Several weeks ago, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo. Don’t ask me why. It was a spur of the moment thing. I don’t do scrap booking but I love the way people use them to make stencils and labels, etc.
One restless night, I was browsing Amazon and lo and behold, there was a bit of a “sale” on these things. From my understanding, Cameos NEVER go on sale. Impulse got the best of me and it arrived a few days later.
Where it sat,
in the box,
in my office,
for many weeks.
Every day, I kept asking myself
“Why did I buy that?”
Finally, I was inspired by something I had pinned last year. I had a boring little oak chair sitting in my garage that was too low and too wide for the couple of desks I have already sold. I decided this little lovely would be my test piece for a Silhouette printed stencil and paint project. Being
cheap thrifty, I decided to go the Con-Tact paper route since I already had both a patterned and a clear roll. Debbie at Painted Therapy has a wonderful tutorial on how use your Cameo to create subway art with Con-tact paper.
My other inspiration has been the various knock-offs of Pottery Barn’s numbers subway art.
I thought it would look cute on the seat of the chair.
I lightly sanded the chair and wiped it down with de-glosser. For the seat, I had a sample of brown paint that was close to the colour of the wood. I added one coat. I painted the rest of the chair with ivory home-made chalk paint I also had on hand.
Now for the numbers! I first created the layout in PhotoShop because for me, there was no learning curve. I loaded the JPEG into the Silhouette program and figured out I needed to use the “trace” tool and away I went. Well not exactly right away, I had a few failed attempts because I didn’t load the paper properly and I had to adjust the cutting tool setting. In the end, it was painless.
Below are the numbers after I pulled off the surrounding paper. I then cut a clear piece the same size and placed it, sticky side down on top.
Using an old credit card, I pressed very hard to ensure it was completely covering the numbers with no air spaces.
Once I removed the non-sticky backing, I carefully placed the numbers and clear Con-tact paper on the chair seat.
I smoothed it out again with a credit card until there were no bubbles. BUT when I started to take the clear sheet off, the numbers wanted to come too and some of them are a bit fragile. I did my best.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!!!
Paint over the stuck on pattern (numbers) with the BACKGROUND paint colour. In my case it was the brown paint. Why? Because it will create a seal over the edge of the stencil. By doing so, the topcoat paint colour will not seep under the stuck on stencil and you will get nice crisp lines!
However, the trouble I had when removing the clear sheet of contact paper did leave a few gaps that even the brown coat did not seal. I planned on distressing the chair so I did a bit of extra sanding where the problem occurred. (Note; I think the problem may have occurred because the clear sheet was REAL Con-Tact Brand and it was more sticky than the Dollar Store brand but I don’t know for sure.)
Regardless, I love the end result and essentially, it cost me ZILCH!
I think it would be cute in an entryway or a little boy’s room.
What do you think??
You can download the full-sized jpeg HERE!
So now that the Cameo is out of the box, plugged in, tried and tested, I think I’m ready to create! I already have a project started so keep posted! For now, I will tell you it will be on a large canvas next to Mr. Nice’s snooker table!
Yes, we have a humongous full sized snooker table.
What can I say… he’s British!
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