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Free Shape of the Week: Be in the Moment

freeshape0112015 |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

Freeshape011215LO |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

Are you all slowly getting back into the daily routine again? I think we are around here.  This time of year is always a great time to re-organize life, home, work, etc but it’s also a great time to enjoy the winter season and all that is has to offer.

 

Today I’m sharing a layout using the FREE Shape of the Week. An adorable snowflake design with a base to create a card.  Instead I chose to use part of the design for a stamp and create a layout.

 

You will need:

  • Silhouette Mint Machine
  • 45 x 45 mm Stamp Kit
  • Mint Ink
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • 12″ x 12″ cutting mat
  • Adhesive Backed Cardstock
  • Pixscan mat
  • rhinestone setter & rhinestones

 

 

STEP ONE: Creating a stamp

 

To begin I gathered all of my stamping supplies.

 

 

mintsupplies |Cari LOcken for Silhouette copy

 

 

I opened up the Silhouette Mint software, uploaded the FREE SHAPE and created my stamp using the image of the middle layer from the FREE design.  (the image that was most delicate).  In Mint Studio open up your design and if desired change the Fill Types. Here is where you can play with the thickness, brightness etc using the sliding bar on the right side menu.

 

 

freeshapestampimage|Cari Locken for SIilhouette copy

 

 

Once the design is set you then send it to Mint (the leaf icon at top right).  Click SEND TO MINT and then insert the stamp card through the back of the machine.

 

 

sendtomint|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

You will then add ink to the stamp and let sit for about 5 minutes until the ink has soaked in.

Once it’s soaked in you can do a few ‘test’ stamp images on a scrap piece of paper.

 

 

addink&wait |Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy

 

 

STEP TWO: Using Pixscan to cut the stamped image

 

I wanted to create a long border to place down one side of my photo so I stamped several images of the snowflake in a row. I then took a picture of the mat (with the piece of paper on it) using my iPhone.  I uploaded the image to my computer.

 

 

pixscanmatinsilhouette|Cari LOcken for Silhouette copy

 

 

In Silhouette Studio I opened up the Pixscan screen and clicked on open up file and searched for my photo.  Click on the photo and upload the image.

 

 

pixscan1 |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

As you see from this screen it will take a bit of time to upload your image.

 

 

pixscan2 |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

When my image appeared the grid was showing so I removed that in order to see the image better.

 

 

pixscan3|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

You now need to trace the image in order to cut out the stamped design.
pixscan4|Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy

 

 

I didn’t want to cut out each snowflake individually because I wanted to have them in a border.  So, once the image has been traced I moved away the ‘traced’ part (the red snowflakes – I just deleted them because I didn’t need them).

 

I then created an offset (cut line around the image) that would allow my stamped snowflakes to be connected.  You will notice that last snowflake on the right isn’t connected. I was ok with that because I was going to use it elsewhere on my layout.

 

Once the image has the offset created you can now place the Pixscan mat and your image through the Silhouette Cameo and cut it out.

 

 

pixscan8|Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy

 

 

Here’s the finished cut border design.

 

 

cutstampedimage|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

Here’s what it looks like on my layout. I also added some teal rhinestones to the centre of the snowflakes.

 

 

snowflakeborder|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

STEP THREE: Cut designs

 

I then created the rest of the designs for my layout.  I used the original FREE SHAPE OF THE WEEK but resized it a bit smaller and cut it from Silhouette Adhesive Backed card stock along with a few other shapes (Snowflake swirls and title).

 

 

freeshapepieces|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

I then began assembling all the pieces onto my layout.  Here’s a look at the FREE SHAPE with an added rhinestone in the centre.

 

 

freeshape0112015 |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

I used the stamp that I created earlier and stamped in various places on my layout. I used the card base (from the FREE SHAPE) to print my journaling on.

 

 

close2snowflake |Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy

 

 

Here’s a look at the ‘extra’ snowflake that was cut out on the Pixscan mat.  I used some foam adhesive to adhere to my page for added dimension.

 

 

close1snowflake |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

 

I hope I’ve encouraged you to use the FREE SHAPE OF THE WEEK and try out the Silhouette Mint Machine. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

sideview1 |Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

 

Cari Locken

HI there! I’m Cari Locken from Langley, BC, Canada. I’m a wife and mother of 3 amazing kids! I have been crafting since I was a child and love the creative outlet that this hobby brings to me. My formal training is in the area of music as I have a Masters degree in Music and I am currently teaching Band (to Grades 5, 6 & &) as well as private piano lessons. However I always find time to dig out my scrappy supplies and work on a few projects here & there. I love creating scrapbook layouts, preserving the everyday moments and special memories of our family life as well as creating cards & home decor items . Other than scrapbooking I enjoy spending time watching my children play sports, reading, knitting, photography and cooking. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Silhouette Team!

Designs Used:

Products Used:

CAMEO 12-inch cutting mat

hook

adhesive cardstock

Mint Ink

pick-me-up®

Mint Stamp Kit

Silhouette Mint™ Custom Stamp Maker

essentials 12 in. x 12 in. adhesive cardstock 16-pack

CAMEO PixScan™ cutting mat

assorted rhinestone pack (aqua, teal, mint)

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3 comments

  1. I adore this layout, Cari! And I love the repetition of the snowflake in several layers on the page. Gorgeous! Which Mint ink color is the blue you used?

    1. Thanks Kelly. I used the BLUE.

  2. ILove it:-)

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