How To Trace In Silhouette Studio and DIY Custom Confetti for the Class of 2014 Grads!
Graduation season is upon us! If you have a grad in your life, you’re bound to be throwing a party or sending a graduation gift. Why not make your own custom confetti to decorate or include as a fun extra in a card or gift?
I used my Silhouette Cameo and Designer Edition Software to create this confetti, but other die cutting machines such as the Cricut Expression (/2), BossKut Gazelle, etc. are also capable of similar results (though the directions likely differ based on your machine)!
To make this confetti I traced images and welded letters. Below is a quick tutorial on how to trace basic shapes, but if you would like to learn more about welding letters or shapes together, check out this tutorial on how to weld in the Silhouette studio.
To make the graduation hat confetti, I did a Google search to find a graduation cap. Copy the image and paste it into your Silhouette software. Next, select the trace area button (I always think it looks like a piece of blue buttered toast in the upper right hand corner).
Here are a few tips to make this project easier!
1-Use a scraper or spatula tool to help you quickly and easily lift your confetti off your mat.
2-A hook tool is great for picking out tiny little pieces (like the middle of my 2014 characters, above).
3-If you have a spare mat, use it! Working with more than one mat makes this process so much quicker- you can cut your first color on one mat, then while you are removing the confetti pieces, you can start up a second mat cutting the next color.
4-Choose cardstock that is colored on both sides – that way if your confetti lands “face down” it will not be as obvious.
5-Use paper that is a little heavier. Thicker paper comes off mat’s easier!
Are you are brand new to tracing? I would highly recommend watching the “Tracing Without Tears” YouTube series, it is VERY helpful and she does an excellent job of explaining things in a detailed, yet to the point way!
Will you give this confetti a try? What colors or shape combinations will you choose?