How to Layer Vinyl and Another Easy Vinyl Tutorial

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Silhouette Vinyl Tutorial

We are going to knock out a few basics today and do two easy tutorials that involve working with vinyl.   I am working with two of Kolette Hall’s shapes from the Silhouette online store- Today is a Great Day for Living and Today is a Great Day for Laughing.

2 shapes in one Silhouette FileAfter you purchase the shape and open it up in your Silhouette software, you will notice that 2 shapes come in each quote file.   This is so helpful! One shape is all in one piece, or fully merged.  The other shape can be ungrouped into pieces so that you can layer different colors of vinyl or use only specific pieces of the quote (like I did in this teacher appreciation cookie gift).   We are going to do a tutorial using both ways.  First is the easiest way, using the grouped vinyl shape.

Today is a great day Vinyl Quote

All you need to do is just feed the vinyl directly into your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait without a mat.  Cut out the shape using the vinyl setting.

Easy Grouped Vinyl Tutorial

Once the shape has been cut out, weed out the negative space and discard.  Use a piece of transfer paper and place the sticky side down onto the vinyl.  Rub the transfer paper onto the vinyl and then pull up the transfer paper, vinyl quote and all.  Place the vinyl onto your surface of choice and rub the transfer paper again to get the vinyl to adhere to the surface.  I put the vinyl quote onto a small canvas.  Carefully pull off the transfer paper so that only the vinyl quote remains.   Easy grouped vinyl quote done.

Vinyl Tutorial Silhouette Cameo

Next up, how to layer different colors of vinyl.   This process is more involved and can be a little tricky, depending on the surface that your vinyl is going on.

How to Layer Vinyl Silhouette CAMEO

So first  we want to get to the shape that can be ungrouped for layering.   Right now both shapes are combined together so we need to ungroup them into two separate shapes.

ungroup and delete shape_vinyl tutorialClick on the shapes and then click ungroup.  Click on the shape that you want to delete and delete it.

Ungroup to individual pieces

Now you have the shape you want to use but you need to ungroup that one as well.  I was planning on using 3 different colors of vinyl and so I needed my shape grouped into 3 groups.

Adjust Cut Settings

Now we need to cut out each individual word or phrase in the color of vinyl that we want to use.  Go into the cut settings tab and cut each piece out individually.  Make sure that the pieces that you don’t want to cut have been selected and the “No Cut” option has been chosen.

Layered Vinyl Tutorial_silhouette CAMEO

Weed out each shape or phrase.  Now you need to think in terms of the layering.  What pieces will be in the back and what pieces will need to go on top of other pieces.  Start with the pieces that will be in the back first.  In my case it is the “Today is a for” part. Using transfer paper I adhered the first phrase onto my canvas.  Do the next piece that will be behind another piece and then do the front piece last.  Be careful to not let your vinyl touch the other vinyl before you are sure where you are putting it.  Vinyl can easily break when you accidentally adhere it to another piece of vinyl and then have to try and take it off.  In my case above, I added the “laughing” part second and then the “Great Day” part last.

Layering Different Colored Vinyl Tutorial

I love these two phrases by Kolette Hall.  Both of them remind me to slow down and enjoy the life I have been given.  You can purchase them from the Silhouette Online Store:

Today is a Great Day for Living- Layered Phrase by Kolette Hall

Today is a Great Day for Laughing- Layered Phrase by Kolette Hall

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String Art using a Silhouette Rhinestone Template & Silhouette Promotion

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String Art from Silhouette Rhinestone Template

I know full well that Summer time is making its way out of town and back to school is in full blogger swing.  I do have thoughts of back to school in the inner cobwebs of my mind but right now, Summer is all I can think of.  You see, my kids haven’t had the Summer I was hoping they would have.  Things got put on hold about 2 months ago when my husband hurt his back.  Things progressively got worse and worse and what in the world is going on, someone please help us worse.  Things culminated with me crying in the neurosurgeons office after a week of trying to get surgery scheduled with little luck and so I drove to the office myself, updated MRI’s in hand and met with the surgeon without an appointment.  From there we went to the ER and had the surgery that afternoon.  We are finally on the up & up here but alas, we are facing only 4 more weeks of Summer before school starts.  That means we needed to pack a bunch of things from our Bucket List into the last few dwindling weeks of Summer time.

