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Monday, August 1, 2011

Birthday Fishes

I finally got around to playing with the print-and-cut feature of the new Make-the-Cut.

Using the new tracing tool, I traced several images from the Lettering Delights' Birthday Fishies GRAPHIC set. The blue printed background comes from the Something Fishy Paper Pack.

There are now so many ways to trace an image with MTC that I can't just call it "pixel-tracing" anymore. For this card, I actually had to use both "alpha-tracing", and "palette-tracing" to Print-and-Cut the mermaid's party hat and tail.

I used my Silhouette SD to cut out every layer used to make this card. I love that it can make intricate cuts so cleanly and precisely. Just check out the balloon. The "string/ribbon" is a hair line!

This is my first PNC card with the new MTC and I noticed that a thin white border showed in some parts of the cutouts (e.g. mermaid's tail). I was expecting a perfect no-white cut like what I was able to get from the previous v.3.2.1. The image on the virtual mat didn't show any white parts even after I zoomed in 300%. The white didn't bother me though. In fact, I thought it made the layers "pop". I guess I am going to have to try PNC-ing a little bit more to see if I can figure out what is causing the white border. If anyone of you would like to try to PNC with the new MTC, do check back tomorrow. I will have a basic tutorial on print-and-cut with Lettering Delights and MTC v.3.3.2 up for you.

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  1. Another great card! My daughter is very much into mermaids right now... So cute! I love that you printed the background then chose a few pieces to make layers and pop out.

  2. It's wonderful and I love it! ;)

  3. I was wondering how you got the white highlights onthere! Makes her look glossy! Gorgeous card.

  4. Ive been needing an updated PNC tutorial, it just scares me to death! Thank you so much for making one... i'll be back tomorrow :) I love that little puffer fish :)

    -rachel w k

  5. I *think* the best way to avoid the white outline, when you want to avoid it, is to make the printed image just a wee bit larger than the cut - like 5 to 10 pixels bigger. That way you do not warp the image but it guarantees no white. Read that somewhere but heck if I know where! I have never done a P&C of any kind lol.

  6. I'll be back tomorrow to see your tutorial, Jin. Amazing card!


    Carmen L

  7. Jin, thanks for this blog link over at the MTC forum! So I can breathe a little sigh of relief that it's not my SD that's doing it--it's something that is just happening. I'm going to play around with expanding the layers to see if that helps.

    Thank you for all your assistance!! I'm lovin' my SD--which I think I'll name Silly Sadie! LOL!

  8. Very cute card! What machine are you using?

  9. Hi Jin!! I'm searching for a way to use the silhouette designer edition software to cut graphics in layers, like you have done with this card. Do you have a tutorial on how I could easil trace and cut the mermaid's tail or hat separately from the rest of the image? If you could let me know I would be VERY appreciative!!!