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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Creating a Hybrid Card by Susie

Good Morning!  Susie with you today sharing a tutorial for making this  
A5 Half Round Lace Card (available at the Silhouette Store) using 
digital papers and elements from the A-Z School Days Kit
 (available at Jessica Sprague).

 

After a little bit of experimentation, I learned some tricks to crafting the perfect detailed greeting card.  Let me share them first and then I'll give you some step by step instructions on making this card.

My first tip for using a detailed cut design like this is to use a heavy cardstock.  I suggest Neenah Classic White 120 pound.  It is the perfect weight.  Set your Silhouette to "Coverstock" and your blade to 7.  It will cut perfectly.

My second tip is to delete the scoring lines in the cut file.  When the blade is set to 7, the depth can make the scoring lines almost perforation lines.  Just use a bone folder after your card is cut to make the scoring line.  You will have a nice flat fold.

My final tip is to make the outside cut line of the card a little bit bigger that it already is.  Don't stretch out the whole card.  Just ungroup the file and make the outside of the card larger.  After you cut and fold your card, trim it to the correct size then.  You will always have a perfectly even card this way.

Now onto today's card...

I opened the digital paper I wanted for my card in Photoshop and sized it down to a 8.5 x 11 sheet and printed it on my printer.  This gave me a heavy card base with a beautiful pattern printed on it.

A-Z School Days Floral Green 8.5 x 11


I made the adjustments I referenced earlier on my Silhouette Cut File and then waited patiently for my Cameo to get to work cutting the file.  Even though this is a fairly intricate card, it cut perfectly and quickly.


A5 Half Round Lace Card

I scored and folded my card.  Then I rounded just the top right edge.  I could have stopped here, because the card was already beautiful, but I wanted to add a few more elements.  Back in Photoshop again, I selected the blue frame.  I added text onto a circle and grouped the file together.  Then I grouped six of the frames together and formed a long rectangle.  I added a solid rectangle to the inside and printed my text for the inside of the card.  I used my trimmer to cut each element.

A-Z School Days Interchangeable Frames and Accents

I mounted the square to a small piece of chipboard and added it to the font of the card.  It looked a little lost, so I added a matted piece of the same green paper as a strip across the bottom of the card.  The strip anchored my sentiment perfectly.  I then added a small acrylic flower to finish the front of the card.


Because the card has so many open areas in it, I wanted to place a sentiment so that it would not show through all those little cuts.  Here is what the inside of my card looks like:




I gave you a little close up on the right too.


I added that small strip of green paper so the strip from the front didn't show through.  I like the way it worked out.


I hope you will give this a try.  Making my own heavy cardstock using Samantha's digital papers is a trick I will be using pretty often.  I hope you will too!


Here is a peak at the whole A-Z School Days Kit.  Remember...just because it says it is a school kit, don't limit your thinking to just school themes.  You can find many other uses for these files.




I hope you've enjoyed today's little tutorial.  Take care and happy scrapbooking!


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