Instax Poloroid Picture Bucket List

To make things more fun I made a Bucket list patterned after one I saw from Nicole on the Silhouette Blog.  I used the Christmas advent calendar and cut out some paper tabs.  I clipped the tabs on the advent calendar.  Each time we do something off our bucket list, we take a picture of it with my Instax camera and clip it up on our Bucket List Board.

Summer Bucket List Decor

I also needed a little something extra to add a fun decoration to our Summer Bucket List display.  I turned to an unlikely source as a template for my Summer String Art.  My Silhouette CAMEO’s rhinestone setting!

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You can give any shape or text a rhinestone effect using the Rhinestones setting in the Design Edition of the Silhouette Studio software.  I started with the word SUMMER that you see above and turned it into a rhinestone template.   I thought that the template would be a great guide for making some string art.  Some things that I considered when making the rhinestone template for string art was that I wanted the holes to be as big as possible and I wanted them to be spaced far enough apart.

string art template using Silhouette rhinestone feature

Highlight your shape and then:

1. Under the Rhinestones setting, check the Edge effect.

2. Adjust the rhinestone size to 20ss

3. Increase the rhinestone spacing

string art template tutorial

Now that you designed your string art template, cut it out on cardstock paper.  Get some nails, wood, string and tape.  Tape the paper template onto the piece of wood.  Hammer in a nail wherever there is a hole in the template.  Brace yourself for A LOT of hammering.  Maybe even do yourself a favor and don’t choose such a long word.  My stubbornness got me through all the hammering and then I pulled my template off.  It caught in some places but for the most part was easy to remove.  Now tie your string onto the start of your first letter and start winding it around the nails.  I went over each part of each letter multiple times.  Tie off your string at the end of each letter and start afresh with the next letter.

DIY Word String ArtDoesn’t that look snazzy!

I am hoping that by the end of the Summer, we will have a whole bunch of pictures and tabs that they will practically make themselves into a fun book to remember.  We will have a summer yet!

I really love my Designer Edition Silhouette software! Not only can it do rhinestones, but it can do a bunch of other things:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

I actually bought mine almost solely for the enhanced eraser function (which I love) but I am extremely happy with the other things it can do, especially the Rhinestone settings.

Peter Pan Jewel Collar Tutorial_wm

I used the rhinestone settings as is when I made my daughter a sparkly peter pan collar shirt.

DIY Summer Reading Bookmarks

I also used the rhinestone setting when I made these hand stitched bookmarks for kids.

Now is a FABULOUS time to get the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software because Silhouette is offering it at 40% off!! Score!! I bought it at full price and I still think it was worth what I paid for it!


If you don’t have a Silhouette yet, there is a promotion going on from July 22nd-July 31st

You get:

CAMEO bundle
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover
Portrait bundle
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover

Just visit the Silhouette promo page and use the code LUSTER at check out!

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Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion

Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion_freezer paper

I am incorporating the Silhouette challenge for this month into my Wardrobe Refashion and Revamp which sadly has been dragging on for almost a year now.  The challenge  was to use your favorite things to make something with the Silhouette.  While I wouldn’t say that freezer paper is my favorite thing, refashioning clothes is.  The Silhouette offers many ways to help refashion clothes.   I have used the Silhouette brand stencil vinyl with fabric paint, stencil material, heat transfer, fabric interfacing and rhinestones.   Then there are things like freezer paper and fabric pens that you can still use with your Silhouette but aren’t made specifically for it.   Whatever material you choose to use, the Silhouette is a great refashioning resource.

GQ Geometric Shirt Refashion

If you remember from my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion, I take an inspiration piece and refashion something from my wardrobe to be like it.  The inspiration piece this time was actually a men’s shirt from GQ.   The things I liked about it were its geometric simple shape and the two contrasting colors.   You can see from the pic above that I didn’t go exactly the same direction as my inspiration piece.  Well actually I did make a shirt that was much similar to the inspiration piece but it had a little malfunction.



