This lyric is an inside joke from when my fiance and I first started dating. It’s from a Scorpions song and even though it is in our bedroom, I promise it isn’t meant to be sexual. I’ve recently been adding more quotes through out my home because it adds a bit of dimension and personal touch to the decor. If you’ve read my blog, I’ve shown you how to cut a design with a Silhouette machine (here and here), but in this tutorial I’m showing you how to extend the cutting area in Silhouette Studio to make cuts larger than 12×12″, share what to I use to revamp a used cutting mat, and how to make a larger mat in a pinch.
- Holographic vinyl fabric
- Adhesive strips
- Silhouette Cameo
- 24″ cutting mat or two 12″ cutting mats
- Repositionable spray adhesive
- 2″ tape – strong but removable
- Washi tape
- Level + yard stick + pencil + eraser or Laser Level
- Tape measure
First measure the space on your wall and figure out the size of lettering you want. My wall width is 48″ and I made the lettering 5″ tall and the length of the lyric is 36″.
It’s best to use a script font with the letters that can connect making each word one piece. You can do separate letters but they are more challenging to hang. Two of the ways to create the lettering: trace a JPG or type it out in Silhouette Studio.
For JPGs, follow these steps. Once you have your lettering traced in Silhouette Studio, select the letters, hold the shift key and pull from a corner to the size you want it. Right click and select ungroup the words. Before organizing the words on the mat to maximize the amount of words on your piece of vinyl, we need to change the size of the mat.You can cut adhesive vinyl that is longer than 12″ with out a cutting mat and I tried it with this vinyl fabric but it doesn’t work. You will need a mat and Silhouette makes a 12×24″.
If you are in a pinch and don’t have a 12×24″ cutting mat (like me), tape two 12×12″ mats together on the back. I ran into a second problem where my second cutting mat had lost it’s stickiness. I taped off the edges to prevent the adhesive from getting into the wheels and sprayed a thin even coat of 3M repositionable spray adhesive. Let the adhesive sit for about 5 minutes. The sooner you place the fabric on the adhesive the stronger it is. Peel off the washi tape and you are ready to go!
Cut out your 12×24″ piece of fabric and and place it on the mat. Load into the machine, send your design to the Silhouette and let it werk!
Use a tape measure to figure out the spacing.