Thursday, November 27, 2008

Full 12 inch borders, cut files & a template to make your own - click here for cut file

Some of these were made with just George and some were made with George and Home Accents. They key to making a twelve inch border/frame lies in knowing where the Cricut won't cut-outside those grey lines. The part of the shapes that are outside of the forbidden lines won't cut, but look at the lines that will:

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Now, let's look at that page on a "blank" page:

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Only the inner square will cut, and we'll get a frame/border that's an inch wide because of how we placed the shapes. FYI - the template you see above is on the last page of the cut file. These next instructions are important:

  • Once you are done adding & welding shapes to the template, look at the page on a "blank" page-that means make sure that the page you want to look at is the only page with "include in page preview"checked when you right click on the mat. Now, open a new page and click "view". Is this the shape you wanted? Probably not. If it isn't , go to the next step.
  • First click on the top rectangle shape so that it is highlighted with the black arrows in the blue circles. Now, click "COPY, DELETE, PASTE" (in that order -- no need to copy & paste on to another page). Now, check it again by looking at it on a "blank" or new page again. Nine times out of ten, this will be the shape you want. If not, go to the next step. Photobucket
  • Click on the rectangle that is on the right side of the screen, and click "COPY, DELETE, PASTE" in that order. PhotobucketNow check your shape on a "blank" page. It should be what you want. If not, repeat it on the bottom and left rectangles.

Here are the images on the cut file. I started with the template above & added to it until I got the look I wanted. On every last one, I had to "copy, delete, paste" on the top rectangle. It was the last thing I did before checking the image on the blank page.

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Here's some samples. For some reason, I could NOT get a decent picture taken today. So forgive the unclear pics.

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A special thanks to Capadia Designs for turning me on to creating full 12 inch borders. She's brilliant by the way - visit her blog as soon as you can.


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  2. I just baught a cricut expression and I am kind of clueless. I have been trying to figure out the best way to figure it out, and have been browsing your site for a long time, but am still confused. To use cut files, do you have to have design studio software? Or is there a way I can use it without spending even more money?:)

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  3. Yes, I'm afraid you have to have Design Studio to use cut files (or product them yourself). I promise you though, it will be worth the $ !!!!

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  4. Wow wow wow!!! Thanks so much for this tutorial! so eye-opening and time saving!

    ~raftykaren~ (cricut mb)

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