Ok, I’ve debated all day to spill a confession, but I guess I am going to take the plunge and do it! If you have been following me from the beginning you know that my hubby is in Grad School becoming the worlds most amazing Physical Therapist…yes…the greatest! *giggle* Anyhow, my role now is to keep everyone eating and warm therefore juggling Jobs and school carpool, babysitters and household duties, which by the way my man does a great job at helping with the house and meals, but sometimes I want my baseboards clean…ya know. Ok on to the confession. Amidst it all the Tooth fairy forgot to come last night. AGH!!! Darn it, I really have been trying so hard to keep it together and I straight missed the tooth fairy.
So on to the fix. I always put the tooth in a small ziploc baggy for a quick getaway, but I only had gallon sized ones, so my answer to her this morning was…the bag must have been to big and her little eyes couldn’t see it. Yikes…not super smooth, but hey on the fly that’s what I went with. So today I am making a Tooth Fairy envelope just the perfect size for the tooth.
You can cut this out individually but I am going to show you how to create a custom print and cut from a regular cut shape. This is a tutorial I have already done before but I’m teaching you something new in this one.
I am working with shape: tooth_fairy_C00502_20508. Once I have it downloaded I import it into my artboard to get working on it. First I will ungroup it. So that I can fill individual elements with color.
Ok now you may be curious as to why I am grouping things back together. I am wanting to fill the pieces individually so I need to make sure that the elements that go together stay grouped together. In some cases you may need to make pieces compound paths, so that they maintain the “holes” that were originally created.
Here is an example of using compound paths. I also moved the pieces into categories based on what types of fills I would be using. I like to use a combination between solid and gradient fill.
Select the piece you would like to fill and then go up to the fill options and start adding color.
Time to start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. You can see that the “bangs” of my little fairy are no longer in front. This is because it is only a cut line and not an actual shape. We can turn this into an individual shape by drawing a line using our line drawing tool on the left hand toolbar.
Once this is complete we need to join the line and the “bang” line. Right now the software only recognizes them as individual lines. By selecting them both a turning them into a compound path you will be able to use the edit mode cursor to join them together. This will then allow you to fill the shape with color and then place on top of the cute little fairy face.
You also have the ability to move and shape using the edit point mode. I needed to raise the height to hide some of the face. Simply drag one of the anchor points (little square boxes).
Alright lets put this puzzle together. Place all the pieces where you would like them and then we will prep for cutting! You can see I have left the wings out, I will be cutting them from transparency and adhering them to the back.
Add your registration marks to prep for print and cutting. Now its time to print lets start by selecting the cut settings. It will default to “cut” Which will cut every piece out, I want the edge to cut, so we select the shape and then select “cut edge” in the settings. This will ensure only the fairy is cut out and not everything in between.
Next is to make sure the little details on her face print out. By default any cut line is not printed, because no one wants red cut lines all over their gorgeous print and cut. You can change this by clicking on line style. Down at the bottom you will see the option box to print lines of selected shapes. Make sure those shapes are selected.
Lets get this little cutie cut out! Send to your Silhouette and follow the print and cut prompts and you will have your shape!
Ok here is the end result, I’m not sure if you can tell, but to the left of our little fairy you can see a transparency envelope that I created using shape: pocket_envelope_C02775_1. Also the tooth is from our little Tooth Fairy’s dress, I just resized it to be the size I wanted and cut it out to back all our little elements. Ooh and look at the amazing glitter flourishes in the background, that is the amazing new paper from American Crafts!
Ok maybe I can be redeemed a little?? =} Welcome to the week everyone! Happy Monday!