Hewwo Oddies!  Tabbatha here today to share 5 Easy Cards(-ish) with 1 Cut File.  But this isn’t a separate cut file, in fact it is the cut file that accompanies the Sunny Mae clear stamp set!

Not sure what I’m talking about?  Then check this little thing out:

Sunny Mae Cutting FileMost of the clear stamps have a cut file (on the cheap!) so that you can easily cut the image out (an alternative for those who don’t enjoy fussy-cutting!).  It leaves a nice border around the stamp as well, which helps with at least one of today’s cards.  😀

1) Card 1 — Fussy-cut Clear Stamp and Matting the Clear Stamp

To get us started, we have the original purpose of the cut file – to fussy-cut our clear stamps for us!  Not only can it do that, but also if we fussy-cut the stamp (or do an offset), we can mat our stamps as well.  The larger blue outline is done by using an offset, so it will have more than just the white background if we want it to POP with some contrast or added dimension!

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2) Card 2 — Cut out Card

This style of card is really all the rage right now.  I bet you didn’t think it would be so easy, right?  In order to make this card, I created 4 rectangles a bit longer than I wanted for the card.  I then used the cutting file to subtract the shape from the end of each rectangle.  🙂 To finish it off, I used the same clouds to cut out four identical shapes then dry embossed each one.  Super easy!

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3) Card 3 — Cut out background

A similar take on using the subtract tool for electronic cutters, this card (and number 5) use the cloud shapes in various positions to create a fantastic background.  This technique is quite familiar to those of us who use and love the cut file backgrounds from the shop.

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4) Card 4 — Masking

Keeping with the background theme, you can use these cut files to quickly cut out masks on post-it notes (just put your cutting blade down low, like for vinyl).  If you want the mask to really hug the cloud stamps, then do an internal offset too!

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5) Card 5 — Stencil

This idea is something that is definitely not new on the Some Odd Girl Blog, but it still rocks.  Stencils!!  With this stencil, however, you have a bit of play, since you are the one deciding the placement for the clouds.  😉

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Not too shabby, if you don’t mind me saying so myself.  5 super easy cards (and some backgrounds ready to be turned into cards), that look fabulous!  Not only that, but you have yet another way to extend the life of your stamps and if you ever needed a reason to buy those clear stamp cut files, then there ya go!

While it may be summer, there is still a lot of fun to be had with us Odd Girls! Remember to share any Some Odd Girl creations with us on Instagram and on Facebook.  Always add #SomeOddGirl to your social media so we can find you!

Hi there, Oddies!  Leah here, totally thrilled to kick off the week with a huge, happy shout-out to our Guest Odd Girls, Elle and Ellen, who have TRULY brought their A-game and embraced their Oddness as a very appreciated part of our Design Team!

I’m sharing a few of my favorite projects from these lovely ladies, beginning with Ellen…  Here’s the first card of Ellen’s I ever spotlighted (I loved all the little things she did to create interest – the punched card, the cut file, the washi tape and the different layers of blue:

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And a few selections to show off her techniquey style and mad skillz:

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Ellen shares TONS of techniques and tools on her blog (like with the Dove Blending pen, above – SO cool!)- she likes to experiment with different coloring mediums, she combines stamp sets like nobody’s business, and her style is forever changing, evolving, and blowing my mind.  I’m so glad she’s our Guest Odd Girl for the next few months!  CLICK HERE to visit Ellen’s blog and prepare to spend LOTS of time reading and being inpired. 

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And then we have Elle (I swear it just happened this way, we didn’t plan it because of the names!)…  She’s been playing with Some Odd Girl stamps forEVER too, and my files don’t go far back enough to get the first card I spotlighted, but I’ve always been drawn to her super bold coloring style and the chatter on her blog.  Here’s an early spotlight:

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And some more examples of Elle’s work: elle scarecrow

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Gorgeous, right?  Bold and bright.  Commanding attention.  That’s kind of how I think of Elle’s work.  She puts great effort into backgrounds and really pays mind to the detail in her coloring.  The last one is my fave of hers EVER.  She is also chatty and shares lots of organization tips on her blog, so GO VISIT HER!  You’ll want to bust out your markers or pencils and color along.

So I am SUPER thrilled these ladies are joining us as Guest Odd Girls.  They rock the deadlines, they put their best foot forward with each project, and I’m sure you’d all agree.  Thank you, Ellen and Elle, for sharing this adventure with us!  We are honored and very lucky to have you both!

 

Good morning, Oddies!

Alexis here with some inspiration on using the Some Odd Girl cut files for more than their intended use. 

I’m totally smitten with my Zing cutter, so I’m always digging through the cut files trying to see what new projects I can use them for.  This week, I have a shaker card that I created using part of the Forest Fold Card Base.

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It’s so simple to do, just decide on your card base size, stack in your cut files the way you want them to appear and weld the piece together.  I also used the star from the Star Card Base for my sentiment, which is from the Little Loves clear stamp, along with the cute baby stamp.

Now, if you want a slightly different shaped cloud, you can use the Cloud Easel Card cut file and those are cute too, but I wanted longer clouds for this card.

You’ll then have an awesome top piece for your shaker card and just assemble as usual. Easy peasy!

I hope to see your fun shaped shaker cards on our Facebook Community, Linky Party (look right) and the Pinterest Board soon!  Don’t forget to hashtag #SomeOddGirl when posting on all your social media channels!