05-14-2016

Stencils using Silhouette Cameo | Photo Tutorial | Mixed Media Canvas |

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Hello!

I am back with yet another tutorial featuring  Silhouette Cameo. This time I show you how to make your own stencils using vinyl and acetate sheet.

So without further ado, lets get started with the tutorial.

I first started with making a vinyl stencil. Here I am using Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl in the color white.

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While using Vinyl make sure you always choose the option ‘load media’ on the Cameo.

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Buddha Canvas

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I decided to cut out this really pretty pebble background stencil.

I adhered this pebble vinyl stencil on to a canvas,

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Here I am using the Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture paste all over the stencil to create an embossed effect.

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This is how it looks once the stencil is peeled and dried. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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I repeated the steps on an another canvas of the same size and went ahead and painted both of them in a color of my choice. You can see how the dry brush technique gives a really pretty look to the dried texture paste.

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I left the canvas to dry and hopped on to the next step. I cut out a silhouette image of Lord Buddha, using my Silhouette Cameo, onto a really thick cardstock as well as a wood-grain pattern paper.

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I glued them together using a really strong glue and distressed the edges of the cut out image using a Distress ink in the color Vintage Photo

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My next step was to cut out yet another stencil but this time using an acetate sheet. Here I am using Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets.

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Here is a closer look at the shape I chose to cut on the acetate sheet with the help of Cameo

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Here is how it looks when I used it on the pattern paper using the same texture paste. If you are wondering about the color, I just mixed it with some Gold acrylic pain before smearing it through the stencil.

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I cut out a round shape on burlap and painted it gold.

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I also added some fine gold glitter powder in the center of it using Mod Podge. It takes a while to dry.

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Now going back to the cut cut out Lord Buddha image. I backed it with lots and lots of foam tape so it has a bit of a risen effect when stuck on to the canvas.

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Finally, I put them all together for the final look.

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I decided to keep it simple like always.

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Before I end this post I have to say that Silhouette Cameo truly is a versatile product. There are numerous ways you can use it depending on your creativity. It is definitely a must have for any one who loves to craft!

Supplies Used:

Silhouette Cameo

Canvas

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste

Silhouette Premium Adhesive Vinyl 9″ White

Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets

My Mind’s Eye – Miss Caroline – Living Everyday 12×12″ Patterned Paper

Prima Marketing Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique Gold Rush

Burlap Page 100% Jute 12″X12″ – Natural

Mod Podge

Challenges Entered:

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That is all from me for today.

Ciao!

sig

 

03-06-2016

Easy DIY Vellum Flower Party Lights | Tutorial

vellum-party-lights-11I’ve seen some really pretty vellum flower party lights in Gifts and Craft shops here in Dubai and they’ve always caught my fancy. It is only when I made one myself did I realize how easy it was to put one together.

So let us get on with it.!

To begin with, you need some wire lights. I went for these really thin ones I got from a craft shop. you could use any type.vellum-party-lights-2Apart from that you need some Vellum, a ball tool to make flowers, Crop-a-dile and some glue.  That is it!! Can you believe it?

Start off by cutting out some flowers in four different sizes. I used my Silhouette Cameo. You could use flower punches in 4 different sizes or simply cut using scissors.vellum-party-lights-3Use a ball stylus tool to gently mold and form a cup shape to each petal. If you don’t have one, you can use the rounded back of a paintbrush.vellum-party-lights-4Glue them together. I used the Glossy accent so that it dries clear and it does not see though the vellum when lit up.

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Now push the front end of the bulb though the punched hole. In this case, the size of the hole was perfect for bulbs to sit in snugly.vellum-party-lights-6Finish up by covering all the bulbs with the vellum flower.vellum-party-lights-7Voila! You are done! How easy was that?!IMG_0798It looks so pretty even in the daylight that it works as a great home decor accessory.vellum-party-lights-8I urge you to try it out! I am sure you will love it!!

Tell me if you have ever tried one of these yourself. If yes, then I would love it see it. Share it with me on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account.

That is all from me today.

Toodles,

– Shruti

Supplies:

Silhouette Cameo

Wire Lights

Vellum

We are Memory Keeper Crop-a-dile

Ranger Inkessentials – Glossy Accent

Flower making Ball tool

03-26-2015

Copics coloring

It is after 7 whole months that I have logged into my blog!

