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3D Printed Zen Garden

Have you thought of some clever uses for the Silhouette Alta® 3D printer? I’ve created a tiny little Zen garden that I want to share with you today. This can be customized in many ways, but here’s how I created mine. Supplies Needed: Silhouette Alta® Silhouette 3D™ software Silhouette Studio® software PLA filament – white Sand Pebbles and tiny shells Design ID#268232 Step One: Set Up Your Alta In case you haven’t already done so, load your filament (instructions here). If necessary, calibrate your machine (instructions here). The flat base we’ll create that fills most of the print bed will…

Summer Window Clings

We’re nearing the end of summer, and that’s a little sad to us. Thankfully, we can use things like Silhouette’s window cling material and fun, colorful designs to keep a little bit of summer in our lives all year round. Keep reading to see how you can make your very own summer window clings! Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait® Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Window Cling – Clear and Window Cling – White Printer Design ID #271645, Design ID #190648, Design ID #269672, Design ID #269674, Design ID #269675, Design ID #75824, Design ID #136865, Design ID #177136, Design ID #177148, Design ID #177160, Design ID #195076, Design ID…

Tiling Feature (Business Edition)

Silhouette Studio® Business Edition provides an automated Tiling feature, which is available only in the Business Edition’s Media Layout mode. The tiling feature gives you a method by which a larger job can be cut into a series of smaller tiles. Those tiles can then be assembled after the cutting process is complete to create the finished large-scale design. For this example, we’ll use the Tiling feature to automatically segment a design that’s about a 23-inch-by-23-inch square into a series of smaller jobs that can be cut out and then assembled to achieve a final project. Open the Media Layout Setup panel, which…

Metal-etched Key Chain

One of the very cool features of the Silhouette Curio™ is the ability to etch designs onto metal surfaces. We’re going to walk you through the etching process and show you how we made this custom metal key chain. Supplies Needed: Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Curio Platforms Silhouette Curio Embossing Mat Silhouette Stippling & Etching tool Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Blank metal key chain Cardstock Tape Design ID#243631 Design ID #45890 Step One: Preparing the Design 1. Open Silhouette Studio®. In the Page Setup panel, change the mat size to the Curio Embossing Mat, which is 8.5 inches by 6…

Mug with Oracal Decal

As you might know, Silhouette has a partnership with ORAFOL to offer 12 colors of Oracal 651 vinyl and Oratape, or transfer tape. Today we will use the Oracal vinyl to decorate a mug using a layering method. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait® Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Oracal 651 for Silhouette Oratape – transfer tape Design ID#271644 Step One: Preparing the Design 1. Download the “Can’t Touch This” design (Design ID #271644) from the Silhouette Design Store. Open it in Silhouette Studio® by locating it in your Library. Resize it so that it fits your mug. 2. Our…

Crafty Shirt Design

If you are DIY obsessed like I am, this crafty shirt design is made just for you! Remember the song—If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands! It’s a play on words, and I bet the song is stuck in your head now. LOL! This shirt is a perfect gift and a total conversation starter! I wear mine and people always comment on it! Here are simple instructions on how you can make one for yourself! Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Silhouette Heat Transfer – Metallic Gold Silhouette…

Shrink Plastic Motel Key Chain

I’ve been obsessed with vintage motel key chains lately, and what better way to make a custom one with Silhouette’s shrink plastic. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Shrink Plastic – White Printer Oven Baking tray Parchment paper Key chain ring Tassel Design ID #187990 Step One: Create Key Chain Design Open the Page Setup panel and create an 8.5 inch by 11 inch design space. Then add registration marks to the page. 3. Look for an image of a motel key chain on the internet and save it onto your desktop…

Rose Gold Foil & Woodgrain Stickers

These stickers combine rose gold foil and wood grain for a look that’s sweet, modern, and full of texture. Use them as seals on envelopes for wedding invitations and greeting cards or as embellishments for party favors, food packaging, and more! Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio® Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Silhouette Scraper Tool Silhouette Wood Sheets Silhouette Rose Gold Foil Sticker Paper Design ID #174661 Step One: Open and Resize the Design Open the design (Design ID #174661) in Silhouette Studio®. Resize the design to the size that you prefer. I resized…

Neon Heat Transfer T-shirt

It’s summertime, and that means we need some bright and happy summerware! Check out this step-by-step tutorial to see how you can make your very own mermaid-themed t-shirt with neon heat transfer. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Studio® Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Heat Transfer – smooth – neon pink, neon green and neon blue  Silhouette Hook Tool Iron Piece of cloth or parchment paper T-shirt Design ID #271641 Step One: Preparing the Design 1. Open the Mermaid off duty design (Design ID #271641) in Silhouette Studio®. Resize your design according the t-shirt size you will…

Multifunction Monstera Tray

Is it a tray? A coaster? Or a catch all? I guess it could be anything you want it to be! When I first saw this beautiful design by Sophie Gallo, I thought “How awesome would this be as a wooden tray?” This multifunctional monstera tray is giving me all the feels, and I’ll show you how I made it. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Silhouette Scraper Silhouette Vinyl Silhouette Transfer Tape .5-inch Plywood Scroll Saw Rotary Tool Sander Wood Stain Safety Glasses Safety Mask Design ID #131819 Design ID #240205 Step…

Using Silhouette Mint™ to Practice Handwriting and Reading

Looking for a summer crafting project to do with your kids that is both fun and educational? Grab a cup of coffee and read about this easy project using the Silhouette Mint™. This project is great for children learning the alphabet, practicing their handwriting, or beginning to read. Sure, school may be out, but learning never stops, especially when it’s fun and creative! Supplies Needed: Silhouette Mint™  Stamp kit – 30 mm x 30 mm Stamp kit – 60 mm x 30 mm Mint Ink in black (or a color of your choice) Cardstock Scratch paper Scissors or a paper…

Summer Cards with Patterned Designs

We’re going to show you how to make these three summer cards using patterned designs. To help you with some of the designs, you’re going to learn how to use the New Project Wizard as well as how to fill shapes and fonts with patterns. Supplies Needed: Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio™ (with a big base) Silhouette Cutting Mat Silhouette Cutting Blade Silhouette Studio® Cardstock – white Adhesive foam dots Printer Design ID #269750, Design ID #183976, Design ID #245689, Design ID #21861, Design ID #54000, Design ID #246094 Design ID #182626, Design ID #247198, Design ID #195748, Design ID #68335, Design ID #201461, Design ID #126941, Design ID #157420 Design ID #182563, Design…