Budget Friendly Hand Drawn Vectors PLUS a Video Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to use hand drawn vectors that you have purchased in your Silhouette Cameo? It’s actually not as difficult as you may think! Learn how with this Budget Friendly Hand Drawn Vectors PLUS a Video Tutorial.

work hard dream big vector

{Work Hard, Dream Big}

I have to admit. I am pretty excited about this post. Why? Well, for starters, I made my first EVER screen recording. Is it perfect? Of course not. However, it’s a start. Gotta begin somewhere, right?

And I figured I might as well start with a topic that I am very familiar with…. you know, like cats.

Hah! I kid, of course. I don’t know anything about cats. Dogs, yes. Ducks, a little bit, but no cats. Anyways, I digress.

How to Use Hand-Drawn Vectors in DIY Crafts

Today I want to introduce you to my newest collection. That gorgeous collection just so happens to be my INSTANT DOWNLOAD budget friendly hand drawn vectors (aka. my own designs for signs and such!). Now, if you’re not familiar with a vector, don’t worry. I’m going to spell this all out for you throughout this post, and I also have a video tutorial to show you how to input any of these files (or similar) into your own Silhouette Cameo.

First things first, here are a few definitions and tips to get you started.

What is a Vector?

VECTOR (or a vector graphic): is basically an image that is created with paths (not pixels, like JPEGS) that can be scaled to a larger scale without losing any of its quality. One of the most common types of vector graphics can be created in Adobe Illustrator. File extension examples: .AI, .EPS, .SVG

Source: Christensson, P. (2006). Vector Graphic Definition. Retrieved 2016, Aug 21, from http://techterms.com

pumpkin fall svg

{Set of Pumpkins}

How to Use Hand-Drawn Vectors on Cutting Machines

Now that you know what a vector is, let’s dig into how to use them on cutting machines like the Cameo and Silhouette.

1.) Turn the Drawing Into A Vector with Adobe Illustrator

The very first step is to turn my hand-drawn art into a vector that I can use in my crafts.

Basically what happens when I design a sign with my own handwriting or drawing is that I turn it into a vector using Adobe Illustrator. ***One of these days I’ll create a video for you on this too! Baby steps. πŸ˜‰

2.) Save the File Into Various Formats

Once my design has been completed I can then save the file into a variety of formats. According to the Silhouette brand in order to open a file with their software, you must use a JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, or TIF file. Unless of course, you have upgraded to their Design Edition then you can use an SVG or PDF file.

Video Tutorial: How to use SVG or JPGs with Cameo Home Projects

In this video, I’m going to show you how to take an SVG and a JPG and open it in your Silhouette Cameo to use it in a home project. Please keep in mind, all of my files are for personal use only unless you purchase a commercial use license (feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this!). So, let’s get started!

Hopefully, this video helps clear up any confusion you might have, but if not, please let me know! I’d be more than happy to assist you along with whatever you’re having problems with.

always kiss me goodnight svg

{Always Kiss Me Goodnight}

More Hand Lettered Files

See you soon, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration throughout the week πŸ™‚

Linda Zahora-Cathcart The Summery Umbrella
Pssttt…. Don’t forget to check out my DIY Signs projects page chocked full of DIY and decorating goodness!

Have you ever wondered how to use hand drawn vectors that you have purchased in your Silhouette Cameo? It's actually not as difficult as you may think!

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  1. Hi LZ! I love your blog, and wanted to drop a comment – thanks for always sharing great ideas and tutorials!

    After you select your item to trace, if you turn OFF your “high pass filter” you can window and level that slide and it will give you a cleaner trace without having to go in and clean up your traced design afterwards. Some designs you can’t get away from cleaning up, but words like this you typical can. Just another fun trick I’ve learned along the way!

    Hope that helps too!

    1. Hi Tabitha! Thank you so much, and you are so sweet to comment! I will definitely have to try this out. I love learning new techniques πŸ™‚

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