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PixScan Stamps

PixScan and Stamping by Kelly Wayment_hi res

PixScan and Stamping by Kelly Waymen for Silhouette

 

 

Do you have a PixScan™ mat? Have you used it much? I love mine; it adds a whole new level to my CAMEO’s abilities. Kelly here, to show how to use stamps with a PixScan™ mat. I’ll be using a stamp I created with my Mint machine, but you can use this PixScan™ technique with almost any stamp you have. Did I catch your attention, stampers?

 

Stamp your Paper

I had a scrap of white sticker paper that was too small to run through my printer as a print & cut, so it’s an excellent choice for the PixScan™ mat. I stamped my image several times, leaving room for cutting out around each stamped image.

Mint stamp on scrap of sticker paper

 

 

Place on PixScan Mat and Import

I like to scan my PixScan™ mat to import the image into Silhouette Studio. This is what my scrap of stamped sticker paper looks like on my PixScan™ mat before scanning (see below).

PixScan mat

 

 

And this is what my PixScan™ mat looks like on my screen after importing through scanning (see below). Looks the same, doesn’t it? See the magic? Now I can assign cut lines and it will cut exactly where I want it.

PixScan image on screen_2

 

 

Tips for scanning to import the PixScan image in Silhouette Studio:

  • Choose the PixScan™ icon or go to File>Open PixScan Image.
  • Place the PixScan™ mat onto a flatbed scanner. If you have a CAMEO PixScan™ mat and a standard-size scanner, place as much of the mat as will fit on the scanner bed. Part of it will go off the edge, but you can scan a second pass.
  • In the PixScan™ window under Import to Scanner, select your scanner that should show on the list, and then click Import PixScan Image from Scanner.
  • Choose A4 size (not Letter size) when the scanner menu pops up to maximize the area of data collected and choose Scan. Give it time to load, and all or a partial image will show on your screen (depending on the size of your mat and scanner).
  • For the second pass on a scanner smaller than your mat, simply rotate the mat 180 degrees, place it back on the scanner bed in the same spot as before, and click Import PixScan Image from Scanner. Once this second pass loads, your on-screen PixScan™ mat will show everything that is actually on it.

PixScan import from scanner

 

 

Assign Cut Lines to PixScan Image

Now it’s time to assign cut lines. You can (1) perform a Trace to cut exactly around the stamped image, then add an offset to the trace (and remove the original trace line) if you want a little extra around the outside. Or you can (2) draw a basic shape around the stamped image. Finally, you can (3) pick any design from your Studio Library to cut around the stamped image. The sky’s the limit!

PixScan - assign cut lines

 

 

Send to Silhouette

Now load the PixScan™ mat into your Silhouette machine and choose the appropriate material settings. The actual cuts you get will match what you set up on screen. Yay! Almost like magic. 😉

Actual cuts match PixScan screen

 

 

I hope you’re excited about the possibilities of what the PixScan™ mat can do for your stamps. The PixScan™ mats are available for the Portrait and the CAMEO, and will be available for the Curio at a future date.

Stamped Stickers with Mint and PixScan

Kelly Wayment

Hi! I'm Kelly Wayment and am thrilled to continue on with Silhouette America's design team for a fourth term. I live in Utah with my husband of 17+ years and our four kids ranging from first-grader to teen. I work part-time as an auditor in an accounting firm, but I would always prefer to be crafting. I started scrapbooking and cardmaking in 1999, and that has spread into other crafts over the years. The Silhouette machine has literally changed the course of my life as it has turned my simple hobbies into ways to push the boundaries with my creativity, along with innumerable opportunities to teach and share that joy with others.

Designs Used:

Products Used:

Blade

Mint Stamp Kit

Silhouette Mint™ Custom Stamp Maker

printable white sticker paper

CAMEO PixScan™ cutting mat

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13 comments

  1. Wow Kelly, that’s pretty awesome! I’ve not worked with or own a Pixscan mat, but perhaps I will in the near future! Thank you for taking the time to put this information together.

    1. You’re welcome, Marilyn. I find uses for my PixScan mat all the time. I think you’ll find once you have one you’ll really enjoy it. 🙂

  2. Super tutorial Kelly 🙂 I have the pixscan mat but have yet to even try it 🙂 Something I should give a go with all my stamps Yes thanks for the information 🙂

    1. Yes, yes, try it! Cutting out stamped images should be a great first project. Good luck, Tina!

  3. Kelly – thank you so much for this! I recently bought the Pixscan but haven’t used it yet. Good to know I can use it on my traditional sized scanner with my Cameo!

    1. So glad to help, Melinda. Have fun with your new PixScan mat!

  4. That is awesome! I’ve not been staying up to speed on what the Cameo can do. This is great.

  5. I recently got the Curio. Do you know if the Curio will be getting its own pixscan mat? It’s a really awesome feature that I would love to use with my curio!

    1. Yes! A Curio PixScan mat will be coming out down the road. We can’t wait!

  6. What a great demo. I can’t wait to use the PixScan mat with my Portrait. Is everything essentially the same?

    1. Yep! Everything works the same way! Happy crafting 🙂

  7. Thanks, I won a PixScan mat, but haven’t been brave to try it. Maybe now?

    1. Well, congratulations, and pull that mat out and try something with it! If you don’t have stamps to try it with, I have other PixScan tutorials on my own blog to give you some ideas. It’s really not a scary thing to use. 😉

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