How-to-make a 3D-Butterfly canvas with your Silhouette

Hi there,
todays 3D-Butterfly on Canvas tutorial is a very easy and you can use it for a lot of different designes.



Material I have used:
* 30x40 cm (12 x 16") canvas
* 3 cardstock in pink shades 
* Strong glue or gluegun
* Silhouette cutting machine


Start to make a template of the heart, I did mine from Nested Stitched Heart Shapes by Sarah Hurley in Silhouette Store



First a ungrouped them and deleted the 4 smallest, I took away the dots inside the bigest heart and rotated it 45° CW, then I increased it as much as I could, now it looks like this


















   
                                                                                                                                                              I cut it out on vinyl that I had in my stash. You can also use cardstock or something in your stash.
Put it on the canvas in the center and made some small marks around the heart.

Next step was to make a LOT of butterflies to work with.
I sarted with the design Nesting Butterfly by Koletta Hall
Down here you can see the both designs in my Silhouette Studio Designer library.



I use the last butterfly on the left column, Ungroup the butterfly and delete the other 5 so you only have that one that the arrow pointed to. Now you have to make 2 folding lines



Drag a solid line to the left of the body of the butterfly then open the Line Style Window 
chose one of the dotted lines while you still have the solid line marked and it turn out to be dotted. Duplicate that line by open up the Replicate Window, click on duplicate right, and put it in position as you can see below here. Mark the finished butterfly and group it.





Open the Scale Window make the butterfly W 1,378 inch and H 0,989 inch. Save your work. Put the finished butterfly up in the left corner, and open the Replicate Window, down to the right you have fill page, hit that and wait for 1 minute or so and voala the window is filled with the butterfly.
Now cut them out in 3 different shades, I used pink, but it is up to you.



When I have cuted out all the butterflys I slightly bended the wings of 50% of them on each color.




Put some glue on them and organize them light to dark or experiment untill you are satisfied with it.






 If you need any help in this Tutorial I will be here and try to answer it.


Happy Creating;)
Anki J


Beautiful and Easy Singed (Melted) Fabric Flower Tutorial

Fold Card in Silhouette Studio

Hi there,
todays tutorial is Accordion Fold Card in Silhouette Studio.

One of the keys to creating a great word accordion fold card is to find the right font. I like to use a bold font where the letters are close to the same width. Check out this tutorial on my method to choose the perfect font every time.
I am going to use the Kimberley font which you can download for free at dafont.com. If you have a Silhouette Portrait the first step is go to Design Page Settings. Change the Page Size to Width of 12 in and Height of 8.5 in and choose the Landscape orientation for the mat.

Silhouette Cameo users can skip this step.
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Use the text tool to type the word MOM using the Kimberley font at 500 point. Then right click on the word and choose Ungroup.
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

I like to make my accordion fold cards so that each letter is the same width and height. This makes the card fold nicely for a clean look. We are going to resize the letters. 

You can start by deleting the second M, because you don't need to do the same letter twice. Now, select the letter remaining M and go to SCALE. Uncheck the Lock Aspect box. Change the Width to 3.75 in and the Height to 5.25 in. Press Apply. 

Repeat the process for the letter O inputting the same dimensions.

how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Next, use the magnifying glass to zoom in. Select the O and use the left arrow to nudge it to the M until the right edge of the M and the left edge of the O overlap. Then nudge it a little more to the left so that there is some overlap between the two letters. You can see in the screenshot below that the two letters overlap slightly. 
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio


Select the M on the right and use the left arrow to nudge it toward the O until the edges overlap and then nudge it a little more like you did before so that the letters overlap. 

I like to have multiple paper layers for my cards so I am going to select each letter and create an internal offset. Select the letter M and go to the OFFSET page. Choose Internal Offset with a Distance of 0.125 inches. Then hit Apply. 
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Repeat this process with the O and the M. Once all the internal offsets are created, select all 3 inner offsets. Right click and select Group. Then move the group off the mat. 

how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Now select all 3 letters remaining on the mat, right click and select Weld.  You should now have something that looks like this:

how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

To create a fold line, zoom in and create a line almost the entire length of where the first M and O intersect. 
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Next go to LINE STYLE tool and select a dashed line.
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Copy and paste the dashed line and move it to the other side of the O filling the space where the O and M intersect. Group the MOM and two fold lines and the design is now complete! 
how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

Now you can cut both the welded card and the internal offset letters on coordinating paper. 
The card will fold flat for mailing. 

how to create an accordion fold card in Silhouette Studio

I hope you found this tutorial on how to create an accordion fold card with Silhouette Studio useful.

Here You can see how it look when it it is finsih in Silhouette Studio but with a different name!

Happy Creation;)
Anki J

Going back to Thailand

Hi there,

Jiiiippie!! We are going back to Thailand on Sunday, it means that I will  return to my Crafting-room.I already have a lot on my To-do list. Etching on glass, Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and making new lovely cards with my Silhouette Cameo and all other things I have there.
And I'm also going to redo our master bedroom, and a lot, lot more that I'm going to share here on the blog.

Happy Creating;)
Anki J

Birthday card for Damian

Hi there,

today is my grandson Damian 7'nd birthday, ig boy now!  I made a hinge card for him, and he loves paintball as you can see from the card design.

 This is the front of the hinge card!
Inside and
Here is before I put it together
How to make it:
*I have cut out from white cardstock 20x10,5cm for the front and 21x10,5cm for  the back. 
*Score the top on 1 cm on the back pice, fold it and put some doublesided tape  on the folded part. 
*Cut a smaller panel of colored cardstock and a even smaller piece of white  cardstock, make 2 set of this, one for inside of the card and one for the front.
*Married the 2 pieces together.
*Decorate the front panel as you pleased and glue it on the white front panel.
*Decorate the inside and remember to make it flat, and glue this on the white  back pice. 
*Put the front and the back together and you have a hinge card.

Happy Creation:)
Anki J