I started by using two rectangle pieces of flocked vinyl.  It was looking really good until I accidentally spilled water on the yellow flocked vinyl. Did that water just stain the vinyl? I tried washing the shirt but the spot wouldn’t come out.  Maybe I could peel off the yellow vinyl.  I am pretty stubborn so I tried and tried.  I googled it and people recommended using nail polish remover or  heat.  Neither   really worked.  I pulled a lot off by sheer force but it went from looking like a lamp to a Halloween scary face shirt.  Definitely a #craftfail.  As much as it pained me, I had to give up on the shirt refashion.

I may have given up on that shirt but I was not giving up on my wardrobe refashion and revamp.  I decided to try and again but this time instead  of using heat transfer I would go with fabric paint.  I even took it farther and changed the geometric shape from a rectangle to a pentagon.  I used the pentagon from the Geometric Prisms.  I still went with the two different colors but instead of doing white and orange, I did white and linen.  With all these changes it is a far cry from the inspiration piece but no matter, I love it all the same.

Cutting Freezer Paper with the Silhouette CAMEO

I opened up the pentagon prism in my Silhouette CAMEO software and sized it appropriately.  I put a large box around the pentagon. I put my freezer paper on my mat with the shiny side down and then adjusted the cut settings to a speed of 3, thickness of ten and a blade depth of 3.    The shiny side of the freezer paper is the side that will be touching the garment.  Keep this in mind if the shape you are cutting needs to be mirrored a certain way.

Freezer Paper Stencil Shirt Refashion Tutorial

I began by ironing on the box containing the empty pentagon, shiny side down.  I used the actual prism shape as a guide so that I knew where to place the little triangle pieces.  I used my iron tip to iron the pieces inside the guide (shiny side down too) taking care not to iron the guide itself.  When the individual pieces were all in place  I removed my guide and went over everything one more time.  Once everything looked like it had adhered well I got out my fabric paint and began.  I painted the top half of the pentagon white and the bottom half the linen color.  Once the paint had dried I removed it.  After 24 hours I heat set the shape onto my shirt. I did this by using a thin piece of cotton and laying it over the shape and then ironing it for about 3 minutes.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt_Silhouette

Did I get a little bleed through? Sure I did which can happen with freezer paper.  Does it bother me? Nah.  Well at least not enough to make this shirt a third time!

wardrobe Refashion tutorials

My Wardrobe Refashion and Revamp is getting closer than it has ever been.  Only 3 more to go and one of them will definitely be refashioned with the help of my Silhouette CAMEO.   Want to check out some of the other ones? You can get all the links on THIS post.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

A Gift for the Bride-to-Be Silhouette Challenge: My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Keepsake Box Printable Tattoos for Crafters & DIYers Super Hero Backpacks Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion Instagram Paper Album Reasons I Love Daddy Ctrl Alt Del Pillows Outside Decor: DIY Pallet Board Sign Yo-Ho It's a Pirate Party How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Combining My Favorite Things, Baking and Crafting - July Silhouette Challenge Pride & Prejudice Subway Style Art Favorite Silhouette Challenge Just umm, Let it Go Temporary My Little Pony Tattoos Mike Holmes Baby Onesie Monogram It: A Memo Board Makeover Super Room Redo The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial Summertime Toes Crafty Girls Hair Accessories Holder Watercolor Wall Art Ice Cream Cone T-Shirt Sun Fun Shirt Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition Serving Tray Upcycle Making Custom Rhinestone Designs Etched Glass Coasters Church Nursery Wall Quote

1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds

In This House We Do Family Wood Sign Tutorial

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In This House We Do Wood Sign Tutorial

Have you seen those wood signs around that have fun quotes or sayings? I have seen them online, in stores and in peoples homes.  They are a fun statement piece and I have always wanted one.  One of the problems I have found as I DIY more and more things is that I have a hard time buying something that I just know I could make.   [Read more…]

DIY Arrow Stenciled Curtains and a Silhouette Promotion!

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DIY Paint Stenciled Arrow CurtainsI have had this DIY project on my to-do list for a looooong time now.  The curtains in my son’s room were grey, dull and dreary.  I wanted to put a pattern on them but the problem was that I didn’t have or know of what materials to use to make it.    Then Silhouette came out with the stencil material and I thought it would be the perfect thing to use.  The stencil material has a sticky side which makes it a great choice for  stenciling on fabric. [Read more…]