Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cant Put the Vinyl Down

I continue to enjoy the vinyl process.  I'm afraid soon I'll have vinyl on everything!  Although I enjoy the results very much, the weeding (removing all the tiny unnecessary bits) leaves a lot to be desired.  I soon discovered it's not my favorite part of the process.  Small items really challenge my eyesight and it doesn't help when I choose to work with black....yikes!  Sometimes (almost I have to recruit hubby for this part.  He has lots more patience than I do and his sight is certainly much better than mine.

I spent time trying to come up with a little design for a coffee mug.  The idea of a "prescription" came to mind and after much debating, procrastinating and making it much to do about nothing (which is my MO), I finally cut it out, layered the various colors and applied to the mug.  First take was not pretty...I curved the decal way to wide and had to redo it.  This is my second and final take:

I'm working on a 20oz tumbler as a gift for someone.  This has to be the most challenging to date, for me.  It involves tracing a photo and translating it into vinyl.  I'll share after I give her the gift.

This Saturday is Demo Day at my LSS and I have to prep 100 kits...needless to say, I am still prepping.  I love the card we'll be doing at my table BUT what was I thinking?!!  My Grand Calibur is smokin' and there doesn't appear to be any end in sight yet :(  And I have a quilt that just needs binding calling me upstairs but there it sits until I can finish these kits.  Oh well.  The sooner I get off this computer, the quicker I can finish.

Til next time!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

All Things "V" -- Vinyl and Vellum

I have been having a blast discovering new types of media to cut with my Silhouette.  I have recently discovered the wonderful world of vinyl and although I am a total newbie to this medium, I love it.  I have seen fabulous projects from Wall Art, Subway Art, to tumblers, and beautiful home décor.  The Silhouette Cameo is definitely not just for cutting paper!

I found a really inexpensive cutting board at Wal-Mart for 99 cents for my first attempt at vinyl.  There was a free file on the Facebook group I belong to for a split kitchen utensils pattern.  I have o say, vinyl cuts like butter on my little Sil.  Weeding, which is the process of removing all the little unwanted bits around my design, was definitely time comsuming and patience goes a long way on this  I adhered my vinyl underneath the cutting board so as to be able to see it from the front and thus also making it functional and not just a wall décor.  Air bubbles are the only things one has to be careful of.  It was fun, quick and definitely inspired me to continue my exploration of vinyl.

Below is my finished cutting board:

I also made a home décor piece using a the Regal font (free online) and splitting it to create a space for our last name.  Although not perfect (not aligned straight), I am pleased and with my next one I've figured out how to make sure the image is straight.

Moving on to paper, I recently saw a video demonstrating how to create beautiful butterflies with patterned vellum by "F Fundamentals".  My vellum has a beautiful damask pattern and the finish has a silver color to it.  I used my Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink the back of the vellum.  It was totally random, and looked rather messy but once I flipped the vellum over, it had a beautiful array of color behind the "silvery" damask pattern.  It was really quite pretty!  Im not sure it will show up in my picture below, but hopefully you can see it: