Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Leftovers and Punches

Valentine's Day is just a month away and it's time to make some cards and avoid the last minute rush.  I wanted to share this card from last year again because it shows that you can make good use of the "leftover bits" from your die cuts or punches.

The pink hearts on the card are the offcuts from the handles of this gift bag (this is one of the free files that comes with the Cameo machine). 

I also still use a lot of punches, particularly intricate ones like the large punched border on this card (I used the Martha Stewart Deep Edge Daisy Lace punch).  I can design borders like these but they take far longer to cut on an electronic machine than they do to punch out.  I added back some of the little teardrop shapes to make the border more interesting and balanced for my card.

To read the original post about this card with all of the details please click HERE.

Update on Videos...

I have been sorting out a list of short videos to make to help those of you who are interested in designing your own files in the Silhouette Studio software.  I don't want to be too repetitive with directions on the basic use of the software but people start from different skill levels.  I want to make sure that you are aware of some resources for learning how to use your machine and the software.

If you are new to using the Cameo or Portrait machines, you should read the User's Manual for the Silhouette Studio software.  It contains a wealth of information.  You can download it from the Silhouette site HERE

If you are using the software, you can access the manual from the Help menu. 

Silhouette also has an official You Tube page where you can watch company videos, click HERE to go to the page.  There are videos about various Silhouette products.  If you scroll down to the last two categories you will find the Silhouette Studio Tool Window series with 25 videos covering the use of each window in the program.  There are an additional six intermediate videos at the bottom of the page.

The videos are short and it is easy to watch a few at a time and then practice a bit with your software. If you understand the basics, you will have a much easier time with creating your own designs.

I've been a bit preoccupied lately and I am behind with replies to comments and emails.  I will try to get all caught up on Wednesday.  My sister has been in the hospital with a broken hip.  She might be able to go home Wednesday but she has had a difficult recovery so far.  Please keep her and her husband in your thoughts.  They run a bed and breakfast in Wisconsin (if you are a long time reader you will remember some of the projects and photos I've shared from my visits there - click HERE to see a few of them). 

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  1. Diane, thanks so much for the tip on the Silhouette videos. I have never used the trace window as well as others. The very specific ones I have used I found by accident but don't really know what I'm doing. This will help.
    I hope things get better for your sister. Hope she has a complete recovery.

  2. Thanks for all the tips and links. I won a Silhouette portrait on Dec 30th, and it just arrived. I'm clueless so far, but very excited to learn to use it.


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