Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I hope everyone is having a great summer / offset tutorial

What memories do you have of summer?  Vacation, popsicles, flip flops, swimming pools and of course, for some, picking (and eating) fresh strawberries.  Even though I have attempted many times on my own to grow strawberries and have NOT been successful, I always enjoyed picking them from the neighbors garden.  So when I saw that this weeks theme for The Cutting Cafe' was strawberries, I was very excited. 
We had the following three sets to choose from:  STRAWBERRY TREAT BOX or STRAWBERRY SHAPED CARD...TEMPLATE - CUTTING FILE or BERRY SWEET GREETINGS....PRINTABLE STAMP SET.  I love them all so it was hard to decide what set to use. I finally decided to use the Strawberry shaped card/template/cutting file.   This set comes with 4 sentiments and an matching envelope...the strawberry shaped card is approx. 4.5 by 5.5 inches..this file comes in the following formats: wpc, pdf and svg

Strawberry sentiments
These are the sentiments in the set 

~A little Sneak Peek~

You can see some of the detailed layering here.  I used pop dots to get dimension.

 For my card I used Ali Edwards Holiday collection (red).  I'm not sure where the green is from.  I downloaded when digital scrapbooking and hybrid crafting was new to me.  The cute flower is from MissMint_OopsyDoodle-flower11.  I used my silhouette cameo to cut everything out. 

I love the "stitched" look around the berry and leaves.   To learn how to do this see the tutorial below.

Here is a quick tutorial on Offset and Internal Offset.

 To start with you open the svg file into Silhouette Studio.  You will need to ungroup them first.  After you ungroup them, you will fill the stem part with patterned paper. The patterned paper icon is at the top of the screen with the polka dots in the box.  This will then pop up the choices of paper on
the right had of the screen.

I liked the "outlined" look for this project.  If you do not want to the outline to show, click on the multicolored lines at the top of the screen.  This will pop up a line color menu on the right.  The little box with the cross marks through it is the "no-line" feature.  You can also change the color of the outline here as well.

 Here is where you would change the style and thickness of your lines.  Click on the button with the black lines at the top of the screen.  This will pop up the menu on the right for several options.

After filling your shape with the patterned paper, the next step is to choose the offset button at the top of the screen. (his is the first step towards the dashed line)   Once it is chosen It will give you two offset (which it on the outside of your shape) and the other is the internal offset.  This is the one we are doing for this step.  You will also need to slide the offset distance bar.  This will be where your dashed lines will end up.  Slide it around and you will see what it does.

Now for the dashed line.  You pick the button with the black lines at the top of the page.   Once it is picked, the option box on the right will pop up.  You can chose your line here and the thickness of your line.  Just play around with it.  If you don't like it, remember the "undo" button is unlimited.

Now we are going to an offset.  This give you that nice crisp white part around your image.  It's also known as the Sticker effect.  To do this, you will pick the offset button at the very top of the page.  After that is chosen, the right hand side will pop up.  This is where you will chose the distance for the offset.  You may want it closer or you may want it further away....again, just play around with it.
The next frame shows you what can happen if you pick the wrong layer.

When you pick the offset button, make sure the correct layer is picked.  The dashed lines is considered a layer and if you pick that layer, you will get the offset with more dashed lines. See the picture with the big red x on it.   You may have to move it around a bit to get the image and not the dashed lines. 

Now you will want to pull the off offset layer to turn it white.  To do this, you will pick the paint bucket at the top of the page.  It will pop up the color choices on the right hand of the screen.  After picking the color, line them back up.  Select the whole image and group it together.  The group button is at the bottom left of the screen.   The last picture is to show you that the outer layer is white. 
Now that you have completed these steps for the stem, you can continue to do the same thing with the strawberry.  Also once you get the first two steps done...right before you do the offset (outer) you will want to group together and pick The scissors to pop up the cut menu.  Make sure you do a no cut on those.  Once you have your outer offset done and group them all together, pick the "cut outer edge"  This way it will only print around the offset (very outside), giving you that "sticker" look.

  I hope that you enjoyed this Offset tutorial
I added a flower at the bottom of this card just to have a different look.

Stop by The Cutting Cafe' Blog.  There you will get to see all the other ladie's projects.  I can't wait until Wednesday's to see all the beautiful projects.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win up to 3 sets from The Cutting Café. 


  1. gorgeous!! I want one of those machines now!!

  2. Thanks!! You should get won't be disappointed. It's worth every penny. Brings crafting to a whole new level.

  3. oh my oh my oh my sooooooooooo CUTE..........and thanks for the tutorial

  4. I love the text behind the berry. Great tutorial too.

  5. super sweet card and thanks so much for the tut!! going to try that soon :)

  6. Hi Tanya. This project is SWEET!! I love that you used the red gingham. So country looking and perfect for starwberry images. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorials!

  7. Thanks ladies...You are welcome for the tutorials. I hope they help.

  8. Your card is cute as can be and your tutorials are amazing.

  9. Great tutorial Tanya. Especially the stitched look.


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