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Silhouette Print & Cut

Hello crafty friends!  I’ve been busy experimenting with my Silhouette machine and today I will show you how I worked with Silhouette’s Print and Cut feature.  This is a very cool way to not only print and cut out your digital images but it also means you can create your designs.  There is a bit of a learning curve with this and I admit I am still learning as I go – I’ll point out an issue later on in the post that I am still working on.

I am working with the Silhouette studio version 3 – the basic and most recent updated software so the steps I am taking may be a little different if you have version 2.  I don’t have the Designer Edition software and at this point I have not found a need for it.

First – the card.  The images are digital images from Power Poppy and the card is for their Peep Of The Week challenge shown HERE.

Power Poppy Tulip


The tulip was colored with copic markers:  YR01, YR12, YR18 YG21, YG91, YG93, YG95  The embossed panel was sponged with Memento’s Pistachio and Cantelope inks.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey’s Scarlett’s Letter line.

So…the tulip was cut out with my silhouette – here is how you can take your digital image and make it into a print and cut file.   First, you have to make your image into a cuttable image.

Open up your file in Silhouette.  Open up the trace window and click select trace area.   Then draw a box around the area you want to trace. (Hold down the shift key and go over the area).

Once you have the area you want selected, uncheck the “high pass filter” box,  check the “low pass filter” box and then start adjusting the “threshold”.  I set mine at 86.6.  Then click the “trace outer edge” icon.  This is one of those things that you will have to play around with on each file.

Here is my result after doing these steps  (note:  I moved the digital image off to the side so that you can see the red cut lines but when you are doing print and cut just leave the two pieces together)  As shown in the photo below you can see the outline.  Now – the cut line is right to the edge of the image – if you want a little more of a border you can use the “offset” tool to make the cut file a tad larger.

tulip outlined


SO…now that we have our cut file we can do a “print and cut”.  For this feature you need to let silhouette know where to cut.  Bring up your cut file.  At this point I change my page size to 8.5 x 11 – go to the page tool and select letter size to do this.

Now add  “registration marks”  This is how Silhouette reads where to start and end cutting.  In version3 All I had to do was to click the “registration marks” icon to do this.  In version 2 I think you have to open the registration marks window and manually select  it.   Once that it done you will see something like this on your screen.  See the greyed out boxes?  You need to make sure your image is not overlapping any of those greyed areas and that the image is in the white area of the space.

tulip registration marks


Now send your image to the printer.  This is what gets printed out:

printed registration marks

You can see it printed out my tulip as well as those black marks in the corner.  Those are what the Silhouette will read.  Now put the paper on the mat, load the mat and send to the Silhouette to cut.  Here is how it cut – and the one small issue that I have not yet solved.

tulip cut with silhouette


The silhouette did a great job cutting the outline – but I need to find out how to modify the  cut file to cut that small piece on the inside where the arrow is pointing.   For the card I made it did not make a difference.  I’ll have to do further research into this and it will most likely mean learning about the more advanced features.   I will let you know what I find out!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope tings are going well for you!







Matchbook Candy Holder

These matchbook candy holders are so easy to make – I can’t believe this is the first one I’ve done!  And what is even better is that it is the perfect size to fit one Ghirardelli square chocolate piece inside!

The instructions to make this can be found HERE.

I used a free download from Somerset Studios for the main image – I love the pretty basket with the purple flowers!  If you are on their e-mail list they frequently send free downloads!  I’ve attached the photo down below for you to use. 

I mounted it on a dark and light shade of purple carstock.  The matchbook itself was made with soft suede paper.  Eggplant grosgrain ribbon from SU was placed in the upper right hand corner.   Purple rhinestones were added at the bottom because I did not have any brads that went well with the colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Its a tag – now what?

This was created for a color challenge  and usually the items I create  can be given away (cards, packages, etc).  This is a very large tag – so now what do I do with it?  I suppose it can be used as a bookmark for a very large book…  The overall sketch was from a Rubber Stamper cover I saw many, many years ago and I’ve used stamps that I’ve had for ages……

The main and secondary panels are glossy paper made with die inks  and water smooshed together.  Here are some photos of the technique:

Take a plastic report cover and drop a few inks from reinkers randomly – for this project I used mostly celery with one or two drops of teal. 

