Making Print and Cut Embellishments to Match Your Paper

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One of the coolest things about using SVG files to create print and cut embellishments, is that you can change the color to make them match the pattern paper for your project. It’s easy to do and it’s a great way to get free scrapbook embellishments that are exactly what you want for your project. Let’s learn how to do this!

  1. Select an SVG image for print and cut. Open it in your cutting software. I’m using the Vintage Camera cut files from my Etsy shop.Match your Print & Cut images to your patterned papers
  2. Pick out the patterned papers you want to work with. You may have the base of your project already made, or are just getting started.
  3. Locate the manufacturer and collection name on the paper you used. Generally this is found along the bottom of the paper.
  4. Find that manufacturers website and locate the product page for that Collection. Another good source is scrapbook.com. Once you locate a picture of the paper, right click copy it (or save to your computer if you are working in Silhouette Studio)
  5. Paste the JPG image of the paper into the cutting software on the screen you are working on. (Or Open File in Silhouette Studio)
  6. Use the color picker in your software. (Looks like an eyedropper) Click on one of the papers in the photo and you’ll get the exact color of the paper. Now use that to color one of the layers of your original cut file. Continue picking colors from the photo and using them to color in your cut file.
  7. That’s it! Continue with the Print and Cut process and you’ll have perfectly matched embellishments!matching-print-cut-to pattern-papers

Match your print & cut projects to pattern papers

Card Sketch Free Files-June

Free Card Sketch Files from @bandppaperlab

Cuttable sketches will change the game when it comes to paper crafting. We’ve loved sketches for years, but now there’s no measuring or digging for shaped punches. Open the sketch in your cutting software, pick your papers and embellishments, and hit cut. 

I’m a big fan of sketches as a starting point for creativity. With cuttable sketches you can skip the measuring and go right to the creating. I’m excited to share these monthly sketches with you. Each month newsletter subscribers will get the cut files for a new sketch and a few examples to inspire your creativity. If you’d like to receive these monthly sketches please enter your email address below.

This month’s sketch is all about the tags. The design itself has two tags in the sketch and you can choose to include both or just one. The tags can be premade or cut from patterned paper. If you look closely you’ll see how I cut these sketches out to make three cards at a time. I cut the background piece, the center strip and the tags once from three different double sided papers. Then I mix and match the pieces so I have different patterned papers on each card. When you use double sided papers, you can actually cut out six cards and have six different patterns. Then all that’s left is the embellishing.

Now on to this month’s cards.

Love card from @bandppaperlab featuring Concord & 9th stamps. Free Sketch Cut Files.

This first card follows the sketch pretty closely. I used one tag cut from patterned paper and one premade tag and added lots of layers of embellishments. The main embellishment, mini sequins and sentiment are stamps from Concord & 9th.

June Card Cut Sketch Continue reading

Patriotic 4th of July Paper Banners

Make Your Own Patriotic Banner

I love the 4th of July and love to create a little red, white and blue display to celebrate.  I generally create my patriotic decorations on my mantel or a table by my front door. I generally don’t buy anything new, but instead I  shop my house for red, white and blue items and use inexpensive dollar store flags and colored candy to fill in the gaps.

Make Your Own patriotic 4th of July Banner

My project this week for Pazzles was these mix and match banner pieces that can be used to make one giant banner, or lots of little banners. Continue reading

Card Sketch Freebie-May

May Card Sketch Freebie

Cuttable sketches will change the game when it comes to paper crafting. We’ve loved sketches for years, but now there’s no measuring or digging for shaped punches. Open the sketch in your cutting software, pick your papers and embellishments, and hit cut. 

I’m a big fan of sketches as a starting point for creativity. With cuttable sketches you can skip the measuring and go right to the creating. I’m excited to share these monthly sketches with you. Each month newsletter subscribers will get the cut files for a new sketch and a few examples to inspire your creativity. If you’d like to receive these monthly sketches please enter your email address below.

Adding clusters of embellishments to your paper projects is super trendy right now and I love the way it looks. As a bonus if you are trying to use up a giant stash, the look helps you get lots of pieces on a small space.

