As mentioned in my previous freebie post ‘Design a Split Patterned Word Using The Slice Tool In Cricut Design Space‘ I have two freebies for you this week. (So head on over to that post and grab your freebie their too)

I am going to show you how to create the same effect as shown in my post mentioned above in Silhouette Studio, this time using the crop tool, and there will be a freebie at the end of this tutorial as well. I’m also going to include the ‘Fish Scale’ pattern shown in this tutorial in this download.

This is the the effect I will be showing you how to create in Silhouette Studio:

Silhouette Studio tutorials

Lets get started……

Open Silhouette Studio as usual.

Silhouette cameo inspiration

Use the ‘Text tool’ to type out the word you want to use for your split design. Change the font type to a ‘Thick’ style font to get the most out of your pattern design. My go to font for this type of design is Arial Black.

Free SVG Tutorials

Right click on your selected word and select the ‘Convert to path’ option.

Free SVG

Also, open the Scallop Pattern included in the freebie download link at the end of this post.

Pattern in to a shape in Silhouette Studio

Click here for a guide on how to open SVG files in Silhouette Studio (this same guide will work for opening DXF files as well) – Go to part 3 of this link for this exercise.

Free svg cutting files

Duplicate your word using the replicate tool. Draw 2 rectangles and, place one of the rectangles to the bottom half of your word and one to the top half. (See my example below:)

4, Draw a rectangle and line, duplicated

Select the top word and rectangle, go to modify, and Crop, do the same for the bottom word.

Pattern in a letter silhouette cameo

Your cropped designs should look something like this: (As you can see my bottom half is at the top and top half is at the bottom, that’s ok, as we will be joining them together)

Silhouette cameo split letters

Select the bottom half of the letters and group them together by right clicking and selecting ‘Group’ follow the same process for the top half of the letters. Move the top half of the letters to sit on top of the bottom half, you may need to zoom in a little to get it lined up.


7, Match them up

Free beach svg cutting file

Position the Fish Scale Background behind the word.

If when you move the background in to position, and it is in front of the word, right click on the background and select the ‘Move to Back’ option.


Pattern into a shape in silhouette studio

Select the bottom half of the letters and the ‘Fish Scale’ background. Click on; Object – Modify – Crop.

How to fill a letter with a pattern in silhouette studioFill an object with a pattern in silhouette studio+

This is what it should look like after cropping. There’s just a few finishing touches and you’re done.

7 After cropping

Delete any small parts of the ‘Scale’ pattern, parts that you think will be too tiny to cut. Then select all of the bottom half of the letters, right click and select group. This is so all the parts of the ‘Fish Scale’ stay together.

5, select and group

Here is the final design. Now you can create an array of beach themed designs, the possibilities are almost endless. You can even use this same concept on a silhouette of a sea creature. How awesome would that be?

fill a letter with a pattern in silhouette studio

Keep scrolling for the freebie link…..

This weeks Free SVG/DXF file is the ‘Life is better by the beach’ design (shown below), I design all my files in Adobe Illustrator where I then convert too SVG and DXF files. In my tutorials I like to show you how you can create similar Designs within the Silhouette Studio software. Files are for personal use only.

Here is the freebie you will receive (Minus the watermark): – The font used in this design is Helena* and is available from The Hungry JPEG* – Best of all it comes complete with a commercial use License.

Free beach svg cutting file

Free SVG cutting files

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope this post has inspired you to experiment with designing in your Silhouette Studio Software. Feel free to share your creations with me on Pinterest,Facebook or Instagram, I’d love to see ?

*This post contains an affiliate link, by clicking and purchasing via this link I receive a small commission. This allows me to continue to offer you Free cutting files as well as bringing you tutorials and other exciting things to do with your Silhouette and Cricut Explore machines.

Happy Crafting

Vicky xx

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