Monday, August 28, 2017

Ombre Custom Stencil Trivets

Hi friends! Connie here from Kutie Kaira Designs showing you how to use Oramask 813 stencil vinyl to create your own painted trivets! You can get creative with paint color and any design you want. Let's get started.

Things you will need:

-Trivets (I used IKEA cork trivets)
-Oramask 813 stencil vinyl
-Acrylic paint (I used light pink, blue and yellow)
-Foam paint brush
-Silhouette CAMEO or similar machine
-Transfer tape 
-Scraper tool/weeding tool

Step One: Choose and Cut Your File 

I got this file from the Silhouette Design Store. I made circle that was the same size as the trivet I was using to ensure that my design would fit properly on my final project--no surprises here!

Place the image in the circle and right click > make compound path so that it become one file, instead of two. You don't *have* to create a compound path because it will still cut inside, but it's a good habit to have because if you ever have to move the design, it will move in one piece! Easy peasy. 
Once you make it a compound path, you will be able to fill it with color to see what your image will look like when painted. In the picture above, the pink is the natural cork color in the trivet, and the white part will be the ombre painted area. 


Here are the cut settings I used! They are very similar to the regular vinyl cut settings, but I upped the thickness a tad because it needed a little bit more thickness to cut some edges, in my experience. 


Here is what it will look like once it is cut and weeded. 

Step Two: Transfer and Paint 


Use clear transfer tape to transfer the stencil image to your trivet. Place and center the image to your liking. Using your fingers to smooth the image on the surface. 

Use your scraper tool to press the stencil on the cork. Slowly peel back your transfer tape. Be extra cautious, since cork is not a very smooth surface the stencil tends to want to lift up. But with patience, you will be able to get it on :) 


Use a foam brush to dab the paint on the trivet. I wanted to make a cute ombre effect for an extra touch. I started off by painting the entire thing yellow. Them I used blue and started on the edge and make my way inwards to create the ombre effect. Repeat with the pink. Use more yellow paint to blend your colors as needed. 


Here is what it will look like once it is painted. Let try completely and use a pointy object like a weeding tool or an Xacto knife to peel the stencil letters off of the cork trivet. 


Here is the final look! I LOVE the way it turned out. Since cork is very porous and uneven, it did produce some unevenness but it truly adds character. You can use your Xacto knife to scrape off and clean up some of the edges. 

Get creative with your trivets! They would be the perfect gifts for Christmas and for wedding/engagement gifts. I can't wait to see what you create! :)

Happy crafting! 

XO Connie 






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DIY Pom-Pom Confetti Candy Jar



Hi crafty friends! Today I will be showing you how to create an adorable candy jar covered in glitter vinyl confetti's and finished off with pink pom-poms. This candy jar just makes me so happy. It's super easy to make and is the perfect project to use up those vinyl scraps that you have laying around. I have more scraps than I care to admit...but I can't ever throw away precious vinyl scraps. Who's with me?! Let's get started!

Things you will need:
-Cutting machine (I am using a CAMEO)
-Glass jar
-Hot glue gun
-Oracal 631Vinyl in Mint 
-Pom-poms or ribbon of your choice
-Clear transfer tape 
-Glitter vinyl sheet (light blue)
-Transparent glitter sheets (lemon lime & magenta)
-Heart confetti file (mine is from the Silhouette Design Store by Sarah Hurley)
-Font is LD Elegrance Upright Bold

Step 1: Design Files in Software 



I decided to use a font to create my own saying since I couldn't find a file I liked. I love that you can make your own font files in a breeze! I typed "life is sweet" and welded it together so that the cursive words intersect. Size your file according to the jar you are using. My phrase is about 3 inches wide.

Next, I added my heart confetti file and spaced it on the mat so that I can cut multiple colors at a time!

Get those scraps out and place the vinyl on the mat in the respective spots so they match up when you cut. *Pro Tip: Use washi tape or painters tape to secure vinyl to your mat once your mat starts to lose tackiness. I get months and months of use from my mats because of this trick! Since the adhesive is so light, it won't ruin your material. You can even use it on cardstock paper.
Once you cut your confetti, cut your phrase out. The settings for both of these materials are the same! But as always, be sure to test cut if you aren't sure of the right settings. The test cut is my best friend. It has saved me so many times.

Step 2: Weed And Apply Your Vinyl 

Once your files are done cutting, weed them so that you remove all of the "negative" pieces that you don't want on your final project. 

Add each of your pieces to your transfer tape. I like to turn the tape upside down so that the adhesive in on top and apply the vinyl to it. This ensures that you don't get any bubbles and it maximizes your transfer tape space.
Turn it over and use a scraper tool to ensue that your vinyl will transfer to the tape easily. 

Now it is time to apply your vinyl. Since we are placing vinyl on a super round surface, you will want to cut tiny slits on your transfer tape around the file to help you when applying it on your jar. Start in the middle of the design and with your finger, slowly smooth out each section one at a time. 
You might notice bubbles in your tape. Don't worry! It is totally possible to have bubbles and creases in your transfer tape but not in your design. That is the key to applying vinyl on round surfaces. Just keep practicing. It gets easier :) Carefully remove the transfer tape and add the glitter vinyl confetti all around your jar! 

Step 3: Add Finishing Touches 


I used a hot glue gun to adhere the pom-pom ribbon around the top of the jar. You can also use ribbon or a fringe rope--get creative! Add your favorite candy treats you are done! 


I hope that you try this project out! Be sure to share pictures and tag me if you do so I can see them! Happy summer friends, and see you next time.