Squeezing in one more Silhouette project before Christmas! Last week I shared three Dungeons & Dragons projects I made for my kidlets. True to form, in the last minutes of available time before holiday guests arrive, I had the idea to create dice bags for a few more gamers in my life. I happened to have a set of little cotton drawstring bags that I’d bought on spec a couple of years ago, so I whipped up these designs and cut them out of regular and metallic (ooh, blingy!) heat transfer vinyl. If you can’t get bags before Christmas, they would also be great resized and applied to t-shirts.
…a quickie Silhouette Christmas decor project with adhesive vinyl.
If you’ve been reading the Whatcha Workin’ On blog for a while, you know how much I love me a good pun. And when it involves Christmas and a mondegreen (fancy word for ‘misheard lyrics’), even better. When I saw the “Deep Pan, Crisp & Even” meme making the rounds on Facebook (a play on the Good King Wenceslas lyrics “deep and crisp and even” referring to the snow), I knew I needed to create a cutting board sign in the style of what the pizza box might look like.
I have a blank glass cutting board in my studio that I use as a work surface when crafting messy things. At Christmas, I scrub the crafting history from the surfaces—gotta love glass—and apply adhesive vinyl in a punny design as part of my kitchen Christmas decor. Wouldn’t this be fun to apply to a plain pizza box to serve pizza over the holidays? LOL…
Somehow, despite not ever having played Dungeons & Dragons myself, all three of my kids ended up being D&D players and dungeon masters. Here are three projects I recently did for them using my Silhouette. You’ll find free cut files below for all of them, in case you want to make shirts, binder decals, door mats etc. for the D&D gamer in your life.
Sometimes you have wall space that needs just a little something extra. That’s where this project comes in—a little design to help balance out an oblong frame above a dresser. Since the dresser is an antique and the frame contains pressed mountain flowers, I thought I’d get all ooh la la and go French with “Mes Fleurs”, which, of course, is “my flowers” in French.
…a temporary adhesive vinyl project
…layered adhesive vinyl on a paper gift bag
Kraft bags. Anyone else in love with them? Such a sweet blank canvas—so versatile. I keep a variety of sizes on hand to use as gift bags. In a few minutes, I can personalize one for a specific person or occasion…or both! Here’s a HAPPY BIRTHDAY design I did recently. Sometimes I add more swirlies, sometimes I swap out the black for white or the turquoise for a different color, and sometimes I swap out the brown bag for a blue, green, or other color (are they still called Kraft bags when they’re not brown???).
This design involves a little layering, but just a little, so if you’ve never layered adhesive vinyl before, this is a great first project to give it a try. The free SVG & Silhouette cutting files are available to download below, and I’ll take you step-by-step through putting it together, so let’s go!
. . . tracing handwriting and applying in heat transfer vinyl
I may have mentioned a few times how much I love personalizing things with my Silhouette. Cutting someone’s words in their own handwriting is about as personalized as it gets. Here’s a project to create a pillow by tracing a handwritten note—or doodle or drawing or whatever—and adding it to a cushion cover in heat transfer vinyl (HTV). These pillows are great smile inducers—just watch as you give one to a grandparent or a kid (especially if it’s the kid’s handwriting or drawing). And if the handwriting is that of someone no longer living, the pillow may become a cherished link to the past.
…and his wife owns a Silhouette.
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…a wall decal in temporary adhesive vinyl.
My studio in the new house has a big empty wall.
I have a Silhouette machine.
And temporary adhesive vinyl.
And a saying I’ve been dying to put up in my creative space somewhere somehow.
Do you see where this is going? Yuppers, I have me a new wall decal. And I couldn’t be more pleased with it.