Breast Cancer Awareness Tee
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Breast Cancer Awareness Tee

October has always been an important month for us here at Silhouette. In past years, we have brought awareness to breast cancer to help and support women in the fight against breast cancer. This year, we went bigger.

We have partnered with National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to bring about the Silhouette CAMEO® 3 Pink Edition. From now through November, a portion of sales from specially-marked boxes will be donated to NBCF in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

In honor of all the survivors, the fighters, and lives lost, we have also launched a special, FREE design! Below we will walk you through on how we used this design to customize our life while bringing awareness to breast cancer.

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Open The Design

  1. Select the Page Setup Panel (this icon can be found on the toolbar on the right-hand side of your page) and adjust your page to the dimensions of your material or machine. In this case, we are using the CAMEO and our material is 12 in. x 12 in.
  2. Open Design ID #225720 in Silhouette Studio® by locating the design in your library.
  3. Now select the design and resize it to the size you want it to be. Adjust the size of the design by selecting it and dragging the outer corner to make it larger or smaller. We made our design 6.849 inches by 8.004 inches.
  4. For this design, we chose to make it several different colors. In order to do so, we will need to separate pieces of the design. You’ll notice that it is a compound path and not a series of shapes grouped together. In this case, we will want to release the Compound Path. To do so, select the design, right-click, and click Release Compound Path. It will then look like this:
  5. Now comes the tricky part. Select pieces of the ribbon while holding down the shift key on your keyboard. Once all of the ribbon is selected, then right-click and select Group. Now set this piece off to the side.
  6. Now simply, select all of the pieces of “Hope” and instead of grouping the design we want to make it a compound path again. With all pieces selected, right-click, and hit Make Compound Path. Once you are done, you are ready to cut out the design.  

Step Two: Cut and Assemble

  1. To keep our designs organized we decided to color them so that we knew what was going to be cut out of what. First, we started with the ribbon.
  2. Place the “Hope” design off of your cutting mat. Load your heat transfer material into your machine. (Note: If you are using a CAMEO or a Portrait, you can load your material without a cutting mat.) You’ll notice that heat transfer material has a shiny plastic side and a matte side. You will want to place the heat transfer in the machine shiny side down.
  3. In Silhouette Studio®, select the Send tab in the upper right-hand corner. For material select the Heat Transfer, Metallic (depending on which heat transfer material you are using) cut setting. Adjust your blade to the cut setting and select Start.
  4. After your machine is done cutting, unload the heat transfer material from your machine and weed away unnecessary parts of the design.
  5. Repeat this process but with the “Hope” design.
  6. Once all pieces of the design are cut, place your weeded design on your shirt right side up.
  7. Leave the clear protective plastic on and iron your design onto your shirt. You may also choose to place a cloth barrier in between the design and the iron. Once the design is cooled, peel away the clear plastic (Tip: If you pull away the clear plastic while your design is still hot, it will warp the Heat Transfer and ruin your design.)

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1 comment

  1. I am being treated for Stage 2A breast cancer right now
    — one more chemo treatment to go! My doctors have told me “we’re going
    for a cure here”, and I totally believe it WITHOUT QUESTION.

    Breast cancer is not automatically a death sentance you know.
    Thanks for the great article 🙂 <3<3

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