Now that wedding season is upon us, I thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to design a Pop up Tent Style Place Card in Silhouette Studio. Of course, place cards aren’t just for weddings and can be used for birthdays, corporate events etc.
For this tutorial I am going to use the bird design from my post; How to convert a JPEG of your own sketch in to a cut design in Silhouette Studio,
You can use any design of your choice, preferably a silhouette, although if you’re feeling adventurous you could go for a more intricate design. The method I share below will still work.
Firstly, open the design that you want to use to create your place card. I’ve opened my bird design which I had saved in the Silhouette library.
Next, draw a square 3.5×3.5 inches. (Untick the aspect ratio if needed, once you have adjusted the size, click it again to keep the aspect ratio)
Position your design in the middle of the square, scale the design, I have scaled my bird to 2 inches in width, you can adjust yours however you like, remember you will need to leave room for writing on the front of the card (the bottom of the square), also, don’t let your design spill over the top of the square as it won’t cut right.
Use the ruler guides to position your design more centrally to the square (the blue lines on the image below are the ruler guides), also position it so the design is overhanging the middle a little. As shown in the image below, I have positioned the bird a little bit below the middle line.
Use the Knife Tool to cut along the middle line where you have positioned your design. Delete the bottom part of the cut design.
Use the Edit Points tool to break the paths (or lines) that are positioned on the middle ruler line, you will need to click each end point of the path and click ‘Break Path’, one at a time. When the action has been completed the points will turn red, indicating that the path (line) has been broken. (I initially had my bird filled in, but I couldn’t make out what I was doing so I selected no fill colour from the Fill Colour window)
Now that the points have been broken, we need to delete the lines, Select your design, right click and select ‘Release compound path’ You will now be able to delete the lines.
When the compound path was released, this released everything, even the parts of the design you may want to keep (like the eye in my bird), select all parts of the design again, right click and select ‘Make Compound Path’. This will keep all parts of the design together.
We are almost there, just a couple more things before we send to cut :-)
Use the draw a line tool to draw a line along the middle of the square, excluding the parts we cut earlier, see below image for an example. You also don’t need to go to the edges of the square either. The two lines on the left and right are score lines.
Now you’ve added the lines, navigate to the cut settings window, the little icon that looks like a blade to the top right of Silhouette Studio. Or you can click Silhouette – Cut Settings, in the options to the top left.
Select the two lines on either side of your design and select Perforate edge from the cut settings window. Select the rest of the design and select ‘Cut’ from the cut settings window. Your place card design is now ready to cut.
If you need to move the position of your overall design, go to ‘Edit – Select all, right click on your selection and select group from the menu.
Here is the cut design, you’re probably wondering why there’s two and one is bigger than the other, well initially I drew a rectangle of 3.5 x 4.5 inches, I cut it out and decided I wasn’t happy with the size and thought the bird looked a little lost, so I changed the size to what’s indicated in the above tutorial. However, I thought i’d show you both so you can see that you don’t necessarily have to keep the dimensions I set above, and also that with design comes a lot of trial and error, but you can still have fun in the meantime. :-)
Thank you so much for reading, I really hope this post has inspired you to get designing with your Silhouette Studio Software.