Lightly spray some water onto the drops – the more water you use the lighter the effect, so if you want real deep colors use just a little water.

Fold the top of the cover over and gently smoosh the inks together – you only want a little smooshing because you want to retain the colors.

Open up the cover and place your glossy cardstock inside  – glossy side down and press your paper into the ink – you can move it around a little to make sure you get coverage where you want.

Remove the glossy paper and let dry – or dry with a heat tool.   You are now ready to stamp!

The background panel was stamped with script (Above The Mark), Tea Sentiment and small tea cups (Stampington) and TEA davinci alphabet (art stamps).  This panel was mounted on teal cardstock.

The main panel was rubbed with celery ink and sponged with teal ink around the edges.  The center was punched and threaded with copper metallic thread – the bottom flips up to reveal the sentiment.

To add a little more color to this, rose ink was sponged in several places.

I hope this new year has you stamping and creating!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year!!!

I mentioned in my last post about my crafting goals – one of which was to expand my horizons, to push myself more with my stamping and try something different.

This first post of the year gets me off to a good start!  First, its a bookmark, not a card, second it has a collage-y and vintage-y look – which I tend to shy away from since I don’t feel comfortable with that style, and lastly I used a cutting stencil in the corners – a tool that I’ve had for ages and just never seemed to use!

I’m happy with the way it turned out!  I also realized that I have alot of “time/clock” related image.  I used 9 different ones on this tag, and probably have that many more that I did not use!!! The stamps are from either  Above the Mark or Limited Edition, but they are all unmounted and I failed to write the stamp company name on them, so if you recognize any of the stamps and they are not from either of these two stamp companies, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.

The main panel was stamped and masked with a variety of Ancient Page inks – browns, blacks, greys, rusts, etc. and sponged around the edges.  The main clock face is popped up.  You can’t tell from the photo but the charm at the top of the tag is a clock face – and it is a new year miracle that I was actually able to find a clock charm in my stash of stuff!!

The main panel was mounted on a piece of scrapbook paper that looked like sand – I was able to use it without any sponging! 

Take a closer look at the corners.  I used an Incire cutting stencil to cut the paper, then folded the cut part down to reveal the black cardstock underneath.  Have you used these types of stencils?  I’ve had them for years, hardly ever use them, but thought the look would be right for this bookmark.

Incire stencils are made of metal (like the brass stencils), and they have sections cut on the stencil where you use a kraft knife to cut, then fold the cut part over.  I’m not sure if that makes sense!!  Here is a look at a sample stencil – its not the one I used for the bookmark, but you get the idea.

I hope the year is starting off well for you – thanks for stopping by!

Sneak Peek Day 2 – and a video!

The road to a friend’s house is never long.”

cottage home flower soft cardI’ve always loved that quote and am so happy we were able to include it in this new set Cottage Home, designed by Lauren Pope.  The set includes two main images (the smaller shown here) and several sentiments and you will want to break out your Flower Soft because this is the perfect  stamp set for it!

Want a chance to win this set?  Read on to the end of this post for all the details!

I normally don’t use orange colors, but the Autum Flower Soft color just seemed to be calling out to be used and when everything was said and done I am happy with how it turned out.

I stamped the image on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock (which was also used for the cuttlebugged embossed background)  in Palette Ink – Noir.  The copic collections in Spring Green, Sky, and Flesh Tones 2  were used to color.  Flower Soft Autumn was applied last.

cottage card copic

The sky color was  my first attempt at airbrushing using the copic airbrush system and a small air compressor.    If you are on the fence about getting an air compressor, or just want some basic information, watch the video below.  On it I describe the basic working parts of the compressor, the copic airbrush system and show how I colored the sky.  I hope you find it helpful!


 Copics and air compressor

Please visit the Flourishes Design Team and see their fabulous creations – you will not be disapointed!!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Sharon Doolittle

For your chance to win this set, check out the Flourishes Newsletter HERE for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by!

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