Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Reader Spotlight! Silhouette Cards

My friend, Gale of Stamps and Stitches blog, bought the Silhouette a day after I did and she's been busy whipping up cards with her new cutter!

This is what she says about her cards:

"I wanted to try cutting from the Studio software, so I used Inkscape to convert the SVG file to a dxf and then opened that in Studio. I had some issues getting Inkscape to make a clean conversion but eventually managed it using a Penny Duncan Creations video on youtube. I used the Studio software to create the shaped card by doing an offset of the flowers and then adding a rectangle to the bottom and welding. Then I mirrored, aligned, and welded the shape to make the other side of the card. I cut it from Studio which was very easy. I was able to just drag the parts off and on my virtual cutting mat depending on which ones I was cutting. I used PaperTreyInk cardstock for the white card base. The rest is from Stampin' Up and Bazzill cardstock and Stampin' Up and Lasting Impressions patterned paper. I used SU dimensionals to pop it off the page. I added the strip of grey at the bottom to ground the flowerpot. I cut that with a regular paper trimmer. "

For this second card, Gale says,

"I wanted to try the print and cut feature. I did have to do a bit of work on the file first because the girl's shirt is white, and the trace wouldn't go around that white part (obviously). So I used 2 versions of the girl. One with the white shirt and one where I recolored the shirt black in photoshop. I sized the two to the same exact dimensions, then I used the align menu to stack them exactly on top of each other. I did the trace, and then I dragged the one with the black shirt off and deleted it. Then I had a perfect outline plus the white shirted girl that I wanted. I printed the design onto Neenah cardstock and cut it out using Silhouette Studio. My first cut was not perfectly aligned-not sure why though-but the second was fine. I used MTC to do the words using the font "Mouseyer" (weird name for a font) because I don't believe Studio gives the option to load a font without it being installed. I cut the oval in MTC because I already had it open. I used KI Memories patterned paper for the words and background, Stampin' Up cardstock for the pink oval and the card base, and Stampin' Up dimensionals to attach the girl. "

Finally, for this 3rd card, Gale says,

"I used 3 Nancy Kubo graphics. I used photoshop to convert the owl and part of the words to the different layers, then traced them in MTC. The rest I just traced directly from the image file in MTC. I cut them from MTC on the Silhouette using Stampin' Up and Bazzill Cardstock and Stampin' Up patterned papers. No problems whatsoever. The SU cardstock cut out in one pass but with shapes that have sharp corners, I use two passes so those corners cut more cleanly. Bazzill cut easily in one pass every time."

Thank you, Gale, for sharing your super cute cards with us today. If you would like to read more about Gale's Silhouette cards, you can visit her blog at

Next, check out this super adorable card by Heather. Heather had sent in this card a couple of weeks ago and I accidentally missed it when I last posted the readers' cards.

This is what Heather says about her card:

"I recently figured out how to convert svg files so I could use them w/ my Silhouette, the deer is from Lettering Delights, the other shapes are from Silhouette"

Thanks Heather, for sharing your darling card with us!

The next card comes from Linda Vanorio.  This is what Linda says about her card...

"The inspiration came from my 10 month old (now) granddaughter Lorelei Anne (Lola) and her bunny outfit from Halloween last year!  She makes the Cutest Bunny.  Can you tell I am a very proud Nanna!!!!!!  LOL

Using my Silhouette SD Cutter right out of the box for the graphic components.  The Print & Cut (PNC)feature with the Silhouette is fantastic and cost of machine is well worth this feature alone.  It gives excellent results with its optical eye and 3 registration point recognition feature.   I agree it is small, light and easy to operate.  So I will be using it to take with me on Cardmaking outings.

Lettering Delights Bunny Kids Graphic Set (Blonde Egg Basket Pink Bunny, extra bow, and extra eggs in basket).  I included a close-up of the extra bow that I Knife Cut using the Silhouette software to add extra dimension on the Bunny’s Bow.  It is a really handy tool!

Lettering Delights Easter Buddies Graphic Set: (Patchwork Flower) I shadowed the flower in the Silhouette Design program to make it standout more as the colors were less intense.

I used Make-The-Cut (MTC) and my 13 inch Black Cat Cougar to cut the Card and flower paper layer of the card, along with the basket:

Lettering Delights Easter Buddies Graphic Set for the Basket.  I removed the area within the handle and placed on card and flower layer to cute out this area so the Bunny Girl could show through from the inside of the card.

Other supplies:
Hobby Lobby: Ribbon
Martha Stewart: Fern Punch
Archivers: Hoppy Easter Stamp
Stampin Up Inks:  Bashful Blue (distressing edge of card) and Chocolate Chip (distressing embossing and edge of basket)
Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens: Set B
Dress It Up: Flower Button
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Crosspatch
Paper: Bazzill Blue Cardstock
Provo Craft Flower Paper from a paper pack (trying to use up so that I do not have to be reminded of a unmentioned product of theirs)"

Thank you, Linda, for sharing your card with us. (Your grand-daughter is sooooooooo cute!!!)  :-)


If you have a card or project that you would like me to feature on the Friday Reader Spotlight, just email it to jin at underacherrytree dot com (please replace the "at" with "@" and  the "dot" with "." ) or just post it to my blog's facebook page. Everyone who has contributed to the month's FRS will have their name entered in a drawing for a $10 Lettering Delights' gift certificate. The winner will be picked by at the end of the month.


  1. Thanks so much for featuring my deer card!


  2. I just love all of these cards!! The bunny one is especially cute!!

  3. Those are all beautiful! I've wondered how to convert some of my svgs to another format for other cutters. Looks like I'm going to have to try!