Silhouette Design Team Blog Hop {and Giveaway}

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Welcome to my little stop along the blog hop with all the talented ladies of the Silhouette America design team.  I’m so glad you’re here!  I’m first in line, although officially it starts at the Silhouette America blog.  We don’t want you to miss a thing!

We were asked to share our favorite Silhouette product, and one lucky winner will receive the product I’m spotlighting!  Yay!  I really love Silhouette’s adhesive cardstock, and if I were only able to choose one color, I’d go with white.

I love all adhesive-backed cardstock because I can cut intricate (or large) shapes and never worry about adding glue to the back.  It is such a time saver!  In addition, white adhesive cardstock can be printed on for beautiful print & cuts, and you can color it with markers for custom colors!  And there’s another fun trick you can do with adhesive cardstock, which I’ll show in just a minute.

Let me share with you how I used white adhesive cardstock on these Christmas house ornaments.

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Although I have several of the available adhesive-cardstock colors, I used only white adhesive cardstock for the window trimmings and doors in this particular ornament collection, just so I can show you how versatile it is.  This would have been a super-fast project if I had simply gone with white trim for everything, but a little more time and creative thinking resulted in a lot more variety.

Here’s the fun trick I mentioned above.  I cut some of my shapes from white adhesive cardstock, then simply flipped them over for an evenly-coated, sticky layer just begging for some glitter!

House Ornaments - glitter on back side of adhesive cardstock

If you’re adding glitter to the back of adhesive cardstock, just remember to flip the shape horizontally if it matters (like my door with a doorknob hole, or any words) before cutting.  {Right click – flip horizontally.}

The other thing to pay attention to if adding glitter is to make sure you’re getting clean cuts so you don’t get any tearing on the back that will create voids of adhesive.  Tip: I’ve found that depending on the age and condition of my blade, I may need to increase the settings quite a bit to get perfect cuts on adhesive cardstock–but I can get clean cuts even with a dull blade.  If my blade is dull, I may need to go up to a 5 or 6 on the blade with the maximum thickness setting (this is a gradual process as my blade gets more and more dull by putting off replacing it).  But a new blade does wonders with adhesive cardstock!  New blade settings for me are usually blade 4, speed 3, thickness 29.

I added glitter to doors and windows, snowflakes, and even a couple of rooftops, just by using the reverse side of the adhesive cardstock. I did have to actually glue the glittered windows and doors to the house base since I used the sticky side for glitter, but it was worth it!

Even this roof is white adhesive cardstock, flipped over and layered together before sprinkling on the glitter.  (I hot-glued on the chimney of regular white textured cardstock before adding glitter.)

House Ornaments - glitter trim with chimney

House assembly tip:  Add the windows, doors, and decorative doorknob (brad or other small embellishment) to the house before gluing up the sides and base.  It’s much easier to press the pieces on while it’s flat.

House Ornaments - add accents before house assembly

Another thing you can do with white adhesive cardstock is to run it through your printer as a print & cut.  Or, you can skip the registration marks and use your PixScan™ mat.  I filled my door and window shapes with a red stripe pattern in Silhouette Studio, put them as close to the edge of my page as my printer will print, then printed the page on adhesive cardstock (trimmed to 8.5″ wide to fit my printer).  Then I trimmed the paper down further and saved the rest for another project–no registration marks and non-cuttable area to limit my space.  I scanned the PixScan™ mat, put a clear-filled set of duplicate shapes on top of the scanned image in Studio to provide cut lines (no tracing necessary this time), loaded my PixScan™ mat into my CAMEO machine, set it for adhesive cardstock, and cut it!

Printed, then laid on my PixScan™ mat, ready for scanning:

House Ornaments - print on adhesive cardstock

 

Scanned, then cut lines assigned (by laying my door and window cut shapes over the top of the scanned image in Studio), and cut with my CAMEO. Look at that precision! ♥

House Ornaments - print and cut with PixScan on adhesive cardstock

Note: I made a matching striped roof and chimney on regular white textured cardstock since I didn’t want those pieces to be sticky on the entire back side.

Here’s another fun trick to get the most out of white adhesive cardstock.  I simply colored some of my white adhesive cardstock with an alcohol marker to make it the right color of trim.  You probably don’t want to do this for large cutouts, but for small bits like this, it’s really convenient to make a custom color. (All the bleeding stays behind when you lift the cut shape from its backing.)

House Ornaments - custom color adhesive cardstock

And last, but not least, I love using adhesive cardstock (any color) for cutting intricate shapes that don’t need added glue.  No gloppy mess, no sticky residue around the edges…just clean and perfect.  I added a tiny name to the bottom of each house.  This is cut from the font SNF Lollipop (welded). These letters are about 3/8″ tall.  You can see how skinny they are relative to my Silhouette hook tool.

House Ornaments - delicate name cutout

House Ornaments - delicate name cutout applied to house base

Are you ready to see my six little houses?  I made one for each member of my family.

House Ornaments - light green glitter(White adhesive cardstock flipped over and glitter added to door, windows, roof, and snowflake.)

 

House Ornaments - striped(White adhesive cardstock for door and windows, white adhesive cardstock flipped over and glitter added to the snowflake.)

 

House Ornaments - dark green glitter(White adhesive cardstock flipped and glitter added to door, windows, and roof.)

 

House Ornaments - custom colored trim and flocked wreath(White adhesive cardstock colored with red marker for door and windows, white adhesive cardstock flipped and flocking added to wreath, glitter added to snowflake.)

 

House Ornaments - striped printed trim
(White adhesive cardstock printed on for door and windows.  Flipped and glitter and flocking added to snowflake and wreath.)

 

House Ornaments - white trim
(White adhesive cardstock used for door and windows.  White adhesive cardstock flipped and glitter added to snowflake.)

You can see many other projects I’ve done using adhesive cardstock {here}.

Do you want to try out adhesive cardstock for yourself now?  I’m giving away a package of white adhesive cardstock to one lucky winner, courtesy of Silhouette America.  Here are the rules*.  Follow me on Pinterest, follow me on Instagram, and follow Silhouette on Instagram (enter below).  I’d also love to hear a comment about how you might use adhesive cardstock or what other projects or tutorials you’d like to see from me, but that’s not required.  I’ll let you get on your way to the other blogs along the hop!

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Your next stop is Parental Perspective with the talented Analisa Murenin.  Have a great time, and I hope to see you again soon!  (I’ll announce a winner on Saturday, December 6th.)

Here’s a master list of our design team’s blog hop posts in case you get lost along the way:

Designs Used:
Red stripe pattern (#54006)
3D House Christmas tree ornament (#69519)
3D House Christmas tree ornament (#69520)
3D House Christmas tree ornament (#69521)

Font: SNF Lollipop (#8757)

*Giveaway ends 12/5/2014.  Open to US/Canada Residents, 18 & older.

Void where prohibited.

Giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Prizes will be fulfilled by Silhouette America.

Winner cannot have won another Silhouette America giveaway in the past 90 days.

Winners should expect their prize to arrive within 4-6 weeks.

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