Being fairly new to having a silhouette cameo myself I decided to work with vinyl this month. I have always admired witty vinyl signs that I have seen on etsy and at the stores. With the holidays approaching a christmas themed sign seemed appropriate to place on my mantle above the stocks that were hung with such care.
I recently purchased a vinyl starter kit from Amazon it is also available on the Silhouette store. The kit comes complete with an instructional DVD, 4 Colors of Vinyl, an idea book, a download card for exclusive vinyl downloads, a vinyl hook and scraper.
The kit was great to get started with although I found the dvd to not be as helpful as youtube and my favorite silhouette bloggers
Now with every project I like to add an upcycled component. I was helping clean my parents office and found this frame that needed a little love but had great potential.
Using Valspar chalkboard paint from Lowes. As you can tell I am not the neatest with the chalkboard paint canister but to be fair I have had it a few months. (Tip that I just learned if your paint is getting hard to close you can store it in mason jars).
This is something I do often turning a frame into a chalkboard. It is relatively inexpensive and it already has a hanging mechanism. All you need is to paint the glass with 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint. In this case since I am applying vinyl to the board and not using it as a traditional chalk board I did not chalk the board.
Tip: If you are using it as a chalk board make sure to use a piece of chalk and turn it on its side and cover the whole board then wipe it clean. This is important because if you do not do this the first time you use your board the chalk will leave a halo on the board.
Elf is one of my all time favorite movies. Those who know me know that I watch Elf year round. When I saw the the Silhouette store had a cut file "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" there was no doubt in my mind that this was perfect for my project.
Make sure to change the cut settings to vinyl and the blade to 2. You do not want a higher setting then 2 because it will cut all the way through the vinyl.
You do not need to use the mat when cutting vinyl but make sure when loading the machine you select load media instead of load mat.
Once the silhouette is done cutting use a ruler or a paper cutter to cut the vinyl and transfer paper to size. Both of these usually come on rolls. You will use the transfer paper later.
Use the hook to separate the vinyl layers. Gently and carefully pull back on the vinyl. I occasionally used scissors to snip the excess vinyl so it would not stick to the vinyl.
Once you pull back the main layer you will notice that there are still pieces of vinyl to be picked off . For instance the center of the "R". Using the hook carefully remove the excess vinyl.
This should be what it looks like when all excess vinyl is removed.
Using the transfer paper we cut to size earlier pull it apart and keep the grid size to lay over the vinyl.
Using the scraper go over the letters. Don't be afraid to push down hard and go over the same area multiple times.
Test one corner by pulling back slowly. If the letters are adhered to the transfer paper start to peal back completely.
Place the transfer paper on your dry chalkboard using the grid line to place it straight. With the scraper go over all of the vinyl letters and don't be afraid to press down hard and go over the area multiple times.
Pull back keeping the transfer paper low and tight.
Ta-da. Now I bought this cut file at the Silhouette store you can purchase it here if you want to do this project on your own. It's relatively inexpensive I purchased it on sale for $0.50.
For the frame I painted 2 coats of Annie Sloane chalk paint in Old White. To make it appear more distressed and shabby chic I used Shabby Paints Espresso Vax.
The Vax is super easy to use just add a small amount to a dry brush blot excess off on a paper towel and lightly brush on to the frame. Since I was working with a wood frame. I lightly sanded the frame for some of the wood to show through. Don't over sand just lightly distress the frame.
This has hands down been one of my favorite projects. Vinyl was so easy to use even for a beginner. Not to mention I listed this on my etsy and it sold within a few hours. I foresee myself making a lot of witty vinyl signs for my shop this winter. Check out WeekendCraft.com for more tutorials!