Making Hearts In Silhouette Studio

I have a tutorial for you today, one in my Electronic Cutting Machine series sharing some things that I’ve leant using the Silhouette Cameo.

One of the best things about the Silhouette machines is that you get so much flexibility and creative freedom even with the free basic Silhouette Studio software. I know you can buy lots of lovely hearts in the online Silhouette shop but I do like a bit of making things for myself!

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So if you do too how about trying this…

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To start you need to draw an ellipse, I’ve made my workspace mat the same size as my card blank to give me an idea of the size I want the heart to be.

Then copy and paste the ellipse and select both ellipses and use the align tool and align centre to line up the two shapes. I then deselected the left-hand ellipse and moved the right one a smidgen (technical term) to the right.

The next step is to slightly rotate each ellipse, the left one to the left and right to the right then select both of them and weld them into one shape.

You can see the heart starting to take shape. Now you need to select the Edit Points tool and start to move the points until you are happy with the shape.

 I started with the bottom point of the heart, I moved the points then smoothed the line using the path nodes (the grey points that appear either side of the main point when you select it).

I then change any of the other points on the heart and the line paths until I like the look of the heart.

There you have it, a heart, ready to cut in Silhouette Studio. There are different ways to draw hearts, you could try drawing one freehand with the Draw Freehand tool or you could use the method above but use a circle as your starting shape instead of two ellipses. So have fun, play around and see what you can come up with!

Catch you later.


Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She’s a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.


  1. 25 June 2013 / 10:21 am

    Great card Kim. Sorry I can't make use of your tutorial as I don't have this machine. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xx

  2. 25 June 2013 / 10:40 am

    A fabulous card Kim, I don't have that machine either but I bet those that do can make great use of your tutorial.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Helle from Denmark
    25 June 2013 / 2:04 pm

    I'm a silhouette newbie and this was just what i needed – thank you 🙂

  4. 25 June 2013 / 6:35 pm

    This is gorgeous Kim, love the colours.
    C xx

  5. 25 June 2013 / 7:33 pm

    Today a heart…. tomorrow the world! Thank you so much for your encouragement to design. Your instructions are so easy to follow. Just need time now.

  6. 26 June 2013 / 5:34 am

    Love the card Kim – those doodles are great and give the card such a fun look.

    Toni xx

  7. 26 June 2013 / 9:11 am

    Ooh, thanks for the idea. I've had my Cameo for a couple of months now, but still not tried to design anything for myself yet.

  8. 26 June 2013 / 3:05 pm

    a wonderful card, great colours

  9. 26 June 2013 / 9:42 pm

    I don't have a machine Kim but love the results on your card. Annette x

  10. 27 June 2013 / 7:48 am

    Good morning sweetie, this is just stunning, a really gorgeous creation, hugs Pops x

  11. 27 June 2013 / 12:07 pm

    so stunning kim.really gorgeous design, I love your heart and doodling 😀

    x coops xx

  12. 27 June 2013 / 12:32 pm

    Hi Kim. Sadly, don't have the machine but that's a lovely bright card.

  13. 28 June 2013 / 7:08 am

    Really fun card!! Hugs Juls

  14. 12 September 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Thank you for this —- I so needed it. And now I can draw hearts with my Silhouette Studio (first time actually drawing after years of ownership).
    {could be my second comment as the one I first did disappeared – and not sure if it's waiting for approval or floating around the ether}

  15. 14 September 2014 / 6:49 pm

    Glad it was of help and I'm glad you are drawing with your Silhouette Studio, it is such a good program if you have the time to play around with it! Have fun!

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