Patio Door Watermelons

Also known as
The Learn-how-to-layer-vinyl, No-more-walking-into-glass-doors,
Window Stickies Project

This project is part of the July Summer Silhouette Challenge.
See the end of the post for links to the rest of the projects in the challenge.Watermelon window clings from whatchaworkinon.com

If you have a sliding glass patio door, chances are, someone at some point has tried to walk through it when it was closed. In the summer it’s easy to do—the light hits it just right so there’s no reflection, you can’t see the glass, and boom…sore nose and other body parts from slamming into the glass, which, if you’re lucky, doesn’t break.

We haven’t had any body slams or sore noses at our house since I placed a row of these watermelon slices at eye level on the sliding glass door. They’re made from window cling material with adhesive vinyl layered on top. Here’s the .studio3 cut file for all four slices, if you’d like to make some, too.

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I cut the green base—the part that touches the window—from Grafix Cling Vinyl. As the name implies, it sticks to glass by clinging to it, no adhesive involved, so I can easily re-position the watermelon row on the glass Window cling vinyl used with free cut file to make watermelon patio door stickies at whatchaworkinon.comdoor—lower when kids are around, higher when it’s just adults. I can also remove the slices in the fall and reuse them next summer (Yay for reusability!). I cut the fruity red and white parts from permanent adhesive vinyl, and the seeds from black Con-Tact paper (because I wanted the seeds to have a matte finish). The adhesive vinyl and Con-Tact paper stick firmly to each other and the window cling material, so no little hands will be taking the slices apart and scattering seeds everywhere. (I learned my lesson from the sesame seed and glitter incidents, oh yes I did.)

My Silhouette Cameo machine is powered by Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software version 3.3.638.

How to line up the layers precisely…

In-progress watermelon window stickies at whatchaworkinon.comWhen you open the file, you’ll notice each slice is grouped with a pair of blue stars. You can use whatever shape you like—some folks like squares or bars or circles—but I find the points of the stars help me be more accurate, so they’re my shape of choice. Whatever shape you choose, this image pair is the key to getting each layer exactly where it belongs on the next layer. I cut a pair of stars with each vinyl layer, then use the stars as registration marks—line up the stars, and the rest of the design will be lined up, too. I love little technique tricks like this. Here’s how it works:

Cutting…

STEP ONE: Choose the slices you want to make and arrange them on the cutting mat in Silhouette Studio. Replicate any slice you want more than one of (Select slice, right-click, and select ‘Duplicate’ from the drop-down menu).

STEP TWO: Cut pieces of adhesive vinyl (one each of black, red, & white) and window cling material (green) large enough for your cut design. I’ll make a single slice here for demonstration purposes, but for a row of slices, cut however many you want at the same time. Arrange them close together and cut each color from a single vinyl piece large enough to cut all of the slices + stars in one pass.Warning ~ whatchaworkinon.com

STEP THREE: Ungroup each of the slices (select slice, right-click, then select ‘Ungroup’ from the drop-down menu).

STEP FOUR: Cut the first layer: I like to work from top to bottom, so for this project, I’ll start with the seeds layer. Open the ‘Cut Settings’ window in the upper right tool bar (A). For each slice, select the seed layer (if this is a layering first for you, it’s easier to go one slice at a time), then select ‘Cut’ (B). Now each of the seeds has a red cut line around it like the stars.Screenshot for watermelon window stickies at whatchaworkinon.comScreenshot2 for watermelon window stickies at whatchaworkinon.com
It’s really important that each layer not shift during the cutting process. If something does shift and stays out of place, the layers won’t line up properly at the end. Having said that, sometimes I”m not sure if I’ve selected the right layer to set to ‘Cut’, so what I do is select what I think is the right layer and move it slightly out of place (see right). Then with the layer still selected, I immediately  click ‘Undo’ (upper left tool bar) to return it to exactly where it was before. If it’s the layer I want, I select ‘Cut’ (B), if it’s the wrong layer, I select another layer to see if it’s the right one, and so on, always clicking ‘Undo’ to return layers where they belong.

Now that the seed layer and stars are selected to ‘Cut’ and the other layers are ‘No Cut’, place the black vinyl on the mat, load it into the cutting machine and cut the seeds.

SETTINGS I USE FOR ADHESIVE VINYL:
In the Cut Settings window in the upper right tool bar:
Cut Mode: Standard, Cut Style: Cut, Material Type: Vinyl, Blade: 2,
Speed 3 (I get into less trouble when I slow things down),
Thickness: 4, (a lower number means less likelihood of the
blade pulling up tiny vinyl bits) and Double Cut box checked.

STEP FIVE: Next, the red layer. In order to cut only the red layer, select the seed layer and set it to ‘No Cut”, then select the red layer (as you did for the seed layer in STEP FOUR) and set it to ‘Cut’. So now only the stars and the red melon are set to ‘Cut’. Load the red vinyl onto the mat and cut.quick tip undo

STEP SIX: Select the red layer and set it to ‘No Cut’. Select the white layer and set it to ‘Cut’. Now only the stars and the white melon are set to ‘Cut’. Load white vinyl onto the mat and cut.

STEP SEVEN: Select the white layer and set it to ‘No Cut’. Select the green layer and set it to ‘Cut’. Now only the stars and the green layer are set to ‘Cut’. Load the green window cling vinyl onto the mat and cut. The window cling vinyl is quite a bit thicker than the adhesive vinyl, so I used the following cut settings:  Material Type: Adhesive Magnet Paper, Blade: 8, Speed 3, Thickness: 10, and the rest as above.

