Cutting Fabric with Silhouette Cameo

Hello,

Finally a blog post and a Silhouette Cameo one at that. I made this quilt a while ago but I wanted to show you how it easy it was to cut fabric with the Silhouette Cameo. I will admit I was a bit skeptically that it would cut all the way through the fabric but it did wonderfully.04.25.13 baby's life quilt (5 of 1)

These are the basic steps to get your Silhouette Cameo to cut fabric:
1) Iron on interface to the back of your fabric
2) Place your fabric with the ironed interface onto your cutting mat, peel away backing
3) Change the setting on Silhouette Studio to fabric, and change the blade
4) Cut away just like it was paper

The letters are appliqued using the Silhouette Sewable Fabric Interfacing. The interfacing comes in a giant sheet that you cut away as much as you need. Iron this onto the back of your fabric. Note: On the back of the instructions it says that you should cut the interface to be longer than the your fabric but don’t do this. It just gums up your iron. By the end I just cut the interface to be slightly smaller than the fabric.

baby quilt

Silhouette Cameo cut the fabric very nicely. I also put in a new blade in before I starting to cut. I wanted to ensure that the blade would cut on the first time.

If you are looking for details on how to make this quilt, you can find it here.

Studio Calico – Front Row Card Kit

And here it is the February card kit from Studio Calico – Front Row. I was on a roll. I made all 6 cards in one afternoon. I love being able to sit down and make all the cards in one kit. Now I just need to figure out what to do with my left over scraps.

02.26.13 SC Front Row

In a couple of days Studio Calico will be releasing their March kits. Stay tuned!

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.

Mail Art

Mail Art is something new that I have been introduced to me by my BFF Laura. It is where you decorate your envelope. Usually your envelope will house your handwritten pen pal letter.

Today I am going to show you some mail art that Laura and I worked on recently. We got some Mini Misters and filled them with about 10 drops of refill ink and the rest filled with water, and sprayed away.  We even experimented with some different designs by masking with shapes. I liked this method because we were able to create our own colours based on the saturation and hues that we wanted at the time. Maybe in the future  I will cut out a unique design in vinyl with the Silhouette Cameo and use that as a stencil. Some more delicate designs could be made.

So next time you are mailing your card or a letter remember to put your mark on the envelope as well. It makes receiving letters more exciting. My favorite mail art that I received in the mail was an envelope made out of an old map. You know when you are receiving an envelope like this the letter or card is going to be just as amazing.

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!