This card looks very simple and you would think it did not take long to make. :) Wrong! I tried something new and all I had was problems. So a little over two hours later I finally was able to salvage a card. ;) I have had my Silhouette Cameo since January of 2018 but have done only basic cardstock cutting. I decided I wanted to learn to cut other materials like stencils. I ordered what I thought was the correct material but found out this morning I was wrong. I ordered blank stencil which was 6 mil thick. After doing SIX passes over the design (#91702 Bird On Branch from Silhouette Design Store), I still had not cut through. In doing "research" internet reading, I saw where I should have gotten 4 mil thickness instead. I also read the Auto Blade does not cut deeper than 1 mil. I thought I could use the Auto Blade for everything. Now I'm thinking if I had a different blade (like a deep cutting/Ratchet blade) I could cut the 6 mil blank stencil material I own. Anyway back to this card, I had to take an exacto knife to the stencil to get it cut all the way through. It took me forever! :) I used the part of the stencil which fell away by placing in the center of a card base and inking around it. I also did the matching envelope the same way. The sentiment is one by Hero Arts and stamped with black ink (Momento Onyx Black). As luck would have it, my youngest daughter was out shopping and I got her to visit JoAnn's to pick up a Rachet blade for my Silhouette (all I owned was the Auto Blade). When she gets home, I can't wait to try it and see if it solves my problems! If it doesn't, I guess I will be ordering 4 mil thick stencil material to see if that will work! I am determined I will solve this problem! ;) I am very excited about the prospects of cutting my own stencils. Hopefully my next stenciled CAS card won't take this long and cause me to pull out all my hair! This nothing but problems CAS card is linking up at:
I'll be mailing this card Monday to a friend in need of cheering up and happy mail. She'll never know I almost went bald making it. ;) Thanks for stopping by and if you have any tips on cutting stencils with the Silhouette....please feel free to share them with me. ;) As always....stay crafty!