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Video : How to Make Print & Cut Foil Acetate Embellishments

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

When you create foil elements using the heat activated method of running a laser printed piece through a Minc, a heat laminator, or other type of hot foiling machine, you need a nice, smooth surface, one that will not allow too much of the laser printer toner to absorb into the paper. This is why it’s difficult to get great diy hot foiling results with uncoated and textured papers, like watercolor paper and kraft cardstock.

Acetate is an ideal surface for diy hot foiling. It’s slick, glossy, and non-porous, so the laser printer toner sits right on top of the surface, ready to bond with the foil as it’s run through your foiling machine. In the video below, I’ll show you how to hot foil acetate and cut it using a digital die cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo) to create some very cool, foil embellishments that you can use for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and many other types of craft projects.

I’ve been die cutting acetate for years, but this was the first time that I attempted a print and cut project on acetate, and I initially ran into some challenges with the registration process because of the shiny, reflective surface of the acetate, but I figured out a technique that has worked perfectly every time I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

My Technique : Open a blank document in Silhouette Studio, activate the registration marks for your die cutting machine (just like you’d do for a regular print & cut project), and print the page with just the registration marks. After the page is printed, cut out each of the registration marks, trimming the cut pieces where necessary so the paper doesn’t overlap any of the areas on the acetate that will be die cut.

Then, hold the acetate up to a lamp, with the paper registration mark (with double-sided tape on the back of the paper) held over it, so the light shines through both and allows you to line them up perfectly. Tape the paper registration mark in place over the corresponding registration mark on the acetate and repeat the process for each of the registration marks. You can also use a window (if it’s daylight) or a lightbox to line up the registration marks. Once all of the paper registration marks are taped in place, register and die cut the acetate with your die cutting machine.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

A Note About Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate : This is a craft supply that many of us have in our stash, and I thought that it might work well for hot foiling since it’s heat resistant. Unfortunately, when I printed on it, lines of toner came off of the printed areas as it was being run through the printer and remelted around the printed areas. You can see what I’m talking about in the video below, starting at around the 1:50 mark.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process for creating awesome hot foil acetate embellishments:

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

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Video : Die Cut BARC Wood Holiday Gift Tags

Die Cut BARC Wood Color Block Holiday Gift Tag Video Tutorial

If you love all things woodgrain, like I do, then these holiday gift tags will be right up your alley. I combined Birch BARC Wood with blocks of color, courtesy of acrylic paint, for a look that’s both tactile and modern. Tie these festive tags onto your holiday gift packages and homemade holiday treats for an eye-catching finishing touch!

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for the Adhesive BARC Wood : Depth = 9 // Speed = 4 // Quadruple Cut (double cut x 2)*

* The blade that I was using was on the dull side, so I wanted to be safe and double cut the BARC Wood sheet twice, If you’re using a new blade, then you may only have to double or triple cut it to cut cleanly through the BARC Wood and adhesive backing.

Check out the video below to see a step-by-step for making the die cut BARC Wood tags:

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

Tag Basics, Set 1 Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Birch BARC Wood Adhesive Sheet
acrylic paint (I used Americana Watermelon Slice, Melon, Citron Green, and Pistachio Mint plus Martha Stewart Crafts Piglet Satin paints)
a stippling brush
painter’s tape
white cardstock
craft scissors

Die Cut BARC Wood Color Block Holiday Gift Tag Video Tutorial

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

This cardmaking project may not take much time to make, but it really packs a lot of visual punch. With its bold, striped background and oversized, merry and bright sentiment, this holiday card is sure to catch the eye of anyone on your Christmas card list. I used a non-traditional color scheme of pinks, orange-reds, and peach for the background, but you can take this in any color direction that you’d like. Go more traditional with red and green, or set a more wintry tone with blues and silvers.

This card is also a great option if you need to make a bunch of the same design. After you’ve cut out all of the pieces that you’ll need, per card assembly time is under 10 minutes!

