What would changing over to a new year be without looking back to see the best of last year? Here are the top five tutorials and top 5 projects of the year from Whatcha Workin On. Free files galore. Gotta catch ’em all. (apologies to Pokemon…and do my kids think I’m cooler now?) Did you miss any?
This is more of a brain dump than a tutorial, but it’s packed with how-to’s and information so I think that makes it fair game for this list. HTV is one of my favorite materials to work with. Pretty much everything I know about heat transfer vinyl is on this page.
When you can’t find the image you want for your designs, make it! If, like me, you can’t draw to save your life, use the Silhouette Studio tools to alter clipart—remove parts (the rope is gone), add parts (now he’s holding a mango), change the shape of parts (his hand went from ‘waving’ to ‘holding’). Also check out More How to Alter Clipart in Silhouette Studio. And if you’re wondering why I needed a man holding a mango, it was for a Bohemian Rhapsody t-shirt. You know… “I see a little silhouetto of man. On my shirt! On my shirt! And he’s holding a mango.”
This quick and easy method will work for about 90% of what most Silhouette users want to trace. First time. Click, click, boom, done. Just like that.
Didn’t know you could etch tiles? Why, yes, you can. And color them, too. Here’s how.
When your adhesive vinyl design has loopy letters or tiny pieces, regular weeding may pull up bits or shift design pieces on the backing. This method—also known as ‘Reverse Weeding’—preserves the small pieces, keeps everything intact, and makes these kinds of designs much easier to weed. You can also see this method in action on the mermaid in the Personalized Starbucks Travel Mug Project.
I was worried about how well the adhesive vinyl would hold up in a kitchen environment, but these puppies are still going strong after a year.
I posted this project late in the year, so was surprised to see it make the list. Well, in retrospect, I guess I’m not—these socks were all the rage in Silhouette-land and across the interwebz. They TOOK OFF—wow, did they ever—and became “a thing”. I think everyone got a pair of these for Christmas.
This year I added new rings. In addition to COFFEE and NOT COFFEE, the file now also contains LATTE, MOCHA, TEA, and STEAMER. And once you’ve added your own name to a ring, you’ll know how to curve text, or shape it to another shape. Full instructions.
This is the only non-Silhouette project in the bunch, and one of my all-time faves. I had great doubt that the letter would look truly “antique metal” when finished. I was fully prepared to file this project under “Summer Camp Craft Epic Fail”, but it turned out fabulously. Really fabulously. Looks like a million bucks.
With Christmas decorations on their way to the basement, it seems strange to post something Christmassy, but it was in the top 5, so here it is. In addition to the free design files, I have all the info you need to be able to cut cardstock cleanly (if you haven’t heard of this before, it’s worth heading over for that alone, it will revolutionize your cardstock cutting), and there’s a link to a tutorial on how to customize the circle contents to whatever you’d like. One reader emailed me to say she made a bunch with her kids’ names in them. Coolio.
And there ya have it! The most popular tutorials and projects of 2016.
Okay… now bring on 2017!
Happy New Year, everyone!
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