Workflow Wednesday: How To Create Unique Journal Cards Using Silhouette Studio® Cut Files and Patterns

Last week we created print and cut labels for our pocket scrapbook pages, this week we're going to take it a step further and create our own journal cards from cut files found in the Silhouette Online Store and a few different techniques I didn't share last week.


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At the beginning of this series, I shared with you some freebies, and we're going to use those today. If you haven't downloaded them, go ahead and download them now so you have them available to use.


SUPPLIES:

additional supplies: Canon PIXMA printer and Neenah Bright White Cardstock

If you haven't taken a look at last week's tutorial on how to create elements, I recommend you take a look as the steps are pretty much the same. I'm going to go a little bit more advanced with a few tweaks today though so it isn't exactly the same. It's going to be fun!

First, we're going to open up the Silhouette Software and I chose to open the 3x4-4x6cuts.studio file. Like last week, I clicked on each card and filled it with a pattern paper by going to the "fill pattern" module in the software.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Software Tutorial: creating unique journal cards using cut files and patterns | #pocketscrapbooking #silhouetteamerica #tutorial

Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Software Tutorial: creating unique journal cards using cut files and patterns | #pocketscrapbooking #silhouetteamerica #tutorial


HEART PATTERN OVERLAY JOURNAL CARD


1) Open up the heart stripe journal cards file and right-click "Ungroup"


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2) drag the larger overlay over the top of the larger journaling card and click on the pattern you want to fill it with in the "Fill Pattern" module.


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3) Go to "Cut Settings" Module and click on "No Cut"


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4) Now go to the "Line Color" Module and click on the transparent box


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NOTE: Remember steps 3 and 4 above, we're going to be using them a lot!


LOVE YOU MORE JOURNAL CARD


1) Open up the Dear Lizzy - Love You More shape in your library, resize to fit your journal card, and right-click "ungroup"


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2) click on the outer edge of the cut file and fill it with the chalkboard paper.


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2b) it looks like it covers the whole thing, so right-click and choose "send backward", on this particular cut, you have to do it twice to bring the wreath and the wordart back in front.


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3) click on the wreath cut and fill it with color, I wanted a chalkboard look so I filled it with a really like gray color. Now, go to the cut settings and click "no cut", and then choose the transparent box for line color, just like we did above.


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3b) Do the same thing for the "love you more" word art... fill color, no cut, transparent line color

4) holding down the shift key, select all three parts of the shape and then right-click and choose "group" to group them together again.


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5) make sure you also "no cut" and transparent line color for the whole shape, otherwise you'll end up cutting your shape out of your card, which you totally don't want to do.


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"MIST" PUNCHINELLA JOURNAL CARD


This is my favorite card! I actually hadn't done this before and did a little experimenting and LOVE how this turned out and wanted to share it with you!

So, if you look at this cut file, you will see that it makes for a card with a bunch of holes in it, like punchinella. I want it to look like I sprayed mist through the punchinella onto the journal card. This is so easy, I can't believe I never thought of it before.

1) Open up your sequin waste cut file, right-click and "ungroup".


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2) choose the outside edge only and delete it so you are left with all the little circles. While holding down the shift key, click and drag through all of them to select them all, right-click and "group" them back together. You have now turned your holes into just the circles. How cool is that!!!


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3) There are lots of fun painty patterns in the Silhouette Store, but I also found a few great ones already in the software. The clouds I thought would be fantastic for looking like mist. So I filled the circles with the clouds. (btw, because I had removed the outer edge, I had to resize the new cut file to fit the journal card)


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4) In the "Advanced Options" at the bottom of the "Fill Pattern" module, you'll see a "Transparency" slider. I moved this to around 50% to make it look more like the softness of mist sprays.


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5) After I had changed it to "no cut", instead of choosing the transparent box, I wanted to choose a color that was slightly darker than the color of the mist. Usually when you mist over punchinella there is some pooling around the edge of the circle and so coloring the line instead of making it transparent gave it a subtle look of the pooling of mist.

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PRINT AND CUT

Now you can add your registration marks and print. When I go to the cut settings, I make sure that only the outline of the three journal cards are showing. I always want to double check this before I send it through the Silhouette Portrait to make sure I'm not cutting anything else. Your cut lines show in bold red lines so it's very clear to see where your blade will be cutting or where you need to go back and "No Cut" some lines.


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Have fun playing with this, I can see myself doing this more and more as I experiment and learn more about all the Silhouette can do for my crafting projects. If you try these out, let me know, I'd love to see them!


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btw, the Silhouette Portrait Promo is still going on through the end of the month! Must use code GREENWOOD at checkout for discount to apply!



DISCOUNT CODE = GREENWOOD


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