Check out the video below for a step-by-step for this simple yet bold holiday 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

A2 Card Front Die Cuts #3
Hand Lettered Merry and Bright Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – or any digital die cutting machine that works with SVG files
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Core’dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock, Opulent Opal
cardstock in a variety of colors – I used the Recollections Flamingo Paper Pack from Michael’s
white cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

If you don’t have a laser printer but would still like to have some hot foil action on your paper craft projects, then the Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist are something that you’ll want to take a look at. In this video, I test out these two Minc mediums to see how they perform with the Minc foiling machine, and I also show you how to make foil print and cut gift tags that also incorporate the Minc Reactive Paint. In addition, I’ll give you a peek at some of the new foil colors that were added to the Minc lineup earlier this year, and I’ll use the Gunmetal and Matte Champagne foils (two of my favorites) in this festive gift tag project.

My impatience got the best of me when I was testing the Minc Reactive Mist. You really do need to allow it to dry completely before running it through the Minc, and you can see in the video what happens if you don’t allow the Reactive Mist to dry completely. Hint: it’s a mess. However, after I filmed the video, I did make some tags using the Reactive Mist and waited patiently for them to dry. Here are those results:

Minc Reactive Mist Foil Gift Tags

Check out the video below to see the results from my Minc Reactive Paint & Mist testing, and have a look at what happens when impatience meets the Reactive Mist:

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

Holiday Phrases Gift Tag Die Cuts
Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Gunmetal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making print & cut or die cut tags
white cardstock
stencil material*, if using a die cut stencil
a laser printer, if you’re making print & cut gift tags
an old paintbrush
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush and stencil after use)
scrap paper

* Darice made a 4 mil stencil film under the Studio 71 label, and that’s what I used in the video. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it for sale anywhere recently, so I think that they may have discontinued it. I’ve also heard good things about the Grafix brand stencil films but haven’t yet had the chance to try them with my Silhouette Cameo.

Also Shown

Heidi Swapp Minc Ombre Reactive Foil, Teal & Silver ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Black Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Mint White Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )

Video : Die Cut Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

Video Tutorial : Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

Earlier this week, I added these new folding mini banner card cut files to the shop and, in today’s video (below), I’ll share one technique that you can use to add color to the cards. This is far from the only way to embellish the banner cards, though. You can use solid colored cardstock, patterned cardstock, glitter or glitter cardstock, and more to decorate the interior areas of the letters on the cards. Or you can leave the interiors of the letters empty for a minimalist, modern look. There are so many possibilities with these little cards, and you can fold them up when you’re finished and tie a ribbon or twine around them to make them look like little gifts, too!

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

Folding Mini Banner Card Die Cuts (I used “Happy Birthday” in the video)

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Colored Cellophane Sheets
craft glue
scissors
white cardstock
an old paintbrush (for the glue)

DIY Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

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 Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Today’s card project was inspired by an unexpected source, the Scenic Safari Die-namics that I received as a free gift with purchase from My Favorite Things a little while back. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but then I got started thinking about those soil / rock charts that show all of the different layers of Earth down to its core, as well as the marbling trend that’s so hot right now, and this is where I went with it.

I was itching to use this very cool copper glitter cardstock, also from My Favorite Things, and I think that it added a nice yet subtle touch of glitz. The “Good Luck” sentiment can be found in the shop, and I was so happy with how it turned out for this project. I added a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of the cardstock before cutting it, and the Silhouette Cameo did a bang up job! I’ll definitely be using this technique in the future.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for this project : Depth = 8 // Speed = 2 // Light Hold Mat // Triple Cut (a double cut, then another single cut)

You can check out the video below to see how I made this glittery “good luck” 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

Good Luck Cut File

white cardstock
Copper Sparkle cardstock
Gmund Dark Teal Blue cardstock
manual die cutting machine
washi tape
a double-sided adhesive runner
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets ( SBK // AMZ )
My Favorite Things Scenic Safari Die-Namics ( SSS // MFT )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo Light Hold Mat
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars 5 Inch Non-Stick Scissors (or regular craft scissors)

DIY Personalized Rainbow Treat Bags (Silhouette Studio Tutorial)

DIY Personalized Rainbow Cloud Treat Bags (Die Cutting Tutorial)

One of my favorite things about digital cut files is that they’re so flexible. You can make them bigger or make them smaller, and you can repurpose them and combine them in different ways to make completely new projects.

