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Posted 12/17/2013 by luvmyfam444 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:45:54 PM
I have just cut a reindeer box - but I can't figure out the purpose of the perforated sides.

are there directions anywhere on how to put these things together? where to fold/glue?

I'm just not that smart

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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:50:44 PM
and how do you figure out the best size to cut them?

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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:00:05 PM
Usually you fold on the perforations. Sometimes the designers put directions on their website, on the page where you bought the design in the description and inside the software if you right click and then hit properties. I guess the size would depend on what you planned to use it for.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:39:36 PM
ahh - I've only bought thru the sil store.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:45:53 PM
how do I take off the other parts (eyes/antlers) off so they don't cut in same color - want to cut them in black

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Posted: 12/17/2013 3:04:46 PM
The first thing I do is select the object once it's open in Sil. Then go to Object, then click Ungroup. This allows you to seperate the pieces.

Move the pieces that you do not want to cut off of the cutting mat, then you can arrange the piece you are cutting onto your mat. Just remember that if you resize the box, then you will need to resize ALL of the pieces all at once or they won't fit.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 3:04:46 PM
The first thing I do is select the object once it's open in Sil. Then go to Object, then click Ungroup. This allows you to seperate the pieces.

Move the pieces that you do not want to cut off of the cutting mat, then you can arrange the piece you are cutting onto your mat. Just remember that if you resize the box, then you will need to resize ALL of the pieces all at once or they won't fit.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 4:37:33 PM
If it makes you feel better I read that as cutting a box with sister-in-law, and wondered what could be dumb about that.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 5:05:00 PM
If you are using paper scraps - arrange your cuts so that they correspond with the colors of paper on your mat.

For example, you could put a 4x6 piece of black on one corner of the mat - they put the parts you want to cut black in that spot on the "virtual mat" (on your screen) - all the brown cuts - put that piece of paper in a different part of the mat, etc...

Then when you cut - you can cut the whole project with one load of the mat.

If you have a super large project, this might not work. But if you have smaller cuts - you can cut the whole thing out at once!


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Posted: 12/17/2013 6:22:14 PM
Sounds like you need some assistance with using your Silhouette. Here are videos that show you how to use all the tools included in the Silhouette die cutters.

Silhouette tutorial videos

I hope this helps and learn to love the die cutter as much as a lot of us do. I know I learn better if I can see it, and this way you can stop, rewind and repeat it till you get it.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:36:11 PM
thanks so much for all the tips - going off to play again..

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Posted: 12/17/2013 10:46:12 PM
The description I gave above applies to shapes bought in the Sil store what exact shape are you cutting?

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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:48:43 PM


The description I gave above applies to shapes bought in the Sil store what exact shape are you cutting?



In her OP, she said it was a reindeer box. I downloaded a reindeer box from the Silhouette store. I haven't tried to cut it yet and put it together.

luvmyfam444, did you succeed in getting it put together? Are you happy with the results?


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Posted: 12/18/2013 3:07:02 PM

In her OP, she said it was a reindeer box. I downloaded a reindeer box from the Silhouette store. I haven't tried to cut it yet and put it together.


The search feature brought up four options on the first page alone, so I thought knowing which specific shape would help to give more detailed instructions.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 8:42:15 PM
Oh, that's the worst! I bought one of the cute halloween villages and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to put it together. Went to the designers blog and her post for that image had NO instructions. That's been my only complaint about those types of files.

Good luck figuring it out!


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Posted: 12/19/2013 9:19:00 AM

I bought one of the cute halloween villages and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to put it together. Went to the designers blog and her post for that image had NO instructions. That's been my only complaint about those types of files.


I think the reason is because designers assume most crafters have used foldable templates from online before and know that dash lines are meant to be folded.

However, even a seasoned crafter may be puzzled unless there are instructions explaining which lines to do a mountain or valley fold.

I can usually look at the design and figure it out, but I've done quite a few 3D projects. Instructions should be included since some who buy a 3D design may never have done anything like it before.

OP, did you get it figured out?


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