Easter Wreath

Last year I made an Easter wreath, but it just didn't turn out like I wanted it to. This year I decided to add a cute little banner to it and now I absolutely love it!

This banner was so simple to make! I used my Silhouette Cameo and it took me less than an hour!

To do this project I used the Print and Cut feature, so don't forget to turn on your registration marks! I don't normally use this because I love scrapbook paper, but I really fell in love with these coordinating patterns!

I used a banner shape I already had in my library (I can't remember if this is one that came on the machine or if I downloaded it from somewhere but it's just simple triangles). I adjusted the size to be proportional to my wreath.

To add patterns to your library, simply open up your Library window and click on My Patterns. Then, drag your pictures/patterns into the window! Now when you open your Fill Pattern window, your added patterns will be under My Patterns (as you can see in the image above).

I printed my banners on smooth white cardstock. Once they were printed, I drew two perforated lines across the top of the banners so they will be foldable.

Now it's time to cut! In the Cut Settings window I choose to only cut the red lines. These will both be perforated. Then, I cut a second time choosing the pink and white lines, which are my banners. These cut as straight lines.

Here you can see the straight lines cut around the banner and the perforated line running across the top.

Using that same cardstock, I cut out the words happy Easter in a Serif font.

After everything was cut, I glued the letters to the banner triangles and glued those to some twine.

I love the blue and pink with the green eggs and moss!

I got this little bird's nest at a craft fair a few years ago and I'm so glad I finally have a reason to use it!

Have you made any Easter crafts? I'd love to see them! Feel free to leave me links or pictures in the comments!

Filling In The Blanks

One of the things I wish Silhouette Studio could do is fill in fonts with the sketch pen automatically. This isn't an option, unfortunately, but I have figured out a way to work around it!

Starting with a script font, I typed out the words "summer fun." Like all text, there is a single red line outlining the words. If I were to send this to the machine to sketch, it would draw a line where the red lines are in the window below.

In order to "fill in" the letters, we can use our Offset window to create lines inside the letter. By clicking on the words and hitting Internal Offset, you will begin to see the letters filling in. You may need to play with the numbers to get it as close to filled in as possible.

I started by making sure the outline of the letters was a nice thick red, then moved in towards the inside. Here is what the letters looked like after a few clicks of Internal Offset.

You can get a better view of the outlines by zooming in. Here you can see I still need some work on the centers of the letters.

After clicking Internal Offset around 10-15 times, this is what I ended up with! Nice, full letters!

Just to show you how many additional shapes this created to fill in the letters, I selected all of them! Isn't that crazy?! Whatever works I guess! :)

If you need to move it before sending it to the machine, it's easier to group all the shapes together first.

Now it's time to send it to the machine!

I used some leftover scrap paper and accidentally miscalculated the size, hence the missing corner of the n!
See how thick and filled in the letters are?

This is such a nice little trick to know when wanting to sketch out words or phrases but want them to be filled in!

Mind If I Pop In?

Today I have a tutorial for how to create pop-up letters in Silhouette Studio! I had actually made this tutorial before the update to the software came out, so when I upgraded I redid the tutorial since it looks different.

I ran into a few differences in the software (which I'll talk about later in the post) that I managed to work around, but maybe you guys have figured out an easier solution? I love to hear from my readers about tips and tricks they have figured out so feel free to leave me some comments below!

Here's a preview of the pop-ups below!

First I started with my card template - a rectangle with a perforated line in the middle.

I started by drawing a rectangle then offsetting it in the Offset window. After selecting both rectangles, go to the Weld window and hit Subtract. This creates a compound path, or a shape created by grouping shapes that allow holes to appear when paths overlap.

Using Impact font, I typed out the words 'THINKING OF YOU' in all caps. I stretched the words out until they barely overlapped the top and bottom of the inner rectangle.

Selecting both shapes, hit Weld. Then hit Release Compound Path. Now delete the outside border around your letters. This is what it should look like (below).

Make sure to group all the shapes together so they don't get out of alignment.

Drag your word down to sit on the perforated line, making sure to center it.

Using the Line tool, draw a perforated line on both the top and bottom of your letters. I have colored these in black so you can see them.

Copy the top perforated line and hit Control F. This will place a second line directly on top of the original.

Selecting one of the top perforated lines, the bottom perforated line, and the words, center the shapes in the middle of the card. Your second perforated line should still remain at the top (see below).

Just a few more steps! I promise!

Draw two lines (not perforated!) on each side of your words, connecting the two perforated lines.

Then delete the original perforated line (the red one running through the middle of the words - see above image). This was just to mark the center. Draw two small perforated lines on each side.

Now we're done with the editing and it's time to cut!

This is where I ran into some problems. I'm not sure if I just haven't figured out the software or what? In the old software you could select and deselect lines you want to cut. In this new software, my Silhouette Studio will not allow me that option. 

Instead, using the "By Color" option, I selected the black (perforated lines) and deselected the red (straight lines) and then scrolled down to the Cut Line Patterns box. I selected a fairly small perforated line and cut.

NOTE: In this image, all the lines are highlighted because I have both selected, but only the black lines should be highlighted.

Here's the "By Color" window. All that's left is to switch colors, make sure the line cut is to straight, and cut the rest of your card!

I also cut out a rectangle of the same size in yellow and wrote some script on it with a sketch pen. I glued it on the front to finish my card!

This is my first card ever! It's a little simple, but that's what I wanted since I'm still experimenting!

The front.
And here's the pop-up letters!

The perforated edges allow you to easily fold the pop-up letters!

And the yellow paper on the front makes for a pretty background!

Have you worked with the new edition of Silhouette Studio yet? What are your thoughts? Have any tips? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below!

EDIT: Silhouette America stated on their FaceBook page that they are working on getting rid of the bugs in the software such as the one I ran into in this tutorial. As soon as a new version is released, I will post an updated tutorial that will hopefully allow the cutting process to be easier!

DIY Vinyl Quote

I have one blank wall in my bedroom that just seemed to more sad every time I looked at it. I'm not a fan of blank walls. I love art. I love color. I need my walls to be filled with beautiful things I can look at!

So after looking around on Pinterest, I was inspired to put a quote up in vinyl! At first, I wasn't too keen on this look but after finding the right quote I was sold!

After deciding on a quote, I opened my Silhouette Studio and played around with fonts and placements until I found an arrangement I liked. The cursive font is Some Weatz and the other is just a Serif font that was already downloaded to the software.

After measuring my wall I had to figure out how I was going to cut this. I'm not going to lie, it was a bit of a headache at first because I've never done a cut like this before. One thing I learned that I didn't know about before is that you need to turn the Cutting Mat option off.

If you look at the picture below, you can see that I've sized my page to match the size vinyl I need but there's this red square around half of it. That red square tells us that it's only going to cut WITHIN that square. Very important!

To prevent the machine from stopping mid-cut, we need to turn the cutting mat option off. Click on your Cut Settings Window. To the side you'll see the Cutting Mat option. Make sure it's unchecked. This will allow your "cutting area" to be as long as your page length.

After cutting it out, it was a bit of a guessing game to get everything level and even. I printed a copy of the design on printer paper (that you can see hanging on the wall) to help guide me.

After very carefully removing the backing of the transfer tape and placing the letters on the wall, my design was complete! I can't believe how it turned out!

Here's a shot of the whole wall beside my bed! Doesn't it have such a big impact? I am in love with it!

(please ignore that striped pillow without a case - they're in the wash. :) )

This is my first experience with placing vinyl on the wall but I think it turned out great! Have you done any projects like this before? I would love to see how yours turned out! Leave your links or pictures in the comments below!

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