I love the wonderful community of Silhouette users we have here in the UK and it's great to learn from each other and share hints, tips and inspirations. As such I'm especially proud to share with you some of the lovely makes that fellow crafters have made by following some of my tutorials.
How to Design Typography Papercuts and Songbird Bunting ProjectBack in May I did a two part tutorial on papercuts - the first was a guide to different methods for designing papercuts with wording and the second one was a step-by-step tutorial for the bunting style papercut that I did for my friend Emily's wedding present.
Readers' MakesCheck out the gorgeous acrylic heart decorated with vinyl cut crazy fine. Danielle from Designs By Danielle made this for her friend's wedding.
|Courtesy of Danielle Shearer from Designs By Danielle|
Crafter Stitch FontI don't think I would have attempted to make my own font before I started on the Silhouette Design Team and I'm very glad it has challenged me to be experimental and adventurous. Plus I got to use some of my lovely fabric stash.
The tutorials here are No Sew Fabric Applique with HTV Edging, the Crafter Stitch Embroidery Font and No Sew Appliqué with HTV Embroidery Stitching
I originally designed the Crafter Stitch Font for use with HTV, but have used it for other purposes, including the heart frame for the bunting papercut above. Debora Regent used the font to make these these fab oversized print and cut tags.
|Courtesy of Debora Regent via Silhouette UK's Facebook Page|
Salt water and Edinburgh EtchI learnt to salt water etch on a jewellery making course in France and my teacher Karen kindly agreed to for me to share her expertise with you lovely people, she also introduced me to Etching dichroic glass. I followed up the Salt water etching tutorial with one on an alternative etchant using Ferric Chloride called Edinburgh Etch. I used the same Edinburgh Etch recipe to etch a stainless steel hipflask for my dad, so focussed that tutorial on general hints and tips for all types of etching. I finished my series with a tutorial on how to etch sterling silver.
Readers' MakesMargaret Read from Sleepy Thistle etched these copper cuffs using the Edinburgh Etch recipe, aren't they totally divine?!
|Courtesy of Margaret from Sleepy Thistle|
Lesley Graffham salt water etched her music mad daughter a copper guitar pick for her 18th birthday and Dawn Martindale used salt water etching on brass discs to fabulous effect.
|Salt water etched copper guitar pick courtesy of Lesley Graffham and brass discs courtesy of Dawn Martindale|
Adios and Not GoodbyeThis past year has been a blast. I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials as much as I have enjoyed making and sharing them. I would be very excited to hear if you have also made something by following one of my tutorials. Comment below or better still show us pictures - Facebook is probably easiest the Silhouette UK page is here and my personal blog Facebook page is Craft Chatterbox.
I hope to pop back for the odd guest post and in the meantime you can find me over at www.craftchatterbox.com. I have a page which lists all my Silhouette UK tutorials and I also have a new blog post up today all about bows which includes a free Silhouette compatible cut file.