The first thing you need to do is plug your Silhouette Curio into your computer and power it on. This activates the Stipple tool in Silhouette Studio.
Note: Silhouette CAMEO and Portrait users may notice the stippling and embossing tool icons along the top tool bar (thanks to a recent software upgrade), but the window will be grayed out unless a Curio is plugged into the computer and powered on. If you own both a CAMEO/Portrait and a Curio, you won't have access to these tools when your CAMEO or Portrait is being used - you must plug in your Curio.With Silhouette Studio open and your Curio plugged in and powered on, click on the Design Page tool along the top tool bar. Make sure you have "(Automatic) Curio" selected from the drop down menu. Further down the window, from the Cutting Mat drop down menu, select "Curio (cut)".
Now it's time to add your design (or text). Add a design to the work area just like you normally would by clicking on your library and selecting a design. For this example I used a simple tie shape that I had in my library.
At this point your design or text (I'm just going to say 'design' from here out, but know it applies to text as well), has a traditional cut line around it as indicated by the red line. To stipple this design, instead of cutting it, we need to add the stipple effect.
Click on the Stipple icon along the top tool bar. This will open up your Stipple window. (Again, if your Curio is not plugged in and powered on, this window will be grayed out and you will not be able to access it.)
With your design select, start by checking the box for 'Stipple Edge.' The cut lines now change from a solid red line to a line of black dots.
You can also add various other stippling effects by clicking the other menus within the Stipple window.
For the spiral stipple fill, I removed the polka dots from the original tie design (right click > release compound path > right click > ungroup > delete) before adding the spiral stipple. Again, play with the slider bars to see how it changes the stipple effects.
Below the Stipple Fill - Patterns you'll find Stipple Fill - Shapes which gives you more fill options.
Finally, you can change the size of the actual stipple. Compare the tie designs below to see how the stipple size looks.
Speaking of the finished project, you have the option of printing your stipple design or 'cutting' it using the stipple tip.
Printing a Stipple DesignTo print the stipple design, select the design and from the Stipple Window > Stipple Size > check "Print Stipple" box.
To change the color of the printed stipple, select the design. Go to the Line Color tool along the top tool bar and pick a line color. When you're ready click the Print icon along the top tool bar and your stipple design will print on your home printer.
'Cutting' a Stipple DesignYou can, of course, 'cut' or actually stipple your stipple design on the Curio. To do so, you will need the special Stippling tip and you'll also want to grab some metal stippling sheets.
In Silhouette Studio, click the Cut Settings tool along the top tool bar (in blue along the wrap around top toolbar). Ensuring that the red Tool 1 is selected, scroll down the material list and click "Metal Stippling Sheet." (Don't worry about Tool 2 right now because we are only going to work with one tip in the Curio.) After you've selected your material, use the new scroll bar on the right and scroll down to see the recommended platforms.
You'll see the Platform calls for 2 on the bottom, then a 1 and then the embossing mat. Stack them up and place them onto the platform and click them all into place.
Place the metal stippling sheet on the embossing mat ensuring its in the same position on the mat is it in the Silhouette Studio work area. Put the platform into the Curio and push it through until it comes out the back.
Then press the load/unload button on the side to force the Curio to move the platform into the correct starting position.
Take your blue stippling tip and place it in the left blade housing (red to match the red tool in Silhouette Studio material list) locking it into place.
Now back in Studio, click Send to Silhouette from the Cut Settings window and the stippling will begin.
And there you go...that's how you stipple or print a stipple design with Silhouette Curio.
One thing I am bummed about is the Silhouette Curio, nor the CAMEO can cut through the metal stippling sheets. I've even tried using the deep cut blade and it doesn't cut through. That means you're stuck with a 5x8" sheet or metal or you have to resort to cutting it by hand.
How will you use the Silhouette Curio stippling feature? Leave a comment below.
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!
Get Silhouette School lessons delivered to your email inbox! Select Once Daily or Weekly.