Scallop Edge Border Tutorial

Hello, I wanted to continue on showing you how to create different edges using your Silhouette Studio. So today I am going to show a tutorial in creating your own scallop edge.

It is very similar to creating the stamp edge border. The main step that is different is that you don’t use the subtract tool and use the weld tool instead

  1. Start my making a square or any shape you want you want the scallop on
  2. Create a bunch of small circles, copy and pasting them is the best way keep the scallops all the same size.
  3. Space the circles as close as you like for a tighter scallop. Select all your circles and Align Center and then Space Vertically, I like to group them together so they are easier to work with
  4. Now place the circles over your square edge and align them however you like
  5. Select all the shapes, circles and the square, and then weld them together
  6. And now you have your scalloped edge

Before welding the circles you can make the scallop size larger by just selecting the circles and dragging one of the points and expand to your liking.

If you want to extend the length of the scallop but do not want to change the size of the scallop I would just duplicate the circles, before welding – Step 5, and then move them so that they are in one continuous line. And then move them over your shape and you will most likely need to trim off the the extras with the Knife tool. This is the only way that I know of doing this.

Stamp Edge Border Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how to make your own Stamp Edge using the Silhouette Studio.

  1. Start by making a square or any shape you want the stamp edge on
  2. Create one small circle and then copy and paste a bunch of others. When you copy and paste you ensure that the size of the all the circles are the same.
  3. Select all the circles next you want to Align Center and then Space Vertically
  4. Place the circles over your square and align them as center as you want
  5. Take your knife tool and create a line over the border of the square, this will cut the circles in half
  6. Delete the outer half of the circles and trim up the edges so that everything fits into the square
  7. Then select the square with the half circles and you use the Subtract tool
  8. And now you will have your stamped boarder

Of course you can modify this by having smaller or larger stamped edge. If you need a border around your entire square I would recommend that before you use your Subtract tool to duplicate that row of half circles. That way you keep the circle size and the spacing exactly the same. I even Group the circles together to make them easier to work with.

Try it out and see just how easy it really is.

New Goodies from Silhouette America

One of the places that I would love to visit one is CHA, Craft & Hobby Association. It happens twice a year, January and July. It is where all the big scrap booking and crafting brands go and showcase their products and even a sneak peak of what they will come out with. Doesn’t that sound like an amazing trade show!?

This year Silhouette America will be coming out with Gold and Silver Printable sheets in the fall. And they look AH-mazing! From the pictures they showed it looks like plaques.These are sheets you can run through your printer and then through your silhouette cameo for the perfect cut. I love how professional they look.

Another product that Silhouette America will be come with double sided adhesive. This is another product that I can’t wait for. I literally just thinking of ways that I would be able to put Scor Tape through the Silhouette Cameo without gumming up the blade. The double sided adhesive paper will be great for some idea I have. I can’t wait to get my hands on these new items.

Stay tuned to the Silhouette Blog for details. Also, every Tuesday they show you what the freebie product of the week is.

Glass Etching, How To…

Since the Silhouette Cameo can cut vinyl, you can create your own stencil to etch glass with!

So I tried my hand at glass etching. I bought this glass mug from the dollar store.

  1. Measure how big you want the image or the words to be.
  2. Open Silhouette Studio and start creating the stencil that you want to cut into the vinyl, keep in mind the size so it can fit on your glass ware.
  3. Load up your vinyl and hit the cut button. **Don’t forget to adjust the rollers for the vinyl.
  4. Weed out the parts where you want the glass etching to go.
  5. Place transfer paper or contact paper over your stencil and transfer it to your clean glass ware.
  6. Smoother a good layer of glass etching cream. ( I used Armour Etch ) Wait the time allotted in the instructions. (Mine said 5 minutes)
  7. Once your time is up rinse off the cream. ( I have heard that you can scrap the cream back into the bottle and can be reused )
  8. Remove your stencil. And your beautiful glass etching should appear.

There is a warning on the back of the etch cream “will not etch plastic or some Pyrex”. I originally wanted to etch my name on the side of my glass water bottles that I use at work. But I could not get the glass to etch. I tried 3 times but still no go. So I think my glass bottles were made of Pyrex?… So just be aware that it might not work on all glass and probably the cheaper glass the most likely this will work.

Good luck!

POW!

Today I went for a comic themed card. This card reminds me of the old school Batman TV show with Adam West. I remember watching the re-runs as kid and loved how they didn’t show the fight scenes but used onomatopoeia instead of the actual physical hits. I had a sketch for a card front but I wanted to change things up from the usual Happy Birthday.

This card was made in Silhouette Studio using the Draw a Polygon tool. Just click on the icon and then click where you want the to add points for a change of direction. Once you get to the end the Silhouette Studio is so smart that it will join the line together you have your inside. And it really is that simple to create your own star burst for your comic themed card or for anything else you can image.

For the finishing touches I added dots on the star burst with my Copic Ciao Marker-Lipstick Red (R29) just to give a little more of a comic book look. I also added white gel pen outline on the star bust and the outer edge of the card to make it pop.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thicker Fonts

Have you ever found the perfect font but it was just too thin?

I found that is usually the case with the Italic fonts. I need a more elegant font but they are always too thin for the card or the project that I am working on. And I like to get my Silhouette Cameo to a chance to cut things that are a bit larger.

