February 10, 2016

String Art Heart Valentine's Day Digital Cut File

Welcome back to Day 3 of my Valentine's Day Digital Cut File week! I hope you've had the opportunity to check out the Hugs and Kisses Cut File and the Valentine's Day Titles Cut File that I've already shared this week.

I really enjoy creating cut files and sharing them with everyone, but that hasn't always been the case. Last year when my 17turtles Etsy shop was open, that love for creating cut files started to die and I could feel it effecting my creativity. I will admit that most of this change came after I returned to work full time. I felt like I "had to" create and share them on a set schedule and that sort of pressure just didn't work for me. Scrapbooking and crafting should be fun, and I decided the only way I would get the fun back was to close the shop and return to doing them for free. Instantly a weight was lifted and I knew I had made the right decision. It's been wonderful to be able to enjoy the process again and I sure hope you all are enjoying using them as much as I'm enjoying creating and sharing them with you!

Today, I'm sharing a new cut file design called String Art Heart. You can download it below. This design was inspired by the recent trend of string art and of course some of the awesome Jillibean Soup Mix The Media String Art that I've help create this past year.

As I started on this layout, I began with the photo of Danny and Lincoln. I knew I wanted to create a design that would focus on the love that is shared between these two. That is when the string art heart idea occurred to me.

My Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring String Art Heart Digital Cut File 17turtles and Bella Blvd

When I was first planning this layout, I was originally going to leave the die cut white and adhere it to my background paper. However, after looking at it a bit more, I decided it looked kind of plain and needed some more color. To create the solid heart image and to fill the negative space of the String Art Heart, I created a new cut file using my Silhouette software. 

My Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring String Art Heart Digital Cut File 17turtles and Bella Blvd

How to Fill The Negative Space of a Digital Cut File:

1.  Open the file in your Silhouette software, select the image, right click and select Release Compound Path.

Filling The Background or Negative Space Behind A Digital Cut File using Release Compound Path and Welding Tools in Silhouette Software.

2.  The image will look like this after you click Release Compound Path.

Filling The Background or Negative Space Behind A Digital Cut File using Release Compound Path and Welding Tools in Silhouette Software.

3.  With the entire image still selected, right click and click on Weld.

Filling The Background or Negative Space Behind A Digital Cut File using Release Compound Path and Welding Tools in Silhouette Software.

4.  This is what the image will look like after you have clicked Weld. You are now ready to cut out the large heart image to place behind the main String Art Heart design. Super easy peasy!

Filling The Background or Negative Space Behind A Digital Cut File using Release Compound Path and Welding Tools in Silhouette Software.

Another change I made, was the addition of the red floss. Originally, I didn't have the red floss on the heart. It was an after thought once the layout was nearly finished. Thank goodness for Un-du. Seriously, I couldn't scrap without the stuff!

My Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring String Art Heart Digital Cut File 17turtles and Bella Blvd

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | STRING ART HEART

String Art Heart Free Valentine's Day Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Like I said above, I hope you are enjoying the free cut files and I invite you to let all your friends know about them too!
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10 comments:

  1. I am loving this string art heart cut file. Thanks so much for your generosity and making this week so fun with new and fantastic cut files.

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  2. I am loving this string art heart cut file. Thanks so much for your generosity and making this week so fun with new and fantastic cut files.

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  3. Can't wait to cut this! Thank you!

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  4. Thank you for this! You always share the best!

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  5. Thank you so much for the gifts you have given this week! You are so sweet!! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. Thank you so much for the gifts you have given this week! You are so sweet!! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  7. Thanks so very much for these cut files. I especially love this one - string art is so fun! And I must say - that's the sweetest pic of your hubby and your dog. <3 Great page!

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  8. Thank you so much for the cut file. I really look forward to trying it out. Is the red floss just embroidery floss? How many strings (layers) do you recommend using?

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    1. Hi Linda! The floss is actually craft thread I got in a huge pack of all different colors at Hobby Lobby. Embroidery thread would work just as well and I would think at least 3 strands would be needed with that to get the same look.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing these cut files and examples of how you've used them. I really enjoy your blog.

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Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

HUGS!!!
JULIANA