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Using Handwritten Text in a Project.

Posted on 16th August 2016

So this week its my Mum's 70th birthday, and my girls wanted to make cards for her

My youngest insisted that she make a rainbow card for Nanna. So I popped my thinking cap on and came up with a great way for her to personalise a card for her Nanna and at the same time make sure its rainbow too.

So today I am going to share with you, how to convert handwritten text and hand drawn images into your project.

For this tutorial you will need the following....
Silhouette Machine
Laser Printer
Paper and a Black Sharpie to write with
patterned paper
Card Stock
Heidi Swapp Minc Machine (or Laminator)
Rainbow Foil

1- Write your text or your drawing onto plain white paper with a black sharpie.

2- Once you have your text, rub out any pencil lines you may have drawn to keep your text straight.

3- Place in your scanner, Scan to your PC.

4- Check your scan. If there is any marks or part of the text is not dark enough you can always open in programs like Photoshop to correct it.

5- Open your scanned file in Silhouette Studio.

6- Rotate.

7- Using the Trace function select your text.

8- While text is selected, uncheck the high pass filter and adjust the threshold till the text is all yellow (highlighted) and has clean edges. Then select the trace icon.

9- Your text will now be traced.

10- When you remove the traced text, check for any stray parts that may have traced and you did not need.

11- Right click on your text and select Release Compound Path. This will separate all the parts of the file. You can now delete the little bits you do not need. Once you have finished, re select everything and right click again. This time select Make Compound Path. This will bring your text back together to one file again.

12- Fill your text in black and change the line colour to black also.

13- Select your text and then the offset icon. Create a small offset on your text to make it a little bit thicker.

If your test is already thick enough you do not need to do the offset step.

14- Once you have your offset separate it from your original text from the offset.

15- Fill your offset with black.

16- Do the same steps above for your drawing as well.

17- Select your paper size as A4 (or letter) Then select the registration marks and Type 1.

Draw a rectangle around your text and image to fit onto your card.

18- Select the cut icon and highlight the text and the image, and select no cut.

Check that only the rectangle is highlighted to cut.

19- Print your file on laser printer.

20-Once printed, place onto a cutting mat and run through your Silhouette Machine. (if you do not have a silhouette machine you can cut this by hand)


21- Once cut out, place your foil over the printed image and place in a transfer folder.

22- Run through your Heidi Swapp Machine on a setting of 3.

23- Take the foil and card out of the folder and slowly peal back the foil.

24- Take your newly foiled image and mat and layer onto card stock and then onto a card covered with patterned paper.

25- Your card is now complete. The foil effect is great, and really makes the personal touch of my daughters writing stand out.



This is such a great technique to really personalise a gift to a love one. Not only could you do what I did on a card, but you could also cut vinyl or even create a stencil and paint your text onto fabric.

Until next time....

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