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!

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