Hi everyone! As you know, I’ve joined the Birds SVG Design Team. Our aim is to use the amazing designs that Bird comes up with in new and different ways.
So far I’ve used an envelope as a stencil on my Tropical page and used SVG files to make Spooky Pops! So what’s next? Well, I was browsing through Bird’s designs and I came across one that looked very familiar – the set called “Girl Cards” which has a princess doll card included.
Now why did this look so familiar? And then it hit me – I’d used some elements of this design for my bridesmaids cards for my wedding!
Of course I didn’t take proper photos of the process back then, but I’ve recreated it to show you how I made this...
Okay, let’s get started. Maybe you’d like to follow along in Silhouette Studio – I think this could make a lovely card for a number of events, and also a great wedding card – no need to use flowers if you want to use another shape.
I downloaded the FREE Girl Card set – find it here - and separated the pieces. I chose the dress with the little cap sleeves.
You’ll know you’ve done it because the colour of the dress will change
I decided to just stick with outlines for now, to make it easier to add my flowers
Next, I chose a flower design from my library. I didn’t want to keep the inner petals, so I just removed them.
Then I made some duplicates and dragged them to be different sizes. You could also keep them all the same size, or add different flowers into the mix. Or do rows of hearts – use your imagination!
Now the aim is to place the flowers on the dress so that the petals either touch each other or touch the edge of the dress. Make sure you get them falling into the gap between the two dresses, and not sticking over the edge.
As you can see from the picture below, the three flowers on the left are all overlapping each other or the dress. The flower floating in the middle won’t work for this design – it needs to be anchored to something.
Carry on placing your flowers until your dress is filled – but I’ll skip ahead and show you the next step.
Highlight all of your flowers and your dress, right click and select “Weld”
As you can see, your dress and flowers have now become one design.
Now, if you wanted to, you could cut out your dress now. You would end up with a thin outline of a dress with flowers in the middle, and a large dress silhouette left in your paper. But I wanted the flowers and the paper to stay behind as part of the card.
To achieve this, you now need to release the compound path that you made earlier. The dress and flowers are all one design now, so you need to release the compound path for the whole design – click on the dress and right click, then select “Release Compound Path”.
You will now end up with two elements to your design – the inner dress with the flowers, and a thin dress outline. Remove this thin outline.
I’ve filled in the background of the dress in colour, to show you how the flowers are now adhering to the background (white) paper.
If you cut it out now, the aqua dress would come out in pieces and your flower dress would stay behind.
Here’s the completed original design – I added some birdies and a message at the top (I was going with the whole Disney-creatures-helping-the-princess-to-dress idea!)
I positioned the dress to make a card, cut it out and added a few bits of bling (every girl loves some bling). I also added the colour to the back of my card.
Make sure you apply your glue to the back of the DRESS and not to the COLOURED cardboard you’re adding – there will be gaps where the colour shows through and you don’t want to see the glue you’ve smeared on the coloured card.
To keep the inside looking nice, I also added the coloured card to the other side of the card where the message goes – you can see it just peeking out in the photograph.
And here are three of my lovely bridesmaids with their cards! Don’t mind the wine, blankets and heavy clothing – it was winter in Springs and it was FREEZING! The sort of freezing we get in South Africa where we don’t have snow but our houses are not equipped to handle any form of cold!
They all said yes, so the cards must have worked! :)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hopefully you can use this design for some other special girls in your life.
For this and other amazing designs, make sure to check out Birds SVGs.
Until next time, happy crafting!