September 1, 2014

Four Ways to Use Leaves & Acorn Digital Cut File | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Welcome and Happy Monday! Today, I'm sharing a short tutorial on four ways to use my new Leaves & Acorn Digital Cut File (which you can find in my 17turtles Etsy Shop) and my Silhouette Cameo. Some of these techniques will also work well with some of the simple shapes that I know many of us have. Here is the file when you first open it with the Silhouette software.

Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

SEPARATE LAYERS

When you start to separate the colors you will see that there are two layers for each image. I made this file to be used so that you could cut out each piece and layer them with different patterns or colors of paper.

Separating the layers of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

COMPOUND PATHS

Another option is to separate each image but keep the two layers together. Next select both of the layers and right click with your mouse. From the menu select Make Compound Path. This option will only be available if you have selected both layers.

Compound Paths with the layers of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

When you click on Make Compound Path, it will "erase" the area where the top layer covered the bottom layer and give you an outline shape. I used this method when I created my Fall Favorites Scrapbook Page, shown below.

Compound Paths with the layers of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Fall Favorites Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels Leaves & Acorn Digital Cut File 17turtles.com featuring 3 Birds Design

WELDING

Another fun option is to remove the top layers from each of the shapes. You will notice that the acorn has two pieces. Place the top onto the bottom of the acorn and select both pieces.

Welding the layers of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Next, right click and select Weld from the list of options.

Welding the layers of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

It will "weld" the two pieces together to create one shape.

Welding the layers of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

BACKGROUNDS

One final use of simple shapes is to group them together and create a die cut background paper. Begin by positioning all of the images in a group. Then select all of the images.

Grouping images of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Right click and select Copy. Then place this second group next to the first group. You can now rotate this group or flip it vertically or horizontally.


Copying images of a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Continue repeating this process until your background is complete. I used a combination of the rotating and flipping to create this pattern. This would be great to use as a background paper. I would probably cut if from one color of paper and then back each of the open shapes with a different color of paper to create a fun and colorful background.


Creating a background with a Digital Cut File Leaves & Acorn by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

So there you have it. Four ways to use one cut file! Does this make you stop and look at your digital cut files a little differently now? I sure hope it inspires you to play with them and use them more too!

August 30, 2014

Saturday Share No. 4

Happy Saturday everyone! It has been a busy and exciting week for me.  On Monday, I opened my new Etsy Shop - 17turtles, where I am selling my digital cut files. I just added few new files to the shop and I thought I would let you know about them here. You can visit 17turtles to check out all of my digital cut files!

New Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels 17turtles Esty Shop

INSPIRED BY - INSPIRATION IS ALL AROUND YOU


With all that I had going on to get my new shop up and running, I didn't do much surfing on the web this week. However, I did come across this fabulous layout by fellow BoBunny Design Team member Tracee Provis. I seriously adore the way she mixed & matched so many great BoBunny collections to create this piece of visual eye candy.

Tracee Provis BoBunny

It was also super cool to see some of my new digital cut files put to use by my first customer, Anita. I just adore how she used my Paw Prints & Hearts Background and Puppy Love Cut Files!


Thanks so much for stopping by today for my Saturday Share. Don't forget to visit my new Etsy Shop - 17turtles!

August 29, 2014

Dream Brush Titles | Free Digital Cut File

I told you I would still keep up with the FREE DIGITAL CUT FILES, so here is a new one for you. It's a set of titles that I created using a brush script font. This style of title work seems to be quite in style right now, so I thought these might be fun to use on one of your next projects.
I'd like to invite you to visit my new Etsy Shop - 17turtles - to check out my other digital cut files to add to your collection!

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | DREAM BRUSH TITLES

This free cut file can be used with a variety of electronic digital cutting machines to create a full range of projects, including cards, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. The only limit to what you can create using this cut file is your own imagination. This digital file is available in SVG, PNG, and DXF formats and you may download this digital cut file for FREE for your own personal use. Please refer to my terms of use for more information if you wish to use these for more than your own personal projects. If you have questions, concerns or comments about my free cut files, please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section.

Click on this link to download: DREAM BRUSH TITLES

Dream Brush Titles Free Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com


  17turtles Etsy Shop Juliana Michaels Digital Cut Files www.17turtles.com

August 28, 2014

Leaves & Acorn | Digital Cut Files

I'm up on the 3 Birds Design blog today with a new scrapbook page entitled Fall Favorites. I used one of my new digital cut files, Leaves & Acorns, on the page. You can find this digital cut file in my 17turtles Etsy Shop. I hope you will visit the 3 Birds blog to check out my layout as well as visit my shop to check out all my digital cut files.

Leaves & Acorn


Leaves & Acorn Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com

August 25, 2014

17turtles Etsy Shop

17turtles Etsy Shop selling Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

I'm thrilled to finally be able to share my exciting news with you all. I have opened an Etsy Shop, 17turtles. In my shop, you will find Digital Cut Files designed by yours truly that you can use with your electronic cutting machines.

Now, I know many of you might be upset because you love that I share them for free. However, you don't need to worry. I will still continue to share FREE digital cut files on my blog. But, I do hope that you will visit my new shop and check it out!

My digital cut files will be available in PNG, SVG and DXF formats. You will not need to use the trace feature to use my files. For those of you who do not have the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software, you can use my DXF files.

Here are some examples of what you can currently find in the 17turtles Shop:

Digital Cut Files available in the 17turtles Etsy Shop by Juliana Michaels

I'd love for you to visit 17turtles and look around for any designs you would like to purchase! If you have any questions about my shop or my cut files, please feel free to contact me through Facebook.

I invite you to sign up to receive emails from 17turtles, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date on the newest designs that I add to the shop. I'd also love for you to share about this with your friends or your social media.

I'm really looking forward to this new adventure and seeing how things go. If you are a designer and you are interested in guest blogging for me using my digital cut files, please message me on Facebook so that we can discuss things.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me to take this giant step and I want to thank all of you for your support as well!