You are here: Home » Blog » Tutorials » Silhouette Tutorial

Silhouette Tutorial

Today I want to tell you about one of my recent craft projects using the Silhouette Cameo: Etching Glass.

I have a couple of everyday use glasses that we all love using, but over time (and since they were not expensive glasses) they lost some of their shine and acquired spots and streaks because of glass corrosion. Since I have been wanting to try my hand at glass etching for quite some time I figured this would be a great project to “save” my glasses.

 

Supplies needed:

  • glasses to etch
  • vinyl to cut the stencils from
  • erasable marker and a ruler
  • glass etching cream
  • a paintbrush
  • gloves and goggles
  • window cleaner and a cloth
  • a stainless steal sink or an old plastic bowl for rinsing

First I created my stencils in Silhouette Studio. After opening a new document I changed the page settings to 8 in width in the page setting window because this was the width of the vinyl I was going to use for my stencils (you might have to click twice on the icon to get to the menu you want to see).

First I added couple of straight long cutting lines across the width of the vinyl to get some strips to use as borders for the designs. Holding the shift key while drawing the line does ensure it will be straight, using the replicate window to copy the first line makes quick work of getting as many as needed.

These lines are about .5 in wide to give them a comfortable size to avoid etching cream spills on the border.

My next set of lines was smaller (about .25 in wide), these were the stripes I wanted to have on my glasses later, since these can overlap at the end, I didn’t bother with making them the correct width.

Then I added another set of lines, using some of my craft cutting lines, to get something with a little more movement. Since these cutting lines are designed to be continuous I didn’t have to worry about the repeat. Resizing them according to the circumference of my glasses would make sure I had the correct repeat. (adding a cutting rectangle around them helped to peel them off more easily)Here’s a look at the set I created:

 

While the Cameo was cutting them I grabbed my glasses, an erasable marker and a ruler to draw some guiding lines to help me get the patterns straight (I’m hopeless with doing something straight without measurements, lol).

And here’s a look at the glasses with the vinyl attached – it is important to make sure the vinyl is applied without any air bubbles or folds – else the etching cream will creep underneath the vinyl and you won’t have any crisp edges.

Before starting with the etching cream I grabbed the window cleaner and a cloth and removed the marks that were not covered by vinyl and all fingerprints in the areas that were supposed to be etched. Then I put on my gloves (really important when working with etching cream) and started smothering away.

Unfortunately I cannot show you a picture of those glasses covered with etching cream – because I forgot to take one. Duh. But I have one from two other glasses I did, testing a circle pattern, let me show you that one – in hindsight I should have applied a little more of the etching cream to get a more even result (but I only had a very small jar of that stuff and a lot of plans for using it, lol – it’s not that easy to get your hands on it over here…)

After the waiting period I put the gloves back on and rinsed the cream of in my kitchen sink. Then I let the glasses dry (the etched parts are lighter when wet and darker when dry) and checked to make sure all areas that were supposed to be etched looked satiny before taking off the vinyl and rinsing them again.

Here they are now – much better than before, I think. (um.. as you can see I was in a little bit of a hurry when taking these pictures, so the glasses were not completely dry and thus a little spotty looking :blush:, but I think you get the picture, lol)

The sad part is, that I don’t have a freebie for you today – I created this project in Silhouette Studio and as you probably know, Silhouette does not allow sharing .studio files, neither for free nor for sale (and there is no option to save in another file format). But you might want to go to my post about scalloped notecards and pick up the craft scissor cut line freebie there, if you did not do so yet. ;)

As soon as I can get my hands on more of that etching cream I will have some more fun with this – there are so many things coming to my mind: vases with flower swirls, glasses with lemon slices, silhouettes, names, sayings – and all my spice jars will have etched labels! Finally the labeling will not fall victim to the dishwasher anymore, yay! :D

4 comments ... Join the conversation!

Hi all,

today I have a 3-in-1 post for you: I want to show you how to dress up home-made gifts with the help of your Silhouette Cameo – plus a little tutorial on how to create a scalloped circle with Silhouette Studio thrown into the mix. And I will reveal my recipe for homemade Vanilla Sirup. Oh, and a little freebie is in the mix, as well. :D

Materials needed:

Scrapbooking papers in coordinated colors and patterns.

About 4 in of ribbon

Jar or bottle filled with something delicious – for Valentine’s day you could fill it with pink or red candy or with something homemade, maybe a cookie or cake mix, homemade jam, vinegar… or do it like me and cook up a batch of homemade vanilla sirup.

I love to make my own vanilla sirup – it is soooo yummy to use in coffee or tea or hot milk and knowing it’s only made from vanilla beans, sugar and water makes it even better, lol. Here’s how I do it (in case you might want to try it yourself):

Take two vanilla beans and slit them lengthwise. Add 2 cups of water, 2 cups of (white) sugar and the vanilla beans to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Let this mixture simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Take out the large bean pieces and fill in clean jars or bottles. This will yield about 3 cups of sirup.

 

Pick a jar or bottle you want to “seal” and measure the diameter of the lid – in my case that’s 1.5 in.

Open Silhouette Studio, select the Ellipse tool and draw a circle with the size you need.(hold the shift key while drawing to make sure it’s a circle not an ellipse). If you have trouble getting it the exact size, just make it any size and switch to the scale window. Enter the desired size and don’t forget to hit “apply” when you’re done. 

 

 

Now I’ll show you how I create a scalloped circle in Silhouette Studio:Draw an ellipse with the size of 0.5 x 2 in (use the size window to get it exact). Select the ellipse and rotate it 5 times using the replicate window.

Select all these ellipses and weld them together using the modify window:

 

For my purposes I want the scallops smaller, so I will duplicate this shape (copy and paste or STRG + c and STRG + v), pick one and rotate it 15° (using the rotate window)

 

Align the two shapes vertically and horizontally

Then weld them together (see above) and resize to your liking/to fit your project.

