Have you been enjoying yourselves shopping and collecting all the freebies? Today we're bringing some hybrid goodness, another amazing promotion, and another contest! The winner of this contest is going to win a Silhouette CAMEO! Yes, you read right! More details after the tutorial. Try to hang in there with me. It's like a blast to the past to Hybrid Thursdays. ;)
This month's Silhouette promotion is a CAMEO bundled with the Rhinestone Starter Kit! I was excited to try using the rhinestones and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I knew that I'd be sharing this project during our birthday celebration, so I thought I'd make a gift for Jessica. She's put her heart, soul, sweat, tears, pretty much everything she has into this site for the last five years and she's done it all while being a mother to two sweet children and a wife to Jared, who is a rockstar in his own way and being incredibly generous through the years. So, without further ado...
Silhouette Rhinestone Promotion Project
My only purchase for this project was a 5x7 inch white canvas from my local craft store. I started with the computer part of my project by copying the background of the website, saving it to my computer, and then opening it in Photoshop. I created a clipping mask a little bigger than 5x7 as I knew that I wanted the printed edges to go over the edges of the canvas, and clipped the background images to the clipping mask.
I then printed the background onto tissue paper that I had taped onto a piece of cardstock. At first I had taped it to a regular piece of paper, but my printer just ate that right up, so I definitely recommend using cardstock.
Using my Silhouette, I cut out the number five template for rhinestones from the Silhouette store and took the template material off and affixed it to the backing board (which is included in the starter kit). I poured the rhinestones onto the template, and...wait a second. This doesn't look right. I knew I hadn't resized the template because it warned me not to or the rhinestones wouldn't fit. Off I went to the Silhouette site and low and behold there are three sizes of rhinestones and the starter kits come with the smallest 10ss size! I was wondering why the template came in three sizes. I just picked the largest one not even thinking. That's what I get for not paying attention. Ha! So, I started over and used the right size template.
Hooray! This time they fit! I used the handy brush that is included in the kit to brush the rhinestones into the holes. I recommend ordering the "Pick Me Up" tool when you order your bundle as it doesn't come in the starter kit, and it would have made my life easier if I had it!
I decided I didn't have room on my canvas for the letters, so I just stuck with the number 5. After getting the rhinestones in place, I used a piece of the transfer tape included in the kit to lift up the rhinestones and place them on my cardstock circle that I had previously cut out using my Silhouette. With my iron set on the wool setting and a light cloth placed on top of the rhinestones, I pressed the hot iron on top of them for 30-45 seconds. I turned the circle over and pressed it again as this pulls the glue from the bottom of the rhinestones further into the paper. And it worked! I was worrried that it wouldn't work on paper, but it worked beautifully!
Setting the number circle aside, I adhered the printed tissue paper onto the canvas using Sparkle Mod Podge. (If you've never used the sparkle version of Mod Podge and you like shiny, go grab some at your local craft store. You'll love it! I put a coat on the canvas itself then placed the paper over it and smoothed it on, followed by glueing the sides down. Then I went back and put a coat over the top of the tissue paper. It was wrinkly at first, but after drying for a few hours, it smoothed out. This photo was taken right after adhering the tissue paper to the canvas but before adding the top coat.
I used a few of the left over pieces of the tissue paper and created a ruffle around the number circle. I also put a coat of the Sparkle Mod Podge on the ruffle.
I just wasn't feeling it, so I put it aside for a few hours. I sent a few of the photos to my fellow admin team members to get their opinions on what was missing. That's the best thing to do if you're just not feeling a project. Put it aside, then ask your close friends. They'll tell it to you straight, and my girls helped me out like I knew they would!
I tore off the white tissue paper ruffle as it just wasn't giving it the "pop" it needed. I remembered I had an old book that had green edges, so I tore out some of the pages and made a ruffle using them. Adding a coat of the mod podge to the ruffles and the number circle gave it the pop it needed. It certainly is shiny, and our girl Jessica loves shiny!
So, here's the end result. A custom 5x7 canvas with a little bling and a lot of shiny in honor of five amazing years of JessicaSprague.com! It's going in a box and heading to North Carolina tomorrow and will hopefully find a spot in Jessica's office. ;)
NOW FINALLY...here's the promotion info and contest info you've been waiting for!
One Silhouette CAMEO and one Rhinestone Starter Kit for $269.99 (MSRP $339.98! A savings of $69.99!)) when you use the promotion code JESSICA. This promotion will run June 21-28th. Click on THIS LINK or the image below to order your bundle. Don't forget to enter the code JESSICA to get this promotion.
Already have a Silhouette or CAMEO? Get the Rhinestone Starter Kit for only $29.99 using the same code JESSICA and save $10!
Don't have a CAMEO and want a chance to win one along with a Rhinestone Starter Kit? To enter for a chance to win, do one of the following:
a) Follow the Silhouette blog http://blog.silhouetteamerica.com/ or
b) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org suggesting what kind of tutorial you would like to see on their blog.
Once you've done one of the above, come back here and leave a comment letting us know what would be the first thing you'd make with a CAMEO if you won. Comments will be accepted until Sunday, June 24th at midnight EST.
That's it! The winner will be announced next Tuesday, June 26th, right here on our blog. Happy Day 4 of our 5th Birthday Celebration!
*Winner must be a US resident as Silhouette only ships within the US.
*Winner must claim prize by July 8, 2012.
The first thing I'd do is make a vinyl monogram to hang over my son's crib. He will e here in 6 weeks!
I have the original silhouette and I still consider myself a noobie After after having another baby, I just haven't played with it at all. But now they have 12x12! Wow! I would create my heart out with all the vinyl goodness!
Happy 5th Anniversary and thanks for the chance to win.
The first thing I would make is a TON of 12X12 pages I have had dancing in my head....IF ONLY I could cut 12X12!!Thanks for a shot at winning one!
If I won a Silhouette Cameo I would makes some awesome mom's T's with team logos. Got to look good cheering on the team!
Thanks for a chance to win.
I love your site...........thanks for the chance, this would be my first cutter, I am so excited, good luck to everyone!
I follow their blog.
The first thing I would make would be cool super hero shirts for my boys...then a rhinestone one for me
What would I do if I won this - besides freak out, (because I would love to get one of these machines) I'd make some masks to use with paints and inks in my art journal!
Now, what would be the first thing to do if I won... oh I know, 2 vinyl sayings for my house. "Return with honor" to put it above or on the front door; ans "Eat" for my kitchen.
I just discovered your blog this week and LOVE it. I got my first digital SLR this spring, and purchased photoshop, but was truly overwhelmed! I have devoured your free class materials and am trying to decide which classes to do next. Thanks for your great teaching and creative ideas.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Would love to see more rhinestone tutorials! I would love to create my own work with rhinestones and doing titles for scrap pages.
P.S. I am a follower of the Silhouette Blog.
headed over to the blog and signed up...first thing I would do (hire a babysitter so I would have time to play) I think I would make some vinyl wall quotes for my living room....and from there, I would keep on creating!