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Reveal - In Silhouette Studio

Hi there,

this is my last blog post for 2015, and I'm really looking forward to 2016, and I hope you do, too.

And this is a very great tip of the day,

How to use the REVEAL in Silhouette Studio


When you have finished your design and it is time for cut it out, the REVEAL is very handy.
  1. At the Top Tool Bar you "open Design Page Settings Windows"
  2. Go down to the Reveal



  1. Drag the handle to 100%
  2. Now you can see the number on your cutting mat.
It makes everything so much easier to line up your paper on the cutting mat, now when you know where the design are, and if you also have a lot of different colors of paper/vinyl etc to cut out, you are able to make it just once, instead of cutting and loading your cutting mat for every single color.



Happy Creating;) 



Freebie Sunday, My Secret Garden

Hi there,
and Happy Sunday, time for a new Freebie.

I love to use driftwood in my work and I found this on an island here in Thailand. So I decided to make a sign for my garden.




Happy Creating;)




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


To all of You for a Great Crafting Year!

And let 2016 be as good as 2015 and lots of self-expression


How-to Make your own Backgrounds in Silhouette Studio.

Hi there,

Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own backgrounds with some nice photos.

Go out and take photos on stonewalls, paths, and wood and other texture you can find.
I took some here in my garden and at the lovley park in our area.







And here is how I made a cool Christmas Card/Frame with a holliday photo with 2 of my grandkids.
Open your Silhouette Studio


  1. Make a rectangel frame 4,029 x 6,043" or a size that you would like as your internal frame
  2. Make a second  rectangel frame 6,385 x 8,000"  a litle bit bigger then the first one, as your outer frame
  3. Open the Line Style Window
  4. Mark your internal frame and then Select and highlight the first line in Line Style
  5. Select Line Thickness 8,0pt for the internal frame and 4,0pt for the outer frame,
  6. Select Corner Style Bevelled
Repeat step 3 - 6 for the outer frame.

 Next step is to put red color to the rectangel lines.

  1. Select the Arrow
  2. Select your 2 frames by drag your mouse over them, be sure that they are marked
  3. Select the Line Color tool
  4. In Basic Option chose the red color

  1. Mark your 2 frames by draging the mouse over them
  2. Select the Align Tool
  3. And hit the Center Align to make the internal fram in the center of the outer frame.


  1. Open the photo you like to use as the background to your frame
  2. Select the Scale window
  3. Uncheck the "Lock Aspect" box 
  4. Resize your photo to fit in the workspace, don't make it to small.
  5. Apply.
Now the photo are under a new untitled map, Make a copy of the photo, first mark it by draging your mouse over the photo, then use ctrl + c on your keyboard. Open up the untitled map at the bottom of your Silhouette Studio program, where you have the frame we just did. Paste by ctrl + v and now is the photo over the frame (you can't see the fram know, but it's there).


  1. Select the Arrow
  2. Mark your photo, you can't see the frame yet
  3. Select the "Send to back" tool at the bottom toolbar.
Now you should see the red frame. Drag your down photo a litle bit so you can mark the both red rectangels then select the first tool "Group" at the bottom toolbar. Also make a copy  by Ctrl+c, just to have it in the clipboard (you cant see it but it is there)
Select the Arrow tool at the top at the left toolbar.
Use your mouse to move the photo around beneath your frame and when you are happy with it, leave it there.



  1. Select the Arrow 
  2. Drag your mouse over the photo and the frame to mark it
  3. Open the Modify window at the top toolbar
  4. Select the Crop modify tool 
Now your photo/frame should look like this


Paste the frame we copy before, by ctrl+f on your keyboard.


Now your Work should look like this with the red frame inside your photo.


  1. Now while your frame and background are marked and you are still in the Modify tool window
  2. Select Subtract


Now you have the white boarder inside the background photo, mark ONLY the internal rectangel by click on it, and DELETE that one. 
And you have a white space in there.
Ctrl+f and you have the red frame back there again.


Time to put in a nice photo here, and I have select one, with two of my grandkids on. You have to modify the size of the photo to fit the frame 4 x 6" . Open your photo and resize it, make a copy by ctrl+c, and paste it into your frame by ctrl+v. Open the Align tool windows in the top toolbar, and mark the frame and the photo, select the Align Center tool and now the photo should appear in the middle of your frame.



  1. Select the Arrow tool 
  2. Mark your background
  3. Open the Fill Color windows
  4. Select Advanced options
  5. Select Transparency, by draging the handle or put in the numbers for the % you  like to make your background transparency.
  6. When you are happy with your work, mark both the frame, background and the photo, select the Group tool in the bottom toolbar. Now is everythin 1 piece.
  7. Save your work to the library, and name it like "Christmas frame 2015"

I made a sign "Christmas 2015" for this photo frame.


