After last year’s ho hum Halloween, I’m feelin’ the vibe this year. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that this will be our first Halloween in the new house and I not only have a front porch, but a front door mostly made of glass (can you say ‘blank canvas’?). So, with ideas swirling in my head, I’ve been on the hunt for super-fab Halloween fonts. And, yowza, yowza, did I ever find them.
Step-by-step, design your own pumpkin—or a whole family of them!—for fall projects, and then follow along to turn them into Jack O’Lanterns for Halloween decor.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Silhouette Studio design tools, this is a great project to start with to see how they work. I’ve broken the process down into easy steps and included lots of pictures. When you’re finished, you’ll have a pumpkin you created yourself, and some Silhouette design skills tucked into your belt that you can use to design future projects of the non-pumpkin type.
…a temporary adhesive vinyl project
…how to break apart clipart and put it back in the shape you want.
If you’ve been a Whatcha Workin’ On? reader for a while, you know that my partner in (craft and decorating) crime Laura and I have been working together to create gallery walls—a wall of Vs for her and a wall of Bs for me. Today’s project is a plain white canvas V to which we applied vine-y HTV. (Scroll to the end of this post for links to other Vs we’ve made).
…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!
…a heat transfer vinyl project.
We were invited to a toddler’s birthday party on the weekend. It was sure to be a fun time—all ages gathered to visit and laugh and partake in teddy bear cookies (hey, they were covered in Belgian chocolate, y’all). I was excited—not just for the chocolate, LOL—but because it meant I could make something “toddler”, which I don’t get to do very often. As usual, I have free SVG & Silhouette cutting files below for you to download and full instructions in case you’d like to make one for the toddler in your life.
. . . 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.
…a heat transfer vinyl project.
I made this pillow for our lakeside living room, but it would be just as at home in a bedroom or on the deck. It also makes a fabulous hostess gift if you’ve been invited to stay at a friend’s cabin/cottage/house at the lake. Let me tell ya, extra cushions (especially ones that can double as bed pillows when the sleeping bags come out), are always welcome at the lake. And if they’re cute and funny and start a conversation, all the better.
…and his wife owns a Silhouette.
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