I confess: all affection for pre-made cut files aside, the real reason I got a digital cutter was for the text capabilities. (After all, any type of alphabet-related supply is automatically my favorite!) The ability to cut out any font in existence? It's the Silhouette's coolest feature in my mind.
Of course, just because you CAN cut out every font in existence doesn't mean that every font looks great once it's cut. Some fonts have lines that are too thin, or jagged edges, and some just don't translate well as digital cuts. Here are some favorite fonts:
And some ideas for text embellishments you can make with your Silhouette:
Add text to a solid embellishment
Amy Coose added the word "Sweet" to the tab shape and "Fun" on the chevron arrow. This is easy to do: Simply open the solid shape and size as needed. Click on the Text button, select the font you want to use, and type the word. Then move it right on top of the solid shape and resize. Group these two and you're done!
Christine does something similar with the title on this layout. A banner shape + a clean font (Blackout, in this case, which is a great go-to font) = a quick but awesome title!
Try finding solid shapes to cut that go along with the theme of your layout, or use a tag, journaling box, decorative square, or label shape. I quite often add the date to my layouts by typing it onto a solid shape and then cutting it out.
Use the negative shape
I do this quite often when I cut out words, because it's easier to glue down one piece (with all the letters aligned already!) than a whole bunch of smaller letters. Here's an example from Valerie:
This technique is so versatile! Use the negative shape as one of many layers, like Christine did in this layout:
Write your journaling with negative shapes:
Or, try mixing negative and positive shapes, like Diane did in this layout:
Create a Mask
Cut out the word you want. Use temporary adhesive to stick it to your background, then spritz the piece with mist. Let it dry for a bit, then peel up the word. Here are a couple of examples:
Diane also shared a layout that uses a mask. This one has a longer, welded title (see the instructions for welding in yesterday's post), which she outlined with pen after the mist dried:
(The "good stuff" embellishment is also made with the Silhouette.) Different mists create different finishes—Diane's mist is less opaque than the one Valerie used, so it lets some of the background paper show through.
Make a great big title
I think it's creatively freeing to know you can cut any size, shape, or color of text that you want to with a Silhouette. For me, this freedom often results in big, big titles! You can make LARGE titles with enormous letters, as in this layout by Diane:
Or this one by Christa:
Or you can make a LONG title with lots of words. Grab an entire sentence from your journaling and turn it into a title. Use a short poem or some song lyrics. Or create a subway-art-esque piece with words that develop your journaling more fully, as in this layout by Valerie:
I used the words of a little jingle I made up for this layout's title:
A favorite quote is also a good source for a long title. Diane uses Captain Jack Sparrow's words in this layout:
And I used a favorite quote about this beach on this one:
And! If you want to cut out the same title, here is the cut file: Download Net of wonder title
Now! I have a question for you! I love the look of solid cut-out letters, so I rarely add the center of Os and As and Ds back in when I use negative shapes. (See the p, o, and b in the word "problem" on Diane's layout above to see what I mean.) Do you like to leave the centers empty? Or do you stick down the center shape? I'm curious!
Make sure to check back in tomorrow, when we'll be doing a give away!