Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Merry" Christmas Cards with the Silhouette


I'm sharing my first projects (good enough to post!) with the Silhouette Cameo that I finally learned how to use. It was surprisingly easy, and similar in concept to the Cricut Gypsy with the grouping and welding features. But, you can erase any section of line, draw your own cut lines, and of course use any font that's on your computer. I still can't get over how you can think of something, draw it on the software, and it gets cut out. Amazing. 

 
Now before someone breaks into my house to rip this Damask Snowflake die out of my hands, I will assure you that it's the only card in this post to use it. Five cards in a couple days are quite enough for now! Still using the split die-cut idea from Papertrey.

It took all of ten minutes to design this card on the Silhouette. And now that I'm more familiar with the process, I'm sure another one would only take a couple minutes. I drew two rectangles, typed "MERRY" in the middle, resized it so they overlap, and welded everything together. Done!

This card and the next one are inspired by the Less Is More challenge to use glitz and glam.


For this glittery greeting I masked off the card and used spray adhesive on the letters. I could have kept this a one-layer card, but I chickened out and stamped the masked sentiment on another panel. The glitter made such a mess that I'd hate to do it all over again if something went wrong! I would have preferred to have a small, diagonal, red & white striped paper for the border, but I stuck with what I had on hand. It works fine. 
 

Next up ... neon!! Love the colors. These papers are probably 10 years old from when I bought a huge variety pack at Target. Most of the years I've been using it as scrap paper to get rid of it, but now that neon is back it's become my good paper. And when I saw the fun challenge at Moxie Fab to use neon, that was just the motivation I needed to dust them off. Same cut file here, just added the neon holly berries with dimensional glaze. The shine goes well with neon.


The last card uses the scraps from the previous card (I'm thrifty with my paper!) The negative cut came in handy as a guide to glue the "in between" shapes of the letters. No Damask Snowflake on this card ... as beautiful as it is I wanted a more graphic pattern to go with the neon. This snowflake I cut while at my Mother-in-law's last month. She had a few new Cricut cartridges on her table that I couldn't resist, so I cut some designs hoping to use them later. This snowflake was a little big, so I extended the card base a tad. The screw in the middle is a brad ... liked the industrial look, and the Phillips markings actually look like a snowflake.



Here they all are, same cut file, slightly different looks.

I'm thinking this may be my Christmas card design this year. I always use a photo of the boys, so maybe I'll have that on the inside (keeping in mind to have the top of the photo be a solid-ish background.) What a relief that would be, such an easy card to mass-produce! Usually I assembly line 90 of them, and after the first day I end up getting a little cranky. No fun during the holidays : )

(ETA: here's a link to my 2012 Christmas card design, I ended up using this same template.)

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Supplies used: 
stamps:  Studio G, Papertrey Ink Snowflake Flurries
dies: Silhouette Cameo with Bebas Neue font, Papertrey Ink Damask Snowflake
other: Martha Stewart Holly Leaf, Hole Punch, Screwdriver Brad, Martha Stewart Glitter, Bargain White Glitter


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53 comments:

  1. Holy Merry die cutting awesomeness! That first one and then that third one knocked my pants off!!!!

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  2. Love these! I love using my Silhouette SD and just ordered a Cameo for Christmas! ;) I think these cards are all wonderfully graphic. The glitter letter one is my fave, and I'm determined to try the red interior card for myself - love that.

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  3. I LOVE this card set Kelly - I love the split glittered snowflake and have enjoyed all your snowflake cards this week, but OMG, the neon version is fabulous - color & graphic design that go together beautifully!

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  4. Wow, fantabulous cards! I love how different each card is using the same concept!

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  5. Oh my goodness. These are all so wonderful, and now I want your machine. Really stunning set. And, you are still killing me with that damask snowflake split die cut. Keep em coming!

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  6. SO CLEVER, LOVE THE USE OF THE SILHOUETTE!! BEAUTIFUL CARDS!!

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  7. Oh, wow, Kelly, these are all fabulous! I'm going to have to learn how to erase lines...

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  8. Hi Kelly
    wow each evrsion just looks so amazing. I just have to have a Cameo myself ( unfortunately here in Germany they cost a fortune and I am still saving my money for one) And as each version looks so great I cannot decide which one would be my favourite
    Have a great day
    tascha

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  9. Wow, Kelly! Oh no, now I really want that Cameo! Your cards are amazing I would love to take your snowflake out of your hands just so I could use it. Don't stop using it you are making beautiful projects with it!

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  10. Oh I love it! I neeeeeed a cameo for Christmas now ;D

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  11. These are SPECTACULAR Kelly! The color in the third one is AWESOME!!! After having my Cameo for over a year I'm still AMAZED at what can be created with it too. :)

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  12. Kelly these are great!! I have looked at the Silhouette but wasn't sure if I should get it.

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  13. AAAAGH! You've joined the dark side! (and I see Jackie R egging you on - she's the Chief Organizer of the Silhouette Cameo Conspiracy)! I feel myself weakening - I loved the first card and then loved the second even more and so on and so on........In January, when I have more time, I'll have to see if I can get my Cricut to do something like this.