Ashamed? Naah! Missed blogging? Not really! But what I really missed was showcasing my ‘creativity’ to all you friends out here. I love the comments flowing in my comment box. I look forward to when you appreciate my work or even otherwise. I think it just motivates me to get better with time.

So, what has changed in these seven months?

  • Turned 30! YAY!
  • Discovered a pretty decent cook in me. (Watchout this space as I do plan to share some of my own healthy recipes here!)
  • Traveled
  • Bought some Copics!!!!!
  • Made a couple of new friends.

and last but definitely not the least is that I have got into living a healthier lifestyle and kicked out a good 12 kgs out of my body!!!

Yes, I do have a few more to lose to reach my ideal weight but the fact that I’ve lost so much makes me want to jump up with joy! I feel lighter and healthier from within. Life is good!

Unfortunately, what I have not been successful in is getting Nupie (my husband) motivated to join in with me in the weight loss journey. No amount of motivational testimonials, dietitian advises or emotional torture has made him put his foot in the gym. *sigh* Patience is the key..

As far as my arts and craft go, I honestly haven’t been doing much apart from arranging and reorganizing my little craft room.

I had decided that I would craft a WOW comeback project after the time off. But that did not work out either. Anyway, I leave you with a couple of cards I made while experimenting with my copics. I am still very new with Copics so I am open to any sort of criticism or tips and advises.

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I have used the Negative space technique here. I really liked how it turned out but I think I still have a lot to learn when it comes to Copic markers.

What do you guys think?

Love,

sig

07-22-2014

Silhouette Cameo Premium Vinyl : How-To & Product Review

Good Morning!

I am back with a quick review and an easy tutorial on the Silhouette Premium Vinyl from Silhouette.

Silhouette’s Vinyl comes in two different sizes; Premium (9″ x 10″)and Standard (12″x6″).

It comes in 14 different colors, plus chalkboard, frosted glass, gold and silver. Two of the specialty versions, i.e. frosted glass and chalkboard, come in shorter rolls as compared to the other standard colors. These vinyls are manufactured for indoor and outdoor use and is said to be easily removable from most smooth surfaces, which I found to be true while working with it. I must say it turned out to be extremely easy to work with.

So, Pretty Paper Studio sent me some Frosted Glass Vinyl (which comes in only 9″ width and 4 feet long) to try out and I LOVE it!! Trust me, when I tell you this, that you will never need etching creams once you lay your hands on this particular Vinyl roll. It is just a perfect and a non-messy way to fancy up your glass ware. Plus, if you do end up making an error, you can scrape it a bit and peel it off without ruining your glassware.

So, let us just jump on to our tutorial.

Step 1.

Take a glassware that you want to spruce up. I have here, one of my candle holder from a set of three.

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Step 2. Select a design you want to dress your glassware with. I chose this quatrefoil lattice background from the Silhouette Online Store.

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Step 3: I cut the vinyl at 12″ length to fit my cutting mat.

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Note: You can cut your vinyl directly without placing it on the cutting mat but make sure you press ‘Enter Media’ when you feed your vinyl inside the machine.  I chose to use the mat. Also, you can feed the entire 4 feet vinyl directly into your Cameo without chopping down the size if you plan to make a bigger project. All you need to do is adjust the length and width of your page on the software and continue

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Step 4: Adjust your settings on your Silhouette Studio. This quatrefoil design file comes in two sizes; 12×12″ and 11×8″. I chose the latter and adjusted the size furthermore to fit the size of my vinyl.

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As soon as you select Vinyl under medium, it will automatically adjust the speed to 8 and thickness to 9. This works perfectly for the vinyl I am using here. Now, hit the CUT button.

Step 5. Unload the mat and you will have something that looks like this.

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Step 6: Once you take your Vinyl off the cutting mat, peel off the vinyl that you do not need for your project. I initially wanted only the outline for my project but I later changed and decided to use the shapes instead.

Now, you might need a transfer paper to transfer the image on to your glass but here I just went about individually sticking each shape by hand.

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In the end you will have something like this!

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I went ahead and did the same for all the three candle stand from the set and this is the final product! Honestly, I can’t imagine how lovely these turned out for my first ever Vinyl project. I am sure I will get better as I work with them more.

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 I am loving it!! What do you guys think?

Supplies used:

Love,

Shruti