My creative team member Eva Dobilas put together this fun "Kiss Me"card:
|Eva Dobilas designed this project, here is what she has to say about it: Quick tips on how I created this Kiss Me card. I mixed two of Samantha’s card shape files: 3 nesting artisan shapes and merry christmas. For my paper choices I choose Samantha’s Creative Imaginations A to Z paper line. I love the bright look of the papers along with black and white. The focus of my card is the border hearts cutting files, which I cut out of both black and white cardstock to create the layered look. As a final touch I used the sentiment from Samantha’s Unity stamps set.|
To get this row of white hearts, Eva cut a scalloped border on the white paper, and a pointed border with the black paper. When you layer the two borders together, you get a row of hearts.
This is especially cute when you place these layering edges over a card edge. Imagine the front of the card cut with the scallops and the back of the card cut with the points...Cute!
One more Silhouette tip for the day...You CAN cut through thick cardstock with your Silhouette. You CAN also accidentally cut through your cutting mat when you get over-zealous about cutting through thick cardstock. The other day, I was cutting thick Kraft cardstock. I was cutting a file with a lot of detail. This project here:
|New ornate card wrap or envelope design|
I want you to take note of how clean those detailed lines are. This is my second attempt at cutting the design. The first attempt, I had my blade set way too deep. I set my blade to a number 9. I had my cutting speed at 2 and selected double cut in the options. Well, my Silhouette cut THROUGH my mat in several spots...and the details got a little messy around the points. So I tweaked my settings to a blade depth of 5...and a speed of 1. The result, a total crisp cut, no attached cut lines (I hate that when my settings are off and you almost cut through but not quite in some areas) and beautiful detail. So...there is this thing called "test cut" on your cut settings...if you are unsure of how deep to set your blade, check the test cut first...see if the machine will cut through your paper without going too deep or not enough...then tweak and adjust from there.
I'll walk you through where to change your settings...
for some of you this is basic...for others, I hope you have an AH HA moment.
|You will then be presented with this dialog box shown above. Now you can go through and select your paper type that you are cutting, and the settings will switch automatically for what might work for an average simple cut.|
But since we are cutting cardstock that is heavy, and a very detailed cut, we want to tweak a few things.
I hope this basic tutorial has helped some of you out there who haven't fooled with the settings within your Silhouette software. The Silhouette machine is a fabulous piece of machinery, but we have to know how to tell it what to do. So if something isn't cutting right, chances are, we are not telling the machine to do something at the right speed or thickness or something else. Another thing to watch out for is not to cut really detailed designs too small...you will have a troublesome time as well.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!