New year, new order

January is always a month to put things in order for me.
Christmas madness is over, my workshop is one big mess from too much work and never enough time. With constantly adding new products to my shops and a growing warehouse I also had to find a new system. So last week I went through the shops to find those beautiful black boxes, perfect for A4 and letter size vinyl, heat transfer sheets and papers.

Yesterday I was playing in Photoshop what I didn’t do since weeks and was playing with some new resources from designcuts.com (the painted background graphics and the beautiful thick art font). What a relaxing day!

I created some sheets of stickers on glossy self adhesive photo paper, then put them on the PixScan mat and cut them with my Silhouette Cameo®.
This worked perfectly with the blade set to 1.

Combining fun and relaxation with creativity and something useful is what I like most.

Have a great day, too!

Angelika

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How to print and cut dxf files with the basic Silhouette Studio and your Cameo

Time for gift packaging!
These pretty christmas tree boxes are created by me. They are perfect for jewelry and other small gifts.
They are available as cutting files, but also just as printables to be cut by hand with a scissors.

But this is mainly a tutorial for Silhouette Cameo users to show how to print and cut .dxf files and hide the cutting lines from being printed. You can use this tutorial for any .dxf file.

This way you can easily create the print and cut files with the basic version.

I do a step by step tutorial here that hopefully gives you a guide through all the steps and helps to use my and also any other dxf files with .jpg or .png images.

With Silhouette Studio, your cutter and your various printers there are a lot of different custom settings possible. So it might look different on your screen and on your system. There are also different ways to do things and this is just how I do it.
If you got a questions or you are totally stuck with something just add a comment here or contact me by email.
I will try to help as good as I can.

The cut files for the tree boxes you can get here:
Christmas Tree Boxes File on Etsy

Here we go….

1. Open your .dxf file in Sihouette Studio. Adjust the page to your paper size

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2. Merge the image (.jpg)

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3. While the image is still selected go to the scale window and scale down the image to approx. the page size.

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4. If the image is gone now, don’t worry, go to “Align” and center the image to page. There it is again.

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5. Now the cut lines are gone! You get them back with sending the image to the back.

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6. Now activate the registration marks and adjust the image to the cut lines, that all cut lines are inside the cutting area. The registration marks mark the maximum cutting area. Watch, there is a small bleed on my file.

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7. If you don’t want to see the cut lines printed you have to make them transparent now.

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8. Now you print your page. Please take care that the page settings is set to 100% and also your printer settings are matching the page size and is set to 100%. It can be a bit tricky to find the good settings. Mine has so many options. So I created a printer preset in my printing menue for print and cut after I fiddled out the perfect settings. Best you first do a test print and cut on cheap paper.

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9. It happened to me, that the transparent lines didn’t cut. So now you have to color them again. One nice trick is to make them the color of the pattern with the eyedropper tool. So if you save the .studio file for later you don’t have to think of transparency anymore.

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10. Now go to the cut menue, select all and set it to “cut”. Then the cut lines will show up red.
If you haven’t done it yet now save your file as a .studio or .studio3 file for later use. Then adjust the cut settings to your material, load the mat with your paper and send to the cutter.

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11. When all is fine it looks like this:

The finished boxes look like this:

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Hat Box Tutorial – DIY craft project for electronic cutting machines

This is a step by step tutorial to create the charming little paper hat boxes I just released.
It is cut on a Silhouette Cameo, but it should work also for similiar cutters and software which is svg compatible.

You can get the svg file here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/198100414/svg-hat-box-digital-cut-file-diy-project

Tips:
– cut the files twice with matching paper and combine them, so you get directly two beautiful bicolored boxes
– edge blending (coloring the cut white paper edges and holes) gives the box an even more realistic and used look.

Be prepared the first box will be a bit tricky and fiddling until you know how to hold everything best.
Depending on the thickness of your paper the parts are fitting more or less tight. You might have to adjust the parts a little bit in width.

The second box will be much easier, big promise! And from the third it will be a breeze and so much fun.
I guess your friends and family will rib them out of your hands.

Much success and please contact me if you need help!

