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How to Make Print & Cut Pop Up Cards in Silhouette Studio 4.1 (Video)

How to Make Print & Cut Pop Up Cards in Silhouette Studio 4.1 #silhouettecameo

The new Pop-Up Creator feature in Silhouette Studio v. 4 and above makes it super easy to make pop up cards from pretty much any clip art that you have. In this video tutorial, I’ll give you a step-by-step walkthrough for designing a print & cut pop up card using clip art from the Mum’s Garden collection. The entire interior design for this card is one layer, so everything needs to fit inside the registration marks in Silhouette Studio. Because of this, I made a 4 bar size card, which is a little bit smaller than an A2 or A7 size.

The dimensions for the interior rectangle (the piece with all of the clip art images) are 3 inches wide by 9.25 inches tall. I also made a full size base for the card (it’s a regular cut file, no printing involved), and that piece is 3.5 inches wide by 9.75 inches tall. If you want to be able to make a larger print and cut card, you can design the image on the pop up element as a separate piece that will fit over top of the pop up base shape. Then, just make the pop up base a regular cut file and print & cut the image or images separately.

The Silhouette Studio Pop Up Creator has extended features that are available in the premium Designer Edition and above, but all of the features that I used in the video are available with the free version of Silhouette Studio, too.

Check out the video to see how to make a print & cut pop up card in Silhouette Studio v. 4.1:

Supplies Used in This Project

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition (optional)
Mum’s Garden Digital Clip Art
– a printer (I used a Brother HLL8360CDW color laser printer for this project)
Scor-Tape, .25 Inch
– white cardstock

How to Make Print & Cut Pop Up Cards in Silhouette Studio 4.1 #silhouettecameo

Video : Watercoloring with Crayola Super Tips Markers

Video : Watercoloring with Crayola Super Tips Markers

Can you watercolor with Crayola Super Tips Markers? Yes, you can, and in this week’s video I’ll show you how I made this whimsical floral card using the Crayola markers and one of the bonus printable A2 card front designs that is included in the Whimsy Leaves Digital Stamp set.

I’m really happy with how well the marker colors move when water is added. The result is softer than you’d get with many brands of regular watercolors, but you can always come back in and add layers of color for a bolder, more textured and dimensional look. I was going for a soft, more pastel look in this card, so I kept it to just one layer of color.

I was curious about whether the color would move as well after I left the marker to dry on the paper for several hours and am happy to report that it moved around just as easily when water was added after about 24 hours as it did when I added water immediately after coloring the marker onto the paper. I only tested this with Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, so just a heads up that you may not get the same results if you use another brand of paper.

The Crayola Super Tips Markers are turning out to be a pretty versatile coloring medium! They may not give you the same results as higher end (read: much more expensive) watercolors or markers, but they’re a great choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative for cardmaking and papercrafting.

Check out the video below to see a step-by-step tutorial for making this fun floral card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com SBK = Scrapbook.com DKB = Dick Blick SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Whimsy Leaves Digital Stamps + Border Cuts (bonus printable card front)

Crayola 50 Count Washable Super Tips Markers
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
a laser printer
a #5 round paintbrush
double-sided tape
paper towels
a cup and water

For the “Hello” Card (shown in video)

All supplies used for this card are the same as for the “Thinking of You” card, but instead of Crayola markers I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I outlined all of the elements with the Shadow Mauve and blended them out with a wet paintbrush. Then, I colored the leaves by blending Pale Green, Light Green, and Deep Green (I mixed up which colors I used from element to element) using just the brush pens, no water added.

Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (individual colors used):

045 // Pale Green
041 // Light Green
044 // Deep Green
303 // Shadow Mauve

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Sets

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 60
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 48
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 36
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 24
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 12

For the Hot Foil Cards (shown in video)

For these cards, I printed the “Best Wishes” and blank background designs onto Hammermill Color Copy paper, then foiled them using a Minc. The “Best Wishes” card was finished at this point, and I printed, foiled, and cut the “Hello” sentiment from the Whimsy Leaves set and added it to the patterned card front with foam adhesive squares to finish.

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Therm O Web Deco Foil, Rose Gold
Therm O Web Deco Foil, Pewter
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Paper
3L Foam Adhesive Squares “hello” card only
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – “hello” card only
a laser printer

Video : Watercolor Masking with Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Sheets

Watercolor Masking with Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material

For a little while now, I’ve been looking for a material that is water resistant and that can be die cut with a digital die cutting machine and temporarily adhered to cardstock for watercolor masking. I wasn’t having much luck, and then I saw the new adhesive stencil material (8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets) from Silhouette America. It had most of the requirements. Cuttable with a digital die cutting machine? Check. Temporary adhesive? Check. But would it prevent watercolor from bleeding through underneath the area where the stencil mask is adhered? That was my big question, and I’m happy to report that it passed the test with flying colors!

