Thursday, 22 June 2017

Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl Cushion

Hello everyone! Marie-Clare here, with a tutorial for a custom cushion using gorgeous Silhouette flocked heat transfer vinyl. It has a gorgeous velvety finish which is very luxurious!

You will need:

Plain cushion cover
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Studio
Flocked heat transfer vinyl
Design ID #116235
Design ID #133409

Step 1

Choose your design and resize it according to your cushion cover's dimensions. I kept it simple with this beautiful stag design, and the Encyclopedia Town font, both from the Silhouette Design Store.

My vinyl was 9in x 11in so I set my page settings appropriately.

Step 2

Mirror your designs so that they will cut properly on the vinyl. With the stag, it doesn't really matter, but with the writing, I need to make sure it will appear the correct way round!

Step 3

Place the flocked heat transfer vinyl onto your mat. You should place it with the shiny plastic coating face down. The light coloured side which is facing you has a layer of adhesive, which is activated by heat, and the plastic coating is a protective transfer material for the heat pressing process. When you cut your design, you should be able to see it the right way round when you remove it from the mat and look at the shiny plastic!

Cut your vinyl using the default settings for Heat Transfer Vinyl, Flocked. I found that these settings were absolutely perfect for the task - a beautiful cut first time.

Step 4

Weed the vinyl, and position on your cushion cover for a guide.

Step 5

Using a hot steam-free iron and pressure, or a heat press if you have one, press the vinyl onto the cushion cover. If any part of your design are exposed to the hot plates after you have pressed them, use your scrap backing plastic to protect them from the heat.

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial - it made a beautiful gift for Papa!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stitched Number Border

Hey Silhouetters! Niki here with you today with a stitched number border. I love how handstitching looks on my layouts and I love that the Silhouette software makes it so easy to set to 'perforate' which then provides me with the perfect stitching template!

I started off by opening a number outline file 'Outline Block Letters', ungrouped and deleted the characters I didn't need.

I then arranged my numbers into the order I wanted, and welded them altogether.

and then in cut settings I selected the shape and clicked on 'perforate' and then sent to Silhouette.

I then set about stitching my numbers in different colours, going from light to dark and then built my layout with the border as the feature.

That number border is really easy to re-create for yourself, using a file that's available in the Design Store! I hope you enjoyed my layout, happy scrapping xx 

Find me on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire

Outline Block Letters - Punctuation Numbers


Monday, 19 June 2017

Homework and Reading Stickers

 Hi! Bev here with a project for some little stickers to help mark in my diary when my daughters reading and homework is due.  I really enjoy creating stickers and as a planner girl I find them so useful for marking things down and also use them for memory keeping.

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

Open up a fresh page in your Silhouette Design Studio and set the page up with registration marks, cut and print lines.
Import the file in from your Silhouette library and ungroup the componants.

Delete all of the elements that you will not use (I kept the pencil and the stack of books).  Using the text tool, select a font and write Homework and Reading.  Resize the wording and pictures and select no cut in the cut settings

Select all parts of the design and press the offset button.  Reduce the distance around the design and group the design together.  Set the outline to cut.

Repeat this with the other icons and replicate on the page so you have multiple stickers filling the sheet.

Draw a rectangle around the designs and change the outline colour to a different colour than the stickers.  This will allow you to use the advanced cut settings and kiss cut the stickers and fully cut the outer box.  This enables you to keep all of your sticker sheets the same size.  I go more into depth on my tutorial here

   Send the design to the printer and cut following the cut settings in the link above.

I can't wait to see what stickers you come up with and I am so happy to share this with you.

Designs Used

First day of school planner set by PPbN Designs - Design ID#149240

Products Used

Light hold cutting mat for Cameo

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Making decoupage from a print and cut file.

 Today's project is making decoupage from a print and cut file but also looking at the trace by color feature in  V4
The file I have chosen is a cheeky Monkey just perfect for a child's card.
 This file is a print and cut file but would lend itself well to decoupage. So the first thing we need to do is decide how many layers we are going to have. I think 5 will be right for this image (however we can add or take away a layer if we like later). Select the Image and resize to suit the card you will be putting you decoupage on. Select the replicate tool and make a copy of the image. The first layer will be all the parts of the image and as a print and cut already have cut lines we don't need to do anything to this layer. Our second layer will be the parts that are closer to us than the base image. With a copy of the image use the "ungroup" tool from the top toolbar and select only the cut line and delete it by clicking on the scissors tool in the top toolbar.
 Open the trace panel and select trace by color. Click on the dropper tool and then click on a section of your image. Use the slider bar "tolerance" to adjust which pieces of the image you wish to leave out of the next layer. I wanted to leave out the green balloon so I clicked on it and it traced just the green balloon. Open the Modify panel and click on the "subtract all" button this will separate the green balloon from the rest if the image.
Here I have moved the image away from the cut lines to give a clear view of how the cut line will look.
Repeat this process until you have no cut lines around areas you don't want to appear in your second layer. Select your new cut lines and the colored image below and group together.

Open the "replacate" window and make a copy of the piece you just created. Using the process above remove further pieces of the image that would be at the back of the image.
continue this process until you have created the number of layers you require. By clicking on the send button you can view your progress as to where your cut lines are situated, clicking on the design button you return to the work area to carry out further editing. Any areas that need editing can be adjusted using the "nodes", You will need to ungroup your cut lines from the image to do this.(remember to group them back when you have finished editing).
Use this method to remove any unwanted cut lines, like the highlights on the balloons.

 open the page setup panel and select  "registration marks" this will place marks on you page that your cutter will use to align your cut marks to the printed image.

Arrange the sections of your design on the page ensuring that none of the images overlap the areas where the registration marks are (Any printed image in these areas will interfere with the laser recognizing the printed page correctly). Send you image to your printer. Carry out a test cut on your chosen media type to ensure you get a clean cut.Place the printed sheet on the carrier sheet and load into the cameo. You can now click on the send to cut.
Remove the waste paper from the sheet and proceed to remove the various parts of your decoupage. Use foam pad or dimensional glue to layer up the pieces.
Try shaping the pieces using a ball tool on the reverse of the image for even more dimension. Glaze can be added to areas like the balloons, eyes and nose.

Design ID #149402
birthday monkey girl holding
by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings