: “wise men” and kraft cards.

25 Christmas Cards Part 2

Nontraditional Colors

The colors for this first card came from the Print and Cut wreath from Silhouette (the colors are off slightly, seems that this magenta color is a difficult one to get right). I printed out the wreath on white cardstock and then added Glossy Accents to the baubles for some extra dimension.

This card could be made without having the a Silhouette.  Pick out several fun colors of cardstock and go crazy punching out leaves or branches. Shape into a wreath, add circle punch-outs, layer on coordinating papers, and your card is finished.

I really like the Sizzix Dotted Flower Rings I used for the background , so prepare to see it several other places. Kinda reminds me of the texture of a sea creature.

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The die cuts for this card were done with my Silhouette, but it could just as easily be done with snowflake stamps, white ink and white embossing powder. Stamp and emboss the snowflakes on dark cardstock, layer  onto  a white piece of cardstock,and cut the edges with a stamp-edged scissors. Tie a ribbon around the piece and mount it on a light color card .  Add a snowflake embellishment and some  pink brads.

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Here is another snowflake card, this time in browns, pinks and mint green to match the paper I used.  I used a (nontraditional) ledger background stamp  and colored the snowflake shaped rhinestone in the middle of the embellishment with a brown Sharpie. I ran the green snowflake through my Xyron machine and added glitter to the sticky side. A much easier way to apply glitter!

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I really liked this brown Print and Cut wreath- I think because of all the funky colors.  I don’t think of brown as being a christmas color but it worked for me here.

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That’s all for today. Next time I will show you the cards I made using a new stamp I purchased at Michael’s recently.

25 christmas cards part 1

My friend Barb sent me an email saying that she had finished 160 christmas cards! While I can’t imagine making that many cards, it did get me thinking.  After watching Kristine Werner’s “25 days of Christmas”  videos I decided that I could give making 25 a try.  For someone who has the attention span of a gnat making only 2 of each design was great fun!  I have roughly grouped them according to technique, new product or miscellaneous.  While some need specific tools, most may made using other techniques or tools.  Have fun looking through them.

Hero Arts stamp/emboss combo cards

Hero Arts has new sets that contain both a stamp and an embossing folder to match .  It is a really simple process: just stamp the image on a piece of cardstock and then place it in the folder.  The images line up perfectly in the folder and you end up with a fun card that looks like you spent a    of time on it.  Here is a close-up of the card:

The next card uses the same combo but with silver metallic ink and embossing powder.  I used a french script stamp and a strip of silver glitter paper as well.

I used Versamark watermark ink on this last card..  I like the tone-on-tone effect .  The faux post is an old stamp but I still like it a lot.  I used watercolor pencils for the leaves and red Stickles for the berries.

That does it for today’s cards.  Check back tomorrow for cards made with an adorable new stamp I purchased this year.

Sweet Baby Card and Other Assorted Cards

I love, love, love these little boy clothes!  The motifs include a onsie, overalls with matching shirt, and socks.  There is also a set of motifs for girls.  These clothes are tiny, about an inch, yet very crisply cut.    I got a little (okay, maybe a lot) carried away so I have plenty of clothes for any new baby boy who arrives to grace this world.

I’m already thinking about making an outfit large enough to fit the front of a card.  Should be fun!

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Generally I’m not a fan of steampunk but I found this paper at Archivers and picked it up more for the colors than anything. Both of the papers I picked are double-sided.  One page has several large motifs like the woman with the metal leg and an all-over rust print on the back. The other page has a large steampunk figure on one side and buterflies on the other side.

Looking through my selection of borders I came across this one which I think  works well with the theme. I scaled it down to fit the width of the card.  I just opened the scale window, selected the “Lock Aspect Ration” button, and then typed in my measurement for the width of the border. The height was then automatically added.  Love that feature.

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I have to admit that I had this card for quite a while before I figured out how to embellish it.  I found the label that I thought would work- not too busy, not too plain, but it was also fairly large.  The sentiment  had to be large gtoo so I was pleased to find this stamp from Stampabilities.  What a great verse!

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The next 3 cards were made using a K&co paper with white embossing on it.  These cards were quickies.

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This card was made with the newest Clean and Simple Stamping sketch (FTL149).

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Silhouette makes great inchie envelopes!

