Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Had a Silhouette SD Before Having a Silhouette SD was Cool

I'm writing this post specifically for Tip Junkie. She just got a Silhouette and is wondering what it can do.

It can do a lot. A whole lot.

What is a Silhouette? I call it an "industrial Cricut". Clear as mud? Does "a Cricut on steroids" sound any better?

Let me just show you a few of the many projects I've made with my Silhouette.

One of my favorite things to cut is iron-on vinyl--like the stuff you put on t-shirts. I did 35 of these cheerbows for a local high school's football cheerleaders. It's impossible to tell in this photo, but the dark ribbon is purple, white layered on top of that, then a gold metallic vinyl "SHS" on top. They were GORGEOUS if I do say so myself! More importantly, they loved them!
Below is a close-up of the vinyl ironed on to the white grosgrain ribbon.

Here's a fun one! Travel Tableware for Toddlers that are personalized with a name or an initial make great gifts. (By the way, you can find this at Jan's-n-Stitches.)

This rolling cooler has white iron-on vinyl. This was one of those tricky projects, but I thought it looked fabulous when finished!

So, what can a Silhouette do? The sky's really the limit. I love mine--it was a great investment!


Amy said...

Hi! I just found your blog (via Pinterest) and was so excited to see that you had successfully adhered heat transfer vinyl to grosgrain ribbon. Do you have any additional tips to add? Where do you buy your vinyl? And how do you keep it from curling up on the ends?

Thanks so much for your inspiration!

Dana Street said...

Hi, Amy!

I've had a lot of success with vinyl on grosgrain ribbon. I get my vinyl from......I can't remember the place but they are in SE Indiana. My hints would be to do several tests to see about how hot your iron needs to be. I put a wooden puzzle back on the ironing board to keep it flat and extra hard (no give). They just make sure it's cool before you try to remove the backing. I did ruin a few by pressing too long--it makes it kind of "bleed". LEt me know if I can be of any help! :)