Hello everyone. It’s Hybrid Chick Tanya here to show you how to make three really cute cards using Akizo Designs’ kit: Ordinary Day. I’m in love with this kit, it is so fun and bright.
I’ll only be showing you how to create three cards, but I could go on and on. You could also make so many fun things like stationary, boxes, tags just to name a few. I love using digital kits to create with, the possibilities are endless.
I will be using my handy dandy cutting machine, the Silhouette Cameo and the Studio Edition version 2 software. There are newer versions of the software but I have heard multiple complaints that the newer version has issues doing the Print and Cut feature. Since it is my favorite thing to do with my Cameo, I’m a chicken and won’t upgrade until I hear good reviews. (This is ONLY my opinion of the software and from reading reviews, there are some that do NOT have issues.) I know I will eventually have to do this but for now NO upgrading for me.
You don’t have to use a cutting machine to make these cards. You can use the same photo editing program that you use to make your scrapbook pages. I use PSE 10 but there are other programs that can be used as well.
Warning: (LOL) I am a very visual person and like to see each step of a project. The more pictures, the better. I have added ALOT of pictures so if you already know how to do Print and Cut’s with your Silhouette, you may want to just skip down to either the assembly of the cards or skip down to the pictures of the finished cards.
Step 1: The first thing you will do is to open all the elements and papers you want to use for this project. (I have already imported my papers from this kit into My Patterns library.) I opened a card from that I purchased from the online store at Silhouette America. I could fill the card base (the folded part) with my patterned paper that I want to use, but it would take more ink so I just filled the square that will be layered on top of the cardstock. I will cut the cardstock with my paper trimmer.
Step 2: I used the “Fill Color” just to see a visual of the color of card stock I will be using. You can cut this with your machine, but again it would just use a lot of ink and I have cardstock this color, so I will use that instead.
Step 3: Here you can see where I am just adding elements from the kit. Even though I have the frame layered on top of the paper, I duplicated it so that I can layer it on top of the of the card after I have printed and cut my elements out. I do this often because I like to add dimension to my cards.
Step 4: As I choose elements for my card, I get them ready for print and cut. It’s easier to do this as you go because if don’t want the element to cut (If you have layers to your card), you can simply turn them off. To do this you will select the “Select Trace Area” button at the top right of your screen. It will open the Trace menu. Now select the “Select Trace Area” Icon, draw out a square over the element. Once you have done this, under trace setting, unclick the “High pass Filter”. Now go to the “Threshold” and the bar over until the frame is highlighted.
Step 5: Once I feel like the element is highlighted all the way, I selected the “Trace”. I have circled the trace I used. This selection traces inside and outside of the frame (element). You well see red lines appear around your element. If do not group them together before moving them, your cut lines will be off.
Step 6: To Group them together, drag the cursor over the whole element right after you add the trace lines. Once this is done, select the “Group Selected Shapes” icon at the bottom left of the screen. This is the group button. Now you will be able to move the element around, turn on and off the cut lines and resize.
Step 7: (See I told you…..lots of pictures) Now that I have the card looking like I want it to, it’s time to get everything ready for printing. Most home printers will only print 8.5 x 11 (one day I will get a large format printer). You need to select the “Page” icon at the top right, it will open your printer set up options. Here, pick the 8.5 x 11 size. I don’t mess with any of the other selections because I always print portrait and only have a 12 x 12 mat.
Step 8: In order to do a print and cut, you have to turn on the “Registration Marks”. To do this select the registration marks icon at the top right. Now you will check the “Show Reg Marks” box. You can see the marks in the picture below. These marks tell the Silhouette where to cut. Don’t ask me how, but it does. It’s like magic!
NOTE: If you have multiple projects going or you are doing more that one card, you can save cardstock by filling the page with as many elements as possible. I did add a few for one of the other cards I’m making, but could have filled it with several more.
Step 9: Almost done….On to the cut lines. Choose the scissor icon at the top of the page. This opens the “Cut Style” options. For the top of the card, I grouped them all together and selected “Cut Edge”. Always check before you print that the cut lines are only on on the part you want cut out. I have wasted a lot of cardstock by NOT doing this.
Step 10: Time to print. Once you have checked and re checked all of the cut settings, go to FILE/PRINT. Here you can see how the registration marks print. These have to be there in order to cut.
NOTE: I printed out all three cards at one time. I do not recommend doing this. The reason is because it is so easy to move things around. After you print you can NOT move things around the page because the cuts will be off. I added elements after printing and moved things around to save on cardstock. I had to reprint and cut again. From now on, it’s one page at a time for me.
Step 11: Now on to cutting…..Yea! Select “Cut Settings” icon at the top right of the screen. Here you have several things you need to do. First is to select the media you will be using. Once you choose the media you are using it will automatically change the speed, thickness and the blade debth for you. All machines may not work on these settings due to brand, thickness, type, etc. On this setting it will select 4 for the blade setting. I have to change mine to 5.
Now remove all pieces from your mat and begin to assemble. You will need a few additional supplies.
ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES: Paper trimmer, scissors, cardstock, double-sided tape, dimensionals and buttons.
Before assembling, you will need to cut the card base that I talked about earlier in Step 1.
Now add the next layer by adding double-sided tape to the back. Use the dimensionals on the back of the frame and layer that on top of previous piece. Continue doing the same with the flowers. To finish my card, I added yellow string to a small button and applied that with a glue dot.
Here is the finished card. Isn’t it cute?
Follow the above instructions for the next two cards.
I also cut out the little phones with black cardstock and layered those with dimensionals.
Here are pictures of the finished cards.
I hope that this tutorial will help you create your own cards. I know that I’m long winded, but I hope that I wasn’t too long winded…..lol.
Hope everyone has a great week.
XOXO, Tanya|Hybrid Chic
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