I am the queen of procrastination, which means that I am often making cards for events at the last minute. Since last-minute is too late usually to shop for supplies, I’ve discovered that a great way to do this is to pull out my Silhouette Portrait machine and download a file.
Father’s Day cards this year was no exception. With Father’s Day coming, I needed to make some cards fast. Out came the Portrait machine. But while I had the machine out I decided to take advantage of how easy it is to create multiples, and create duplicates to put in my card stash and to donate.
I went with the Father’s Day Tie Card file by Sweet Afton from the Silhouette Store. Because it is a suit and tie design, it can be varied in color to create very different styles of cards.
It was fun digging through my old 6×6 paper pads looking for papers that would make good suits (not exactly something that I have a need for every day). I finally settled on papers from Basic Grey’s Kissing Booth, Echo Park’s This & That, and My Mind’s Eye’s Dolled Up (a Michael’s Stores special package). I also used Walnut Cream Bazzill (smooth) for the cut that makes the card bases. Dig around – you’ll probably be surprised that hiding even some very feminine collections there are suit-like materials!
The key to doing duplicates like this is to “batch process” your steps. First, I started cutting each of the cuts one at a time, using as many pieces of paper as it took to get the multiples I wanted. For the small pieces for the tie and handkerchief and lapel, I copied and pasted the cut so that I could cut more than one at a time out of a piece of paper. It made things faster and easier.