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Video Tutorial: Silhouette Studio & Distress Ink Greeting Card (+ Free Cut File)

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My latest card comes with some pretty exciting news. I recently applied and was accepted to be on Bird’s Cards Design Team. I’m super excited about the opportunity and hope that it will encourage me to create a little more. It’s also motivated me to finally publish a video tutorial for the first time.

Before I get into the details of the cards, I wanted to share a little more about Bird’s Cards. The website is packed with great SVG files to use with the Silhouette line of machines, both paid and free, for pretty much every occasion you can think of.

So now the details of the card. Watch the video tutorial above, and I also have some details included in this post with links to all the materials I used, and the online links for all the files you’ll need to use with your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait to create this card.

I used one of the branches in the free Flowers and Leaves SVGs set to create a pattern out of die cuts, colored in using Distress Inks. Because I’m using the free version of Silhouette Studio, I converted the SVG files to DXF files so I could use them without the Designer edition of the program.I  used Shabby Shutters and Twisted Citron on the lighter leaves, and Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn on the darker ones.

Greeting card created using Silhouette Studio and Distress Inks

For the card front, I created a stitched circle card front and adhered that to a 5.5 by 8.5 inch card base, scored at 4.25 inches. I created a greeting out of 110lb black card stock using one of my favorite calligraphy fonts, and have included the cut file for the sentiment  the file below as well. I adhered the greeting to vellum, which I cut in a circle using the Silhouette, and then adhered that to the card using foam tape. I’ve provided the Silhouette Studio cut files for each of these elements at the end of the post, together with a list of all of the products used. (Disclosure: I have included affiliate links where applicable.)

Greeting card created using Silhouette Studio and Distress Inks

Materials used in the card:

  • Distress Ink Pad, Twisted Citron (AZ | SSS)
  • Distress Ink Pad, Shabby Shutters (AZ | SSS)
  • Distress Ink Pad, Cracked Pistachio (AZ | SSS)
  • Distress Ink Pad, Mowed Lawn (AZ | SSS)
  • Neenah Solar White Heavyweight Cover Cardstock – 11olb (AZ | SSS)
  • Neenah Black Heavyweight Cover Cardstock – 11olb (AZ)
  • Silhouette Portrait (AZ | SSS)
  • Mini Ink Blending Tool  (AZ | SSS)
  • 3M Foam Tape (SSS)
  • Gel Multi Medium Matte (AZ | SSS)
  • Flowers and Leaves SVG set (Free)
  • Card Front and Greeting digital file (Silhouette Studio | SVG | DXF)

Greeting card created using Silhouette Studio and Distress Inks

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Greeting card created using Silhouette Studio and Distress InksGreeting card created using Silhouette Studio and Distress Inks

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19 Comments

  • Reply Wren August 3, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. It is such a beautiful card.

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  • Reply Ldybg93 August 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Such a pretty card and really clever design. I love the raised vellum sentiment circle.

    • Reply August 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s the first time I’ve worked with vellum and definitely want to experiment more with it.

  • Reply Marti Gwinn Starnes August 4, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    So very nice! Thank you!

    • Reply August 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply tillymints August 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Congratulations on your new Design Team post! Your tutorial was excellent, thank you for sharing these files I can’t wait to try 🙂

    • Reply nancy August 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate it and would love to see how yours turns out.

  • Reply Laurie August 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for a great tutorial! Just in time for a card I need today! 🙂

    • Reply August 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      So glad to hear that. Thank you!

  • Reply Lenoria August 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Beautiful card and great job on the tutorial! Congrats on your design team with Bird, she has some fantastic designs to work with doesn’t she and I know you will create excellent elements with them.

    • Reply August 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much Lenoria. I’m super excited about the opportunity to work with Bird’s designs. They really are some of the best out of there.

  • Reply Sharon Field August 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Great card and video. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Nuria August 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you. Such a great tutorial and card!

  • Reply Debbie Rose August 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful card! Any chance you can provide the greeting/card front as an svg for the those of us with Cricuts?

    • Reply nancy August 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks so much Debbie. Absolutely – I’d be happy to. Please let me know if the stitched lines are wonky. That happens sometimes with the Silhouette and I adjust accordingly, and have done so here, but I hope it works the same with the Cricut. You can download the SVG file here: http://bit.ly/2b3G3nM

      • Reply Debbie Rose August 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  • Reply Orietta Vélez Dumani August 7, 2016 at 5:28 am

    What a great idea! Loved the video! Thanks!

  • Reply Rhonda W December 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Great video. Easy to understand and follow. After reading your bio, I don’t know how you do all you do! Pretty amazing. Thanks for the nice design idea. 🙂

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