Monday, May 12, 2014

MDSM66 Let's get in Shape!

It's Heidi, and I'm hosting this week's card challenge.  We're really interested in getting you more comfortable with My Digital Studio, so I'm going to issue a bit harder-than-usual challenge.  Hang with me; it'll be worth it!  My current hybrid card obsession is shaped cards.  There are lots of MDS shapes that can be used as a card base - a canning jar, an owl, a lava lamp, an oval, a hexagon, a pumpkin, a cupcake.  You get the idea.  If you need to brainstorm, start with punch shapes.  You can use stamp images as well.  Even custom punches would work.

Think you need an e-cutter to make a shaped card?  Nope!  Although feel free to use one.
  • Design and size your card base in My Digital Studio and print out on card stock.  With this method, make sure to create a mirror image of the card front for the back of the card base, and pay attention where your score line will land.  Then hand-cut your card base.
  • Keep in mind to preserve as much of the score line on your card base so your card is robust and doesn't fall apart.  
  • My favorite method, to avoid printing on card stock, is to design and size in MDS and print on copy paper.  Print only one of the shaped images, then after scoring the card base, temporarily adhere the copy paper to the card stock and trim the card stock and copy paper simultaneously.  Move the copy paper around before cutting to maximize the retained score line.
  • Repeat the process to embellish the card.  Design and print in MDS, followed by hand-cutting, or print or use the copy paper method for adding traditional Designer Series Paper.
Here's a video of how to create a shaped card from My Digital Studio, as it was happening.  :)

And in case you are interested, here's an example of how to make a shaped card using Silhouette Studio.

Be sure to read the guidelines above under "About MDS Monday".

Check out what the Design Team created below... We hope you will join in the Fun. The challenge is open until Friday May 23rd @ 11:55PM EST.


Heidi Baks

1 comment:

Thanks for joining us at MDS Monday!