Happy Silhouette Saturday! Read on to learn How to Create Silhouette Cut Files from Stencils!
I don’t know about you but I have a LOT of stencils in my craft stash. It dawned on me the other day, that I could start turning them into cut files! It’s actually super easy to do. I’ll take you through all the steps in this post.
What You’ll Need:
- Marker (A black Sharpie works great)
- Camera (I used my iPhone!)
It seems like a lot of steps but they move fast. I wanted to really break it down for anyone new to tracing!
Step One: Trace the stencil onto your paper with a black marker. Don’t use a super fine point marker. The trace will come out better if your line is a bit thicker.
Step Two: Take a well-let photo. Crop it if needed. Edit the color to B&W (optional but helpful). This is super easy to do with most smartphones.
Step Three: Email the photo to yourself from your phone (or download from your camera) and save it to your desktop.
Step Four: Open Silhouette Studio, then go to File>Open and select the image from your desktop.
Step Five: Open the Trace Window and click Select Trace Area. Select the area of your stencil drawing.
Step Six: Click Trace Outer Edge. This creates the cutline.
Note: If your stencil is more detailed, play with the high/low pass filters to get a the best trace possible. It turns more or less yellow to show you how it will trace.
Step Seven: Drag the original image away and delete. Now just the traced cut file remains!
Step Eight: My trace came out near perfect except for a bump or two. This is easy to fix though! Select the second arrow down on the left as shown and you can delete any stray points that cause bumps. Just double-click the point you want to delete and then click Delete Point.
Step Nine: Click File>Save As>Save to Library to save your new design. In your library, it saves under the My Designs folder. You can right-click the design to rename the image.
With my new cut file, I cut out a bunch of pretty paper butterflies. For cut files like this one, you can just fold in half to create an easy 3D effect!