How to Make a Circle Monogram Vinyl Decal using the Silhouette {and special Cameo promotion}

How to Make a Circle Monogram Vinyl Decal using the Silhouette {and special Cameo promotion}

Since today kicks off a new Silhouette promotion, I thought I would take a break from the playroom projects and share some details on how to make a simple circle monogram decal.
The Tuesday {ten} post will be coming up this evening.
I love the classic look of any type of monogram – and honestly I don’t think they will ever go out of style in my book. The vinyl monogram I’m sharing today can be made right in the Silhouette Studio software without the need of any additional graphic downloads. Since both the Cameo and the SD use the same free software – this tutorial will work for either machine.

1. Open up a new window
2. Click on View, then Show Grid
This will add grid lines to your work window making it easier to size and align your project.
3. Click on View again, then Show Grid Options.
This will open the grid box on the left hand side of screen. The spacing and divisions can then be adjusted to suit your project. For this project I changed the spacing to .5 inches and the divisions to 2 making the grid a little larger and easier to see.
4. On the right hand side menu click on Draw an Ellipse.
5. Click on the workspace, then hold and drag the mouse to draw a circle – The size of the circle can easily be adjusted by clicking, holding, and dragging the upper right hand corner of the shape.
To ensure a perfect circle, make sure the left hand ruler measurement is exactly the same as the bottom ruler measurement.
6. Once the first circle is sized, highlight the circle by clicking on it, then right click the mouse to bring up the drop down menu.
Select Copy.
7. Right click the mouse on the workspace again and select Paste.
This will paste a copy of the original circle to use for the next layer.
8. Adjust the size of the second circle by clicking, holding, and dragging the upper right hand corner of the shape. {shown with an arrow above}
This circle should be a tad bit smaller than the first.
Position circle 2 inside circle 1.
Again, once the size has been adjusted, be sure the left hand ruler measurement of this circle is exactly the same as the bottom ruler measurement.
To ensure the circles are aligned perfectly, make sure the center mark {the green dot shown above} is lined up on the same grid line as circle 1.
9. Continue to copy and paste another circle – repeating steps 6-8.
This circle should be a tad bit smaller than circle 2.
Position circle 3 inside circle 2.
10. Copy and paste one last circle – repeating steps 6-8.
This circle should be a tad bit smaller than the circle 3.
Position circle 4 inside circle 3.
The size of the circles can be adjusted to fit your desired project. I colored coded the circles above just as an example: The blue circles create the outer ring and the green circles create the inner ring of the monogram.
The monogram created for this project measures just under 8 inches in diameter.
I used the following circle diameter measurements :
Circle 1 – 7.74 inches
Circle 2 – 7 inches
Circle 3 – 6.580 inches
Circle 4 – 6.190 inches
The next step is to add the monogram letter to the center.
11. On the right hand side menu click on Text.
This will open up the Text Style window on the right hand side of the screen.
12. Select the font you would like to use. {remember: with the Silhouette any font you have loaded on your computer can be used in the design software}
13. Click on workspace and type in the monogram letter.
14. Adjust the size of the letter by clicking, holding, and dragging the upper right hand corner. {shown with an arrow above}
To ensure the letter is aligned perfectly, make sure the center mark {the green dot shown above} is lined up on the same grid line used for the circles.
The circle monogram is now ready to be sent to the Silhouette for cutting.
Once cut remove the excess vinyl, leaving only the desired design on the protective backing.
To keep all the vinyl pieces aligned and in place transfer paper is used. It comes on a roll and is available in the Silhouette Shop {along with the vinyl}. Cut a piece of transfer paper large enough to cover the entire design and remove the protective backing. Place the transfer paper directly on top the vinyl and firmly smooth into place.
Remove the backing from the vinyl – leaving the design in tack on the transfer paper – and it is ready to be applied.
Enjoy.
 
This month’s special bundle promotion will be running today through April 30th.
The bundle includes a Silhouette CAMEO, one $25 download card,
a pack of Silhouette Metallic Sketch Pens, and a pack of Silhouette Glitter Sketch Pens
for $269.99.
The special bundle can be found on the Silhouette site {here}
just enter the code ‘dream’ during checkout for the special pricing
                  

Comments

  1. I really like the look of this monogram–I’m trying to think of something I can put one on now! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. This will help us to make new things.

  3. Thank you so much for this very easy to follow, step by step, tutorial. I am still learning both my Cameo and the ins and outs of vinyl and this is the easiest set of instructions. Love the monogram!

  4. What a great detailed tutorial! And like you, I think monograms will be forever classic. :)

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  6. I *think* if you hold down shift while using the ellipse or rectangle tool, it will make a perfect circle and/or square. Love the monogram – very clean cut and classy.

        

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