In this tutorial, I combine the rainbow and cloud from the Cascade Rainbow A2 Card Kit and the Scallop Top Treat Bag (minus the handles) to make these super cute, personalized treat bags that would make super sweet favor or treat bags at children’s birthday parties. I actually filled them with treats and stickers and gave them to my niece and nephew at Easter, and they were a big hit!

Before I cut all of the pieces with my Cameo, I resized the rainbow and cloud pieces to 80% their original size to fit the treat bag. Then, I used Silhouette Studio’s text tool to personalize the clouds. I used the Learning Curve Pro (free) font because I wanted something sweet and cute for the names. Finally, I cut and assembled all of the pieces to make the colorful treat bags.

It’s easy to make a bunch of these at once. Just copy and paste additional rainbow strips and base pieces until you have the number that you need and cut them all at once.

Tips: When you’re assembling the rainbow, it’s best to run a thin strip of glue and glue one piece at a time. If you’re using liquid glue (like I did) and try to cover the rainbow base all at once, the glue will start to dry unless you’re really, really fast at positioning the rainbow strips. Also, since the bottom of the cloud is not attached to anything, you only need to add glue in the top center area on the back before gluing it in place.

Check out the video to see a step-by-step of this colorful 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!

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

Cascade Rainbow A2 Card Kit
Scallop Top Treat Bag

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
cardstock in a variety of colors
a printer
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner
Learning Curve Pro font

How to Make A Faceted Watercolor Heart Magnet

DIY Die Cut Watercolor Heart Magnet Tutorial (Video)

Have you used the Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper? I only used it for the first time last year. It’s very cool stuff, and in today’s video tutorial I’ll be showing you how to use it to make this fun and colorful faceted heart ornament.

This project starts in Silhouette Studio, where I ungroup the faceted heart ornament cut files and separate them into three files: one for the base, which I cut from the magnet paper; one for all of the facets minus one, which I cut from Strathmore Bristol; and a final facet, which I cut from gold foil cardstock. I like to group the pieces that I’m cutting from different materials into different files as I’m working, so there’s less confusion when I’m ready to actually cut everything.

After I cut all of the pieces from their respective materials, I’m ready to start watercoloring the facets of the heart. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens for this, and I love these things! They work wonderfully with the Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, which is a very smooth mixed media paper.

After all of the watercolored facets are completely dry, I remove the protective paper from the magnet, and adhere all of the facets in place. This comes together pretty quickly. I only spent about 5 minutes assembling the final piece.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for the Strathmore Bristol & gold foil cardstock : Depth = 7 // Speed = 1 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for the Adhesive Magnet Paper : Depth = 6 // Speed = 1 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut

Check out the video below to see a step-by-step tutorial for this 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!

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

Faceted Heart Ornament Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper ( AMZ // SBK )

Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (individual colors used):

202 // Peach Pink ( SBK )
020 // Red ( DKB // SBK )
070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )
050 // Yellow ( DKB )
053 // Yellow Green ( DKB // SBK )
047 // May Green ( DKB // SBK )
042 // Turquoise Green ( DKB // SBK )
083 // Lilac ( DKB // SBK )
082 // Purple ( DKB // SBK )

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

Tips for Die Cutting & Foiling Minc Toner Sheets

Tips for Die Cutting & Foiling Minc Toner Sheets

I’ve been playing around with the Minc Toner Sheets for a few weeks now, and I’ve gotta admit that I wasn’t getting great results there for a little while. Thankfully, I figured out that I’m a total dork (well, I already knew that) and was having many of the problems that I was having because I wasn’t doing things in the correct order. If I would’ve just taken a closer look at the package for the toner sheets, I would’ve been getting great results a lot sooner, so don’t do what I did! Look at that packaging.

Here’s what I figured out: to get great results, you have to foil the toner sheets BEFORE you cut them. As you can see below, when I cut the die cuts with my Silhouette Cameo first, my results weren’t fantastic.

There were areas around the edges of both the more complex, hand lettered die cut and the simple circle die cut that just didn’t take the foil. I think that part of this is due to some toner flaking off during the die cutting process. In addition, variations in the paper are created during the die cutting process mean that the paper isn’t perfectly level; it has bumps and indentations that create an uneven surface, and the foil doesn’t adhere in those places.

