Last month I shared Birthday sentiments that would be perfect to use when Card making.
There’s several ways to use them – also check out this post for another cut file with even more sentiments, and for ideas to use them within other cut shapes to adorn the front of a card.
Today, I’m going to show you how to use them (or your own printed sentiment) as the inside greeting in a pre cut card. You’ll still use Silhouette Studio for the printing but as you’re using a pre-cut card blank they’ll be no cutting involved! It”s not a “Print and Cut” but a “Print and No Cut”!
- First, measure the size of your card when opened.
- In Silhouette Studio head over to the Design page settings and set the page size to “Current Printer” and “Portrait”. Landscape is fine too but whichever you select make sure your Printer Settings and Carrier sheet are consistent later on. For my demo I’m using Portrait.
- In Silhouette Studio, draw a box with the rectangle tool the same size as the opened card and position it at the very top left of the cutting mat. Adjust the rectangle to the correct size in the “Scale” settings if necessary
- Add a line in the centre where the fold line should be. Select both the rectangle and the line and select Centre from the Align Tool options.
- Open one of the Sentiment cut files mentioned earlier. Select one (you may have to ungroup first) and copy and paste it onto the custom page. Alternatively type a new sentiment as desired with the text tools.
- Rotate the the sentiment 90 degrees anti-clockwise.
- Here you can add colour and resize as desired and position the sentiment. Drag the guides down to help with the positioning if needed too.
- You’ve finished with the guides and cut lines now but you can leave them as they won’t print out.
- Now, you are ready to print. The following may vary depending on your printer. This is how I do it on my HP Photosmart 7650.
- Take your card blank and attach it to a piece of A4 (or Letter) size paper or cardstock. The paper/cardstock will act as a carrier sheet to guide your card through the printer. Position the card at the very top left of the paper to correspond with the card position in Silhouette Studio. The inside of the card where the sentiment is to be printed should be facing up. I used teeny bits of washi tape to stick the card to the paper. They didn’t damage the card when removed. Painter’s tape would also work but be wary of clear sticky tape. Basically, you need something strong enough to hold it but not so strong that it damages the card when removed.
- For my printer, I need to flip the card and attached carrier sheet over, as it prints on the side that is facing down. Your printer may differ. Do a test run if necessary with plain paper to determine how your printer will print and and what direction to place you material ie: face up or face down.
- Adjust your print settings. I use the settings for Matte Card, Best Quality print and in the Advanced settings, I set it to print with No Border.
- Once printed carefully remove the tape. Now you can go ahead a decorate the card as desired.
Just a final thought….My printer doesn’t allow me to set my own custom sizes although it does have many pre set optional sizes available. It’s worth checking those settings first – it may save you from needing a carrier sheet at all if the size you need is in your printer options already! If it is there, just set the Silhouette Design Page Size to correspond and skip the carrier sheet steps above 🙂