Cutting paper has been one of the most frustrating tasks with my Silhouette Cameo! (affiliate link) I suppose that's because there are so many kinds of paper so you have to keep tweaking the settings. Today my patience was rewarded with my first major success. I had to write it up quick before I forgot everything and I figured I would turn it into a little demo using some of the basic tools in the Silhouette Design Studio while I was at it.
I was making samples of invitations for my mom's business' 9th anniversary party, and the one I'm showing here is meant to fit in a standard letter size envelope, so about 1/3 of an 8x11.5 sheet of paper. I started with a rectangle as big as I wanted the finished invitation to be, or a hair smaller. I then added the text that I wanted at the top of the invitation (the font is Wendy). I moved the text so the top was lined up with the top of the rectangle.
Now find Offset (again, in Object/Modify). Offset makes an outline of your shape that is larger or smaller for layering purposes.
I was using Silhouette brand adhesive-backed cardstock (textured). I had the speed at #1, I tried the blade at #3 and then #2, and took the thickness from 33 to 25 to 20. It improved the most with the thickness adjustments. It still looked a little funky in the corners but it peeled away nicely. Notice it didn't cut through the cardstock backing (which is good). So the settings that worked for me are: speed 1, blade 2, thickness 20.
This was a sample but if I were to actually use this design, I would make it a print-and-cut by doing the following:
- Add the invitation text/graphics on the "thanks" part of the invitation and group them together
- Copy/paste and arrange the design to cut as many as possible on one sheet of paper
- Turn on Registration Marks
- Send to PRINTER
- Without moving the "thanks" design, Ungroup and remove the text
- Send to SILHOUETTE for cutting, fiddling with the Registration Marks as needed (I talk a little more about the Registration Mark settings here)
- Adhere the "thanks" to the offset background like I did here