How To Use PixScan™ To Decorate Handmade Cards
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How To Use PixScan™ To Decorate Handmade Cards

Did you know you can use PixScan™ to decorate handmade cards? Today, I’m going to tell you how you can “fussy-cut” patterned paper without even having to lift your detail scissors.

To be honest, I’ve had a PixScan™ mat since last Christmas when I received it with the CAMEO, but I had never tried it out. The great thing is the same PixScan™ mat that works with the previous model of the CAMEO will also work with the CAMEO 3—no need to purchase a new one. How cool is that? Want to see how it works? Let’s go!

Supplies needed:

  • The CAMEO 3
  • PixScan™ Mat for the CAMEO
  • “You &Me” Design #54031
  • heavy white cardstock and foam adhesive, available at your local craft store
  • patterned scrapbook paper
  • Transfer Paper
  • Printable Gold Foil

Step One: Importing the PixScan™ Image

Since this was my first time using my PixScan™ mat, I had to calibrate my smartphone’s camera. More information on that here.

Once I had everything ready, I took a picture of the scrapbook paper on my mat, transferred the image to my computer, and brought it into Silhouette Studio® using the Import option in the PixScan™ menu.

The PixScan™ button is located in the top left section of the toolbars in the Business Edition of the software. If you have Basic or Designer Edition, the button may be elsewhere in the toolbar. But, the icon still looks the same through all software versions.

Step Two: Trace and Cut

You can use any kind of patterned paper you want for this type of project, but you will always get a better trace by using a high-quality pattern with sharp lines. That’s why I picked out geometric hearts. I wanted all those little hearts cut out, so I tried to get as many as I could inside the trace area.

After adjusting the settings to “cover” the hearts, I clicked Trace to create the cut lines. You can use the Eraser tool to clean up any unwanted cut-line bits.

Next, go ahead and load your PixScan™ mat into the machine. Select the appropriate cut settings for your paper and hit Send to Silhouette.

A minute later you have perfectly “fussy-cut” pieces. Can you imagine how long it would have taken to cut those out by hand, especially since some of the edges aren’t straight? Silhouette machines and PixScan™ technology are a godsend, I tell ya.

Step Three: Arranging Your Design

For my card, I decided to echo the cut-out pieces by arranging them into a heart-shaped design. If you aren’t using hearts, you can easily arrange a different shape – squares and circles work really well.

Make a 5.5 in. x 4.25 in. card base from the white cardstock, and set it aside.  Cut a 4.5 in. x 3.75 in. from the scraps for your front panel.

The easiest way I have found to set up this kind of design is to use a craft mat to align the machine-cut pieces in the desired pattern, then move the whole thing to the card all at once.

This is where the transfer paper comes in handy. When you have the pieces just right and you are ready to transfer them to your card panel, use a piece of transfer paper to keep them in place as you move them. Press down firmly, pick them all up at once, flip over your transfer paper, and add the foam adhesive.

Step Four: Transferring Your Design

Adhering your design to your card panel works just like transferring vinyl; start by removing the release papers from half of the foam adhesive squares. Next, carefully align your design on the small rectangle you cut back in Step Three by centering the unpeeled side first. Then, carefully lay down the half with exposed adhesive. Fold your transfer paper up and remove the rest of the release papers and lay your design back down.

Carefully peel back the transfer paper from your project and check out the perfect alignment of your design pieces!

Step 5: Adhering the Sentiment and Finishing Up

Open the “You & Me” Design (#54031) in Silhouette Studio®. Adjust the width to 4.5 in., select the appropriate cut setting, and cut from Printable Gold Foil. It’s a pretty skinny font, so take care as you lift it from the release paper. You will want to avoid buckling the foil if possible – I used a pair of tweezers to help me separate it.

Lay your already-sticky sentiment (I love adhesive papers for applications like this) across your card design and gently press to adhere. Using some more foam adhesive, layer your completed card panel onto your card base.

Thanks for checking out the blog today! Have you used a PixScan™ mat to cut designs out of patterned paper? Leave a comment below and tell me what you’ve made!

Niki Coursey

Hi, y’all! I’m Niki from Cardstoq and I love all things crafty, colorful, and CaS (clean and simple)! I live in San Antonio, TX with my husband, two kiddos and a plethora of pets. I’ve been making pretty things as long as I can remember. As a kiddo in Newfoundland, Canada, I used to spend my money at the tiny craft store next to my grandmother’s house. I graduated from pompoms and popsicle sticks to scrapbooking, but that quickly morphed into quilling and then to handmade greeting cards. I first discovered the magic that is my Silhouette CAMEO about a year into cardmaking, and I have never looked back. When I’m not crafting, you can find me relaxing in the backyard, searching online for the latest card challenges, or taking an interesting online course. I’m currently trying to teach myself hand lettering and how to improve my writing. I am so glad to be a part of Silhouette America’s design team this year and I look forward to sharing projects, ideas, and inspiration with all of you!

Designs Used:

valentine words you and me

Products Used:

transfer paper

printable gold foil

Silhouette CAMEO® 3


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  1. Awesome post, Niki! Genius idea to use the transfer paper to batch move all those fussy little hearts. Who makes the darling heart paper?

  2. Such a pretty card, Niki!

    I actually used the PixScan mat to trace/cut some houses from the SU Christmas paper this year – it didn’t work perfectly, and I haven’t tried it again since. Will definitely give it a go soon.

    1. Thank you Dawn! I am glad you feel inspired to give it another try! Your cards are lovely, by the way 🙂

  3. What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your tips on fussy cutting and using the transfer paper 🙂

    1. You’re most welcome, Terrie! Thank you 🙂

  4. How beautiful! I have the Pixscan mat but have been wary about using it – feel quite encouraged now. Thank you 🙂

    P.S. an alternative to transfer paper is “Press and Seal” 😛

    1. Yay! Comment back and let me know what you made, Janet – I’m curious!

  5. I love this! Thank you!

    1. I love that you love it 🙂 Go forth and create!

  6. This turned out great! I want to use mine, but it only works abt a quarter (or less) of the time. After it reads the second registration mark, the machine seems to pull the mat in too far and it ends up behind the machine. Any tips for getting it to work right? I can see so many great possibilities for this little mat of awesome 🙂

    1. Please contact the Silhouette America Support Team at and they can help you troubleshoot your problem.

  7. Thank you 🙂

  8. I noticed you said that the “you and me” was cut from foil. It looks very sturdy on you card, there is not other type of backing? I would hesitate to use the foil on top of a dimensional cutout as I could just see it warping and looking like the rocky mountain landscape

    1. You could certainly cut the sentiment a second time from chipboard and adhere the foil sentiment to it for extra sturdiness. The adhesive foil is rather thick, like a 70lb cardstock (as opposed to the kind you use to add foil to paper) so it would hold up like a champ for everyday gift giving. Hope that helps!

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