The Photo Booth Project #1
So…I’ve been razzing my super-crafty sister about why she doesn’t have a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine yet. Of all the people I know, she’s the one who most ought to have one. I send her cards and vinyl and pictures of projects I’ve made, and I go on and on about it when talking to her.
During our last conversation, when she mentioned she was planning a movie themed 11th birthday party for my niece, I opened my big mouth and said, “Oh!, Oh! You should have a photo booth!” She loved the idea. “And…” I said in a sing-songy voice, pushing things, “…if you had a Silhouette, you could cut all kinds of cool photo booth props.” From there the conversation took a bit of a turn and somehow I ended up agreeing to make photo booth props for the upcoming festivities. (I’ve included some free cut files below)
Here’s a photo tour of what I created, all ready to be attached to holding sticks.
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First up, the birthday girl made a special request for some Batman props.
The yellow & black logo is cut from colored cardstock and layered yellow on black (see below for the free cut file).
The black masks are all made by applying matte vinyl (Oracal 631 equivalent) to cereal box cardboard and then cutting them out. This is a great way to use up any low quality vinyl you may have. Play with the cut settings to find what works for you; I used the “chipboard” material setting, Blade 9 or 10, and Speed 1. For Robin’s mask I used nifty textured car vinyl, which, by the way, is wonderful to work with, and looks pretty darn cool layered on top of the plain vinyl “Robin hair”.
Download the free .studio3 Batman cut file HERE.
Personal use only.
Download the free .studio3 Quotation Bubbles cut file HERE.
Personal use only.
Create your own text bubbles by resizing the blank bubble and layering a text box on top. I used white fill and and no line colour on the text.
For the rest of the props I used files others had created. There are lots and lots of cut files available to download for free—or little money! Do a Google Images search on “free photo booth props” and you’ll be swimming in them. I also traced a few public domain clip art images. Here are links to some of the free prop files I used:
There’s that textured car vinyl again on the gold swirly glasses and red glasses. The black props and pink Kanye glasses were cut from Avery adhesive vinyl applied to cereal box cardboard.
While I was pleased to get a glittery effect from the adhesive vinyl (Kanye glasses), what I *really* wanted was the super glittery look of glitter heat transfer vinyl (HTV). But applying HTV to cardboard? Would it work? I hadn’t come across anyone doing that on any of the blogs I’d read. After a little experimenting, I went to town…HTV glitter on glasses and bow ties and hats and lips and, and, and. It looks pretty cool in the photos, but it looks amazing in person. Woohoo! I applied Siser easyweed glitter HTV to cereal box cardboard first, then cut.
A mix of Oracal 651 permanent vinyl (shiny, shiny, lip gloss!), Avery glitter adhesive vinyl and Siser glitter HTV, all applied to cereal box cardboard and then cut. I glued a piece of printer paper to the back of the cut-out lips to make teeth.
Mustaches and beard…
I print & cut the brown mustaches and the beard. They look a much deeper brown in person. The black mustaches are cut from matte vinyl on cereal box cardboard.
The crowns were cut from Avery adhesive glitter vinyl applied to cardstock and reinforced with cereal box cardboard on the back (I was running low on cereal box cardboard, so had to settle for reinforcing with it rather than cutting from it). I took my hole punch to the cut remnants and used some of the tiny discarded cut pieces from the other props to add some glittery bling.
The pink hat and the bowler flowers were print & cut. The flower images were downloaded free from pixelscrapper.com.
The super sparkly gold and red glitter is Siser glitter heat transfer vinyl over cardstock (love that sparklesparkle), the grey textured hat is cut from pre-printed cardstock, and the other hats are cut from cereal cardboard covered in matte adhesive vinyl. The silver heart ribbon is Avery adhesive glitter vinyl again. Recognize the star on the top hat? (Hint: glasses)
I print & cut the quote bubbles and reinforced them on the back with ovals of cereal box cardboard.
My sister was thrilled, my niece can’t wait until she and her friends can ham it up in the photo booth, and I have a whole bunch of cut files all ready to go for my own photo booth some day! Oh, and of course, I will share the files with my sister when she gets her own Silhouette machine. She will get one. Resistance is futile.
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