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.

Advertisements

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.

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!

And out came the flowers

Today I have a how to flower lace pattern to share with you. It is very similar to my last post with the circle lace card. Again it was all created in Silhouette Studio

First off I started with creating a bunch of flowers. To create the flowers:

  1. Make an oval using the ellipse tool
  2. From there I sometimes used the offset tool to make an internal offset like with the circles. Don’t forget to subtract tool in the modify window if you want centers to be hollow.
  3. Select your oval and then go to the Replicate window.
  4. There you can choose to Rotate Three Copies or even up to five copies. Test each one out to see how it looks with more or less petals on your flower.
  5. Then weld all the copies together.
  6. Now you have your basic flower.

I made several different types of flowers using the same method but changed the number of replicates and the shapes.

When you are ready to piece the flowers together to get a lace pattern I highly recommended starting at the bottom, if you are creating a card similar to this one. That way you can get a straighter line at the bottom that looks more natural. I did not do that with the last circle card and that is why one part juts out more than I would have liked. So I think I will redo that one in the future.

Circle Circle Dot Dot…

It has been awhile since I created something from scratch.  I am proud to say that this card was entirely made in Silhouette Studio. It is a circle pattern that I have seen around. I really liked the pattern so I decided to make it into a card, but it could easily be made to be a scrapbook page.

To create hollow circles

  1. To create perfect circles in Silhouette Studio and Photoshop hold down the SHIFT key when adjusting the size of the circle.
  2. To make the center of the circles hollow I did an internal offset in the Offset Menu.
  3. Select the inner and outer circles and under the Modify Menu used the Subtract tool.
  4. Now you have a hollow circle, so when you weld the circles together they will weld with the hollow circles and not just have the outer circles weld obscuring the inner ring. If you are working in Silhouette Studio you will know what I mean by this. It is super frustrating.
  5. And then when you are done send it to your Silhouette Cameo to cut.

And Ta Da! You have an your own circle design.

Gnome

I am participating on the Online Card Classes – A Cut Above. This is my first online card class and I have learned so much from all the videos and info packets that they have for the classes.

One of the things I have learned is how to transform an image into a card. Although I have already done that with the Kyoto Kuties I learned a different way of making a shaped card. So here is a card that I created to participate in the class. The Gnome image is from the Silhouette Studio- ‘gnome’ woodland papa. I duplicated the back and flipped it horizontally and then rotated the image, so that the hinge of the card is at the top and then welded the images together. I hope you enjoy!