Here is a foundation page I have made using my Silhouette Cameo and I'm going to show you how you can do it too!When this little beauty dropped through my letterbox, advertising the Christmas shopping events locally, I knew it would be inspiration for my December daily, I just wasn't sure how. I decided to cut out the elements in lots of different papers using my Cameo.
I used gold and aqua vellum, gold and mushroom coloured glitter paper, red mirri board and some green patterned paper for the holly from Shimelle's Christmas magic collection. The white plastic doily is left over from a Studio calico kit I had ages ago.
A lot of the designs have been made from outlines I have pinned to my Christmas Graphics Pinterest board here, or my Christmas cut files and printables board here.
The snowflake for instance was a pattern for how to hand cut a snowflake here and I have used the trace and cut feature in the Silhouette Cameo software to let my machine cut it out for me on a small scale. Here's how you can do it too. (By the way, I have Silhouette Designer Edition software, but it works on the normal software too, just the dashboard of the software can look different.)
Open the graphic in your silhouette software, by searching where you have saved it on your PC with the command file open at the top left.
Click on the trace feature on the top right hand side. It is a blue box with a yellow outline, I have highlighted it here in blue at the top right, that opens the trace window.
Click on slect trace are at the top in the trace window and then click and drag a square over the first snowflake you want to trace.
In the trace window a little lower down, un-check the High pass filter and the design should go yellow like this. When it looks like this, you need to hit the 'Trace' button which is a couple of buttons higher than the High Pass filter button.
The design should now be traced with a red outline and you can click on it and move it to the side of your mat like I have here. Repeat this method with each snowflake type you want to trace. Once you have all your snowflakes ready you can delete the black and white original design from your mat to get it out of the way, by right clicking it and pressing delete.
Now you can arrange your snowflake designs according to how many you want of each colour, making sure to choose the correct paper type and blade depth for each type of paper. I used the recommended settings in the drop down
Handy Tip: I couldn't find the blade depth setting after my latest Silhouette software update! I put a plea out on social media and someone told me you have to click on the media type for the blade setting to appear. It is not obvious like it used to be! Above you can see I was clicked on a paper type from my last usage and there was no blade depth showing, I had to click again for it to appear below this window than I knew what depth to alter my blade to.
I never cease to be amazed by the detail this machine can cut. I had wondered if these designs were too hard but no, it cut them a treat in this gold vellum.
I did exactly the same with the deer silhouettes in glitter paper, the seed pods, the holly, the music notes and the stars. The hearts I used a punch.
This is how I arranged them on my 6x12 page of white card stock. I used the Martha Stewart ball point tip glue pen to stick them down.
Thank you for all your kind comment on the face book group. Thanks for looking and check out my Pinterest boards for more of my inspiration!