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To celebrate the fact that spring has finally sprung, we want to share with you this cute 3D flower card that you can use to spread the springtime cheer around. Follow along to see how you can make your own.

Supplies Needed: Step One: Create The Card
  1. Open up Silhouette Studio® and create a rectangle. You can locate the rectangle tool as the 4th icon on the tool bar to the left of your page. Once a rectangle is created, adjust its measurements to 3.25″ x 5.25.” You can do this easily by first selecting it and then typing in the exact measurement in the width and height toolbar located above your page.
  2. Next, duplicate the rectangle by right-clicking the rectangle and selecting Duplicate.
  3. Move one of your rectangles off to the side for now (it will be used as a back layer later on).
  4. Locate Design ID #20216 in your library and double-click it to open. We will be using the top flower for this project so the rest of the pieces can be deleted. To do so, right-click the flower and select Ungroup. Then select the other pieces and delete.
  5. Resize the flower and position it on to the rectangle. To resize the flower, select the design and drag the corners inward. 
Step Two: Create The 3D Effect
  1. To start we are going to offset our flower. To do so, open the Offset Panel on the right-hand side of your page. Select Offset in the window and move the distance toggle to zero (0.000). Then, hit apply. It’ll look as though you haven’t done anything however if you select and move your flower to the side you will see the duplicated design. 
  2. Delete the original flower (left). Zoom in a little closer on the image and select the Eraser Tool (it can be located on the tool bar on the left-hand side of the screen).
  3. Erase a small area where the lines meet in the middle of the flower. Repeat for each intersection.
  4. Now that each point is erased, zoom out and select all of the flower petals. Right-click and hit Group. This will keep them all in place so nothing gets out of whack when we assemble the card.
Step Three: Cut And Assemble The Card
  1. Fill your page with as many cards as possible (I fit three). Each of these will be the front of your cards. Cut these out with your Silhouette machine and set them to the side.
  2. Cut the same number (3) of the plain rectangles (the one you moved off to the side earlier). You will want to cut these in a different color of cardstock to provide contrast.
  3. Now that your card is cut out, it’s time to assemble. Curl the petals of the front layer with your fingers, then glue the front and back layers together.
  4. Wrap them up in ribbon, or include any other embellishments you’d like. Now your 3D flower card is complete!

This blog post was originally posted on the Maritza Lisa blog. It has been edited and republished with permission from the author.
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Easter is coming up on us quick! We love decorating eggs for Easter and are bringing to you five different ways to decorate Easter eggs. Now we know that traditionally eggs are dyed fun colors; we took our decorations one step farther. We used paper, vinyl, and tattoo paper to make really fun-looking eggs. Follow along with us as we show you the five ways we decorated eggs this year.

Paper / Cardstock

You don’t need much to make these cute little critters. All it will really take is some paper. We cut faces and grass egg holders out of different colored paper to make these designs really pop. If you are interested in making these cute little animals this Easter, here are all the designs you’ll need.

Metallic Vinyl

If you are looking to make a more glam look with your eggs this season, Metallic Vinyl is a must. We love how shiny and reflective the designs come off because it truly makes a statement. We loved using simple designs like a butterfly, feather, flower, and bird. If you are interested in creating these eggs here are the designs you will need.

Matte Vinyl

Matte Vinyl is a really fun way to decorate your eggs. You can mix colors within your design to make it really pop. For these eggs, we went with a really intricate design and are loving the end result. From the flowers to the carrots to the baby chicks, we have fallen in love with each and every design. If you are wanting to recreate your very own rendition of these eggs, you can get these designs here.

Clear Tattoo Paper

Clear Tattoo Paper is fun for the whole family. It is easy to apply and foolproof! What is there not to love? The great thing about Tattoo Paper is that you can add multicolored designs in seconds. Just print out your design, cut it out, and apply with water. There’s very little mess, and every mom loves that! Create your own tattoo-covered eggs this Easter by using these designs.

Metallic Tattoo Paper

Could you tell how much we loved our regular Tattoo Paper? Imagine how excited we were when we created eggs using our Metallic Tattoo Paper.  It’s so easy to use, and it gives the eggs a very foiled look. We love that it gives a simple egg a bold look in just a matter of seconds. If you do not use this for Easter eggs, we highly recommend using it in general. It’s a total craft game changer! If you want to copy the look of these Easter eggs, you can find the designs here.

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Spring has arrived here in Florida, and I am ready to share some fun Spring Décor ideas using my Silhouette CAMEO! These ideas are perfect for everyday interior design inspiration or perfect for a tea party or an Easter brunch! I am big on personalizing my guests’ place settings, and if you are a Silhouette lover like I am, you probably are too! I tried to use a few different Silhouette Store designs to make a beautiful array of design options. My favorite is probably the doily, and I was AMAZED at how beautiful it turned out. Since I printed it on coverstock, it will be super easy to reuse too!

