Dh's uncle is celebrating his 70th birthday next month and I decided I wanted to do another Asian style card with the Chinese character for "long life." I figured I'd better get started on it right away since creating these types of cuts usually take me forever to do on Design Studio. Only this time, I decided to put my Sure Cuts Alot program to the test. Together with the help of Susan Bluerobot's Inkscape Logo tutorial, it took me a whole FIVE MINUTES to create this cut! (Jen Y, are you reading this?) Absolutely incredible and amazing.
Of course I'm still keeping Design Studio because of its links to my Cricut cartridges and right now I still feel more comfortable using DS to create card and box templates, but Sure Cuts Alot together with Inkscape is certainly a powerful addition to my crafting toolbox.
For this card, I used the Textile texture embossing folder from Cuttlebug on a piece of Bazzill Bling cardstock (January Gemstone) and the George cartridge to cut the octagonal window and frame (Currency gold cardstock). The Chinese long life character was cut using Hygloss red foil cardstock and backed with gold vellum. I used Bazzill Metallic Luster for the card base.