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Designing in Silhouette Studio: Creating Layered Striped States

One of the latest crazes going around the Silhouette crafting world is the striped state decals.  Whenever there are viral Silhouette crafts like this, we get a lot of questions - especially from beginners - about how it's done!

Striped State Design Tutorial silhouette cameo

This week Silhouette School weekly contributor Becky Dykes is here to break down this Silhouette Studio design tutorial into easy to follow steps!


The first step is to make a cut file of your state. I used a state shape dingbat font as an easy resource for my Florida shape.  It may take some trial and error to find your shape, or you can utilize your Character Map like you would when working with glyphs.  I cheated a little and typed through the alphabet until I found Florida.

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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.

Silhouette Studio design tutorial striped states

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

silhouette studio designing tutorial layering vinyl stripe states
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.

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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.
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Now you're probably wondering how to layer the multi-color vinyl design so it's perfect! You'll want to use the registration mark layering method explained in step by step detail here.

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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22 comments

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  2. Thanks for an awesome tutorial!! I have not seen the striped states yet but now if I decide to give it a try I know how to make it. =)

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  3. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I have been looking and looking for one! Can't wait to do my state :)

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  4. Thank you for always being extremely helpful. You are very kind to share so much with us. I would not be using my silhouette without your tutorials AND book.

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  5. Thank you! I'm new to this and appreciate all of the work you put into your tutorials.

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  6. Im still learning...how do you get the stripes once you have the rectangle shape?

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  7. This did not work for me. When I hit modify>crop the state disappeared. I tried grouping things, making compound paths with the stripes, with the state and nothing. I took screenshots if you'd like to see what I got and can tell me what went wrong.

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    1. i am having a similar problem

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    2. Hasn't anyone responded to your question yet? I realized I posted a similar question and am surprised we haven't gotten a response yet.

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    3. I was having the same problem, so I tried different things until I figured it out. What worked for me is I clicked divide instead of crop in the same modify screen

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  8. What is the name of the FONT you used for the word "home"?

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    1. I'm not at my computer, but it looks like "Magnolia Sky" to me.

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  9. Talk about good timing! This was going to be my weekend project. Thanks so much!

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  10. when i click modify only 1 or 2 of my lines show up.. help!!!

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  11. ive done this over and over for hours...NOTHING!!! following ever single step.... im missing something sometimes it all disappears sometimes like 3 lines show up...

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  12. Please help...I think I'm missing a step. I bring the state to the front...go to modify, but then the crop feature is not available. When I "select all," the crop feature is available, but it does not crop as it does in your example. What step am I missing?

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  13. I am having the same problem as Quilt'n Frenzy. What am I doing wrong?

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  14. Awesome technique, many thanks! Everything is working fine, no problems at all. I hope that this method will be useful for me during the next college year. Last time when I was writing a college paper I was struggling by searching a research paper writing help for students because I didn't know how to correctly arrange the work in terms of graphics, but now I'll try to use this hack. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Can you do a tutorial on the flowers? I have the font you used but I can't get my flowers to looks like yours! Please help! Thank you!

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  16. I need help with the flowers too, trying to make a decal for a Yeti cup but the flowers are too small to cut, are there special settings for cutting tiny things?

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  17. This is great! Thanks so much! One question... how do you do the leaves? I'm not seeing them in the flower doodle font.

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  18. Does the dingbat font include Canadian Provinces?

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