Supplies Needed: Step One: Locate Your Designs
  1. Locate all the designs (listed above) in your library and double-click to open the designs in Silhouette Studio®.
  2. Adjust the size of the design by selecting it entirely and dragging the outer corner to make it larger or smaller. I cut my doily at nearly 6 inches x 6 inches because it’s a good size for the center of a dinner plate. For the remaining cardstock pieces, I made those smaller and printed a few sets of them to use as confetti and little cutouts for the table decorations.
  3. Now that your design is ready to go, you are all set to cut your design. Note: I set up another file for my Matte Vinyl Pieces. Adjust your sizes according to your liking! If printing on eggs, I found it was easier to have vinyl letters because they are easy to adhere to the roundness of the eggs.
Step Two: Cut and Assemble
  1. Load your cutting mat into your machine. Then in the Send window of Silhouette Studio®, make sure to select the correct material (cardstock, coverstock, or smooth vinyl in this case). It will then tell you what to adjust your blade to. If you’ve got an Autoblade, then you don’t need to adjust your blade.
  2. Once your design is loaded, send it to cut.
  3. After your design is cut, weed the excess material away to leave only the good stuff.
  4. Decorate to your heart’s desire!

Spring has spring, and I hope you enjoy these party ideas and décor inspiration for your home! This blog post was contributed by Jessica of the blog Live Like A Mother. Follow her for more inspiring Silhouette projects.
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I’m obviously feeling a tropical vibe these days because today’s Mini DIY Hibiscus Journals were totally inspired by one of my favorite tropical flowers. I live in a pretty little neighborhood that reminds me of the movie set of Pleasantville – I kid you not. Some of these pretty little homes have gorgeous hibiscus plants, and I swear I’ve seen some blooms the size of my head. Gorgeous. So here I am surrounded by these stunning flowers, and that led to today’s DIY stationery post. Want to make your own? Read on!

Supplies Needed:
  • Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, or Silhouette Curio
  • Silhouette Studio®
  • Silhouette Mat
  • Silhouette Cutting Blade
  • Printable Sticker Paper
  • Printer
  • Notebook, Journal, or Planner
  • Design ID #136874
Step One: Prepare the Design
  1. Open the flower design (Design ID#136874) in Silhouette Studio®. Adjust your page settings (in the Page Setup panel) according to the size of your paper and your cutting mat.
  2. In the Page Setup window, turn on the registration marks by setting the style to Type 1.  Arrange your designs so that they fit inside the registration marks. If a design is left outside of those marks, then it will not be cut properly.
  3. Fill your shapes with color and resize so that they will fit on your notebook.
  4. Set the outermost shape to Cut and the inner shapes to No Cut.
Step Two: Cut the Design
  1. Print and Cut your hibiscus images using sticker paper settings. Adjust your blade if necessary and send your cut job to your Silhouette machine. (Tip: If your machine is having trouble reading the registration marks, try manually moving the blade over the black square using the blue arrows in the Send panel or see the video for “Print & Cut Troubleshooting” on Silhouette’s YouTube channel).
  2. After cutting the hibiscus images, peel them from the sticker paper and place them onto your notebooks.
This blog post was originally posted on the Maritza Lisa blog. It has been edited and republished with permission from the author.
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We found the most perfect design to accompany our foil stickers! If you didn’t know, we sell foil stickers in three colors: rose gold, gold, and silver. With these stickers, you can create labels and stickers with a high-end foil appearance. What is extra special about this material is that it has a printable surface and an adhesive backing.

In today’s post, we wanted to show you how you can turn an ordinary postcard into something that really shines. Follow along with us!

Supplies Needed: Step One: Prepare the Design
  1. Open Design ID #251878 in Silhouette Studio® by locating the design in your library. Double click the design to open it.
  2. Adjust your page settings (in the Page Setup panel) according to the size of your paper and your cutting mat. In this case, we are printing the postcard, so our paper will need to be adjusted to 8.5 x 11 inches.
  3. We decided to add a map of Boston to the other side of the postcard. If you are interested in doing so, make sure when printing that the front and back of the postcard are lined up properly when you print.
  4. In the Page Setup window, turn on the registration marks by setting the style to Type 1. Arrange your designs so that they fit inside the registration marks. If a design is left outside of those marks, then it will not be cut properly.
  5. Print the postcard design. After it is printed, place it on your cutting mat and load it into your machine.
  6. Since we printed this on normal cardstock, we will want to adjust our cut setting to that material. In the Send window, select the material “Cardstock, Plain.” Adjust your blade to the suggested depth setting (3). Once that is complete, cut out the design.
Step Two: Cut the Foil Stickers Print & Cut
  1. Now comes the real FUN part! We will show you in a few different ways to use the foil stickers with this project. The first way will be the Print & Cut option. With your registration marks still turned on, place all of the stickers within the boundaries of the registration marks like so: 
  2. With the stickers in place, send them to Print. When printing in color, the colored ink will show through on your foil sticker. However, depending on the foil color you are using (rose gold, gold or silver) you can get a different look. Depending on the colors you are printing, the ink will show up either more vibrant or less vibrant. Here’s an example to show you:
  3. Depending on the look you are going for, you can pick the foil that best goes with your design.
  4. Now place the foil sticker material into your machine and have your machine cut the stickers out. 
Cut Only
  1. Another option that you have with the foil stickers is to strictly cut the material. You can cut out shapes, words, or basically anything else that you can imagine. We decided to cut out the word “Boston” so that you would get a better idea of what the map is of. To cut out the word, select a font that you like. We decided to go with the Okey Doke Font.
  2. Type out your word and make it as large as you’d like. We wanted it to be big to make the location on the map more obvious. 
  3. When cutting just the material, you don’t need the registration marks on. So make sure to turn those off.
  4. Lastly, place your foil sticker material onto your mat. In the Send window, select the material as “Foil, Printable” and adjust your blade settings as necessary.
  5. Once your machine has cut out the design, you can then remove it like a sticker and place it onto your postcard. 
How will you use the foil sticker paper to decorate your projects?
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Sometimes your treat bags just need an extra touch, and with Silhouette’s arrow design, we have ourselves a project. These little handles are perfect for little and not-so-little hands. Pair them up with treat bags, and you have yourself a sweet little bag waiting to filled with goodies.

