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Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Print & Cut Sticker Sheets (Video)

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Print & Cut Sticker Sheets (Video)

I’m a sticker lover from way back in the day when scratch and sniffs were all the rage, and I still love ’em to bits. Electronic die cutting machines allow you to create as many of your own, custom sticker designs as you’d like, and in this video I’ll show you a step-by-step walkthrough for designing your own print & cut sticker sheets using Silhouette Studio and a Silhouette Cameo.

I created these stickers from the I Heart Cupcakes dingbat font, which includes a sticker style especially designed for stickers and vinyl designs with borders. So, sticker borders are pretty much already built in to this font, which is pretty darn cool! But, if you are using a dingbat font, regular font, or clip art to create your stickers, this video will still be helpful for you if you’d like to make print & cut sticker sheets. The only change would be that, instead of just typing in the sticker shape that corresponds to the image, you’ll use Silhouette Studio’s Offset feature to create stamp borders from your original image.

In this video tutorial, I’ll cover Silhouette Studio features like Release Compound Paths, the Eye Dropper Tool (available in Designer Edition and above), and Cut by Color, so if you’re wondering about what you can do with these tools and features, be sure to check out the video. Besides the Eye Dropper tool, which is only available in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above, the other tools and features that I use are also available in the Basic Edition (free).

Check out the video tutorial for a step-by-step walkthrough for designing print & cut sticker sheets 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!

I Heart Cupcakes Dingbat Font
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
Online Labels Glossy Laser Sticker Paper
Brother HLL8360CDW Color Laser Printer

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Print & Cut Sticker Sheets (Video)

DIY Watercolor Stencil Art with Oramask 813 Stencil Film / Vinyl (Video)

DIY Watercolor Stencil Art with Oramask 813 Stencil Vinyl (Video) #silhouettecameo

Watercoloring with stencils is a great way for watercolor beginners to get more comfortable with the medium, and it’s a quick and easy way to create completely eye-catching watercolor art pieces, too! In this week’s video (below), we’ll make a super cool diy watercolor stencil art piece using Oramask 813 Adhesive Stencil Film / Vinyl, which is fantastic for watercolor masking. I cut the stencil using a Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine, and one of the great things about using a digital file to make your stencil is that you can resize it up or down to coordinate with whatever project you’re using it for. I left the file at its original size, which was just right for framing in an 8×8 inch frame.

TIP : You’ll see in the video below that I go back in after I finish painting the entire stencil and add paint to some of the areas that I first painted. It’s a great way to create additional texture and color variation in the piece, but my paper did slightly warp after I painted it, and it pulled away from the stencil film in some small areas. So, if you go back and add paint to areas where your paper may have slightly warped, just be careful because some of the fresh paint may run under any areas where the paper has separated from the stencil vinyl. This happened on one of the circles in my project, and the slight bleed of color fit really well for this particular piece, but if you’re going for crisp lines and borders, then you’ll want to be careful if you go back and add paint to already painted areas later in the process.

Check out the video below to learn how to create easy diy watercolor stencil art:

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!

– Hand Drawn Circles Stencil Cut File
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Oracal Oramask 813 Adhesive Stencil Film / Vinyl
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
ShinHan Tube Watercolors
Mijello Silver Nano 40 Palette
Post-It Tape, 1 Inch
Heidi Swapp Minc Non-Stick Craft Mat
– two containers of water (one for rinsing the brush, the other for clean water for painting)
– paper towels (for absorbing excess watercolor)
– a spray mister (optional, for cleaning stencil – I used a Distress Ink Sprayer)
– the blue protective sheet from an old Silhouette Cameo mat (to store the stencil)

Silhouette Sketch Glue Pen + Foiling With or Without a Minc / Laminator (Video)

Silhouette Sketch Pen + Heat Embossing Tutorial (Video) #silhouettecameo

I’m so excited to share this technique with you all because it’s something that I’ve been trying to get to work for months. In the video below, I’ll show you how to use the sketch pen function on a Silhouette Cameo (this should work with other Silhouette machines and Cricut machines, too), along with a fine point glue pen, to create sketch designs for foiling either with OR without a Minc foiling machine / heat laminator.

