• Jenni

Birthday Train

My brother-in-law loves model trains, so for his birthday I wanted to make a card that fit the theme.

I really wanted to use my Scan ‘N Cut for this card. I’ve had it for some time, but have only really used it to cut out my stamped images. So this was my first attempt at actually creating an svg file/design.

Being new to this, I started by browsing Etsy for train images. I found some train silhouette svg files (store linked below) that were perfect for creating a clean and simple masculine card. I used the Canvas program by Brother to create the cut file for my card. I used an engine, a car, and a track from the files I purchased, along with the “Happy Birthday” I typed out in Canvas in order to create my design.

I scaled everything down to fit an A2 sized card and added a border. Then I made sure all the characters/images were touching and welded them together so that the whole design cut out as one piece.

I cut the image out of wood grain cardstock to give the design some texture, instead of just plain cardstock. I lined all the edges with a dark brown marker to add some depth as well. Then I glued the cut piece onto another piece of wood grain cardstock, but in a lighter color.

Overall, it was a good learning experience, but I’m not crazy about this card. A block letter font and different papers, maybe layered, would make it a little more interesting. I think it’s a little too simple, but the wheels are already turning for the next one!

Thanks for stopping by!


Etsy Shop Train svg:

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