STEP EIGHT: Weed the vinyl, removing the vinyl bits you don’t need. For each slice, you should have four sheets: seeds, red, white, and green that look something like this:Cut and weeded watermelon stickie at whatchaworkinon.com


Layering…a.k.a sticking it all together…

For most vinyl layering projects, you would start with the top layer, apply it to the second layer, apply the first two layers to the third layer, and so on. However, if the top layer consists of tiny pieces, such as the seeds here, they tend to interfere with the application of the rest of the layers and you end up with bumps and bubbles instead of a smooth surface. On my layering projects so far, when the top layer had little bits, I eyeballed the top layer once all the other layers had been assembled. That’s what I recommend here. So, save the seeds ’til last and start with the red layer instead.

STEP ONE: Apply a piece of transfer tape to the red layer, enough to cover both the stars and the melon. Burnish it (a.k.a. rub it really well) with a scraper or squeegee (#1). Peel off the backing. The red vinyl should stick to the transfer tape. Re-attach the backing so that it covers the melon, but not the stars. (#2)In-progress watermelon window stickies from whatchaworkinon.com

STEP TWO: With the backing still on, apply the red stars to the white stars by laying the red stars exactly on top of the white stars. If the stars line up, so will the melon. Take your time.In-progress watermelon window stickies from whatchaworkinon.comBurnish well. Once the red stars are good and stuck to the white stars, peel the backing off the red layer with one hand while the other hand smooths the transfer paper with a scraper. In-progress watermelon window stickies from whatchaworkinon.comBurnish the melon well. Now the red and white melon parts are layered.

STEP THREE: Peel off the backing from the red/white layer and reattach it so it covers the red/white melon but not the stars.video link for watermelon window stickies from whatchaworkinon.com

STEP FOUR: As in STEP TWO, apply the red/white stars to the green stars, lining them up perfectly. Once the stars are good and stuck to each other, peel the backing off the red/white layer with one hand while the other hand smooths the transfer paper with a scraper. Burnish the melon well. The melon is now complete except for the seeds.

STEP FIVE: Slowly peel back the transfer paper, leaving the melon on the backing paper. Don’t wreck the transfer paper. You can reuse it in the next step.In-progress watermelon stickies from whatchaworkinon.comSTEP SIX: Remove the stars from the seed layer and then apply the transfer tape from STEP FIVE onto the seeds. Burnish the seeds well. Remove the seed backing. The seeds should stick to the transfer tape.

STEP SEVEN: Apply the seeds to the red/white/green melon (this is where the eyeballing comes in), and burnish the seeds well before removing the transfer tape. In-progress watermelon window stickies from whatchaworkinon.comAnd ta-da! You have yourself a window stickie that will cling to the window without adhesive:In-progress watermelon window stickies from whatchaworkinon.comWatermelon window clings so you don't walk into closed sliding glass patio doors. Free Silhouette file. ~whatchaworkinon.comWatermelon window stickies so you don't walk into a closed sliding glass door ~ whatchaworkinon.comPlace them at eye level on a sliding glass patio door. No more walking into closed glass doors!


 

Oops…

Oops on the watermelon window clings from whatchaworkinon.comTake your time, don’t rush. I got a little cocky on my last slice and ended up mis-aligning the layers like this (see right). If this happens to you, just take a rotary cutter or sharp pair of scissors and trim a very thin slice across the whole edge. No one will ever know.


 

Looking for more Silhouette projects?

A bunch of us Silhouette folks are sharing summer projects on our blogs today as part of a monthly Silhouette Challenge. Check out the posts below for some super summery Silhouette goodness.

Summer Cards DIY Fringe Beach Cover-Up Summer Burlap Wreath with Chipboard Initial DIY Tribal Summer Love Shirt with Glitter HTV Mason Jar Monogram T-Shirt with Free Cut File Summer Jar Light DIY Painted Anchor Beach Candle Holder Patio Door Watermelons Personalized Shower Caddy How To Tie Dye A Shirt With Spray Tie Dye! Summer Memories Jar FAUX SEA GLASS DECORATIVE JAR Etched Monogrammed Mason Jar Mug DIY Zip Code Pallet Sign

1. Home At Eight // 2. DIY Just Cuz {Sam} // 3. DailyDwelling // 4. Where The Smiles Have Been // 5. My Paper Craze // 6. Get Silvered // 7. DIYJustCuz {Brittany} // 8. Whatcha Workin’ On? // 9. The Stamp Doc // 10. Practically Functional // 11. Simply Kelly Designs // 12. Patina Paradise // 13. Architecture of a Mom // 14. Weekend Craft

Which is YOUR fave?

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12 thoughts on “Patio Door Watermelons

  1. How cute is this! That’s such a smart way to avoid the problem of running into the door! For me, it’s always so humid here there’s no way anyone would ever miss the door since it’s constantly wet, grr!! Pinning – also a really great tutorial on layering :)

    1. Glad you like it, Sam. LOL…I live on the prairies, so we have the opposite problem—it’s SOoooo dry. Would love a bit of your humidity…just a bit. :^)

    1. Thanks, Brittany! At first I was going to layer different colors of window cling, and then I realized that if I used adhesive vinyl for the top layers everything would stay together in slices. It worked really well.

    1. Window clings. I know, right? I hadn’t thought of it either but happened to trip across a package of the window cling vinyl when I was looking for other supplies. I snapped it up…had to try it. This was a great test project…the window cling vinyl is super easy to work with. I’ll definitely do more window projects. Can’t wait for Halloween!

  2. Thanks, Michelle. Layering vinyl *is* easy…give it a try. :^) Thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot to this ‘new kid on the block’!

  3. Hey, Jessi, thanks for stopping by. :^) We have a screen door on the patio door, too, but a certain someone around here has a habit of closing just the glass door, leaving the screen wide open. Walking into a glass door is no fun. A row of these watermelons does the trick!

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