I won a Silhouette Portrait machine at Spraguefest (a conference of digital scrapbooking enthusiasts). My Portrait arrived mid-November and it sat in the box on the table for two months. I think I was intimidated about learning something new but I shouldn’t have been. The setup of the Portrait and the installation of the Silhouette Studio software was a breeze.
Getting Start With The Silhouette Portrait
Here’s what came in the box with my Portrait:
- A/C adapter and power cable
- USB cable
- Silhouette Studio software
- Instructional DVD
- 8″ x 12″ cutting mat
- blade with rachet cap
- getting started guide
- $10 credit to the Silhouette America online store
I opened up the getting started guide and followed the directions for connecting the Portrait to my laptop with the USB cable and for installation of the Silhouette Studio software. Once I opened the software, it told me there was a new version available at http://www.silhouetteamerica.
100 Days Card Tutorial
I decided to start with any easy project to create a 100 days card for my children’s teachers. The standup card would be the number 100. The front has patterned paper with base of the card outlining the number. Inside there would be a colorful mat for my kids to write their sentiment. I used the Impact font because it one of my favorites.
Select the text tool. Then choose Impact and a size of 400 pts. Individually add a 1, then a 0 and another 0.
Use the Select tool to select all 3 numbers. Then choose the Align Window and Align Bottom. The bottom of the numbers will be aligned so the card will stand up evenly.
Use the Select tool to select the first 0 and nudge it to the left so that it will overlap the one. Select and nudge the second 0 to overlap the first 0.
Select all three numbers, right click and then choose Copy from the pop-up menu. Then right click and choose Paste. (The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V also work on PC.) Move the copied numbers below the first set of numbers.
From the top set of numbers, create the outline of the number 100 to be used on front of the card. Select the top 3 numbers and select the Modify Window. Select Weld. Weld creates one shape by combining all the overlapping shapes that are currently selected.
From the bottom set of numbers, create the mat for the inside of the card. The mat will have the holes in the zeros filled in. Select one zero and then select the Modify Window and then Release under Compound Paths. This will fill in the oval inside the zero. Right click and select Ungroup.
Select the oval inside the zero.
Hit the Delete key, Ctrl+X, or right click and select Delete to get rid of the oval. Repeat for the second zero.
Select all three number along the bottom. Open the Modify Window and select Weld. Save this as a Silhouette Studio file using the menu File -> Save.
Next create the base of the card. The base will have a 0.25 inch border around the 100 shape. Copy the welded 100 shape. Create a new Silhouette Studio document by going to the menu and select File -> New. Paste the welded shape into the new Silhouette Studio document.
Select the welded shape. Open the Offset Window. Select Offset and select an offset distance of 0.25. Then hit Apply.
Select the shape and the offset. Open the Modify Window and select Weld.
Copy the welded shape again (Ctrl+V or right click and select Copy). Then right click on the shape and select Paste In Front. This will paste a copy of the shape on top of the current shape. Select the top shape, right click on it and then select Flip Vertically from the pop-up menu. This will flip the front copy upside down.
Select the top shape and nudge the top shape upwards (using up arrow key) until there is just a little overlap between the zeros.
Select both shapes in the document. Open the Modify Window and then select Weld.
Select the papers you want to use and cut. I love the sound of the Portrait cutting. It is almost musical!
I made 3 cards for my children’s 3 teachers.
I ran the patterned paper and the inside mat through my Xyron 510 to apply adhesive on the back. Then I folded the card based and assembled the cards.
Click on the preview or here to download the Silhouette Studio cut files for this card.
I am sure this is the first of many Silhouette projects for me!