I am so excited to tell you about my first experience using the PixScan mat with my Silhouette Portrait and to show you two cards I was able to quickly make using one of my new favorite stamp sets from MayMay Made It!
First let me tell you that I was seriously considering purchasing the Brother Scan and Cut2 because fussy cutting its just not happening in my craft room anymore. It’s tedious, time consuming, and is not good for those of us who have the annoying arthritis in our hands. As I was weighing the cost and benefits of this new machine, my friend told me that she thought the Silohouette had the scan and cut feature. So I decided I needed to do more research. You Tube was my go to place ot see what people were doing on their Silohouette’s.
The first resource I found was the awesome video showing the Silhouette PixScan mat and how to use it! So it didn’t take long for me to decide to order the mat from Amazon with free Prime 2 day shipping and try it for myself.
Above you see that I took a white card stock and stamped my images using Momento black ink. I applied the card stock to the PixScan mat and took a picture of it using my iPadAir2. Using the Design Studio software and using Kens video I was able to calibrate my iPadAir2 very quickly and then import this picture into the DS software. Super easy to do! Take the picture from above. Make sure you have good lighting and get the picture of the complete scanpix mat. Avoid shadows and glare. You will get the hang of it!
Once imported into the DS software I used the trace feature to trace my stamped images. So let me point you in the right direction for some good videos about using this feature. Click HERE and then watch the tutorials for some really incredible training and insight. Take some notes and then practice with a stamped image you want to use for your card or scrapbook pages.
My images did not cut perfectly but I was able to use almost all of them. I used Distress Inks and come Grumbacher watercolor to color my cut images for my cards.
This stamp set is from MayMayMadeIt.com and it’s called Jar of Fun. As I get more advanced with tracing the stamped images in the Design Studio software I will be able to cut the stamped images even closer.
I used some scraps of paper from a 6X6 pad to use on a very simple swing fold card using this adorable Jar of Fun stamp set.
The inside is just a plain jar so I have room to write a short notes and a few of the lightening bugs, that can also be used a lady bugs!