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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Paperclip bows (and free MTC file)

Don't ya just love that bright, colorful, idea-filled catalog that Stampin' Up puts out? I just revel in the card ideas, projects, and the papers.
Take a look at the top of page 152 of the latest catalog and check out the cute paperclips! I just had to give these a try and went on a search in YouTube. Sure enough there are six different videos that show how to make these. So I watched a few, took down measurements, and designed a MTC file for the paper bow. 
These were not difficult to assemble (see the videos for instructions) but I didn't like the squared off top near the paperclip. I tried angling the corners but still was not satisfied. (And just because you can  in MTC) I redesigned the file for a pattern with a true bow curve. I love working in MTC, so intuitive and easy!
The dimensions are the same as the original, and you can get 16 or 17 bows on one piece of 8.5 x 11 paper. I cut these on the Silhouette Cameo using MTC. 
Isn't it the cutest? I added a little bling in the middle and -voila!- the cutest bookmark ever. These were printed on both sides of Epson Premium Presentation Paper (matte, 44 lb) from the MDS download of the Quatrefancy paper (available through SU's website), assembled with tacky glue, and attached to the paperclip with a medium glue dot. Be sure to use the jumbo paperclips for these.
 My design is a bit more sturdy (and I think cuter) than the original. They look smooth and svelte rather than chunky and boxy IMHO. 

For those who don't like to design, I have a free MTC file for you here (free for the next week). expired   Enjoy, and please, if you make some I would love to link to your photos of them!

I have also had requests for svg files of some of my products. I have started an Etsy shop and this file is available as a svg there for just .99.  And as a bonus, the first 20 buyers (be sure to use this link) get a 50% discount, just .50!


carol said...

This is so fabulous!! I love them and can't wait to make a few!! Thank you!!

Chinglish12 said...

Hi there. I found your blog via a forum you posted about different blades for our crafting machines. I ended up buying some 45 degree blades from Elkins Creek earlier this year and have been using them with my Cricut. When I cut images, paper is still tearing (even with a new blade). I was wondering if you could provide any input. I've seen people say they've used the deep cut blades on regular paper, but on the forum I saw that would be a waste of the 60 degree blade for thinner material. Would you be able to provide any advice regarding this? It has driven me to think that buying a Silhouette machine might be in my best interest. Thanks!! J

Ashley Anne said...

Cute Paper Clips.