Showing posts with label free download. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free download. Show all posts

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A tip, a card, and a free download

Here's a tip for new Design Studio Users:
When making a card, go backwards. Instead of starting by cutting the main image out with a size that you think will work, start by setting the perimeters of the card by laying a rectangle on the DS mat. You can find a rectangle in several cartridges including Plantin Schoolbook, George and Basic Shapes, and Don Juan.

For example, a typical quarter-fold card measures 4.25" by 5.5". Just input the width and length(height) in the shape properties box so that the finished card will be within that size.

Doing so not only ensure that your Cricut cutout sizes will work for that card size, you will also know that any layers will fit in the embossing folders should you want to emboss since most embossing folders that are sold in the market now are made in that quarter-fold size.

I find that it also helps to cut down on paper wastage when I preset the size as I know that I will not end up with a card that is too big or too small than I had intended.

For this card I used the butterfly image from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge. It is cut at 3". I made the green layer by welding the shadow of the butterfly with a rounded-corner rectangle (George and basic shapes). The card base was made by welding 2 rounded-corner rectangles.

By presetting the size, I know with certainty that embossing that green layer will be easy as it will fit in the Sizzix embossing folder. Also, I enjoy making cards more than envelopes and I usually buy the pre-made quarter fold envelopes (no. 5 1/2). Since I have started by determining the card's finished size, I have no doubt that it will fit in the envelope. :-)

To download the cut file, click on this link:

The cut file contains the butterfly, the first layer, and the card base. 


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tutorial: Non-Standard Shaped Cards

Tired of the same old square or rectangle shaped cards? I was too and so I came up with this idea using MTC to make my cards shaped just a little different.

Today's tutorial came about because of Sally. She asked:

The idea really is quite simple: Take a shadow layer, weld it with a square or rectangle to form the card front. Then, weld the whole thing with a mirror of itself or with another square (for a square card) or rectangle to make the card base. I used MTC for the following examples but you can easily use CDS if the cartridge already includes the shadow layer.

Example 1: Shamrock Card

I cut/import the shamrock at 4 1/2 " and made a shadow layer with MTC. Then I welded this shadow with a rounded rectangle to make the black layer. After that, I made a shadow of that black layer. The card base is made by welding 2 copies of that shadow of the black layer AFTER flipping the left-hand side image.

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To avoid any copyright conflicts with ProvoCraft, I have removed the shamrock image from the file. If you have the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, you can find the image there. Just cut it at 4 1/2 " to fit the card base.

Example 2: Frog and Toadstools card

The card base of this card is just a variation of that of the shamrock card. Instead of welding 2 shadows together, I welded one side with a rectangle that is twice the width of the card front.

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For cartridges that contain the image and its shadow layer, I use Design Studio to make the card base. However, most images do not come with the shadow layer and I would have to depend on MTC to make that.

This is a versatile method to get away from the usual rectangle-shaped card. I used the same method for my jumbo princess cards and the Easter lambies. Even if you do not have MTC or SCAL, you can still make these "sculpted" cards in CDS provided that the cartridge already contains the shadow layers of the images.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Free Download: Hello Spring Card Base (MTC file)

I have received a few private messages from the Cricut mb asking how I did the card base for yesterday's lambie card. I figured that I would just post it here instead of replying one message at a time. 


Please click on the image to view in a larger size.
I have written my instructions on the image above. If you have trouble viewing the picture, please let me know and I will try to fix it.

I have also included the MTC cut file here for you to download. It will include layer 3 and layer 4. They are ready for use for lambies cut in 3" (baby) and 5"(mom). 

If you download the file, please leave a comment so I know that the download works.

Please note: You will need Make-the-Cut program to open the file. The file will not open in Cricut Design Studio. I tried making the card base using Design Studio but I was unsuccessful as DS is without the Shadow Layer feature that is in MTC. You can find out more about MTC at 
I am not affiliated with the company that made MTC.

Happy Cricuting!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Cricut Design Studio cut file for target mailbox done!

I really need to start working on the blank mailboxes that I bought from Target. Valentine's Day will be here before I know it and I have to work on 25 of these babies for the 1st graders. 

I thought I was brilliant when I had the grand idea of using Design Studio to make a cut file for the mailbox. After working on it for 1 hour it dawned upon me that somebody else probably already made one. So I did a goggle search and I was right, there was already a cut file made last year! After some begging around, a kind crafter from the Cricut message board sent me the cut file. Unfortunately the dimensions were just a little different from what I wanted so I ended up spending another 2 hours working on my original file. It's finally done. Whew!

Here's a picture of a mailbox that I dressed up last year. No Design Studio was involved. :P

June 12, 2010 update:
You can now download the Cricut Design Studio cut file here

Please note that you will need Cricut Design Studio to open the file.


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