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.
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.