Learn how to use the Print and Cut feature in Silhouette Studio to make custom, professional-looking gift tags.
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I love giving thoughtful Christmas gifts and I really, really love wrapping them beautifully too. It’s the cherry on top of a good gift, in my opinion.
What is Print and Cut?
Print & Cut is a type of file that uses your personal printer to print designs that can then be cut out using your electronic cutting machine. Silhouette has made it super easy to do and I think once you try it, you’ll be hooked. You can get SUCH professional results!
Where Can I Get Print and Cut Files?
There are a ton of really cute Print and Cut files available in the Silhouette Design Store and a lot of them are under $1. If you are specifically looking for Christmas Print and Cut files, go to https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com, then click on the tab that says Designs > Holidays > Christmas. Then click the Print & Cut Design Type filter. Here’s a screenshot to help you:
Then you can purchase some cute, cute goodies and upload them into your file library in Silhouette Studio. If you have synced your software to your account in Silhouette Studio, the files will automatically appear in your Library. Sometimes you need to click FILE > UPDATE LIBRARY to get the new files to show up.
Double click on the file you’d like and it will open in the work area.
I chose several different types of art. Some tags I left as-is. For a few of the other tags, I removed the cutting lines from the artwork and framed them with a tag cutting shape. Another cool feature I recently discovered is the FILL PATTERN TOOL. If you click on the paint palette tool on the right hand side, then click on the third square, it’ll open a panel where you can add a background pattern for the shape you have selected. That’s how I added the polka dot background to the Oh Come Let Us Adore Him tag in the screenshot below.
I also added the black and white stripes to the tag with the pink Christmas trees the same way.
Silhouette Print & Cut Instructions
Step 1: Click on the Page Setup icon at the top of the tools column on the right hand side of the page, then click on the third button within that window. Click REGISTRATION MARKS ON. Here’s a screenshot to show you where those commands are located:
Step 2: Prepare your designs and place them within the cutting area. Since I cut my tags out of cardstock, I adjusted the mat to show an 8.5″ x 11″ work area. You can add multiple files to one printing page. I try to fill the whole page so I don’t waste material. One thing to keep in mind: the printer won’t print the red cutting lines. Only your Silhouette machine can see them!
Step 4: Place the printed designs onto a cutting mat and load the mat into your Portrait or Cameo. Open the SEND tab, adjust the cut settings to match the material you’ll be cutting, then click SEND. The machine has a laser reader that can “see” the registration marks so that it will line up the cut lines perfectly with the printed design. How cool is that?!
The Print & Cut feature is also perfect for making custom stickers. All of these designs are available in the Design Store and it makes packaging up Christmas goodies SO EASY if you can just slap a sticker onto something.
Another way to use the Print & Cut feature is to make cute address labels for mailing presents. Wouldn’t you just be even more excited to open this box when you see the cute labels?! I designed all of it right inside Silhouette Studio in minutes. The trick is to remove the cut lines from anything you want printed and only leave the cut lines around the outside of the label.
If you haven’t tried the Print & Cut feature, DO IT! It’s so much fun. Even my husband was impressed with some of the tags I made. LOL. And if you have any fun ways that you’ve used Print & Cut, I’d love to see. Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram to show off your project!
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This post was compensated by Silhouette America but all ideas, opinions and words are my own.