Sunday, January 16, 2011

Designing Cards with Make the Cut! Part 2

In my last post, I promised pics of the card I designed with Make the Cut! as well as how I made it, so here goes. :-)

First the pictures:

And a close-up of the detail:
And the instructions:
  1. To create the cutting file of the vine and bird, I imported a photo of the Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder into Inkscape, then used the Inkscape tools to trace the pattern and create the shapes. The ribbon shape was created using Inkscape shapes and adjusting the nodes to create the point.
  2. In Make the Cut!, I added a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" rectangle to indicate the full size of the card, and another rectangle at 5 1/4" x 4" to indicate the embossed area of the card. I then copied and pasted the bird, vineand ribbon onto the card and resized to what I wanted.
  3. I turned off the visibility of the two rectangles in Make the Cut! and cut the bird, wing, vine and ribbon.
  4. I cut an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock in half and then folded in half again to create the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base.
  5. I cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of cardstock and embossed it in my Texture Boutique using the Birds & Swirls embossing folder.
  6. I adhered the embossed piece to the front of the card, and then adhered the vine, bird and ribbon on top.
  7. I attached a rhinestone to the bird as an eye using my iRock tool.
  8. I left the ribbon blank, and will stamp an appropriate sentiment on it when I give the card away.
Well that's it! That's how easy it is to use Make the Cut! to help you with your card designs.


  1. Great card, Nancy!! I really need to figure out that Inkscape!!!

  2. I can't seem to get inkscape down...can you share your mtc or svg file for this? Adorable!

  3. Unfortunately I can't share this particular file, since I just did a trace of the Cuttlebug embossing folder, so it's really their image I'm using.

  4. Gotcha! Thanks for sharing, I hadn't even THOUGHT of using a tracing of those, but it make so much sense!



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