Here’s a super quick way to make a personalized gift tag with the recipients name. They’ll definitely be no confusion about who the pressie is for with these tags!
In Silhouette Studio, write the name of your “giftee” (Is that even a word?) in a solid style of font. I like Franklin Gothic Heavy.
I’m using John here: Type it out in lower case or upper case, or a combo of both. Here they are:
Now position the letters so that they slightly overlap each other. There’s two ways to accomplish this: you could use the the character spacing slider in the Text Style Menu to move the letters, but my preference is to ungroup the name, then use the arrows on my keyboard to nudge the individual letters so that they overlap just a smidge.
Select all the letters in each name, right click and select Weld.
Hmmm, they don’t look quite right yet. To fix it visually, use the “Draw a Rectangle” tool to….draw a rectangle! LOL
A really skinny one that can be positioned at the intersection of each adjoining letters where a visual separation is needed (between h & n in this example) Make sure it is slightly smaller in height than the letters, the letters still need to be joined at the top and bottom.
Then select the name, right click and select “Make a Compound path”.
Resize as desired. At this point, I like to fill each word with colour – this helps me visualize how it may look when cut from cardstock. You may notice the top one in the pic below, that I welded an additional little rectangle to join the dot to the letter j.
Which one do you like best? I used the bottom one. Here it is in action….
Here’s more examples of different names typed out. Sometimes, a name may not need any addition rectangle spaces. The name Gordon just welded together beautifully with no additional work required.
If using as a Gift tag, add a circle (to cut a small hole) close to the the edge of the name to thread cord or ribbon through.
Alternatively, skip the hole and cut the name from vinyl/contact to attach to your package. You could also fill the design with a pattern or colour and convert the file to a print or cut. Lots of options – have fun experimenting with different styles and fonts and materials.
Here’s another tag I made to decorate a present recently. Made from Silver adhesive book covering material with a cardstock offset. I popped the name on the card envelope too.
Pin this as a reminder for later 🙂