Being able to use a glue pen in this way opens up so many options for creating foiled designs, even if you don’t have a laser printer or something like the Minc. I’m so glad that the Sakura Quickie Glue Pens exist! I tried every glue pen and marker that I could find, including the DIY toner ink pens that I made with empty paint markers, and the Sakura pens have given me the best, most consistent results by far. And, if you don’t have a die cutting machine with a sketch pen option, then you can always create hand lettered and hand drawn designs for foiling, too!

TIP : I learned this genius tip when I first bought a Chomas Creations marker holder for the Silhouette (this is what I use as the pen holder in the video). Slide a wood craft stick / popsicle stick under the pen holder area on your die cutting machine. Then, lower the pen down into the holder until it JUST touches the craft stick and secure the glue pen in place. The wood craft sticks are just the right thickness to get most pens and markers that you use for sketching at just the right height to cleanly sketch out your design.

Check out the video to learn how to use the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen as a sketch pen to create designs for foiling:

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!

Sprinkled With Love Sketch File

Silhouette Cameo
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ Foiling Machine (optional)
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, Rainbow
Silhouette Pen Holder (the Medium size holder should work – unfortunately, I seem to have lost mine and wasn’t able to test it out for the video)
Chomas Creations Adjustable Marker Holder for Silhouette (this is what I use in the video)
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
Post-It Tape (optional)
wood craft sticks

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Layered Stencils (Video)

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Layered Stencils (Video)

I love making stencils with my Silhouette Cameo, and in the video below I’ll show you how easy it is to design layered stencils from a single layer cut file in Silhouette Studio 4.1. It’s just as easy to created a stencil with 10 layers as it is to create one with 2 layers. A registration mark or marks are the key, and they allow you to perfectly line up each layer to create stenciled designs that can be as simple or complex as your heart desires.

After we create our layered stencil, we’ll use it to make the pretty, stenciled background for the card above. One of the big bonuses of cutting your own stencils is that you sometimes end up with a bunch of super pretty die cuts that you can use as embellishments for projects. I used a few of the leaves from the leaf layer of the stencil to embellish around the sentiment on this card.

Watch the Silhouette Studio tutorial below, and learn how easy it is to make layered stencils for card making and other projects:

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!

Leaves & Berries Stencil Cut Files

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
Grafix Matte Dura-Lar .005

For the Card

Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad Mini
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink Pad Mini
Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
foam daubers (similar to what I used)
Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings Stamp Set
Post-it Tape, 1 Inch
Scotch Removable Double Sided Tape
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Inch
painter’s tape
a non-stick craft mat

DIY Hot Foil Print & Cut Stickers with Silhouette Sticker Paper

DIY Hot Foil Print & Cut Stickers with Silhouette Sticker Paper

A little while back, I shared a tutorial for how to make print & cut foil stickers with the Silhouette Cameo / Portrait and the Heidi Swapp Minc. Since I first posted the video, I’ve received several comments and emails asking me if I tried making DIY foil stickers with the Silhouette sticker paper and, in the video below, I’ll show you my results. Hint : they’re pretty darn awesome!

I was apprehensive about using the Silhouette sticker paper with my laser printer because there’s nothing on the packaging that says that it’s safe for use with laser printers, but I took the chance and didn’t have any problems at all with printing onto either the white matte sticker paper or the clear glossy sticker paper. I did end up having to use the manual feed on my laser printer to get the clear glossy sticker paper to print. This could’ve been because this particular sticker paper is on the thicker side, or it could’ve been because I started having major printer jam issues with my printer right around that time. So, just a heads up that you might need to feed the sticker paper through your printer manually.

I was very happy with the results that I got with the Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper and felt that they were on par with the results that I got with the Online Labels Glossy Label Papers in my initial video. The Silhouette sticker paper is a great choice for those of you who don’t need large quantities and also for those of you who are in countries outside the U.S., where Online Labels’ shipping prices can get pretty expensive.

Check out the video below to see the results:

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 SVG Digital Stamps + Border Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper
Silhouette Printable White Sticker Paper (not recommended for foiling)
Heidi Swapp Minc Rose Gold Reactive Foil
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Also Recommended
Online Labels Full Sheet White Gloss Laser Labels (OL177WS)
Online Labels Full Sheet Clear Gloss Laser Labels (OL177CL)

Hand Lettered Valentine Heart Cut Files

Hand Lettered Heart Cut Files from k.becca

I’ve been having so much fun with the new hand lettered valentine heart cut files! A big part of the fun for me was to pick out the colors that I wanted to use for theses layered paper versions. I just love the pink, peach, and and almost orange-y red cardstock colors that I found in my stash. And, of course, I had to add a little gold glitter cardstock to the mix, too!

