Turning Handwriting Into a Cut File
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Turning Handwriting Into a Cut File

Are you a doodler?

Today I thought I would show you how I turned my doodle into a Silhouette cut file to use on a card.

I have to be honest and tell you all that I can not draw.  Not one bit.  Which is why my doodles usually consist of words and basic shapes!  This particular phrase is something we say often around our house – Love you the most and a million.  It’s not something I’ve heard a lot and I love that I can personalize a card with my own handwriting and my own catchphrase!
I think it would be fun/funny to make cards with custom inside jokes.  I can’t wait to try this with some of my daughter’s artwork.  You can easily pair your doodles/handwriting with shapes from the Silhouette Design Store for even more fun!  Endless possibilities!


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  1. What a wonderful idea! I’m gonna try it. Thanks for showing, Ina

  2. Will have to try this myself. TFS!

  3. So cool – I had no idea you can open up a picture in silhouette – definitely going to try this idea.

  4. Very COOL! Thanks for the video! I learn so much from you guys! THANKS! :o)


  5. I wish I could doodle as well as you! Thanks for this video!

  6. Awesome!!! Could this also be done by scanning your writing and opening in Silhouette?

    1. Nicki – You can absolutely scan it!

  7. That is super cute.

  8. Thank you for the time you took to teach that! On my have to try list!

  9. Love this! Did you actually doodle your script letters that wide or somehow magically make them that way with your silhouette?

    1. I thickened them with my marker before I uploaded my picture. I drew it exactly how I wanted it to turn out. Hope that makes sense!

  10. Great idea! Wonderful to make your own sentiments.

  11. Wow, didn’t know it was possible to do this!

  12. did you use registration marks? you didn’t show how you cut it..
    great idea…….

    1. JoAnne – When you trace the image it produces cut lines rendering the original image unnecessary. There wasn’t any printing involved, so I didn’t need the registration marks. Hope that helps!

  13. I love this idea! sweet and very creative! thank you!

  14. Thanks!!! What a great idea! I cannot wait to get out of work I have to try this ASAP!

  15. what medium are you using to make those cute yellow blobs?

    1. Hi! I used enamel dots – they are kind of like brads, but they are adhesive-backed. There are several companies manufacturing these now!

    2. thanks!

  16. I love this technique but I have been SCANNING my images.. never thought to do a pix on my camera.. THANKS for that one. I love this for so many reasons.. I just did a hand drawn for a stamp– I love that I can make my own stamps too

  17. ‘Love you the most and a million’. What a gorgeous phrase. The ones that make sense just to you and your loved ones are definitely the best.

    1. I absolutely agree!

  18. Wow, great idea. Didn’t know about importing photos so will use that tool too! Thanks!

  19. This is soooo cool! I cannot wait to try it! I love my Sil Cameo deeper now 😀

  20. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am going to try this on some of the things my grandchildren write and say.

  21. What a great technique…thinking I will be trying this. Thank You for showing how it can be done. Great job!
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  22. I found this through Linda at Paper Boutique. I won a Portrait from her and have yet to learn how to use it. My first attempt didn’t go well so I put it aside. I’ve bookmarked your blog so I can go through all your tutorials and begin using it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You lucky girl! I am saving my money to buy a Cameo for myself for Christmas (or Easter, or 4th of July, whenever I have saved enough pennies). Please post as you learn so those of us who are still on the sidelines can learn along with you.

  23. I recently got a Cameo. I was wondering can I scan a logo (not copyrighted) and my cameo will cut it? I’m thinking from all I’ve read I can but just want to make sure! If so, this thing is way cooler than I expected it to be!!! 🙂

    1. Hi Autumn, you can trace jpg images opened in Silhouette studio. There is a video tutorial on our YouTube channel with more details… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNyn5CNSn5A

  24. This is just what I’m looking for but I can’t find the link to the video. Help.

  25. Is it too late to view your video? I can’t locate a link to it, and am really interested.

    1. Hi Elyse, it’s not too late, you can find the video on our YouTube channel here

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