…plus a cool mat trick to keep cardstock from curling
…and how to get cardstock to cut cleanly
…and how using Line Segment Overcut will rock your world
…and a free template for you to customize your own tag
…and a link to six more Silhouette gift tag projects with free files
Oh, my…so much to share with you today. Let’s get started!
As soon as the calendar page turns to December, the “It’s Christmas Season!!!” sign goes off in my head. I’ve been busy working on oodles of Christmassy decorations and gifts that I’ll share over the coming weeks, but today I have a quartet of Christmas gift tags for you.
Since much of my family is “away”, and gift mailing deadlines loom near, I’ll be glad to have a stack of these handy little gems at the ready. You can download the four free designs below to cut on your Silhouette machine.
Open the file in Silhouette Studio, cut from your favorite cardstock, and yo, you’re done. Yup. Just that quick.
Unless… [big grin] you’d like to customize your own gift tag with different words or letters or images in the circle. The free cut file above includes a template for you to do just that. If you’re an old pro at Silhouette Studio and know what to do, go for it. If you’d like instructions, I have them for you RIGHT HERE along with a peek into how I designed the template in the first place.
If you’re using the right cut settings, you’ll get a good clean cut. The non-design pieces (the ones you weed out) will just fall off the tags. You shouldn’t have to work to get them lose or do any extra cutting (put that X-acto knife away!). I used these settings:
Material: Cardstock (plain)
Double cut checked
Line Segment Overcut: On
…….Start Ext. set to 0.1 mm
…….End Ext. set to 0.1 mm
Machines vary a little, and cardstock settings will range depending on the brand, but if you don’t already have cardstock settings that work, the above is a good starting point. Use the test cut feature and adjust accordingly. If your non-design pieces are still attached in spots, increase the thickness. If the blade is cutting through but is pulling up the cardstock in the corners and ruining the design, decrease the thickness.
What’s that Line Segment Overcut, you ask?
It’s pretty cool, that’s what it is. Using the default settings (Line Segment Overcut off), when the blade comes to a corner it just changes direction and keeps cutting. With the Line Segment Overcut turned on, when the blade comes to a corner, it cuts a teeny tiny distance outside the design, lifts up, turns, then goes back down to continue cutting in the new direction. At 0.1 mm, the overcut is so small, you don’t see it in the finished cut, but it’s enough to get the corners nice and crisp with no pulling up. Here’s little example to demonstrate. This cut is with the Line Segment Overcut turned off.
This is a mild example, but you can still see how some of the corners are a bit rough. Some cardstock brands/types will do this more than others, and cardstock that is a different color on the front and back will show it more (this cardstock is white on the back). Now here’s what happens when I turn on the Line Segment Overcut at 0.1 mm.
Removing cardstock from the mat…
Removing cardstock pieces from the mat can be tricky, especially if the mat is on the sticky side. Here’s a little trick that will prevent the cardstock from curling and make it easier to remove intricate designs: don’t remove the cardstock from the mat; instead, remove the mat from the cardstock. You wouldn’t think a simple change like that would make a difference, but it does. Flip the mat over so the mat is facing up and the cardstock facing down. Then bend the mat back onto itself and roll it to reveal the cardstock.
The mat is really flexible, so keep the curve small. Go slow. As you roll the mat back, the cardstock will release and stay on the work surface. Use your fingers or a Silhouette spatula to release smaller pieces.
There you go… Line Segment Overcut AND a cool mat trick, all in one day.
And if you’d like more cool gift tag ideas, head on over to Simply Kelly Designs, where Kelly is featuring SEVEN gift tag ideas with free Silhouette files today, and guess whose tags are on the list!
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