Supplies Needed:
Step One: Create the Handle Shape
  1. Open the Arrows shape in Silhouette Studio, and put it to the side. Start creating the handle shape by making one rounded rectangle within another and make them a Compound Path (top image).
  2. Then make a mirrored copy of the original shape (with a small overlap).
  3. Weld the 2 shapes together (bottom right image) and use the internal offset to create a border. 
  4. I colored, resized, and duplicated my image so that it would be big enough to fit over my internal offset.
  5. By placing the internal offset over my pattern and cropping, I was able to shape the pattern so that it would fit within my original handle shape. I then grouped everything together (the cropping leaves the shape in little pieces).
Step Two: Print & Cut the Design
  1. Use the Print & Cut feature. Remember you MUST add registration marks in order for your design to be cut correctly. To add these registration marks, select the Page Setup icon on the tool bar on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Once your handles have been printed, place the paper onto your cutting mat and load into your machine. Set your machine’s cut settings within the Send window in Silhouette Studio® and adjust your blade if needed.
  3. After the handles are cut, adhere them to treat bags that are just a little larger than the handles. Let them dry and the treat bags are complete!
This blog post was originally posted on the Maritza Lisa blog. It has been edited and republished with permission from the author.
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Aloha, friends! We’re going to show you how to put together this fun and festive Hawaiian-themed scrapbooking page featuring this adorable Hawaiian shirt design. Follow along to see what you need to do.

Supplies Needed: Step One: Creating the Layout

1. Download all of the listed designs above from the Silhouette Design Store. In the Page Setup panel, change your page size to be 12 in. x 12 in. Open designs in Silhouette Studio® by locating them in your Library. Resize the designs and place them as desired on the working space. For the Fun in the Sun design (Design ID #269675), fill the words in with patterns (Design ID #57483 and Design ID #57486). Watch this video to learn how to fill designs with pattern. Tip: When you open a design from the Library, make sure that the cut line and the design are grouped (select design and a cut line, right-click, and select Group). This will help keep the cut lines in the right places when you are moving designs all over the page. 

2. Some designs have a white backgound that is bigger than the cut line. If you want to crop the design along the a cut line, go to the Modify panel and click on the Intersect or Crop icon.

3. After you crop your design, you won’t have a cut line any more. To add a cut line, go to the Trace panel. Select Trace Area, change the Threshold to 82%, and click Trace Outer Edge.

4. The order of which image is in front and which is in back can be arranged any way you want. You can use the arrange object icons, which are located on the top of the screen, or right-click your design to pull up the arrange options (bring to front, send to back, bring forward, and send backward).

Step Two: Cutting Out the Designs

1. In the Page Setup panel, change the page size to the Letter size. Turn on the registration marks (found in the Page Setup panel) and place all designs you want to Print & Cut within the registration marks border.

2. Print out your designs on the white adhesive cardstock by selecting the printer icon.

3. Place the printed sheet on your mat and feed it into your Silhouette machine. Go to the Send panel. Choose “Cardstock, Printable Adhesive-Backed” as your material type. Adjust your blade if necessary and send your cut job to your Silhouette machine. After cutting the designs, remove the designs from the cutting mat.

4. Place the leaves you want to cut from green or patterned cardstock on the work space. Place the cardstock on the cutting mat. Load mat into the cutting machine. As a material type choose the type of cardstock you are going to cut. Adjust the blade if necessary and click Send.  After cutting the designs, remove the designs from the cutting mat.

5. Cut designs you want to be glitter gold from glitter cardstock or glitter vinyl. Cut a rectangle (on which we will place the Hawaiian shirt, the suitcase, and the parrot) using the same cardstock you will use as a page base or any other cardstock you want.

Step Three: Arranging the Scrapbooking Page

1. When we have all our scrapbooking page pieces cut out, we can start to adhere them to the scrapbooking page base, which can be a sheet of the patterned cardstock.

Now our scrapbooking page is ready! It’s so summery and perfect if you’re looking to record your summer adventures or your trip to somewhere tropical.

Let us know how you arranged your Hawaiian scrapbooking page in the comments below!

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