The first time I saw a project done on a Silhouette, I knew I
wanted needed one. It was about a year ago. The blog was giving away a Silhouette Portrait. More recently, project ideas have been flowing through my head that would make a die cutter oh so useful. October is one of my big order months, so I pulled the trigger. First, I just want to put it out there why I chose the Cameo over the Portrait. No cutting down larger pages if I don’t need to. The Portrait does up to 8″ wide. Printer paper is 8.5″. Specialty paper from Silhouette is 8.5-9″. Andplusalso, go big or go home.
Okay. So we’re a week into ownership and I finally had some time to delve into the world of Silhouette. I didn’t need to put it off. It was SO EASY. I wanted to make some mugs for friends with their state’s silhouette. One way to make this super cute? Maybe add a heart where the person lives. That will be for the next one. Silhouette’s software could not be easier. Thanks to Dream a Little Bigger, I was able to just download the states I needed as ready to go Silhouette files. If she didn’t have them available, I could have done a Goggle Image search and just dragged my shape of choice into Silhouette Studio, traced, and done.
It sounds sort of like a dot matrix printer. Super fancy. Once I take the cut vinyl off the cutting mat, I pulled the shape of the state out, and then pressed a piece of transfer take over it. Next, peel off the backing to the vinyl, press onto the mug and then take the transfer tape off. Be careful not to have any bubbles or folds around the egde of the stencil. Anywhere else is fine.
We took turns with an oil based sharpie and each colored in a mug. All surface acrylic paint is also a good option for this project, but I wanted to be cool and join the sharpie mug revolution! Why oil based Sharpie? #1, I’ve heard it holds up better. #2, It functions more like paint than a marker, you end up with less marker lines.
Let it dry a bit before peeling the stencil off! If you are impatient like me, you might end up with a few smears here or there. Easily fixed with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a Qtip, but why risk it?
Remember, slow and steady wins the race when peeling the stencils. I haven’t baked them yet, I let them dry overnight. But what Pinterest typically doesn’t tell you that I will:
-Buy oven safe mugs!
-Bring the oven up to temp with the mug in the oven
-Let the mug cool in the oven.
-Do these projects on nice days so you can have good ventilation!
What do you think? The next adventure will be cutting fabric. I have so many things I want to make!
Want a mug with your state silhouette and a little heart where you live? Leave a comment below with your city and state and be sure to like mrs ptb makes on Facebook!