Friday, July 18, 2014

A Silhouette Tutorial

I love my Silhouette. Love. My. Silhouette.

I use it almost every day.

I'm constantly learning new little techniques that make life so much sweeter. And this one is fairly simple, so I thought I'd post it up here for you to see.

Here's one of the spreads from Baby Reed's fifth month in his baby album. I am using the Noel Mignon Sweet & Simple kits for this and I love all the sweet stuff in it. I especially love the Heidi Swapp stamp set in it. But I don't like stamping directly on my projects very often - it's just too final, and I suck at stamping. 

But you know what I do love?


Yep. Lots.

So I just removed all of the stamps from the plastic, scanned it into Photoshop, and saved the file as a jpeg.
Then I opened up the Silhouette Design software.

 Select your trace area, then click "trace outer edge."

Move the original image off to the side. The remaining lines are the new cut lines.

 Select all the images and click "offset" - you will get a big bubble around the whole grouping.

Adjust the offset distance to .025. This will make the cuts slightly bigger than the stamped images.

 You will have a few images with interior cuts, like the clock. Right click on those images and select "release compound path." Then you can click each individual piece and delete them so that you are left with just the outline of each image.

Now you are ready to play with the images a little.

 Select the "family" cut and right click on it. Select duplicate. Repeat with "forever" and move them both off to the side.

 Layer the two images over each other so that it says "forever family"

 Select the two images, right click on them and select weld.

 Now you have a new cut image that you can stamp over, combining multiple stamps into a new, more personal image.

Now you can play around with the other images to combine or just duplicate more to fit your paper space.

I happened to be cutting from a scrap of gold foil, so I crammed as many shapes into my space as I could, then I just set my cut settings where they needed to be and listened to that little robot do it's thing.

After they were all cut, I just used Black StazOn ink to stamp all the images onto the foil, and voila!

And I really do #lovethis!

Happy Friday!!


  1. wow, so so cool! You is pretty and SMART!

  2. I love this idea!!!