Greeting Cards Silhouette Tutorials

I Love You More Than Coffee


To make this card, I took a piece of A2 Paper Source Cotton Savoy and cut the circle out of the centre using my Silhouette Portrait. I also added a dotted line along the centre of the circle. I’m finding, however, that the Silhouette just doesn’t do as nice a job with dotted lines as metal dies do, so if anyone has tips on that I’m all ears. You can download the cut file for the card base and front at the bottom of the post. 

I created a background with Distress Inks. If I remember correctly, the colors I used are picked raspberry, mowed lawn, and spiced marmalade. Next, I used the Silhouette pen holder and a 0.1mm Staedtler Sketch Pen with to draw out the coffee cup. I’ve found that this pen works great with alcohol markers and doesn’t bleed at all. (I got the cut file for the coffee cup from Juliana Michaels of 17Turtles who very generously shared the cut files for free – you can download it here. The only change I made to it was to weld the parts where the different lines from the coffee sleeve were overlapping.)

I coloured in the coffee cups with Shinhan Twin Touch markers, using the following color combos:

  • Lid: Yellow Ochre (BR103) and Potato Brown (BR103)
  • Cup: Pale Lavender (P145) and Copic Colorless Blender (O)
  • Heart: Vermillion (R14) and Carmine (R11) + Wink of Stella (Clear)
  • Sleeve: Yellow Green (GY48) and Vivid Green (G46)

The Twin Touch marker set I bought surprisingly has no shades of grey at all, which would have been my first choice for the cup.

As I started to assemble the card, I tried it with a black or white card base and wasn’t too pleased with either option. My husband suggested red to echo the heart on the mugs. It was a perfect suggestion, and I ended up using the same red cardstock behind the sentiment as it was getting lost on the white background. The sentiment was written also using the Silhouette Pen Holder with a silver TekWriter gel pen. The font I used is the Silhouette sketch pen-friendly KG Beneath the Beautiful.

When it came to assembling the card, I glued the front of the card on the red card base using the Tombo Stamp Runner. (This has by far been my favorite choice for glue because, as Jennifer McGuire points out, there’s a chance to reposition items before it’s glued down permanently, and if you place glue in the wrong place, you can rub it off with your hand.) I used foam tape to glue the circle back onto the card, and also used foam tape for the sentiment. I glued the coffee cups down to the blended background also using the Tombo Stamp Runner.

Download the card front and card base cut file here.

I’m entering this card into MFT’s Sketch Challenge 281.

Products used in the card (AZ = Amazon, SSS = Simon Says Stamp; Affiliate links included):

  • Shinhan Touch Twin Brush Marker Set, 36 (AZ)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads, Mini, Mowed Lawn (AZ | SSS)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Picked Raspberry (AZ | SSS)
  •  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Spiced Marmalade (AZ | SSS)
  • Silhouette Portrait (AZ | SSS)
  • Mini Ink Blending Tool  (AZ | SSS)
  • Zig Wink of Stella Brush, Glitter Clear (AZ | SSS)
  • TEKwriterUSA Premium Gel Pens (AZ)
  • Copic Colorless Blender (AZ | SSS)
  • Recollections Cardstock Paper, Moroccan 8.5″ X 11″ (AZ)
  • Paper Source A2 Notecard (Paper Source)

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1 Comment

  • Reply tillymints August 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I agree with you about the Silhouette not cutting great stitching lines. I think you almost have to cut a small oblong shape! Lovely card though, great sponging for your background.

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