This week I have the pleasure of doing this tutorial as a feature at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog. I would like to thank the entire DT for Bugaboo Stamps for this opportunity.
For this (my first ever) tutorial, I’m going to show how to do “Faux Paper Piecing” or “Digital Paper Piecing” using Silhouette Cameo Designer Edition Software. If any of these steps are not clear, please let me know and I’ll provide more details as much as I can.
1. Choose your image and drag it onto you mat. You can use any compatible image format. I am using the jpg of Bugaboo Stamps’ “Ava and Deacon Love Word”. Resize it to your liking. For the purpose of this tutorial, I am setting the image at 4 inches high. It can be resized later to fit your project after all the steps are complete.
(Note: Any Bugaboo image great for this because of the thicker lines that make it easier to offset the pieces to make layering seamless).
3. For my project, I want to piece the word “LOVE” so I am going to clear out everything except the inside of these pieces. On my traced image, you’ll notice some accent bits, you’ll want to keep those as well.
Click on the “red” image, then right click+ “Release Compound Path”. This will separate the pieces. You can either just pull out the pieces you want, or delete those you don’t. I prefer to delete the ones I don’t want so that everything stays together.
Here you can see the parts I kept.
and a close up view… you can see I also removed all outlines but kept the inside parts.
4. Select the entire traced area, right click -> Group, then do an offset. Mine is set for 0.035, but this is going to depend on the thickness of the lines in the original drawing. You may need to play around a bit with this.
5. Select all and choose color. I am assuming that the original image lines are black; you can do a color match on the image to choose the color. My image has black outlines so I’m just using that. Once filled, right click and ungroup again.
6. Time to choose your digi papers. I am using Bugaboo Stamps “Polka Dot Flowers”. Open the folder where your papers are located and simply drag the “paper” into the space you want to fill with the pattern. I have done half of mine here. (note: I forgot to offset the center of the “e” in the earlier step). At this point, you can select any of the parts and adjust the pattern size using the Fill Pattern tool in SDE. I left mine as is.
Once done, select the entire traced image and group then set to “No Cut” Hint: Always check your cut lines before actually cutting. There should be no cut lines in the image.
You should have your original image near the mat still, since we haven’t modified the size of either part, the traced part should fit perfectly over the original image, with the offset lines filling in the lines of the image. Go ahead and stack the new image onto the original graphic. The final image now looks like this and it’s ready for printing and coloring as you wish for your project:
I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial. If you have any questions, please leave me a message in the comments or e-mail me and I’ll try to help out.
Image and Papers: Bugaboo Stamps
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