Today I have teamed up with Silhouette School to bring you a fun Silhouette Paper Craft and my tips and tricks to Creating Beautiful Paper Leaves Using Your Silhouette Machine. To get a free cut file for these beautiful Poinsettia Place Cards jump over to Silhouette School. To see how I used this simple cut file to create these beautiful Poinsettia Place Cards, read on!
As you may have noticed in the last year I love using my Silhouette machine to make paper projects, and even more specifically paper flower and plant projects. This stems from two places, 1. Once upon a time I was a wedding floral designer, a job I seriously miss. 2. I have the worst case of black thumb. Seriously give me a plant and I will likely kill it. So I’ve found a new way to incorporate the plants and flowers I want with paper. Not only the paper much much easier to care for, it’s really inexpensive!!
So for today’s affordable paper project I made these Pretty Poinsettia Place Cards! They are the perfect accent for your holiday table and they can even double as a great handmade gift tag!
- Silhouette Cameo
- 1 Sheet Red Cardstock
- 1 Sheet Green Cardstock
- 1 Sheet White Cardstock
- 1 Sheet Yellow Cardstock
- Silhouette Pens
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Round Barrel Ink Pen
To start my project I grabbed my laptop and opened up my Silhouette Studio Software and started making a poinsettia petal/leaf. To read all about how I made my Poinsettia Place Card Petals and Leaves and to get a free cut file jump over to Silhouette School.
To create my poinsettia blooms I drew a quick circle then began arranging my petals around the circle. Once my star shape was complete I copy and pasted it, then resized it into 3 different sizes 2.6 x 2.2, 2.06 x 1.9, and 1.5 x 1.6. Using the cardstock setting with my blade depth set to 4. I ran my poinsettia petals through my machine on a piece of 12×12 red cardstock.
To make the leaves I simply used the singular petal as found in the free cut file, on Silhouette School
For the Tag, I drafted a quick tag with a basic rectangular shape on one end and a tapered edge on the other. Using the same cut settings and a white piece of card stock I sent it to my machine. DON’T UNLOAD YOUR CUT MAT YET. It is very important not to unload the cut mat if you are sketching and cutting on the same piece of paper. If you unload the cut mat the sketch design will not line up correctly. After I switched my cutting blade for a black Silhouette pen I added some fancy scrolling text along the flat end of my tag. Changed my settings to Silhouette Pens and then sent my design through again. Making sure to my the outer edges of my Tags “no cut”.
After weeding all my pieces I began to shape them using the end of a smooth barrel shaped ink pen. You can read more about this process with detailed pictures here.
To help give my poinsettia blossom more of the concaved center I flipped my rolled petals over so concaved side of the petal was facing downward. Then I repeated this process for the next two layers of petals. Alternating them in direction slightly as I glued them on to the tag.
Next I grabbed a few of my poinsettia leaves and shaped them using the same method then using a small dab of glue I slid them between the edge of the card and my flower. I was careful not to push them in to far or they would show at the opening in the center.
Finally I grabbed my yellow cardstock and a hold punch, cheating I know, and punched a few yellow dots out of my cardstock for the centers. Added another small dab of glue and added them to the center of my flowers.
That’s it! They turned out so cute! I can’t wait to dress up my Christmas table and all of our Christmas gifts with these adorable little Poinsettias!
Thank you for stopping by to check out my Pretty Poinsettia Place Cards! Don’t forget to jump over and check out a few more of my Silhouette projects here.
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