Cricut Design Space Offset Tool

Apr 12, 2021

In our last post, we talked about the Silhouette Studio offset tool. If you are a Cricut Design Space user, there is no need to worry, you now have access to the same tool! It has just been added recently with a few other new updates. In this post, we will be discussing the offset tool, where you can find it, and what you can do with it when you are designing stencils in Design Space. 

Offset tool: What is it? 

The offset tool is used when you want to create a larger layer or border around the outside of your design. It helps to give your design a shadow, or decorative edge, which is really helpful when it comes to creating things such as stickers and layering vinyl designs, but it is also super helpful for stencil designing. We can use it to thicken fonts that are too thin and also for widening lines in PYO stencil designs. We use it for cookie cutter design too, but that is going to have to wait for another blog post. There is so much this software can do when we...

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The Silhouette Offset Tool: What It Does and How to Use It

Mar 24, 2021

There are many tools that can be used when creating stencils in Silhouette Studio. Whether you are just starting out with the software or you have been using it for quite some time... anyone can easily say there is ALWAYS something new to learn! I am writing a few blog posts about some of the important tools in Silhouette Studio and how you can use them. Let's start with the offset tool. It is one of my favorites!

Where can I find the offset tool? 

The offset tool can be located in the right sidebar.  It is the fifth symbol from the bottom. It is in the shape of a star, and if you hover over it, it will say offset panel. 

What is the offset tool? 

 

The offset tool is used to create a line around an the outside of an object or inside of it. You can create an outer offset like pictured above or an inner offset.

 

Why do I need the offset tool? 

The offset tool can be used in a few different ways. It can be used to add a white border to objects...

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Spring Cookie A Thon 2021

Feb 28, 2021
 

It's that time of year again.... SPRING COOKIE-A-THON 2021!  It is going to be  AMAZING!! I don't know about you, but this is always one of my favorite times of the year. It is such a great time watching all of the outstanding cookie artists who are members of The Colorful Cookie Club come together online to share their cookie decorating tips and skills with us. I love watching and learning from each tutorial. If you are new here or don't know about Cookie-A-Thon, this will give you all the information you're needing to make your Spring Cookie-A-Thon 2021 day EXTRA SWEET! 

When is it? 

Spring Cookie-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, March 13th, and Sunday, March 14th

Where is it? 

The Cookie-A-Thon LIVE tutorials will be shown to you free of charge in the Cookie-A-Thon Facebook group on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14.

How much do I have to pay to attend?

Spring Cookie-A-Thon 2021 is FREE when you are attending ...

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Inspirational Cookiers and Fun Cookie Tools

Jan 27, 2021

Over the years, I have met tons of amazing people through my Kansas City Cookier Facebook group, The Colorful Cookie Facebook page, my Cookie-A-Thon Facebook group, online teaching in The Colorful Cookie Club, and in person classes and meet ups at CookieCon. It is a fun time to be a cookier! So much information is available to help you learn to decorate cookies!

I have met some of these pages and cookiers listed below in person, some I have met virtually, and some I have never met, but I have purchased from them or follow their helpful blogs or YouTube channel. We all have people who inspire us: blogs, Facebook pages, Instagram pages, and YouTube channels. This is a list I have compiled for you to have so YOU can find them and be inspired by them too. And as a bonus, some of them offer us special coupon codes!

These have been alphabetized and are linked directly to to their websites, Facebook or IG  pages, Facebook group, or YouTube channel. We continually add to this...

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Thermoflex Frosty Plus Glossy Clear HTV Vinyl

Jan 15, 2021
 

Cookiers! The time has finally come! A heat transfer vinyl that is fantastic for cookie stencils! Let me tell you a little bit about this htv, which one you're looking for (it's easy to grab the wrong one) and what's so special about it. Cookier, Oralia Lloyd told me about it and I am going to tell you. Thanks Oralia!

I did a video tutorial to teach Colorful Cookie Club members how to edit photos using multiple ways to design a cookie stencil and also a coordinating cookie cutter from a black and white image. I used a photo of myself to create my stencil. If you want to learn to design cookie stencils and cookie cutters, consider joining us! 

                                               

What is this product? 

This heat transfer vinyl is called Thermoflex Plus Frosty Clear Glossy. It is a mouth full, especially when you're trying to say it over and over...

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The Differences Between Traditional Stencils and Silk Screen Stencils

Oct 30, 2020

 

When it comes to deciding which type of cookie stencil to use, much of it will come down to personal preference. I want to share what I know about both types of stencils so that you will have the information you need to decide which method will work best for you. Both types of stencils will give you beautiful results but their subtle differences are important to understand. 

What’s the difference between silkscreen stencils and traditional stencils?

  • Traditional stencils: These stencils are cut out of a plastic-type material that needs bridging to hold the stencil in place. They are sturdy, easy to use, and easy to store. Because a traditional stencil is thicker, you will use slightly more icing which gives your cookies more dimension. You can learn more about the different types of traditional stencil materials HERE.

 

 

What is a bridge?    

Bridges are the little pieces of the stencil material that connect the cut design...

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Post #2 in our "Wondering What You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils?" Series

Oct 07, 2020

This is part 2 of the What Do You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils? Series!

In the first post of the series, I discussed some of the most important things you need when you decide to start cutting stencils. If you missed it, be sure to check it out here, so you can decide which machine and cutting mats you'd like before you get started.

In this post, we will be discussing traditional stencils materials and tools you can use when cutting your cookie stencils.  Traditional stencils are made from food-grade plastic type materials. There are also a few tools you can grab to help out with your stencil cutting. Although these tools are nice to have, they are not needed to begin! 

Let's start with the traditional stencil materials you'll need.

 1. Food Safe Stencil Materials  


            
                      

To make traditional cookie stencils(the kind that has images or...

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