Thanks Santa for the Sihouette Cameo die cutter!
My first attempt didn't go well.
When your cutting mat is brand new it is a bit TOO sticky.
Advise from Jen: stick it to your jeans to remove some of the tackiness.
I was a little afraid of it so I gave it a time out for a month. After watching a bunch of YouTube videos I was ready to try again. Silhouette has a store where you can download images. Turns out two of the artists are in Lilla Rogers Bootcamp class with me, Amanda and Emily. I downloaded a few images--super easy to do. First up was Emily's bird design.
This was a pretty intricate design for my first try and it cut perfectly.
This time I used the Silhouette tools (they look like X-ACTO knives) to slowly and carefully lift the design from the backing.
The pink underpinning is also included in the die cut pattern.
I also uploaded Emily's cat design. Here's a pic of the knife.
You don't have to use big sheets of paper. Just load in a small scrap if you need a tiny element cut.
The last design of Emily's I made was the Scottie card.
Coming soon: how I cut out my own drawings…