Hand Painted Signs with Silhouette Cameo and a Few Tips
Who doesn’t love a few tips? Especially when it comes to working with a Silhouette Cameo. Disclaimer. This is NOT a sponsored post for Silhouette. Just my two cents about what has helped me figure out the foreign language of the uber fascinating Silhouette Cameo. This Chalkboard Menu made from an old Cabinet Door was one of my first “Successful” projects with the Silhouette Cameo. Not bad! I will definitely be using this stencil again and again.
If you are like me, you can’t get enough of hand painted signs. Just about every day I see a new sign I love. They fill decorators catalogues, Flea Market Magazines, and just about every casual Home and Decor Magazine/ezine you can find now.
If you own a Silhouette Cameo, and it was HARD to figure out at first.
photo courtesy of google images
YOU are not ALONE! The main reason I wanted to use a Silhouette was to make my own stencils to make Hand Painted Signs. This was where the problems seriously began.
I couldn’t seem to figure out the darn software, how to import to their library, what settings to use, what medium to use, on and on until I just gave up and let it sit in a corner in my office collecting dust. Then along came a certain blogger, whose name shall be withheld due to her request for privacy…but she knows who she is. My redeeming angel! She let me call her and walked me through some of the tough points. From this point on, the cobwebs began to clear and I began to reach higher for more beautiful
Tip #1 This is the most important tip of all. You will forget what worked on a certain cut and will have to reinvent the wheel if you don’t keep notes on what settings you used. POST IT NOTES, on the inside cover of your Silhouette machine. Like Cheat Sheets! These changed my life. SIGNS, you need the little signs for yourself inside the cover!
Tip #2 Make sure you have your cutting medium, vinyl, card stock, vellum, whatever in between these two plastic rollers, with equal parts of the medium firmly under those rollers. If it is not attached, your cutting sheet will slip and slide all over the place and you will waste a bunch of medium/vinyl and patience. I know I did! You will not be making very nice looking Hand Painted Signs with your Silhouette Cameo if you don’t get this step straight.
Tip #3 I like to import images. I can’t be bothered to look through the images Silhouette offers or pay form some more. You need to import it the Silhouette library. When you have the image you like in your library, click on the image and it will take you back to the cutting sheet.
VERY IMPORTANT PART. When you input it onto the cutting screen, you have to choose the TRACE setting first.
This is where the Silhouette Cameo is a little bit of a genius. It will read the outline of your image, and without much work from you, read where to cut. I can’t tell you how many times I forgot to do this TRACE, then wonder why the heck the medium was running through and no cutting was going on.
I made this Hand Painted Coca Cola Sign with just a stencil I made with my Silhouette Cameo!
Tip #4 Go to Youtube. There are tons of fabulous tutorials on how to do all kinds of things. If you are a visual learner, this is especially helpful. Also, Angie at Knick of Time Interiors is a whiz at her Silhouette and has some great tutorials on her site.
If you want more inspiration, check out Karin Chudy’s Art is Beauty. She is not only a very talented furniture artist, but she is the queen of original stencils she cuts on her Silhouette Cameo.
This concludes my Hand Painted Signs with Silhouette Cameo and a Few Tips. I hope you feel like this post was worth your time. If not, don’t complain to me.
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PS If you want to know what kind of paint I use for ALL my DIY projects, check out DIY Paint from Debi’s Design Diary.
It’s 100% Natural Clay Based Paint (like a chalk paint, but the color is so much richer because of the mostly clay base). You can buy it online HERE or check HERE for your closest retailer.