This month’s sketch includes a round ring, flower cut files, and a sentiment cut file. The entire card is sized 5″ x 5″ when folded in half.

Card Sketch Free Cut Files

The first card I created is a literal interpretation of the sketch. I cut out all the pieces and glued them to the card exactly like the sketch. I added a foiled butterfly made with my Heidi Swapp Minc as an extra embellishment.

Card Sketch Free Cut Files

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Card Making Kit: Card Sketches and Card SVG Files

I’m so excited to share with you my new idea! This card making kit has it all: card sketches, card SVG cut files and a card making embellishment tutorial video!

Card Sketch Class

Here’s the concept! You have a big scrapbook stash! I do too! Let’s shop our own stash and use the cut files, sketches and ideas in this kit to make some cute cards and make a dent in your stash. The sketches don’t just give you an idea, they are actually cuttable SVG sketches so you don’t have to do any measuring. Just pick your papers and hit cut!

The kit walks you through:

  • Creating your own kit customized for this set of cards
  • DIY embellishment idea with a tutorial video and 8 sentiment cut files
  • Using the 8 cuttable sketches with offers completed card examples
  • Using the 8 exclusive spring cut files to use on your cards

I’m so excited about this! You get a 24 cut files total including 8 sketches you can use again and again! All of the instructions are in PDF format so you can print them out and keep them in a binder for inspiration.Spring Cut Files

Beginners and expert card makers alike will have fun creating with this kit. Take the shortcuts offered and copy the sample cards exactly to get you started. In the mood to spread all your supplies out and dive in for hours? Use the elements of the kit to spark your inspiration and do your own thing!

Want to get your hands on this? Just $6.99!

I’ll be releasing a new kit every other month! Give it a try and let me know what you think. I had so much fun making my cards! I chose to cut all my papers at once like cutting out a sewing pattern. Then I followed the sketches and put the cards together one by one adding embellishments and cut files as I went. So fun! Here’s a few of the completed cards.

Spring Card Kit Cut Files

Spring Card Kit Cut Files

Spring Card Kit Sketch Files

Thanks so much! I hope you love this as much as I do!

~Michelle

Washi Tape Suspender Father’s Day Card

Easy Handmade Father's Day card with washi tape

This is a quick card you can make for Father’s Day in under 30 minutes. And it’s super clever too! I made this a few years ago, but it’s experiencing a resurgence on Pinterest right now so I thought it was worth a reshare.

The card is pretty self explanatory. The suspenders are made of washi tape. The belt buckles are just cut cardstock, and the bowtie is from the Pazzles Craft Room Library but you can easily draw or vectorize the bowtie shape in your cutting software.

So there you have it! Super simple but super unique. If you are looking for another simple Father’s Day card idea, check out my Shaped Father’s Day Card Free SVG files.

~Michelle

Make Your Own Scrapbook or Card Kit

How to make your own scrapbook kit

Today I have a little secret to share with you. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while and it’s saved me a ton of money because I no longer subscribe to any kit clubs. It’s also saved me a ton of time because when I have time to make something I can just sit down and create instead of spending the time looking through my supplies for just the right thing. And I have a lot of supplies, so that takes a considerable amount of time :)

So here’s the deal! Make your own scrapbook kit (or card kit if you are a cardmaker) ahead of time from your own stash. I made a video to show you all of the details. I’m really not great at videos, so forgive the poor video making skills and instead enjoy the good content. After you’ve watched the video, come back here and get the free printable I mentioned in the video. It’s a checklist/recipe you can follow to make your own kit!

And stay tuned for something really cool! It’s like taking this concept to the next level and I’m excited to share it with you.

Here’s your free printable: Make Your Own Scrapbook or Card Kit (116 downloads)

NSD 2016 Free Scrapbook Cut File

Free Shattered Glass Scrapbook SVG Cut File

Happy National Scrapbook Day friends! It’s one of my favorite holidays and I’m fully ready to really celebrate it to the fullest! To get you in the spirit, here’s a free background cut file. This looks really cool with a patterned background paper behind it.

If you like free SVG cut files, enter your email below for exclusive cut files and content in my monthly newsletter.

Shattered Glass Overlay.svg (107 downloads)

Enjoy the day!

~Michelle