February 3, 2012

Silhouette Free Shape Project - Tug Boat Card

I saw this pillow on Pinterest a while ago and when I saw the Scale Background Free download this month I thought about it.

Source: etsy.com via Maggie on Pinterest

I was inspired by the colors and the shapes on the pillow. As this project came together I got really excited. It took a little time and patience, but the result was exactly what I was going for. I love it when that happens!

I'm not a professional card maker. In fact I've probably only made 10 cards in my life so far. If you don't count the hand drawn ones I did as a kid. So I'm really just learning and having fun here. The reason I made a card is I wanted to make something I don't normally make with my new free shapes.

First I made a rectangle (around 6.8x4.6 inches). This was for the folded card. Then I turned the quote "i'd tug you anywhere" into a sketch shape. (I finally caved and bought Silhouette Studio Design Edition.) I lined up the sketch shape in the card (for the inside) and sketched the words onto the paper.

Inside Tug Boat Card Design

*When you are cutting and sketching something start with the sketch. Make sure to change all non-sketch lines to "no cut". You can also move the lines off the page before cutting and then "undo move" after and they will be in the right spot for cutting. When you go to make the cut make sure you do the same for the sketch - set it to "no cut" or move it.

Inside Tug Boat Card

I'd Tug You Anywhere Card

After the card was ready it was time to decorate it. I flipped the Scale Background design vertically and ungrouped it. I removed a large amount of the scales and then regrouped the ones left. I cut this on a simple blue paper with a yellow splashed in it. I thought it would look good as water and waves.

Waves on Tug Boat Card

To apply the scales I used my Xyron Sticker Maker (my sister convinced me to buy one and I'm so glad she did - it's so much nicer than gluing for small pieces). I placed the sheet I cut from on the top of the card. You can make sure it's lined up well by marking a horizontal line and placing the card along that line. OR you can cut out the card square as well, as shown above and not only make it easy, but have a second card! Then, I stuck the scales into the openings and filled it all up! It looks like it might take forever, but honestly it took less than 10 minutes!

Paper Outline placed on Card

Scale Stickers put into Outline

Scale Background on Card

Lastly, I used the Tug Boat shape and cut it in black. Again, I adhered it with my sticker maker.

Tug Boat on Card

I think this card would be a great heart-felt message of not only condolences but also let's the receiver know you really want to help!

Tug Boat Card


Silhouette Shapes:
Tug Boat
(Click on the shapes to see them in the Silhouette Online Store.)

Black Cardstock
Teal Cardstock
Blue/Yellow Paper

Other Supplies:
Silhouette Sketch Pen
Silhouette Cutting Mat

This is part of these parties:

Maggie Muggins Designs

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CJG said...

Very clever interpretation of the pillow! I like it a lot! I'm not sure if I downloaded that particular free file, and I'll be kicking myself if I didn't. Of course, I can wait until they have a sale and then get it...

Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom said...

I'm dropping by as the guest judge on The CSI Project this week. I love the way you were inspired by the pillow and created a card. So cute. And I'm adding this to the list of reasons I need a Silhouette!