Sisters are Family and Friend | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share a layout featuring not one but two of our awesome Cut Files which I have cut many times in many sizes! It’s a Cut File explosion!

I used the All Around Floral and the Wreath Builder Cut Files.

The All Around Floral Cut File I resized a number of times, and cut from various papers as well as white card stock. I then cut the File apart into individual flowers so that I could tuck them around my photo.

The Wreath builder Cut File I also resized and cut out of various papers. For some of the cuts I removed the inside lines of the leaves in the Silhouette Studio, so that a solid image remained.

This allowed me to add different leaves to my floral clusters.

I love the texture and interest using the files like this creates. I glued some of the Cuts directly to the background and other were mounted on foam tape, and others still are tucked between paper layers behind my photo. So many juicy layers!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you are involved over on Facebook, because we are getting more and more amazing shares over there!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Collect Moments | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share with you another layout using our awesome Cut Files. Boss lady Gwen set a challenge for the DT this month – she wanted us to use one of our Cut Files as a stencil. Challenge accepted!

I decided to use the Heart Blocks Background File as my stencil. I began by covering the Cut with gesso, and then let it dry. I then mixed up some modelling paste with some acrylic paint in 3 different colours. I stuck the Cut to the card stock using washi, and then ran the texture paste randomly across it using a palette knife.

This worked out really well, but not perfectly, which I’m totally okay with. A couple of issues I had was the modelling paste bleeding through in a couple of spots, and in others it dried really quickly making the Cut difficult to lift off.

I think I may have been able to overcome these issues had I gessoed the back and front of the Cut, and if I had been working with one colour modelling paste as I could have worked quicker.

Either way, I’m super happy with the result, and the small imperfections add to the grungey effect I wanted for this layout.

To emphasise the Cut, and again work in that grungey space, I went around each block and outlined each heart using a sharpie and fineliner. I then splattered lots of big black ink splots all over the place.

I can’t wait to try this technique again, it was super fun! And I even have the Cut File left over to use on another layout.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you pop over to the online store or the Etsy shop to pick up your some Cut Files for yourself!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Together is a wonderful place | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up today to share with you my latest layout including a feature title made from the ‘Together‘ background Cut File.

I have flipped things a little on this one, and cut the file using patterned paper, and backed it with white card stock. I love how this connects the file with the background because of the repetition of the soft pink colour, yet the white card still really pops the title from the page.

To further emphasise the pop of the file, I backed it with foam adhesive. I love how this emphasises the space where the hearts are open inside the letters.

I resized the Cut File and made it a little smaller so that my 4×4 photo would tuck in under the bottom right corner. This gave me a few other spots to create some embellishment clusters.

I used some of the little hearts that came out of the centres of the title in the embellishment clusters, again giving that connection and repetition. I even sketched around them with a black pen, continuing on an element from the background patterned paper.

I am super happy with how this page turned out. Make sure you jump over to the online store or the Etsy shop to grab yourself some of the CTY Cut Files – and remember if you don’t have a cutting machine CTY off Custom Cuts as well!

Until next time, Big Loves,

Tam xo

Beautiful You | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m excited to be sharing with you over on the new CUT to YOU blog today. This page is a little different to the bright colourful layouts I’ve been creating lately, but it’s good to shake things up from time to time!

I used the XOXOXO Cut File that was released in February in the new Travellers Notebook range. I really wanted this Cut File to have a lot of impact, so I increased its size to work on a 9×12 layout and cut it out from black card stock.

In order get the effect of this being a cut out in my background, I had to use what is essentially the negative of the Cut File (or the bit you would normally through away) and add back in the tiny centre pieces. I worked on emphasising the impact of the Cut File by backing it with a simple black and white patterned paper, and then added in a heap of messy white stitching.

By using the Cut File this way, I was then able to use the main piece of the Cut File amongst the many layers backing my photo.

I then added in some various other bits and bobs, a few splatters on white paint, some alphas and puffy stickers, and then it was job done! As always, the awesome Cut File has done most of the work for me!

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you jump over to the shop or to our FB group to share your creations.

Until next time,

Big Loves,

Tam xo