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Summer boat card

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Summer boat card

Creating the design

Open up the Yacht Papercut Card by Nic Squirrell into your design space. Ungroup the elements so you separate the boat design from the card outline.  Duplicate the design and put once design back into the card outline and group back together.

Draw an outline around the water elements at the bottom off the design – it is useful to change the line colour at this point so you can be sure the box covers all the areas you desire. Make sure the box is slightly larger than the design as it will make the next step easier.

Altering your design

Open the Modify panel and with the blue box and the design selected, press the crop option – remember the box needs to be wider then the design for the crop to work. 


Once it has cropped all the water elements will sperate out, before clicking off make sure you right click and group these elements together. Draw another box around this, making sure the box line overlaps the water design lines, and select this along with the water design. In the modify panel, select ‘Make’ compound path. This step must be done before you weld the items together.

After this, select weld. You will now have a cut file for just the element of the design. This can be cut out of the metallic HTV but before you send this to cut you must reverse the design as you do with all items you cut out of HTV. To do this, right click and select flip horizontally.

Picking out part of the design

Having duplicated the design again, I wanted to cut out the boat to create more dimension to the design. In order to just cut the boat out, we need to separate the boat from the rest of the design.  To do this, we use ‘edit points’.

Zoom in to an area of the boat to start separating the design; here we are starting at the top of the sail. Right-click the design and select edit points. Chose one of the points at a point where the wavy horizontal lines cross the sails and right click on the point. Select ‘breakpoint’. This will convert the point from a square to a red circle. That one point will have converted to two circles as the circles represent a break in the line, you can now mover these circles away from one another. Drag the circle down to the next part of the design where we will eventually connect it to.

When you have ‘detached’ the design way from the remainder of the shape, right click and select release compound path. This will truly separate the lines from one another, allowing you to delete any lines you no longer need. 

Joining the design together

Once you have separated the lines away from the original design, you need to join the disjointed lines up together. To do this, you need to make sure all the lines are part of the same compound path. Select all the disjointed lines and right click ‘make compound path’.


No when you select edit point on the disjointed lines, you will have many unconnected red circles. Move a red circle to the nearest circle within in the design and they will automatically connect. Once all lines are connected, the boat design will have a continuous outline and be sperate from all the lines.

Assembling the card

Cut out the boat out of white card along with the original card base design as well. For the water, cut this out of silver HTV, as mentioned previously ensure you have flipped the design before you do this.

With a white piece of card, smaller than 5”x&, ink blend a sky and water element lining up with the card design. If you wish you can also add some yellow colour in the location behind the sun on the card design. Adhere this inside the card base using double sided tape and glue.

To add the HTV, weed the negative part of the design and position the waves over the card aligning with the card design. Cover with a piece of parchment scratch paper and press with a hot iron for 10-14 seconds. Peel off the clear backing and the HTV will have to adhere to the card. Foam mount the boat onto the front for added dimension. Add a small heat embossed the sentiment and a few Nuvo drops for embellishments.

Summer boat card


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wHERE YOU’LL FIND Full details on how I made this card AND LINKS TO SUPPLIES

Summer boat card


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YACHT PAPERCUT 7X5 CARD by Nic SquirrellDesign ID#78168


Silver HTV – https://www.graphtecgb.shop/product/silhouette-metallic-heat-transfer-material/


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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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