Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Apply HTV to Burlap! PLUS Video

Did you see the video posted a few weeks back on creating a custom burlap bucket bag as a gift?
Burlap Bucket Bag - Craft Chameleon
This is EllyMae with SilhouetteSecrets+ and I'm here today to show you how I created it.
This was created with the Home Sweet Home by Kristen Magee from the Silhouette Design store and black Siser Easyweed vinyl.

Measure the space you want to fill on the outside of your burlap bucket.

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Open the design you have chosen and resize it to fit within the space you have measured. This design is 5.123" x 6.019".

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We are cutting the design from Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) so you want to mirror or flip your image before you cut. With the Silhouette software, right click on the design and choose Flip Horizontally.

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Now to set the Cut settings. In Silhouette Studio, click on the Send tab in the top right corner. Change your Material to Heat Transfer, Smooth.

Adjust your blade depth if using a ratchet or premium blade. Then do a test cut if needed before clicking the 'Send' button at the bottom of the screen.

After it is cut, weed the heat transfer vinyl and apply to the burlap bucket bag. I used a heat press to apply mine as shown in the video.

Fill your bucket with a variety of goodies and you have a New Home, Welcome to the neighborhood or First Time Home Buyer basket.

And of course, after creating one, I just had to keep going. This one was for a baby shower gift for a friend and I filled it with all kinds of items for the new mom and baby.It was created using Fox by Lori Whitlock Design #160774, Monogram Script 2 Flower Circle by Rivka Wilkins Design #82245 and adding text for the name.

What ideas do you have?
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Friday, May 18, 2018

How to Etch an Acrylic Bookmark with your SIlhouette Curio ~ Make a Quick Graduation Gift

Christi Hardin is today's Craft Chameleon guest blogger. She has put together a great blog post for you. ENJOY!

The month of May brings many things to celebrate.  High school and college graduations are in full bloom during this time.  Let’s make something for the graduate that will remind them of their accomplishment as they enter the next phase of their life.   Let’s etch a senior bookmark.


Items listed with an * are clickable links to the products on the website.

Let's start by making a template using Craft Chameleon Tutorial video "Make Your Own Curio Template": Be sure to save your cut file to use with your template.

Build your platen with your mats number 2, 2 and 1 (the sticky grid mat).
When completed, remove one side of the protective film on your acrylic. Then use double sided tape on the back of the bookmark and place it on your template on your Curio.  

Then create your design.  I used these two free (for personal use) variations from the DaFont Collegiate fontCollegiateFLF & CollegiateOutlineFLF to create the design. Center the design in the new template. 

Choose the Send Button. First be sure to turn off the cut lines on the outside of the bookmark from cutting the template.

Next, create a custom setting to etch Acrylic.
Action:  Etch
Tool:  Etching Tool
Speed: 5
Force:  17
Passes:  1
Mats: 5

You are ready to send your design to the Curio!

Add a ribbon and you are finished. What a wonderful and quick gift!

Thank you, Christi! I love this idea and great for those seniors heading off for continuing education! I can see it used as car charm too. 

Plus now that you have your template made the process will be so much faster next time! Easy to crank out teacher or classroom gifts.

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How to etch an acrylic bookmark using a Curio

Sunday, May 13, 2018

New & Free Tutorial for School Days DIY Re-Usable Photo Sign - Beginning or End of School Year

Reversible Last Day / First Day of School
Acrylic Chalkboard

By: Faye Mitchell – Blogger Extraordinaire

Faye is back with a great tutorial on making up our School Days Acrylic Photo Board. These boards are reusable at the beginning and end from year to year.


Items listed with an * are clickable links to the products on the website.
* Acrylic Chalkboard with free cut file
Vinyl Applicator / Squeegee
Transfer Tape
SVG Design Program

After gathering your supplies, open the Cut Design file provided by Craft Chameleon. The link is sent in your order confirmation email.

Make any necessary alterations you want to it.  I changed the name and added an additional design next to the name. I also changed the wording at the bottom of the board. The design file provided by Craft Chameleon is only for the first day of school I did a copy & paste of the design and then changed it to say the Last day of School. 

