This week Silhouette School weekly contributor Becky Dykes is here to break down this Silhouette Studio design tutorial into easy to follow steps!
Next, create your stripe design using the RECTANGLE drawing tool. Remember, you can easily duplicate a shape by using the shortcut (Ctrl + Down Arrow). I filled my shapes with the Fill Color tool to help me visually, but that's an optional step.
Line up your state shape and your stripe design so the state shape is on top. Use BRING TO FRONT on the shortcut menu if you need to by selecting the state shape and right-clicking on your mouse. Then access the MODIFY menu and select CROP.
Using the CROP feature will crop your state shape out of the stripe design. The only downfall is that each stripe will be separated into individual pieces.
Go ahead and select all the pieces of a stripe and then either GROUP or MAKE COMPOUND PATH. This can be a little time consuming depending on your shape. Don't forget you can hold down the SHIFT key to select multiple pieces at the same time.
After grouping the stripe pieces together, you can FILL the shape again to make sure you included all the pieces. This next part will be personal preference, but I chose to keep my black stripes and white stripes separate. When I layer vinyl, I like to do it without the bulk of overlapping layers.
Now you can add the designing features, such as the flower accent and the home word art. I created the flower accent using another dingbat font, Janda Flower Doodles, another free download. I again typed out the alphabet and then chose which flowers I wanted to use.
I added the heart accent to indicate where in the state we live, but all of that is optional and the placement is personal preference.
The final step after adding the registration marks is to cut each layer on the correct color vinyl and then layer the different color vinyl pieces to form the decal.
And, because we love you all and understand that all this designing can be tedious, over at My Paper Craze we have designed all 50 states plus the US and they are available as a free download in .studio3 format. Come visit us and download your own copy!
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