DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

Hello! Today we will be creating address labels with your Silhouette Cameo. I’ve had mine for a year now, and if you love paper crafts and don’t have one, this is the machine (read: toy) for you. The thing is, it not only cuts paper, you can cut vinyl, cotton canvas, chipboard, stamping material – check it out at Silhouette America. It’s basically a machine that connects to your computer like a printer. Instead of printing, it cuts the images and shapes you design or purchase from the Silhouette Online Store. The Silhouette Blog and YouTube Channel are great starting points and sources of inspiration.

One of the many great features of the Silhouette is its ability to print and cut. Today’s project will be an example of this feature. You can download the Silhouette Studio basic edition for free – this is the software that works with the machine. I purchased the designer edition because it gives me more flexibility to create my own designs.

DIY Address Labels

The What

The How

Step 1:

  • Open up your Silhouette Studio and create a new file
  • Set your page layout to 8.5×11
  • Create a circle that is 2″ (5cm) wide
DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

 

Step 2:

With the Fill Color tool, select your label’s background color (make sure your circle is selected before picking your color)

DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

 

Step 3:

With your circle selected, create 3 inner circles with the Offset Tool

DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

 

Step 4:

Thicken the middle 2 lines using the Line Style tool (Object > Style> Line Style)

DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

 

Step 5:

  • Change the color of the middle 2 lines using the Line Color tool
  • Now select the 3 outer circles and group them (Object >Group) so that they are now considered one unit (group). If your inner circle disappears, do not worry – just right click your new group and select Send To Back
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Step 6:

  • The inner most circle will be used as a guide for your name and address
  • Select the text tool and create 2 text objects – one for your name(s) and the other for the address or message
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Step 7:

  • Select the 2 text objects and change the color using the Fill Color tool
  • Double-click the text object with your name(s). A green box will appear with a control point at the bottom left. Click on it and drag the text to the inner circle
  • Repeat the same process for the address text
  • Select all your circles and text to center align (Object>Align>Align Center-Middle), and group (Object>Group)
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Step 8:

  • Now add 2 small circles to either side of your name in the same color as the text, then group everything. You can use any object or image. It is just used to separate the name(s) from the address (or message)
  • Create a large initial (I used “K”) and place it in the center of your inner circle (I used the American Typewriter font for my “K”). Select everything and group them together, so that nothing shifts out of place
DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

 

Step 9:

Go to the Cut Style Window and select Cut Edge. This will tell your Silhouette to do just that – cut the edge of the outer-most circle

DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

 

Step 10:

Create multiple copies of your new label and select the Show Reg Marks from the Registration Marks window. These marks are shown in your printout and are used by your Silhouette to ensure precise cutting. I always go with the default settings.

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Step 11:

  • Go to File>Cut Settings (also on the top right tool bar). Select Printable Sticker Paper and now change your blade to the “2” setting
  • Select the Send to Silhouette icon (highlighted below in yellow) on the top tool bar. On the right panel you will be guided through a few steps. You will be prompted to print, then load your printout onto your mat and machine. Opt to “Automatically detect registration marks”. Finally you can select the Cut option and now the magic happens!
DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

Success!

And you are done! You can sass up your snail mail, gift bags with personalized messages, you name it. Phew, that was a long one, right? Once you get a hang of all the steps, you’ll be able to whip these up pretty quickly. Have fun and enjoy your new labels!

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28 thoughts on “DIY Address Labels with the Silhouette CAMEO

  1. Joan

    Thank you for the detailed instructions! I got a little confused about how/when to send to the printer vs. when to send to cut, but they turned out great!

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  2. Andrea

    Thank you for this tutorial. You have explained it so well and I will refer back. Am considering buying the Silhouette Cameo and researching what can be done and how hard it is. You are swaying me to buy. LOL Off to check out your other tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Maritza Post author

      ps – I ADORE my Cameo. It was not hard at all to get up and running. I would recommend the YouTube tutorials provided by Silhouette, and other great crafters who have mastered using it on all the various materials it can cut/ write on (yes, you can use gel pens or the Silhouette pens to sketch or trace your own handwriting – you just gave an idea for another tutorial) :)

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  4. Pat

    Thank you for sharing. I am trying this but I don’t understand how to offset these 3 circles. If you could do a little more explaining, or tell me where to find how to offset I would appreciate it.
    thanks so much.

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    1. Maritza Post author

      You’re welcome! I’m now using version 3 of the software. The Offset window can be seen by selecting the Object menu, then Offset. It should appear on the right side of your screen. Select your circle then select Internal Offset on the right panel. You should now see an inner circle. You can modify how far away you want it from the original circle with the settings on the right panel. Select your new inner circle and repeat. Hope this helps! Let me know if this is as clear as mud.

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  5. Mindi

    How did you get the words to curve with the circle. I have wondered how to do that and can’t figure it out. I have the Silhouette Portrait but they both use the same studio. I don’t have the design studio. Does that make a difference. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Maritza Post author

      Hi Mindi! It’s a tricky operation. I find it easier when you zoom in. Double click your text until your get the green bounding box. Select the handle at the bottom left, then with a steady hand, move the text to the shape (e.g. circle). The text will latch itself onto the line, and then you can move it around with the handles (side to side or up and down). I don’t think you need the design version to do this. Let me know if this makes sense…
      Maritza

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  6. Erin

    I was so excited to make these labels, they are so cute. I couldn’t get past step 3 so frustrating, I’m not loving this machine as much as I thought I would.
    :-( Oh well, I will order labels online..lol

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  7. Linda Merrill

    I need help when it comes to the circle attachment. When I drag the green box to the circle, my text turns upside down. Suggestions?

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    1. Maritza Post author

      Hi Linda! The trick is to zoom in, and slowly move (drag) the green box to the circle. I had to play with it a couple of times too – it’s pretty tricky, but worth the effort.

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  8. Ana Wilkinson

    Hi my question is the last part when you group everything together, my letters/ address disappears how can I fix that. Help!!

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  9. Ana Wilkinson

    The second to last when it says group all together than do the cut setting. Everytime I try and group together my address goes away. all but the circles are there.

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  10. Bonnie

    Hi, love your address labels… This has always been difficult for me… When I type and drag the top part of the text ( here the name) it sits on top of ( outside) the circle.Reading right to left. The bottom text ( here the address) sits on the inside of the circle. Reading right to left. So they do not line up where the text meets.. If I try to make them both on inside or outside, then some of the text appears upside down to read.. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? I see it’s do-able, you have a photo of it!:)

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  11. Bonnie

    Hi, you can remove my post if you want, I figured it out… well, I saw it in another video:) it’s that little sliding ‘trolley’ next to the placer icon.. You can move your text above or below the baseline, or in between..Your tut was very helpful, and inspiring:) Thanks, I just needed that one little pointer…Now I am making awesome little gifts for people.. this was just what I was looking for, so thanks for your time and effort and inspiration!

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    1. Bonnie

      OMG!!! My husband just came in and I was showing him how I had been working on this for hours and why it wouldn’t work, and it just worked without the trolley slider!! HOURS.. That is a skittish little feature… my apologies for thinking you left out some possible info.. OTH, it’s very tricky to do and that trolley does make it much easier.. wow, I am spent:)

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      1. Maritza Post author

        Hi Bonnie – just catching up. Looks like you figured it out! Great news and thanks for the kind words!

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  12. Kelly

    Those are soooooo cute! I’m thinking of getting a Silohuette but I’m wondering if it’ll be too complicated for me. Grrrrr. Lol!

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  13. judi

    Thanks for the step by step. I recently made round labels before I found your tutorial and could not get the lines figured out. Now I get it. :).

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