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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Video Tutorial: How to Cut a Lettering Delights envelope template with your Cricut

Isn't it scary how fast time flies? In just 6 weeks, my kids will be going back to school. :-(  As mentioned previously, I am slowing down on my blog posts to spend time with them. I will be posting once a week until September when I can (hopefully) post more often. 

Thank you for the great response to my first video tutorial. To date, the video has been viewed 433 times on youtube! I would love to know if you have made any cuts with SCAL or MTC with my method. It would be fun and I would be happy to make a special post on my blog that features your work done using the Photoshop-MTC method. :)

I have spent this past week making a couple of cards with my paper scraps and this Lettering Delights Mulberry Lane Too graphic set. The images in this set have nice unbroken lines and I thought that they would be easy to convert into MTC-Cricut cuttable files. 

Using the same method as illustrated in my tutorial, I cut out the flowers with MTC. For the first card, I embossed the card front with my new Cuttlebug's Polka Dots embossing folder. I'm always using the Swiss Dots folder that I thought it would be fun to change that up a little. The sentiment was stamped with a Hero Arts stamp.

This card front of the second card was embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder while the "Smile" was stamped with a Hampton Arts wood stamp that my kids found in the $1 basket at Michaels'. I love this stamp but I love it even more that my girls found it for me. :)

I had such fun making the first video tutorial that I thought I would attempt a second one. This time I will show you how I use Make-the-Cut to cut out a Lettering Delights envelope template. Did you know that Lettering Delights has several envelope templates on their site? There is a graphic set called Card Cafe Ala Envelopes that has envelope templates. The template that I am using for this tutorial is "envelope 10"  from the graphic set called Peppermint Holiday Envelopes

Tutorial: How to cut out a Lettering Delights envelope with MTC in 5 steps:

Step 1: Open MTC

Step 2: Import and Trace.  
Select envelope and trace by selecting Import Objects>Pixel Trace.

Step 3: Break and Delete
Break and delete words and the duplicate layer of envelope.

Step 4: Smooth and Simplify
Use CTRL-G to remove excess nodes. In my video, MTC was not able to simplify any further. I still added in this as a step because I believe that it is a good habit to CTRL-G everytime before you send the Cut command.

Step 5: Cut! 
At this point you are ready to cut out the template but depending on the size of the envelope required, you might want to adjust the size before you click on the "Cut" button.


That's all for this post. I hope that you are all having a great Summer!


  1. Hi Jin,

    Since you asked, thought I would share with you something that I was able to cut with MTC using the Photoshop method that you did the video on. Here is the post on my blog.


  2. Wow, Denise! You did a great job with the peacock. Beautiful choice of colors. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Jin!

    I found you and your blog, last Friday on the MTC forum. (I just purchased MTC two weeks ago.) I have since bought several things from Lettering Delights and converted the images. Your tutorial was very informative, since I had never used Photo Shop to convert the images to grey scale before. I had just covert the image in MTC in color. It's so much easier to do it in Photo Shop first. :)

    I have a card posting on my blog tomorrow that I made with one of the Seven Sea's graphic set's images.

    I was so excited when I saw that you had posted a new tutroial! I'm off to watch it now. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful day!


  4. Hi Ruthie, Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) You make really cute cards!

  5. Thanks for another great tutorial! I need this one because my cards are sometimes a bit too lumpy for a regular envelope but not big enough for the next bigger size. The card you made is so cute!! Oh and the kids around here (not my kids because they're homeschooled) go back to school in about a week! Poor things.

  6. Thanks gale! :) I just went to the mall with my girls on thurs to get them some school clothes. I can't believe that the kids in your area are going back to school in early aug. Poor things indeed. :(

  7. Another great tutorial! Thanks, Jin!