Week 2: The Cut File Challenge – The Cut Shop

Welcome to Week 2 of The Cut File Challenge!!!! This week I am using an awesome cut file from the incredible Ashley Horton, Owner and Designer at The Cut Shoppe. I LOVE Ashely’s cut files and was so excited to spend a bit of time on her Etsy shop. Here is one of the cut files that I purchased called Starburst!


And here’s how I used this cut file…


Isn’t this an awesome cut file!? For this layout I used several items from an older Heidi Swapp collection.


I cut this design using my Silhouette Cameo. I wanted the starburst to radiate from the center of the layout so I positioned the design to cut in the middle of background paper. Next,  I backed the cut image with brightly colored patterned paper. I love how all of the colors peep through the stars! An alternative to this is to overlay this cut design over velum, glitter paper, or a watercolor background, or use this cut file as a stencil.


I wanted to make sure that I didn’t cover up too much of the starburst so I positioned the photos toward the bottom right of the cut file.


I finished the layout by creating clusters of velum and chipboard stars and hearts around the photos. I used the chipboard phrase “awesome” along with two Heidi Swapp foam sticker fonts to create the title “Awesome Superstar”.  Lastly, I backed the entire layout on yellow patterned card stock to add just a bit more interest.

This was a really fun cut file to use! I will warn you…those little stars can be a bit tricky to remove so I recommend using the double cut feature on your die cutting machine.

Check out the process video for this layout on my YouTube Channel! And don’t forget to stop by The Cut Shoppe and check out of the beautiful cut file designs by Ashley Horton!

I will see you next week with cut file #3!!!


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