Scan It Saturday #1 – A Floral Artist Trading Card

April 12, 2014 — 67 Comments

So, the trellis cutting files that I uploaded the other week went down a treat with all of you Brother Scan N Cut users so I thought that I might make it a regular thing and called it – Scan It Saturday

I am hoping to create a new design and offer it for download each and every Saturday.

This week’s file is a simple floral easel card which will combine the trellis theme with some smaller floral elements and a simple word plaque.

So to start with you will probably want to download the file <<< Right Click on the “download the file” text and choose “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” (for Windows) or Left Click (for MAC users).

Once you have got that you will need to cut all of the elements from some lightweight cardstock. Probably around the 200 to 220gsm mark (in America I think that this is about 80 or 90lb paper).

I used American Crafts cardstock and used the following settings on my Brother Scan N Cut machine.

  • Mat: Standard (Purple Strip).
  • Blade: Standard (Blue Top).
  • Blade Depth: 5 – I think that I might have been able to drop this to 4.5.
  • Blade Pressure: 0 or 1
  • Blade Speed: 3

Once you have the file, open it up in your machine.

Here is how I laid out the mat in Scan N Cut Canvas –

Brother Scan N Cut - Scan It Saturday - Week 1 - Floral ATC - 3

This should also be the way that it opens up on the screen on your machine.

I laid it out like this as then you can cut all of the layers that you need in one cardstock in one strip, i.e. a 4″ x 9″ strip on the left would be what you need to cut those layers in; a 4″ x 9″ strip would be in the middle for those layers; and then you can cut the flowers and leaves in whatever colour you want.

A bit like this …

Brother Scan N Cut - Scan It Saturday - Week 1 - Floral ATC - 1

You may have noticed that I used longer strips and have duplicated a few of the elements, you could do the same if you want to if you have room on your cardstock.

The design will load into your machine as shown in the first picture but all of the groups of elements are individual so you should be able to move them around in case you need to.

After this, it’s really down to you how you want to layer it all up.

Here is the one that I put together.

Brother Scan N Cut - Scan It Saturday - Week 1 - Floral ATC - 2

Just FYI I did cut all of the layers and flowers from cardstock but ended up changing my mind for the sentiment and cutting it separately from peel off vinyl – I just thought that it worked better.

I am hoping that over time you will be able to make something with this file and then send me a picture of what you have made via email (link at the top of the blog), or via tagging GentlemanCrafter in your images on Facebook or @john_bloodworth if sharing on twitter.

Angel Policy: Most of these shapes and the sentiment are from the machine’s pre-installed shapes anyway but I created the lattice – I am happy for you to use this cutting file to make and sell as many handcrafted items as you like (whether for charity or your own profit) however you may not share the file itself, either for free or for sale. If you know someone that would like to have a copy of this file for themselves, please send them a link to this blog post instead.

So, another successful blog out in the wilderness of the interweb – I hope that you enjoyed it.

Thank you for stopping by – see you again next Saturday, time permitting of course.

Look forward to seeing what you make.

Many thanks,
J :)

67 responses to Scan It Saturday #1 – A Floral Artist Trading Card

    Maureen Watkins December 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Sorry John I finally opened your FCM file did not read your comment too well,durrrrr I’m glad that I have 1 FCM file working as for the others I have tried its a no go.


    Maureen Watkins December 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Hi John
    Well I thought I succeed but I did not when I tried to open your FCM file above I get the same message as the others… This image cannot be used (errS10) how do you save the file in scan n cut I did what you said above and got the message????


    Maureen Watkins December 6, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Hi John
    I don’t think I will ever get the idea of converting SVG files to FCM, I have tried and tried I don’t know what I am doing wrong, the FCM file that you posted above worked when I have a go nothing,I get This image cannot be used (errS10) I am very frustrated spent days trying with no success. I bought the image I am trying to use and I know its OK as I have watched this image on Youtube.



    hi john. thanks for this. it seems that i can only download the files that you are putting on here. i cant get any others to work from any cutting files. i spent all day yesterday trying and only managed your trellis cutting file. and i have just managed to do this. they are downloading onto my computer in a zipped file and i cant unzip them. any ideas you might have to solve this would be great as at the moment the money i paid for my scan and cut is wasted money if i cant use it. thank you. lucy


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