I have a fun DIY printing project to share with you. It does involve the use of Silhouette Studio but not the actual Cameo cutter. In case you didn’t know, the Silhouette Studio software is FREE. The basic version is great for designing and printing cards or anything you are okay with cutting out yourself (such as my magnetic dress up doll project).
Before I get into the tutorial, I have to inform you that I have “watched” Frozen at least 50 times (it’s playing in the background as I write this post). To say my children like the movie is an understatement. They absolutely LOVE the movie and recite and sing parts of it on a daily basis. Raise your hand if this sounds like your household? Yep, that’s what I thought. Frozen is a phenomenon and I actually witnessed the insanity first hand on our family’s recent trip to Disneyland. If your family is heading to Disneyland this summer in hopes of meeting the characters, be prepared to wait a LONG time. Like 4-5 hours. Crazy right?
So without further adieu, I present to you Print Your Own Ice Princess Note Cards.
Although they are not quite the same as the real thing, these graphics are a cute substitute for Anna, Elsa and Kristoff from “Frozen”. You don’t need to fly to Disneyland and wait in line for hours to get your hands on these fun note cards because you can design and print your own in a matter of minutes. (Okay maybe more like 20 minutes)
Design and Print Your Own Ice Princess Note Cards (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″)
This tutorial will guide you through the steps of using Silhouette Studio to create and set up notecards to print. This project was inspired by Under a Cherry Tree’s Video Tutorial. Jin’s video is really good but some of the steps will no longer apply to the latest version of Silhouette Studio/Designer Edition. Make sure you check out her amazing gallery for more ideas and inspiration.
Let’s get started!
Tools & Materials
- Silhouette Studio or Designer Edition
- Card stock
- Lettering Delights Ice Princess Graphics Set
- Lettering Delights Holiday Frosting Paper Pack
1. Start by drawing a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 rectangle. Next, draw a rounded rectangle within. Highlight both shapes and use the align tool to centre the rounded rectangle within the rectangle. Now fill the rounded rectangle with a pattern.
For whatever reason, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition version 3+ doesn’t allow you to “throw” a pattern from your computer files directly onto the shape. It took me a long time to realize you need to open up your library and split your screen. Now you can see your files and your working area. Highlight the object you want to fill and then scroll through your files. Each time you select and click on a pattern it will pop up in the object you have highlighted.
2. Go to library and select an Ice Princess Graphic file. Lettering Delight files can be purchased as “Cut it’s” or “Graphics”. The graphics only files will not come with cut lines or layers. If you are using the LD graphics you will have to create your own cut line or define the illustration by doing the following:
- Select the area to be traced
- Uncheck high pass filter and increase the threshold to 100%
- Select the trace and detach option.
- Move your graphic aside and delete the white background.
3. Using the trace tool, retrace the graphic —-> Uncheck high pass filter and increase the threshold to 100%—–>Choose the trace outer edge option. You have now created a “cut” line around your graphic. Right click on your graphic and choose offset. The default offset is 0.125″ which is what I applied to my graphic. Colour the offset white and change the colour of the “cut” lines to transparent. There are two graphics in the picture below to demonstrate what your illustration should look like before and after you change the line and background colour to white.
4. Centre your graphic against your card base.
At this point you can change the cut line of the rounded rectangle to transparent or choose a colour that compliments your design. I like the stitched look so I used the detached line style. You can change the thickness of the lines. I like to go between 0.025″ to 0.035″.
Setting up your card/s for printing
1. Select all your layers and group them together. You don’t have to do this but grouping the layers makes it easier to move your card around without leaving layers behind by mistake.
2. Rotate your card 90 degrees counter clockwise.Align your card in the top left corner of your page. Remember, you will not be cutting with the Silhouette Cameo so there is no need to worry about registration marks.
3. Duplicate your card to the right and your setup should look like this:
4. Once your cards are in the correct layout for printing you should ungroup the layers. Click on the rectangle card lines and change the colour from red to transparent (otherwise you will be printing red outlines around your cards).
Now you are ready to print your cards! Be sure to choose borderless letter size paper in your print options (if applicable).
Don’t be intimidated by all the writing in this post. Designing and setting up the cards for print is really quite easy. Once you have printed the cards you can use a paper trimmer to cut the paper in half. Use a scoring tool to create the fold line for each of your cards.
Here is what my cards look like after printing, cutting and scoring:
For an extra special touch I added my own “designed and made with love by mom” graphic at the back of each card.
I love the cute Ice Princess graphics and plan to use them to make some envelopes and stickers to go with the cards. Stay tuned for more Silhouette/paper crafts!
Until next time…happy crafting!