Graduation Cards and Monogram

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It’s graduation time again.  I made both of these cards using Lori Whitlock’s Pop Up Box Card Airplane Graduation cutting file with a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  For the first card I personalized it with my niece’s name using the school colors.  For the second card I used digital paper patterns from the Echo Park “Are We There Yet?” digital paper pack.  I love the vintage travel posters included in the paper pack and couldn’t wait to use them.

I also printed graduation monograms on sticker paper to include in the cards.  The monogram frame is from the Silhouette Design Store.  The font is Monogramos from dafont.com.   I used the graduates’ school colors of red and black in the monogram.

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Wedding card and vinyl sign

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For my niece’s wedding this week made her a pop up box card designed by Lori Whitlock.  I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out the paper pieces.  For the pink card background I used this paper From We R Memory Keepers – Little One Collection. I dabbed some glitter glue onto the flower bouquets for some extra sparkle.  I think it’s a cute card and it was relatively easy to assemble.

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I have been seeing these cute vinyl couple signs on Pinterest and Facebook and wanted to make one for my niece.  It sounded easier to me to use floor tile (rather than wood) especially since I live in a high-rise condo with no space or tools for working on wood.

I used the Silhouette Cameo software and cutting machine to design and cut out the vinyl for the sign.  The adorable font is called “I Love Glitter.”  It’s a free font you can download from Dafont here.   The heart in the middle can be made using one of the keyboard characters.  I used Times New Roman font for the date.  I separated out the heart on the design and cut it out in red vinyl and transferred it on top of the black for a little color.  Here is a screen shot of the design in my Silhouette Studio software.

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I have been decorating a lot more things with vinyl since I discovered that a nearby art supply store called Herweck’s sells both “sticker vinyl” and heat transfer vinyl (HTV) by the foot in many colors.  At Herweck’s I also bought a large roll of Nekoosa clear transfer tape.  The transfer tape has worked really well in transferring the vinyl from my cutting mat to the object to be decorated.

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After I transferred the vinyl to the tile I followed the detailed instructions on this Silhouette School blog to attach D-ring hangers to the back of the tile.  I used Glue-All Max to adhere the hangers to the tile.  For the hangers I discarded the screws and the white plastic part.  A little goes a long way with this adhesive.  On another sign I used too much of the glue and it left a hard lumpy ugly mass when it dried.

The hangers are nice for the sign because you can bend them back and they don’t show.  I am going to include an easel with the sign in case they prefer to display it on a mantle or shelf instead of hanging it on the wall.

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After the hangers were adhered I cut Con-Tact Brand self-adhesive shelf and drawer liner in natural cork to fit on the back.  I purchased the shelf liner at Home Depot.  I cut a space in the cork around the hangers.  The cork was sticky and adhered well to the tile.  I dabbed a little of the adhesive under the corners to make sure the cork stays on the tile.  Unfortunately after I finished adhering the hangers and the cork I flipped the sign over and discovered I had glued the hangers to the wrong side and the sign was upside down. Fortunately the glue wasn’t completely dry and I was able to pull off the hangers and move them to the other side.   I had already cut the places for the hangers so patched them up (as you can see).

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Below are pictures of the supplies I used.  I purchased the glue at the Herweck’s art supply store where I purchased the vinyl.  I purchased the cork and the hangers at Home Depot.  I am looking forward to making more vinyl and tile signs.  I think they make great gifts.

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Pop Up Box Cards

I have become rather obsessed with making these pop up box cards. These cutting files designed by Lori Whitlock seemed to match every person I needed to make a card for last week.  (Seems like a lot of people have October birthdays.)  I purchased these cutting files from the Silhouette Design Store last week when they were having a one-day sale.

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I made this thank you card for my brother-in-law who likes owls and also for a sister-in-law.  The both gave us lovely gifts recently.

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The mermaid card was perfect for a friend who has aquariums.  I changed the hair color to brown to match my friend’s hair and added some seahorses which she loves.

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The golf card was great for my uncle who golfs regularly.  The background sky pattern is one of the basic fill patterns in the Silhouette Studio software.

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The beach card was perfect for a friend who likes to go to the beach and the bicycle card was for a friend who likes to bike.

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I stocked up on square 5.5 inch envelopes that were on sale at Michael’s yesterday as I plan to make more Z-fold cards.  (I tried making my own envelope first from a sheet of scrapbook paper but my envelope was too tall for the post office and they charged me $1.50 to mail one card a short distance away.)  The cards fold flat for mailing.

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