Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cameo Creations Challenge #3

Is that time again! Cameo Creations Challenge is here. This time you will have to create a Saint Patrick's Day themed home decoration and submit the link to your picture or blog to Monica's Creative Madness blog. The challenge ends midnight March 15th PST

For this challenge I had planned to work with vinyl, I have tons of it in my inventory and I need to use it all before I buy more colors. Working with vinyl is seriously way easier than paper crafting lol. It took me less than 30 minutes to finish this project and most of the time was consumed blow drying the paint on my frame.

I didn't have a picture frame at home but I had my eyes set on this frame at Michael's that comes already primed and you can use enamel paint on it. It was so easy to paint and since it is primed I only needed two coats (I used a foam brush, not smart. I should have used a brush) I have tried to find a link for you but couldn't  find it, just ask at Michael's for the plastic unfinished craft frame.

Here is where I started to put the first coat of paint and the color of paint I used

After I cut the vinyl, I decided o use some designer paper for my picture mat. It is an old, old piece of paper from My minds eye, I don't even have the name, but it was in my stash and matched with the frame. Cool!
You need to pay close attention to this, do you see the square I cut around my shapes? That is super, super important for me to get an easy to weed vinyl cut and helps you save your leftover vinyl too. The line along the vine was drawn using the freestyle tool on the sidebar. Neat huh?

Remember that in my other posts I have mentioned that the cameo blades are not consistent on their accuracy to represent the depth of the blade? Today was one of those days were my blade was a little "normal" and I could cut paper and vinyl on 3, my last blade was always set on 6 or 8. This time all I did was to leave the blade on 3, then send the vinyl cut to the cameo (speed: 8, thickness: 9) and first did a test cut of course. Look at how accurate and clean my cut was! The little triangle on the top is what a test cut looks like.

After weeding, I picked up my design with some transfer paper and set it on my frame and applied it firmly, I used a credit card to smooth it out and remove all bubbles under the vinyl

 And that's it! All done! It might sound difficult but it really isn't. One of my biggest piece of advice for you is that always, always send a test cut before cutting vinyl and if your design will be the size of your mat, use it! Don't try to cut vinyl w/o a mat unless you have discovered and mastered that process without ripping your vinyl first lol. To be honest, I tried it one and ruined a very expensive sheet of heat to transfer vinyl and said, never again! I always use my mat and I always test my cuts.

That's all for today, remember that you too can enter the Cameo Creations Challenge, all you need to do is create a home decoration using your Silhouette machine, original, SD and cameos are welcome. Get your creative mojo going and join us with the fun. We have a $15 Michael's gift card for the winner of this challenge thanks to our lovely Monica from Monica's Creative Madness. Please give her some blog love and thank her for giving us this gift card to share with our winner.

Thanks for looking and I can't wait to see what you create :)

Supplies used:
Craft Frame
Oh my Crafts Vinyl
Green Enamel Paint.


  1. What a pretty little piece of art! I love it! :)


  2. Wow!!! When I saw the finished pic... I would have never of guessed that you painted the frame. You did a fabulous job!

    lots of love,

  3. Those frames are fabulous! They are not sturdy but fun to play with and will last long if you keep them away from children. They come already primed which is a super plus!

  4. this turned out great!! awesome tutorial!! Thanks for linking up at PBD!!!

  5. What a great frame! I love the shamrock on the side. Thanks for joining in the Pink by Design blog hop, Melisa

  6. Adorable. I have actually been working on a frame like this with the exact same cut!! Thanks for joining us over at Pink by Design!

  7. What a cute frame. :) Thanks for joining us at PbD blog hop. :)

  8. This is fabulous! Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up at Pink By Design.

  9. Cute frame. Love the vinyl cuts. Thanks for sharing it with us over at Paper Issues!

  10. Very pretty frame and great work:) Thanks for joining us over at Pink By Design!

  11. Awesome project! Thanks for sharing at Paper Issues.


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