Mini Album Cover
First Cut

Mini Album Cover

Happy Friday crafty friends! Sticking with the ‘back to basics’ theme from my last post, this week’s challenge is all about welding. It’s a basic tool/option that will allow you to use your existing shapes to create new ones, cut words out in one piece or combine both shape and text like I did here on this little mini album cover.
Here are the two shapes I used…
To weld them together,  I reduced the size of the ‘love’ and centered it over the heart card making sure that the word overlapped the edges of the heart just slightly.
Then,  I selected both of the shapes, opened the modify window and clicked weld. {you can also right click and select weld}
After welding, the love and heart card will cut out in one piece…

and instead of just the cute heart window, now it has a little bit more interest!

So, now it’s your turn!


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  1. Really cute. I have just the original Silhouette, I hope it has the weld feature so I can try this out! Looks great.

  2. I LOVE this! I don’t have a Silhouette yet but am saving my pennies! The machine I do have will do these things but the cuts are sometimes inconsistent.

  3. Awesome Jeana. Love your mini album. I so wish my stuff was not packed up. It’s killing me. I can’t wait to get moved. TFS and have and awesome weekend.

  4. Where did the pretty pink glitter paper come from?

    1. Kelly – It’s actually not glitter paper…it’s just a patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye with a mottled texture on it!

  5. Weird, I’ve been dreaming up a mini vacation album!! But was stuck on what to use for bindings…did you just use wire? Great Job – Deanna @ From Wine to Whine

  6. I truly appreciate your Back to basics tutorials. Many of us a quite new to using an electronic cutter and learning the basics . The Cameo is my first electronic cutter

  7. For some reason, when I try to weld, the word “love” disappears. I have been trying the weld function since I got my Silhouette and haven’t been able to figure it out. Could it be because I’m using the free software and not the Designer Edition? The function is there so it should work? I have the oldest model Silhouette.

    1. I have the same problem!

    2. Yes, the function should work regardless of Silhouette you are using 🙂 The trick to welding is that the cutline of the shape or letter has to be overlapping the shape or letter it is welding too. Not just touching, but overlapping so that they share some common space. Otherwise it will want to weld it to empty space between them making it disappear. If you want to email me your studio file or a screen shot of it before you weld I can take a closer look and may be able to give some better/more specific instructions 🙂 {}

  8. I have troubble with the weld part of the tutorial. When I do “weld” my writing disappears?! Can someone help me?

    1. Hi there! If only the word is disappearing, try overlapping the edges of the heart and word a little bit more. The trick to welding is that the cutline of the shape or letter has to be overlapping the shape or letter it is welding too. Not just touching, but overlapping so that they share some common space. Otherwise it will want to weld it to empty space between them, making it disappear. Hope that helps 🙂

  9. Great tutorial, I have welded letters before but feel encouraged to try something more adventurous like your journal – which is just beautiful 🙂

  10. Great tut. I followed your tut and could get it to work. Looks great too. But when I use the heart tag #37390 and put my welded word into it the heart it turns blank. Do I need to do to make the heart and word show in this situation.


  11. I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong!!! I end up with the base shape and the word “love” disappears.

  12. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I am finally doing my wedding album after 45 years. Just got my Silhouette in March and it opens up a whole new world of scrapbooking.

  13. To those having trouble: Are you beginning your project with a compound path object?The heart isn’t just sitting on top of the rectangle. It is removed from the rectangle by clicking on both the rectangle and the heart and then clicking “Make” under Compound Paths in the Modify window. You can’t weld a shape to a single line; you can only weld two compound path objects together.

  14. Every time I select both the heart and the word love and click weld the word love disappears and yes the letters are overlapping the heart by a lot. I even selected both the rectangle and the heart and clicked “make” and tried it and that didn’t work. Is there something I should be doing other than simply inserting the heart shape and typing the text?

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