Saturday, January 12, 2013

Valentines Day Vinyl Project Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Valentines Day is coming!
It's been a while peeps but here we are. I love Valentines Day. I know many a modern couples that view it as a Hallmark and Godiva Chocolate Holiday. But really that's okay with me I like both ;-) I really wanted to make a gift that was not so cliche' so I created this "I Love You Because..." Dry erase board all you need to make one is....
(I used a 8x10 horizontally)
You can use any size you want
I got this one at Hobby Lobby

Dry Erase Marker
(I used a OXO Brand marker with a twist out tip and small erase topper I bought at Staples)
I hide it behind the frame

Matte Vinyl 
(I used Matte Black) From My Vinyl Direct here is the link
It is available in many sizes and many colors.

Transfer Tape
My Vinyl Direct here is the link

Printable Adhesive Fabric Sheets
From you guessed it My Vinyl Direct link is below

*Optional* Embellishments 
The Paper Studio SPARE PARTS fabric flowers
Black Antique Fabric Flower Asst. 9pc. pack
I got them at Hobby Lobby 

I'm sure you just got back from your run to the craft store (your welcome for a excuse to go ;-)

1st take your printable adhesive fabric sheet and print a pattern on it I used a fill pattern from Silouette's store called Labels. I cut mine with the Silhouette to 8"x10" but you can use scissors
You can easily use a piece of scrapbook paper instead ,but I like the subtle texture of the fabric sheets. I'm a interior designer and slightly obsess over textures LOL.

I loved this frame but it had a 5x7 matt I simply flipped it to the back of the frame and added placed the printed fabric sheet on the glass in front...the cardboard insert...and then the matt back in the frame.

I added a little drip drip or 3 of hot glue on the back of the flower embellishments and stuckem' to the frame.

We are getting there this is the progress so far Weeeee! So much fun
You really should stop and pat yourself on the back.

This is how I arranged the flowers. Because yes I had to show a close up. 

 I'm working in the Silhouette Designer Edition Software Program. I like to place a box around the objects or in this case text i'm working with it gives me a easy weed and scissor cut line. Stick your vinyl to the matte (note I'm using a Cricut Matte they take a little adjusting but they are about half the price of Silhouette Matts.
The My vinyl Direct Matte Vinyl has a little shimmer to it which I LOOOOOVE!

Peel up your rectangle

weed all the letters remove all the tiny pieces 

I use a dental pick set I bought at Harbor Freight Tool Store for like $4

cut along the rectangle lines

trace your cut rectangle on your transfer tape leave a little extra space to give room for not perfectly steady hands you need wiggle room

cut along the trace lines

peel and stick the transfer tape to the vinyl letters and burnish it with whatever tool you ave I use my old gift cards ....the vinyl should stick to the tape

peel the backing off the vinyl

stick the vinyl on the glass and burnish it into place smoothing out any bumps or bubbles

remove the transfer tape and viola!

sit back and enjoy

we right notes here and there and leave them for each other my hubby wrote the note on the right I wrote the note on the left LOL his arms really look like that

see told ya ;-)


  1. First of all I love watching you on You tube in your videos. Someone else mentioned that you are so easy to understand I agree, You give tips that I can "almost" understand. I just received my Silhouette this week and am a very "newbie" for sure. I hope that I can learn so much from you and thanks for taking the time teaching me how to use my Silhouette Cameo. I love this Valentine thing. One of my first projects I want to do is my favorite Bible verse in/on a frame (glass) I like the idea of the box you put around your phrase. I am going to test this out. I assume you recommend the Designer Edition. Should I get one now or wait until I get my feet wet. I would love to make a little money on the side doing car window stickers and monograms. Any tips you have will be appreciated

    1. Thank you so much that was so nice of you to take the time to post a comment! Yes!! I highly recommend the Designer edition software asap it just makes the whole cameo thing easier to work with. I'm not sure it is still on but was having a sale on designer software you can check their Facebook page..not sure tat is till a current sale tough. Good luck on your crafting I like the scripture verse idea too very nice :-)
      ave a lovely day and look for some future giveaways!!

  2. Love love love your videos---So helpful as I am new to Cameo. Have had a cricut ex for sometime now so that helped a little but combining the computer/cameo is quit different for me so your teachings are so appreciated. Thank you