Christmas cards with cars

I tried the PixScan technology and my new pixscan mat lately for cutting a failed print and cut job. This is so cool!
It happens often to me and I find it a pity to throw away a whole printed page just because it is not possible to cut it with my Cameo due to registration marks errors.

So now I just put the page or parts of it on the pixscan mat and take a picture.
I fire up SilhouetteStudio, import the pixscan pic and copy the traced shape from my former print and cut project.

Then I cut it from the pixscan mat and done.

Another big advantage of the pixscan mat is, that there is a much bigger work space than with print and cut, very handy if you want to use the maximum size for your prints.

Enjoy the holidays with your beloved ones.
Merry christmas to everybody!
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My german pop-up christmas cards

I just want to show them, my german pop-up cards cut with the Silhouette Cameo. If you like and use german greetings you can download the cut files from my german blog if you want:

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Have fun!

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How to print and cut dxf files with the basic Silhouette Studio and your Cameo

Time for gift packaging!
These pretty christmas tree boxes are created by me. They are perfect for jewelry and other small gifts.
They are available as cutting files, but also just as printables to be cut by hand with a scissors.

But this is mainly a tutorial for Silhouette Cameo users to show how to print and cut .dxf files and hide the cutting lines from being printed. You can use this tutorial for any .dxf file.

This way you can easily create the print and cut files with the basic version.

I do a step by step tutorial here that hopefully gives you a guide through all the steps and helps to use my and also any other dxf files with .jpg or .png images.

With Silhouette Studio, your cutter and your various printers there are a lot of different custom settings possible. So it might look different on your screen and on your system. There are also different ways to do things and this is just how I do it.
If you got a questions or you are totally stuck with something just add a comment here or contact me by email.
I will try to help as good as I can.

The cut files for the tree boxes you can get here:
Christmas Tree Boxes File on Etsy

Here we go….

1. Open your .dxf file in Sihouette Studio. Adjust the page to your paper size

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2. Merge the image (.jpg)

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3. While the image is still selected go to the scale window and scale down the image to approx. the page size.

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4. If the image is gone now, don’t worry, go to “Align” and center the image to page. There it is again.

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5. Now the cut lines are gone! You get them back with sending the image to the back.

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6. Now activate the registration marks and adjust the image to the cut lines, that all cut lines are inside the cutting area. The registration marks mark the maximum cutting area. Watch, there is a small bleed on my file.

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7. If you don’t want to see the cut lines printed you have to make them transparent now.

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8. Now you print your page. Please take care that the page settings is set to 100% and also your printer settings are matching the page size and is set to 100%. It can be a bit tricky to find the good settings. Mine has so many options. So I created a printer preset in my printing menue for print and cut after I fiddled out the perfect settings. Best you first do a test print and cut on cheap paper.

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9. It happened to me, that the transparent lines didn’t cut. So now you have to color them again. One nice trick is to make them the color of the pattern with the eyedropper tool. So if you save the .studio file for later you don’t have to think of transparency anymore.

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10. Now go to the cut menue, select all and set it to “cut”. Then the cut lines will show up red.
If you haven’t done it yet now save your file as a .studio or .studio3 file for later use. Then adjust the cut settings to your material, load the mat with your paper and send to the cutter.

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11. When all is fine it looks like this:

The finished boxes look like this:

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