Tutorial: Engraving

After many requests on Friday I have decided to do a tutorial on the engraving technique that I used on the cloud/balloon card.

I started this project off with a 5×7.  I am going to make a little pirate invitation and I thought it would be fun to engrave a map onto the card.

After my sizing is ready I imported the map shape and arranged it on the card.

I then added some text inviting everyone to the party.  Filled it in with a color as well as added color to the “x”.

To do this I ungroup the map shape and selected each piece and filled it in.

The next steps are the most important.  Because I am wanting to print the font I of course need to add registration marks  and print out the text.  This will also be helpful because each time you send the paper through the Silhouette, the sensor will cut everything exact.

Now that I have my sheet printed I am ready to send it through.  I have to change a few of the cutline settings so that I only cut/engrave what I want, instead of engraving it all.  Remember I only want the map engraved.

So I simply go to the cut style settings and select the shape I want engraved and make sure the lines are selected as “cut” and then select the other shapes to have a “no cut” cutline.


Once this is done, click on the cut settings.  Here is where we will be able to make it engrave instead of cut out.  Select the cardstock setting and alter the settings to be a speed of 3 and a thickness of 25.  Depending on the thickness of your paper you may need to do this with a lesser thickness.  Next step is to change your blade cap to the blue cap.

Place your paper on to your carrier sheet and load into the Silhouette.  The Silhouette will then detect the registration marks and then engrave the map.  Then cut out the invite.

As you can see, the engraved shape is not visible, I like to chalk the lines to reveal the shape.

My last little step in the invite was to add a red mat on the back of the map invite and then add a little pop-dotted ship.



40 thoughts on “Tutorial: Engraving

  1. Ok I so need one of these machines, this is awesome, it puts the cricut to shame :). I have the cricut create and I must say after seeing all the things this machine can do I regret getting the cricut, I didn’t know about the silhouette back in Dec. I hope I win one, or can afford one, one day. :) TFS.
    Melissa D

  2. Lori m says:

    Absolutely adorable and clever…..keeping my fingers crossed that I win one also.

    Blessings, Lori m

  3. Nikki says:

    Fingers crossed, I can win this machine from the give away over at A Bowl Full Of Lemons! :)

  4. Rachel says:

    How fun is that?! Sadly, student budget means no silhouette for me for now . . . but I’m hoping I win one in one of the giveaways you’re sponsoring right now! I’ve got my fingers crossed HARD :-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  5. Harmony says:

    I totally want one! Oh and “A Bowl Full of Lemons” sent me. :)

  6. Lisa says:

    I would love to have a silhouette . . .”A bowl full of Lemons” sent me

  7. Traci, I just want to say you are my hero! I love this idea! your projects always rock.

  8. Kristin says:

    I can’t wait to try this technique out once I win the Silhouette SD from “Bowl Full of Lemons”

  9. i’m hoping to win a silhouette on the blog Bowl Full of Lemons! :) i LOVE the Silouette!!!

  10. Suzie Button says:

    I am visiting you from a Bowl full of lemons! Thanks for offering her your wonderful silhouette machine for a giveaway! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

  11. Ashley says:

    Traci – What’s the chalk kit you’re using for these projects? I MUST get one!

  12. Marcy says:

    Fabulous idea!!!
    I’m never going to get any sleep!!!
    Smooches, M.E.

  13. Rachel says:

    Oops, what I SHOULD have said was the giveaway at a bowl full of lemons ;-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  14. May I know what type of papers you used for the engraving?

  15. Camille says:

    I am visiting from Bowl Full of Lemons Silhouette giveaway!!!!

  16. Tam says:

    I would so LOVE a Silhouette!!!!! It would go great with my business…thinking of the things I could make and then some. :) Thanks for doing the giveaway on Tater Tots and Jello! Here’s wishing….and hoping. :)

  17. Tam says:

    Oh and since it’s my son’s birthday and if I won – I could say – “Guess what son – you I won a silhouette for your birthday!” :) He already helps me so much with my business…I’m sure he would be so excited for me to win that on HIS birthday. :D

  18. Love your blog and just wanted to say that I would love to win one of these one day and “A bowl full of lemons” sent me to your blog :)

  19. La says:

    Adorabe invitation!

  20. Stephanie says:

    Really hope to try this out when I win a machine on iHeart Organizing :)

  21. pinkbeary says:

    Hope to win one of these. I was sent by A bowl full of lemons. http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-silhouette-giveaway.html.

  22. redhdrn27 says:

    I’m also in love with this machine and here from A Bowl Full of Lemons!

  23. Hello from Decor Chick! I am so praying that I win a machine! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway! WOW! That is just amazing! Thank you again!

    Heather Mullin

  24. Janine says:

    I am desperate for a Silhouette (poet, didn’t know it, lol). I am here because I have my fingers crossed that I will win one from A Bowl Full of Lemons!

  25. Jasmine says:

    That is soo cute and such a good idea! love to win from Tatertots and jello.


  26. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [24 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  27. /\Heather/\ says:

    I love the idea of chalking the lines. If I get this machine, I’d use a little darker paper and a little darker chalk, I think… Have a bit of a moldy paper look, maybe? haha

  28. Ardy22 says:

    Great tutorial. I never knew how to do this before. also entered your giveaway at baby gear ideas

  29. Gianna says:

    This would be great for my son!

  30. Alissa says:

    I am visiting from “A Bowl Full of Lemons”. I would love to win one! I can’t believe one machine is capable of so much!

  31. ruthhill74 says:

    Thanks for offering a great giveaway over at decorchick!

  32. Ms. Bake-it says:

    That is too cute! Stopping by way of Decor Chick! What a fabulous giveaway!

  33. Jeannie H says:

    Just love this one!

  34. Baby says:

    Just dropping by from Decor Chick. Yay for giveaway!

  35. Myoriah says:

    Just by chance came across how to engrave with the Silhouette.So glad I was talked into getting a Silhouette I am loving all the things I can do with it. Thanks for sharing your ideas and showing people like me who are new to Silhouette all the neat things we can do with one.

    I like this engraving idea but will have to play around more as even with the blue cap and set at less for thickness it cut through in places.

  36. LDonohue1 says:

    Is it a 2 step process to cut the invitation? First step the cut/engrave for the map then I send the paper thru a second time and cut the invitation out? Thank you.

  37. Jessica says:

    I would like to know how this might be done on my new CAMEO! Is it possible? What would the settings etc… be?

  38. change blade cap to blue cap? is that from a different blade? I don’t have blue caps? with my blades?

    1. Jeana G says:

      Darlene, this blog post is from several years ago and is referring to the blade system that went with the older models of the Silhouette. You can still get the effect with the new Silhouette by changing your cut/blade settings to where the blade doesn’t cut all the way through the paper, but just enough to leave a cut line. You can find which setting works best depending on your paper by using the test cut feature in the cut settings window. Hope that helps :)

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