State Silhouette Cameo Project

image1These crafty projects are all the rage right now!  We wanted to see how hard it was to make our own (not hard at all).

We know how you MCG’s love Etsy!  Well, we are giving you an opportunity to make your own Etsy-like crafts in Meredith colors.  On 2/10/16, we are having a Pinterest Party!  All MCGs were sent an email on Tuesday, 2/2/16 with an evite to the party!  Make sure you rsvp so we have enough supplies and that are following us on Pinterest because that is your ticket to making this project for free!

Here are the steps with links to where supplies can be purchased. These are only for convenience.  Multiple vendors carry most of these items.

The first thing you’ll need is a Silhouette cutting machine (or find a friend that has one!).silhouette-cameo-die-cutting-tool-bundle-d-2013031912115686251797

Next you’ll need to find an image of your state and change it into a cut file if it is not already.  You can find a link to download the states on the Silhouette School blog.    They are our go-to for all Silhouette information.  Their tutorials are amazing!


For the heart, you can find a free cut file of a heart by doing a quick Google search.


You can get paper anywhere.  Try your local Michaels, Jo-Anns, Hobby Lobby or order on-line.  We used textured cardstock in a burgundy color and a gray and white chevron.  Our background paper is a 6×6 burlap, but it is also available in a larger size.


You’ll also need some type of 3-d adhesive.  We used Thermoweb Foam Squares.




So once you have all the necessary supplies, you will want to pull up your state in the Silhouette Studio software.  The software is available as a free download on the Silhouette America website.

Open the Trace Window and select the area you want to trace.  In this case, it is the entire state.  Once you have the state selected, click trace.  This will create cut lines for the Silhouette.Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 9.13.52 AM


Turn off the the high-pass filter by unchecking it.  Move the threshold slide to 100.  The scale should be moved as low as possible. Then click Trace.

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Now click the state and drag it off the site area and onto the gray.  You should see a thin red outline of your state.Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 9.18.49 AM


Scale your state to the size you want.  Make sure you are within the red lines so your entire image is cut.


The  next step is to go to the Cut Settings window.  Here you will choose your medium which in our case is cardstock.  We left the other options as the default.  Click the Send to Silhouette option.

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You will need to make sure your blade is at the correct setting.  For cardstock we used number 3.

Place the cardstock on your mat and load it into the Silhouette Cameo machine.




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