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Silhouette Trick

One of my current favorite stamp sets is Chummy Chum Pals by Paper Smooches. I absolutely LOVE the “Merry Kissmoose” sentiment and moose character that comes with it. Because of this, I was finding myself using the moose stamp a lot for my Christmas cards this year and individually cutting out each moose. This was very tedious, especially around the antlers.

Well, I suddenly remembered a tip I once learned from a YouTube video on how to make this process much easier if you own a Silhouette Cameo. I have a Cameo, and was excited to put it to use for this project since I sometimes forget to incorporate it into my crafting.

Instead of hand-cutting each moose after it’s been stamped, I created a cut file for my Silhouette for the moose outline, so it would do all my cutting for me, and I then I could stamp afterwards.

Here were the steps I took:
Step 1: Stamp the image as normal (image A)
Step 2: Scan stamped image
Step 3: Bring scanned image into Photoshop
Step 4: Create solid shape in Photoshop so that you can easily bring it into the Silhouette Studio program (image B)
Step 5: Save solid image, and open in Silhouette Studio
Step 6: Create outline of image for cut file (image C)
Step 7: Make outline a little bigger for wiggle room when eventually stamping image
Step 8: Prepare many images to be cut at once (image D)
Step 9: Let the Silhouette Cameo do the work for you!
Silhouette Cameo Trick

Although there is a little prep work involved, it is amazing how much time this saves when they’re all cut out for you.

Silhouette Trick - Moose CutsOnce the Cameo is finished cutting, I stamp the image on the cut-out and color it in.Silhouette Trick - Colored MooseSince this system worked so nicely for this stamped image, I am considering doing this for many more of my stamps that take a little extra effort to cut out by hand. As seen below, I ended up doing the same thing with the lips that came with the stamp set. The lips were so tiny that I could never cut the precise shape, but the Silhouette could do that for me!
Silhouette Trick - Finished Card

Thanks to this trick, I was able to create a lot more Christmas cards in one sitting than if I would have had to cut each shape out by hand.

Holiday Card Class | Day 9

Today is the last day of my online card class. Sad day! I’ve learned a ton, and created several cards using new techniques. The final day featured cards using sentiment stamps in unique ways. I created a card inspired by the faux metal technique that Kristina Werner demonstrated by heating metallic embossing powder several times, then pressing a stamp into the final layer when it was still warm.
Christmas is on its Way CardChristmas is on its Way - Side ViewThe two images have a slight difference in coloring, but hopefully you get the idea!

Supplies:
Ranger embossing powder
Christmas Gemstone paper pack from JoAnn’s
Fiskars scallop circle punch
Fiskars circle punch
Maroon ribbon
Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes stamp set
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen
Kraft card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 8

The main focus for today’s cards was die cutting. I enjoyed using my brand new star border die and glitter paper to make a more classy-looking holiday card.
Joy to the World CardAlthough I invested in a Silhouette Cameo back in January, I ended up purchasing a Big Shot over the summer as well. I use my Big Shot so much I don’t know how I ever crafted without it. The more I use it, the more I’m convinced that all the cool dies out there are worth the investment. This was one of my favorite cards to make so far! 🙂 It’s a little similiar to my Day 3 card, but I’m ok with that!

Supplies:
Bazzill card stock
Simon Says Stamp star border
Tim Holtz Stacked Words: Christmas die
Sizzix Stars die
Sizzix embossing folder
Uni-Ball Signo Broad white gel pen
Ranger embossing tinsel
DCWV The Dazzle Stack glitter paper

Holiday Card Class | Day 7

Day 7 of my holiday card class was probably the most challenging so far. It featured reverse stamps, which are stamps that cover the negative area of the overall image. In my entire stamp stash, I only had 2 stamps that can be considered reverse stamps, so that’s what I needed to work with:
Greetings CardI love how the class forced me to use the supplies that I have in new ways, or use them for the first time ever. That was the case with these 2 flower stamps. I picked them up for $4 at an antique store, but hadn’t used them yet.

I didn’t do anything special for the middle, unstamped section of the stamps, but I think I might experiment with different coloring and distressing techniques eventually. I’m very happy with this card, mostly because it’s a design I never would have came up with if I wasn’t forced to use try something new.

Supplies:
DCWV patterned paper
Embossing powder from JoAnns
Martha Stewart scoring board
Hero Arts Daisy Petals and Star Flower Petals stamps
Stampendous Ornament Greetings stamp
Bazzill card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 6

I was inspired by Shari Carroll’s stained glass star card, but I didn’t have any of the materials she used. …so I improvised! I ended up white embossing a swirly background stamp I picked up for cheap at an antique store awhile ago, colored it in with Copic markers, and cut it out with star dies. I also used the dry embossed strip down the center with the die-cut border as she did, but kept the rest of the card very simple. I think it helps the stars to pop.
Merry Christmas CardSupplies:
Ranger white embossing powder
Hampton Art background stamp
Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set
Sizzix star dies
Spellbinders Labels Four die
Sizzix dry embossing folder
Copic Ciao markers
Georgia Pacific card stock
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (3/8″)

Holiday Card Class | Bonus 2

The second bonus day for the holiday card class covered holiday cards using non-holiday stamps. This was a difficult design to come up with, but I ended up going with a heart stamp set. I thought it would look cool as a monochromatic color scheme with a dash of red. I’m not sure if it comes across as a holiday card, but I am happy with how it came out!
Good Cheer CardSupplies:
Hero Arts Untitled Heart stamp set
ColorBox Chestnut Roan chalk ink
Bazzill card stock
Kraft card stock
Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set
Spellbinders Grommet Tag die set
McGill label punch
Red thread
Tonic Studios heart punch
Recollections heart punch

Holiday Card Class | Bonus 1

The first bonus day for the holiday card class covered holiday cards with unusual color combinations, and I came up with the card below. I thought the cheery color scheme of the patterned paper was fitting with a “Joy” sentiment. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with the center of the sentiment stamp, so I cut it out to look like a wreath.
Joy Holiday CardSupplies:
Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes stamp set
DCVW Mango Frost paper pack
Bazzill card stock
White embossing powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder
White thread

Holiday Card Class | Day 5

Day 5 featured die and stamp set combos. I only have one of these sets with a holiday theme, so that’s what I used! I started with the basic design by Kristina Werner, and threw in a little bit of patterned paper and green embellishments. This was actually my first time using this die and stamp set, and I love how quick and easy it made things! I will need to invest in a few more sets…
Seasons Greetings CardSupplies:
Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice cling stamp
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Seasons Greeting set
Oriental Trading Christmas paper pack
Spellbinders Lacey Ovals die
Eyelets
Friendship thread
Kraft card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 4

This was my first attempt at creating a holiday card with watercolor pencils as ALMOST a one-layer card. I struggle with one-layer cards, because I love patterned paper so much, and because I always feel like something is missing when I’m finished.
Happy Holidays CardI am going to re-create this card a couple times, and play around with different color combinations. I also want to experiment with the shadowing behind the image just as Sandy Allnock demonstrated.

Supples:
Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils
Hero Arts Holiday Dolls stamp set
Ebony embossing powder
Fiskars scallop punch
Bazzill card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 3

Ok, so I couldn’t stay away… I decided to come up with one more card since I’m a couple days behind anyway, and I haven’t necessarily loved my last couple designs. This card I created inspired by Julie Ebersole.
Joy to the World CardI am very happy with how this one turned out, especially since I took her initial design of having the strip down the center, and then I veered off and created the rest of the card on my own. I still utilized an embossing folder as she did, but went with a star die-cut shape, and used embossing tinsel on my new “Joy to the World” die cut.

I’m still learning how to photograph my cards, so hopefully we’ll see some improvement on the images as time goes on.

Anyway, I can sleep now… 🙂

Supplies:
Paper from JoAnn’s (can’t remember the name, and it’s discontinued)
Ranger embossing tinsel
Sizzix star die cut
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Christmas Words die