Open up Silhouette Studio.
Go to your library and find a heart. You must have a heart somewhere, right? I f you don't have a heart go find one in a google search and trace it in Studio. Or purchase one from the Silhouette Design Store.
Using the text tool, type out your word or monogram. I'm going to work with the word LOVE.
OPTIONAL, BUT RECOMMENDED STEPS:
- From the font style window pick a bold, san serif font. My go-to for this type of project is Abadi MT Condensed Extra.
- Select the font and from the font style window slide the character spacing bar to the right to bring the letters closer together.
Select the font again and ungroup the letters (Right Click > Ungroup). This will allow you to resize each of the letters individually. You want to stretch the letters up and down so that some part of both the top and bottom is hanging over the edge of the heart.
Duplicate the heart (but not the text) and move the copy to the side. You'll be using it in a minute.
Go back to your original heart and text and select all of the letters and the heart at the same time. From the Modify window click "Crop." You'll go from what's on the left below to what's on the right.
It's not quite heart-like yet...but we're getting there.
Select the duplicate heart you made and from the offset window click "Offset" (circled below) and select a distance.
Leave the offset in place, and grab the inner (original size) heart. Move it over on top of your word.
Once you're to this point you want to once again select all of the letters AND the heart and from the modify window click "Crop"...just as you did before.
Group all of the letters together so they stay in position. Select > Right Click > Group.
Position the offset heart, that you created a few steps back, around your word art. Now pick what you want your finished design to look like...A or B.**
Select both the offset and the text and make it a compound path (right click > make compound path).
Now when you fill in this design you'll get the above!
When you cut it you'd actually weed out the letters to reveal the heart with the word LOVE in it.
Option: BSelect the heart only and not the text.
Add another offset around the heart.
Select both hearts (both offsets) and make them a compound path (Right click > Make Compound Path).
Fill in each letter and the heart frame using the fill tool (this just makes it easier to see what your finished design will look like).
After you cut...weed out the middle of the heart leaving the letters in place.
Again, this method for Silhouette Studio word art works for any kind of shape text and any word or group of letters.
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