Turning a Silhouette sketch file into a cut file – Jowilna 101

I love all those gorgeous sketch files available in the Silhouette shop but I would rather cut them. Today I am sharing a quick and easy dummy way of turning my sketch files into cut files so that I can use them on my cards and layouts in a fun way.

  • Step 1

    Open the sketch file from the library into a new document.

  • Step 2

    Select the image and click the offset button.

  • Step 3

    Select the distance you want to offset the image by, by dragging the bar to the right. You will see the offset line appear and create a wider image.

  • Step 4

    Drag the offset image away from the original sketch image. Select the sketch image and delete.

  • Step 5

    Select the offset image, right click on it and select ‘Release Compound Path’. This step releases all the lines and enables you to edit the image further.

  • Step 6

    See all those nasty little lines inside the red circles, by releasing the compound path I can delete those so that when I cut my image the blade won’t have to struggle with those tiny bits.

  • Step 7

    Once you are done deleting all the unwanted parts, select the entire image again, right click and select ‘Make Compound Path’.

  • Step 8

    Add as many images to your page as you want to cut, select the material you want to cut and go for it.

Once I cut my flowers out of smooth American Crafts cardstock, I coloured them with my VersaFine Clair inks and used microbeads to add some dimension to the centres of my flowers.

These pretty flowers are now ready to be used on my next layout or card.

2018 - Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna Nolte


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