Tag Archives | digital die cutting

Last Minute Father’s Day Cards!

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.

Father's Day Card Assembly Continue Reading →

Silhouette Vinyl [Promo & Giveaway]

It’s time for more fun with Silhouette vinyl. There’s also some great deals for Craft Critique readers from Silhouette – and one lucky Craft Critique reader is going to win a Silhouette Cameo machine!

I have been wanting to redo part of the back window of my car since the Apple sticker that I put there 3 years ago had faded beyond recognition. A file I found in the Silhouette store inspired me to add something scrappy as part of my redo.

My inspiration was a file by Hero Arts called Scissors, but a search of the Silhouette store for the term “scissors” shows all sorts of fun crafty images.

I measured the Apple sticker (since I wanted to replace the worn one with a new one) to discover the height measurement that I needed to use and then opened the file in Silhouette studio. I resized it to the correct height and then placed the image in the corner to save vinyl when cutting.

Silhouette Studio screen shot Continue Reading →