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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Birthday Cupcake

So I lied when I said yesterday that I wasn't going to make another one of these "Pretend-Imagine" cards this week. Hubby brought the kids out for a little bit this morning and instead of cleaning house I whipped this one up quickly.

Using LD's You Take the Cupcake and Cupcake Celebration graphic sets, I laid out the frame and cupcake in Adobe Photoshop and typed in the sentiment in the LD Buttercream font. Note that there is a flaw with the frame image. If you click on the screenshot of my card above, look to the right of the pink scallop and you will see this blue dot that shouldn't be there. 

You can easily clean that up with the healing brush tool or just cover it up with a ribbon like I did.

Once again, I used MTC to cut out the shadow and the cherry. I stickled the cherry and cupcake and layered them all with foam tape for dimension. A little tape from my ATG gun later and the card is done. 

I think my favorite part of this card is that I was able to print out the sentiment right on the cardstock. I can't begin to count how many times I have ruined a perfectly good card with a badly stamped greeting. By typing it out on screen before printing, I was able to say exactly what I wanted to say, in the font that I want, in the exact size that I need. Don't get me wrong, I do like to stamp but sometimes when I can't find the right size/font greeting, printing it out on the card isn't that bad of an idea. Especially when no one had to hear me scream "+!#@ dry inkpad ruined my card!" 

So did you get to create anything today? If not, I guess there's always tomorrow! ;-) 

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!


  1. Hi! I know I'm coming to this a bit late, but could you point me to what you think is your most helpful post about transforming the graphic files to cut files? I've been cutting LD files with SCAL, but figured it had to be only fonts and doodlebats because they are simple outlines. I never tried the graphic LD options. How can I convert them into these many layered images you make? They are SO AMAZING! Dora :)

  2. Hi Dora, I have a video tutorial on converting LD images for MTC. I used Adobe Photoshop but PS Elements has the same tools too. My post on choosing LD images for the Cricut also explains how you can use Cliparts too. You can find the links under the Tutorial Tab on top of the page or you can cut and paste these:


  3. WOW! That worked so well! I don't even know that much about my PSE 7 and still the only tricky part was remembering where the 'create adjustment layer' instruction was to change the levels. This opens up such new possibilities! Thanks!

  4. I absolutely love your "fake imagine" cards - proof that you don't need to spend the money on it!!!

  5. Thanks, joeygirl86 and thanks, Carrie! :-)