I love the look of subway art, and it can be tons of fun to create your own in the Silhouette Studio software because you’re able to use any of the fonts already installed on your computer. It can also be a little time-consuming…so for this quick project I started with a subway art design from the online store and customized it for my own decor with just a few little tweeks.
I wanted to add a couple of Christmas icons to my design, so I started by ungrouping all of the words in the cut file. Then, I ungrouped the letters only in certain words so that I could space them closer together and insert my icons in the empty spaces I created.
To save even more time, I decided to fill most of my shapes with color or patterns and print them rather than cutting and piecing them. I chose a few different red and green hues for several of the words, but used the Fill Pattern Tool to give “mistletoe” a holly pattern and “North Pole” a peppermint stripe pattern. The gift and wreath icons were filled in a similar fashion and I sent my design to the printer making sure to add registration marks so that I could cut my remaining words out later.
I turned off all of the cut lines in my design, then selected only “Merry”, “Christmas”, the tree, and the tiny bell and clicked on “Cut” in the Cut Style Menu.
I wanted these elements to really pop, so after I cut them out of my printed background, I also cut them separately from some foil paper. By layering my cut and printed background onto some scrap paper, I was able to create a smooth inlaid foil design by just adhering these pieces into the proper places.
The result is a piece of subway art that I customized with several of my own touches, but was still able to create quickly by using designs from the online store as a jumping-off point. I hope you enjoyed this project and I’d love to hear your comments!