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Monday, November 03, 2014

Home Decor Projects with Guest Designer Aimee Maddern

Aimee is back today with more Home Decor projects using Silhouette Cuts!
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I have always wanted to be able to make my own vinyl decals. I just have always been a little bit afraid. So for this tutorial I bit my lip and went for it.

I found one of my favorite phrases from Samantha and decided this one would look great on a mirror. The best part about the vinyl is, you can change it out anytime you want! So if I decide I don’t like it anymore, or I want to change the d├ęcor in my home, it’s a easy as cutting it with my Silhouette Cameo!

I first found the phrase I wanted to use. In the Silhouette Program I made it to the size I wanted which is about 7.5 x 10.5 inches. The silhouette can cut up to 12 inches wide, and the vinyl comes 12 inches x 6 ft. So I am only limited on width for this project.

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I then changed the setting on the machine it’s self to load media, and feed the machine my vinyl. I made sure I adjusted my setting in the program and also on my blade.

After the vinyl was cut I weeded out the negative space and placed my transfer sheet on top of the design, making sure the design stuck really well to the transfer paper.
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I cleaned my mirror really well and lined my design up. I then peeled the vinyl backing of my “sticker’ and stuck it to the mirror. I rubbed over the sticker many times to make sure the vinyl stuck to the mirror, I then very carefully pulled the transfer paper up making sure the vinyl stuck to the mirror.
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For Aimee's second project, she made this “when pigs fly” pillow!

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I recently went to a baby shower and the theme was “when pigs fly”. Before making this pillow I was going through Samantha’s designs in the Silhouette store and came across this design and knew I needed to make something with it.

The pillowcase I used is from Ikea {$4} and measures 20x20 inches.

In the silhouette program I ungrouped the design and found “just” the pieces I was going to use, which were the simple pig and wings.

I then made the pig and wings almost 11.75 inches big. To keep the shapes the same scale, I pulled on the corner of the design The design was now way bigger than my cutting mat, so I copied and pasted the wings to a new “untitled” cutting mat. 

Before cutting my material, I cut the shapes from cardstock to see if I liked the size on the pillowcase, this also helped me see how much fabric and interfacing to cut.

Once I figured how much fabric and interfacing I needed I ironed the 2 together following manufactures directions.

I placed the fabric on my cutting mat and cut away. I cut the pink fabric first for the pig and the off white second for the wings {I cut a third wing from a plain off white fabric and adhered it to the wing on the pig body to help give the wing definition}.

After the fabric cut I carefully pulled it off the cutting mat and placed on to my pillowcase.

I then ironed the fabric to the pillowcase.
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To see more of Aimee's work, be sure to stop by her blog: http://aimeesarmoire.typepad.com/

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