Hand Lettered Heart Cut Files from k.becca

The layered versions of these cut files are so easy to put together. They’re each three layers, and you just cut the layers out and glue them together. That’s it! If you want to turn these into cards, you can simply cut two of the base heart pieces, score one of the pieces about an inch from the top, and glue it onto the back of the layered design above the scoreline. Or you can scale the designs down and add them to the front of cards, too!

I’ve put together a short little video with these cute valentine cut files – check it out below! This was my first time making a square, social media-style video, and I had a lot of fun with it. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Hand Lettered Heart Cut Files from k.becca

Monster Bag Box Cut Files + Assembly Tutorial Video

Monster Bag Box #1 Cut Files from k.becca

The new Monster Bag / Box cut files collection features five different cute and creepy monster guys from all different walks of monster life. The monsters include a lizard-y, Swamp Thing type monster guy, a furry and sleepy monster guy, a wild and crazy three-eyed monster guy, a totally batty monster guy, and a spotted cyclops monster guy. If you’re throwing a monster-themed kids party or want to package your Halloween treats in something extra special, then these monster bags / boxes are just the thing for you!

Monster Bag Box #2 Cut Files from k.becca

Monster Bag Box #3 Cut Files from k.becca

Monster Bag Box #4 Cut Files from k.becca

Monster Bag Box #5 Cut Files from k.becca

Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions for assembling these cute and scary guys. I’ve included instructions for all of the bags in one video, and I’ll list the start times for each individual bags below.

START TIMES FOR EACH BOX

Monster Box #1
: 0:19
Monster Box #2 : 4:50
Monster Box #3
: 10:48
Monster Box #4 : 14:54
Monster Box #5 : 18:29

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!

Monster Box #1 Cut Files
Monster Box #2 Cut Files
Monster Box #3 Cut Files
Monster Box #4 Cut Files
Monster Box #5 Cut Files

cardstock in a variety of colors
Silhouette Cameo (or similar die cutting machine)
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
1/4″ Scor-Tape
Quick Stik (optional)
scissors (to cut the tape, if using)

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Stickers (White & Clear)

How to Make Hot Foil Print & Cut Stickers (Clear & White) Video Tutorial

Earlier this year, I shared my technique for making print & cut hot foil acetate embellishments using the Heidi Swapp Minc and a Silhouette Cameo. I was SO happy with the results (and you guys thought the embellishments were pretty neat, too), so the next step was figuring out how to take this technique and apply it to stickers. Yay, stickers!

The most challenging part of this project was finding sticker paper that would work well for foiling. The first sticker paper that I tested was the Avery Glossy Clear Sticker Paper. Unfortunately, when I took a sheet out of the package, I immediately noticed that it had a slight coating on it. I’m sure the coating is to help ink and/or laser toner stick to the page, but it turned out to be a dealbreaker for the hot foil, which needs as smooth and glossy a surface as possible to adhere well. So, this sticker paper may be great for regular inkjet and laser printing, but for hot foiling it’s a no go.

Next, I tried the Full Sheet White Gloss Laser Labels from Online Labels (product number OL177WS) and got fantastic results. These labels are very smooth and glossy, no additional coating, so both the laser toner and the hot foil were able to adhere really well. The results with the white gloss label paper were so great that I placed a second order from Online Labels, this time for the Full Sheet Clear Gloss Laser Labels (product number OL177CL), and I got equally awesome results with the clear labels, which are also very smooth and glossy, no additional coating.

How to Make Hot Foil Print & Cut Stickers (Clear & White) Video Tutorial

Think of all the fun sticker options that we have with this technique. Embellishments for handmade cards and scrapbooking pages, decorative additions to envelopes, and custom planner stickers are just some of the options! This makes the sticker fiend in me very happy.

