My First Time Using the Silhouette Cutter

Paint, Reclaimed, Silhouette, Spray Paint

Over the past month, I have written about projects (Wedding Anniversary ArtLittle Red Wagon QuoteFence Headboards) created using my Silhouette Cameo, but it dawned on me that I never showed you my first projects. My mom has a Cameo and is able to make stunningly intricate greeting cards and she got Rae hooked on doing the same. I researched the product and learned about all the possibilities, besides cutting cardstock, and I was sold.

I cut a word!

I cut a word!

From reading the Silhouette website and looking on Pinterest, I knew that I wanted to cut vinyl to add a new element to my rustic and refined design. Knowing what I wanted to cut was great, but I had to learn how to do it. Silhouette School was a lifesaver. I downloaded a new font and reduced the character spacing so the letters were touching as if it was truly written in cursive. I played around some more and in the end, I was able to cut and weed (the process of removing the unwanted vinyl) the word “love” as one piece. A permanent vinyl sticker of the word “love” is cute, but it needed a home.

Cabinet door from Habitat Restore

Cabinet door from Habitat Restore

On my first trip to the Habitat Restore, I purchased old small cabinet doors. The trim of the doors added character to the projects as opposed to using plain pine boards and I refuse to paint the black walnut or old barn wood in my garage.

Base layer of paying with vinyl

Base layer of paying with vinyl

I filled the holes from the old handles and applied a base coat of blue spray paint. Once the paint was dry, I stuck “love” right over the blue paint. I then painted the entire piece with gray paint. Once the gray paint was dry, I carefully removed the “love” sticker revealing the blue base color.

Love all around

Love all around

My first Silhouette project was small and simple. I had nothing to lose so I went for it. I learned from the first project and built up my confidence to tackle more projects with vinyl. To date, the most challenging, and rewarding, project has been the Paisley Stenciled Tables.


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