Partial Die Cutting with your Silhouette - Tutorial

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Posted on 22nd February 2016 by Lisa Sumpter
Filed under Card Making Ideas, All Papercraft Tutorials, Papercraft Disciplines And Techniques, Die Cutting Techniques

Hi folks, Lisa here. I don't have a lot of metal dies, mainy because I have the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait which I bought so that I wouldn't need a lot of metal dies LOL. But that doesn't mean that I can't get in on the partial die cutting action. I will show you how you can use your electronic dies with the Silhouette Studio software to achieve the same partial die cutting effects.

Materials used

  • Ivory card from Papermilldirect
  • Silhouette Studio 
  • Silhouette Cameo (will also work with the Portrait).
  • Any print and cut file (you can also use your digital stamps). I have used this one from Loni Harris
  • A colour printer

Step 1

So to start off, you will need to import or select the file which you'd like to use for the technique. Resize the cut file as appropriate and draw a box over the cut file. My card is 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches so my rectangular box is 1.75(ish) inches x 5.5 inches.

Step 2

Zoom in and select the eraser tool. Make sure you also have the outline option selected and not the solid.

Step 3

If you need to, zoom in as close as you can and click to erase part of the horizontal line (the strikethrough line) which goes through your image.

Repeat on the other side. 

Step 4

As you can see above, you now have a portion of the strikethrough line which is detached. Click on it and delete it.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 all the way along the strikethough part of the image. If you make a mistake, don't worry, just click on undo and have another go.

When you've finished erasing and deleting, your image will look like this.

Your machine will now only cut the red line around the image instead of cutting your image in half.

I hope you found this helpful, please leave a comment if you need any help.

Tagged: papercraft tutorials, card making tutorial, design team

3 thoughts on “Partial Die Cutting with your Silhouette - Tutorial”

June Beedle

30th March 2016 at 9:06 am

Great tutorial, been looking for something like this, now I just need to give it a go! Many thanks x

Lisa shackleton

27th February 2016 at 1:54 am

I like to make Easter chicks and rabbits out of do this on a polystyrene egg with my two grandchildren aged 5 and 11. I have also made angry birds by adding feathers. Love your blog and inspirational images,crafting with the papermill is always fun. Very best wishes Lisa Shackleton.

Faith A

22nd February 2016 at 6:55 pm

This helps me a lot, I'm not that confident with the Cameo and this will help me go a little further. Thank you so much.

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