If there’s one thing the Fourth of July (or Canada Day) is known for, it’s food. All that yummy summer goodness comes out in droves for these big days. And after coming back from a Pie+Cake contest that my daughter-in-law entered–and won (yay!)–I saw a commercial on tv that said, Bon Appetit. Bam! I knew I needed that word.

And of course you need a fork, knife and spoon to go with it. ;)

I’ve used the title here with just the fork on this page of Shyanne winning for her Salted Honey Pie.

 

 

 

For the background, I Minc’d a printed-on-vellum stripe paper from the Simple Staples kit. It did pretty well, although I think it could have done better. When I took photos I didn’t realize how much it would look like the wooden background it sat on. :)

I also used Found (delicious) and Yesterday for the rest of my accents. And because I get asked this frequently, you can find the number stamp I used for the date HERE . Love this creative alternative to a date stamp!

 

 

Now let’s talk about that little fork and its whopping 1.625″ height. So teeny tiny, right? I always enjoy testing the limits of my Silhouette. I really thought I’d be asking too much for my machine to cut this, but I’m always willing to try it out. Usually I’d go for my American Crafts cardstock–especially for cutting delicates, but I like this color of grey. Again, always willing to try instead of just dismissing it.

I also like to cut two or three at a time just in case one doesn’t work. I cut two vertically and one kind of worked and the other got stuck on something. So I tried changing to a horizontal orientation and it worked much better. It wasn’t perfect…one didn’t really cut well and the other had a tiny bit of the tine missing, but I just trimmed a tiny bit off the top and made it more of a salad fork. ;)

It’s not a perfect science and it doesn’t always work, but most of the time I can make stuff like this happen.

So, in light of this particular subject happenin’ here in this post, I thought it would be a good time to review and list some of my tips for cutting delicate items or small images.

Tips for Cutting and Working With Delicate + Small Images

  1. Use American Crafts cardstock. This is my number one tip. I cannot tell you how much I love AC cardstock for cutting on my Silhouette! I have used it for years and nothing can compare. I don’t know what it is that makes it magic. I’ve done plenty of tests of one image on different cardstock and AC, hands down, is the best.
  2. Use a newer mat and blade. You definitely want a good blade to cut well. In addition, a mat with good stick will keep those tiny pieces from moving about.
  3. Make sure the blade is free from debris. Sometimes a blade can gather cardstock inside with the blade, so it needs a bit of cleaning. You can get information on how to do that HERE.
  4. Settings in Silhouette. I have a personal ‘FAVE’ setting that I created.  It has a Blade setting of 6, Speed of 6, and a Thickness of 33. And always remember to change the blade setting on your machine too. I have had many people email with thoughts on why a cut didn’t work and many times the solution was that they forgot to change the blade setting on the machine.
  5. Change the Packet Size under Preferences/Advanced to 500. I know this used to be a big help with older machines. I don’t know how much affect it has on newer machines. Basically the Packet Size determines the amount of information sent from your computer to the Silhouette. It is an option to try.
  6. Change the orientation. I have often cut something vertically first and then changed it to horizontal if it didn’t cut well–or vice vera.
  7. Pull the negative space from behind. This way if you rip a layer of carsdtock due to a small connecting spot then you rip the bottom layer and not the top.
  8. Use a paper piercer to poke through small holes and use scissors to cut any connecting spots. It’s better than trying to pull the cardstock away from it.

FYI, I’m still using the original Cameo with version 3 software. I just can’t seem to make that switch to version 4. When you’re used to something… ;)