Open a new window and 
  1. Select the A text tool (not the Arrow as in the picture) and type in Christmas 2015
  2. Click outside the text to let go of the green frame around the text. Select the Text style window at the top toolbar
  3. Select the Font style you like
  4. I used the Font "Always forever" from DaFont
This font was a litle bit to thin for my frame so I decided to Offset it.


  1. Mark your words by click on it
  2. Select the Offset tool (Designer Edition)
  3. Select Offset
  4. The settings for this offset is 0,08 in
  5. Select Round
  6. Hit Apply
  1. Select Arrow
  2. Mark the outer line of "Christmas" and "2015", to mark 2 or more objects you use the Shiftkey on your keyboard, and then click on the object you would like to put in your group, you should notice that they are marked. Zoom in if you cant see the line.
  3. Group your two words "Christmas" and "2015"


  1. Green, Mark the internal line
  2. Select the Fill color window tool
  3. Fill with white

  1. Blue, Mark the outer line
  2. Select the Fill color window tool
  3. Fill with red
Go back to the internal line (green arrows) and open the "Select color line windows" at the top toolbar, mark the internal line and fill that with white. You can see that it get a litle bit more thicker line with this. Group everything together with the Group tool at the bottom toolbar.

Copy it by ctrl+c and paste ctrl+v, it on your Frame on the first mapp at the bottom of your screen.
If you have to resize the words/Prase just drag in a corner of it.
Now you can print it out or use it as a digital card.

Happy Creating;)

Silhouette Freebie Sunday, 3 Tags

Hi there,
and Happy Sunday, time for a new Freebie.
This week I have made 3 beautiful Tags very handy for all occasions.



Happy Creating;)


How-To use the Color Tool in Silhouette Studio

Hi there,

here is a new video for beginners How to use the Color Tool in Silhouette Studio.



Happy Creating;)

Wedding Card

Hi there,

I very beautiful card to make for a wedding!
The design is from Daniela Angelova and I bought it in Silhouette Design Store. I decorated the outside with some rhinestones




Inside the card a make this text with some swirls that I found in my Sihouette Library and on internet.


I found this beautiful gatefold flourish butterfly card that I made to an envelope, in the Silhouette Library, and the designer is Lori Whitlock. I used a lovely lavender paper and that was also perfumed!

The Design ID #76661

I decorated the envelope with some pearls and a white ribbon.

Happy Creating;)


3D-Painting as a Wedding Gift

Hi there,

I made this 3D-painting with thoughtful words as a wedding gift, and the couple that got it was very pleased with it, and so was I


How to make in Silhouette Studio:

I found this lovely phrase in Silhouette Store, and for this purpose it was perfect. I don't have the #ID for it but if you search for "for better of worse" I think you can find it.

I adjust the phrase to fit in to my painting/canvas and then cutted it out in my Cameo 1 on vinyl.
Stick it to the painting/canvas and then put some Relief Pasta, the brand I used is "Art Collection", on the words as thick as I could. Let it dry and then remove the vinyl, don't forget the small parts inside the letters.



 Now it should look like this!


I painted everything in black acrylic, I let it dry for  a couple of hours. I colored the words, also with acrylic paint, with with different colors as you can see on the finished result at the top of this short tutorial.

Happy Creating;)



Silhouette Freebie Sunday, and a Star Mobile to fetch


Hi there,
and Happy Sunday, time for a new Freebie.
This Star Mobile is made of paper but you can also cut it out in plastic or fabric. The tricky part was to sew between the stars.




I cutted out the stars on double sided cardstock

I cut the thread inside the open stars

Happy creating;)

How-to Decorate a Paper bag with Silhouette Cameo/Portrait/Curio.


Hi there,

It is so easy to make a dull paper bag into a personal paper gift bag!

AFTER


BEFORE




















I used some vinyl for both of thes paper bags.
And for the "Made Just for You" I make it like this:


I open Silhouette Studio and in the library I found the perfect word for this paper bag,
you can buy it from the Design Store or make your own, I don't have the #Id for it but 
you can search for "Made Just for You", this is a Samantha Walker design.
I modify it to fit my paper bag.


  1. First Ungroupe the phrase, Then Mark the first wordfilling
  2. Groupe those
  3. and do the same with the phrase "Made Just For You". Now you can move them easily.


  1. Open the Grid Window and select "Show Grid" adjust the 2 groups, I cut mine in Grey vinyl and for the phrase I use pink vinyl, as you can see on the picture above. I always try to cut out only one time, so I put the grey vinyl at the top and the pink at the bottom of the cutting mat.
  2. Open the Cut Setting
  3. Select the Cut Style for Selected Shape, and "Cut"
  4. Select Vinyl Material Type.
  5. Be sure to adjust your cutting blade before you hit "Send to Silhouette"

Attach the gray vinyl on paper bag, then mount the pink vinyl over the gray one, decorated with ribbon, pearls and whatever you have in your stash



Above is a nice paper bag I made for a wedding!




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