As Christmas approaches, I delight in slipping in a few extra decorating touches here and there—quickie projects, thanks to my Silhouette Cameo. Here’s a little collection of ones I did this year….including free cut files so it’ll take you mere minutes to add one to your Christmas decor.
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What you need…
- Temporary adhesive vinyl – I used Christmas red and green
- Permanent glitter adhesive vinyl – I used Avery brand in gold.
- Transfer tape – I used TransferRite Ultra
- Blue painters tape
- Silhouette machine – My Cameo is powered by Silhouette Studio Designer Edition version 3.3.638
- Free download files (above)
#1 – Wall Wishes
The font is Maphylla, a commercial use freebie from thehungryjpeg.com. It’s pretty, but it’s one of those fonts that needs a little work before it’s ready to cut—adjusting the character spacing and editing points to make the letters line up properly with smooth transitions between them, and adding a 0.004 offset to thicken it a bit. But…Merry Christmas to you! …I’ve done all that work for you. The words in the file are all ready to cut.
I must say, after focusing on detailed projects with tiny pieces lately (you remember the kitty pillows, right?), weeding these large scale letters was a treat. Once weeded, apply transfer tape and apply to the wall and burnish (rub) with a scraper as you normally would. Because it was a long, skinny decal, I used the center hinge method to make sure I got it on straight. In this photo, I’ve applied a strip of blue painters tape to the decal+backing+transfer tape where I want it on the wall, ready to cut off the backing on the left side.
#2 – Sparkly Candle Doily
It needed a “doily” of some sort, and yes, definitely a sparkly one to pick up the sparklies in the balls, ribbon, and tablecloth. I have a love/hate relationship with glitter cardstock, though—I love how it looks, but hate the shedding glitter—so I cut the doily from gold glitter adhesive vinyl. Then I got to thinking… the doily can just sit on the candleholder; it doesn’t need to be applied, and if I leave the backing on, I can reuse the doily on a future project, so that’s what I did. I increased my blade depth enough to cut through the vinyl *and* the backing.
I weeded the curly bits carefully so I could use them as adhesive vinyl decorations in another project…perhaps on plain gift wrap or a gift bag. If you start weeding each piece at the bottom of the stem, then if you poke a hole in the vinyl, you can just cut off the messed-up bit and the rest stays in perfect shape. I found using my dental hook weeding tool to help lift the curly bits worked well.
…a commercial use freebie curly from pixelscrapper.com, but with a little tracing and playing with the center rotation and repeat tools, it turned into exactly the doily I needed.
#3 – Mirror “Ho Ho Ho!”
I stuck a bunch of these HO HO HOs in dark green adhesive vinyl to several mirrors. It’s hard to photograph decals on mirrors…can you see the green HO HO HO! against the reflected shower curtain? The letters are 1½” tall.
For this one, I used Gallimaufry as the font (a commercial use freebie from dealjumbo.com). It’s got a bit of a whimsical touch that I like. Interestingly, instead of thickening this font, I “skinnified” it by adding a small internal offset to make it a bit thinner. And again, the version in the file is all done and ready to cut.
#4 – Window Wishes
If you’re ringing my doorbell, this decal will be inches from your nose right above the bouquet of jingle bells hanging on my front door window. Sorry I don’t have a pic of the whole thing. I did try, but if there’s anything worse than photographing mirrors, it’s photographing windows! Ha.
“Merry Christmas’ is about 5” wide to fit nicely between the sash bars. I used Nouradilla, one of my favorite fonts, which is a commercial use freebie from The Artistry and fontbundles.net. I thickened it with a small offset. Be sure to clean the window with rubbing alcohol before applying the decal to remove any dust and grease. And—gasp!— I applied it at -13C. I know, I know, definitely not within the specs, but I’m happy to report it’s good and stuck and after a week or so, shows no signs of coming off.
And there ya have it! Four quickie decor projects you can slip in between the items on your Christmas To Do list. Enjoy!
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More Whatcha Workin’ On Christmas projects to check out:
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