I've been having fun getting to know my Silhouette cameo machine and the HUGE range of possibilities it provides. Some of the software is pretty intuitive, other parts a bit odd and it will definitely take some practice to master this baby. I chose to start with some easy projects to keep the frustration level to a minimum. It's been a little bit like when I learned to sew....I didn't start out with a fully lined jacket, but instead it was a simple elastic waist a-line skirt. Baby steps....
In order to reach in and pull out the certificate easily, I used my pinking shears to cut a semi-circle at the top of the certificate.
For the gift card holders I tried a couple of things..... the first one was my design....I chose a fun border/frame and then began writing Christmas related words within the shape in different font styles and sizes; my version of subway art! I printed it on a pretty paper and then cut it on the Silhouette. I felt like it needed a little something more so I used some green glitter paint to trim around the edge.
For the second design, I chose to use a basic gift card template from Lemon Jitters (I met this little gal at a blogger seminar). I downloaded the template and cut the shape from some fun Christmas paper to give it some extra holiday cheer. Then, I found a snowflake shape on the silhouette website and downloaded it to my library. I found a beautiful white glitter paper that I cut them from.
I am absolutely floored by the intricate cutting this machine can do. I added a rhinestone to the center for a little something extra and look at that --- awesomeness!
There are so many possibilities--keep it really basic, or decorate them with snowflakes, rhinestones, sequins, or other goodies.....so fun!