My Silhouette Portrait Machine

Cards, Silhouette Studio, Tools

Hey guys!

I have a little something different to share today. A viewer over on the Alley Way Stamps YouTube page asked me if I could share the reasons why I chose my Silhouette Portrait machine over the Cameo machine. I’ve been wanting to make this video for a long time now, so this was the push I needed to do it! Enjoy, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

If you’re interested in any of my Silhouette Studio Quick Tricks and Tips videos, you can see the YouTube playlist here.

Supplies:

Until next time,

julia

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Silhouette Studio – 3 Quick Tips

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Welcome! For today’s post, I am sharing three quick tips for Silhouette Studio. These three tips have been invaluable as I create. They are all EASY, but maybe not intuitive. I use the free version of the Silhouette Studio software, so these tips can be used by anyone. I move through the tutorials quite quickly so if you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!

Quick Tip#1 – How to Install a Font

Quick Tip#2 – How to Create Custom Sentiments and Words (Weld)

Quick Tip#3 – How to Add Stitched Borders to Your Silhouette Shapes

Thanks for dropping by! See you back here on Wednesday for a new Colour Me…! post. Until then,

julia

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Tips & Techniques: Silhouette Cutting Mats

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Hi everyone! This is an exciting week for me! My first ever post as a design team member (Colour Me…! challenge) will go live on Wednesday. Stay tuned for a brand new card and tutorial video.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick tip for extending the life of your electronic cutting mats.

I find that I go through quite a few of the sticky cutting mats for my Silhouette machine. Not that I cut through them or ruin them, just that they lose their ‘stick’ over time.

“Resticky” cutting mats with repositionable spray adhesive. This trick might be old news, but for me it was an exciting discovery! There are a few brands out there (I will list some below) but they all, more or less, work the same way. I found my spray at Walmart but they are also widely available at hardware and crafts stores.

To prepare the mat, I use some low-tack masking tape to tape over the mat’s edges where I don’t want any sticky residue. I learned the hard way that if you skip this step the rollers (that glide the mat) on the machine will get gummed up and can tear the paper while it moves through the machine.

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After I tape the edges, I protect my work surface with a few pieces of wax paper, open the window, and give the mat a light spray with the repositionable adhesive. It’s been my experience that a little goes a long way. I let the mat sit for a few minutes and **presto** the mat is ready to use as usual.

If your mat gets too sticky (I was a little heavy handed with the spray at first!) you can always use a piece of wax paper on the mat (place overtop and rub gently) to help remove a little of the adhesive. I often use this trick when I start a brand new mat and it works like a charm.

The spray adhesive is about $10 but one bottle will last a long time so it’s well worth the investment. If you’re looking to get extra bang for your buck, you can also use this spray on the back of your stencils to keep them in place on your project.

I hope you find this tip helpful! I don’t know about you, but I really like finding thrifty ways to save on supplies so I can splurge on others.

If you liked this tip, you may also enjoy my post about making your own anti-static embossing bag.

Take care, and hope to see you back here again soon!

julia

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Homemade Anti-static Bag

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It’s been a rainy week up here in my small town. Even our biggest summer festival was rained out this morning. I, meanwhile, have had a craft success: a homemade anti-static powder bag and a lifetime supply of refills.

Anti-static tools are pretty widely available and are used to dry and remove static off a paper’s surface before heat embossing. Basically, the tool helps make sure your embossing powder only clings to your ink and to no other residues that may be on the paper (sticky fingers, etc.).

Homemade anti-static powder bag.

Homemade anti-static powder bag.

I’ve been having trouble with heat embossing recently. I think it’s because of the humidity in the air that makes the embossing powder stick all over my paper. The final results looked messy. A quick ‘Google’ and I found out that the powder inside the commercially available tools is sometimes cornstarch. I also remember videos where people mention their anti-static bags smelled like baby powder. The total cost of my homemade supplies was about $5 but I’m pretty sure I now have a lifetime supply of powder tools.

I made a small bag using a piece of fabric that was about 6X4″ and folded in half. I adhered the seams together using permanent double sided tape and then turned the bag right-side-out to fill it with the corn starch baby powder. I sealed the top, again with permanent double sided tape. The whole project took less than five minutes. Woot! Success!

Update–

There is now a video to show you exactly how I made my anti-static power tool. You can watch it below, or over on my YouTube channel.