PixScan Mat Tutorial & Cameo Giveaway!

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Hard to believe its Thanksgiving!!  One of my favorite times of year!  So, this weekend — because we are so thankful for you & all of your support — we are giving away a free Cameo!!!  But, first the Pix Scan tutorial, with giveaway info to follow!

If you have read this blog for any time at all, you know that I love working with fabric!  I love the texture, assortment & look of fabric — not to mention, I have quite a “collection” that I need to use!  So, when it came time to create a Birthday Banner for Noah, my oldest grandson – -I turned to my fabric collection!

He has an October birthday, so I decided on some cute Halloween fabrics that I had — And I also had these chipboard banner shapes that I had bought at Michaels.   So, I had to cut the fabric to fit the chipboard pieces — and turned to my trusty PixScan Mat!

If you’ve never used your PixScan mat before, you have to calibrate your Camera.  Once your camera is calibrated the first time, you won’t have to calibrate it again, (unless you change cameras!)  Your software will continue to recognize it.     Silhouette America has a good tutorial on how to calibrate your camera, so I’m not going to repeat it here — just go to this link to read the instructions provided.    Once your camera is calibrated — you can just proceed from here!

Place the chipboard banner piece on your PixScan mat.   Be sure the chipboard is inside all of the black lines on the mat.  Now, take a picture of the mat with the chipboard.  (I use my iPhone camera).   Its very important that all of the black marks on the mat are seen in the picture.   The scanner in the Silhouette Cameo reads these marks, (similar to Print & Cut).   This is the actual picture that I used!  Then send your picture from your phone or camera to your computer.  IMG_7023


Next, you will click on the PixScan icon in the software, and bring the picture into the Studio software.

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Now, you need to trace this chipboard banner.  Open the Trace Window – -then #1, Uncheck the High Pass Filter; #2 – Increase the Threshold until the image turns solid yellow – (for this image, it was about 70 — but it will differ depending on what you are tracing.);  #3 Trace.

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Now, because we aren’t actually cutting out the Chipboard in this project, we just need to copy the trace & paste it into a new window.  (We are actually done with the PixScan at this point).   So, after tracing, select the cut image, copy & paste it into a new window!  The fabric cut from this image will fit your chipboard perfectly!

To prepare my fabric, I treated it with Terial Magic & then cut.  To learn more about this process, refer to this tutorial here.    I did not use Heat N Bond for the banner pieces, but just stiffened the fabric with Terial Magic & cut.  I was able to fit two images on the 12″ mat & cut two with the same pass in the Cameo.

For the Text — “Noah is 4” — I did treat that fabric with both the Terial Magic and Heat N Bond because I wanted to fuse the text to the banner pieces.  I simply treated the fabric, used a block style font for the text, and cut the letters out in a size that would fit the Banner pieces nicely.   After cutting the text, I fused the letters to the banner pieces with my iron.

Now, to adhere it all to the Chipboard, I simply ran my chipboard banner pieces through my Xyron Creative Station, using Permanent Adhesive cartridge.  If you don’t own one of these (or have never even seen it work), click on the link above & watch the demo video!   I love this thing – ALMOST as much as my Cameo.  It comes with 25 ft of Permanent Adhesive, but you can purchase different cartridges — Laminating Magnet & Repositionable!   Again, if you don’t own this – -it NEEDS to be on your Christmas list!

So, I ran the banner chipboard through the Xyron & adhered the fabric sets that I created to the chipboard.  Because the PixScan works so precisely — they fit perfect.  (I did try running the fabric units through the Xyron, and didn’t feel like the adhesive stuck to the fabric very well – -but it worked great with the chipboard!).

After finishing all of the pieces — I simply ran black rick-rack through the holes  -and we were ready for a birthday party!!

SilhouetteCameo WIN


First – I wanted to give you a little Sneak Peek into the Upcoming Black Friday Sale @ Silhouette America!  I can’t share all of the details now – but I can say that the Black Friday sale will involve machine bundle discounts with machines as low as $100.00, 50% off almost all designs in the Design Store, and 40% off almost all supplies in our store!  So, stay tuned & I will be sharing the details soon!!

I am so excited to be able to give away a brand new Silhouette Cameo to one lucky winner!  

The Contest starts NOW (Saturday, 11/21/15)  & will end @ 11:59pm, EST — on Tuesday, 11/24/15.   I will announce the winner on Wednesday!!  Enter Below to win your own Silhouette Cameo!!!

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That’s it!  That’s all there is to do!  But, there is lots more exciting information coming soon — so be sure you are subscribed to the blog & watch for upcoming posts!  Until then — Hugs, Terri  

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  1. Trina Flynn says

    Hi Terri, Thank you for a chance at this fabulous Silhouette giveaway! I enjoy viewing your blog posts you always have great information. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Hi Terri, just wanted to thank you for organizing the fantastic 2015 first ever Silhouette conference and wish u and urs a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

    • Dee — I am so glad that you enjoyed the conference! I loved meeting all of the attendees – and seeing everyone get so excited about learning more about their Silhouette! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family too! Pray that it is a blessed day!

  3. Oh my! This reminded me that I have a new iPhone since the retreat in Feb! Thanks for the info!

  4. Sue Mac Donald says

    I LOVE my iPhone for photos; I also enjoy any & all your tutorials; I’ve had my silhouette for (sad to say )almost 2 yr. & I haven’t done much w/it.