What a difference a week makes!! This time last week we were digging out of deep piles of snow all around & anticipating more over the weekend. But, today the sun was out (at least some), and temperatures have reached into the 60s! There is hope! I do love Spring — and while I realize there’s probably more winter to come — I am encouraged that there is hope for Spring — and one of the best tell-tale signs is…………….
SPRING TRAINING!!! That’s right!! It’s almost time for baseball! We are huge Chicago Cubs fans at our house — with the Washington Nationals coming in a close second! So, we are pretty excited that Spring Training has begun, and Opening day and the regular season can’t be that far behind!
OK , enough of baseball – I got distracted! So to kick off the weekend, I’m going to share a newSilhouette promotion that is running from now through next Friday, February 28th! Even if you already own a Cameo or Portrait (and maybe especially if you do), you are going to want to take advantage of this offer because just about EVERYTHING in the Silhouette store is 20% off with free shipping for orders over $25!! (Excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.)
Here are the details:
- 1 CAMEO, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 teal CAMEO dust cover for $269.99 (MSRP $351.96)
- 1 Portrait, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 grey Portrait dust cover for $129.99(MSRP $229.96)
- Stamping starter kit 25% off
- Almost everything at silhouetteamerica.com is 20% off! (Excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.)
- PLUS: all orders over $25.00 ship free (that includes the machine bundles) to the lower 48 states
- And Big News for my Canadian friends — Silhouette is now shipping to Canada (but not free – sorry).
- So to take advantage of these savings — head on over to the Silhouette store & use the promo code TERRI at checkout.
Now its time for the tutorial! One of the things that I love about the Silhouette Studio Software – is the ability to use any True Type fonts that are already installed on your computer & use them to create cut files! Unlike machine embroidery — there is no need to purchase special fonts that are formatted for the Silhouette! Any font installed onto your computer will open as a cut file in Silhouette Studio!! Its awesome!
Three are some “ins & outs” to working with text in Studio — so this tutorial is just to show you how to weld together script letters so that they form a beautiful cut file!
#1 – Start by selecting the text tool on the left hand tool bar & typing in the workspace whatever word you’d like to use! (I chose Spring). You’ll notice that a green box appears around the text – (which gives you some great functionalities — but not for the purpose of this lesson)
#2 – Click on the text so that the green box disappears & the “select” box shows up around your text. Once you do this — you can go over to the list of fonts on the right hand side of your screen. If you click on the first one, then you can use the arrows on your computer keyboard to scroll down through the list of fonts. As you do this, you’ll notice the font on your workspace changes! This gives you the chance to audition fonts & see what your text will look like in that font! I’ve selected a script font called Sunday Font.
#3 Now, if you zoom in on your text, you will notice that there are little lines in this font that overlap one another. Notice how on each letter (with the exception of the capital S) – there are extra lines inside of the letters — where they overlap. Those are cut lines! So, if you were to cut this, as is — you would have little pieces within each of those letters! And they would all come apart when you removed it from your cutting mat!
#3 So, to get rid of these extra cut lines — we have to WELD the text together. There are a couple of methods to do that. A) Right click on the text, which opens the drop down menu – and select WELD. B) Open the Modify Window and select WELD, or C) Use the shortcut icon located at the bottom of the design page. All 3 of these will accomplish the same thing — just different ways to do it!
#4 – When you do this, you will notice that the text becomes “UnGrouped”. You know that because now there are separate boxes around the parts of the text that are not connected. The Capital S, the dot over the “i”, and the rest of the connected script text. These need to be grouped together — but before you do this — I think the “S” needs to be closer to the text.
Click off of the text, so nothing is selected. The select just the “S” — and using the keyboard arrows on your computer, nudge the S over to the right (closer to the rest of the text) until it looks like what you want it to look like. Then - This is when I use my Shortcut Tools! On your computer keyboard, hold down the Control key and the A at the same time – (Ctrl+A for PC and Cmd+A for Mac), to Select All. Then use the Group shortcut, to group them all together. (Ctrl+G or Cmd+G). Then, as my 2 year old grandson, Noah, says – “Ta-da!” Your text is all grouped together & ready to cut!!
This completes our little Welding Tutorial — and you will be able to create all kinds of text, words, labels — that you could use for making your own Stamps – -with the Silhouette Stamp Kit — at 25% off!!
The Final Part of this post is to share with you about creating Stamps with the Silhouette Stamp Kit – And to do that – -I’m going to share with you a tutorial by my new “blogging friend”, Lauren Lanker of The Thinking Closet! We’ve never met in person — (but I hope to — she lives in Orlando) — but she is an extremely talented young lady who has a lot to share!! And I think we would be friends! She has an awesome post on creating stamps — and she has graciously given me permission to share this with you!!! So, hop on over to “The Thinking Closet” — and you’ll learn a lot about creating stamps!! She has a great tutorial on using text & creating these adorable tags! And a free file, to boot!! Thanks, Lauren!!
THAT’S IT FOR TODAY!! I know this was a long post – -but I had lots to share! Hope it was worthwhile & thanks for hanging in there until the end!! Now get busy — and create! Hugs, Terri