@raccoon81 I am sorry, no disrespect intended I was tired. As for the amount of work, took me a few hours, but it was my first attempt. I can see doing it again, easily. I think a ruler with a t-square like end would have made it more accurate and less error prone. My crappy ruler slid a lot !!
Hey Silhouette crafters, quick question for ya. I’m trying to make a 3D card for Mom’s birthday, and it has some pretty thin components to it. No matter how “untacky” I try to make the mat, the thin bits either tear, or curl up terribly. Rumor has it I can cut vinyl without a mat, but what about paper?
@ruouttaurmind nope…vinyl works because of the kiss cut, leaving the backing in place… Try a fluffy sweatshirt or tshirt, as well as sticking your hands to the mat… (My hands aren’t oily enough to make a difference…) …
Or use a spatula/small putty knife to remove the pieces rather than pulling the paper up. Or flip the mat over and remove the mat from the paper, instead of the paper from the mat.
@lisaviolet The first mat I ordered from Amazon must have been sitting in the heat somewhere because the adhesive was so tacky I had trouble peeling up the protective sheet. Amz just issued a refund and told me to recycle the defective mat. Obviously not recyclable, but they have to be PC about such things I guess.
@mikibell One more week for her. I’m up to 11 dozen paper flowers of all varieties of colors and shapes. My goal was 12 doz. On Saturday I’ll load them all into a Priority Mail box and send them off to her with a pair of little sterling feather earrings. She loves the little silver feathers with turquoise. A box full of paper flowers and some earrings, just for fun.
@mikibell I’ll take some pics when they’re ready to box up. TBH, 130 paper flowers is quite a bit less impressive in person than it seems in concept. I’d probably need three times that number to be truly impressive.
@lisaviolet … I offered to help make wedding invites for my nephew. (OY!) He wants embossed writing for the actual invite part – can I do that with a custom stamp? Is it outrageously hard??? I figure I do that part first, since it is most error prone? HELP!
@lisaviolet I was going to ask that next – do I try to make it myself, with the stamp maker you recommended, or for the sake of the cleanness crispness? of lettering do I get it custom? Do you have someone you recommend?
@mikibell Honestly, for someone else’s wedding, I’d probably have a pro make the stamp (and give it to the wedding couple as a present).
The way I do it, is powder the paper I’m embossing with the cornstarch in the sock, then blow off the extra. When you do the actual stamping and sprinkle the embossing powder over the stamped image, the cornstarch goes a long way towards preventing the embossing powder from sticking on the paper that doesn’t have the image on it.
I guess you’d call it a kind of “overspray”. Most of the excess knocks off more easily with the cornstarch (or they have commercial products that do the same, but the cornstarch in the sock is a lot cheaper). After you’ve used the heat tool, a small paint brush can be used to brush off any leftover embossing powder.
You can get embossing powder at any craft store. There are tons of colors and brands to choose from. And a little goes a long way.
@lisaviolet gotcha… makes complete sense! I am a little intrepid about doing this – all of it is my present to them He already bought DIY invites, so I am going to use whatever I can, i.e. envelopes and such, but the time, paper, dodads are all on me. TBH, he is my favorite of alllll the family, possibly tied with my fil, and worth this and more.
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@mikibell you know how I can tell you’re crafty? When most people on the internet redact an image, they scribble. If they’re feeling fancy, they may apply a mosaic filter. But you? You break out rainbows, flowers, AND sparkles!
@lisaviolet I hear you… I need another machine like I need another hole in my head, though. I don’t want to invest in cricut pieces parts again, either. Trying to sell it all off. Will keep the cake machine, and stick with silhouette.
@mikibell Kind offer. Thank you. In concept, the new blade control system is very intriguing. And the scoring wheel options are pretty sweet. I see lots of potential there. But that $400 entry fee. Ouch. Plus tools and accessories, it’s going to hover closer to $500.
