I was recently catching up on some blog reading and went on a big old blog reading binge. One of the benefits of letting so many posts from my favorite bloggers pile up is that I am able to notice trends. One big trend is that everyone in the scrapbooking world seems to be using a Silhouette Cameo to cut cool titles and embellishments.
What is a Silhouette Cameo?
It's an electronic die cutter that allows you to cut virtually any design you can imagine. And that's awesome!
But what's a girl to do without a Silhouette?
Well, grab her craft knife and get busy, that's what! And here's one idea on how you can get busy with a craft knife too....
STEP ONE: Print an image you want to cut out, in reverse, on the back of a piece of paper. I'm using colored cardstock. (If you'd like to grab a free .pdf with this speech bubble and a few others I designed, you can do so here.)
STEP TWO: Starting on the inside of your design, start cutting with a craft knife (a sharp blade is a must) and a self-healing mat.
Remember to turn the paper (or the entire mat) and not the blade as you cut.
Notice how I cut the "M" in stages? You don't need to get the letter out in a single perfect piece. Make the cuts easy for yourself.
You should try to stay within the lines, but if you don't, it's no biggie.
STEP THREE: Cut out the the outside of the design.
And that's it! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
I put my little speech bubble into my Project Life album:
I hope you'll give your craft knife a try. Hand cutting is surprisingly easy to do and the results are lovely! No big fancy machine needed!
Here are the supplies I used:
Thanks for stopping by!