I have a Silhouette Cameo, which I received for Christmas from my Mama and Step Dad 2 years ago. I feel bad about it, because I wanted it so bad, but up until now I have hardly used it. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn’t really have a set space for it, and moving, and pregnancy, and well… I actually do have a LOT of excuses, but I really do feel bad, especially since it’s not the cheapest piece of crafting equipment, and again I REALLY wanted it! I can count exactly how many times I have used it AND tell you the projects I made when I used it…. that’s sad.
I pulled it out a few days ago and decided I was going to make SOMETHING!
I thought for a while and finally decided I was going to make something for my youngest daughter.
This is what I came up with
Not half bad for not much practice on the machine. Haha.
It’s really simple to make.
- Silhouette cutting machine and mat (Check out this one)
- Silhouette Studio Software
- Permanent Vinyl (in your choice of colors)
- Canvas’ ( I used 3, size would depend on you)
- Command Poster or Picture Hanging Strips
To Make it:
- Make your designs in the Silhouette Studio
- I used the Kristen ITC font and sized the letters at 600 pt.
- The butterflies and other design elements were freebies in the library that come with the software. (I’m not that good yet, haha)
- I then fit as much as I could onto the 12×12 space, by rearranging all of the letters and other elements.
- Load your vinyl and send to Silhouette to cut.
- To get the different colored elements you will have to rearrange, reload your different colored vinyl, and resend to cut.
- Weed your designs and figure out how you want to place them on your canvas.
- Transfer to your canvas. You can either just pull them off or you can use transfer paper. I currently don’t have any transfer paper so I just pulled them off, it was a struggle to keep some of the letters from sticking to each other.
- Place Command strips on back and attach to the wall.
There you have it, easy and cute!
You could paint the canvas. I actually thought about this right after I was done, but I decided that I didn’t want the struggle of having to pull everything back off and replace it without transfer paper.
If you don’t have a cutting machine… You could just get some vinyl and letter and cut the designs by hand.
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