I received a special gift in the mail this weekend. It wasn’t a gift from someone else – just a little something special I ordered for myself. After an online search, I clicked “add to cart” on a Silhouette Cameo, a digital die cut machine that works with My Digital Studio to recreate some of our favorite Stampin’ Up! images. There’s even a section of MDS downloads that are perfect for e-cutters. I’ve seen many projects lately that use MDS and die cutting machines, so I thought I’d give it a try. I completed my order and didn’t look back. I was excited to hook it all up (I can’t act like I hooked it up without assistance from a very patient Justin) and play with my new card making tool.
What’s the first project I made with my new toy? A birthday card for a very special friend. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Holding out. I’ve been holding out on embracing e-cutters. From the moment Sheila showed me her e-cutter, I wanted to separate e-cutters from the art of creating beautiful cards. I must admit, though, that I really enjoyed using my new toy, and I love what I was able to create with it. This still allowed me to touch and feel the paper and create a beautiful card. I’m glad I decided to not hold out any longer. I now see how this amazing tool can be used to enhance paper crafting.
- Color Combinations. This project started with the cutout on a piece of Coastal Cabana – it just happened to be a piece of paper in my reach. The Coastal Cabana was stuck to the e-cutter cutting mat and then run through the machine. I had to carefully peal off the pieces from the mat, and I had to make sure I kept all of the pieces, including the insides of the letters that were cut out. The bright and cheery Coastal Cabana is grounded a bit by the deeper Island Indigo. The base is a paler, warmer shade of Coastal Cabana from Retro Fresh Designer Series paper. So Saffron adds a nice balance to the blues in this card.
- My Digital Studio. If you have an e-cutter and My Digital Studio, you might be able to import Stampin’ Up!’s MDS graphics into the program (I had to download Silhouette Designer Studio to pull in the MDS graphics). This image is from Fantabulous You.Papers: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper Accessories: Fantabulous You (My Digital Studio download), Circles Collection Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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