Minc Toner Sheets : Cut First Then Foil

Above (Cut First Then Foil) : notice the areas around the edges of the letters, especially the “r” and the ampersand, where the foil did not adhere when I ran it through the Minc. This is what happens when you die cut before you foil. I used a digital die cutting machine to cut my shapes, so results may differ if you’re using a manual die cutting machine to cut your shapes.

Minc Toner Sheets : Foil First Then Cut

Above (Foil First Then Cut) : When I foiled the toner paper BEFORE I die cut it, my results were much, much better. You can see how much smoother the results are, practically a mirror finish, and none of the unfoiled lines around the outer edges of the letters. There are still slight imperfections, like the one in the top “m”, but most of them are hard to see in person. Also, I want to mention that I handled this toner sheet a lot before I foiled and cut it, and I’ve notice that sometimes that leads to more imperfections after foiling, probably because sitting the sheets on surfaces and handling them can cause slight bumps and indentations on the paper. So, I’d also recommend foiling the toner sheets straight out of the package if you can.

In the video below, you can also see how I created an adhesive backed, foiled die cut using Scor-Tape sheets. I’ve also had very nice results with the Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, but what I really like about the Scor-Tape is that the protective backer paper is kind of slick and waxy, and it didn’t stick to my Silhouette mat at all. I recommend using a Silhouette Light Hold mat either way because it releases the die cuts so much more easily than even a less sticky regular mat does when you’re using double-sided adhesive sheets. I use washi tape around the edges of the foiled paper to keep it on the mat while cutting. Here are the adhesive backed toner sheet results with the Scor-Tape:

DIY Adhesive Backed Minc Foiled Toner Sheets

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets (both unfoiled and foiled) : Depth = 6 // Speed = 2 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut*

* You can probably get away with a single cut on the non-adhesive backed toner sheets if you have a sharper blade, but I double cut it just in case.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets with Scor Tape or Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive : Depth = 8 // Speed = 2 // Thickness = 33 // Triple Cut*

* double cut first, then immediately do another single cut before unloading the mat

Check out the video to see all of these tips in action:

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

Mr & Mrs Hand Lettered Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Thermoweb iCraft Rose Gold Deco Foil ( AMZ / SBK )
Thermoweb iCraft Pink Melon Deco Foil ( AMZ / SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets ( (AMZ / SBK )
Scor-Tape 6″ Square Adhesive Sheets ( AMZ )
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets ( SBK // AMZ ) – not shown
Silhouette Cameo Light Hold Mat
washi tape

 

Make a “Hello” Card with a Custom Die Cut Pattern

Make a "Hello" Card with a Custom Die Cut Pattern

I used cut files from the Hello Conversation Bubbles set to make this fun, handmade “hi” card. This is one of those projects that has been rolling around in my head since I released the Hello Collection, and I’m so glad that I could finally get it out of my head and make it into a card.

This is a great card project for using up all of those paper scraps that you have lying around, and it actually doesn’t use many supplies at all, so you probably already have most everything on hand. Woot, woot!

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

Hello Conversation Bubbles Die Cuts

cardstock in a variety of colors
white cardstock
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a sticky tool, like the Quick Stik or Pick Me Up (optional)
a double-sided adhesive runner
craft scissors

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : Print & Cut + Die Cut Birthday Card

Silhouette Design Studio Tutorial : Make a Print & Cut + Die Cut Birthday Card

This clean and simple birthday card project uses elements from the new Happy Birthday Digital Patterns and Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + Borders Die Cuts Set for a look that’s guy-friendly but doesn’t scream “guy card”.

To make the card, I first set up the print & cut card panel (size: 2.75 inches wide by 4 inches tall) in Silhouette Studio. Then, I printed it onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock and cut it with my Cameo. I cut the numbers from the light aqua solid digital paper in the Happy Birthday patterns set, the candle-topped numbers from a mid-gray colored cardstock, and the larger card panel (size: 3.25 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall) from the Hand Lettered Happy Birthday pattern in the light aqua colorway.

