Workflow Wednesday Silhouette Tutorial creating print and cut elements using cut files

Last week, I shared my favorite weekly pocket scrapbooking tutorial, the print and cut feature on the Silhouette Portrait. I had used digital elements from The Lilypad, and a few of you asked if I could do a print and cut tutorial using cut files from the Silhouette online store. I thought it was a brilliant idea and I'm excited to share how to create your own elements using cut files from the Silhouette Online Store.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


I'm a huge fan of labels, and I thought it would be fun to do a sheet of labels for you today. I actually had so much fun with it that I can see myself doing it every week. I didn't just make your typical white label with the colored frame, but had some fun using pattern to create some mixed media looking labels. 

I've got a lot to show you, so bear with me. I'm just touching on the basics, but it's a lot! I took 55 screenshots, eek! I've narrowed it down, so if you are confused about anything in these steps, PLEASE don't hesitate to ask. It's a lot, I know, but I promise that once you've created one or two labels it will be super easy to create the rest!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

SUPPLIES USED:





CREATE YOUR ELEMENTS

1) Open up Silhouette Software and your Silhouette Library (I have my labels in a folder in my Project Life® folder)


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

2) Double-Click on the cut file you want (this will add it to your page canvas)


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

3) The labels are grouped together, so you want to ungroup them (right-click and choose ungroup)


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

3b) Now you will see a box around each of the labels, I totally should have skipped moving the inner part over and just left them there. So that's an extra step you don't need to do. You do want to ungroup them though, otherwise you will fill them all, rather than fill only the parts you wanted filled.

4) Click on the larger part of the label, the part you want to color. There are three different fill techniques and modules.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

5a) Pattern Fill: click on the pattern fill module, scroll down to find the one you want (I chose the chalkboard pattern) and click on the pattern. It will automatically fill that part of the label with the chalkboard. SWEET!!!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

5b) Color Fill: click on the color fill module, and then click on a color you like. (I had dragged over an element from the kit I'm working with this week and then used the eyedropper tool to click on the color I wanted to use)


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

5c) Gradient Fill: click on the gradient fill module and similar to color fill, you can just click on the one you want. For advanced options you can create your own gradient and choose your colors and/or slide the arrows around until you're happy with it. Seriously, have fun clicking around and playing in this module, it's so GROOVY!!!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

6) Now you're going to color fill the inside of your labels using step 5b. I chose white for the centers like traditional labels.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

7) No Cut: as you can see there is a cut line around the inner part of the label. I want to change this and will open up the Cut Settings Module and choose "no cut".


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

8) Line Color: now you have a pretty red line around your label, which you don't want to print, so go to your Line Color module and choose "transparent".


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

9) Center Align: now you want to bring your two parts together. Hold down the SHIFT key and select the two matching parts of the label. Then go to the Align module and click on "Center" at the top.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

10) Group To Finish: to complete your new label element, you'll want to group the two parts together. If the two parts aren't still highlighted, you can click and drag through them to select them both again. Then you will right-click and choose "Group". Now you have your labels.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

ADDITIONAL FUN: For the other labels I did Pattern fill for each of the layers. This gave it a fun mixed media look to them. These labels had three parts. I filled the back layer with a newspaper pattern, the middle layer with chalkboard and the top layer with another newsprint. I followed the same steps as above making sure that I only had cut lines for the back layer the other two layers were no cut and transparent lines.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns



PRINT

11) Make sure you add your registration marks, then arrange your new labels within the boundaries and not in any of the transparent areas before printing.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns

12) Print according to your printer's instructions and then cut making sure to select the medium you're using and the blade is set to the correct setting.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


CUT

13) Line up your print on the mat and load it into your Silhouette, then click "Send to Silhouette"

I love how these turned out and can't wait to use them in my pocket pages and other projects!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Silhouette Tutorial: creating print and cut elements using Silhouette cut files and patterns


Oh goodness, I applaud you if you made it this far, it's loooong, but so worth going through to create your own elements for print and cut. I'm also excited to share with you two really awesome promos going on at Silhouette right now. For either of them, you will need to use the code GREENWOOD at checkout for the discount to apply!

The first one is an awesome Silhouette Portrait Fall Fabric Bundle. This is a really SWEET deal and I LOVE that you can do everything with the Portrait that you can do with the CAMEO, but in a smaller package. It fits so perfectly on my tiny workspace!




The second promo is for adhesive cardstock. I just got my hands on some today and I can't wait to show you how awesome it is! Again, you need to use the code GREENWOOD at checkout for the discount to apply!




Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission on purchases made, using my link. Thank you for your continued support! I am a part of the Silhouette Circle, Silhouette's affiliate program, and have received from them the white sticker paper and some of the cut files that I use in this tutorial.


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