I’m completely smitten with using all different kinds of colors this Christmas! Don’t get me wrong, I love the red and green, but isn’t this little Elf in the Snow super cute in some peachy keen pinks and limey greens?
Supplies you’ll need for Elf in the Snow
- Cardstock – Discount Cardstock
- Bling – Want2Scrap
- Digital Image – Birdie Brown
- Digital Die Cut – Samantha Walker
- Colored with Copics
- Accented with Glitz Gel
- Patterned Paper – from my stash
- Twine, Fibers – misc.
This isn’t really a tutorial, but I will share some of the things I did with my CAMEO and Designer Software… If you have questions, fire away. I’ll do my best to answer!
I used the print and cut feature from my Silhouette. I saved my elf with registration marks to a PDF, and took it to my local Kinko’s to print. It’s laser printed onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. I was able to print 6 of these little guys for about 12 cents!
Note: To protect the artist – Torico, I’ve added a pretty heavy watermark with the BIRDIE BROWN. She has lots of freebies on her blog if you want to try a digital stamp. Be kind to all artists by not sharing purchased artwork, and directing people to the artist’s website to download freebies. Digital art is pretty reasonably priced when you consider the artist’s talent, time, software, fees, etc. You can purchase the Christmas Elf at the artist’s ETSY til the end of this month, and then her shop is closing. She will be designing for There She Goes stamps.
Once home from Kinko’s, I loaded up the file I printed from, and traced the images with the software. I then outlined the traced image and removed the traced portion. There MAY be an easier way, but I’m learning as I go. I followed the prompts to detect the registration marks and cut. Much to my surprise, it cut out PERFECTLY. I did read online that making the registration marks larger was helpful, so I did make mine as thick and dark as possible.
I removed the elves from my cutting mat and colored on using my Copic Markers. I accented a couple of areas with Glitz Gel.
On the snowflake, I cut one about 3.5 inches wide. To make the shadow, I used the OBJECT: Release Compound Path and dragged the outline away from the little cutting pieces inside. I deleted all the little pieces and then used the trace feature you create an outline. I deleted the original shape and cut out a mat. Once the shapes were nested, I accented with some Baby Bling White Pearls from Want2Scrap.
Are you loving all the features that come with the Silhouette? I am learning more every day! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I’ve messed up mats and blades, it’s all good!
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