Two cards, one cut file: changing the look of a cut file

Two from one: Changing the look of a cut file

Adapting cut files

This project is all about using cut files in different ways for a range of outcomes. We used the cut files from this weekend's beginner project to create a shadow box card, a 7x5" card and a frame (not pictured). 

We would advise before trying to adapt your cut files, you should firstly make the file up as normal. This will help you see how the file goes together, ways that it could be altered and individual elements that you could use in a different way.

Two from one: Changing the look of a cut file

The card

The cut file set comes with a range of elements that are designed to layer up into a 7x5" card. Originally, it was designed as a two layer card with the cake element set onto a liner element that was designed to strengthen the card.

How we altered the design

Firstly, the liner layer was cut out of printer paper so that the insert could be printed with a sentiment easily. This meant that the cake element would have to be mounted onto the front panel. Adhere this liner into the front folded edge for a professional effect.

The design was cut using a combination of Papermania textured cardstock, American Crafts cardstock and plain white cardstock. To create rigidity, the layers were assembled with Tombow Mono Aqua Glue using its unique, double-ended applicator. By separating the cake element from the banner element, we could still create the intended 3D effect by sandwiching them either side of the frame using foam tape.

You could also add some sparkle to elements using Wink of Stella, glitter glues or even add some embossing details.


Shadow Box Card

To create this card, firstly we needed to create a 7x5" shadow box frame. This could be mounted onto a traditional card base, or have a stand added to keep it as a frame. The image shown uses the cut file as a frame.

To this, we added just the front section of the card base by subtracting the unnecessary nodes from the back section. You could do this in Canvas or in other SVG editing software (such as Inkscape). This can be a quick way of producing a matching gift to accompany a card.

The depth of the shadow box allows for a much more 3D effect. This is achieved by sliding the cake element up behind the flags and securing with 3D foam. The ribbon ends are then glued to the front of the frame. The separate ribbon element is then 3D mounted onto of this so it lies level. For the best results, this element should be adhered using silicon glue.

Framed artwork

You could also use this same cut file to create a layered piece of art suitable for mounting in a shallow frame. Simply layer the cake on top of the flag borders. Add the flag border by only cutting the inner part of the base card design out of a piece of card that matches the dimension of your frame.

Embellishing your design

Cut files are a great place to start your designs, however they don't have to be where you finish. You can embellish your designs with stamps, stickers and other crafty supplies.

I used a clear stamp with a We R Memory Keepers stamp positioner, which enabled me to curve the stamp to match the curve of the banner. An alternative is to use the Scan 'n' Cut to draw on your greeting or sentiment onto your banner. 

Stickers are also a great way to add detail to your cut files.

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