Last year for Father's Day I shared a free Father's Day Photo Mat Template Studio file on the blog and it was hugely popular. So I thought this year, I'd modify it slightly for Mother's Day. One thing lead to another and I came up with this Mother Day Photo Shape Card...pretty cute right? Also not really a slight modification but ya know...when the wheels starts turning you just go with it even it's totally different than what you originally planned.
This card is pretty easy to do - if you have Designer Edition (totally worth it if you can find it around $30.) If you don't have DE, you can still do it you'll just be slightly more limited. See the ** below.
The free Studio file (the link is below) can be used a few different ways. You can use it to make a card or you can use just half of it to make print and cut or just a print.
The first thing you want to do is open up Silhouette Studio and drag and drop a photo from your desk top into the My Patterns folder. If you don't have DE you won't be able to add your own patterns to the My Patterns folder (read through, but follow the directions at ** below for the work around). Click here if you need a refresher on adding your own patterns to the My Patterns folder.
Alright now open up a new work area. Download and open up the MOM file. Please remember, as all my free cut files are, it's for personal use only which means it can't be sold or used on products that are sold in any way.
It's very important, for the card, to keep the MOMs together. The reason they are not welded together yet is because if you weld them before you print the photo, when you add the photo you will end up filling the entire design - and it will print that way. We only want the photo in the MOM on the front (correctly oriented MOM). So don't group them, but keep them exactly where they are...
Alright select the front of the card (bottom MOM) and click the Fill Patterns Tool. Scroll down to the My Patterns sections and click the photo you added to the My Patterns folder. The photo will fill the selected shape.
Select both the photo and the MOM cut design and from the Modify window > Crop. Then move the upside down MOM into place. Let them overlap, but don't weld yet.
Now everyone - DE or not - should be at the same point.
Add the registration marks and print.
AFTER you print - and only after you print - go back into Silhouette Studio and select both of the MOM's and weld them together. Select shapes > Right click > weld. Be careful not to shift anything!
Also, don't worry that the photo now stretches into both MOMs, we're only worried about the cut line right now. If it makes you feel better, you can go to the Fill Color tool and select white. But again, it doesn't matter.
Load the paper that you've printed, onto the mat and from the Cut Style window choose your material (I printed on card stock), adjust the blade if necessary and then load the mat into the machine and send to cut.
The Silhouette will look for the registration marks and then go back to cut out the design.
When it's finished remove the cut card and carefully fold it along the top area where it was "welded."
That's it! You've made a unique card for photo shape card for mom!
Here's the Father's Day card again too. It's easy to enough to use this one for Mother's Day. Simply download the file here then swap out the 'DADDY' for Mommy by deleting that text box and re-typing.
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