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...
In our last post, we explained the differences between traditional stencils and silk screen stencils. If you missed that post, make sure you check that one out first!
To create a silk screen design, you will start with the original image you'd use to make a traditional stencil with bridges, but you will skip adding bridges. No bridges are needed because you will be cutting the design and adhering the vinyl to the silk screen. That holds everything in place eliminating the need for bridges. There are many different types of materials you could use, so most of them will be personal preference. I will give you links to what works best for me to help you get started.
To make a silk screen stencil, this 110 mesh silk screen is a MUST. If you are unsure of what silk screen is, it is a piece of mesh with teeny tiny openings. It is just like the silk screen they use for t-shirts. It is made of...
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?
What is a bridge?
Bridges are the little pieces of the stencil material that connect the cut design...
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...
Using stencils for cookie decorating is a fun way to add creativity and a unique touch to your cookies! One of the questions I get asked over and over is, "What do I need to start cutting stencils?" So, I've compiled a list of things you will need to get going!
When we start something new, there is always a little anxiety. We worry that we don't know what we are doing. What if I break this thing? It wasn't cheap. What if I waste stencil material? You will waste a few sheets, but probably not as many as I did when began learning. Thank goodness that anxiety won't be around long, because when you begin to learn and cut your first few stencils, you will be asking yourself why you did not get your machine out of the box sooner! I love to take the guess work out of designing and cutting cookie stencils to make things as easy as possible so that you can focus on the fun of it all!
I am going to be sharing a list of things in the next few blog posts that you need to cut stencils...