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Stand Up Words Silhouette Tutorial (& Free Studio Cut Files)

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Hello, I'm Pam from GetSilvered and it's great to be guest posting here at the Silhouette School Blog while Melissa and her family are on holiday.  I hope you're having a fabulous time Melissa and thanks for having me :)

Today, I'm going to show you how to create your own stand-out words with the Designer's Edition of the Silhouette Software.

However, don't worry if you don't have Designer Edition, as I've got you covered too. Read on past the tutorial and follow my links to get Free Silhouette Cut Files for the entire Alphabet and the numbers 0-9.

The benefit of using Designer Edition and following along below to make your own cut files, is that you are not restricted to one font. You can choose any suitable font you like.

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Let's get started.....

  • Open Silhouette Studio and select the Text Style Window
  • Select the font you wish to use. Pick one with a bit of weight to it and without any descenders on the letters you wish to use. Upper case letters work really well. {I used Franklin Gothic Heavy}
  • Type your word.
  • Click somewhere on the background in an empty area, which will deselect the word.
  • Optional: If you wish to weld a little shape to a letter (like the heart in my sample photos), do it now.
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  • Select the knife tool
  • In the knife tool settings, select: Outline (this is only a DE option)
  • Hold the Shift Key down, and slice off the very bottom of the word. The shift key keeps the line straight.
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  • Select the "offcuts" and hit delete.
  • Surround the word with a shape from your library or draw one with the drawing tools.
  • Align, group together and resize to suit your project.
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When you've cut out your shape, just fold the letters up from the background to form a crease, so they stand up.

Options

Your word is ready to decorate your Gift wrap or other projects as it is - I added the weeded cut out from the letter "O" to the background to finish off the negative space.

For added interest, you could pop a contrast color paper to the underside of the shape so it peeks out through the negative spaces. I left mine with just the plain pink wrapping paper showing through.
Here's a bird's eye view:

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I've decorated gift wrap but these would make fun table place name cards too or use the numbers to decorate for birthdays and anniversaries. I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for this technique.

No Designer Edition?

No worries ........ I'm sharing my cutting files which use the Franklin Gothic Heavy font: follow the links to download the complete Stand Up alphabet. If you're after numbers instead - here they are.

Once you have the files, copy and paste the letters or numbers into a new file to make up your word, then group and align everything, surround it with a shape, resize and cut! Easy :)

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today and do drop by and visit me at any of the links below.

Thanks again Melissa, it's been fun sharing this "How to" with your readers.


Note: This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on them and purchasing products through my links, I receive a small commission. That's what helps fund Silhouette School so I can keep buying new Silhouette-related products to show you how to get the most out of your machine! 

Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!



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