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How to piece SVG cutting files for scrapbooks and crafts

I figured that since we already covered how to load SVG cutting files with Silhouette Studio, that how to piece SVG cutting files should be covered next! This walkthrough is easy to follow as long as you have a basic understanding of your cutting machine already. What are you waiting for? Let’s get crafting!

For this tutorial, we will be using a cute ice cream popsicle SVG as well as a chocolate lover text SVG. I am giving you those files as completely FREE SVG cuts which may be downloaded here or under our FREE SVG page! 🙂

The main thing you are going to need here is your adhesive of choice. I usually change between these three depending on the size and type of SVG cut I am piecing. If you can, get one of each and try them to see which you prefer. I always love to use the glue pen the most due to its versatility and precision!

how to piece svg

Now, to really begin! Load up your file(s) into your cutting software. We are going to use Silhouette Studio for this tutorial. Try to arrange all of the similar colors together for easier cutting.

how to piece svg

Once you are satisfied with the placement, go into your cut settings and prepare your files for cutting! (If you need help with how to prepare your cut, see our previous tutorial on loading svg files with Silhouette Studio.) For our ice cream SVG files, the standard cut will do!

how to piece svg

Now you need to prepare your cutting mat for your machine. It’s much easier and more time efficient to use the grid you see on your screen as a reference for where to put all of your colors of paper. My files ended up taking 3×3 squares once re-sized for each color so I cut and placed my papers accordingly.

how to piece svg

When you are happy with the paper placement and everything on your cutting mat matches that in your cutting program, load it up for cutting!

how to piece svg

Your SVG cutting files should now be cut and ready to go!

how to piece svg

Once the cutting has finished, it’s time to remove all of your cut pieces from the mat. Be sure to remove your SVG pieces carefully and gently to avoid any tearing of the paper! Discard all scraps and make sure you keep your cutting mat clean of any paper when you are finished.

how to piece svg

All of your SVG paper pieces should be completely cut, peeled, and now ready for some stickiness!

how to piece svg

I am going to show you two of the ways for putting your SVG cuts together – with a glue pen and with the double-sided tape roller. The glue pen is great for smaller pieces such as the text. The tape roller works wonderfully on the larger pieces such as the ice cream. Let’s put the ice cream together first! I am going to roll a long strip of the tape along the top side of the bottom-most layer for the ice cream SVG.

how to piece svg

Then, I place the next layer on top of the tape – making sure everything is completely lined up and in order before pressing down on the layers to ensure they are secure. Repeat with the last layer to finish this SVG!

how to piece svg

Lastly, I put together the I Love Chocolate SVG text pieces. To do this, I use the glue pen for easier application. Lightly press and squeeze on the pen at the same time as you roll it across the back or front of your layers. The glue pen gives you a few seconds to get everything aligned before it dries so be sure to use that time to make sure everything looks correct!

how to piece svg

Yay! We’re all finished and our SVG cutting files have become craft paper pieces for your scrapbooks, card making, or anything else you desire! 🙂

how to piece svg

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