Thursday, March 26, 2015

Umbrella Mobile

Umbrella Mobile by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette 

Here's a cute fabric and paper mobile I created to celebrate spring! This is my 51st and final project for the Silhouette America design team. After two terms, I'm taking a break. (But you'll still find plenty of Silhouette inspiration and instruction here on my blog.)

You can read all of the details here on the Silhouette America blog, along with more photos and links to all the shapes.  If there's an interest, I'll post a full tutorial here on my blog.

In case you've missed any, you can find links to all of my 51 Silhouette design-team projects on my Silhouette profile page (possibly for a limited time--this page may disappear once the new creative team begins).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Big, Deep Breath.

I did it. I submitted my last scheduled design-team post to Silhouette last night. 51 projects in 18 months. And that was right after 2 1/2 years of design-team work and teaching Silhouette classes for a local scrapbook store.  Nearly four years of creative deadlines, and it was great! But I'm ready for a temporary break.

I've got big plans for my own blog with a new website. I still have plenty of my own projects to share, and it's time to get serious about teaching my own Silhouette lessons again. I'm excited for what's ahead, and I hope you'll stick with me as I see where this journey takes me!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Multi-Color Heat Transfer Tutorial

I meant to share a more detailed tutorial on this multi-color, flocked heat-transfer project that was featured as a design-team post in February. My, how time flies!

You can read the condensed post on the Silhouette Blog, but I had to keep it short there. Here are more details to explain the template I created and how I worked with multiple colors.  You can find this word-art cutting file by Kolette Hall in the Silhouette design store {here}.

Silhouette’s heat transfer comes on its own transfer-tape backing, so normally you just reverse the design in Studio, feed it into your machine with the shiny-side down, cut it, weed it, then iron it onto your fabric. The trick with this project was lining up multiple colors and cutting large phrases to fit a 16” x 20” art board. I decided to use extra transfer tape to hold the weeded pieces all in position relative to each other.

First, I printed a full-size template on printer paper. Since I don’t have a printer that prints 16” x 20”, I printed it in four pieces and taped it together. Here’s how:

1- Be sure to set your lines to “Print lines of selected shapes” in Studio (Line Style Window). You can also thicken up the lines to about 0.5 or more so they print darker (also in the Line Style Window). This is assuming you use no fill color.

Print Lines of Selected Shapes

2- Draw a background with your Rectangle Drawing Tool that is representative of the art board (16” w x 20” h). Group the full word-art design with that rectangle so it stays centered.

3- Set your Page Size (Design Page Settings Window) to Letter (or whatever size you are printing on).

4- Use your tools in the Move Window to line up your different segments to print, one page at a time. Make the upper left corner go to 0”, 0” and print. (In Move Corner To, type X=0”, Y=0”, Apply.)

After printing, make the lower left corner match the lower left corner of your page. For letter-size paper, type X=0”, Y=-9”, and print. Tip: You can always drag your design to approximately the right spot, then adjust your input numbers to be exactly what you want (e.g. change 0.094 to 0.0 and change -9.654 to -9.0).

For the third template section type X=-7.5”, Y=0” in Move Corner To, then print.

The final template section should be X=-7.5”, Y=-9.0” for letter-size paper.

Move tool

With those four printouts, line up the overlapping areas and tape it all together (it’s helpful to use sunlit window or a lightbox to see the lines through the paper). You now have a template for your multiple pieces of heat transfer material.

Tape printed template

Now for cutting the heat transfer.

I filled the different words/phrases in Studio with color to represent the color of flocked heat transfer I wanted to use (grey, black, blue).  Separate your colored words into groups for cutting. Make sure the line thickness is back to 0.0 (Line Style Window) and make sure you’re cutting the mirror image of the words.

You’ll cut them with your Silhouette machine (all the blue together, then the grey together, then the black), then trim them apart with scissors and weed the excess material away before lining up on your template. You don’t want any layers of transfer material (or the backing) to overlap, so trim closely to the words where necessary.

Line up the transfer material onto your printed template.  (The word "important" overlaps another word on the design, so I just saved it to iron in place after all the other words were done.)

Position weeded & trimmed heat-transfer pieces

Because my design was so big, I used a large piece of regular vinyl transfer tape (12”) to pick up all the pieces together. I started by sticking the opaque transfer tape directly to the paper template below the words, then carefully pushed it down a little at a time to stick to the heat transfer pieces, being very careful not to shift them.

