The first step in this process is going to the Silhouette store and downloading the software they have available on their website. I should note here that I use Windows so that is what I'll be showing. For those that use a Mac I don't think the process is much different. After you download the appropriate free software you then open your free cut file from the Paper Issues store.
When you open the file you will be able to select the portion of the cut file you want. I will be using the birds on the wire as the example in the following steps. So I first selected and deleted the images I didn't want to use.
With the birds on the wire selected I then switch to the fill color option in the program (see highlighted portion of this image). From there, I can select to fill my image with a solid color. I've chosen black as it is much easier with the following steps and importing the image later.
Again (see the highlighted image above) I chose black to make it a single solid color so when I import into another program there is no confusion with my selection.
Now I go to my start menu in Windows and search for "snipping tool". I've used various versions of Windows and all have had this tool. Mac users will have to use an alternative method but it doesn't seem difficult according to this website.
With the snipping tool open I select "new" and a selection box will come up on your screen. Use that to select the image you want to capture and then save that file as a .png format to the file you want to save it to.
With the file now saved as a .png you can now open or import the image into your various cutting programs. I easily imported and traced this image in Make the Cut which I can then cut with another machine such as my Pazzle. If you are using a Cricut, you use that software to import your image to import and trace for a cut. YouTube can help if you need it.
What if you don't have a cutter at all? Well having been there I used to cut a lot of files by hand. While not as quick and not as accurate it is an alternative that is easy to do with this method as well. But instead of filling the entire image black you can simply print the pattern from the Silhouette (without registration marks) onto the paper you want to cut or change the outline color and save as a .png to print from another program.
With your image selected choose the line color tool and change it to the color that is easiest for you to print on your paper. You can easily resize your image and even mirror the image if you want to print on the back of your paper to cut the image. I found that easiest as with my cutting skills or lack there of I could easily hide the ink on the back of the paper.
The mirror tool is great when printing various cut files that require the image to be a certain way front and back. Then you can print from the Silhouette.
Or follow the steps to capture the image and save as a .png and then open in Paint to print or edit as you like.
As you see not having a Silhouette to cut the files from Paper Issues isn't a set back. With a few short steps you can easily use the cut files and enter the challenges and be in the running for the monthly prize (and of course have an awesome LO as well).