Cut Settings for the Silhouette Cameo (for all of the sticker papers tested) : Blade Depth = 1 // Speed = 8 // Single Cut

Heat Setting for the Heidi Swapp Minc : 4

Check out the step-by-step video below to see how you can make your own, custom hot foil print & cut stickers:

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 SVG Digital Stamps + Border Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Teal Reactive Foil
Heidi Swapp Minc Gold Reactive Foil
Avery Clear Glossy Clear Sticker Paper (not recommended for hot foiling)
Online Labels Full Sheet White Gloss Laser Labels (OL177WS)
Online Labels Full Sheet Clear Gloss Laser Labels (OL177CL)
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Video : Distress Ink Stenciled Background with Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Sheets

Cardmaking Video : Distress Ink Stenciled Background with Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Sheets

In last week’s cardmaking video, I put the Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Sheets to the test with watercolor, and they performed beautifully. This week, I tested them out with 80lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock and, while the results weren’t perfect, they weren’t too bad at all. The only issue that I had was that the adhesive on the stencil tore the cardstock in a few small areas as I was removing it.

The stencils and masks made with this material perform so well with Canson XL Watercolor Paper and Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, the two other papers that I’ve tried with the stencil sheets, and these are both heavier, uncoated papers.  So, a couple of things could’ve been at play with this cardstock. First, it could be that the adhesive on the stencil sheets is just a little too sticky when new for this type of cardstock. Or it could be that the cardstock was too lightweight and/or coated.

One of the tricks that many of us use to de-stick-ify new cutting mats for our die cutting machines is to stick the new mat to an old t-shirt or piece of fabric to remove some of the stickiness from the mat, which helps prevent paper and cardstock from tearing when die cuts are removed from it. I haven’t tried this trick yet with the stencil sheets, but it seems like a good option to make the adhesive on the stencil sheets a little less sticky and help prevent the stencil or mask from sticking to the cardstock as you’re removing it.

So, all in all, I’m still very much digging the Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Sheets. They’re just a little too sticky right out of the package for this particular cardstock.

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 to see how quick and easy it is to create a bold and colorful stenciled background using the Adhesive Stencil Material with Distress Inks:

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

Large Circles Stencil (I used the 6×6 size for this project)
Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material (8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets)
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
Mustard Seed Distress Ink ( AMZ // SSS )
Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink ( AMZ // SSS )
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink Mini ( AMZ // SSS )
Abandoned Coral Distress Ink Mini ( AMZ // SSS )
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink Mini ( AMZ // SSS )
Dusty Concord Distress Ink Mini ( AMZ // SSS )
Post It Tape
3L Foam Adhesive Squares
Minc Rose Gold Reactive Foil*
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )*
baby wipes (for cleanup)

* These supplies were used to make the hot foiled sentiment on the card, which I made before I filmed the video. If you want to learn more about how I make print and cut hot foil elements, check out this video playlist for more info.

Video : How to Foil Vellum Paper (What Works & What Doesn’t)

Video : How to Foil "Vellum" Paper (What Works & What Doesn't)

I’ve discovered over the past several weeks that getting clean laser printed results with vellum isn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be. So far, I’ve tried printing on three brands of vellum : Silhouette, Ampad, and Strathmore. To be fair, the Silhouette vellum is geared more toward die cutting and doesn’t mention printing anywhere on its packaging. However, the Ampad brand vellum, which I picked up at a big box store, and the Strathmore vellum, which I purchased from Amazon.com, both state on the packaging that they can be used with laser printers.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a clean print with any of the three brands. I tried a number of different paper settings on my printer, including the “transparency” setting, but the toner still lifted and remelted in places where it shouldn’t be on all three brands of vellum. There were still some areas where the printing was pretty clean, even though the overall print was not, so I decided to try and foil a sheet of the Strathmore vellum* to see what the results would be.

After less than stellar results with actual vellum, I remembered that I had some matte Dura-Lar that I use to cut stencils with my digital die cutting machine. Duralar is a polyester film that’s billed as an acetate alternative, and it’s much smoother than any of the brands of vellum that I tested. It’s sort of an acetate / vellum hybrid (at least the matte type is), and I figured that it would be a great candidate for printing and foiling since it does have a number of different qualities that are acetate-like. If you’ve watched my video about making print and cut foil acetate embellishments, then you know what great results you can get with clear acetate.

* A number of Amazon.com reviews of the Strathmore laser vellum state that it printed cleanly, so it may just be that my printer doesn’t agree with it.

Check out the video below to see my results, both with the vellum and with the Dura-Lar:

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

Vellum-Type Papers Tested

Silhouette Vellum ( AMZ // SSS )
Ampad Vellum (purchased from big box store)
Strathmore Laser Vellum
Grafix Matte .005 Dura-Lar Film – 9″ x 12″ (recommended)

Other Supplies

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, Rose Gold
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, Teal
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, White
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
craft scissors

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

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