This curvy hello card will have you saying goodbye to boring 4-corner greeting cards. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Scanncut Canvas to make a rounded rectangle card with an added “Hello” sentiment. This type of card is a breeze to design using the align, offset, and weld functions in Scanncut Canvas.
If you’re a last minute gift-giver like me, you will like the quick nature of this project. It goes together fast and requires only a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock weight scrapbook paper.
How to Create a Curvy Card in Scanncut Canvas
Scanncut Canvas Skills Learned:
- Duplicating Shapes
- Sizing shapes
- Adding Logo Text
- Setting cut lines
- Setting draw lines
- Creating offset lines
Materials & Resources:
- Scanncut Canvas Account
- 1 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock-weight scrapbook paper (not double-sided). Pick something with dark colors that will contrast well with white.
- Double-sided foam tape
Finished size: 5.5 x 4.25 (approx)
This tutorial is divided into 4 sections.
- Create the Scanncut Canvas cut file for the rounded card.
- Add the “hello” sentiment.
- Download the cut file and cut using your scanncut.
- Put together the card.
Create the Scanncut Canvas cut file for the Rounded Card
Create a new project in Scanncut Canvas.
Name and save the project.
Open the Basic tab and drag a rounded rectangle to the work surface.
Open the properties panel. Uncheck “Maintain aspect ratio”. Enter the size for your card. 4.25 x 5.5 was used for the sample. Select “cutting line” for the line type. This tells Scanncut that you want this shape to be cut and not drawn. Close the properties panel by clicking the X.
Select the shape and click D twice. D is the keyboard shortcut for Duplicate. You will now see 3 rectangles on your work surface.
Reposition your shapes as shown below so that the top 2 shapes overlap slightly. The overlapped shapes will be the card. The single shape will be used for the sentiment. Select the top two shapes.
Align the shapes by selecting Edit > Align middle. This will align the selected shapes horizontally. Then click the weld button. This will weld (join) the shapes together and remove anything inside the shapes. In this case it removed the overlapped area.
The card portion of the cut file is now complete.
If you wish, you can use the color picker in the properties panel to add color to your Scanncut Canvas cut files. This is helpful for both you and other people who may be using the cut file. Here I colored the card shape blue to help me better visualize the project. Colors selected with the color picker will not be used by the Scanncut. It is simply used as a reference for the user.
Add the “hello” sentiment
The sentiment portion of the card is glued or taped on to the card. For this we want the piece that holds the sentiment to be slightly smaller than the size of the card. To do this, we will use the “offset” tool to easily reduce the size of the card. We’ll also use the offset tool to draw an outline around the piece.
Select the bottom rounded rectangle and click Edit > Offset
The Create Offset Line dialog box will appear. Make sure the spacing shows 0.2 inches. Set the Offset Direction to Inward. Set the Selected original line to Delete and the corner Type to Round. Click OK.
The size of the rounded rectangle is now 0.2 inches smaller. It now measures 3.85 inches tall x 5.10 inches wide.
Continue using the offset tool by creating an inner line that will be drawn as shown in the image below.
The rounded rectangle will now show an inner line. We want to tell Scanncut to cut the outer line and draw the inner line. We’ll use the properties panel to do this. Select the outer line and set the line type to “Cut”. Select the inner line and set the line type to “Draw”. If you wish, use the color picker to add a reference color. For the example, I set the color to white to match my design.
Open the Logo tab and drag the Hello design to the work surface. The logo tab is a great place to find pre-designed words and sentiments.
Open the properties panel to resize the logo to .87 x 4.10. Alternatively, you can resize by dragging one of the corners. While you are in the properties panel, set the line type to “Cut Line”. If desired, use the color picker to change to color to match the color of your card.
The last step is to align and group. Select everything inside the rounded rectangle by dragging your mouse across the contents. Click Edit > align center to align vertically. Click Edit > align middle to align horizontally. Click Edit > group to group all of the objects together.
Test to make sure the sentiment piece fits nicely on the card by temporarily dragging the finished hello shape to the card.
Your Hello Card .fcm cut file is now complete.
Download to your Scanncut using your prefered method. Place your scrapbook paper white side up. Cut and draw using the appropriate settings for your machine.
To construct the card, use foam tape to add the sentiment piece to the card. Use glue to glue the inner portion of the O to the card.