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Friday, March 25, 2011

Make-the-Cut with the Silhouette and Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder

First, a bit of news!!!  Tomorrow, Saturday March 26th I will be part of the Disney Pixar Blog hop!!!  Hope you can hop on by and see what I have been up to, and oh yeah, maybe check out some blog candy!

Ok, so I do like my Silhouette, I really do!  And I also like all the SVG's from Lettering Delights, but I can't use SVG's in the Studio software for the Silhouette.  In comes Make-the-Cut, which can both use SVG's and cut to the Silhouette!  So I skip a lot of steps of converting files while using MTC with the Silhouette, and I like things that are quick and easy!  And of course there are a ton of MTC files out there that will be able to be used as well.  There is a link on the left of my blog where you can try MTC out before you buy, and a code for a discount on the program as well if you are interested.
It is pretty easy to get the Silhouette set up with MTC, there is a step by step tutorial here... Creative Designs Cakes tutorial  There is talk about making MTC even easier with the Silhouette in the near future.
This is a Lettering Delights download I bought, and I wanted to make a card with it.  I opened the SVG in MTC (1).  I also added a shadow layer to make my cut around it.
To start, I kept the layer on I wanted to draw (2), and turned the shadow layer off (3).

I then added my Chomas Creations Silhouette mini gel pen holder to the machine and sent the file to the Silhouette to draw. 
Then I turned off the draw layer (4) and turned back on the shadow layer (5).  Without removing the mat from the Silhouette, I removed the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder from the Silhouette and added the blade back in and cut the card.

This is what it looks like straight from the Silhouette.

I used Copic markers to color in the letters and then added the finished image to my card! See all you Silhouette users, the Copic markers can be used with the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder!!! WOOWOO!

Don't forget to hop on by tomorrow!!!

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Melissa said...

Oh that looks great Amy! Cannot wait to see what your project is tomorrow!

Karel said...

I've been thinking about purchasing MTC to use with my SS and lo and behold I come across your article. Is that fate or what? I'm wondering though about ease of use when cutting from MTC as opposed to the SS software. Is it hard to set up or to learn to use MTC? Especially for a beginner like me? Thanks, Karel

CardsuLike said...

Hmmm couldn't see the Try before you Buy link, is it no longer available?

Amy Chomas said...

Karel, check out the link I put in the article to set MTC up. It has step by step with pics. And the owner of MTC is going to work to make it even easier soon.
Cardsulike, just click on the link, it will let you try before you buy!

CardsuLike said...

Found it , found it, found it I just had too click on the download link again.....

Amy Chomas said...

Have fun hehe!

Karel said...

Hi Amy, I just downloaded the trial version and will play around with it over the weekend. And I will check out your link. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions and so promptly too. I appreciate it. Karel