Working on finishing up the Artventure course by Wilna Furstenberg and loving these beautiful florals she designed. I’m using the Silhouette Portrait to cut them.
Die cuts from Wilna Furstenberg. Cut them out with the Silhouette Portrait then stenciled them using gel matte medium with some white acrylic paint. For the grayish colors behind the other cut outs, I used calligraphy ink by Parker, and added a little bit of water to lighten up the ink. Patterned paper by Amy Tangerine patterned paper, ephemera by Pink Paislee, doily for date from a FB swap., and bade by Studio Calico.
When I was younger I collected sticker sheets. I still have those stickers stored somewhere in the house. I decided to make my own stickers using the Silhouette Portrait (mentioned here, here, and here.) and they turned out pretty good. Here’s a tutorial on how I accomplished these stickers.
What you’ll need:
- Silhouette Portrait or Cameo machine and software.
- Photoshop (or editing software of your choice that can save in PNG.)
- Elements from a digital scrapbooking kit or your own.
- Sticker papers. I use Avery 8.5×11 full sheet labels.
- Scissors or a paper cutter.
1. In Photoshop, create a 4×6 document (or any size of your choice) and layer elements on top. Merge the layers and save the document as a PNG file. I used the kit, Piccadilly, by the designers at Pixel’s and Co. It was a free kit during Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) fall 2013.
2. Open the PNG file you’ve created in Silhouette.
3. I like to make sure my PNG file is aligned correctly with the registration marks so I turn that on before moving forward. I also do this in case I forget and accidentally print before putting on the marks (the marks tell the machine where to cut). You want to select Type 1 (CAMEO, Portrait) otherwise when the cutting starts, it won’t align correctly or cut at all.
4. This is what the registration marks look like. Ignore the red lines around the elements. I had already traced the elements and went back to screen shot this image to show the registration marks.
5. Trace the elements. There are other ways to trace but I’ve found this way to be the cleanest + it gets what I want done, like creating a trace off the element so that it looks like a sticker. The pink text will tell you the tools I use to trace or draw.
6. Once all the elements are traced make a copy and drag the copy just below it.
8. Now PRINT directly from Silhouette to your printer. Once you have your sheet printed put it on your Silhouette cutting mat and insert it into your machine.
9. Select the cut icon on your Silhouette software screen and make sure “No Cut” and “Copy Paper” are selected. Click “Send to Silhouette.” See below for a larger view of what to select.
10. You know it’s printing when status says, “Cutting,” plus, your machine will start to cut.
It doesn’t take very long before your stickers are made. Cut them out and you’ve got your very own homemade stickers! Here are some photos of the silhouette at work + finished product.
Last night, I plugged in the Silhouette Portrait and tried it for the first time. It was very easy to use and worked as expected. I’m going to get a lot of use out of this little tool.