While designing my sister’s bridal shower invitations, I couldn’t find any letter stickers that matched the level of personalization on the rest of the card. Below is a short tutorial on how to create personalized fonts and images that can be cut using a Silhouette machine.
1. Using a drawing or note app with a “free style function,” write or draw something. For the invitation, I wrote “jen” multiple times and played around with the thickness of the pencil function to get everything just right.
2. Take a screen shot of the image. To do so on an iPad, first press the iPAD’s “on” button — which you can find at the top of the device — and then the home button until you hear a camera sound and a still image appear.
3. The screen shot turns into an image file that’s saved in Photos that can be emailed to your computer and opened in Silhouette Studio.
4. Use the trace function to trace the image.
5. Replicate as necessary. I added 20 outlines of jen onto my page so that I’d have one “jen” die cut for every invitation.
Here’s the finished card. I also used the silhouette to cut the few patterned pieces that fit behind the yellow splotched arrow cut out. Mad props to my friend Carey for helping me assemble all 20 of these cards. There were so many little pieces. She has patience AND pays attention to detail like nobody’s business!
I’ve had so much fun the last two weeks playing with the Silhouette Cameo. I’m amazed at the level of detail. It looks laser cut – or at least it does in those cases when I do a good job of removing the card stock from the cutting mat.
The more “professional” looking cards were made with the Cameo and Silhouette Studio. I’m getting great ideas from the Silhouette store and I’ve been learning a lot about how to get the design to look just how I like it. The freedom the software gives me to experiment is so exciting.
For example, I spent hours playing with the edit points, eraser, and welding functions. Doodling Debbie’s tutorial on how to weld letters within a frame really helped me get exactly the look I wanted.
Now I wish I hadn’t sold my IPAD – I could have drawn stuff on the IPAD and cut them using the Cameo! Imagine all the different ways I could have used the owl card in Silhouette Studio!
My iPAD case and screen protector, by Clear Wave Premium, came in last night. My camera’s out of commission so that’s not my picture to the right (it’s from another amazon.com user), but that’s pretty much what the case looks like. It looks super cool but I’m also thinking of getting a case with stand features – more on that in the future.
I was a little nervous about putting on the screen guard. The kit I bought came with only ONE free screen protector. I have massive lint-laden bubbles on my current smartphone screen so I was a little leery of the fact that I would have only one shot to get this right or risk an additional 2-day wait for new ones. I scoured reviews for tips and videos – the most successful folks seemed to clean their screen meticulously and then apply starting from the corner.
My screen guard was packaged like a sandwich with three pieces of plastic stuck together. There are two thin outside pieces of plastic and the actual guard – which is slightly thicker – is in the middle. I’ve read that not everyone’s screen guard is labeled the same, but below are my recommended tips for a perfect application based on my experience with a guard that had two protruding stickies.