Tips for Better Print Results for Silhouette Print & Cut – FREE Printable Color Chart (Video)

Tips for Better Print Results Silhouette Print & Cut (FREE Printable Silhouette Studio Color Chart) #silhouettecameo #printandcut
In this video in my Silhouette Print & Cut tutorial series, I’ll share some tips for getting better print results when printing from Silhouette Studio.

First up, I talk a little bit about the two major color modes that you’ll encounter when working with any design software, and those modes are RGB (Red / Green / Blue) and CMYK (Cyan / Magenta / Yellow / Key (Black)).

RGB & CMYK Color Modes

The RGB color system is based on light. It’s called an “additive” system because the different colors are created by adding and mixing different variations of red, green, and blue light together. The more light that you add, the lighter the color will be. So, you can see in the image above (left), in the center area where all of the colors overlap at their highest intensity, the color that you get is white. Because RGB colors are communicated via light, the RGB color mode includes many super bright and vivid colors that you cannot get with the CMYK color mode, so the RGB spectrum offers a larger range of colors overall.

The CMYK color system is what is called a “subtractive” system and is based on pigments and how they’re either absorbed into or reflected off of a surface. Another name for it could be an “absorbative” system. You can see on the image above (right), in the center area where all of the colors overlap at their highest intensity, the color that you get is black. This is because black absorbs all color, so you can throw the max amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black in there, and black will absorb them all. Different colors in this system are created by subtracting and mixing different variations of the four pigments, so the more pigment you subtract, the lighter the color or tone will be (in other words, lighter colors absorb less and reflect more), and when you subtract the max amount of all of the four pigments, you end up with the color white, which reflects all color and doesn’t absorb any.

Because printed surfaces like paper and fabric don’t emit light, colors in the CMYK system don’t tend to be as bright or vivid as colors on the screen, and the overall color range is more limited than the RGB system is.

In Silhouette Studio, you don’t have the ability to switch between color modes like you do in design software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, but you can import clipart and images in either of the color modes and work with them in Studio.

Since Silhouette Studio offers less color management options than other design software, if you’re getting less than stellar print results when printing for print & cut projects, you can use some other tricks to adjust your image for better color results.

Your printers preference and options window will pop up when you click to print, and making changes to certain settings in this area that can make a big difference in your print results. Different brands of printers offer different print preferences and options, so what you see in your printer dialog window will be different than what I see in mine, unless we have the same printer. For my inkjet printer, which is a Canon Pixma iX6520, one option that makes a noticeable difference in my results is the Print Quality option. When I set it to High (vs. Standard), my colors are richer and more saturated. So, if you’re experiencing prints that are on the light site or a little bit washed out, try setting your printer to the highest quality print setting.

You may also have options for adjusting color tints, contrast, and intensity. Unless you’re noticing that your printer is consistently printing colors with, say, a green tint, or colors aren’t as intense or rich as you’d like on a regular basis, I would recommending making adjustments to individual images in your design software instead of changing settings within your printer because doing something like adjusting a color tint and leaving your printer set that way could actually cause images that would otherwise print fine to have color casts. But settings like contrast and intensity are definitely an option if you’re noticing that your images are too light or washed out in all of your print results.

Another good idea is to make test prints. I have a FREE printable .studio3 file with a color chart for the default Fill Panel options in Silhouette Studio that you can download below and use for your own test prints. I’ve included fill-in areas for paper / cardstock type and printer brand / model, too. I print this color chart on the brands of cardstock that I use most often so I can see how those default colors look when printed out.

In the video, I’ll also show you how to make subtle adjustments to images using the Image Effects Panel in Silhouette Studio, and these small adjustments can definitely make a big different in your printed results.

Check out the video below for tips on getting print results with Silhouette print & cut:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

FREE Printable Silhouette Studio Color Chart
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb.
Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
Brother HLL8360CDW Color Laser Printer
Canon Pixma iX6520 Printer
Cupcake Cuties Christmas Clip Art

Tips for Better Print Results Silhouette Print & Cut (FREE Printable Silhouette Studio Color Chart) #silhouettecameo #printandcut

Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial – How to Color Digital Stamps in Silhouette Studio (Video)

Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial - How to Color Digital Stamps in Silhouette Studio (Video) #printandcut #silhouettestudio #silhouettecameo #svgfiles

When you’re working with digital stamps (aka black and white line art images), you’ll often print and cut the stamps for coloring with a physical coloring medium like colored pencils or markers. But what if you want to color your digital stamps right in Silhouette Studio and transform them into full color images for print & cut?

In this video in my Silhouette Print & Cut tutorial series, I’ll show you some different ways to color digital stamps in Silhouette Studio, and I include methods for the premium versions (Designer Edition and above) and the basic free version of the software, so you can use these methods whether you have an SVG / vector file or a PNG or JPG / raster file!

Check out the video below for the step-by-step:

Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial – How to Color & Recolor Images in Silhouette Studio (Video)

Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial - How to Color & Recolor Images in Silhouette Studio (Video) #silhouettecameo #silhouettestudio #printandcut

When you’re working with images for print & cut, you’ll often want to either add color (if it’s an SVG or another vector file) or recolor the image (if it’s a raster file, like a PNG or JPG), and in the video below I’ll show you how to color & recolor different types of images for print & cut using the tools and features available in Silhouette Studio.

Here’s a little summary:

For Vector Files (including file types SVG // STUDIO // GSD // DXF // PDF // AI // EPS // CDR)

Use the Fill Color Panel to color and recolor images. Options include:

  • Fill Color : allows you to fill the image with a solid color, either from the default color palette (click the color square for the color you’d like to use while the image is selected) or by choosing a custom color by inputting the HSL values (hue, saturation, light), the RGB values (red, green, blue), or the hex code (a 6 character alphanumeric code for the color).
  • Gradient Fill : the middle icon at the top of the Fill Color Panel, which includes default gradient fill options, as well as advanced options so you can customize your gradient.
  • Pattern Fill : the right icon at the top of the Fill Color Panel, which allows you to choose from a default set of pattern fills. This sub-panel also includes options for rotating, scaling, and panning the pattern. You can use your own pattern fills by either dragging and dropping a pattern from your computer or by clicking on the fill pattern after loading it into your Silhouette library. Note : because pattern fills are raster files, their size and resolution is limited, so I recommend not scaling the file up too much because, if you do, it could print out fuzzy and low quality.

In addition, if you fill a vector image with a gradient fill or a pattern fill, you can use the Image Effects Panel (the little half-filled circle icon on the far right menu in Silhouette Studio 4) to adjust and recolor the fills.

For Raster Files (including file types PNG // JPG // GIF // BMP // TIFF)

Use the Image Effects Panel to adjust and recolor raster files. The Image Effects Panel offers several very useful options for adjusting the color on raster images in Silhouette Studio:

  • Grey Shade : this option will add a grey tone to your image and, if you slide the slider the whole way to the right, you can transform your image to greyscale.
  • Colorize* : using the Hue slider in this option will allow you to completely change the color scheme of your image. Slide the slider around to see all of the different options. Many won’t look great, but you’ll usually hit upon several color schemes that will work well as you slide the slider around.
  • Contrast, Brightness & Saturation* : if your image is printing out on the dull side, these sliders can be a great help. Increasing the Contrast slider can help more details in your image stand out when printed. Increasing the Brightness slider can brighten up your image, and increasing the Saturation slider makes the colors in your image more vivid and bright.
  • Gamma : this option controls lightness and intensity. Sliding the slider to the left will darken and intensify your image, while sliding it to the right will make the image lighter and softer.
  • Invert : this option inverts the colors in your image to the colors opposite them on the color wheel. For example, reds and pinks will change to greens and blues will change to oranges. Sliding the slider to 100 will fully invert the colors. I don’t really use this option because the results aren’t typically great looking.
  • Sepia* : this option adds a sepia tone (a warm, yellow-ish brown) to your images. It’s great if you want to make your images to have an aged or vintage look.
  • Tint* : this option is very useful if your image has a color cast. Use the red, green, and blue sliders to either remove a color cast or to add a tint to an image. Subtle adjustments are best. I like adding a subtle bit of red to warm and brighten an image that’s too blue or has a blue-ish tint, and I also like to use the blue slider to either warm up an image that’s too cool or has a blue-ish tint (slide it to the left to add a warm, yellow tint) or to cool it off if it’s too yellow / orange (slide it to the right to add a cool, blue tint).
  • Shadow : this option doesn’t really work with raster images because Silhouette Studio registers the bounding box on a raster image as the image border, but it is useful for adding shadows to vector images.

* denotes my favorite and most used options in the Image Effects Panel

Check out the video to see all of these options in action:

 

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Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – How to Make Border Cut Lines for Images (Video)

Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – How to Make Border Cut Lines for Images (Video)

When you’re working with clipart and images for print & cut, you’re often dealing with just an image and no cut lines. In the video below, I’ll show you how to create custom border cut lines for different types of images, including raster (PNG graphics with transparent backgrounds) and vector (SVG files that you want to transform from cut files to print & cut files).

In addition to the images that I use in the video, you can also make cut lines for any type of print & cut friendly raster and vector graphics that you can work with in Silhouette Studio. The trace and offset features in Silhouette Studio are your best friends when it comes to making cut lines for images, and they each offer different styles and options so you can create and customize cut lines for many, many types of images, including images with backgrounds that are a color besides white. You may have to play around and experiment with the various trace and offset options to get good cut line results for more challenging graphics, but in most instances it’s doable.

This video is part of my Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial video series.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on creating border cut lines for images in Silhouette Studio:

Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – Raster & Vector Images : What’s the Difference? (Video)

Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – Raster & Vector Images : What's the Difference? (Video)

Raster vs. vector images – what’s the difference? In this video in my Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial Series, I’ll explain the differences between the two categories of image files and why you would want to use each for printing and cutting.

Here’s a summary of what’s covered in the video:

Raster Images (file types : PNG // JPG // GIF // BMP // TIFF)

  • Resolution Dependent : resolution and file dimensions dictate the maximum size of the image, and you can usually scale the image down without problems but have very limited flexibility if you need to scale the image up.
  • Common Resolutions : 72 dpi / ppi (low resolution / web resolution) and 300 dpi / ppi (high resolution / print resolution)
  • Why Use : raster graphics are capable of rendering complex images with lots of detail, and pretty much any photograph or image that you see with that level of detail is a raster graphic. Also, these images can have lots of texture, soft gradients of color, and itty bitty small details, which make them more visually interesting. Raster file sizes are larger, but raster graphics are much stronger when it comes to the small details than vector images.

Vector Images (file types : SVG // STUDIO // GSD // DXF // PDF // AI // EPS // CDR)

  • Resolution Independent : while raster images are made from individual pixels, vector images are made up of paths, each of which has a fancy mathematical formula associated with it that tells the path how it’s shaped and what fill color and / or stroke weight and color it has. No matter how small or large you make a vector graphic, the mathematical equation will remain the same, so vector graphics can be scaled to any size without losing quality.
  • Can Be Saved As Raster Files : you can save a vector file as a raster file. For example, you can save an SVG as a PNG or a JPEG, but if you do this, the resulting file will be resolution dependent and won’t be able to be scaled to a size that’s larger than the size that you save it as without losing image quality. Raster files, on the other hand, cannot be saved as true vector files. They can be embedded in vector files, but they won’t actually be vector files.
  • Why Use : the big plus with vector images is their scalability. Their file sizes tend to be smaller, which is a plus, but they tend to have large areas of flat color, as opposed to lots of texture and color. You can recolor vector graphics in Silhouette Studio, which is another plus.

Check out the video below to find out more about the differences between raster and vector images:

Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – Page Setup & Registration Marks (Video)

Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial - Page Setup & Registration Marks (Video)

The print and cut feature of Silhouette digital die cutting machines is what first attracted me to them years ago, and I love all of the options that this feature offers, especially if you’re into stickers, card making, and paper crafts.

This video is the first in a series of print and cut tutorial videos that will take you through beginner level through more advanced techniques using print & cut. In this first video, I’ll show you, step-by-step, how to set up your page for printing and cutting, and I’ll show you the options that are available for setting up registration marks.

I’m using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition in these videos, but most everything that I’m doing is available in the free version of Silhouette Studio, so you can follow along and become a print & cut pro over the next several weeks!

Check out the print and cut tutorial video below:

Free Printable Halloween Sticker Sheets (Print & Cut Files Included)

Free Printable Halloween Sticker Sheets from k.becca (Print & Cut Files Included)

Halloween is on its way, and these stickers will add a spooky cute touch to Halloween treat bags, boxes, and party favors. And, if you have a digital die cutting machine, you can even make these frightfully fun sticker sheets a part of your trick or treats because print & cut files for Silhouette, Cricut, and other machines are included in your download!

The stickers include a happy jack-o-lantern, a ghost, candy corn, wrapped candies, a skull, and some hand lettered Halloween sayings, and your download includes a printable PDF, plus SVG print & cut files for Silhouette machines and high resolution PNG files that will work for print then cut on the Cricut. A trace file is also included for those of you who have the free version of Silhouette Studio and aren’t able to work with SVG files.

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Free Printable Halloween Sticker Sheets from k.becca (Print & Cut Files Included)

Silhouette Sketch + Heat Embossing Resist Watercolor Backgrounds (Video)

Silhouette Sketch + Heat Embossing Resist Watercolor Backgrounds (Video) #cardmaking

The Silhouette sketch + heat embossing technique is super versatile. You can use it with colored embossing powder to create everything from metallic, heat embossed sentiments to fun backgrounds using colored embossing powders.

I love using this technique to make emboss resist backgrounds for watercoloring, and in the video below I’ll show you how to make this fall-inspired card using a sketch file and Prima Marketing Decadent Pies Watercolors, which include a range of muted colors that are perfect for fall.

Silhouette Sketch + Heat Embossing Resist Watercolor Backgrounds (Video) #cardmaking

I finished the card by using two print and cut elements from the Happy Fall Digital Journaling + Elements set, and I share a handy tip about covering printer mistakes, too!

Check out the step-by-step tutorial (including how to set up the file to sketch & cut in Silhouette Studio) in the video below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Leaf Border + Background Cut Files
Happy Fall Journaling Cards + Elements
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
EK Tools Powder Tool
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
WOW Embossing Powder, Opaque Bright White
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections : Decadent Pies
Scor-Tape, 5/8″
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer
Brother HLL8360CDW Color Laser Printer (for the print & cut elements)
Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
Nuvo Clear Drying Craft Glue
– two containers of water (one for clean, one for rinsing the brush)
– a paper towel
– a small round paintbrush

Silhouette Sketch + Heat Embossing Resist Watercolor Backgrounds (Video) #cardmaking

Silhouette Print & Cut Card Making with Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Pencils (Video)

Silhouette Print & Cut Card Making with Koh-i-noor Tri-tone Pencils (Video Tutorial)

A little while back, I received a set of Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Pencils as a gift, and I wasn’t really sure what to do with them at first. But once I started using them, I really liked the dynamic, impressionist-style look that they give to projects. In other words, I think they’re pretty cool!

If you want to have complete control over your colored pencils, then this probably isn’t the set for you, but I like the element of surprise that comes along with the Tri-Tone pencils and think that they would make a great set for beginners because they allow you to more quickly and easily create color variation and depth of color, both of which can be a big challenge when you’re first starting out with colored pencils.

Silhouette Print & Cut Card Making with Koh-i-noor Tri-tone Pencils (Video Tutorial)

Layering color is absolutely key when it comes to colored pencils – and many different coloring mediums, actually – so I started off by laying down a few very light layers of color, gradually building up the color and pressing harder to lay down deeper color as I worked. After I was finished coloring the pumpkins, I colored a very loose sky and grass background on the card base, also using the Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone pencils.

I made this easy and colorful card using the Silhouette print & cut feature and the Happy Fall Digital Stamps set that you can find in my shop, and you can watch the step-by step tutorial in the video below.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Happy Fall Digital Stamps + Dielines
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Colored Pencils (Set of 12)
Brother HLL8360CDW Color Laser Printer
Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
3L Foam Adhesive Squares
Nuvo Clear Drying Craft Glue
Duck Brand Double-Sided Adhesive Roller

Silhouette Print & Cut Card Making with Koh-i-noor Tri-tone Pencils (Video Tutorial)

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners, Making Cells with Silicone & Isopropyl Alcohol (Video)

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners, Cells with Silicone & Isopropyl Alcohol #acrylicpouring

Until now, I haven’t used any silicone additives in my acrylic pour paintings, so they’ve had more of a marbled look (which I love) and only have small cells, if any. Cells are one of the trademarks of acrylic pour paintings, and they add some seriously cool texture and variation (which I also love). In the video below, I’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to use silicone oil plus isopropyl alcohol to create cells in your pour paintings.

My silicone oil is a treadmill belt lubricant that’s popular for using in acrylic pouring. It’s not too expensive, and it’s 100% silicone, which is what you want for pour paintings because additional ingredients can affect your results. This could be a good thing, but it could also be a not so good thing. I’ve seen people use everything from coconut oil to WD-4o (be sure to use the silicone-based WD-40) to create cells, so you’ve got a lot of options.

I used 4 drops of silicone oil per paint color (I didn’t used silicone oil in the white paint), and at first the cells were very subtle. But after I gave the painting a few spritzes of 91% isopropyl alcohol, the cells grew almost instantly. From there, I tipped the canvas panel around a little bit more to make the cells a bit larger, and the tilting also caused the cells to reshape themselves into more organic shapes, which I loved.

I’m really happy with this first attempt at creating cells, and I have so many more things that I want to try, like changing the amount of silicone oil that I use, adding the oil to all of the paints, seeing what happens if I don’t spray the painting with alcohol, etc. Acrylic pouring really does offer endless possibilities, and it’s always exciting to see how the next painting will flow!

Check out the video below to see how to create cells in acrylic pour paintings using silicone oil and isopropyl alcohol:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)

Foil Cookie Tray (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)

Vinyl Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)

Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used Martha Stewart Wedding Cake & Beach Glass and Ceramcoat Black craft paints)

Pouring Medium (I make mine with a 1:1 ratio of Elmer’s Glue All and water)

Squeeze Bottle (I put the glue and water into this and shake it up until they’re well mixed. The squeeze bottles are a really easy way to dispense your pouring medium, and you can just put the cap back on when you’re not using so it doesn’t dry out)

Food Service Portion Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)

Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)

Art Alternatives 8×10 Canvas Panels (if you want to hang your paintings on the wall, you should use a regular canvas, but I like these panels and buy them by the dozen from Amazon)

Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)

91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in a spritzer bottle to pop bubbles in the paint. You can spray this into the paint cups before pouring, spritz it onto the canvas after pouring, or both. Alcohol also helps to open up the cells in paintings when you’re using silicone oil.

Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant to create cells in acrylic pour paintings. Combine with Isopropyl Alcohol for more pronounced cells.

Happy pouring!

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Print & Cut Sticker Sheets (Video)

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Print & Cut Sticker Sheets (Video)

I’m a sticker lover from way back in the day when scratch and sniffs were all the rage, and I still love ’em to bits. Electronic die cutting machines allow you to create as many of your own, custom sticker designs as you’d like, and in this video I’ll show you a step-by-step walkthrough for designing your own print & cut sticker sheets using Silhouette Studio and a Silhouette Cameo.

I created these stickers from the I Heart Cupcakes dingbat font, which includes a sticker style especially designed for stickers and vinyl designs with borders. So, sticker borders are pretty much already built in to this font, which is pretty darn cool! But, if you are using a dingbat font, regular font, or clip art to create your stickers, this video will still be helpful for you if you’d like to make print & cut sticker sheets. The only change would be that, instead of just typing in the sticker shape that corresponds to the image, you’ll use Silhouette Studio’s Offset feature to create stamp borders from your original image.

In this video tutorial, I’ll cover Silhouette Studio features like Release Compound Paths, the Eye Dropper Tool (available in Designer Edition and above), and Cut by Color, so if you’re wondering about what you can do with these tools and features, be sure to check out the video. Besides the Eye Dropper tool, which is only available in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above, the other tools and features that I use are also available in the Basic Edition (free).

Check out the video tutorial for a step-by-step walkthrough for designing print & cut sticker sheets in Silhouette Studio:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

I Heart Cupcakes Dingbat Font
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
Online Labels Glossy Laser Sticker Paper
Brother HLL8360CDW Color Laser Printer

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Print & Cut Sticker Sheets (Video)

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners, Basic Dirty Pour Tutorial (Video)

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners, A Basic Dirty Pour #acrylicpouring

In an earlier acrylic pouring for beginners video, we learned the dirty pour flip cup technique, which is a favorite of mine. This week, I’ll be showing you a step-by-step walkthrough for a basic dirty pour. It’s similar to the dirty pour flip cup technique, but it’s different enough that I thought it deserved its own video. I like that the basic dirty pour allows you to have a little bit more control over where your paint goes, though I have to admit that I really like the extra bit of mystery that the flip cup technique offers.

What’s so “dirty” about a dirty pour, you might be asking? Well, you just pour all of the paint colors that you’re using for your painting into one cup before pouring, as opposed to pouring the paint colors onto your canvas separately. I think the “dirty” part just refers to the fact that, instead of pouring a single “clean” color, you’ve got a cup that’s “dirty” with several different colors. But it’s a very simple technique, and there’s no dirt involved!

If you want a more in-depth look at the tools and supplies that I use, as well as how I mix my Elmer’s Glue pouring medium, be sure to check out my first video in this series, Acrylic Pouring for Beginners, Step By Step.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on the basic dirty pour technique:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)

Foil Cookie Tray (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)

Vinyl Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)

Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used Martha Stewart Wedding Cake, Summer Haze, Pink Dahlia, Americana Deep Midnight Blue & Melon, Folk Art Wicker White, and Ceramcoat Black craft paints)

Pouring Medium (I make mine with a 1:1 ratio of Elmer’s Glue All and water)

Squeeze Bottle (I put the glue and water into this and shake it up until they’re well mixed. The squeeze bottles are a really easy way to dispense your pouring medium, and you can just put the cap back on when you’re not using so it doesn’t dry out)

Food Service Portion Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)

Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)

Art Alternatives 8×10 Canvas Panels (if you want to hang your paintings on the wall, you should use a regular canvas, but I like these panels and buy them by the dozen from Amazon)

Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)

91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in a spritzer bottle to pop bubbles in the paint. You can spray this into the paint cups before pouring, spritz it onto the canvas after pouring, or both.

Happy pouring!

DIY Watercolor Stencil Art with Oramask 813 Stencil Film / Vinyl (Video)

DIY Watercolor Stencil Art with Oramask 813 Stencil Vinyl (Video) #silhouettecameo

Watercoloring with stencils is a great way for watercolor beginners to get more comfortable with the medium, and it’s a quick and easy way to create completely eye-catching watercolor art pieces, too! In this week’s video (below), we’ll make a super cool diy watercolor stencil art piece using Oramask 813 Adhesive Stencil Film / Vinyl, which is fantastic for watercolor masking. I cut the stencil using a Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine, and one of the great things about using a digital file to make your stencil is that you can resize it up or down to coordinate with whatever project you’re using it for. I left the file at its original size, which was just right for framing in an 8×8 inch frame.

TIP : You’ll see in the video below that I go back in after I finish painting the entire stencil and add paint to some of the areas that I first painted. It’s a great way to create additional texture and color variation in the piece, but my paper did slightly warp after I painted it, and it pulled away from the stencil film in some small areas. So, if you go back and add paint to areas where your paper may have slightly warped, just be careful because some of the fresh paint may run under any areas where the paper has separated from the stencil vinyl. This happened on one of the circles in my project, and the slight bleed of color fit really well for this particular piece, but if you’re going for crisp lines and borders, then you’ll want to be careful if you go back and add paint to already painted areas later in the process.

Check out the video below to learn how to create easy diy watercolor stencil art:

Supplies Used in This Project

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– Hand Drawn Circles Stencil Cut File
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Oracal Oramask 813 Adhesive Stencil Film / Vinyl
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
ShinHan Tube Watercolors
Mijello Silver Nano 40 Palette
Post-It Tape, 1 Inch
Heidi Swapp Minc Non-Stick Craft Mat
– two containers of water (one for rinsing the brush, the other for clean water for painting)
– paper towels (for absorbing excess watercolor)
– a spray mister (optional, for cleaning stencil – I used a Distress Ink Sprayer)
– the blue protective sheet from an old Silhouette Cameo mat (to store the stencil)

Silhouette Sketch & Heat Embossing Technique Tutorial (Video)

Silhouette Sketch & Heat Embossing Technique Tutorial (Video) #silhouettecameo

The Sakura Quickie Glue Pen has been a game changer for me when it comes to sketching with my Silhouette Cameo. For months and months, I’ve been looking for something that would allow me to use the sketch pen function for heat embossing, but every heat embossing pen and marker that I tried just wasn’t giving me the results that I was looking for. This all changed when I found the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, which was the solution that I was looking for to sketch and foil, too!

I love that this glue pen has a nice, fine tip, which creates thin and crisp sketched lines, so you’ll be able to get beautiful results even with more intricate and detailed sketch designs. It’s also still sticky for a while after it dries, which allows embossing powder to stick to it extremely well.

The embossing pens that I’ve used for testing this technique all have felt tips like markers, which makes it difficult to get consistent coverage across a sketch design because the ink flow isn’t as steady as it is with the glue pen. Plus, the ink can start to dry out, especially if it’s a larger design and takes more time to sketch. So, while embossing pens / markers are great for hand lettering and manually creating designs, the nature of the tips of these types of pens causes spotty coverage when you use them as sketch pens.

This technique should work with any digital die cutting machine that has a sketch pen option, so Cricut users, this tutorial is for you, too! If you are using a Cricut machine, I do recommend that you use the PNG (no border) version of this file and set it to Draw in Cricut Design Space.

Find out how to sketch and heat emboss (and see the results that I got with the embossing pens that I tried, too) in the video below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Interlocking Circles Sketch Pattern Files
Silhouette Cameo
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Chomas Creations Adjustable Marker Holder for Silhouette
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
EK Tools Powder Tool
Zing! Opaque Embossing Powder, Aqua
Darice Embossing Multi-Purpose Heat Tool
wood craft sticks

Silhouette Studio Pop Up Creator Tutorial (Video)

Silhouette Studio Pop Up Creator Tutorial (Video) #cardmaking #silhouettecameo

The Pop Up Creator feature that’s available in Silhouette Studio v. 4 and above makes is super easy to make fun and pretty pop up cards for any occasion! In the video below, I’ll take you through the process of turning a regular cut file into a pop up element for a card, including how to make a base shape for cut files that have lots of empty interior areas like the love heart cut file that I used. And, if you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to head over and watch my earlier video about making print & cut pop up cards using clip art. So many pop up possibilities!

The Silhouette Studio Pop Up Creator has extended features that are available in the premium Designer Edition and above, but all of the features that I used in the video are available with the free version of Silhouette Studio, too.

I think that this pop up cardmaking thing could become an addiction!

Check out the video to see how to make a pop up card in Silhouette Studio v. 4.1:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition (optional)
Love Heart Cut File
Zig Squeeze & Roll Glue Pen, Fine Tip
Scor-Tape, .25 Inch
– white and hot pink cardstock

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