In the past several weeks I have been using the Fill Pattern option in the Silhouette software to create my own papers for projects that I needed. While I have a large paper collection, there are just times I do run into a project, that I want a specific paper for and I don’t have it – like this 3D Tank project I complete a few weeks back.
Last week, I started a project with my daughter and we only had wood patterned paper to make 1 of the project. So the Silhouette Design Store, my Silhouette software and my Canon printer came to the rescue.
This Lath Decorative Board is created completely out of cardstock. Paper A is a retired patterned paper from my Close to My Heart collection and paper B is one that I filled with the pattern fill option and printed through my Canon printer onto white cardstock.
I posted this on my Silhouette Secrets+ Facebook page when I was working on the project and asked for guesses on which one was printed. Almost all the guesses were for A as the printed paper. This is a great option if you do not have the specific pattern in your stash that you need.
If I don’t have the supplies on hand, it usually means that this project would have been put on hold for the time being, but now with the option to print and cut my own paper designs, I can get to crafting.
The project above is a Lath Board with Flowers Project by Nilmara Quintela from the Silhouette Design Store.
Let’s take a look at how you can use the Pattern Fill option to expand your options in Silhouette Projects.
The Fill Pattern tab is found on the right side under the Fill Color Panel – Tab 3.
This short video shows how easy it is to fill shapes with patterns from the Silhouette library.
Once you have your design set up with the pattern fill, you can use the Print and Cut feature to print the design out with your home printer and then cut on the Silhouette machine.
Check out this post Print & Cut – Part I for my tips for a successful Print and Cut.
I hope you learned something new today in the “Let’s Explore v4” series!
There are so many options in the Silhouette Software and the only way to learn is one thing at a time! I hope you get a chance to play around with this and more soon!
The designs used in this post can be found in the Silhouette Design Store:
Combat Tank 3D Box by Snapdragon Snippets
Lath Board with Flowers Project by Nilmara Quintela
Bracket Label Thank You Card by Lori Whitlock
Ink Splat Pattern by Loni Harris
Mermaid Scales Purple Pattern by Studio Illustrado
Hibiscus Paper by Miss Kate Cuttables
Canvas by Digital Pink Ink
I would love to see what projects you create! Feel free to post on my Facebook group at Silhouette Secrets with EllyMae.