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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 4 MTC Blog Hop (and some Blog Candy!)

If you are on the Make-The-Cut! Blog Hop, you should have come from Every Day Little Things.  This is the fourth day of the hop and I am the hostess for May 4.

A big welcome to all my friends from the MTC forum and also to any newbies that may have found out about the Blog Hop! MTC is one of the easiest programs to use for designing files to be cut on an electronic cutter like the Gazelle, the Silhouette SD, the eCraft, the Pazzles, the Lynx and Cougar - and now the KnK!. Hop on board the Blog Hop - by the end of the month you will be convinced of this as well (if you are not already!)

Today I have a cute card project for the little boy (or maybe the "big boy") in your life! This card could be used in many ways (get well, missing you, thinking of you, etc.) but I chose to make it a birthday card.

I used the Lettering Delights Fast Car graphic set to make this shaped card. (image is linked). I will provide the MTC file for the card and envelope, you will need to head over to Lettering Delights for the graphic file. (Hopefully you picked it up during the Lettering Delights sale that they had. If not, run right over to get it now. This one is a keeper!)

This is a wonderfully colorful set that inspires the vrooom, vroooom from me! Can't you just see all those little cars racing around a track? Maybe it has something to do with the Indy 500 and the fact that I live in Indianapolis? Or that Race Day is coming up on May 29? Uhhh, maybe!

I used Make The Cut! to design the card, exported the file to png, and imported it into Silhouette Studio for cutting as a Print-n-Cut project.  Why did I use the Silhouette Studio instead of MTC? Well, because I am waiting for Andy to finish the plug-in for the Silhouette. MTC will cut currently from the print driver to the Silhoette, not directly from the cutting button. But once he gets the plug-in completed, I will be using MTC for both printing and cutting. (I was hoping it would be ready by today and I was ready to edit this post but check back soon! It is coming.) Here is what my screen looked like in MTC:

The Silhouette - when used with the automatic three-point registration (in Silhouette Studio) - is hands-down the best cutter (to date IMHO) for PnC. According to Andy, the new plug-in "takes advantage of all the Silhouette's features..." To me that means three point registration for easy and accurate PnC!  Did I say that I can hardly wait to see it! On April 23 he promised it would be ready in 7-14 days, so it should be ready by May 7! (not that I am counting or anything, lol!)

Now for the nitty gritty details on making this card. The car is popped up with pop dots. The graphics and sentiment inside were adhered flat to the card. The font used inside was Chachie. I also designed an envelope for the card, since the smallest size acceptable for mailing is 3.5x5", this one is just a smidge bigger. (I will sheepishly admit to cutting the envie by hand! I was in too big of a hurry to put it together).  There is also a graphic on it, but that is optional. I added the little puff of smoke behind the cars by hand with a black gel pen, and filled it in with a white gel pen.

Today I have for you the shape for the card and instructions on how to add in the graphic after you purchase it. Import the file as a texture into MTC, then reduce to 25% (both the shape and the texture). It should fit into the silhouette of the car perfectly. The "Zoom" needs to be reduced to 20%.  The MTC file for the card and envie is here (it will download when clicked).

The envelope is my own design and my own texture. I have included in on page 2 of the above file.

Oh yeah - the Blog Candy! Can't forget that, now can I? A $5 Lettering Delights Gift card is up for grabs. All you need to do is:
1. Become a follower of my blog,
2. Leave a comment telling me what you would create with this graphic set if you had it, and
3. Leave a way for me to contact you (your MTC forum name is fine).

Open until 11:59 pm EST on May 4. I will use Random.org to choose a winner and will post the winner on here by 5 pm Thursday. Good luck! And stop back tomorrow for more goodies!

Have a blessed day!


simplybren said...

What a fun card. With 3 grandsons this set would be well used. I can think of multiple uses. Thanks for sharing with us. I had not thought of using my lettering delights images to make a shaped card DUH!!! LOL

Linda said...

Nice card Nelda..and clear instructions.

Sheri said...

Nice to see a masculine card. Love the colors.I could use it for my grandsons.

