There’s a time capsule on my desk. That’s what it looks like to me, but in reality it’s my new crafting tool, a Silhouette Portrait.
I’m not abandoning my trusty Slice Elite – there are so many designs that I have yet to cut out on that machine, and I love that’s it compact and portable. The Portrait’s compact for a desktop die-cut machine, which is important because my desk in the home office doesn’t have a lot of real estate, just like my craft space. I’m sensing a pattern.
The ability to design cut files is the reason I wanted the Portrait. I cannot wait to die-cut something I’ve designed. Why wait? Well …
After setting up the machine and its software, I tested it out by die-cutting some music-note shapes for a Father’s Day card. The design is intricate, and the Portrait performed fabulously. I took the die-cuts to my craft space to put them on my card and returned to the Portrait to die-cut “DAD,” but the machine wasn’t detected by my computer.
The power adapter that came with the machine is bad. No die-cut “DAD.” Sad. Silhouette is sending a replacement adapter. I’m disappointed that my new toy is temporarily unusable.
The die-cut music notes round out my music-themed card for my father-in-law, who loves Elvis and karaoke. I’m obsessed with Basic Grey’s Hipster collection (I used elements from the line last week and the week before), and the color palette is great for a masculine card.