I love using my Silhouette Cameo to create fun backgrounds for my pages. Full background cut files are popular right now, but I wanted to show you how super simple it is to create your own custom background or grouping of elements from a single shape using the Replicate tool in the Silhouette Studio software!
To start, select the shape you want to create a grouping or background of. I’m using a star from Studio Calico’s The Underground Forest Digital Stamp set, but any shape will work. Select the entire shape and resize it by holding down the shift key and dragging the corner in with your cursor. Now that you’ve got it the size you want, open up the Replicate window at the top right (it’s the one that looks almost like flower petals).
You can do so many fun things in the Replicate window, but for this tutorial I’m just going to show you how to create a grouping of elements that are perfectly spaced. When you have the shape selected, click on the Row of Four button in the menu on the right. It automatically creates a row of four perfectly spaced stars! Cool, huh?!
Now, hit that same button again…now you have eight perfectly spaced stars in a row. Now, we want to create more rows, so drag your cursor over all of the stars to select the group…
With the entire row of stars selected, now click on the Column of Three button. Voila! Now you have three rows of perfectly spaced stars….
Once you have the number of rows and columns that you want, you can drag your cursor over all of the stars to select them and move them around the where you want them to cut on your page…
Now you’re ready to cut it out and use it for your project! I used mine here backed with some papers from the Pine Hill add-on. I love this technique…I hope you’ll give it a try!