Scraphappyana Creations said...

great card Nelda. It is adorable. Thanks for the instructions as well.

Patricia Hurlburt said...

I love this card. I would probably make some decor for my son's bedroom with this collection. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
lilbitee_ID4078 is my MTC ID.
Have a great day.

Christine said...

Fabulous Card Nelda, my son will love this one.

JessicaL said...

Such a great card! This set would certainly come in handy for the men in my family, they all love cars. TFS!
JessicaL (MTC forum)

KathyB said...

I love the card Nelda! Thanks for the comment on my post yesterday! I am a follower!! I would use this to make a missing you card for my son who is deploying to Afghanistan soon. You know, have to keep the cards flowing while he is deployed...this will be tour number 5!

KathyBessey on the forum

larrys girl said...

too cute nelda. if i had this set, i would do the same thing, but yours is better!

Lisa R. said...

What a fun project. i don't have MTC. i use SCAL.. Anyway, I'm having fun looking at all the cool projects! joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

John said...

Hi Nelda,
I'm already a follower of your blog. I would make a birthday card for my nephew with this graphic. Great job on your post!
CeCeCreates on the forum!

Scrappinbutterfly said...

Very awesome card nelda!

Aimee said...

I love the card! Perfect for little boys! I would use these graphics on a scrapbook layout for my son. I so need to catch up on my scrapbooking. Oh, and I'm already a follower.

AETucker7 at gmail dot com

ShrinkingMimsy said...

Hi. Great Post. If I had this graphic set, I would make congrats cards for my daughter and her bff when they get their drivers licenses this summer. Would also make a fun Father's Day card.
EliEli46 on the MTC Forum.

Anonymous said...

Nelda, The card is adorable and the matching envie makes it perfect and cheery.
If I had this set I think I would be inclined to make little stand up cars and use them as game pieces for a board game. Can't you just see those little cars zooming around?

Thanks for the project idea and sharing your creativity!

Im a cutter
trishh at wans dot net

Shadow said...

Thank you Nelda, I would use these as birthday invitation cards for Jye. I am already a follower.



I just love this graphic set...pretty sure I already have it on my wishlist! LOL!! Both my boys love race cars(what little boy doesn't?)

Thanks for the fabulous share!!
Shannon_Corbin@live.com (known as Shannon_Corbin on the MTC forum)

Shushu22 said...

I have 6 grandsons who would LOVE something made with this set.

Linda Kirsch said...

Love this card. I haven't tried print and cut yet!I have a little almost grandson, (I sort of helped raise his mom, so she is like an adopted daughter to us)and he has a birthday coming up. I Also have 3 brothers that are big into racing, so this would work for them too. Yes, I am a follower. Love your blog and the help you offer here.

Trisha said...

Love your card and all the details that you gave. I am fairly new to make the cut and not quite sure how the print n cut works. I am assuming that it has to be printed first on 8.5 x ll paper (unless you are lucky enough to have a large format printer). I will download your file and then when I learn how, I will make a card for my grandson. Thanks again. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

michele hileman said...

Awesome project and and awesome blog hop.

Brandy said...

How Cute! My grandsons are so into cars and racing. They would love to receive a card like this. TFS

Anonymous said...

You do a great job with your cards; love the colors,fonts and designs. What kid wouldn't love a card like theses. Really Cute!!! MTC curly girl

Linda said...

Really cute card Nelda!!!!!

Aeryn said...

Super cute card!!! Love this LD set!! All the boys/men in our family are car fanatics. This set would be great for any of them. Thanks so much for the shaped card & envie. And the chance to win your blog candy :-)

Jody :-)
MTC forum - Jody_M

Nelda said...

Offering is now closed....winner to be posted soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nelda... this is a really cute card. I will have to make this for my nephews this June for their birthdays.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Darling card- this would be perfect for a nephew who is going through Chemo...and LOVES cars!!! Thanks for pointing me to LD for the image too- I will have to pick it up! Great Blog Hop!

Anonymous said...

Oh how ADORABLE your project is.....So colorful and bright..I LOVE it!!!!!!!