Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snowflake from Frame (the test cut and files)

I am always amazed at the incredibly complex cuts that the Cricut machines can make.  This is the test cut of the snowflake design I posted on Monday.  This snowflake was made with just two elements from the Reminisce Accents cartridge.  I cut the snowflake from a piece of common white cardstock with my blade at 6 and pressure at 5 (the speed is set at 4 on my machine, however, Design Studio controls the speed when cutting from the program).

The mat I used was not a new one but it was still sticky all over and I smoothed the paper down carefully before starting the cut.  It is actually better not to attempt a cut like this on a brand new mat as it might be too sticky and the design could tear when you are lifting it from the mat.  My "secret weapon" for lifting delicate cuts like this is a four inch plastic putty knife that I got at the hardware store for a few dollars.

This is the offcut from the design and it can be saved and used to frame another page layout.

This is the piece from the center of the snowflake - yet another snowflake shape that you can also use for another project.

Using a different background paper makes a big difference in the look of the cut - suddenly this looks more like a Valentine to me!

Many people asked for the file for this cut and I am happy to share it.  You can download the file from the links at the bottom of this post.  I did post both the .cut file for Design Studio and a .gypsy file.  I have to say that I do not use the gypsy for this type of work.  The complex welds seem to overwhelm the small memory and it can be very frustrating to precisely align elements that overlap other elements.  For a design like this, Design Studio is a much better choice.

When I preview the file in Design Studio it takes less than five seconds.  To preview the design on the Gypsy took nearly ten minutes.  I don't have time to wait for these incredibly slow previews as I work through a design.  I did not actually cut the design with the Gypsy - if someone downloads and cuts the file I would be interested to know how long it takes to cut.

I happened to have this cut from the Snow Angel cartridge that I made with the Imagine on my table.  I think that a larger medallion placed on this design and framed would be a pretty holiday decoration.

I have so many projects in the works right now - I wish there were more hours in the day to make samples and photograph them (and fewer real life tasks like laundry and errands to do!).  I'll be back later today to tell you about the new deals for the month of December from Creative Charms.  I am working with the new Kit of the Month and it is very elegant - I think you will like it too!

Snowflake From Frame - .cut file

Snowflake From Frame - .gypsy file

If you are interested in ordering the Reminisce Accents or Cheerful Seasons Creative Memories exclusive cartridges and don't have a local consultant I would be happy to help you - just click the names of the cartridges to go to the page on my personal website where you can order and have them sent directly to you.  This is a great time to order since there is a special deal for shipping of just $1.99 on orders of $25 or more - the normal shipping for the two cartridges would be $9.35 (and the usual minimum shipping fee is $8.50 if you order just one cartridge and nothing else).  Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions about these cartridges.

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  1. I think this looks even prettier cut out! I just came across some photo Christmas cards I had not scrapped yet and have a crop this weekend. So, thank you so much! I love using such a pretty cut for a single photo page!

  2. Beautiful snowflake. TFS

  3. I soooooo enjoy your snowflakes. They're always beautiful. I cut out a lot from "Winter Lace" last night and was thinking- ProvoCraft needs to let you design next year's snowflake cart.

  4. Hi Diane,
    I just love all your designs! I voted and hope you win the cruise.
    I love snowflakes, and appreciate the cut file.
    I have a real problem printing and cutting out welded words on Cricut.They always tear, and if I make them small, they are hard to read.
    Any suggestions?
    scudvi at gmail dot com

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [02 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Thanks for the Cut and Gypsy files. I will be purchasing the Reminisce Accents cartridge after the first of the year when I get my bonus. I LOVE all of your snowflakes, don't know if I would have the patience to create them.

  7. I can't use your file, as I have a gazelle, but I wanted to tell you it is beautiful!

  8. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Dec. 02, 2010. Thanks again.

  9. Your cuts are always so beautiful and I always learn something new when I read how you do the project. Thanks for the info on the speed controlled by DS... never knew that


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