One of the June swaps I participated in was” inchie envelopes”.  There was a template available for one, but I wanted to see if I could come up with something more interesting.  Enter my Silhouette!  For several of the envies I just took  square envelopes and resized them to 1.25″.  Super duper easy! The turquoise and red one is actually a CD holder. The pink and brown one with  the flower flap and the purple one with 4 scalloped sides and belly band were ones I made myself.  They were easy to make as well and add a little sizzle.  Here is a picture of the back sides of the envies.

Fun little birds and flower cut-outs embelished the envies.

The only thing better than getting an inchie is getting one in an envelope!curved_envelope_with_liner_C00069_41853; envelope_1529;pocket_envelope_C02775_1; card_cd_2119

Here are the twinchies I swapped this month.

The bird is a Print and Cut and I made the french “bird” label using the 2 piece frame and some text.

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Heart, lace border, and tiny tag are die cuts  as well.

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Have a geat Monday

More Cards Using My Silhouette Part 2

I love double-sided cardstock (especially K&Co) .  I used green cardstock to make the  card and leaf and then used both sides of the decorative card for the inside and front as well as the flower.

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My favorite new toy at the moment is the McGill flower shaping set which I used for the flowers above. Each stylus in the set has two different sizes of tips so you always have the right size for your project.  Shaping flowers is easy:  you just lay your flower on a mouse pad and press with the stylus, making small circles until the paper cups up .   I believe there are videos on You Tube that show the process. 

Flowers aren’t the only embellishments on which you can use the shapers. I used a stylus to give some depth to the flourish on this berry colored card. I glued decorative paper to the front and inside of the card and stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) on an artisan tag. For the large label I used the artisan shape with chrysanthemum and deleted everything but the outside edge and then embossed it with the “textile” CB folder.

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And finally, a super easy,quick, and cheery card.

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More cards using my Silhouette

I had a great time this week playing with cards and embellishments using my Silhouette.

  I had not been all that excited about the Print and Cut images until I saw this adorable mouse.  He just screamed “baby card”!   I cut a border in half for the lace and printed a sentiment.  I stamped the  background (Judikins)  with Versamark ink and embossed the gray piece  with my Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder.  That folder gets used more than any other I have.

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I had cut out and colored the floral silhouette for this card and attached it to the debossed side of a white piece of cardstock run through the “Victoria” CB folder, but then I got stuck.  I played with it for a while but finally got frustrated and went on to other things. Several weeks later I was rereading Judy Kauffman’s book Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes and More  and turned to the page she called “clothesline layout” , and there was my answer!  Instead of trying to find a place inside my design to place my sentiment (Stampendous) I could “hang” it from the top.  Yay!   Judy’s book is a great reference to have.  She has a chapter on foolproof compositions, easy techniques, using different types of materials,  collaging… the list goes on and on.

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This card is pretty plain but I like it that way.  The card image comes with the card itself and the overlay (which I did in peach).  The fun part about this card is the bits left over after cutting.  I now have 16 purple and orange  crosses just begging to be wrapped with fiber and used on another card.  This is an easy card.

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More cards coming next week.

Shaped ATC’s

This swap was fun!  All of the ATC’s had to be a shape other than a rectangle.  I really like this wheelbarrow made with a my Silhouette and some flower punches.  It is rather fragile but hopefully it (and the other shapes)  will go through the mail well.

This one might be pushing the limits- a tad too short but I’ll send it anyway.  After the fact I realized that I should have welded all the pieces together to get a solid piece for a backing .  I did back the cloud part with another cardstock cloud so it should be okay.  I’m mainly worried about those teeny tiny goose heads and tails!

Birds, bird, egg.  I seem to be going backwards…

This house is a tiny version of an envelope card combo.  The roof and the inside (orange part) of the house is one piece while the window/door block is the envelope. The door opens so there is a 3D aspect as well.

I like the raindrop on this one.

Now for the foods related ones.

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Corrugated Valentine ATC’s

It’s a nice feeling to get back into the rhythm of my life after the holidays and traveling! 

  These ATC’s are for my Yahoo ATC World group.  It was fun to come up with ideas using corrugated paper (cardboard to those of us who are older). The corrugated heart above (Cuttlebug ) seemed to fit with this collage backing, courtesy of Somerset Studios.

