Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sunflower Thanks Card

This card is another example of the inset designs that I like to create with the Silhouette Cameo.  I wrote about my method for making these cards earlier this month (HERE).  The only difference is that the design in the center of the card is something I drew instead of using a shape from the Silhouette Online Store.

After I created the shape and set it into the card front, I used the outer line of the image to create and offset and subtracted that shape from a 4 x 5.25 inch rectangle to create a decorative top layer on the card.  I made an offset of the oval shape to create the mat that I added to the inside of the card.

Here are the pieces I cut for the card.  I used the Cuttlebug Combo "Everyday Greetings" die to cut the "thanks" sentiment.

The card base is brown Core'dinations textured cardstock and the decorative papers are from this "Moonrise" collection by SEI.

The Core'dinations cardstock has a colored core but it is a bit lighter and sometimes shows on the inside of the sharp cuts.   I don't like the way it looks when this happens - it detracts from the cut.

I used some Vintage Photo distress ink to ink the center of the card and cover all of the lighter brown areas.  I also inked the white edges of the patterned paper cuts.

I deliberately cut the sentiment so the stripes in the paper would be at an angle - I just think it is more interesting this way!  This card would work as a vertical or a horizontal card.

The mat on the inside is centered to fill the cut design with color when you view the closed card.  To hide the writing inside, you need to write only in the area directly beneath the oval shape in the center of the cutout design. 

Once you have designed the file, it would be easy to make a set of these cards with various papers for the front mat and inside layer.  I have the whole stack of the SEI paper to work with so I might try some variations - I'll post them if I do.

Thanks for the positive feedback about my potential new venture selling some of my files.  Would you be interested in the more generic files like this one or just the specialty photo cutting files.  I am working on setting up a "shop" and may be putting out a call for a few file testers who use machines or programs that I don't own in another week or so.

We have had some nice weather here - I hope it sticks around for the weekend!

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  1. Absolutely stunning! You are a true artist!

  2. Good Morning, I love the card. I would love both techniques to be available. And I would be a tester for you. Thanks for sharing.

  3. this card is beautiful. I'd love to have this design. Send me the info as soon as you get it set up.
    This is so pretty.

  4. This is so pretty...I love the design. I'm just like you with the inking of white core or core'dinations papers. Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. I think both types of images would be very useful!


  6. I HATE the lighter color or white showing at the edges of a cut - I have started using American Crafts cardstock (beautiful color selection and solid core - cuts very well).

    Just an idea!


  7. I use SCUTs with a Cricut Expression. Would love to test for you. Your shop should have all files available. But having so many of the standard shapes already I would probably only purchase the more unusual ones.

  8. Love that card...too bad it is not an SVG....a Silhouette is not in my future, anytime foreseeable. I guess a girl can dream....
    Anyway, that is GORGEOUS!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your AMAZING WORK!

  9. Diane,
    I love this card and I love seeing all your creations. I have the baby bug and the Imagine and I would love love love to be a tester for you. I work full time and I have made some cut files but I just don't get to play that much. I can hardly wait to retire! I would love the cut file for this card! surfnfroggie at aol dot com

  10. Very nice, Dianne. Love the sunflower. I love cut out cards, too.

  11. I like the thanks word. Is it a silhouette file or another source?

  12. Hi Tami,

    I used the Cuttlebug Combo "Everyday Greetings" die to cut the "thanks" sentiment. I believe these sets are still available - they came out several years ago.

  13. its very beautiful.....and very the way u did it....


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