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! 🙂
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.
- Silhouette cutting machine
- Silhouette Studio software
- 1×6 board
- Stain or paint
- Black vinyl
- Transfer paper
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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.)
You can find Kim on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Be sure to go show her some love! 🙂