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Back to basics: Print bleed

For today’s post, I’m going back to basics and showing you if you haven’t used it already, how to use the print bleed feature in the most updated version of the software. Now you need to make sure your version of the software is 2.4  – if you don’t have this, you can update here. There are a variety of different features in the new version, and it also depends on what edition of the studio you have – i.e basic, designer, designer plus, business etc. The print bleed feature should be available in the basic edition of the software. If you want to see a comparison of features in each edition of the software, head over here

I have created three different cards with some fantastic designs from the Silhouette Store and used 3 different print bleed settings to show you the difference. The print bleed option is great if you are worried it might cut slightly misaligned. If this happens, you haven’t got to worry around a white offset appearing when it shouldn’t as the print bleed will print colour, further beyond the design. Therefore if it does cut misaligned, the colour of the image will still remain in that cut area and not appear white. This is a great feature if you want to cut lots of coloured die cuts and don’t have many colours of cardstock. Instead, just use the print and cut feature combined with the print bleed like I have today and the possibilities are endless!


Back to basics: print bleed process overview

To save time and a reduced amount of card wasted, use the nesting feature to nest all the design pieces up within the print and cut window (remember to turn this on using the registration marks tab within the page setup window on the right-hand tool bar). 

When nested, all items will be nested up near the top of the page within the print and cut area. However, you may wish to space the design elements out slightly for the ‘print bleed’ area.

To do this, change the padding value within the nesting window. After pressing the ‘Nest’ button once more, the designs will have shift again proving slightly more space between the design elements.

To add the print bleed, you need to open up the Page Setup window. Down the bottom of the window, there is the option to select ‘Print bleed’. Here you can adjust the amount of bleed – the default setting is 0.050 inch. 

For the florals above I used 0.020inc. When applying this, it does not alter the images within the studio – i.e it does not add the print bleed in the window for you to see. 

Following the print, you may not notice much difference for this print bleed as it is very small. 

 As you can see, once cut there is a print bleed, albeit thin in case of any misalignment.

Following the print, you may not notice much difference for this print bleed as it is very small. 

 As you can see, once cut there is a print bleed, albeit thin in case of any misalignment.

* for more screen shots and to see the difference in print bleeds, check out the post over on the Silhouette UK blog for the 2 other cards. (Link at the end of the post)

Back to basics: print bleed - Assembling the card

To assemble the dinosaur card, I used ink blending brush to apply yellow ink (Lemoncello and Shea Butter)  to a background. Following this, I added splatters of the ink watered down for some added interest to the background.  The elements were foam mounted onto the card and some blue bakers twine added to the top of the card, to make the ‘Party’ banner. 

For the floral card, I ink blended through a striped stencil (Bellini and Tutti Frutti inks). You can see how this stencil was made on the Silhouette Cameo, in this post here.  The floral elements were foam mounted onto the card and the leaves were adhered using liquid adhesive.  A layered die cut and heat embossed sentiment was added to the card, and it was finished off with a selection of sequins.

For the unicorn card, pink ink (It’s a girl and Party Dress) was applied to the background with ink blending brushes and the items were layered onto the card with foam pads for added dimension along with a heat embossed sentiment.  For some added sparkle, glitter was added to the horn of the unicorn and the blue flower using a Wink of Stella brush. Lastly, the card was finished off with a selection of sequins. 


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wHERE YOU’LL FIND Full details on how I made this card AND LINKS TO SUPPLIES

Supplies sent to me as part of my various Design teams creative work:
  • Opaque Bright white embossing powder – WOW! Embossing Powder
  • Clear Ultra Slow Drying embossing pad – WOW! Embossing Powder
  • Silhouette Pick up tool
Supplies purchased at my own expense:
  • Card stock
  • Lemoncello ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Shea Butter ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • It’s a girl – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Party Dress ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Bellini ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Tutti Frutti  ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Make-up blending brushes
  • Sequins

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This post was produced as part of my design team work for Silhouette UK have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Silhouette UK to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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