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Thursday, 30 May 2013

You Stole My Heart - Auto Trace Tutorial

Mid flow into schools holidays, and there is so little time to craft, unless it's a quick card using Print & Cut.  I tried to have a go with this cute graphic file a few days ago, but couldn't get it to trace around the image very well, as you will see their is a feint grey shadow when you download the image.

I have used the LD Cops Graphics set and there is also a LD My Hero's Bundle which includes, Cops, Firefighters and Doctors adorable.

I was about to give up, but decided to have another go, to try and omit the grey outline surrounding the graphics image. I Auto Traced the image selecting the robbers black top and carefully moved the Intensity Detect making sure I got a neat enough trace (LOW-224).

Here is my autotraced image below.

I have thickened my line and made it green, for the purpose of this tutorial.  I moved the Auto Traced line on top my image.  Delete the scraggly bits to the right of the image as they are not needed.

Hope you are still with me!

Then, I made an Outline Thickness of 0.10 as seen by the red outline.  Don't worry if your lines are not the same colour.  The red outline is your cutting line and you can delete the green line.

Nearly there!  

Ready to print having made the registration boxes and selected null pen to temporarily remove the cutting line so that it does not print out!

As you can see in the above photo, the shadow outline from the image is still showing.  It finally worked.....using a bit of extra brain cell matter!  Looking back it seems easy.

I know....... my cutting mat is really shameful, but it is a very old one!

I have cut out one of my registration boxes and made a slight adjustment to the blade placement.  It has cut out beautifully.  Now to finish off the card.

I added a small punched heart that just about covered the $ sign on his bag.  I should have made it slightly bigger but my youngest child was trying to get to sleep.....forced Pazzles bedtime too!

I simply typed my sentiment onto some white thick paper and cut it using my paper trimmer. 

A bit of matting and layering using coloured cardstock with some craft foam pads.

Phew, sorry for the long post but I needed to share this one with happy crafter.

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I appreciate not all my follows use a Pazzles Inspiration Cutting Machine but the principals of the software are similar to other software's for electronic cutting machines.

I would love to hear your comments on this tutorial.

Joanna x


  1. Oh how Fun! Great Card :)
    Hugs and Blessings,

  2. Love your card... the robber is just too cute

  3. Cute the image! TFS from BIF

  4. Oh , this is so cute, I really am going to look at one of those machines.

    1. Just check out the Pazzles Banners at the top of my blog, to take you to the video tour that explains all about the Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter, and the other banner that gives you a video tour of the Pazzles Craft Room ~ Joanna

  5. What an adorable card, love the robber! BIF

  6. Thank you so much for sharing these tutorials, I've just bought a Pazzles inspiration and I am finding it really tricky to use, so your tutorials are really appreciated! I've been following your print and cut tutorial but when I auto trace my design (imported as a jpeg from photoshop) and slide the slider until it forms a silhouette, when I then press ok it turns my original image into a silhouette not a cut line! Can you help? It's probably something really simple I'm doing wrong!
    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Esther, thank you so much for your kind comments and am so glad you appreciate them. It does take time for me to do these and it's always nice to hear that people learn from them. I am not an expert by any means just sharing what I know, from one crafter to another. You can import the jpeg designs straight into your Pazzles without using photoshop. Select FILE, IMPORT, IMAGE (jpeg). When you use the cog wheel for autotrace the image will go to a silhouette. You are just wanting the cut line and then move it across over your image. You may like to take a look at 2 specific video tutorials here named Print and Cut Video Tutorial - Pazzles. I haven't done part B on one of them but let me know how you get on ~ Joanna