Transfer tape on heat transfer pieces

Once all the pieces were stuck to the transfer tape, I flipped it over and peeled the paper template away from the transfer tape and heat-transfer pieces. Once the paper was out of the way, I placed the design on the center of my fabric-covered 16” x 20” board.

Remove transfer tape from paper template

I ironed directly onto the opaque transfer tape (you could also put a thin piece of fabric down to iron on top of). The directions for flocked heat transfer material say 45-60 seconds. That seems like a long time, but it really is necessary to heat through and get the transfer material to stick. I go over every area for about 30 seconds at a time, then go over it all again another 30 seconds.

When the heat transfer material starts to stick, you can peel away the opaque paper transfer tape and continue heating and re-heating specific areas that aren’t yet sticking. Eventually, every word will stick to your fabric and you can peel away all the clear transfer backing. All done!

Life is Like a Camera wall decor by Kelly Wayment

This really is a beautiful piece. The texture of the flocked vinyl is so luxurious! Photos can't quite do it justice, but here's a closeup anyway.

Flocked Heat Transfer Material Detail 2

I hope this tutorial helps alleviate any concerns of tackling a large-scale project like this. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Spring" Shamrock Arrangement

Spring Shamrock Arrangement by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette 

I'm spotlighting the free design of the week on the Silhouette America blog today with this cute shamrock arrangement.  I made my own springy stems with floral wire and used gold glitter heat transfer material for some accents.  You can read all of the details over on the Silhouette blog {here}.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Girls Camp Pillow Treats: Candy Tubes

These are some of the "pillow treats" I made for our LDS Young Women's girls camp last summer that I never got around to sharing.  I have a couple more to share with you soon.

Candy tubes with tags

I found the quote by President Thomas S. Monson on Pinterest and just designed my own version of it as a print & cut tag in Silhouette Studio, with an offset cut from black pattern paper. I cut both layers of the tag with my Silhouette CAMEO.

I used a bunch of floss colors in the tags to tie the colors of the YW values and the rainbow candies together.

Candy tubes with quote

Here's a closer look at the quote on a single candy tube. (I used 1" x 8" seal-able plastic sleeves and filled them with Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper candies.)

Candy tube with tag

It says, "You have a heritage ~ Honor it. You will meet temptation ~ Withstand it. You know the truth ~ Live it. You possess a testimony ~ Share it.  ~Pres. Monson"

And I don't know what it is about me, but I just have to line up colors in rainbow order whenever I can. I alternated the starting color in each candy tube, so they made nifty diagonal stripes when all lined up like this. I just had to take a picture of them in this arrangement. It just makes me happy. :)

Rainbow Candy Tubes lined up

Monday, March 2, 2015

Springtime Branches

Cherry blossoms by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette 

Here's a fun project to bring springtime into your home. A few simple paper blossoms added to real branches are a nice eye-catching display.  My family all did a double-take and had to check this out more closely to see if they were real!

All of the details (including a tutorial) are over on the Silhouette America blog {here}.

Friday, February 27, 2015

You Put the Happily in My Ever After

You Put the Happily in My Ever After | Card by Kelly Wayment 

I made this card for my hubby for Valentine's Day this year and then forgot to share it! I love how this 5" x 7" card turned out. The phrase is from one of my favorite word-art designers, Kolette Hall, and you can find it as design ID #54422 in the Silhouette design store or included in an SVG set here.

This is a layered phrase, so you can cut the whole phrase at once from one color, or you can cut selected parts. I cut the whole phrase out of silver printable foil, then just the word "happily" with printable gold foil to place perfectly on top of the silver layer.

Because of the printable coating on the foil, I didn't want to use any kind of transfer tape that might pull off the thin top layer.  Instead, I cut the phrase again out of a piece of scrap paper that I laid down on my card temporarily to help me position my foil letters.  The foil is quite thick, so it holds its shape while moving the pieces around. (In contrast to vinyl, which goes all floppy if you try to move a whole welded word without transfer tape.)  The foil is self adhesive, so it's just like working with firm foil stickers.

Happily in My Ever After Card | detail

The foil cuts so beautifully, so even my tiny little word "the" was cut perfectly.  I added a rhinestone to dot the "i" and included this tiny little envelope with a heart cutout to hold it closed.  (There's even a tiny little letter inside.)

I hope you enjoyed this card!