Paddington Bear Thank You Cards

So, I super love Paddington Bear.
For my son’s first birthday, I decided to do a Paddington Themed Party!
It was a lot of fun making all of his creations with my Silhouette.
Here are some images from his birthday party.

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10974534_598049660325671_7379478559474593322_oI wish I could say I baked that awesome cake…but I have no baking skills!
All of the creations you saw however, were made using my Silhouette Cameo. I really had a lot of fun using the print and cut method for this.

I decided to stick with the Paddington theme for his thank you cards.
They turned out simple and cute, so I thought I would share a tutorial on how I made them.
Paddington Thank You Cards (1 of 1)

You will need:

Yellow cardstock
White cardstock
Paddington trace (I googled my image)
Weeding Tool
Silhouette cutting mat

1. Find a design you’d like to layer on top of your colored cardstock. I chose a design that was already in my Silhouette store (It came with the designer edition). It’s called Moroccan background.
Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 9.54.36 AM2. Open your chosen design in Silhouette, and scale it to the size of the cardstock you are working with. Mine was a 4.5″x6.5″. The most simple way to do this is by clicking on your object, going to “Scale” and imputing the design length manually (make sure to uncheck “Lock Aspect,” or it will keep the design in a square format).

"Scale" button is in blue on the top right hand corner.

3. To add a square border around your image like I have, you’re going to need to draw a rectangle that’s also a 4.5×6.5″. The draw button is on the left hand side.

Draw your rectangle, and make sure to manually input your dimensions.

4. You are going to need to “Weld” the two object together so it cuts as once solid piece. BUT, before we get there…..
Place the square over your lace cut out, and make sure your lace design overlaps the square just slightly. Select your drawn rectangle and click on “offset.”
Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 10.19.30 AM5. I did my offset so the outside square is .15 inches away from the original square. Select both rectangles and right hand click over them. Select “Make compound path.”
Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 10.22.01 AM6. Now, select both the rectangle (the two pieces have become one) and the lace cut out and click on your align tool. Then click “align middle.”
Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 10.24.08 AM7. Carefully making sure your “moroccan background” overlaps the rectangles most inner box, select all images (or hit command+a) and click on your weld tool (you can also right hand click and the option to weld will be available).

This is what your design should look like after you weld your background to your rectangle border.

***Make sure you select your object and re-scale it so it is the same size as your cardstock!! I had to resize my image back to a 4.5×6.5***

8. When you are ready to cut, make sure your cut settings are set to “Cut Edge,” and to be paper wise, make sure your design is along the top left/right corner, (but make sure you are within the cut lines).

Phew...that was a lot of work.

You are ready to cut this lace design!  Send to Silhouette. Weed out the white spaces shown in the design.

All you need to do from here is adhere this lace background to your cardstock.

For the Paddington Design, I just did a print and cut. I googled Paddington, resized him to my liking to fit on the card, and then adhered his cut out to the already dried cardstock design. I wrote my “thanks” on the back of the card, using sketch pens for a signature – a tutorial for another day.

Don’t know how to print and cut? Check out The Silhouette School Blog on it! She rocks when it comes to tutorials!

As always,

Happy Crafting!

PS – head on over to Simply Sundays for some amazing Recipes! I’ve just linked up with them for my first ever link party. Wahoo!

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