Mar 10, 2014

For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments

Hello and happy Monday beautiful people.  I hope and pray that this week is an awesome one for all of you guys.

I have a special treat for you'll's Silhouette challenge day. For those of you that don't know what that is by all means let me catch you up. Once a month a group of crafters that have silhouette cutting machines get together in hopes to challenge each other to try new things and learn more about our Silhouette Portraits and Cameos.

This year we're doing something a bit different. This year each month will have a theme.For the month of March our theme is paper. No matter what kinda project we do it has to involve cutting paper {cardstock,chipboard, etc}. Now as most of you know I love paper. I'm pretty sure I'm a paper junkie. Everything from planners ,scrapbooking, and other crafts I'm a snob when it comes to paper.  I hoard a ton and now that my scrapbooking hobby has become a hot topic over at THE POCKET SORUCE I have collected even more in very short time and I have more on the way. 

My pocket scrapbooking has fired up my paper passion so much that I'm always in search of new projects for paper and my Silhouette.When I was brainstorming on this months challenge I immediately knew I wanted yo try designing and cutting some paper embellishments for my pages and album. And my trending love for all things gold sparked an idea. What if I could create my own version of gold chipboard stickers?

By adding two Silhouette mediums together; printable gold foil and chipboard I could possibly create some thick chipboard accents for my pages.

First I gathered my materials, which included:
  • Silhouette machine
  • Chipboard or thick kraft card stock
  • Gold foil (I recommend Silhouettes printable adhesive foil) 
  • Silhouette Studio 
  • cut file
  • cutting mat
My designs we're simple. Hearts, geotags, arrows, and miniature cameras on one page. I created the png files in Photoshop and carried them over into SS. The arrows and days of the week are from a brush set by Miss Mint over at Peppermint Creative. Once I had the page fixed I traced my designs. I lowered the threshold and the high pass filter creating a thinner cut line.

Once I had my design and SS ready to go. I fixed up my material. I cut an 8x8 sheet of chipboard and 8x8 sheet of printable gold foil. The gold foil has an adhesive side so I carefully removed the backing and placed the gold foil onto the chipboard.

Entered it into my machine and began my cut. My machine suggested I use a cut setting of 5 but ultimately that did not work. I went all the way to a ten and still nothing. It only cut half way through the chipboard.

I tried several different ways and still nothing. With my blade still at ten I changed the settings to perform a double cut. And.....nope didn't work. :(

I eventually decided that the chipboard I was using {not the Silhouette brand} was just to thick for my blade. So I moved on to option B. Simple cardstock. Now I would suggest using kraft cardstock to give it a "chipboard" appeal but white was all I had with this project.

I repeated the process. Cut an 8x8 piece of cardstock, an 8x8 piece of foil and adhered them together. And cut! With the blade on seven I had a successful cut. Even though the cardstock isn't as thick as the chipboard It still gives the piece a bit of depth.

Now I have several new embellishments to add to my new pages. I even used them for this week's layout.

I really love how they turned out. Yes, it was a bit of a trail and error process but honestly it's always like that with my Silhouette. I'm no pro at all so I play with it until I get a finished product that I like and can use.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File
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  1. Great use of the foil, it really adds a lot of pop to your embellishments! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll have to add foil to my shopping cart now, LOL!

    Becky @ My Paper Craze

  2. Very pretty, I love the gold foil.

  3. I totally don't have the patience for scrapbooking, but those shiny gold embellishments turned out awesome!

  4. Oh I love these gold embellishments! I too have a great love for all things gold. I will definitely be making some of these.

  5. Yopping your chipboard with the adhesive foil is an inspired idea. Really creates a terrific effect.

  6. Hi Stephanie,
    I'm glad you didn't give up because the gold embellishments look fabulous in your layouts! I'm really excited to part of this Silhouette Challenge group, everyone is so talented!!!
    Peace, Love and Joy,

  7. These are so pretty! I love the gold!

  8. I love these! The gold really gives it a polished look, too. Good job!

  9. I am weak for all things gold - I love this!

  10. Stephanie,
    I love that you try a technique and make it work. I wasn't sure about chipboard but, another point is using the best product you can afford. I bought cheaper paper before and found the cuts to be fuzzy instead of crisp. The best part of crafting is the learning process while completing a project.
    SC Buddy,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  11. Awesome tutorial! I was wondering the way how to use my digital scrapbooking kits for real embellishment! Thank you!

  12. I love that gold paper! You did a great job!!!!

  13. Thank you so much for commenting! I hope you ladies have fun trying new things with your Silhouette and crafting skills!

  14. Hi Stephanie! I love your blog and can't wait to see more great inspiration! I have nominated you for a Liebster award. Check it out here:

    1. I appreciate your nomination but I am already a liebster award recipient. You can find my post by searching for liebster in the search engine. Thanks so much for showing love :)


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