To get thicker fonts:

  1. Choose your font and type your saying. Here I choose the font AltastGreeting.
  2. Go to the Offset Screen and click Offset
  3. Change the Offset Distance until you get to the thickness you want. I usually start at zero and then slowly increase the distance until I get it to where I want.
  4. Then delete the original font that I started off with
  5. And there you have your new thicker font

You can also change the edge of the fonts by changed the corner shape. For the cursive fonts I like to keep in the Round edges. But for a block font I would use the Corner option.

No more searching for the perfect sized font you can really used any font!

Print and Cut Speech Bubble Printable

Another cool feature that the Silhouette Cameo has is the print and cut feature. Print and cut feature is where you can print out and image using your print and then the silhouette have an optic eye that will detect where you want to cut. And once it is all done you have images that are perfectly cut out. This is super awesome if you have an intricate design or something that is different than a straight line.

Today I am going to show you how to print and cut this Speech Bubbles Printable from Creativity Prompt. (This is the way that I cut the image. It does not mean that you have to follow these instructions exactly.)

  1. Bring in the image that you want to print and cut
  2. Change the setting of the paper size, my printer can only print on 8 1/2 x 11paper
  3. Click on the Registration Mark icon and check mark the Show Reg Marks -It will add a hashed grey area which is to indicate the no cut zone. So it is best not to put anything there. As Well it adds corner brackets for the optic eye that is on the silhouette cameo to align the paper so it will cut properly
  4. The next part will change depending on what type of print and cut you are doing. Next I traced around the speech bubbles.
  5. If you want to ensure that there is no white space when the silhouette cuts, select the trace and do and internal offset and delete the outside lines. This will ensure that you are cutting into the bleeding part of the image. I think it makes the image look cleaner
  6. And now you Print
  7. Now that you printed you can load the sheet onto the cutting mat and prepare it to be cut
  8. Send to Silhouette to be cut
  9. Follow the instructions that the Silhouette Studio gives you
  10. I usually choose the detect automatically option – this way the optical eye on the Silhouette Cameo will scan for the registration marks to make sure that it is cutting in the right place. Also it is pretty cool to see the red laser come out to scan the print.

For this project I printed the image on full page white label paper that way they come out as sticker. I am loving this feature! Just wish I had a better printer. :(

Happy Father’s Day!

Well it is not Father’s Day quite yet but I wanted to show you the card that I made for my father.

I used the Silhouette Studio to create the “Happy Father’s Day” text and cut out the tie. For the text I typed out the text with the font that I wanted and centered the font. To get the fonts close enough to weld together I modified the Character Spacing and Line Spacing. It changes the font spacing horizontally and vertically so they can get the letter close enough to be welded together. It really makes working with fonts really easy.

For the tie I used an image I found and traced around the tie and cut it out. I also used the internal offset to cut the knot of the tie again. I did this to make add a dimensional to make the tie look more 3-D.

I added white gel pen around the edges to give it the card a nice frame.

I hope everyone has a great Father’s Day!

This ones for you Apis!

Apis is a wonderful friend that I met through my husband. Her and her husband have been friends with my husband for a long time. Recently we found out that Apis has cancer. She just had major surgery to remove the cancer. And it sounds like things are going well! If you would like read more about her you can visit her here.

To encourage Apis in a speedy recovery and to support her I made her this card.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…

How I wonder what you would look like as paper lace…

I wanted to make another lace using star shapes instead. I used the same method as I did with the circle lace and the flower lace but with a star instead.

  1. Take an image of a star and traced it in Silhouette Studio and then used the internal offset and subtract the two. That will give you a hollowed out star
  2. Start at the bottom by aligning the stars across the bottom and work your way up to the top
  3. I create a rectangle with the rectangle tool to measure the size of the card stock front. So for this one I did 5.5″ X 4.25″. And then I do an internal offset. This way I know where the outer border so that it fits on the card nicely.
  4. Then I weld all the stars together don’t forget to include the border if you want a border
  5. Now everything is welded and if you included a border you have bits that are sticking out and does not look clean. To get a clean straight border I use the Knife tool (officially it is called the Detach Lines tool, but I will refer to it as the knife tool because it looks like a knife and acts like a knife) to cut down the length of the border. Hold down the SHIFT key to get a straight line.
  6. The extra bits have now been cut away and are not connected to your star lace. Just highlight the parts you don’t one and then hit DELETE and now you should have a clean border. Now you can repeat for all the other sides
  7. Now that they edges are clean I wanted to spruce up the inside of the lace. There are certain parts that jagged and need a smoother connection. (see image below, the pic explains it a lot better!) Select the entire image and right click and select release compound path.
  8. The compound path makes it so the images is capable of being edited even further. Sometimes you get the really small cut, for these cuts I just delete them because I know that the Silhouette Cameo won’t be able to cut them anyways.
  9. For the jagged parts I double click on that line. This way the points on the path are visible. On the square boxes I adjust them until I get a straighter line or until I think makes it look smoother. Sometimes it is hard to get the boxes to lines up exactly just try and do your best in the end the Silhouette won’t care since it is too small for it to recognize.

And now you have your star lace. I know it seems like there are a lot of instructions but it really isn’t that hard once you get the hang of it. And you would even use these steps for many other projects to come. I promise!

Until next time. I hope you enjoy!