December 16, 2014

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags with Digital Cut Files | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Yes, I know Christmas is next week, but some of us are running just a little behind on Christmas cards and tags. At least I hope I'm not the only one! If you are with me, then the card and tag tutorial that I'm sharing today, using your Silhouette Cameo and the Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles, is just for you!

Here are just two of the Christmas cards and tags that I created.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

A SILHOUETTE CAMEO TUTORIAL | QUICK & EASY CHRISTMAS CARDS AND TAGS


Begin by opening up the Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Cut File in your Silhouette software. Of course, you don't have to use this exact image to create cards. Any simple frame shape will work!

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Select the image you want to use for your card front and copy it.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Select one of the copied images, right click on it and select Release Compound Path.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

When you look at the image closely you will see that it has filled in the blank spaces.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Click on the image, selecting the outside of the shape (which will be a solid square) and move it down on the screen. This will separate the images as you see below. Select the image with the words and delete it. You do not need this piece any more. The solid square piece is going to become the back of your card.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Before we do anything else, let's create the piece that will be placed behind the card front (this is the patterned paper piece that you see in the card examples). Select the square image and copy it. And move it to the side.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Now, let's go back to creating the card. Take the solid square and place it above the piece that is the front of the card, making sure to line them up.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

With the solid square image selected, move it down a few clicks to overlap it onto the front of the card. Select both images, right click and select Weld. If the images are not overlapped enough, the images will not weld, so make the red line between the images disappears..

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Once the weld is complete, your card is ready to cut. Before we continue farther though, let's go back to the copied square image that we created earlier. (I have now made it green for you to be able to see it better.)


Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Select that green square and click on the Scale Tool located at the top of the Toolbar. Using the Custom Scale option, adjust it to 95.0%.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

As you can see, this makes the green square just slightly smaller than the card front so that you don't have to worry about any paper overlapping or showing when you go to layer the papers.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

You are now ready to cut and assemble your cards. Just remember to move the green square off of the cutting mat area while you cut the card base. As you can see, I used plain white cardstock to create the card base and then used a mostly solid patterned paper so that the image would show up nicely. I used this same technique to create a couple of gift tags as well.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you find it useful during these last few fun and festive, but definitely hectic, days before Christmas!

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One last thing before I go...the winner of the my blog candy for the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop is Lynda! Congratulations!!! Please message me on Facebook with your mailing address.


Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and visited during the hop!!!
Hugs Juliana 17turtles

2 comments:

  1. Loooove ur tutorials!!! This is no exception- I'll have to bookmark it for future reference:) Loove those cards & tags you've created as well - really festive :):)

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  2. Congrats to Lynda!! These tags are just gorgeous! I love them!!!!!!

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