Instead of using the pattern fill option in Silhouette Studio, I pre-printed a page that was set up with half the page as the solid color and half with the pattern, and I ended up having to trim off a bit from the patterned panel because I wasn’t happy with a blank area on the panel when the panels were layered. If I had used the pattern fill option in Silhouette Studio, I would’ve had more control over the placement and scale of the pattern in the panel, so I’d probably set it up that way if I were doing it again.

After all of the pieces were cut, I adhered the numbers on top of the candle-topped numbers with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue and adhered the two card panels together with a double-sided adhesive runner before adhering them to an A2 card base, also using the double-sided adhesive runner. I attached the numbers to the smaller card panel with dimensional foam adhesive that I cut to fit and, as a final touch, I covered the candle flames with Platinum Stickles.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step, including everything that I did to set up the card elements in Silhouette Studio:

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 Seamless Patterns
Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + Borders Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ // SSS )
Platinum Stickles ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
gray cardstock
a printer
a double-sided adhesive runner
dimensional foam adhesive
non-stick craft scissors

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card – Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

DIY Holographic Foil Numbers Birthday Card - Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

This project gave me an excuse to use the Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets, which foiled and cut so nicely. I’ve used the Minc Toner Sheets, which are thinner and slightly less glossy than the Deco Foil sheets, but I got great results with both.

Re: paper thickness – it’s really not an apples to apples comparison since the Minc sheets don’t have the added thickness of an adhesive backing sheet, but I do prefer working with the Deco Foil sheets because it’s nice to already have the adhesive sheet in place, as opposed to having to manually add it. Either way, I’m very happy with the results with both the Deco Foil and the Minc toner sheets, and they offer so many possibilities for making custom embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

The photo above really doesn’t do justice to how awesome the foil looks on the card. Check out the step-by-step tutorial below to see better shots of the foil from different angles. Much iridescent coolness happening!

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 (coming next week!)
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 )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ / SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets ( AMZ )
Thermoweb iCraft Iridescent Deco Foil ( AMZ / SSS )
a printer
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card – Heidi Swapp Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

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

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 1 : Open the Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts file in Silhouette Studio (I’m using the Designer Edition). Use Object > Ungroup to ungroup into different elements. Then, select the “fantastic years” and “of you” elements (Shift + Click to select multiple elements) and copy with Ctrl / Cmd + C. Open a new file and paste the elements using Ctrl / Cmd + V.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 2 : You’ll see that the SVG borders (in red) are still around the elements. Use Object > Ungroup to ungroup the SVG borders from the main elements. After doing so, you’ll be able to move the elements independent of the borders.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 3 : Move the “of you” element to underneath the “fantastic years”. When you’re happy with the placement of the elements, use Ctrl / Cmd + G to group them into one element.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 4 : Use the “Draw a Rectangle” tool (left menu) to draw a rectangle. I want a rectangle that’s the size of an A6 card front (4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall), so I’ll resize the rectangle that I drew by opening the “Scale” window from the top right menu and resizing the rectangle to the exact size that I want.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 5 : Click and drag the “fantastic years of you” sentiment to the bottom center of the rectangle. Select both the rectangle and the sentiment, and open the “Align” window (top right menu). Click “Align Center” to center the sentiment horizontally.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 6 : Next, we want to give the rectangle, which will be our card background, some color. I’ve loaded all of the solids from the Happy Birthday digital patterns set into Silhouette Studio (see more about how to do that here), and I’ll select the rectangle and choose the “Fill Pattern” window from the top right menu. Then, I’ll click the bubblegum pink solid swatch to fill the rectangle shape with color.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 7 : Click the sentiment to select it. Then, open the “Fill Color” window from the top right menu and click the white swatch to change the sentiment’s color to white. I went with a pink and white color scheme for my card, but you can choose any pattern and fill colors that you’d like. Lots of possibilities!

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 8 : The file is just about ready to print, but before we do that we’ll need to set up the registration marks. Open the “Registration Mark Settings” window from the top right menu and choose 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. Then, print and cut the file.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Minc Foiling)

Step 9 : After printing and cutting the card background, we’re ready to make the big, iridescent foil numbers. Look at how cool that foil looks! First, we’ll foil a Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheet by cutting it down to a smaller size, placing a sheet of iridescent Deco Foil (shiny side up) on top of it (make sure that the foil sheet it larger than the toner sheet so you don’t get foil on your carrier sheet), and running it through the Minc (I used a heat setting of 4).

