Monday, January 6, 2014

Print-2-Cut Fun!

I have a new favorite process to use when paper crafting. It's called print-2-cut, and I've sort of become obsessed with it. I buy a lot of Jessica Sprague digital paper, as well as the element packs, which are made so that people can do digital scrapbooking. But, I've learned that I can cut out the individual elements, and make cards and other items with them.
The first one I'll show is a Christmas item, then I'll be all done with the Christmas theme for the year. I make a chex mix each year, and I usually put it into Chinese food containers that I get at the restaurant warehouse store. However, they were out of the size I wanted this year, so I ended up getting these soup containers. I made the circle label for the top and put peoples names on most of them, and Merry Christmas on the rest. Also cut the label that goes around the side, and put our name in the hanging ornament. These elements came from Carte Bella's Christmas Day Element Pack #1.

Next, I did a fun p2c with some elements from Basic Grey's PB&J element pack. I put them on 1/8" dowels and inserted into the cake. It turned out kind of fun! I'm posting a photo of the elements on the mat as well.
This is a card that I put together quickly with paper from Echo Parks Victoria Gardens element pack. I've been using this paper pack a lot lately. Did the p2c for the lantern light and the oval on the front, and popped out the oval with pop dots.
The next is one of my faves. I used the scrapbook paper from Basic Grey's What's Up paper pack. The paper was sky on the top 2/3s and little village houses at the bottom. I used the top part for one card, and the remainder of the bottom for a second card. I have this all set up and saved now, so it will be a quick card to make whenever I need one. I can add the wording before I print it out to personalize the sentiment. The other great thing about printing digi paper is that you can print on both sides of the paper, and make the inside of your cards look good.
I cut out two cards worth of the elements at one time, since the one piece of paper makes two cards.
And, here's a little thank you card I made. This paper was from a couple of digi paper kits by Basic Grey and, I think, Cosmo Cricket. Of course, it can be changed out for a birthday or another occasion as well.

If you're interested in print-2-cut, you can go to youtube and there are quite a few tutorials that will walk you through it for the different cutting machines. It's done by making a cut line (vector) around the edges your image, printing it out with registration marks, and then cutting them so that your cutter will recognize your registration marks/cutting lines.  Most of the people that I know who do this use the Sizzix Eclips or the Silhouette Cameo. I used the Sizzix Eclips myself. Hope you enjoyed them.

Happy New Year, and Many Crafty Days to Come

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