Designer’s Choice: Traced Diecuts

By Jamie Leija

January 14, 2015

Hiya! I loved this month’s Mood Board that Rebecca shared on Tuesday. It had some really inspirational elements that I managed to incorporate on this page. The teal ombre ink, the gold, the grid. But my favorite was that heart necklace. I loved the shape so much that I decided to create my own digital cut. It’s easier to do this than you think! (If you have a Silhouette its super easy! I also think this could be hand cut fairly easily as well!)


You start by drawing your shape on some paper. I intentionally used a sharpie so my lines would be thick. You can see they aren’t perfect. I snapped a photo of this “sketch” and uploaded it to my computer.


Next, open up Silhouette Studio. Note: I do not have the designer edition. I have basic Silhouette software.

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Then, go to File > Open.

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Navigate to where the file you want to trace is located. You’ll see that this image isn’t a very good one. It’s not true black and white (I cleaned up the version above for the blog post) and it’s at a different angle. No problem at all, your software knows what to do or you will be able to fix it easily with just a few clicks.

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Once you have the sketched image, click OK and the image will load.

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My file was really large when I opened it.

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Grab one of the white boxes on the photo edge and drag it inwards to make it smaller.

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Shrink it down to a manageable size.

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Once its small, navigate to the “Trace” window.

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Click “Select Trace Area”.

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Drag the gray box over the area you want traced.

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Uncheck “High Pass Filter”. This is the important part. It helps define those lines you drew.

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I also always up the “Threshold” as well. This makes the lines a bit thicker or even more defined.

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Then click the “Trace” button. Your new tracing is in red.

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After that you’ll be able to delete the original image. Just drag it off of traced image, click and delete.

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And then you’re left with the “cut”.

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Mine was on it’s side when it was done. I easily could have left it that way but decided to rotate it so it was straight.

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Then I copied it a few times over and “Sent” it to Silhouette.

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Here are the finished cuts next to my original hand drawn sketch. I cut it out of both gray and white cardstock because I wasn’t sure which I’d use on this page.


And here’s the finished layout!


I backed each of the hearts with patterned paper from the Basic Grey J’adore paper pad. I used three of them plus three other hearts from the kit to make sure I had six hearts in total.


I love how these die cut hearts turned out! From one quick sketch and a few steps in Silhouette, I have totally customized embellishments.


If you decide to make your own digital cuts I’d love to see! Or, feel free to save my sketch above and create die cuts for your next page. As always, we love to see how you use your kits! Please share over on the Facebook page so we can leave some love and oooh and aww over your work.


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One Comment on “Designer’s Choice: Traced Diecuts”

  • this is AWESOME–GREAT tutorial as well!

    January 14th, 2015 at 11:26 am

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