Making handmade, personalized cards is easy to do using a Silhouette Cameo. Learn the simple process with this step-by-step tutorial.
To me, the best kind of card is a handmade card. I would choose a card made by my kids (or hubby, because he makes them too!) any day of the year. I love seeing their creative works and how they’ve changed from year to year. I have special keepsake boxes solely for cards that I’ve kept since my hubby and I were dating (back from when I was 16 years old!!) to every card our kids have ever made. I love looking at them occasionally and remembering all of the special moments.
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With that said, I always seem to have a hard time finding a card and gift that is just right for my mom for Mother’s Day. The cards at the store never say exactly what I would like them to say – they are either too sentimental, too generic, or too funny and not enough sentiment —> such a predicament, huh? So, I usually opt for a sarcastic one about me being the best daughter and write something nice inside …but knowing my mom, this most likely isn’t the preferred way to be celebrated. I’m sure she would like a more sentimental one, you know, the kind that makes you tear up and feel appreciated for all of the hard work and sacrifice it takes to be a rockstar mom. But I’m mean, and that’s just not my style. However, this year I decided to make my own card for her and I plan on writing all the lovey-dovey heartfelt stuff inside myself!
So if you’re in a similar situation as myself, let me show you how I made mine, so you can too!
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What You Need:
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–Cutting mat (this comes with your machine, however, they get pretty yucky and you may need a replacement)
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How To Make A Card
Turn on your Silhouette Cameo (note: I have the original version 1, my hubby and father-in-law surprised me with this as a birthday present a loooong time ago, when it was first released! They had to pre-order it. So my machine will look a bit different from the newest versions now. Mine has buttons rather than a touchscreen – just like the old cell phones back in the day! Mine also requires a USB cable and is not bluetooth like the new ones. But…they all do the same thing, so I’m cool with my old lady machine 🙂
Next, you need a computer and the Silhouette software program called Silhouette Studio. There is a free version that you download from Silhouette’s website, which you can then upgrade for a fee if so desired to have more design capabilities.
In the software, you will design your cut. I actually purchased this cut from the Silhouette Store which is linked inside of the software program.
Next, you need to set your blade to the correct setting to cut cardstock paper.
Tip: the cutting mat gets yucky/gunky/un-sticky fast. But because I’m cheap, I still use my original mats with a few tricks. I use 3M scrapbooking/washi tape to hold my paper (or whatever medium I’m using) to my mat. You need your paper, etc to stay completely in place, otherwise, if it moves, your design will be screwed up. You can also VERY lightly spray your entire mat with the spray adhesive glue before adding your medium. I do this every couple of months (I don’t use it all that often).
If you are making a multi-color card, repeat the same steps for cutting each color.
My card is two colors, so I had to cut each color separate. You need to separate your design in the software program, otherwise, if you cut it all on one paper, it would not be correct.
Next, you need to layer your paper. I always always always do this with a permanent spray adhesive glue for several reasons:
- It is permanent, so your design won’t come apart in a couple of days
- It is soooo much faster to apply than say a glue stick
- If you use a glue stick, your paper will curl and it won’t look as nice or crisp
- Spray adhesive glue is so light (unless you spray absolutely way too much) so you do not get curling of the paper or bleedthrough/wet marks from the glue
- It dries super fast
Tips: lay your paper wrong side up on newspaper with preferably a white piece of paper directly under the cardstock (when newspaper gets wet it bleeds and can put ink marks on your cardstock).
-Spray a light spray of glue (a little goes a long way) – think of coating a pan with cooking spray when frying an egg.
-Before spraying, shake your can and then ALWAYS spray a little squirt on the newspaper (not your cardstock) to make sure no air bubbles or big drops of glue come out soaking your cardstock – think of NON-aerosol hairspray. You know when you haven’t used it in a bit? and you spray it for the first time? Big drops of hairspray shoot out or often times it leaks out leaving big wet spots in your hair.
This next step is optional. I wanted to fancy my card up so I embellished it with little pearls. My go-to glue for this step is E6000. It’s a thicker, non-runny, permanent glue that easily washes off of your fingers (unlike super glue).
And that is it! Let everything dry before you write on the inside.
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