Thursday, 17 January 2013

New Feature - Cameo Classroom Print and cut stickers

At new year, with my first Project Life layout of 2013, I mentioned that I would be sharing some Cameo ideas in my blog this year. I got my Cameo for my birthday last year, by asking every family member who normally buy me something, to contribute and then selling a lot of my unused stash and clothes on eBay. This is a purchase I have not regretted and I have made a promise to myself to make all my own cards ever since too. I was never a great card maker, but each time I make one now I credit myself with saving £1.50 just like that! I am no expert, but I thought I would share what I have learnt!
Print and cut stickers:
There are lots of project life printables out there on the net for free, you don't have to buy them, I have a Pinterest board of Project Life ideas I have amassed if you want to check them out, but how do you make that file into a print and cut on your machine? This is how I do it.
You will need to have Photoshop elements or a printer with a scanner, as well as your Silhouette software. 
I bought this printable from the Studio Calico site but you can use any free printable and complete the same steps here to turn it into a print and cut, saving you time.
The first step is to get the design you want into the Silhouette software. Silhouette does not recognise a PDF file so if the printable you have downloaded is in this format, you need to change it to jpg or png.
With Photoshop Elements - you can open the pdf and save the file as a png for greater detail and clarity.
With a printer scanner - print out the PDF file 

and then scan it as a photograph into your computer at 300 dpi and save the image as a jpg.
Whichever way you choose you can now open your Silhouette software and get the jpg or png image on to the blank document by clicking file-open and then you will have to alter the file type so you can see your new document. Unfortunately the Silhouette always defaults to looking for studio files, but if you click in the dropdown you can get it to see either jpg, png or all files. 
So, locate where you saved it on your pc.
If you have a regular printer, your first job is to resize the mat down to A4 or letter size, by clicking the page icon top right and then selecting A4 as I did here.
Now we need to trace the outlines, so we can make cutting lines.
Clcik on the trace icon on the top right, select trace area by clicking and dragging over the entire design, then remove the tick from high pass filter in the list and slide the threshold slider right up to 100% and then go up and click 'trace outline'. When you move your design to the right you should see some red cut lines underneath. Click 'undo' to superimpose them back on top of each other accurately, then select the whole design, right click and then choose group to link your print to your cut lines.
Now we need to add registration marks to the design so the cutter can work out where to cut on the printing.

Click on the registration marks icon on the top right hand side and then tick 'show registration marks' and some grey shaded areas will appear on your design. It is important that non of your printed area is under these marks or they will not be printed and cut, so you will have to click on the corner of the design to re-size it smaller, until all the design is within the white, open area. Now we can go ahead and do the printing, by clicking on the printer icon on the top left.
You have a choice of materials to print on, I did these on Silhouette sticker paper, but you can do it on presentation paper (takes less ink) or cardstock if they are for journaling. 
Once out of the printer, place the printed paper on the cutting mat aligning the top left hand corner with the grid. Feed the mat into your Cameo.
You need to start the cutting process next by getting the Silhouette to automatically detect the registration marks. So go to the 'cut' icon next to the printer icon and click on skip printing and then on detect registration marks automatically. The machine will whirr into action looking for the three black marks it printed, two at the top and one at the bottom left. Once this is done you are ready to cut, but make sure you choose the correct type of paper, see what is defaulted to and then click 'change settings' and adjust to whatever you have chosen - I chose Silhouette adhesive sticker paper, then press cut.
Voila, your own stickers print and cut!
 NOTE - Make sure you adjust your blade depth to whatever it recommends for each type of paper. If you cut too deeply through sticker paper instead of just the top layer peeling off the backing paper, the whole sticker gets cut out through both layers!!! (I found out personally!) TFLx


Wrightboysmum said...

Thank You. I'm still getting to grips with my Cameo and I like a clear tutorial with pictures.

mst822 said...

I love your tutorial but i've been having issues with the labels printing sideways. I've followed your instructions to a T but for some strange reason my paper on the computer screen runs sideways (horizontally) not vertically like how you tutorial shows. It even prints sideways so my labels get cut off. Could you please tell me what i'm doing wrong? I am a newbie so it makes it even harder for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Tammy

cannycrafter said...

Hi there Tammy, check your paper orientation in the paper size window by clicking on the top right icon that is a black square with a red square inside it, next to the trace button. Check it is on A4 and then lower down check which orientation your paper is, it should be on portrait. Let me know how you get on. Caroline