Hello! Today we will be creating address labels with your Silhouette Cutting Machine. 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.
- Silhouette cutting machine
- Silhouette Studio
- White Printable Sticker Paper – any brand will do
- Color Printer
- 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
With the Fill Color tool, select your label’s background color (make sure your circle is selected before picking your color)
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
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
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.
- 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!
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!