After a long week- I came home to a very sweet find on my porch...
I've used Cricut, Pazzle and Silhouette cutters...I even did a video demo for Scrapbooks etc. magazine back in the day (when I didn't even own one- LOL!)...don't laugh that was 7 years ago and I hadn't lost baby weight..and well, I still haven't ;) lol! I can tell you if I were spending money on a cutter it would be the Silhouette even though I've actually owned and used a Cricut Expression for about 5 years (because I caught it on a deep clearance). I've been sold on the Silhouette ever since I did that video-It was my favorite back then and if you watch the video...you'll see they have made updates to improve it moreso. It's super compact. A cinch to get set up and works great. The software/interface is very easy for the average computer user.
Here's a card I made that mimics the luxe look of gold foil using the Silhouette.
Prior to applying the gold vinyl lettering, I watercolored the heart on a 4" x 5.5" piece Crane Lettra- by Neenah (also a generous sponsor of Alt Summit) thick cotton paper. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE paper? Swoon. The card is very on trend with the hand-lettering, foil-look and the scrumptious paper makes it over the top! Ready to write a quick note on the back and put in the post...with a calligraphed address of course...
I also did a matching card and tag with the gold vinyl...love this look on Neehah's shimmery Metallic Premium Cardstock.
For me as a crafter and graphic designer, I like to create my own designs in Adobe Illustrator (like the handwritten word Thank You I did a few years ago) and I can do that and export the .dxf
files for use with the Portrait without any additional software. Awesome! But they do have a crazy amount of fun designs you can purchase at their shop for just .99 cents each. Some of my favorites are any and all by Lori Whitlock. She's amazing :)
A big THANK YOU to Silhouette for this generous gift! I will share the love here by giving you all this file for use with your machines! Follow me on Bloglovin or bookmark me-- there's more cuttable freebies to come! Plus I'll share my tips on cutting fabric and crafting with the Portrait!
Download Thank you DXF (for Silhouette)
I'd love to see what you do with the "thank you" -- send me a shout out if you can use it!
Interested in the supplies I used- they are available here at my affiliate, WhimseyBox!