Friday, February 10, 2012

Silhouette Tutorial: {Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe}

Recently I received an email from Erica. She is a school teacher and found this darling FREE Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe printable from Shindig Parties TO GO! that she wanted to use in her class.
shindig tic tac red.jpg
The only problem is she didn’t want to cut out 28 of these with scissors.
She saw the tutorials on tracing HERE and HERE and wondered if there was any way to use the Silhouette for this job!
Yup, you can!

I asked Shindig Parties if it was ok if I used their printable and images in a tutorial for all of you, and they happily gave me permission (THANK YOU)!

STEP ONE: After downloading the pdf file, convert all the pages to jpeg files as explained in this tutorial HERE. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am only going to show the first page of the download (the Tic-Tac-Toe page), but it’s the same technique for the cupcake topper and wrappers as well.

STEP TWO: Open your jpeg file in Adobe PhotoShop. I had to use PhotoShop to get this particular printable to work.

When I tried just opening it in Silhouette and tracing, the best I could get was this.
Unsuccessful trace
Maybe it’s all the different colors or the polka dots, but I just couldn’t get the entire image selected.
So I turned to PhotoShop.
First we need to make the image editable. See in your layers palette at the bottom right. There is only one layer and it is called Background. Notice the picture of the lock next to it. That means we can’t edit the background, which we need to.
Making picture editable
So double click “Background” and it will bring up a box that lets you change the name of the layer. I just left mine “Layer 0” and hit ok. Now the lock is gone and we can edit that layer.
STEP THREE: With the magic wand tool (shortcut keyboard command “W”), select all the white space in the page. I only had to click once and it selected all the white. You’ll be able to tell if it’s all selected if it looks like this.
Magic Wand Tool
Hit your delete button on the keyboard. It should delete all that white space, then hit Ctrl+D to deselect everything (get rid of the dotted lines).
Deleted white space
STEP FOUR: Let’s black everything out. Create a new layer. You can do this a couple of ways, but each way has the same result.
1. Go to Layer in your menu bar, then new, then layer (Shift + Ctrl +N).
Create new layer 1
2. In your layers palette, click the new layer button (the paper with a corner curled up).
Create new layer 2
Make sure your forefront color is black and select your paint bucket tool.
Paint Bucket Tool
Make sure your new layer is selected in your layers palette, then click anywhere on your image and it will paint that entire layer black.
Paint new layer black
STEP FIVE: Merge layers. Make sure your Move Tool is selected (the main arrow button at the top of the toolbar – keyboard shortcut V). In your layers palette, click on the line right between the two layers while holding down the Alt key. It will change your mouse arrow to a weird little circle with a side arrow.
Merge layers
It will also merge your layers. See how Layer 1 is pointing down to Layer 0?
Layers merged
So now your picture looks like this.
Blacked out page
STEP SIX: Save your picture as a jpeg file. You can now open it in Silhouette and trace it to get all the cut lines. Refer to the post HERE for tracing instructions. I had to really increase my high pass filter to get the hearts completely yellow.
Go ahead and click trace. Select the black shape and delete it so just the trace lines are showing.
Trace lines
Go ahead and copy (Ctrl + C), then open up the Valentine’s Tic-Tac-Toe page, and paste (Ctrl +V). Move the cut lines over the image.
Ready to cut in Silhouette
STEP SEVEN: Now you are ready to print and cut. Refer to this post HERE for instructions on that.
Once it’s printed, send it through the Silhouette to cut.
A perfect cut!!!
And ready for the little ones to enjoy.
I know that seems like a pretty complex tutorial. It’s actually pretty fast, I just explained every step in detail so it seems like a lot.
You can do it, I promise!!!
Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!


  1. Tam- Thanks so much for this tutorial! This will help with so many different things I have been trying to cut! :)

  2. Ps- I love the new look of the blog! Very cute! :)

  3. WOW! What an amazing tutorial! Thanks so much for doing this for me, I really appreciate it! I'm getting ready to pin this tut, so hopefully more will get to see it!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. It so makes me want a Silhouette. When seeing what you can do with this machine I sometimes wish I had gotten that instead of the Cricut.

  5. How wonderful! I love it and thanks so much for sharing with me!

  6. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I think I am going to send this in just because I want to practice this cutting on the silhouette, lol!! I think my daughters teacher will love the idea! I love my sil - I just need to make sure I use it for what I KNOW it can do!!


Where I am no longer blogging, this blog is for reading purposes only. I am afraid I just can't keep up with it anymore, therefore, I may not be able to reply to all comments. Thank you.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts with Thumbnails