Throw it in Reverse! (Reverse layering, that is.)

My adorable granddaughter has recently been introduced to solid foods – an adventure that has been great fun for her, but one that can make a not-so-adorable mess…

To minimize cleanup for Mom & Dad, I made her this placemat, which is almost as sweet as she is. It’s easy to wipe off and can even be run under the faucet when more food ends up on her than in her!

The base of the placemat is a dollar store chopping mat. But no self-respecting, Silhouette-loving grandma would be satisfied with a plain old placemat, now would she? Certainly not! So I took a look around the Silhouette Design Store, grabbed some vinyl and started playing.

Adhesive vinyl is NOT food-safe, so I knew the design would have to go on the back of the placemat and the image would have to be layered sticky-side up. But how? The answer – reverse layering!

Reverse layering is exactly what the name implies. The vinyl is layered in reverse, with the sticky side UP. It does take a bit of concentration to wrap your mind around it (at least it did for me!), but with a little time and patience you too can master this technique. Continue reading →

Ideas & Inspiration: Silhouette Printable Gold Foil

Silhouette America offers many types of specialty media and even more are scheduled for release over the next few weeks. I have big plans to try them all (eventually!) but one product that I’ve used for years is their Printable Gold Foil.

Printable Gold Foil is actually a gold foil sticker paper, yet it is thicker than the average sticker. It has an adhesive backing and a surface that can be printed on using an ink-jet printer.

I’ve created Print & Cut files with the foil as it’s designed to be used, but also used it as a simple foil accent when needed.

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How to Make a Layered Hanging Tag in Silhouette Studio

For the past few weeks, most of my time has been devoted to planning for Summer Adventure Camp. It’s a lot of work but worth EVERY minute. We always have so much fun and getting to be around all the kids for a week is a real blast!

One of our most popular activities is “Cupcake Wars”. The campers bake cupcakes from scratch, learn all about decorating from a professional cake decorator, and are then allowed to let their creativity run free in decorating their own cupcakes. Each person selects one cupcake to be judged and receives an award for its unique aspect such as “Most Colorful”, “Best Holiday Theme”, “Best Use of Toppings” … you get the idea! I used my Silhouette to make these sweet little awards and today I’m going to share with you exactly how I made the cupcake tag.

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