I decided to do a little bit of decorationg for Valentine’s and made this super sweet banner using a silhouette file and Totally smitten by Shawna ans Kristin.

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The print and cut feature is so much fun! Sometimes you end up with it being just a little bit off though. Not by more than a millimeter or even less, but that white edge drives me crazy, so here’s how I deal with it.

I open my file and turn on registration marks.

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I add a small offset. Here I chose 1.5 mm.

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I move the original shape to the side.

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I open the folder with the paper I want to use and drag it onto my surface.

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I resize the paper untill the pattern is the size I want it to be. Send the paper to the back ad place it behind the offset.

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Select both the offset and the paper (holding the SHIFT key). Go to MODIFY and click CROP. Then place the original shape on top of the patterned offset.

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Now I don’t have to worry about having any white edges even if the cut is slightly off. And even if there are a few steps to this, it is super quick to do.

For this banner I decided to add a backing. I just duplicated the banner and, again, added a small offset, to cut in white cardstock.

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I only kept the offset for the backing layer. So one patterned layer, one white backing and a letter was what I cut for each part of the banner.

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If you have the designer edition of Silhouette studio, you can add pattened papers to the pattern folder in your library and access it from there. I don’t have DE, so this is my way around that.