Friday, 30 June 2017

"Hand-Lettered" Personalisation!

Hello everyone! Marie-Clare here.

I wanted to make my colleagues a gift, so I combined a Design Store design with some text to make personalised decals for wine glasses, which look like their names have been written by a quill.

Here's how!

You will need:

Silhouette Cameo
Vinyl of your choice
Wine glasses
Design ID #4698

Step 1

Type out the names of the people you would like to make a gift for, using a font which resembles calligraphy or handwriting. Select the name, and weld the letters together. I used the grid to keep my sizing similar.

Step 2

Load the feather design into your design space and duplicate it so that you have one for each name.

Step 3

Resize the feather and position it on the last tail of the final letter of the written name. This will make the name appear to have been "written" by the quill!

Step 4

Select the name and the feather, and using the right click menu, Weld them together.

Step 5

Reposition your designs to fit your vinyl roll. Cut using the standard Vinyl settings, weed and apply your vinyl to your wine glass using transfer tape.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

using offset to get more from your speciality media.

When you buy some really nice vinyl or cardstock you want it to go as far as posable here is a project using the internal offset to get as many cuts as possible out of some rose gold foil.

Choose a flower from the Silhouette store or create your own.

Open the offset panel and choose internal offset. I chose an offset of 0.2  this will create another "flower" inside the original flower.     

 Repeat this process 3 more times. This will give you 4 different size flower sizes.
Group the flower shapes together and open the replicate panel
Make copies of the grouped shape using the duplicate option. 

Each copy of the grouped shape will give you 4 metallic pieces to accent your flowers.

Load the gold foil onto the cutting mat and load into your Silhouette cutting machine. Click on "Send" in the top left toolbar. from the material list, select the foil you are using. click on next and ensure the correct blade you are using in selected in the action panel.
Adjust the blade to the required setting if using a ratchet blade. Place the blade in the blade holder and lock into place. "Send" the project to the cutter. Allow the project to complete the cutting process. When the machine has stopped unload the mat and remove the media.

Back in Studio ungroup the flower shapes and position separately on the mat to make the best use of the cardstock you are using to make the flowers.

I am using 12 by 12 cardstock so I have used the page settings panel to change the page size to 12 by 12 allowing me to cut a full sheet of flowers. Load your cardstock onto the cutting mat and load into the cutter. Select the appropriate media from the preset list and carry out a test cut and adjust the thickness if necessary to obtain a clean cut.

Measure the hoop that you will be using in your project you will need the width of the outside circle and the width of the inside circle. Create two circles of the matching sizes in the studio software. Use the center function to align the two circles

 For this project, I want to create a section of flowers at the bottom of my hoop so I do not need a full circle of card. only a section. Select both circles and group together then use the fill option to color in the shape.
Select the knife tool and cut through the shape to create a section long enough to create a platform to apply your flowers too.
Load your chosen media onto the cutting mat and load into your Silhouette. Send the project to the cutter as normal ensuring you carry out a test cut to obtain a clean cut.
Open a new project in Studio and load some leaves onto the virtual mat from the Silhouette store or create your own be sure to size them to match your flowers. Using the replicate window as before create a sheet of leaves
load some green cardstock onto the cutting mat and load it into the cutter. Send the project to cut after you have ensured the software settings are correct.
You now have all the pieces to create your project.

Layer the petals to create different size flowers and apply the foil to create different looks. Shape the petals with a ball tool and a rubber mat.

 To give the project depth try coloring the flowers with chalks, inks or paint. Remember to do the same effects on the leaves.

 Use a glue gun of strong tape to stick the curved sections onto your hoop to create a platform.

Arrange the flowers and leaves and use strong glue to attach to the platform.

Try using different color combinations for different looks perhaps with different styles and types of flowers.


Design ID #26921 Lily
Design ID #68854 Leaves


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

You Are A Star - Using the Subtract All Function

Hello, hello, Karen here with a quick tutorial highlighting how cool the Subtract All function is.

I used it to make this scrapbook page and it was really easy and can be used for so many different projects.

  • The first step was to draw four rectangles 11.5ins tall and 2.75 ins wide.  I spaced them evenly across my page using the 'Space Horizontally' under the ALIGN menu and grouped them together

  • Next, I added stars in a verity of sizes and gave them an internal offset to create another set of smaller stars. 

  • I then grouped all the inside stars and used ctrl x to remove them.

  • Selected all and under the MODIFY menu selected 'Subtract All'. 

  • This results in all the overlapping parts being removed to give you one connected shape.  I cut this from black patterned paper. 

  • The final step was to delete this shape and ctrl v to return the inside stars which I cut from a contrasting piece of patterned paper. 

I decided that I wanted my title in the top large star and my journaling in the bottom large star.  I also cut some stars from gold card to add to my page.