Welcome to the Neighborhood with The Cutting Cafe

Our challenge with The Cutting Cafe this month gave us some flexibility as to which cut file we wanted to use.  We could pick from the Happy Fall Scene Card Template and Cut File or the Welcome to the Neighborhood Scene Card Template and Cut File.  As you can see from the title of this post, I opted for the second; but the first is adorable and I want to use that for a card very soon. 

I wanted to try something a little different with my card to show you just how versatile these cut files can be; so I didn’t use the shaped card base provided with the file.  Rather, I used an acetate card base with just the toppers and extras for the houses.  And here’s what I did:

Welcome wm 1

I sized the pieces to fit on an A2, or 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, card.  The file provides a topper (which is a weld of all the pieces).  When working with acetate, you have to figure out a way to hide the adhesive; so I cut four of these.  On one I printed the sentiment and filled the individual pieces with pattern paper from the Sunny Garden collection (retired Stampin’ Up MDS) in my Silhouette design screen and created a print and cut. 

Before I did any assembly, I embossed the card base with the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  That warped the card a bit, so I placed some heavy weight on it and allowed it to sit overnight.  It’s still slightly warped, so back under the weight it goes now that I took the pictures.

Welcome wm 2

To assemble, I added one of the toppers to the front of the card.  Since the adhesive on the back would show on the inside of the card, I placed another topper on the inside, carefully lining it up to the piece on the front.  Next, I turned the card over and added the third topper to the back of the card, lining it up with the front.  The final topper, with the sentiment, is added to the inside of the card.  Placing the piece on the back first makes it easy to get that sentiment in the right spot.

Welcome wm 3

Then I placed all the printed pieces, sponging the edges first.  When I finished, I felt there was a bit too much open area on the top of the card, so I also used the sun from the Pocket Shaped Card Template and Cutting File as a print and cut.

I love working with acetate on cards.  Here’s another card I made for The Cutting Cafe’s challenges using acetate.

Be sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe blog to see what all the other designers have created for you.  Leave a comment for a chance to win three free The Cutting Cafe files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet!

6 Responses to “Welcome to the Neighborhood with The Cutting Cafe”

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  1. nclights7 says:

    I love your card! Very realistic!

  2. regina easter says:

    kim this came out soooooooooooo cute…love the papers you used for the neighborhood..hugs

  3. Denise Sayers says:

    I never think about acetate and then I see your cute cards and think I really should do that. Another on my non-ending list of techniques I need to do more of, lol.

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