The backing for this ATC is a Kleenex box.  It is a shame to throw away boxes that have such great patterns on them and they are very sturdy.  I like the color combo as well.  Not conventional but fun.

I am being very brave and actually using the copper guilded paper that I got from Paper Source a while back for the backing.  I really love this stuff and will be sad when it is all used up.  The corrugated honeycomb (Cuttlebug) was a good place into which I could tuck copper embossed hearts.

The background for this ATC is a relativewly new texture plate by Cuttlebug. In the past my Swiss Dot plate has been the most used but I have a feeling this larger dot will be my new favorite.  Some Stickles, ribbon and red ink finished this card. Funky but fun!

The flower spray is a die cut from Silhouette, with Stickles adorning it.  I should have done more for the background but didn’t think about it until after I had sent the cards.  Oh well, sometimes that happens.

This last one is on the home page of the group- yipee!  I got the idea for cutting the heart shape out of the upper layer of the cardboard from the book Collage Lab by Bee Shay. I covered the whole thing with Lumiere Grape and then dry brushed the card with Burnt Orange Lumiere.  I didn’t want to use any glue so I first cut 3 thin copper tubes just a tad shorter than 3.5″, threaded them into one of the valleys of the cardboard.  After I could see it in the cutout I then slipped a bigger copper tube over it and pushed the little one up behind the top of  the heart.  I wrapped a piece of silk ribbon aroud the card and then finished it with  3 wraps of copper wire.

Hearts Are Many Colored Things

You’d think that since red is my favorite color I would go crazy with it for Valentines day cards.  I guess it is  contrariness on my part-nobody is going to tell me what color to make my hearts!

So here is an overview of Valentine cards I have made over the years.

Red , gold and wire

Copper, purple and black

 

Pink and silver. Fusible web, cupboard lining, silver embossing powder.

Blue, green and purple. Watercolor.

 

Red, green and blue. Guilding.

Assorted browns. Copper leaf.

Pink and black.

Gold and black. Metal tubing.

Pink, brown and copper. Copper mesh.

Blue and yellow

Russet and gray. Russet PearlEx.

Purple and green. Alcohol inks on polymer clay.

Kraft and gray. Cork paper background.

Pink, gray and kraft.

And finally a red one!

Black and red. Die cut letters and texture plates

I missed a few colors…I wonder what an orange hearts would look like?  Oh, the possibilities.

Art Deco Texture and Silhouettes

 

I got back from Haiti a couple of days ago and now that I am a bit more rested I’d like to show some of the cards using my new Art Deco texture plates from Cuttlebug and also two silhouettes of women cut using my Sihouette.

 

I lightly brushed some interference gold on the background, wrapped it with eyelash yarn, and added some beads to the silhouette.

Love these backgrounds, and love these silhouettes. Some rhinestones and a black Sharpie complete the look.

“Clearance”- I love it!

The Silhouette store has had a sale going on for the last couple of weeks. There were several designs I liked, and the price was right- $.50! 

I read the official Silhouette blog and was challenged  to really use those designs, so I came up with several cards.

For the card at the top I used the diamond mesh and the the small scallop border.  I double cut the mesh (I find this works best for most of the intricate designs) using white cardstock, then applied red and green distress inks.

The green background on the above card is called” stacked lines ” . I applied green distress ink, leaving a bonus background which I used on the nest card, trimmed it down a bit, and then used the holes like cross stitch paper (left hand side of the card).  Quirky but fun.

Yes, this is the stenciled paper from the card I made above.

This last card sports the flower that was on sale.  I love the Art Deco feel.

Try to make this week another one of those where you use an unloved stamp, stencil, or die cut in a new and  usual way, then send me a picture!

Fall Is In The Air

 

I can’t believe that it is almost fall.  I have very mixed feeling about this time of year.  I love the cooler days and  the color of the leaves.  I don’t, however, like the fact that after fall is winter. Fall would be perfect if spring came after it.

While thumbing through the above book (it has some awesome ideas), I found a Shadow Forest Wallhanging.  I thought that the design would make interesting ATC’s as well.

Here’s the tutorial for the 3-D ATC.