You can see in the photo above just how well the stencil material performed. Those are some clean and crisp lines, I tell ya.

To paint the card, I used loads of water (I did design the project specifically to test the stencil material’s watercolor masking abilities, after all) and my current favorite watercolors from ShinHan. The paint colors that I used are my current favorite combo : Vermilion Hue (412), Peacock Green (429), and Prussian Blue (409). And I added a little bit of black to the Prussian Blue to deepen the color even further. I overlapped the colors slightly as I was painting but not so much that they became muddy, especially in the Vermilian Hue / Peacock Green area., and I added water to the areas where the colors mixed, where needed, to blend out the line between the colors.

To finish the card, I splattered on some white dots using watered down white acrylic paint and a paintbrush.

Cut Settings for the Silhouette Cameo + Adhesive Stencil Material : Blade Depth = 10 // Speed = 4 // Double Cut x 2 (four passes total)

Check out the video below for more details on the Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material and to see a step-by-step for this card project:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Good Luck Hand Lettered Cut File

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material (8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets)
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
ShinHan Watercolors
Mijello Silver Nano 40 Palette
#8 round paintbrush (for watercoloring)
#14 round paintbrush (for the acrylic splatters)
Scotch Painter’s Tape
water
paper towels

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Birthday Card

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Birthday Card

In last week’s cardmaking video, I shared a project that incorporated the “HB2U” letter die cuts, and today I wanted to show you what I did with the frame that was leftover from that project.

I used the frame with the letters cut out as an overlay and made a watercolor underlay using a trio of Distress Inks : Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Evergreen Bough. Instead of using white cardstock for the card base, I used My Favorite Things’ Limelight cardstock, which coordinated so well with the colors that are going on in the watercolor underlay.

Check out the step-by-step below!

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick

HB2U Die Cut File

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Twisted Citron Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Evergreen Bough Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
My Favorite Things Limelight Cardstock
a heat tool
dimensional foam tape
a large acrylic block / palette paper / acetate (for the inks)
a small-ish round paintbrush (I used a #8)
a cup and water
paper towels (for absorbing excess water)

Make a Distress Ink Watercolor Background Birthday Card Tutorial

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 1

Step 1 : Cut a sheet of Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper (or your choice of watercolor paper) to slightly smaller than 3.75″ wide by 5″ tall. Attach the paper to a hard surface (I used a clipboard) with painter’s tape.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 2

Step 2 : Cover the surface of the paper with water using a small-ish, round paintbrush. Rewet any areas where the water more quickly absorbs, if necessary.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 3

Step 3 : Smoosh the Distress Inks onto a large acrylic block, a piece of palette paper, or a piece of acetate.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 4

Step 4 : Choose one of the ink colors as the first color (I chose Mermaid Lagoon), and start painting on the surface of the paper. Rewet the paper, if necessary, and absorb any watercolor that has puddled on the surface of the paper using a paper towel. Rinse the paintbrush before loading it with a second color, and continue painting. Repeat this process until the entire surface of the paper is covered in color.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 5

Step 5 : Use a heat tool to quickly dry the watercolor (optional), or allow the watercolor to dry completely.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 6

Step 6 : Add a second layer of color to add contrast and dimension. This step is optional, but I really like the richness that the second layer of color adds to this project. When finished watercoloring, either dry the watercolor quickly with a heat tool or allow it to dry on its own.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 7

Step 7 : When the watercolor is completely dry, remove the painter’s tape from around the edges of the paper.

Distress Ink Watercolor Background Card, Step 8

Step 8 : Cover the back of the “HB2U” frame piece with craft glue (I used Tombow Mono Multi). Line the piece up over the watercolor underlay and press into place. To finish the card, attach it to an A2 card base using dimensional foam tape.

Make a Print & Cut Birthday Card – Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Make a Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Silhouette Studio allows for so, so many design and customization possibilities (woot, woot!) and, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how I made this colorful birthday card using Studio’s print & cut and fill pattern features.  Let’s get this birthday card party started, shall we?

