How to use the Silhouette PixScan mat to cut out stamps

As well as being a paper cutter I am love to use stamps in my card making and scrapbooking. I’ve always wanted to give the PixScan mat a go on the Silhouette but always felt a bit intimidated by it. The first time I tried to use it, it went really badly so it then sat on the shelf for quite a while until now! I got some beautiful stamp that I just had to give a try so I decided to give it another go 🙂

Materials

Step one

Firstly I used my stamping platform, the stamps and the Versafine onyx black ink to make several sheets of my favourite stamps from the set. I did quite a few as I wanted a lot of options to have a go at and I just wanted a few spare sheets if something went wrong with the cutting.

After I had stamped the images I placed them on the PixScan mat and took a picture of it. Now you need to make sure that your creation is within the solid black line or it wont work. You also have to take a clear picture either from straight down or a slight angle. Download the image onto your computer and save it in a location where you will be able to find it again. To do this I send the image in an email from my phone 🙂

Stage two

Open the Silhouette Studio program and wait for it to load. Once the software had opened click on the ‘PixScan’ button on the right hand menu. This will open a new menu window that has a number of options in it….

PixScan button highlighted on right hand side

The PixScan submenu has a few different options. As I imported a picture onto my computer I now need to upload that picture to the Silhouette Studio software. To do this make sure the ‘camera’ tab is selected and click on ‘Import PixScan image from file’ then navigate to where you saved your photograph and select it. One you have selected it the software will automatically upload it to the design area. When I did this I got a message about a problem with the calibration. I’m not sure what this meant but after thinking about it for a while I decided to ignore it and just give it a go anyway!

PixScan submenu window

Step three

Now that I have the image in Silhouette Studio I wanted to cut out the designs so that there was a slight offset to the cut so each stamp had a 2mm boarder around it. To do this I needed to trace all of the stamps. I did this by opening the trace menu by clicking on the trace icon on the right has side of the screen. On the trace menu select ‘Select trace area’ and draw a  box around the area where your stamps are. Then use the trace settings to highlight the stamp designs (the outlines of the stamps should go yellow). Once you are happy with the trace settings click ‘trace outline’.

Now that you have traced each image you will need to delete any trace errors (anything that has accidently got a cut line round that isn’t actually the outline to an image). One you have done this select your first image and open the ‘offset’ menu on the right hand side of the screen. This will then open a small submenu. I chose an ‘outline’ offset of 0.2cm with a curved corner. Once I was happy with the outline (as shown below) I clicked ‘apply’. Do this to all of the stamps that you would like to cut out.

Offset fish outline stamp

Step four

Once you are happy with your outlines you will need to cut the stamps out. Select the ‘send’ tab to take you the cutting screen. Once you have done this select the cut settings more appropriate for your material. I chose ‘cardstock plane’ and used the default settings for this. Make sure that you have highlighted the lines as cut lines and then ‘send’ to silhouette. The software will automatically find the registration marks on the PixScan mat and it should cut out your design perfectly. I did watch it as it cut out the first stamp just in case it wasn’t quite set up properly!

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