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Silhouette Cameo September Inspiration – All About The Chevrons Part 4

Welcome to the last part of my chevron-inspired series of September Silhouette Cameo tutorials.

I feel like I should have a jingle! Ok so I have no jingle but I do have plenty of chevrons!

Last week, in Part 3, I left you with some zigzags made from the chevrons in my first tutorial in the first week in September. So what did I do with them?

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Well first off I made some more of them. Using the tutorial in Part 3 I filled my 6 x 6 inch work space with zigzags then I used the Rectangle tool to draw around the zigzags.

Next I thought I would make a mask so I decided to cut the zigzags from a cereal box.

I used masking tape to make sure the cereal box wouldn’t move and set it to the Coverstock – Heavy – 285 gsm setting which gives you a speed of 1 and tells you to set the blade to 7.

Then I used the mask with some spray inks…

To make this card…

So that is is idea number one, the next use for my zigzags was to cut them from patterned papers.

This time I used the Patterned paper – medium weight 180 gsm setting and reset my blade to 3. I also cut several strips of paper next to each other to get different zigzags in different papers using just one run through the Silhouette Cameo.

And this gave me this card…

I then went back to the zigzag cereal box mask to use it with paints this time.

and a good excuse to use my new fluorescent paints and the chevron stamp I carved in part 2 of this series

to make this card…

Thanks for joining me in this month of Chevron inspiration with the Silhouette Cameo.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Kim


Related Articles:

All About The Chevrons Part 1 – Your Basic Chevron

All About The Chevrons Part 2 – Chevron Stamp Making

All About The Chevron Part 3 – When Chevrons Become Zigzags



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A Little Bit Of News…

It’s Friday, almost the weekend, which also means a heads-up for a little bit of weekend reading…

How about the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials? Issue 99 is out in the shops…

I’ve got a step by step guide showing how to make a Christmas wreath using the lovely XCut A5 die set available from docrafts. But you will also spot some gorgoeus makes from Elaine Hughes with her phenomenal colouring in this issue, so well worth checking out!

In other news I’m going to be in Reading tomorrow (Saturday) demoing the Fiskars Fuse.

I’ll be in Hobbycraft from 10am to 6pm so come say hello and if you can’t make Reading then checkout the other Fuse Demos going on around the UK.

Finally, I just wanted to remind you about my Silhouette Cameo Tutorial Series I’ve been running this month.

It is my last instalment on Sunday so don’t forget to pop on by.

Catch you later.

Kim


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Silhouette Cameo September Inspiration – All About The Chevrons Part 3

Welcome to the third instalment to my chevron-inspired series of Silhouette Cameo tutorials.

Last week I used my Silhouette Studio designed chevrons to make my own carved stamps

This week I thought I would show you how to make some zig zag patterns from the chevron designs.

Cast your mind way, way back to week 1 and the first Chevron instalment

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You remember don’t you? This is my basic pattern that I’ve been using for all the Chevron projects and I showed you how to make it in the first week.

Using this pattern again, select all the chevrons and use the Align Bottom tool before duplicating them using the drop down menu in the Edit Tools or the ctrl-D shortcut. 

Move the duplicate chevrons so that they sit exactly over the original chevron pattern, then use the Flip Vertically tool in the Transform menu in the Object drop down menu.

Tip: Don’t forget to do the Align step before duplicating the chevrons.


Now move the duplicate chevrons down until the tops of the duplicate chevrons are lined up perfectly with the bottom of the original chevrons. 

Select all the chevrons and use the Weld Tool…

to get some not-so-instant Zig Zags! Yay! Wahoo! We have Zig Zags!

Tip: If the selected shapes don’t merge try deselecting then, select only the duplicate chevrons and move them up very slightly, then reselect all the chevrons and try to weld again. Keep repeating this process until the shapes are near enough to weld together.

Just imagine what would happen if you repeat the process now…

Is that more Zig Zags?

Catch you next week for the last Chevron instalment for the Silhouette Cameo, and to see what I did with these Zig Zags!

Kim


Related Articles:

All About The Chevrons Part 1 – Your Basic Chevron

All About The Chevrons Part 2 – Chevron Stamp Making

All About The Chevron Part 4 – Zigzag Masks



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Silhouette Cameo September Inspiration – All About The Chevrons Part 2

Welcome to the second instalment to my chevron-inspired series of Silhouette Cameo tutorials.

If you remember last week I designed some chevrons in the Silhouette Studio, this week I thought we could do something with the chevrons, so how about some stamp making?

I’m really excited to see that the stamp-making material to use with your Silhouette Cutting Machines has reached these shores. Making stamps with the Silhouette Cameo has been on my wish list for a while. I haven’t managed to get my hands on one of the Silhouette Stamping making kits yet but as I love carving my own stamps I thought I would use my chevrons from last week to make some hand-carved stamps.

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So to pick up from where we left off. If you remember we had designed a small row of chevrons, select all of them and duplicate them. 

Move the new chevrons to the right-hand side and re-select all of the chevrons, then align the tops with the Align Tool.

Now use the Rectangle Tool to draw a large rectangle around the chevrons and cut.

I’ve cut my shapes from 250gsm card to make a template for my hand carving.

Stick it onto the stamp carving block with some masking tape or Scotch tape and carefully start carving using the template to guide the knife.

You will need a delicate hand for some of the thinner shapes but patience and a steady hand will win out! Trim the stamp and ink it up to test it on paper and then remove any bits that you don’t want showing.

So there you are: a hand-carved chevron stamp to use again and again made with your Silhouette Studio and Silhouette cutting machine.

Join me next week for some more Silhouette and Chevron fun.

Kim


Related Articles:

All About The Chevrons Part 1 – Your Basic Chevron

All About The Chevrons Part 3 – When Chevrons Become Zigzags

All About The Chevron Part 4 – Zigzag Masks



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Silhouette Cameo September Inspiration – All About The Chevrons

Is the chevron trend over? I certainly hope not ‘coz I am still obsessed with them, so much so that I thought I would share some of my chevron love with you guys in this series of tutorials and inspiration using the the Silhouette Cameo over the next few weeks.

So who is up for some chevron designing? 

Yeah! Let’s do this! Eyes down for Part One in my Silhouette Cameo September Chevrons Series:

Now these aren’t going to be the most perfectly geometrical chevrons you have seen, I wanted some chevrons with a bit of personality.

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The first thing I like to do is to change the size of my mat to the size of my project, which for this is 6 by 6 inch. But you don’t have to if you are happy working in the default size. 

Then use the Draw A Polygon Tool to draw your first chevron shape.

Next, click the Edit Points Tool and change the shape if you need to. I straightened my top line just a smidgen.

Then select and duplicate the shape either via the Edit drop down or with the ctrl-D shortcut and align the top edges and move the duplicate shape to the right of the original shape.

You can use the Edit Points Tool again to change the lines of the shapes if you need to then move the duplicate shape away from the first one.

You can keep duplicating and reshaping to your heart’s content.

And there you have some chevrons. 

Come back next week for Part Two in my Silhouette Cameo September Chevrons Series.

Catch you later.

Kim

Related Articles:

All About The Chevrons Part 2 – Chevron Stamp Making

All About The Chevrons Part 3 – When Chevrons Become Zigzags

All About The Chevron Part 4 – Zigzag Masks