I’ve regularly spoken of scanning with the ScanNCut, but one of the best parts of that scanner isn’t for making cut files. It’s for placement!
When you are in a screen with shape(s), you can press the “scan” button and it will scan your mat and show you where your paper or material is. I love this for several reasons – before I explain let me (as always) disclose that affiliate links are used in this post and I am a paid consultant for Brother, however all ideas and opinions are my own. This machine rocks – and I’m happy to share ideas with it!
Back to the “why is it cool” factor – there are several reasons being able to scan your mat is great for cutting purposes.
- Using scraps – this allows you to use any odd size already cut or random material you like without guessing
- no counting squares! Sometimes I count the grid “3inches over… two down…” type thing but scanning in your material eliminates the need to do this or to guess if you have placed things right
- Sizing layered elements – you’ll know things are just right to go around your stamp
- Preview the result – you can see “does it look good on my paper/stamp/image”? BEFORE you commit to cut.
- Great for creating layered projects
I have created a video on YouTube to showcase how I made this card and used this function multiple times to create my layers here.
Something brand new for me – I tried “partial cutting” my very heavy watercolor paper then tearing around the circle. Oh I LOVE these results! I am thinking about leaves for fall, hearts for Valentine’s Day and more with this technique. Note that it would work best on a paper that is like watercolor paper or something that is both thick and easily tear-able.
I absolutely love all of the details on this card from the gold flecks of mist to the sentiment itself. This was tremendously fun to create, and I hope today I’ve inspired you to try some layering or create in your own unique way with multiple textures and materials.
I’ve been trying to use up my meager stash of things like mulberry and vellum papers and I’m finding I really enjoy cutting them into shapes and using them as an element to my projects. What materials are you enjoying working with these days? I’d love to hear!
As a reminder – the ScanNCut has an instant savings deal going on right now. Here’s an amazon link if you want to check it out.