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Turning Dingbat Fonts into Print and Cut Designs in Silhouette Studio (for Stickers and More)

My sticker-loving heart skipped a beat recently when I realized dingbat fonts make GREAT custom stickers!!! If you're love for stickers doesn't run quite as deep as mine (like, ya know enough to write a whole ebook about how to make stickers with Silhouette), it's cool - I get it - but don't pass on this tutorial because you can use dingbats for all kinds of print and cuts!

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Now, I've made my love for using dingbat fonts in Silhouette Studio no secret.  Dingbat fonts are the fonts that use images instead of characters for each key stroke.  They're a great source of cut files because you simply download and install the font, open Silhouette Studio, and start typing and you instantly have yourself a cut-able shape.  But did you know you can go one step further and use dingbat fonts as print and cut files, too?!
Here's how you're going to do it!

First download the dingbat font you want to work with. I'm going with Mellow Fonts 1 for this Silhouette Studio Tutorial. It's a freebie on DaFont.com.   If you're unsure how to download and open in new fonts in Silhouette Studio, here's a refresher.

In Silhouette Studio, select the Text tool > pick the dingbat font you want to use from your font style list and then type out your font.  Find the dingbat you want to work with and delete all the other characters.

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Enlarge the dingbat font design so you can more easily work with it.

Now you need to get access to all of those little sections so you can fill them in with color! So select the design > right click > release compound path > ungroup.  This will give you access to select individual sections of the design.

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Select the first section and then open up your Fill Color tool (blue along top tool bar below).  You can select multiple sections to be filled with the same color by selecting on and holding down shift while clicking on more sections.  With sections selected, pick a color from the color options.  Note: Any sections you want 'white' must be 'filled with white'. 

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Once all sections are filled in with color you're going to want to get rid of the red lines.  To do this, select the entire design.  Open up the Line Color window and pick "Transparent." This will remove all of the red outlines.

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With the entire design still selected, right click > group to group the design back together.  The single selection box indicates the design is grouped.

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Now open up the Cut Style window. You'll notice your design has cut lines all over it.

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For a print and cut, you only want the outer edge to cut so change the Cut Style to 'Cut Edge'.

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Now you only need to add registration marks and you can use this print and cut however you'd like...including on sticker paper!

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I actually made a few copies and changed the colors in each one. Then I cut a set of bookworm Hello Kitty stickers...so stinkin' cute!

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PS If you're interested in learning lots more about how to make stickers with your Silhouette, my latest ebook, The Ultimate Silhouette Sticker Guide is a must read.

If you're not a sticker love, fear not!  I also used these dingbats to cut a few bookmarks for my daughter who loves to read...plus I kinda felt like isn't this little Hello Kitty bookworm was just screaming to be turned into a bookmark? To create the bookmark, I added a rectangle and a few extra cut lines so it could tab around the page.

 I simply print and cut them on my Silhouette and they were ready to go!




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8 comments

  1. Thank you! This is such great information!!!

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  2. what am I doing wrong. When I go to get rid of my red lines all my colour disappears...

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  4. how cute to make a lovely sticker of the Dingbat. I'm just wonder what kind of printer do you use?

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