DIY Chalkboard Wood Sign

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DIY Chalkboard Wood Sign

For this week’s Silhouette Saturday, I’m showing you how easy it is to create professional-looking chalk art. First we’ll make a reusable wood chalkboard sign. I love this because all you have to do it erase the design and change it for the next season/holiday!

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make one:

Start by painting your wood with the Chalkboard Paint. I did two coats, allowing the first to dry before applying the second. Once it’s dry, season the chalkboard surface by rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping it off. I attached a wire hanger to the back of the sign at this point for hanging.

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Next, select your design and open it in the Silhouette Studio software, on a 12×24 page size. I used this Merry & Bright design from the Silhouette Design Store.

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Tape two sheets of scrapbook paper together to form a long 12×24 sheet and place it on your cutting mat (tape on the back side). Cut and weed your design. Lightly spray the back of your stencil and all interior pieces (like letter centers) with the Respositionable Adhesive (I use Krylon Easy-Tack). Allow to dry one minute and then apply to the chalkboard sign.

Tip: I buy packs of cheap scrapbook paper for stenciling off the clearance racks at Hobby Lobby. I usually get a 20 sheet pack for under $5!

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Sharpen your chalk with the pencil sharper and simply begin filling in the stencil, re-sharpening as needed. I used white chalk for the text and green and red chalk for the holly.

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Chalkboard Sign | How to create professional-looking chalk art with the help of your Silhouette. And the sign is re-useable too! bydawnnicole.com

After it’s all filled in carefully remove the stencil so as not to erase any of your artwork! The Silhouette hook is really handy for removing small stencil pieces. Touch up anywhere necessary with the chalk by hand. Then gently blow away excess chalk residue.

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Chalkboard Sign | How to create professional-looking chalk art with the help of your Silhouette. And the sign is re-useable too! bydawnnicole.com

Now just hang and enjoy!

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Chalkboard Sign | How to create professional-looking chalk art with the help of your Silhouette. And the sign is re-useable too! bydawnnicole.com

After Christmas, I’ll erase it and replace with a new design!

 

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3D Deer Head Art

3D Patterned Deer Head Art created with Silhouette CAMEO

 

3D Deer Head Art

Aaaand my deer head obsession continues. I’m over on the Silhouette blog today, showing you how to create this patterned 3D Deer Head Art with Chipboard and Scrapbook paper.

I have it hanging in my craft room and it’s such a fun little addition to my wall!

Pop over to the Silhouette blog to get the full tutorial.

Happy creating!

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DIY Simple Teacher’s Gift

DIY Simple Teacher's Gift

DIY Simple Teacher’s Gift

If it seems like I’m all over the place these days, it’s because I am! In addition to contributing Silhouette projects to the Silhouette blog and printables to Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, I’ll also be sharing one post a month over for Kimber over on The Pinning Mama. I’m so grateful for the chance to work with (and learn from) so these amazing bloggers and companies!

I’m sharing my first post over on The Pinning Mama today, showing you how to use your Silhouette to make these simple and inexpensive customized notebooks for a simple teacher’s gift idea that won’t break the bank. Head over to Kimber’s blog to see the full tutorial and stick around to check out some of her amazing posts!

Happy creating and have a great week!

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DIY Finger Puppets (Silhouette PixScan™ Tutorial)

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Please welcome Gisela! She is incredibly talented and knows her way around the Silhouette for sure. She blogs over at Tasty Happenings. Stay tuned after her post for all the ways you can connect with her!


DIY FINGER PUPPETS (PixScan™ Tutorial)

I am delighted to be guest posting here today! Thank you, Dawn for this opportunity, I’m a huge fan so this means a lot to me! I’ll be sharing how to make these super cute finger puppets, it’s a great way to put your Pixscan™ mat to work and get the kids busy at play. So let’s get to it!

When I first came to know about the Pixscan™ technology I immediately thought – fabric! I have to try and cut fabric with it. So what we do in this specific case can also be applied to cutting things out for appliqués, for instance.

Here is a list of materials I used:

