One of my favorite things to see in a layout is dimension. It can come from layering papers, embelishments, etc, This time i will show you how to add dimension to a project by using cut files, and the best part is that it does not add bulk to the layout. So let’s get started with a step by step picture tutorial:
- I start by creating the mat cut-out. For this I am using two separate cut files. As you can see on the picture, I played with the word placement until i was satisfied with its position.
- I made sure that each cut file was a “compound path” before highlighting both images, and welding them together (you can go back a few tutorials back on this series to see the video on how to weld images together).
- Once the image was welded, I created an offset to the entire image (just refer to the previous Silhouette Savvy tutorial to learn how to create offsets in the Silhouette software). This will help when backing the cut file as it will provide the small pieces to highlight the small cuts in the word.
- This step is optional. I wanted to add some texture (through hand stitching in the layout), so I decided to have the offset line of the cut-out perforated (so i can follow the perforations with the needle and floss). I set the machine to cut the original welded image, and perforate the offset. All you have to do is click on each of the paths and select the options you like on the cutting window.
- Do not delete the original welded image, but make a copy of it (simply highlighted it all and click copy on the edit option). Transfer the copied version onto a cut file that you want to use as layering piece.
the original welded cut file is the one in the black lines.
- Move the welded image along the layering cut file until you are satisfied with the image. Do not move the welded image. Using the trace function (please refer to the first Silhouette Savvy series entry), and select just the area of the cut file that is behind the welded image (leave about an inch extra cut file on each side of the image). And have just that piece cut in the machine.
The machine will not cut the entire cut file, just what you have traced. Now i will show you how I used two of the newest Simple Stories collections (Posh, and The Reset Girl), to complete the layered looked of this layout.
Here is the page after i hand stitched along the offset line created -you can call it the negative part of the cut-out-. I saved the cut-out for another layout.
The star background was backed with papers from the Simple Stories collections, and glued to a patterned paper from the Reset Girl basic paper pack.
I used some fun foam to layer the stitched mat, and lots of strong tape to attached it on top of the mat with the star background on it.
I used a different paper to back the word family, this way it gets highlighted. I simply used a pencil to mark little dots on where the word will be setting (before gluing it to the backing mat), and cut a small piece of paper to match the markings.
Since there is a lot going on in the background, i kept the embelishments around the picture very simple. Here is the final layout:
As you can see, the shadow that forms form the different levels in the cut outs creates this lovely dimension to the layout. Give it a try in one of your layouts! As always let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps on the tutorial.
Don’t forget to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the products used in this page, or the Cut Shoppe for the background cut-files.
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