Like @lisaviolet, I’d love to play with one, but I’m still facing a $7K HVAC system replacement, so my budget just isn’t up for it.
The equipment that runs our pool (25 years old) was in pretty bad shape and one of the pipes that takes the water to the filter broke. He decided that this year he’s finally going to get new equipment and replace all of the pipes and fittings, as well as rebuild the deck the equipment sits on.
He did the work himself, which saved money.
One of the reasons I hadn’t jumped on a Cricut yet is the cost of the options. I’m a little obsessed with that. I want all the stuff! Right now!
And even if we could afford it, there’s no real estate. We’d need a she shed for my stuff and I already commandeered the garage. lol
@mikibell USED on clearance! Wow. Definitely outside my hobby budget.
they come with the software…
When I looked at the various configuration options, I only saw two choices for software. $120 and $416. I didn’t realize those were optional upgrades. So without spending any time reading the lit, I’m assuming it comes with some kind of starter software like the Silhouette and Cricut do. Either that, or they adhere to some kind of industry control standard which makes them compatible with the usual sign shop software.
Hubby has been searching for a replacement for his favorite hat. He found the right hat, but it is missing the fleur-di-lis and BSA logo. He asked if I could add them. Told him I needed THAT machine to do it Truth be told, the single needle version would do it, but can’t help but trrryyyy for the 10 needle version!!!
There are a lot of crafty things shared here. Be sure to check out the first Freebie thread, link in the first post here by @mikibell (heh, what a misnomer, if we’re not sharing our work, we’re sharing what really looks fun and wouldn’t you like to have that links).
I have three Cameos. Version one and two Cameo 3s. I had a Silhouette SD, which I gave to a friend.
I have a Mint and a Curio. I like the Mint, but haven’t really done much with the Curio (I got the Mint and Curio in a batch deal from Silhouette).
@lisaviolet@mikibell Thanks for the welcome, I will scroll through the threads and check everything out! Here’s an image that I had handy of a few gifts I made and I’ll share some other goodies eventually.
Is everyone members of the big FB Silhouette groups?
So, earlier in this thread I mentioned trying my hand at etching with the Chomas tool. I did a bracelet with dinosaurs. Just little outlines, it was a border svg from the Silhouette store. I put a couple of them together and did a weld.
Watched a couple of videos about placement (here’s the one I followed) and it worked nicely.
But it was just an outline on an aluminum band and you couldn’t see it. So, I tried some of the other suggestions I found, like Sharpies, with no luck. I even bought an ImpressArt enamel pen. The sharpie did a better job and cost a lot less.
I found some other video tutorials for filling in the design, I’m going to try my hand at those. I also got some anodized aluminum tags (a sample kit, with a lot of tags for dogs) that I’m going to play with.
@lisaviolet I just finished reading your blog post about it. You write:
I couldn’t see the dinos to my satisfaction
May I offer another option to your solution?
When I refurbish gauge clusters and switch controls on my vintage auto projects, the engraved labeling is often obscured by years of wear and tear and debris. After cleaning and polishing the item (for example the ignition switch bezel), the engraved labeling is difficult to see (just like your dinos!).
Here’s a before and after of a Mod T ignition cluster:
So I use bowling ball paint sticks to fill in the engraved area, which makes the lettering show up much better, illustrated by this '64 Mustang switch bezel:
WTF are bowling ball paint sticks? It’s the paint a bowling ball shop uses to fill in the letters after engraving a bowling ball. They look like this, and are available in every imaginable color, and usually a buck or two per stick:
It’s easy to use… basically you smear it into the crevices of the engraved area, then wipe the surface clean. The paint is left in the letters and the surface remains shiny. After a day or so the paint is dry, glossy and durable.
@mikibell@ruouttaurmind I don’t. I don’t belong to too many groups. I tried and was overwhelmed with all the people…if I didn’t check in every two seconds, there were five thousand more posts to look at. lol