Do you have a favourite overlay design that would look great as a Greeting Card?
Today I’m going to show how easy it is to transform an overlay design into a card. I’m demonstrating with an overlay file design that I shared previously, The Quatrefoil Overlay .
If you’d like to play along, Download and open the cutting file in Silhouette Studio. I’m using the overlay on the top left side of the screen in the pic above.
- First, Decide what size you wish the card to be. I’m making a 12 cm which is smaller than the existing Overlay.
- Draw a rectangle 12 x 24 cm, being 12cm in height and 24cm for back & front of Card at 12cm each.
- In line Style tools: Select> a dotted line. Hold down Shift and Draw a line the depth of the card. Select >. Align and “Center’
- Drag the overlay design into the Card Front and Resize to fit leaving a space between the overlay and the card to form a border. Ensure it’s aligned evenly within the card front. If your overlay has a fill colour make it transparent so it’s easier to to what’s happening in the next steps.
- Right click on the overlay and select > Release compound path
- It will look like this. Then click away on a blank space on the mat.
- Select and carefully drag away & delete the outside line of the original overlay – (shown in Blue below).
- Move the Centre Fold Dotted line off to the side out of the way.
- Drag a bounding box to select the entire card and overlay, then Right click and select > Make Compound Path.
- Put the dotted Fold line back on the card. Select the card and the dotted line and Select > Align Tools >Center
- Finished! The Card design is all set now to cut out.
If you were wondering….
…..why I did it this way and didn’t just weld a box on one side of the overlay to form the back of the card. Well, I could’ve as that’s easy and effective too. However, In this case the edge of the original overlay border was fairly thin. I was worried that my lacy card front would be a bit flimsy. My method creates a border around the overlay that is as thick or a thin as needed or desired. It also allows the flexibility to put in a non standard shape overlay. For example you could use a round overlay in a rectangle card or square card.
Here’s an example of a square overlay inserted into a rectangular A2 sized card using the above method.