Hello! It’s time for another challenge at Cut it Up! I had a tough time with this one! Because of the colors, I started with a Halloween theme, got one project with a Frankenstein head half made, didn’t like it, abandoned it. Started again with a Scream faced guy holding a scythe, wasn’t working for me, abandoned that one. (Maybe you’ll see those two later in the year, or maybe even next year. I’ll keep them around in the hopes that inspiration will strike!) Then I decided to go in a completely different direction. I started looking through my doodlebat fonts. This one is from a font called Keroppi.
Below is a little tutorial on how I made my flowers in Silhouette Design Studio, but in case you’re not interested in reading all of that, I’ll give you the details for this Cut it Up Challenge first.
We have two sponsors for this challenge. That means two prizes will go to one lucky person! Avocado Arts has donated one stamp set and As Cute as a Button has donated a $20 Coupon Code.
Go have a look at all the other cool projects made by our design team, then enter your project. Your project must include all these colors and only these colors – Purple, Orange, & Lime Green with Black!
Now on to my tutorial. I made the flowers two different ways.
I typed the alphabet and chose the image that I wanted.
Resize, copy and paste. Delete the other characters.
Object, release compound path.
Move the bottom layer (green on left) and recolor the original so it’s easier to distinguish between the two.
Use the knife to cut off the flower. Now you have just the leaves.
Recolor to see better.
On the original, choose Object, Arrange, Send to back.
Resize the colored pieces – or don’t. This picture shows you the two different methods I used to make these flowers. The yellow leaf on the left is not resized. When I construct the flower, this yellow piece will fit perfectly into the negative space of the black outline. The flower will be flat. The yellow leaf on the right is made slightly larger. When I construct this flower, the black will be on top and the yellow underneath, giving dimension.
This is what it looks like on the screen. The pieces on the top flower are not resized, and the pieces on the bottom flower are.
Delete unwanted pieces.
Set up to cut.
Cut edge to make base. (You can copy/paste to make a shadow if you like.)
This picture shows the outline and the base and how to insert the pieces that I DIDN’T resize.
See how they fit in perfectly and it makes a very flat embellishment?
This picture shows the flower with the pieces I DID resize, adhered to the base. The outline will go over the top and the colored pieces will be underneath, not within, the openings.
Can you see the thickness?
Here they both are – the one on the left has the inserts, and the one on the right has the colored paper underneath the frame.
The one with the inserts is more fun to make, and is flatter — better to use if your project is already bulky — but I like them both!
So I finally am satisfied with my Purple, Orange, Lime Green with Black project!! YAY! This one’s a winner!