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Hats hats hats…

Going on making little hats…this is so much fun. I was totally lost in hatmania.
I also made some displays and hat boxes. The little hats just fit in. I think I am going to sell these cutting files soon, not yet sure where, but I am going to announce this here and I am also preparing tutorials, especially for the hat box, which is quite a bit complicated.

edited 07/31/2014:
at last available in my Etsy shop:

www.etsy.com/shop/FredaFprintables

 

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More advent calendar ideas

I am still busy to get to know my new cutting machine better, so making an advent calendar with many boxes was the perfect project to practice. You can buy the numbers and templates as .pdf in my Etsy shop if you’d like to make one for yourself or your beloved ones.

I have already put an eye on a model air plane construction kit in 70 pieces as a filling, super easy, big fun and much more healthy than candy.

Templates colored version
templates black and white version

red numbers
white numbers

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Fall wedding cake DIY printable gift box craft project – step by step tutorial

Today I released part 2 of my fall wedding cake paper gift box DIY printable craft project with autumn leaves, chestnuts and a bridal pair dancing on a pumpkin.

Pheeewww….this was my attempt for google search optimization….lol…having all important keywords in the title AND in the top of the description, sorry to the readers.

So this is the step by step tutorial for this advanced but fun little project, that hopefully will bring you a couple of relaxing hours incl. the walk for some natural decoration and a lot of ah’s and oh’s when given away (guarantied!).

The printable files you’ll get here from my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/160216656/fall-wedding-cake-favor-box-diy

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1. Print all 3 sheets, No. 1 has to be printed twice, so you got 4 pages
First cut the straight side wall parts of the box except the zigzag lines.

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2. Crease the lines between the zigzag lines and the visible side walls with a ruler and a pointy tool and fold them.
It is urgent, that you do this before cutting the zigzags. Later it is much more difficult to fold them properly.

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2. Cut or punch the circles. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix framelits here.

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3. Now cut the zigzag lines. I used my die cutting machine here, too with the Tapered Fringe die by Tim Holtz. This works great and is a big time safer.

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4. Fix double sided tape to close the side walls. You can do this with liquid glue, too.

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5. Now close the side walls. The biggest ring for the bottom is made from 2 parts!
Before you close the inside walls check the size, that they fit into the bigger outside easily. The white little ring on the pic below is orange for you! I changed this afterwards, much better now…

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6. Add liquid glue on two of the little circles, the printed top and the one with the rings.
Fix the little top ring inside and outside with the two circles. The inside circle gives the ring its precise shape.

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7. Add glue on the third little circle and on the printed middle top inside the thin line.
Then add the little ring on the middle part and slide the little white circle inside the ring and press until it is well fixed.

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8. Build the bottom box and the bottom lid in the same way with the biggest parts.

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9. Now add glue to the middle sized circles and fix the top box part onto the middle ring with sliding a white circle inside to strengthen the shape.

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10. Add glue to the fringes of the middle box part and press it carefully onto the bottom box.
Make sure all is well fixed and dry when you release it. You can put something round and not too heavy on top for a while to press the whole construction together. I put a little tin under the lid for drying, so there is not too much pressure on the side walls and a little tin on the top.

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11. Now cut the embellishments

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12. For the bridal pair you first fold the black block behind the silhouette, glue it, have it dried and then cut it.
There are two little “feet” on the bottom. You can make a slit into the tope of the box and slide them in, so the figures are standing upright.

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At last you fix all the embellishment to your liking.
I used a black and an orange brown felt marker and drew around the edges where they did not look clean or too white from the paper.
But I have made some little changes on the product, too while working, so your result should be better than mine 🙂

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 I hope you had fun and maybe a beautiful gift box now and that you will come back soon!

Fall into autumn – leaves and chestnut gift box DIY crafts project

Last weekend we had fantastic weather, perfect temperature, no wind. So I grabbed all my crafting stuff including my sizzix big shot and occupied our terrace table shamelessly for the whole day. I had prepared some fall / autumn printables during the week and I started with this lovely gift box in warm colors.

As always you can get some inspirations for your own projects or you just buy the templates from my Etsy shop. Have fun!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/160077065/printable-fall-favor-box-warm-autumn

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