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.

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!

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!