The Wrong Way to Weld A Card

A lot of what I am learning is trial and error because though I do watch tutorials, I don’t always check them 24/7 and figure I can do it myself, only to waste a good piece of card stock cutting out an outline of a cupcake card that is clearly not going to fold correctly.

I do not have a good sense of visual/spatial alignment, clearly, because later, after cutting this out, and folding, I realized, DUH, they need to be mirror images of each other.

I still haven’t made the correct one, and may not have time this evening, but I thought I’d post this as an example of what not to do. For the future, I’ll be cutting first on a piece of scrap or copy paper before cutting my valuable cardstock. DOH!

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Lettering Delights – Cupcake Crates

For my next project I thought I’d get adventurous. I saw these adorable cupcake shaped treat holders on the blog Under A Cherry Tree from Lettering Delights and thought they’d be perfect for our valentines day treat for my Sunday school class I teach at church.

It took some planning, but between the cardstock I already had bought and the new stuff I bought (plus a 20% off coupon the nice lady at michaels applied to my order, everything cost $15).

I cut everything in layers to make it look dimensional and used some pop up adhesive dots on the “front” side of the frosting and heart topper then just a glue stick on the back part.

Cameo Pop Up I Heart U Card

For my second project, I got really ambitious. I had seen this adorable card on Pintrest, and LOVED the modern lines and look of the card, since I am not a big frilly kind of girl. Since I had never used the Silhouette Design Studio to make anything from scratch, I copied it exactly and attempted to use a font I liked and heart in my files.

Its just to learn, so hopefully I don’t get sued by the original maker. Let me just say, it took me FOREVER. I assumed such simple shapes would take maybe 20 minutes to layout, and then cut. Boy was I wrong!

It was really intricate to get the paths broken for the lines I wanted cut, vs. the lines I wanted perforated when you use a font. If you check out the original Pin (the link I posted above), you’ll see the original design shows where to cut and where to perforate, HOWEVER, using a machine, this wasn’t that easy I had to release a lot of compound paths to get just the top straight lines, or bottom curves of the i and u. The heart was just welded together with the letters, so nothing too crazy there.

Finally I got it to work, and learned the lesson of having to move up an object that’s going to be popping up to line it up correctly with the middle of the card (You can sort of see the missing 3/4 inches at the top of the card- whoops).

I also learned the lesson of not being able to use tacky glue (a small bottle I bought when I bought card stock to use my first time) for gluing paper. It totally warped the card and made it unusable for giving to anyone, but I can’t bear to throw it away since it was my first REAL card (hoarding symptom?). I should have been better prepared! Yesterday I went straight to Michaels and got double sided adhesive, glue dots, and a pack of glue sticks, and made the PERFECT Valentine’s Day card for my husband (coming soon).

I am SURE there is an easier way to do this card (like buying a pre-designed template), but I wanted to go for it, and now that I know the concepts behind it, I think the next round will be much easier if I do this again!

Quick Tip: Cameo Mat Moving Around

I just got off the phone with Silhouette – and had to edit this post after getting some great help!

So, something I learned rather quickly after ruining 2 pieces of cardstock on my new Silhouette Cameo. The mat was feeding initially, but then would start slanting and feeding totally wrong and end up at an angle not right for printing at all (I wish I had taken a photo! Super scary).

I had 2 problems, first, the mat was moving, then second, when I would load the mat with the paper in the way I thought was “right” the rollers would press down on the edges of my paper, causing the paper edges to tear when I tried to remove it.

Turns out, I was loading the mat in completely wrong! (thanks wrong youtube people!) The mat should be lined up with the gray line on the bottom part of the Cameo, not pushed all the way up against the gray cylinder! I was so far off.

If you are using letter size cardstock on the cameo (and not the full 12×12 mat), you need to move the plastic roller on the right in to the notches towards the middle so that the roller grabs the edge of the mat.

It was a little hard for me at first, because you have to push up the blue lever on the right end of the Cameo (by the printer head), grab the white roller (pretty hard), twist it hard, but not too hard as to break it, and slide it in to the next slots to the left. It does get softer as you do it a few times. Don’t forget to put the blue lever back down because then it really won’t feed correctly (3rd piece of cardstock ruined, but it was totally my fault- I was too excited that I had figured out my problem!).

Hope this helps if you find your mat isn’t feeding correctly like I did at first!

Below is the video to correctly load the mat into the Cameo: