Silhouette Holiday Sale & Review: Stenciled Aprons

I’m excited to be a part of Silhouette’s biggest promotion ever. Silhouette electronic cutting machines can cut a wide variety of materials including paper, vinyl, cardstock, fabric, heat transfer material, and  more. To help spread the news of their latest promo, Silhouette provided me with product for review, (see below). But let’s start with the exciting news! November 28 through December 8, 2013, you can receive incredible discounts online as listed below using the promo code SOMETHING at checkout. If you already own a Silhouette, shop for products at 40% discount* and receive free shipping on orders over $25!black-friday-blogger-button

The Silhouette Holiday Sale

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The CAMEO & Portrait Holiday Bundle $299.99 Save $229.99 (43%)

  • Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD
  • Silhouette Portrait® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • Portrait instructional DVD
  • 2 $25 download cards

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The Silhouette CAMEO® Holiday Bundle $229.99 Save $176.92 (43%)

  • Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software
  • $25 download card
  • CAMEO dust cover
  • Silhouette hook tool
  • Silhouette scraper tool
  • Silhouette spatula tool
  • Silhouette pick-me-up® tool

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The Silhouette Portrait® Holiday Bundle $129.99 Save $156.92 (55%)

  • Silhouette Portrait® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • Portrait instructional DVD
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software
  • $25 download card
  • Portrait dust cover
  • Silhouette hook tool
  • Silhouette scraper tool
  • Silhouette spatula tool
  • Silhouette pick-me-up® tool

……………..MY PROJECT AND REVIEW……………..

When I learned that there was an electronic cutter that I could use to cut out my own custom designs, I was so excited. I had a hunch it couldn’t be quite that easy, but I was willing to give it a try. As a graphic designer, such a machine would be a dream, I could imagine die-cutting my own 3D creations, like my paper house templates. But for starters, I wanted to make a stencil of my stencil-style Inspired Barn logo to decorate aprons for future workshops. So I requested the Silhouette Cameo (which cuts up to 12 inches wide,) and Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software. I set up the Silhouette based on the simple steps provided. EASY! I downloaded the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software. EASY! I saved my design in Adobe Illustrator as an SVG file and then opened that file within the Silhouette software. EASY! I clicked on the icon for creating cut lines on my art and that was that, the entire design was ready to cut!Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_10I started with Martha Stewart Crafts 11″-wide stencil film, it cut ok, but once peeled from the cutting mat it continued to curl uncontrollably which made it unusable. So I prodded around the studio until I found the perfect material to cut- my poly (polypropylene) scrapbook paper storage envelopes from Michaels. Clear and very durable. I can trim a full 12″ x 12″ sheet from one side of each envelope and a smaller sheet from the other.Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_04I attached a twelve-inch square piece to the cutting mat, sized my artwork accordingly, and watched the Silhouette do her magic. Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_02I peeled the stencil from the cutting mat.Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_01I sprayed the back side of the cut stencil with a very light coat of adhesive and once dry, placed it onto an apron. I stenciled 12 aprons with this one stencil and only needed to reapply spray adhesive once. I was painting some pretty rugged burlap-type fabric, so be careful to test your more delicate surfaces when using adhesives. I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acryic Craft Paint and Paint Dauber to paint each apron.Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_03Then the most fun moment, removing the stencil to reveal the design!Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_05Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_06So my very first Silhouette Cameo project turned out fabulous!Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_07 Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_08xI also made a slightly smaller version and with brown spray paint, decorated this craft store tote!Cathe_Holden_Silhouette_Cameo_09Silhouette offers so many excellent designs you can download to use, but I can’t wait to try more of my own designs for cutting. Be sure to check out the great promotion Silhouette promotion going on through December 8, 2013 and receive your discounts using promo code SOMETHING. Get yours in time for crafting some nice holiday gifts, I’ll be doing just that!

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18 Responses to Silhouette Holiday Sale & Review: Stenciled Aprons

  1. #1 - Lisa Kasch says:

    OMG! I’ve been wanting this. Nice post Cathe.

  2. #2 - Janet Robinson says:

    Very cool product, my imagination is running wild!
    fyi – The links to Silhouette are not working.

  3. #3 - Cherri Peavy says:

    What is the difference between the Cameo and the Portrait, I too want to use some of my own designs

  4. #4 - Julia Prohaska says:

    Wow, your aprons & the tote turned out beautifully! Excited to see the creativity that happens while wearing those aprons!

  5. #5 - Leann says:

    sooo jealous! love all your projects!

    Have fun!

    Leann

  6. #6 - Robyn says:

    Thank you Cathe!!! Just ordered a Silhouette thanks to this promo. Doing a happy dance here!

  7. #7 - ginny stevens says:

    Cathe I would love to come to your barn for a workshop. I live nearby and your projects that you share here always look so fun. They are definitely inspired. Please let me know if you are having any.

  8. #8 - Maureen says:

    Love your blog. I find so much inspiration here.

  9. #9 - Jeanne Crockett says:

    Love them! Hanging in a row, they just look like exciting things to happen.

  10. #10 - Pat L. says:

    The new lower-tack mats are great for thinner materials but I have also found that if you turn your mat & cut design over (mat on top) and peel the mat off the material instead of trying to peel the material off the mat then the cut piece is less likely to curl.
    Love your blog and always look forward to seeing what you’re making next!

  11. #12 - Julie says:

    Gorgeous design! What were the cut settings you used to cut the plastic stencil?

  12. #13 - Cari says:

    Can you tell what the settings were to cut the storage envelopes?
    Thanks!!

  13. #14 - Andrea says:

    I just got a Cameo for Christmas and I was curious as to the cut settings you used to cut out your stencil. Can’t wait to try it out!!

  14. #15 - maggie klein says:

    I just found your website through etsy.You are amazing!thank you so much for sharing your incredible ideas!!!

  15. #16 - Jo Kramer says:

    I was wondering also the settings you used on the silhouette to make your stencil for the aprons…

  16. #17 - relic57 says:

    Hello Cathe, just loving your stencil style here! What typeface did you use for “Inspired Barn” I really like stencil fonts, but I don’t think I have ever come across that particular face. I definitely need to get me one of those Silhouette machines!

  17. #18 - Jean Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for the hint about using scrapbook envelopes. I have a new Cricut explorer air, and I am having trouble finding the correct setting to cut through various materials. The vinyl setting does not work for the vinyl I have. What setting did you use to create the stencil from the scrapbook envelopes?