bat owl by PPdN Designs
hockey skate by Sarah Bailey
Here are the steps to making your own shaped cards. I've broken it down for you so that even if you are a beginner die cutter, you can make shaped cards :D I use a silhouette, but you can adapt the steps to your electronic die cutter.
Step 1 Decide on a cut file whose shape would make a good card and resize it. I like to go roughly 4X6 (10x15cm) so that it will fit in a standard envelope.
tip resize all of the pieces of the design at the beginning so that they will all fit together once the card is finished.
Step 2 Open the TRACE window, and selecte Trace Outer Edge, to trace around only the outside edge. Move everything else aside for now, including the piece you just traced, leaving just the traced outer edge.
tip You may want to rotate the image to get a straight line on top (if you want a flip up card) or on the left side (if you want a regular card) to make a nice fold. For example, I lined up the two points of my bat's ears on the same line on the grid.
Step 3 In the Replicate window, choose mirror above if you want your card to flip up or mirror left if you want your card to open like a book.
tip If the tops of your images (in a flip up card) or sides (in a regular card) don't completely touch, you may want to draw lines at each end where the images meet. I made mine big, fat and blue below so you can see better.
Step 4 Next, open the Trace window and trace around the outer edge again, getting both versions of the image. Then, you can get rid of the other images. Don't forget the little lines if you used those.
tip You can group the pieces before tracing to make deleting them all easier.
Step 5 Now, you need to make a score line so your card will fold easily. Move your image so that one fo the lighter grey lines from the grid runs right where you want your fold to be. This makes it easier to get a straight score line. It doesn't matter if that means putting parts of your image off of the cutting area, you can move it all later. Open the Line Style window and choose a dashed line. With the Draw a line tool from the menu on the left, draw your score line.
Step 6 Select both the score line and the complete design and group them. (See tip from step 4)
Step 7 Move the piece to where you'd like it and cut! Cut other pieces from the design as usual and have fun decorating your card :D
I'm working on my Christmas cards next! Keep an eye out for them coming here soon, along with something fun that I have in the works!! :D