It’s been a big week. My laptop died. A little prematurely I thought – it was not even 3! Luckily I managed to save all my files as it gave me a bit of a warning that all was not well. Although I was quite excited at getting a new Laptop ….that soon disappeared when I encountered Windows 8 on my new machine! Wow, it’s been quite a learning curve but I think I’m getting the hang of it now.
While I was giving my brain cells a workout with Windows 8, I decided to keep going and downloaded V3 of the Silhouette Software too. I was pleasantly surprised. By waiting until now, it seems like the kinks have been worked out of it -not that I’ve done extensive testing or anything like that, but everything I tried went pretty smoothly.
So this is my first V3 File. I’ve saved it as a V2 file too, for those of you that haven’t upgraded.
The Birdhouse Card comes complete with a little bird sitting on a perch at the front. It’s quite small, so if you prefer a larger card, group everything together and resize. At this size it fits into a C6 envelope.
Here’s a side view:
Here’s an inside view:
- Cut out the Base card and fold along the roof line. I used white card.
- Cut the single top layer of the Birdhouse. I used a separate yellow layer and ran it through my embossing machine with a wood grain style embossing folder. You could use patterned, contrast card or pre-textured card instead ….Or decorate as desired.
- Cut out the roof line and attach it to the front.
- See all those little circles? Glue them together on top of each other to make a little 3D Bird perch. (or cut one circle and use foam tape)
- Attach the bird – be careful to place the tape/glue where it can’t be seen from the inside of the card. I used foam tape to raise it up a bit.
- Write or stamp your message inside.
As you can see from the graphic of the cutting file above, I’ve included a base card option without the circular cut out. If you make it this way, it gives you more space for writing on the inside of the card without the text showing through the hole from the front. The Black and White card below is done this way. I have taped a contrast piece of card behind the top textured layer before attaching it to the base card. Other differences between the two samples are: I used foam tape to “raise the roof!” and again on the perch instead of multiple circles. After completing both cards, I think this option is a quicker, easier project and this is how I’ll do it in the future.
I no longer have the earlier version of the Silhouette software installed on my computer so from now on, I’ll be doing all my test cutting with the Version 3 Designer’s edition of the software )
Download the Bird House Card File for Version 3 of the Silhouette Software (Test Cut Samples done on this version)
Download the Bird House Card File for Version 2 of the Silhouette Software
Have you updated to the Version 3 Silhouette Software yet? What do you think?