Tuesday, 6 December 2016

String Art Christmas Tree

Hey Silhouette fans, welcome to the 6th Day of Christmas and it's Niki here with a Christmas scrapbook page. One of my favourite things to do is backfill a large shape with lots of different patterned papers. I couldn't find quite what I wanted in the Design Store so set about designing my own cut file. Now, I have to admit that I'm quite lazy when it comes to doing this becuase there are sooooooooooo many designs in the Design Store that usually I figure it's easier to let someone else so the work for me. But I thought I'd give it a go anyway. I don't have the Designer Edition, and I'm not great at desiging my own files in Studio, but I'm pretty good using Microsoft Publisher, so I made myself a black shape in there, fiddled around until I was happy and I was then left with what you see below.

I saved the file as a PNG and then opened it up in Studio. I then treated it like other PNG files and simply traced it to turn it into a cut file. This worked perfectly and  I then cut out my christmas tree. The lines were a little too skinny so I backfilled my shapes using glue rather than raising each shape up on sticky foam pads. I could have re-cut and made the lines fatter using the Offset tool but on this occasion I was happy with a flat Christmas Tree. I used Fancy Pants 'Wish Season' papers to fill the tree and then raised the whole thing up on foam pads and turned it into a layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please feel free to right click and save my Christmas Tree PNG and then trace it yourself to cut out. A little Christmas present from me - Merry Christmas to all xxx


Monday, 5 December 2016

Easy & Colorful Christmas Stocking

Hey there, it's Sara. Today I'll show you how you can use different textures of heat transfer vinyl to decorate a Christmas stocking. On this tutorial I have used flock, Glitter, gold foil and smooth vinyl.

What you need:
Colored flock heat transfer vinyl
Colored glitter heat transfer vinyl
Colored smooth heat transfer vinyl
Gold foil heat transfer vinyl
Plain stocking
Pom pom ribbon
Silhouette Cameo/Portrait/Curio
PEPPERMINT  Design (ID #52688)
LW SPLENDID FONT Font ( ID #70505)

Start with using white smooth heat transfer vinyl or white flock heat transfer vinyl, make a a rectangular to cover the top part of your stocking, where you will have the child's name later on.

Cut and heat press on to your stocking.

Using the LW SPLENDID font, write the child's name. Resize it to fit inside the rectangular shape and in the end mirror the name.

Cut and heat press on top of the white heat transfer vinyl.

Next step will be to decorate the rest of the stocking with the Peppermint shape, create different sizes of it and duplicate it twice, enough to scatter them around your stocking filler.  Cut them in  the different heat transfer material and colors you have.

In the end place them in different places on your stocking filler and heat press them on.

Now you can sew the border of the white vinyl with the pom pom ribbon.
End result, a colorful and unique stocking filler, that both adults and children would love!





Sunday, 4 December 2016

Quick Teacher's Gift - Mini Kilner Jar Tealight Holders

Hello, hello, Karen here with an idea for a quick teacher's gift. I came across these cute little Kilner jars in The Range and I think they were about £1.50 or they may have been less. 

All you have to do for this very quick project is to cut out a silhouette of a town, from either black paper or vinyl and adhere it to your jar.

Step 1 - Cutting the silhouette of the town.

  • Measure the circumference of your jar.  Mine was 8.5 ins.
  • Open your chosen cutting file and duplicate right 
  • Move the two shapes so that they slightly overlap.
  • Ungroup the two designs and weld the two sets of buildings, also remove any elements you don't want before regrouping. 
  • Then resize it so that the width is the same as the circumference of your jar  

  • You are now ready to cut your design from either vinyl or paper.
  • Once cut adhere to your mini-Kilner jar and add some stars with glitter glue.
  • Add a tealight and you have a very quick but very pretty Teacher's gift. 



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Envelope Seals - 3rd Day of Christmas

Hi!, Bev here with another Christmas themed tutorial, personalised envelope seals.  I am one of the few people I know who still send out Christmas cards each year.  I love writing my list every year and sitting down with a Christmas film on and writing messages in each card.  So I thought these envelope seals would be the perfect addition to finish the look.

What you will need:
  • Silhouette Cameo/Portrait 
  • Silhouette White Sticker Paper 
  • Printer 
Step One:

Draw a circle in the studio using the elipse tool.  Keep it perfectly circular by holding the shift key at the same time as drawing.

Import the reindeer image onto the page and using the line and fill colours build up the image. You can choose any colours, I decided to stick with the more traditional colours.

Ensure that  shapes inside the circle are set to 'no cut', as we only want to cut the outside.

Resize to fit comfortably in the centre of your circle.

Next, open the text tool and write your text.  Use a seperate text box to write the sentence 'from the ..... family'.  Niki did a fabulous tutorial on curving text and you can read that here.

Next, copy the image of the reindeer and change the colour of the nose.  Resize and duplicate and pop them either side of your Rudolf.  Replicate your design to fill a full sheet of sticker paper.

Draw a box around your stickers and change the colour to green or another colour different to your red default settings.  This will enable you to use the advanced cut settings box and perform two types of cut.  One to cut through the sticker paper around the outside, and then a kiss cut on the actual stickers themselves.

Step Two

In the advanced cut settings box, choose your material (white sticker paper) and click onto each colour you want to designate a cut setting to.  I chose the cut settings for kiss cut and outline.  The kiss cut setting is Blade 2, Speed 4, and Thickness 7 (although for this particular paper, the thickness worked perfectly at 20) and for the outline Blade 2, Speed 4 and Thickness 30.

Print your sheet off and load it into the Silhouette machine.  Send it to cut and you are done!

I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas make and I loved sharing it with you! I can't wait to see what you create.


Reindeer by Silhouette Design ID #23865
Scotchtape Font

Light hold cutting mat for Cameo