Thursday, August 1, 2013

Filling Cut Files With Digital Paper In SSDE

Hi everyone Brigit here with another SSDE Tutorial.  I love to fill my shapes with digital paper and then do a print n cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  It does such an awesome job cutting out the pattern filled shapes as you can see in the card below.

For this project I used one of the cards from the Christmas Card Set 2 and Lori's digital paper collection Sweet Life.  I only used the card and the two front layers, you can delete the other pieces.

If you need help with ungrouping and making compound paths check out my tutorial here.

I do not import my digital paper into SSDE, I have it all organized by designer in a folder on my computer.  You can see in the photo how I have the folder opened on the right-hand side next to my program.

I just dragged the pattern paper from the folder and dropped it into the shape.

Notice on the card the owl design is to the left and cutoff.

Select the card, go to the Fill Pattern and Advanced Options, click on the Pan Pattern, a circle with crosshairs will appear in the middle of the card, click on it and move the paper around.

I wanted my owl on the opposite side with the white swirls to the right so I clicked on the Horizontally under the Mirror Pattern.

I line up the card fronts so when panning I can see exactly where I'd like the owl to be.  I used the Scale Pattern and enlarged the paper to 110% so the edge of the paper wouldn't show.  The scale pattern is great to make your pattern paper designs larger or smaller I use it all the time.

Lori has a cute owl and tree cut file that matches this collection in the owls set, I used the eyedropper under the Fill Color and selected colors from the collection so everything would match or you can fill them also with the digital paper.  The sentiment is an element from the Sweet Life collection, to cut that out you need to first do a trace, that will be covered in another tutorial.

All my pieces fit on one 12" x 12" piece of cardstock, registration is checked under the Registration Marks and I make sure all my cuts are selected under the Cut Style.  Now I'm ready to do a print n cut.

Other Supplies Used
AC White Textured Cardstock
In the Navy Trendy Twine

Thanks for stopping by, I hope this tutorial has helped, Lori has such wonderful digital paper and elements at, have fun!!

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  1. What a wonderful tutorial! This is very helpful. I have had problems dragging and dropping my digi paper into Silhouette; I get an error msg saying the file may be corrupt. Support says I should save my digi paper into my library first, but that takes so long to do each sheet at a time. I would love to drag and drop a project such as this--what an adorable card-I love it! Thanks for sharing your creativity! -Stacy

  2. Thank you so much, I'm glad the tutorial was helpful. I do have a wide format printer and Epson 1400 and I use a ciss with it, (continues ink supply system and love it, best investment.

    Stacy, does that happen with every file you drag and drop, I've never had it happen to me, and I totally agree takes so long, drag and dropping is so much quicker.

  3. Wow, love the tutorial Brigit even though I have not a clue what you were doing. lol I am hoping to learn once I get to know my new machine, the Pazzels. Love how cute your card turned out and love the digi papers!! Hugs!