Ursula says…

Help, welding issue

So I am trying to build my own poloroid style frame with a word welded to it. I get everything placed how I want it and when I try to weld it, the interior frame and the word disappears. does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?



  1. Ursula
    Ursula says…

    So I am trying to build my own poloroid style frame with a word welded to it. I get everything placed how I want it and when I try to weld it, the interior frame and the word disappears. does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

  2. HollyH
    HollyH says…

    Are you holding CTRL while you select all the letters and the frame? that should help you select multiple items and then be able to weld it. HTH!

  3. julieweis
    julieweis says…

    wish i could help, ursula, but my digital skills = zero.

  4. Ursula
    Ursula says…

    It's not having trouble selecting them all, it's just that it deletes everything in the middle. I tried a couple other configurations and also found that if I put the word on the outside of the frame (instead of on the inside where it was) it deletes the insides of the letters (making it look like'blackout' font). There must be some trick but I can't figure out what it is

  5. Tinkerbeth
    Tinkerbeth says…

    Ursula, where is the word? Is it down under the frame, or is it inside of the frame? Is the word and interior frame one continuous line? If so, have you tried creating the inner frame/word first, and then creating the outside frame? You probably have, but I just thought I'd ask.

  6. dianem2
    dianem2 says…

    I'm watching this thread closely. I've tried in the to weld a word to the side of a shape as in a bookend thingy and that's exactly what happens to me too.

  7. Ursula
    Ursula says…

    Yes Beth, I did try that, it did the same thing. :(

  8. my3gyrlz
    my3gyrlz says…

    Ursula I am a newbie to the silhouette and I'm not sure this will work... but try the following:

    1. Try welding the word together before adding it to the Polaroid Frame
    2. Now move the welded word in place on the Polaroid Frame
    3. Select all items and then group them

    This is the only way I could get the words or images not to disappear into the frame. I don't have time to try and cut it now. Please let us know if it works.

  9. Ursula
    Ursula says…

    I found the answer via the Yahoo Silhouette Group. Here is a video tutorial that explains it


  10. clippergirl
    clippergirl says…

    Thanks Ursula, that video is fantastic! i tried it out and works beautifully!

  11. my3gyrlz
    my3gyrlz says…

    Thanks Ursula - That's a great tutorial

  12. NicoleH
    NicoleH says…

    glad you figured it out, because i wasn't sure how i was going to explain how i made mine lol!!

  13. Ursula
    Ursula says…

    I'm glad it'll help everyone. I don't want to tell you how much time I wasted trying to figure it out myself. I keep expecting the software to be similar to PS, but it's not.

    I actually ended up making my frames in PS before I got the answer because I was so frustrated with it. But I'm glad that now I can do it right inside Silhouette software.

    Here's another video that is a little shorter that shows the same thing but I think the method may be slightly different. http://www.screenr.com/xOIs

  14. clippergirl
    clippergirl says…

    Thanks again...another fabulous and easy tutorial!

  15. erinm
    erinm says…

    love the tutorials you linked! I'm definitely a Silhouette novice & need all the help I can get!!!

  16. dianem2
    dianem2 says…

    Great, thanks Ursula.

  17. Ursula
    Ursula says…

    I highly recommend the Yahoo Silhouette Users group if you have questions. tons of knowledgeable people over there. The group isn't terribly easy to navigate but the info is priceless. Lots of very experienced users. Here is the link, hope it's ok to share this


  18. stinkydudette (Gold Rewards Subscriber)
    stinkydudette says…

    Thanks, Ursula!!

  19. pgaray
    pgaray says…

    Thanks so much Ursula! When I was first using SCAL with my Cricut, the Yahoo Users' Group was an invaluable source of info! I just joined the Sil group, so off to learn!
    Patty G. in NJ

  20. elisa
    elisa says…

    Thanks Ursula, i did have a similar problem sometime ago - bookmarking it for later.

  21. JulieCampbell (Gold Rewards Subscriber)
    JulieCampbell says…

    Ahh! Thank you! I can't believe how simple that is! I've been trying to do the same thing & have been doing it the hard way. (breaking paths, erasing parts, etc.)

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