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Silhouette Studio Tutorial: Watercolor Jack-o-Lanterns

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Design with Me is a new regular feature on Cutting for Business! Each Friday, I’ll bring you a new Silhouette Studio tutorial featuring how to design an SVG.

Let’s talk Halloween! Today, we are going to do a quick tutorial to create watercolor jack-o-lanterns.

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Silhouette Studio Tutorial: Watercolor Jack-o-Lantern Faces

These jack ‘o lanterns are so easy to create. First, you’ll need some watercolor splotches and some jack ‘o lantern faces.

  1. In Silhouette Studio, open your watercolor splotch.
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2. Now, I need to add a stem to turn my splotch into a pumpkin. I’d like these to also look like watercolor, so I’m going to open another splotch from my watercolor pack and use the knife tool to fashion it into a stem.

Pumpkin stems aren’t yellow, so let’s change the color. Since it is an image, we cannot simply change the fill color. Instead, head to ‘Panels’, then ‘Image Effects’. Move the sliders around on the tabs to change the color. (This only works on PNG and JPG files, and it doesn’t work on all images.)

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3. Once you cut a section of the watercolor to use for a stem, copy and paste it onto the mat with your circle watercolor splotch.

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4. Add your jack ‘o lantern face. You can either choose to leave your face black or select the pumpkin and the face, then navigate to ‘Object’, ‘Modify’, and ‘Subtract’ to subtract the face from your pumpkin.

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6. Repeat the process using a different shaped watercolor splotch and a different face.

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7. Repeat the tutorial once more, again use a different watercolor splotch and face.

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8. Copy and paste all the jack ‘o lanterns onto one mat. Add any finishing details like leaves.

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Wondering how I created the leaves? I used the same process as the stem: Navigate to ‘Panels’, ‘Image Effects’, and adjust the sliders until you get green. Then use the knife to cut off a piece to use as a leaf.

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That’s it! Your watercolor jack-o-lanterns are ready to go!

Don’t Forget to Save!

To save your new SVG creation, head to ‘File’, ‘Save As’, ‘Save to Hard Drive’, name the file, then select ‘SVG’ from the dropdown menu.

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Paulette Campbell

Thursday 12th of October 2023

Thank you for doing this new series. I have already learned so much from you. I am 77 and have been using Silhouette for years but obviously not to the full potential that I am finding thru your Tutorials. Learning is so important to us all and I really appreciate these tutorials.

Christine Schinagl, Cutting for Business

Saturday 14th of October 2023

That's so great to hear Paulette! :)