WOW! LOOK AT WHAT THE ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER CAN DO Part 3

The ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER is one amazing fun tool which gives us SEW many more creative options. We have been offering several posts on this topic as there is way too much to put in just one post. This is part 3 on the topic. Previous posts were published earlier this month (November 2015 Just scroll back on the janomelife home page.

Cut all your paper and cardstock designs for Scrapbooking and card making. Now I am not going to lie to you. I am not a cardmaker or scrapbooker…..sadly there really are not enough hours in any given week for me to add that to my “plate”. However, I have been dabbling with cutting cardstock and paper and have made some very cool little things. One evening I went down a “rabbit hole”……that is what I call going online to look for graphics and cutting files. Man alive…..I think it was 5 hours before I “surfaced”. But I did have more than a dozen great little projects to try out on my Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter. Woohoo….so guess who had a wonderful time cutting up a storm at the office over the next few days?! Here are some pics of my paper craft handiwork:

Intricate snowflakes cut from different sheets of cardstock

Intricate snowflakes cut from different sheets of cardstock

Perhaps you are wondering how I arrived at the point of a cut snowflake from my journey down the “rabbit hole”?

  1. I had downloaded a bunch of graphics and cutting files from the internet:  Our Simple Cut software (included with the purchase of the Artistic Edge Digital Cutter) that reads no less than 15 different graphic formats including .SVG (probably the most common format); jpeg, bmp, gif and png, etc. There is no shortage of these graphics and cutting files online – and most are FREE. Your problem will be the time to locate the ones you want!  Just to keep things easy, I saved all these graphic file downloads in a Folder on my laptop marked : Edge Cutter. Figured I would manage to find that afterwards.
  2. I then opened the Simple Cut software and opened the file(s) from my Edge Cutter folder. The software allows us to resize these graphics, delete sections we may not need, etc. When I was satisfied with my snowflake, I clicked File>Export>to Cutters. On the cutter settings page, I made adjustments as necessary to blade pressure & cutting speed.
  3. I checked where the magenta spot was located on the PC screen & then checked on the cutting mat that the red laser dot  (which correlates exactly with the magenta spot on the screen) was where I needed it to be. If not, use the arrow keys to move the red laser dot.
  4. Insert the correct of the 3 blades as per table in the Instruction book: yellow cap for fabric, red cap for paper etc.
  5. Also check you have the correct of the 2 cutting mats: high tac or low tac. Ask me how I know high tac is not the correct one for paper?! This is the tool I had to use to fix that mistake!

    Thank you, Linda for monogramming this scraper for me. It came in most handy when I used the wrong mat!

    Thank you, Linda for monogramming this scraper for me. It came in most handy when I used the wrong mat!

  6. Do a Trace to check where the cutting will happen. Great feature so we don’t waste time & fabric or paper etc.
  7. Now press cut and quicker than you can clap your hands and shout hooray, your shape has been cut.
  8. Peel it up from the mat and apply to whatever project you are busy making.

 

 

My daughter loves to decorate her home with decals & motifs. I don’t think she knows how much money her mother could save her by cutting wall decals, window clings and more with the ARTISTIC EDGE DIGITAL CUTTERHome décor and seasonal projects could not be easier or more cost effective…….Perfect for Halloween, Christmas, birthday parties; showers  –  whatever you desire. Decorating for every occasion becomes not only fun but quick & easy.

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Now would you EVER contemplate cutting out all the leaves on this tree with a pair of scissors or X-acto knife? Me neither! So you can buy for good $$$ like my daughter did or you can cut with your Artistic Edge Digital cutter.

Now would you EVER contemplate cutting out all the leaves on this tree with a pair of scissors or X-acto knife? Me neither! So you can buy for good $$$ like my daughter did or you can cut with your Artistic Edge Digital cutter.

 

I thought these were super cute.....found when I went down that "rabbit hole".......The little tote bags were quite tiny so I just resized them as large as I could to utilize the 12x12 inch sheet of cardstock I planned on cutting. Our mat is 15x15 so I could have gone larger if I had a larger piece of cardstock - which I did not at the time.

I thought these were super cute…..found when I went down that “rabbit hole”…….The little tote bags were quite tiny so I just resized them as large as I could to utilize the 12×12 inch sheet of cardstock I planned on cutting. Our mat is 15×15 so I could have gone larger if I had a larger piece of cardstock – which I did not at the time.  Use these as cute little gift bags? table decorations at parties? candy bags? wedding & party favours?

There were quite a few scraps of card stock left over after I had cut the little tote bags and mini boxes in pic above. So I used another cutting file had downloaded for free: gift tags. It cut them out in a flash and I threaded silver cords into the little hole the Artistic Edge cutter also cut for me. I don't think I am ever buying another gift tag. Why would I need to!

There were quite a few scraps of card stock left over after I had cut the little tote bags and mini boxes in pic above. So I used another cutting file had downloaded for free: gift tags. They were cut out in a flash and I threaded silver cords into the little hole the Artistic Edge cutter also cut for me. I don’t think I am ever buying another gift tag. Why would I need to?!

Christmas is weeks away.....make your own Christmas ornaments and decorations!

Christmas is weeks away…..make your own Christmas ornaments and decorations!

No need to buy those expensive Christmas crackers with silly rubbish inside! Make your own like I did with a free cutting file and scraps of ribbon. I used cardstock; the red cap blade and the low tac cutting mat. Pop personalized little gifts inside before tying the ribbons.

No need to buy those expensive Christmas crackers with silly rubbish inside! Make your own like I did with a free cutting file and scraps of ribbon. I used cardstock; the red cap blade and the low tac cutting mat. Pop personalized little gifts inside before tying the ribbons.

More Christmas home décor to make effortlessly with the Artistic Edge Digital cutter

More Christmas home décor to make effortlessly with the Artistic Edge Digital cutter

How will you be decorating your home for Christmas this year?

How will you be decorating your home for Christmas this year?

 

 

 

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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8 Responses to WOW! LOOK AT WHAT THE ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER CAN DO Part 3

  1. carol Davis says:

    Will all of the different fonts be able to be used on the heat transfer vinyl for shirts, etc

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  2. Betti Short says:

    Will the Artistic Edge 15 read PES files for appliqués?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Betti

      I am assuming you are referring to the software rather than the Edge cutter. The applique would be either opened or created in the software and then the cutting file would sent to the cutter to cut the fabric. The .pes file would have to go to the embroidery machine to embroider the applique in the hoop.

      The Artistic SIMPLE CUT software most certainly will allow you to both bring in & open a .pes embroidery file as well as save the embroidery design to .pes. Not 100% sure what you mean by applique? Perhaps you mean to bring a .pes applique design into the software? Yes, it will do that. Perhaps you mean turn a .pes embroidery design into an applique? Yes, it will do that too. This software is extremely powerful. We LOVE it.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. Linda says:

    I just came across some outstanding podcast videos that give short but in depth instructions on all of the powerful features of the SimpleCut 7.1 software. You can find them here http://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/artistic-simplecut-7-1-software

    Linda

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for sharing. This was done very recently. These video’s may be accessed on Itunes as per your link or at the You Tube channel for Artistic Creative products.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  4. Do I need to convert image files (jpg, png etc) to SVG? As well, will it read files purchased from the Silhouette Cameo store that are in their own file type? Thanks, Beverley

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Beverley,

      No, you do not need to convert. The Simple Cut software reads 15 different formats incl jpg; png & SVG. Not sure what formats you refer to in the Silhouette store. Probably but cannot confirm that without knowing what format you refer to.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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