  • about 3/4 yd of fabric and matching thread (details bellow)
  • Silhouette sewable interfacing
  • Pixscan™ mat
  • Silhouette cutting machine
  • Fabric blade
  • Fiber-fill or batting
  • Sewing machine (or you could hand stitch it!)
Let me start be saying a few words on choosing your fabric. Since I am making finger puppets I was careful to choose a motif that wouldn’t be too small, about the size of my finger. The amount of fabric you need really depends on which one you choose. Keep in mind that you will need to have 3 copies of that same element. It’s always better to buy a little extra in case you run into any problems. Also it is desirable for the element to have a mirrored copy somewhere in the pattern.
Now let’s get on with the step-by-step:
  • Cut around the motif giving a good margin. If your motifs are not so spaced out you could even  cut a big swatch and have the Silhouette cut around all of them at once. But this specific fabric had the little astronauts very far apart so I figured this was the best approach. You need 3 motifs and one of them has to be mirrored.
  • Cut a smaller piece of interfacing and iron it to the wrong side of each fabric piece. (The rough side of the interfacing is ironed to the WRONG side of the fabric)
  • Trim the fabric so that it is even with the interfacing
  • Remove the paper backing that comes with the interfacing and place the pieces onto your Pixscan mat (fabric side up)
A little side note here – if this is your first time using the Pixscan™ mat I recommend following Silhouette’s instructions on how to calibrate the camera. The instructions are pretty straight forward, so I won’t go through the whole process here.
  • Soooooo, going forward, take a picture of your mat (making sure that it contains all the registration marks).
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  • Save the picture to your computer, I like to keep it in the desktop so I’ll be sure not to forget where it is!
  • Open Silhouette Studio and click on the PixScan™ icon, then click on “import from file”.
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  • Once it loads it should appear in the work area. If for some reason it does not accept your picture, take another one and try again.
  • Now we need to define the cut lines – that’s right, it doesn’t do that for you! I used the tracing tool to get the outline of the image. Note that after tracing I had to “release the compound path” (right-click the image) and deleted all lines except the outline of the image.
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  • Since we will be stitching we need a seam allowance. I used the offset tool and gave a margin of about 0.4 in.
  • One of our little astronauts is mirrored (remember I said you needed one mirrored copy?). So we need to make sure the cut line is also a mirror copy of the one you just made. To do that click on the replicate icon and mirror. Once it is done you need to place it on top of the astronaut and try to center it as best as you can. Don’t forget to delete your traced cut line, you just want the offset. This is how my final cutting file looks like:
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  • Now we are ready to cut! Adjust the settings to fabric, make sure you switch to a blade that you only use with fabric, and adjust it to the depth which is suggested by the program. Go ahead and cut it! So here ends the PixScan™ part of the tutorial!
  • Now let’s go to the assembly. Find your two mirrored images and put them on top of each other, (interfacing side together). Iron just the seam allowance (this way you won’t need to pin them together when stitching!). Now we will baste this together. I used a different color thread so it will be easier to remove in the end.
  • Next step is fill it up with fiber fill or anything to make it puffy ( I only had batting at hand and it worked!)
  • Stitch a hem at the bottom, by folding the fabric towards the wrong side. Do the same to the your other piece (the one that has interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric).
  • Now pin the puffy Astronaut to the interfaced astronaut (with right sides together)

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  • Stitch away! I used a short stitch length, so it would be easier to do the turns.
  • Now turn it inside out and remove the basting (remember I said to use a different color?). Guess what? We are done!
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Just a reminder do NOT iron! There is interfacing inside that will glue to the puffy side and you won’t be able to wear it on your finger!
My three year old is in love with these little puppets. I will probably be making more of them, but next time I will get a “Curious George” fabric – my son’s favorite! Did you know there is an entire aisle at Joann with licensed cartoons fabric? I never really paid attention, until I was looking for fabric for this project. There are lot’s of possibilities and the PixScan™ mat is really perfect for this sort of project. Thanks for following along and hope this inspires you to create something awesome!

Thanks so much Gisela for such an awesome tutorial for Silhouette Saturday! You can follow along with her for more inspiration on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

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DIY Customized Growth Chart

Please welcome my friend and fellow Silhouette Design Team member, Kim from NewlyWoodwards! I adore this guest post she’s sharing with us today. And she was kind enough to share the free cut file too! :)



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Hi, Dawn Nicole readers! I’m so happy to be a part of Silhouette Saturday. I’m Kim, and I blog at NewlyWoodwards about life renovated. I especially love blogging about renovations, decor, crafts and life. Our most recent renovation is the 320-square-foot barn apartment our family just moved into. I hope you’ll stop over and say hi and check out some of my Silhouette projects. Today, I’m sharing one of my very favorite Silhouette projects – a customized growth chart for baby’s nursery. It’s such a fun gift for new additions – and it’s easy to personalize for taste and decor.

I’m also going to share the steps I took to maximize your vinyl and minimize waste – that means that this project can be done with very little cost in materials.

Supplies needed:

  • Silhouette cutting machine
  • Silhouette Studio software
  • 1×6 board
  • Stain or paint
  • Black vinyl
  • Transfer paper

Directions:

  • To start, you need to choose your board. This example is made using a 1×6 from the lumberyard. You can purchase it in a 6 foot section, or have it cut in the store.
  • After a light sanding, finish the board with paint or stain.
  • Now it’s time to create the hash marks for measurements. The goal here is to minimize measuring after you cut the vinyl, so you’ll use the Silhouette Design software to get those measurements correct.
  • After opening the Silhouette, click “View” and then “Show Grid.” This gives you the opportunity to space the hash marks properly. (Choose your spacing in the grid settings window.)

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  • Next, create two sized rectangles for the hash marks (one for each inch and one for each foot).
  • Now, space the hash marks on the page.
  • Finally, create your numbers and align next to each foot hash mark.
  • To maximize your vinyl, group each foot with hash marks and align them 3 wide on the page.

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  • After cutting the hash marks and numbers on vinyl, slice each foot and attach on the board with transfer tape. (Using a tape measure next to the board will help you get the marks lined up correctly.)
  • Don’t forget the name! Cut that separately to fit between the numbers at the top and apply with transfer tape.

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Don’t want to do all the work? Then you’re in luck! I’m sharing the simple design file for the numbers and hash marks. Just download here and open in Silhouette Design Studio. You can immediately cut it on vinyl (This is spaced for 38 inches of vinyl so you can cut it directly from the roll.)

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You can find Kim on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Be sure to go show her some love! :)

 

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