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Happy Birthday Digital Patterns
Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts
Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ // SSS )
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
3D foam adhesive squares
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a printer
a double-sided adhesive runner
craft scissors

Make a Print & Cut Birthday Card – Silhouette Studio Tutorial

(click on any of the screenshots below to see at a larger size)

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 1 : Open the Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts file in Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition). Go to Object > Ungroup to ungroup the elements, and ungroup the elements a second time to separate the red border cuts from the sentiments. Select the “happy birthday” phrase and press Ctrl / Cmd + C to copy it. Open a new file and paste the phrase using Ctrl / Cmd + V.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 2 : The phrase is a little large for what we’re going for at its original size. Select the phrase and open the “Scale” window from the top right menu. Resize it to 2.75 inches wide, and make sure that the “Lock Aspect” box is checked before clicking the “Apply” button so the phrase will resize proportionally.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 3 : Click on the “Draw a Rectangle” tool from the menu on the left of the screen, and draw a rectangle that’s 5.5 inches wide by 4.25 inches tall. It’s totally fine if the rectangle isn’t initially the correct size because we can easily resize it by opening the “Scale” window from the top right menu and resizing it to the exact dimensions. Make sure that the “Lock Aspect” box is UNchecked for this so the final rectangle is the correct size. Click the “Apply” button to make the changes.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 4 : Position the “happy birthday” phrase where you’d like it to be on the rectangle (aka, the card front). Then, since this is a print & cut piece, we’ll want to set up the registration marks by opening the “Registration Mark Settings” window from the top right menu and choosing Type 1 (if you’re using a Cameo or Portrait) from the registration mark dropdown. You’ll see the marks appear around the edges of the page. Select the rectangle and sentiment and move them to an area inside the marks.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 5 : Next, we want to get ready to fill the numbers that will be on the card (see Step 6) with custom colors. We’ll be using Silhouette Studio’s “Fill Pattern” feature for this since, even though we’re technically not using pattern fills, we are using custom colors from the solids in the Happy Birthday Digital Patterns collection and can use the files in the same way that we would regular digital patterns. Another option is to use Studio’s “Fill Color” feature and set the fills to custom colors in the advanced options.

To add custom patterns to your Silhouette Studio Library, go to File > Import > Import to Library and navigate to the folder where the patterns you’d like to use are. I set up a new folder in my Library called “solids” for these files, so I want to make sure that folder is highlighted (light blue area beneath the “Import to Library” popup window on the left) before I import my patterns.

To import a pattern, either highlight the file and click “OK” or click and drag it into the right window. I did this for each of the solid pattern files. Once you’re finished adding your patterns, click back over to the main Silhouette Studio window.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 6 : Copy all of the number die cuts that you’ll be using in your card from the Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts (Ctrl /Cmd + C) and paste them into the file with the print & cut card front (Ctrl / Cmd + V). I copied the numbers “2” and “7” to a new file because I’ll be cutting those (regular cut) from gold foil cardstock later.

I want the numbers to be a touch smaller than their original size so they’ll fit the card better, so open the “Scale” window from the top right menu and, one at a time, resize them to 90% their original size. Also do this for the “2” and “7”, which are in a new file since they’ll be cut separately.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 7 : I want the numbers to be placed on the card in a random fashion, so I thought about what order I wanted them to be in before filling them with color. First, click the number that you’ll be filling. Then, open the “Fill Pattern” window from the top right menu. If you’re using the Designer Edition of Studio, scroll down the window and you’ll see a header called “solids” (or whatever the name of the folder with the files is) and, underneath, a swatch of all of the colors. To fill the shape, click a color swatch from the window. Repeat this process for each of the numbers.

Print & Cut Birthday Card - Silhouette Studio Tutorial

Step 8 : When all of the numbers are filled, it’s time to print and cut everything. Yay! I’ll also be cutting the “2” and “7” from shiny, gold foil cardstock.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 1

Step 9 : After you’ve print & cut and regular cut all of the elements, it’s time to start assembling the card.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 2

Step 10 : First, I’ll position the numbers where I’d like them to be on the finished card.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 3

Step 11 : Next, I’ll glue the numbers (minus the numbers cut from gold foil cardstock) in place, one at a time, with craft glue.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 4

Step 12 : Next, I’ll attach the “2” and “7”. I’ll be using 3D foam adhesive to give these numbers some dimension.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 5

Step 13 : If you’re using foam squares, you can cut them down to fit the numbers. I like cutting each of the larger squares into 3 or 4 thin strips, and I cut them down further from there, if needed. After you cover the back of each number with foam adhesive, peel the protective backer paper from the adhesive and adhere the number in place on the front of the card.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 6

Step 14 : Turn the card front over to the back and carefully cut off any overhanging number pieces.

Print & Cut Birthday Card Tutorial with Silhouette Studio, Step 7

Step 15 : To finish the card, cover the front of a pre-cut and folded A6 (5.5 inches wide by 4.25 inches tall) card base with double-sided adhesive. Line up the card front and press in place.

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