After seeing so many neat projects out there in blogland, I bit the bullet and decided to go for broke. Now I'm so glad I did, and I have lots more projects I want to make. Here are the projects I have done so far:
"Welcome" vinyl sign for our front door
Vinyl lettering for dog and cat food containers
Vinyl labels for my Flour, Sugar and Brown Sugar containers.
In addition, I used the Silhouette to cut out a stencil so that I could make this cute burlap garden flag:
Tutorial for this project can be found HERE. I used white contact paper instead of the more expensive vinyl to cut out my stencil and it worked perfectly.
Here are some things I learned along the way:
- Vinyl can be expensive - the best place to buy it is on the internet. I ordered some from Amazon, but Expressions Vinyl has good deals too.
- In order to peel away your design, you will need some type of transfer tape. I used clear contact paper and it worked wonderfully, and is much less expensive than buying transfer tape from Silhouette or another source. I also saw suggestions on line that said you could use blue painters tape or even Press N Seal, but I have not tried either of those methods yet.
- You need to make sure that whatever medium you are using is securely underneath the rollers, or else it will not cut straight (ask me how I know this). If you are using the cutting mat, you shouldn't have this problem - it usually happens when you load the vinyl in without the mat.
- There are lots of great tutorials and videos out there to help with the learning curve for this machine. Silhouette has a blog with lots of projects, and Pinterest has lots of great info too.
I plan on labeling lots more stuff in my home, as well as making subway art, using the heat transfer vinyl, and cutting fabric too. Stay tuned!