 Cut and weed your design.  Normally to save on vinyl I would combine the two designs to eliminate waste.

But in this case, I just left them separate and used separate pieces. 

It makes getting the design centered and layered onto the chalkboard easier I think.  If I wasn’t in a hurry and didn’t want to waste viny, I could have combined the designs before  cutting.

Ta-Da!!!! You’re done and have an amazing reusable, reversible chalkboard to use while taking your kiddo’s first and last day of school pictures.

Faye, you are amazing too! Thanks for another great tutorial. To add the date and other information you will need some coordinating paint pens. Then use some alcohol to remove for the next year.

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Acrylic Blank for DIY a reuseable photo board through all the school years

Acrylic blank chalk board tutorial for the end of the year photo board.

Friday, May 11, 2018

DIY Tutorial Curio Etching Metal Bottle Opener Father's Day Gift

Father's day is a month-ish away so this tutorial by Jennifer Childress is the perfect gift for Dad. Crack out your Silhouette Curio and personalize this credit card size stainless steel bottle opener. Read on and enjoy!

As a fairly new Curio user, I know the new terminology can be a bit overwhelming at first! Luckily this is a good beginner project to get you started (and you’ll also end up with a useful Father’s Day gift to pop open those glass bottles)!

*Items listed with an * are clickable links to the products on the website.
* Etching blade - used in the tutorial the Chomas etching tip, Craft Chameleon CB09 with etching tip also works, Chomas Precision Etching tip will also work.
* Stainless Steel Bottle Opener
Transfer Tape
Design of your choice - Font used in this one, SportsWorld link here.

We’ll start by creating a design or using a pre-made one. For this tutorial, I created one using the Sportsworld font and subtracting the “XXL” from an oval shape.

Once your design is created or pulled into Silhouette Studio, make the design a little bigger so you can see what is going on and to get a closer etch pattern fill. When we shrink it back down, we’ll have a really tight etch fill. Select the Emboss/Deboss panel. Make sure your design is selected then select your etch pattern under the Deboss header. I like to use the crosshatch pattern because it works nicely when etching. Once the pattern is selected, you’ll see some lines going through your design, but they’re spaced pretty far apart for etching. 

Change the spacing to 0.005 inches. You should see some really tight lines display on the screen. Once you see this, click Release Emboss. NOW… we’re not done yet. Select your design again, select the crosshatch pattern again, change spacing to 0.005 inches, THEN change your angle to 45 degrees.

You’ll see even more lines in your pattern going in a different direction (this will make the etch more solid). Click Release Emboss, and size your image as needed for your bottle opener. 

When I measured, my etching area was approximately 2.25 tall by 2.125 wide. I added the red square around it so I could see my work area and size my design appropriately. Now we’re ready to change our “Send” settings! Easy peasy, right?

For the Craft Chameleon bottle opener, the following settings worked great:
Material: Metal sheets- Etching
Action: Etch
Tool: Etching Tool
Speed: 3 (if you’re in a hurry, this can be upped a little)
Force: 33
Passes: 2
Platforms: 4 (I’ll explain more about this below)

NOTE: Make sure you delete or mark your square box as “No cut” since this only used for reference.

Now let’s get our machine ready!
How many platforms do we need? Well, let’s measure the thickness of our bottle opener. It is approximately 2 mm. We want the total height to be 6 mm, so we’ll use 4 platforms for this. 

To hold the bottle opener on the sticky mat and to protect the mat from the etching dust, I put a layer of transfer tape on my mat (sticky side up)!

Place your bottle opener on the mat so that it matches the location on your screen. Since these are a pretty basic shape, I didn’t use a plastic template to hold it in place. Make sure you press down pretty hard so it’ll stick good. 

Put your Amy Chomas etching tip in the machine.

Load the mat.
Press SEND in Silhouette Studio and watch the etching begin.

When your etch is complete, there will be some dust on the bottle opener and mat. Run it under some water and gently wipe away the dust. When you’re done, you’ll have a nice Father’s Day gift completely customized for the dad in your life!

Great tutorial Jennifer, thank you for sharing your expertise!

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