Monday, 23 January 2017

Add Antique Rust Effect to Cut Shapes

Hello,  Janet here with a cool technique for giving your cut cardstock elements a rusted antique look. When you handle the finished items you'll be surprised that they started life as simple cardstock! The finished elements can be used on cards, scrapbook layouts and mixed media projects.

In this tutorial I've cut a set of gears/cogs from Silhouette Adhesive Cardstock and then 'rust-ified' them. The bicycle shown is cut and transformed in the same way.


Black Adhesive Cardstock
Matte Acrylic Gel Medium (e.g. Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
Ground Cinnamon (yes, cinnamon, the spice!)
Downloaded file - Vintage Bike by Jennifer Wambach (#25174)
Downloaded file - Gears by Lori Whitlock (#30449)


Open the file in your Silhouette Studio® software. The adhesive-backed cardstock comes in 12" sheets, so set your mat size to reflect this.

Resize the file by ungrouping it, selecting all the elements and dragging the sizing handle to the centre until the smallest cog is around 1" in size.

Fill the page with cogs (4 of each, plus extras).
This is how I'd go about it :
  1. Select all the cogs and move them to the top left edge of the sheet. 
  2. Using the Replicate click Duplicate Right, Duplicate Below and then Duplicate Left to make four copies.  
  3. Add an extra set below and move the elements in this set around to fit on the mat. 
  4. Duplicate this last set and rotate to fit on as well.  
  5. Make small adjustments to the spacing as necessary.


Using the Tool 1 slot, select the Adhesive-Backed Cardstock setting and the AutoBlade. Click on the media selected and adjust the Blade or Thickness setting if you find that the cut is too deep when you carry out a Test Cut. The settings below show what worked for me (the top picture just shows the software's default settings).

Default Settings for Adhesive-Backed Card

Adjusted Settings for Adhesive-Backed Card


The adhesive card should be placed on the mat with the white backing in contact with the mat and coloured, textured side up.

The ideal cut is one which cuts through the card layer, but not through the backing sheet.


With adhesive card it is quick, easy and clean to stack up the cogs to make dimensional elements. I recommend that they are at least 3 layers thick, but they can be 3, 4 or 5 or a mix of all three for variety.

Just remove the elements from the backing paper and stack matching shapes on top of each other. You can leave them stacked on the mat to protect the self-adhesive surface on the bottom cog.


Now comes the messy bit, so you'll need to protect your work surface.

Apply matte medium to the top surface of each stack of cogs.  I recommend one which dries matte as it gives a more antiqued look than a shiny one. Spread the adhesive out further with your finger if necessary and rough up the texture.  Then sprinkle the cinnamon on top.  Use an old spice container with a shaker top to give a controlled but variable application. Tap off the excess. When dry, seal with the medium if your project will requires it.

Once completely dry your elements are ready to use on a card, scrapbook page or in a mixed-media project.

This technique would be fantastic for keys, padlocks and any cut shape requiring a distressed or antiqued look. For even more dimension you can mix in real rusted metal items. The bicycle includes a metal self-locking washer - can you spot it?

I hope you have fun with this technique for ageing your cut elements. If you try it out we'd love to see your finished projects. Why not share them on the Silhouette UK Facebook page?

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Make your own Post-it® style notes and magnetic holder

Did you know there is special glue available now that never sticks tight i.e. it is repositionable, and remains like that? This means that we can all make Post-it® style notes to our own design! This is such a useful file!

Silhouette CAMEO®
Printed paper
Card stock
Re-positionable glue e.g. Elmer's Craftbond
Glue gun and Repositionable glue stick
Copier paper
Small pen to pop in the side holder
3D Easel sticky note holder with pen Jamie Cripps #63966

Making the holder box

Once you have downloaded the file, open it in your Silhouette software. Ungroup the parts. The large  piece on the left hand side is to make at the easel stand if you want to have the post it notes on your desk, however I deleted it as I wanted to use magnet on the back to hold my box on the fridge for shopping lists. Here is the layout of the remaining pieces I used.

Cut the pieces I have marked as "solid colour" out of plain coloured cardstock. Place some patterned card on your mat and cut out the pieces on the right hand side as marked above.

Fold and glue the box for the note pad and then construct the pen holder. I used glue and a glue gun for this so that they stuck firmly, and quickly. Stick the patterned paper on as decoration.

If wanted, cut a square of magnet paper to attach to the back.

Making the Post-it® style notes

You will be able to make 6 notes from one A4 sheet of paper. Each sheet needs to be a 7.5 x 7.5 cm square. Choose what images you want to print on them from your library. As I wanted to see the images when the note pad was in the holder, I positioned the images at the top of each page. Here is my layout. Using the dachshund file by Nic Squirrell, Off the Cuff by Digital Pink Ink #66663 and sitting dog

Switch on registration marks. Print out on copier paper and place on your mat. Introduce the paper into the Silhouette CAMEO® and cut on the copier paper settings, ensuring your blade is at the correct depth.

Peel off the notes from the carrier mat and apply the repositionable glue liberally to the top edge. Carefully align the top of one sheet to another. Continue doing this until you have approximately 60 sheets all stuck neatly together. 

I made some of these as small Christmas presents, which included myself! I use them every day as shopping lists and have found them incredibly useful.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Viewfinder scrapbook layout


Caroline here again with a scrapbook page for you...

I've had this photo for a while waiting to be documented and I really fancied including a cut file that had a viewfinder image to it; this is the cut file I used...

This cut file came in two pieces but I only needed the one with the holes in it so just deleted the spare bit.

I decided to back all the individual sections with patterned paper, to add lots of interest to the page.

In the centre I put the cute photograph of Freya, how adorable is she!

Then I put dimensional foam on the back of the whole circle and placed it on blue card stock to mimic the colour of the sky.

I added in TONS of embellishments on each of the patterned paper sections and bobs your uncle - it's done.

I love taking a simple cut file and making it the centre of my pages, using it to really focus the eye in on the photograph.

Here are lots of close ups for you...

I really hope you like it and you feel inspired to have a go, this could easily be made as a card too which would be fun!

Thanks for taking the time to read this
'Til next time
C x

Products Used...

Light hold cutting mat for Cameo

Friday, 20 January 2017

Ballerina bag

Hey there, it's Sara. Today I am doing a tutorial for a ballerina gym bag.  On this tutorial I also have brief instructions for how to thicken a font. 
Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

What you need:

Gym bag
Heat transfer vinyl flock
Heat transfer vinyl glitter
Silhouette Cameo/Portrait/Curio
Aubrey font ( ID #122828)


I ungrouped the design and kept the ballerina on the far right, the rest I deleted.

I put the ballerina on the side and started working on the text. 

Once I had the text I wanted, I wanted to make it a bit thicker. 
I added an offset of 0.07 cm. 

And then welded it together. 

Then I added the ballerina and adjusted the size of both designs to how big 
I wanted them on the bag. 

I mirrored the design and split the parts according to their colours.
As this will be cut using the flock heat transfer vinyl, I put the cut settings on Heat transfer vinyl (flocked).

Whats left is to cut the design and heat press it on the bag.

Here's the finished product.