Monday, April 25, 2011

Fun with my Silhouette- Back to Craftiness!

Wow, it's been a long time since I have posted here.  Things have been a little bit busy since Christmas, especially with the Disney Princess Half-marathon (Read more here!), but now that things are starting to calm down, I've been able to get back into my craftiness.  To say I've missed crafting would be an understatement - I'm just happier when I have time to craft.

Well with Easter this past weekend, I was tasked with coloring the family eggs.  Now this is a perfect opportunity to get crafty, I mean you can go pretty basic with eggs or you can get involved!  I had an idea to use my Silhouette digital die-cutter to make stickers to use as a dye-resist, kind of like what you do with a white crayon.  I figured this would ensure a pretty crisp image and I was right.  The hardest part? Deciding what designs to use and how big to cut them (just for reference a large grade egg has about a 5.5 inch circumference at it's widest).  I cut more designs than I needed, just in case something didn't work too well.

I used Wilton icing dyes (it was all I has on hand) and they worked extremely well and dyed the eggs quickly.  I hate when you have to leave eggs in the dye for what feels like forever to just get a slight hue.  Here are just a few of the eggs I made that came out just as I imagined.

And here's a close-up of my Brody egg.  I have a 6 month old mutt puppy and this design looked so much like him that I couldn't help myself but make a egg for him.

After the eggs were such a hit, I was on a roll with my Silhouette and decided to finish a project that's been in the works for the better part of 3-4 months.  I bought 4 canvases a while ago with the intent of making some art to hang above our fireplace.  Several designs later, this is what I finally decided on...

I painted the canvases navy blue and then used a few different designs from the Silhouette studio to cut these branches, leaves, and the bird from white vinyl.   Why vinyl for the design rather than painting it?  Well, painting takes forever and I'm too much of a perfectionist, plus if I get tired of the design I can simply peel it off and make something new.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Now I just need to finish the rest of the decor for the house!