Thursday, April 26, 2012

Making a Card with Your Own Shape: {Silhouette Tutorial}

Silhouette CAMEO giveaway still going on HERE.
Today I want to share with you how to make a card out of a shape.
Finished Baseball card

I got an email from a sweet reader named Meg. She wanted to make a baseball cap birthday card for her grandson.
When she looked in the Silhouette store, she found a baseball cap card shape, but it wasn’t exactly what she wanted.
Baseball cap card
She wanted the bill of the cap to be a different color.

So today, I’m going to share with you the tutorial to make a custom baseball cap card.
Since the Silhouette shape didn’t work for what Meg wanted, I had to trace my own. I found this image online…

….and created this.
As I started making this card, I soon realized that to make a regular tutorial with photos, there would be a TON of pictures to show each step.

So instead, I made a video tutorial. It’s about 10 minutes long, so sorry about the length, but it covers how to import your image, trace it, delete points to create multiple parts of a shape so you can group/ungroup, welding shapes, removing cut lines from text, and more.
One thing I forgot to mention at the end of the video, is make sure you size the entire shape to the desired measurements. Then you can print the card out (print and cut tutorial HERE), and cut out the various parts before putting the entire thing together!

Please let me know if you have any questions! I hope you’ll have fun with this and start using your own shapes to make custom cards!!!

Remember to enter the giveaway for a CAMEO HERE.
Or if you just can’t wait to get your own, take advantage of this sweet deal!
Promo pic copy
If you already have an SD or CAMEO, you can snatch these pens up for only $6.99/pack with code DANGCUTE!!!

Go HERE to grab either promotion.

Thanks for all your questions! I should have more Silhouette tutorials and projects coming SOON!


  1. Really cute--I love shaped cards! I should remember that I love them, and make them more often :)

  2. I Love Love Love your tutorial... but I would like to give you a tip so that you don't have to go through deleting all of the points like you were to separate the parts. If you right click on the image you should be able to "Release Compound Path" then you can move away the parts you don't want, delete them, or save them for later. This will save you lots of time from recreating parts of the design or deleting single points. Thanks for the video tutorial... I am interested in how you did that with it showing your screen but having you talk. Feel free to do a small tut on that too!


    1. Julie-
      Thanks for the tip! To record the tutorial I used a program called Snagit. I followed this YouTube video:

  3. Thanks Tam,
    I just got the Cameo for Christmas and couldn't find a tutorial that shows how you go about making your own designs. I really appreciate you doing this. You saved me a lot of frustration.


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