 

If you’re using a square or rectangular shape instead of a circle – here’s a tutorial on how to scallop those.

 

In the next screenshot you can see that I layered the pieces I want to use, so I can adjust the sizing.

 

If you would like to include a heart shape into your design, as well, here’s a link to download a heart freebie. (click image to download)

 

For Silhouette Studio open the.dxf and copy and paste it into your project (or just drag it from the file explorer window).

 

To cut the pieces, move the pieces on and off the cutting board, according to which paper you’re feeding into your Silhouette, and cut.

 

Then assemble the sticker for the lid and the one for the side of the jar/bottle. Attach a piece of ribbon first, then layer the stickers on top. There you go, labeled, dressed up and “sealed”… all ready for Valentine’s Day! :D

Have fun,

1 comment ... Join the conversation!

Hi all,

Today I have a Christmas craft project for you that’s quick and easy, fun to do with the kids and will add another smile to your Christmas breakfast table: A Santa Napkin Holder (doable without a cutting machine, as well ;D)

Supplies needed: red (paper) napkins (mine are about 13 in square when opened), cardstock in red, white and skin-colored, glue, a black marker, scissors or a cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo – and the Santa napkin holder cutting file freebie (click image to download).

If you want to do this without a cutting machine, open up the png files in your image editing software. There are three of these included, one for each paper color. Move, copy and paste the files until you have placed them as you want to. Then print the outlines on your cardstock and cut them using craft scissors. Then continue with the assembly as written below. :D

If you’re using a Cameo, start the Silhouette Studio software and open the file CGD_santanapkincf.dxf.

Start by selecting the rectangle with the dashed lines and group them (object>group or CTRL+G).

Move everything but this group off the cutting board area. Copy the rectangle group as often as you want to cut it and place it according to your paper.  (I used the “column of four” option in the Replicate window to get a minimum waste cut). These pieces should be cut from the red cardstock – adjust your paper and knife settings as needed and send to your Cameo.

 

 

Next pick the hat rim, beard, moustache and eyebrows – arrange them to your liking and copy/paste (or use the replicate window again). These will be cut from white cardstock.

Repeat the process for nose and face and cut them from a skin-colored cardstock.

That’s it, now we are ready for assembly.

Start by gluing the face in the middle of the red rectangle. The top of the ellipse should touch the top of the rectangle.

 

Next add the beard, the hat fur, the moustache and the nose in that order. Use a black marker to add in eyes, and then attach the eyebrows.

Now take your napkin and place it with the open corner pointing to you. Fold both sides to the middle and the bottom corner up. Make sure to crease the folds hard.

Turn the napkin around and slip on your Santa face. Then place it upright, letting the sides and bottom unfold a little so it will stand up.

I bet Santa would love to have one of these next to his milk and cookies, as well, lol!

 

Have a very merry Christmas, a blessed Holiday Season and a wonderful year 2014!

 

3 comments ... Join the conversation!

Fall Leaves Wreath (with cutting file freebie)

by Min 1 October 2013
Thumbnail image for Fall Leaves Wreath (with cutting file freebie)

Today is October 1st…. And in my little corner of the world there is no denying that Summer is over and Fall is in full swing. I felt like having a little Fall decoration without “going Halloween” already, so I set my Cameo to work to create a beautiful Fall leaf wreath: Supplies needed: Cardstock […]

2 comments Continue reading…

Having Fun with Rhinestones – plus freebie

by Min 17 September 2013
Thumbnail image for Having Fun with Rhinestones – plus freebie

Today I want to show you how easy it ist o add a little bit of „bling“ to your life with the Silhouette Cameo and some rhinestones. I decided that my Cameo deserved a cover with a little “bling” on it – for being the star in a lot of my hybrid and craft projects, […]

3 comments Continue reading…

No need for Craft Scissors – Scalloped Notecard with the Cameo

by Min 27 August 2013

Do you love pinking shears? I do…. but somehow I almost never manage to have a “straight cut” card after trying to give it a decorative border… sometimes it looks more like one of our guinea pigs nibbled at the card, lol. Fortunately the Cameo is coming to my rescue with that! If you own […]

5 comments Continue reading…

Cone Party Favor “Bags”

by Min 30 July 2013
Thumbnail image for Cone Party Favor “Bags”

Today our hybrid/Cameo project is inspired by a German tradition, known as “Schultüte”. On their first day of school, children get these cone-shaped „bags“ from their parents, filled with sweets and small presents. Here’s a picture of me on my first day of school: Today we will make some small ones that could be a […]

5 comments Continue reading…

Fairy Lights

by Min 16 July 2013
Thumbnail image for Fairy Lights

For today’s post I have been looking for a project that would be great for summer and also go along with our Christmas in July event. And I found something that is perfect for both occasions: Fairy lights! Grab a simple fairy light string (preferably LED) and give it a fun (or romantic) seasonal touch […]

2 comments Continue reading…

4th of July Flowers

by Min 2 July 2013
Thumbnail image for 4th of July Flowers

Hi all, July 4th is almost upon us and a lot (if not most) of you will be looking forward to celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends. Today I will show you how to make this fun red-white-and-blue flower for decorating your party. Although it will look just as nice done in different […]

2 comments Continue reading…

Cameo Nail Art

by Min 17 June 2013
Thumbnail image for Cameo Nail Art

Hi all! Before I start with today’s Cameo idea I have to confess something – I’m a hopeless case when it comes to nail polish… I can barely manage to apply a plain coat of color without messing it up, lol. Still – I love to see beautifully painted nails and that’s where my Cameo […]

3 comments Continue reading…