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Minc Foiling)

Step 10 : After running the sheet through the Minc, peel the foil sheet from the toner sheet to reveal a custom, foiled sheet. Oooh, pretty foil.

DIY Iridescent Foil Numbers

Step 11 : I resized numbers from the Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts set to 200% and cut them from the foiled, adhesive toner sheet with a Silhouette Cameo.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for foiled Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets : Depth = 8 // Speed = 3 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 12 : Cover the front of a pre-cut, top fold A6 card base with double-sided adhesive. Line up the print and cut card background over top of the adhesive and press in place to adhere.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 13 : Before I adhere the numbers in place, I want to place them where I want them to be in the final design (protective backing paper still on).

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 14 : Peel the protective backing paper from the back of the numbers, one at a time, and press into place on the card. And voila, you’re finished!

DIY Holographic Foil Numbers Birthday Card - Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

DIY Die Cut Cylinder Holiday Gift Boxes

Cute Christmas Cylinder Gift Boxes from K.becca

I am so super excited to finally be able to reveal my new holiday gift box collection! These boxes are sure to add a special touch to all of your holiday gifts and treats, and they’re pretty darn cute, too, if I do say so myself. The collection includes Sparkle the Reindeer, Elvin the Elf, Santa Claus, Elfie the Elf, and Simon the Snowman, all in gift box form. The lids of each lift off to reveal the treats and gifts inside.

As you can probably see, these boxes are not what you’d call a quick and easy project, but much of the assembly process is the same from box to box, so once you get the hang of it, it really speeds up the process. I’d allow about an hour to an hour and a half for the project, from cutting the pieces through assembly.

One of my big recommendations for these boxes is strong adhesive. After several rounds of experimentation, I found that a combination of liquid glue and dry, double-sided adhesive was by far the best. And I highly, highly recommend Scor-Tape for the boxes because 1) it’s strong and holds very well, and 2) it’s easy to place it exactly where you need it, right up to the edge. When you check out the step-by-step assembly tutorials, it looks like I used a ton of Scor-Tape, and I did use quite a bit, but honestly my rolls of tape don’t look like I’ve made much of a dent in them. Each roll has 27 yards, which is a lot of tape and a very good value.

Speaking of assembly tutorials, I’ve put one together for each box, and you can click on any gift box image below to be taken to the corresponding tutorial. I hope that you enjoy these boxes and that they’ll have a place in your stockings or under your Christmas tree this year!

DIY Die Cut Santa Claus Cylinder Gift Box

DIY Die Cut Girl Elf Cylinder Gift Box

DIY Boy Elf Cylinder Gift Box

DIY Die Cut Reindeer Cylinder Gift Box

DIY Die Cut Snowman Cylinder Gift Box

Video Tutorial : 3D Paper Pineapple & Citrus Fruits (Free SVG & PDF Templates)

DIY 3D Paper Pineapple & Citrus Fruit Gift Toppers / Ornaments (Free SVG & PDF Templates Included)

Pineapples, along with citrus fruits, are the hottest things around this summer, and today I’m sharing a video tutorial for making these fun, three dimensional paper pineapples that you can use to embellish everything from gift packages to garlands to tropical-themed Christmas trees. You can download the free printable templates for the pineapples, as well as templates for an orange / grapefruit and lemon / lime below, and you’ll need just a few basic supplies to make bunches of these sweet, tropical decorations!

Make 3D Paper Pineapple & Citrus Fruit Decorations

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • colored paper ( I used Neenah Astrobrights Solar Yellow and Terra Green 24lb text weight paper)*
  • the FREE printable templates for this project (download below)
  • a Silhouette Cameo or similar digital die cutting machine OR, if you don’t have a die cutting machine, a printer and scissors to cut out by hand
  • craft glue
  • thread and a needle to make the hanger for the pineapple

* I recommend using text weight paper for this because cardstock is a bit too heavy and adds a lot of bulk to the finished project. It also makes assembly somewhat more difficult.

Download Lemon / Lime Templates

Download Orange / Grapefruit Templates

Download Pineapple Templates