You’ll need:

4 sheets of cardstock in 4 different colors

Bare tree pattern (make your own or use a pattern such as the  Silhnouette “bare tree” one)

Tiny leaf paper punch

Glue

From the darkest color of cardstock cut out an ATC- 2.5″ x 3.5″.  Cut out 1 tree and one frame from the remaining 3 colors of card. The dimensions of the frames are 2.5 x 3.5 (outer dimensions) and 2″x3′(inner dimensions).

Because the tree cut out that I used was a bit too busy for this project I trimmed a lot of the tiny branches off.  The dark gold tree has been trimmed and the light gold tree has not.

Next I glued the trees to their matching frames.  Notice that each tree is placed in a different spot on its frame.  This means that you will need to trim tree parts that go past the outside edge of the frame.

In order to make the card more dimensional I  glued 2 pieces of card together, cut them into tiny squares, then glued the squares   the corners of the  back and middle frames .  You can see them in the picture above on the darkest frame.  You could use dimensional foam, but it would make the card too bulky to put into a sleeve .

All that is left to do is to glue   layers together and add your punched leaves.

Here is another Autumn-themed card that I made for one of my Yahoo groups.

And finally, while this mini ATC’s theme is oriental, the colors remind me of fall as well, so I am including it.

Have a great week!

Card and envelope sizes

I find myself using the same 3 card sizes all of the time .   This happens for several reasons: 1)I am afraid of making a card with dimensions that don’t correspond to available envelope sizes, 2) I don’t want to send a card to someone and have them pay postage due because the post office doesn’t like the size , and 3) I would always get confused when trying to buy envelopes.   A-2, 2, 5 1/4- are they trying to drive me crazy???

 I surfed the web without success for a list of possible card sizes, but I did find lots of sites listing envelope sizes. Although it is not hard to figure out what the dimensions of a card should be for a specific envelope (subtract 1/4″ from both height and length), I decided to make a chart of card and envelope sizes to refer to quickly.  I am guessing that I am not the only one out there who would appreciate this chart, so here it is.

I also added cutting dimensions for all cards, and if a card size is listed twice it is because it can be cut in 2 different orientations. 

 While the chart may be helpful, it is not pretty to look at, so I am also posting a few more of the projects that I have made using my Silhouette.  Hope they inspire you, even if you don’t own an electronic cutter.

This cute flower stalk is one of the HeroArts files.

Wow, can you say busy?   I do love the circle lace, though.  The polka dot ribbon got me started on this card.

I got the file for the lace background on this card from this Swedish site.  The lady does wonderful work!

This is another MOJO monday sketch. 

Do you have someone that you can get together with and just have fun creating?  Last Thursday I spent time with my friend,  Ellen, and it was great!  Though we mostly spent the time cutting out all sorts of different shapes (bad, bad, me- I would say “have you seen this shape?”, and off we would go in another direction), we both profited from each other’s ideas. 

Even if your friend doesn’t think of herself as “crafty”, you might be able to introduce her  to a whole new world!  Sharing ideas, materials and tools ends up being one of those activities that blesses and inspires you as well as your friend!

So who are you going to call this week?  Let me know how it went!

The First Cut Is The Deepest

 

Wahoo! I just got a Silhouette SD for my (early) birthday!   So far  I love it.

Perhaps a little explanation is in order for those who aren’t familiar with the Silhouette.  It is an electronic die-cutting machine that hooks up to your computer.  You pick a pattern or letters, size it to you specifications, and send the info to the cutter, and just like that you have your design. 

I knew that it worked well for large formats but wanted to see if it could do a good job on inchie-sized projects. The answer is definitely yes. I was very pleased that most of the patterns I picked cut beautifully at the 1″ size. On the top row the leaf, the dragonfly, and the bird were all cut using the Silhouette.  The bottom row shows the sparkle, the heart, and the flying bird.  The heart looked like like it needed something else so I just poked holes in each iof the scallops and added embroidery thread.

On this ATC I used the Sil on the leaf (the same one as the one above) and the letters . One of the biggest reasons I wanted this machine was to cut letters and phrases to my specifications.

“Imagine” was a design that was available to download from the Silhouette Store.  The store has hundreds of designs to choose from. They are quite inexpensive and once downoaded, are yours forever.  There are other sites on the web that offer free designs as well.

For more info, go here.

Now who wants to come to my house and play????