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All of Me Loves All of You {Cut File Stitching Tutorial} | Majken Pullin September 10, 2018 07:00 2 Comments

Happy Monday everybody!  Majken here to give you a reason to take a break out of the least favorite day of the week (ha!).  Today I'm sharing a layout with a fun and different way to use your cut files with stitching.  The first part of September we're focusing on Words & Phrases, so I'm sharing a phrase cut file as a powerful title on a layout.

I used the All of Me Loves All of You cut file.

The first thing I did after importing the cut file into Silhouette Studio was to open the Offset window and use it to make the cut file just a tiny bit thicker to accommodate hand stitching and prevent tearing.

Next, I used the Alpha tool in Silhouette Studio and typed a loooong line of Times New Roman periods in size 36 (you can experiment with different sizes and fonts to see which one you like best for your needles and thread).  Increase the character spacing as well so there's adequate room between your stitches.  Experiment with this to find your favorite.

For this phrase, I had many more periods but this shows you the basic view - that circle with the plus sign on the bottom of the text box is what you are looking for.  You want to put your cursor over that symbol, click it and hold it while you drag it to your phrase.  It will "snap" to the cut llines - you can continue to type periods until you've covered the entire phrase.

The cut lines of the phrase will turn gray, leaving your tiny holes ready to cut.

The larger the project, the longer this will take to cut.  Go grab some chocolate to snack on in the meantime.  :)

For my project, I chose each word to be a different color to match my polka dotted paper.  Have some good television to watch while you do this - I did a good chunk of mine while watching a Houston Astros game...double the fun!

Here are a couple of close ups.

Some tips:

  • Some of the smaller areas may have odd spacing between the periods.  I just added a few extra with my paper piercing tool.
  • Your mat will have lots of little hole insides - use a scraper to get them off.
  • Not all the periods will cut all the way - I lightly rubbed the back of the paper over a trash can to get rid of the inside of the holes.  Any remaining, I just pushed through with a piercing tool.
  • You could cut out the cut file and use it as a template to pierce around it manually with a piercing tool if you don't want to do it with your machine.

Cut file used:

I'm so glad you stopped by today, and I hope this inspires you to try stitching with cut files!  Have a fantastic week!

Majken


Happiness in Circles! | Morgan Langley August 06, 2017 07:00

Hello friends! Today I am kicking off circles week on the Just Nick blog using the "Dreamcatcher Background 1". I love the sections in this file and I knew I wanted to add some hand stitching!

I started by backing the cut file with papers from the new Maggie Holmes collection "Carousel". Then I stitched some of the sections using corresponding colors and some using plain white embroidery floss. 

I embellished using the puffy stickers from the collection as well as those gold glitter stars from the chipboard sticker sheet. I fussy cut two kites from the collection and layered them with some tangled thread. My title came from the ephemera pack and I love how it all came together!

I added some light pink splatters and added the border with my sewing machine! I used light blue thread and set my machine to do a scallop stitch! 

This layout was so fun to make and I love the look of the different sections with the Dreamcatcher Background file! Thank you for stopping by! 


You & Me July 29, 2017 07:00

Hello there!

 

I hope you all are enjoying these beautiful Summer Days (the current season here in Canada!).  After a long vacation to my native Ecuador, i am finally back home and loaded with lots of ideas, and memories to document.   For this particular picture of my cousin and my goddaughter, i used one of the newer cut files , Frilly Floral Frames, to create its soft and girly background.

 

  

 

 

My starting point was to create a grid design for the page, but once I started playing with the frames on my Silhouette software, I was drawn to the visual triangle the three frames formed around the picture.  So I went ahead, and welded the 3 frames together, to create the cut out for this page.

 

 

Once the cut out was created, i backed the flower in each corner with some of the papers from Cocoa Vanilla's Wild at Heart collection that was included in the May 2017 Clique Kits  monthly kit.

 

 

Since i wanted the layout very girly, i chose to use one of the papers from the collection as the background for the page.   The watercolor  design in the page brings the details in the white cut outs.  In addition, a layer of white vellum was added to the squares (as a layer behind the cut out) just to the sections where the square do not intersect.

 

 

 Using a paper piercing tool, a stitching guide was created around the edges of the squares. Three different color embroidery thread was used  to stitch the frames, so that they match the colors in the background paper.

 

 

 

For the title of this page, the "You Make Me Smile" cut file was used to stitch the "You & Me" sentiment to the page.  Once the stitching was completed, a bit of shimmer watercolor complete the look of the title.   This same watercolor was used to create the splatters around the page.

 

 

I really hope this inspires you to take a look at the new designs available at the Just Nick Studio store.  The versatility of each of the designs will allow you to create a one-of-a-kind project. 

 

Remember, I am a comment away if you have further questions on how this came together.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!!