I was playing with the sketch options in the Silhouette DE software intending to use my sketch Pens to make Christmas Cards, but when I finished, I realized that as there was quite a bit of detail in this design, it would take a fair amount of time (and pen ink) to sketch these with the Silhouette. Also, I’d have to group, ungroup and mess around with the cut settings when I wanted to switch Colours! As I was going to make a few cards – I definately wanted a quicker option!
The answer was to print the design out instead! It would be just an easy print and cut card and I could save my sketch pens for less complicated projects!
I wanted to put a picture on the inside of the card too. Hmmm…here I go – complicating things again! Luckily, it turns out that Double sided Print and cut isn’t too scary – the trick to lining everything up is to use the “Center to page” option in the Align Menu.
First print out the outside of the card with the Registration marks and then flip the printed page over and feed it back through the printer to print the inside of the card on the reverse of the page. No need for registration marks on the reverse. Then pop it on the cutting mat and send it through the Silhouette to cut. One tip – I test printed on paper first to make sure I was loading the first page back through my printer correctly to print on the back. Here’s the inside of the card:
Ooops – I just realised that I forgot to add a perforated fold line down the centre of the card in the pattern. I scored my card with an embossing tool to make the fold but you can easily add in a fold line if you like before cutting it out.
Don’t have the designer software? You can still use my free files. There’s two versions on the file , I screen captured my design and converted it to a jpeg and imported it to the file – so that’s the one to use if you don’t have DE. The other one won’t show up on your screen properly anyway, so you can delete it ….unless of course you’re going to get the Designer Edition software at some later date 😉
Credit where Credit’s Due:
- Watch the video by Clever Some Day for more info on Double sided print and Cut techniques – Kay explains it all in detail.
- The reindeer was adapted from this reindeer image .
This post is part of “The Silhouette Challenge” where fellow blogging friends participate in a monthly challenge to create a new project with their Silhouette Machine.
Here’s an image of all the inspring projects on offer this month that will be sure to tempt you to enjoy a little blog hop…. The links are below the picture.
- 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- Christmas Hoop Art by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
- Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
- Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
- Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
- Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley’s Corner
- State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
- Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
- Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
- Deer Head Holiday Banner…featuring Santa’s Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
- Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
- Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
- Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
- Elf Chalk Sign: “The Best Way to Spread Christmas” by Weekend Craft
- Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
- Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
- Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
- DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
- Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
- Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
- Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
- Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
- Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
- Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
- DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
- Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
- DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
- Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
- No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
- Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
- Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
- “Believe” Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
- DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink
Do you have a Silhouette machine?
Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form , and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will take it from there.