ScanNCut homemade words and birthday card

One of my favorite things lately is doodling and then seeing what it looks like when my ScanNCut machine cuts it out of paper. What I LOVE about this is that I can take a word that is big (or small) or other shape and re-size it to the project I need. So often I doodle something and think “it’s not the right size….” well by scanning into my ScanNCut it doesn’t matter! I can just re-size and play!


Today I’ve got a full (long!) video tutorial that will show you how to do that – and how I made this card.

link to YouTube

 My key tips are:

  • use pencil first (contrasted with the pen, the machine won’t pick it up!
  • don’t expect it just right on the first sketch, but at the same time don’t underestimate the “do it quick don’t think too much” approach
  • thin pen first, then thicken with more pen strokes or a thicker pen so that it cuts around your shape
  • Scan words separately if you want to be able to manipulate them as separate words
  • Don’t forget to unify the pattern so that you move all the pieces together/everything will re-size properly

Most of all though, have fun! Card making is my favorite for birthdays and thank yous. Something about celebrating a special person combined with crafting that just puts me in a great mood!

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I love how fun this turned out – and really it’s a party it could be for a man or woman, kid or adult. If you have any questions or requests with the ScanNCut be sure to email me or leave me a comment – I’ve got so much to share with you and have so many fun things still to come!

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

3 thoughts on “ScanNCut homemade words and birthday card”

  1. It’s a lovely card, and I love your handwriting. You always choose the prettiest colors, too. Michelle t

  2. Last week I became a proud owner of a Scan N cut. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the tips and video. Your card is lovely.

  3. You are such a great teacher May because you are not afraid to tell what you would do differently next time! Such a great card. Your handwriting is beautiful.

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