5 Awesome Things You Should Know About Your Silhouette Mat

5 AWESOME THINGS you should know about your Silhouette mat to save time, save the mat, and make it easier to work with vinyl & cardstock.

Having worked with my Silhouette mat day in and day out for several years now—well, [grin], not the *same* mat for all that time…I’ve gone through a few, LOL—I’ve discovered some things about it that either save me time, save the mat, or make it easier to work with materials. So, in my ongoing effort to make Silhouetting easier for y’all, here are my top five things…nay, here are my top five *awesome* things about the Silhouette mat. Maybe some of them will be game changers for you as they were for me.

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“Does this Ring Make Me Look engaged?” Cup

…an adhesive vinyl project

Free Silhouette file for "Does this Ring make me look engaged?" cup.

Over Christmas, we had an engagement announced in our extended family. (Congratulations C & M!) So exciting! Since Valentine’s Day is also a prime time for engagements, I thought I’d share my “Does this ring make me look engaged?” travel mug in case some of you have a near and dear one pop the question (or answer it!) sometime soon.

After giving you long tutorials for the last two projects, this is a quickie project that you can cut and apply and away you go. “Away you go”… it’s a travel mug, get it? ;^)

On with the project…

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Valentine Hearts Doily (center of rotation tool)

FREE Silhouette cut files for SEVEN heart doilies.
One of my goals for this year is to explore a broader range of materials and Silhouette Studio tools. Today, I’m using a familiar material (cardstock), but the tutorial involves a tool you don’t hear about very much—the center of rotation tool. It’s pretty cool. It allows you to change the pivot point of an object and then duplicate and rotate it at the same time so the duplicates are positioned evenly around a circle. A couple of clicks and you can have a more complex—and beautiful—design.

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Customizable Cat/Dog Cuddling Services T-shirt

…a heat transfer vinyl project

Free cut file and tutorial to create your own list of services provided. Cut from htv and apply to a t-shirt.

When you have a Silhouette machine, who can resist making personalized t-shirts? Not this girl. I applied this HTV design on a t-shirt for my sarcastic, Canadian-literature-lovin’, cat-cuddlin’ Daughterly One.

It uses one font in a variety of sizes and weights to add interest in a rectangular design. I cut this one a little smaller than 4″ x 3″ to use as a chest design, but it can easily be enlarged to use as a regular size t-shirt design.

And since not everyone is a cat person, I created a dog-cuddling alternative. Both designs are completely customizable—swap out any of the sayings for something that fits your intended shirt-wearer. I’ve got everything you need to do that: free download file, free font, and full instructions.

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