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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Turning Standard Cut Files Into Cards with Diana

Hello! Diana Fisher here with you today sharing a tutorial on how to make a card using a single object digital cut file. For this example, I used Samantha Walker's #1 Ribbon download. Below are my steps for how I made this card.

Step 1: Open cut file and size ALL of the pieces so that the base will be a final size to fit your envelope. I like to make 4" x 5.5" cards, so that is what I sized my files for.

Step 2: Take the pieces that are not the base of the card and move them to their own worksheet. I then like to move them to the corners so that I can use four sheets of 6"x6" papers on the Silhouette cutting mat and cut all designs at once in four different patterns.

Step 3: Go back to your base file and duplicate it. For the file on the right, flip it horizontally so it is a mirror image. One trick I learned if you do this by hand and drag it across, make sure that the width of the original cut on the left is the same as the final size of the width of the one your made on the right.

Step 4: Move the two pieces together so they are flush from top to bottom and overlapping slightly in the middle. As you can see below in the screen shot, you then select both pieces, go to the Object Menu, choose Modify and then choose Weld. You'll notice that the lines where they overlapped disappear and it is now one piece.

Step 5: You are almost done! Choose the Line tool from the lefthand menu and draw a small line between the two halves. Using the line options to the upper right side of your work area, select any version of the perforated lines that work for the file you are working on. Sometimes smaller is better, sometimes longer dashes will work. Play around with it and see what works best for your project.

Step 6: Send both files, the card base and the file with the decorative cuts, to the Cameo. Once you have all of the pieces cut the way you'd like them, assemble them and decorate your card.

Once you know how to use the Weld feature and add perforated lines, you'll find yourself looking at your downloads in a whole different way. Just about any shape can now be a card. You'll be wowing your friends and family in no time with the best cards!


  1. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the tutorial, thank you! I am so excited about this give-a-way, thank you!


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