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  14. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! I think the silhouette will be on my 2013 wish list. I love them all, but the green and pink is my favourite.

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  15. Thanks so MUCH for inspiring me, Kelly. I have a Gazelle that recently went in for repairs and need to get back to using her! I needed some inspiration for creating Christmas cards and thin this is IT!!! ;-) LOVE yours and though I'm somewhat a 'novice' with my machine, I know I can do something like this; easy-peasy and not being cranky is worth a LOT and adding a bit of glitz it can fill the bill of being classy which I need for Christmas cards!!!

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  16. Just love your MERRY cards Kelly. The one with the white twinkly snowflake is my fave!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  17. Kelly these are all absolutely fantastic! Your first card was amazing and then three more! I have the original Silhouette, and I LOVE it. It has assisted my kids with many school projects in the five years I have had it. Sadly it gets forgotten sometimes. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get using it again.

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  18. Oh now just GET OUT! How fabulous are these!!??!! I LOVE #1 & #3, but they're all great!

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  19. Wow! Picking my jaw off the floor! What a fabulous set of cards!

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  20. These cards are all so pretty, and I especially love the glittered letters and neon colors! Well done!

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  21. Kelly,

    First, let me thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower, it made my day!
    Secondly, I think you design skills are amazing! These cards scream "publication" to me.
    Also, I really enjoy your prose, it's like we are right there with you and you walk us through your creative process...
    Thank You
    I have bought myself the Cameo, and it's been sitting on my printer for a few days.
    I'm afraid I won't know how to use it, the thing totally scares me ;-)
    It's crazy, I know...reading your post has given me hope ...lol....

    Greetings form the Windy City~

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  22. oh, my SUPER fun!! i just sold my silhouette sd and my cameo arrived yesterday...can't WAIT to try this! your cards are FAB!!

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  23. Amazing cards! Inspired me to dust mine off and try again :0)

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  24. What? Another gadget I just must have? I'm out of room! But you make it all sound so easy, and look at your beautiful creations. It never ends!

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  25. These are all great cards, Kelly, but my absolute favorite is the neon green with the holly. I think these would be high on the list for mass producing since there are not too many steps involved. And wouldn't that almost ;-) pay for your Cameo.

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  26. these are just fabulous kelly xx

    thanks for joining us
    Jen x "Less Is More"

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  27. Stunning set of cards! Love them...

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  28. I absolutely ADORE your MERRY cards!!!!!!

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  29. Kelly, would you mind telling me how you made your MERRY join with the rest of your card in Studio? You can email me at pennercl@mymts.net. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your email, Kelly! This is what I tried doing, but I couldn't select both the word and the rectangle. Is there a way to do that? I'd tried clicking the group together button, but it didn't want to group the shape with the word.

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  30. Kelly, I love EACH AND EVERY card here. They are AWESOME.

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  31. Love your neon kick!! Pure awesomeness, Kelly!

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  32. they all look so polished and stylish

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  33. i thought i'd already posted on this but i'm just in love with all of these - you are making me want that Cameo!

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  34. All FAB cards Kelly - have fun playing :) :) :)

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  35. Wow...what a set a cards! Stunning and beautiful, love them all.

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  36. One design and so many beautiful cards - really amazing!
    Anni

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  37. All four look amazing!
    Hugs and smiles

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  38. Hey Kelly! Thanks for linking these up to the Keen on Neon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  39. I'm lovin' that lime green gorgeousness.

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  40. Wonderful cards all of them, but the second one is my particular favourite! :o)

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  41. Just beautiful, I have just purchased a Silhouette Portrait and I have stumbled across your blog! Jane x

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  42. Another well deserved win! You are becoming an Internet Sensation - I see your name every where I go! Congrats!

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  43. Oh these cards are just wonderful. I love the green one with the Merry. I need to learn to use my Cameo and quit just looking at it.

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  44. Your cards are totally awesome!!! Congratulations on winning the Moxie Fab challenge! Well deserved!

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  45. Congrats, Kelly! You've inspired me to play with my Cameo! Happy Holidays!

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  46. My blogger reader is playing tricks on me because I have no idea how I missed these amazing cards!! All of your cards just blew me away! Congrats on your totally well-deserved win:)

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  47. I love these! They're simple, but still so pretty! I would love to make a few, but I can't figure out how you got the space around the letters to cut away and the letters to stay. Could you explain how you made them?

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    1. Sure thing, Amanda. You can do this in either the Silhouette or Cricut. Start by typing "MERRY" or whatever your sentiment will be (THANKS, LOVE, HAPPY, etc.) Then add a long rectangle on top of MERRY, as wide as the word is. I resized the MERRY to be 4" wide, so I made the rectangle 4" wide too. The length should be how tall you want your card to be, plus about 1". Then add a shorter rectangle on the bottom of MERRY. The width would be the same 4", and the length would be how tall you want the card to be, minus the height of the word, minus the 1" from the longer rectangle. Make sure you overlap each rectangle slightly with the word. Then select all elements and hit the "weld" button. This will make the words part of the card, with the spaces in between cut out. Hopefully that makes sense, let me know if you have questions!

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