Thursday, 10 March 2016

Fairy Frame using Glow in the Dark Sticker Paper

This project brought me back to my childhood. I used to love glow-in-the-dark stickers and had my whole ceiling filled with them. In this project I combined my love for this and my childhood obsession with fairies ( I used to believe they existed till I was in my tweens, shhhh). 

The artwork can be done with the watercolored background or plain, its up to you. But I like the effect the watercolored background gives, both in day light and in the dark. 

Supplies needed:

1. Preparing your design:

  • Set page settings to the size you want your artwork to be in. I found it easier to design the artwork in this way, so you can see how it all will look in the end. I wanted the whole design to be in A5 card size (14.8×21 cm or 5.83×8.27 inches). 

If you decide to use a background, add a rectangle in the same size as the page setting. Click on the rectangle and click on fill pattern. Choose the background you would like to have.

TIP: If you want to add your own background. Click on LIBRARY > MY PATTERNS, and drag and drop a png/jpeg image you would like to use as a background.

Now that we have the background and size set up, work on the images.
  • Mirror the "Moon Fairy" file to the left and release compound path. Gather all the stars and moon together and away from the fairy. Select all of the fairy design and choose compound path.

  • Resize the ornate window fit in the A5 paper. Make the window design into compound path, and color it with black so its easier to see what it will look like with the rest of the design. Resize the fairy to fit inside the window as if its sitting on the window. Weld the design together. 

  • For the starry sky, duplicate the stars and spread around the top of the window. I also added two different sizes of circles, a bit smaller then the stars, duplicated them and spread them around beside the stars. I also turned the moon a bit so its facing the fairy and resized it to 4 cm. 

Now you have the whole look of the design ready!

2. Cutting your design:

  • If you decide to use a background, print the background on the glow in the dark sheet. I had to cut the size of the sheet to A4 to be able to print on it, and cut the excess paper. 
  • Now that you have the background ready, remove the background from the page and set the cut setting to vinyl. I suggest that you do a test cut before you cut the main project as some vinyl needs adjusting on blade settings and thickness. 

3. Assembling your design:

  • As the glow-in-the-dark paper has a glossy and smooth surface, you can use the transfer paper to transfer your vinyl design straight to the paper. Position your vinyl design and use a scraper to smooth out any bubbles that occur when you lay the design on the paper.

  • Voila! Now you can frame your artwork. Now let your inner child be in awe of the magic of glow-in-the-dark effect! 



Light hold cutting mat for Cameo


  1. Hiya, I have had my Cameo for less than a week and finding it really fun and easy to use. I have subscribed to your website so I can try out the tutorials and get creative. The fairy tutorial has taught me how to use the fill colour for the first time and the copy button. I have completed the tutorial but need to purchase the glow-in-the-dark paper and some vinyl. Thank you for this tutorial Sara and I looking forward to trying lots more.

    1. Aw I am so glad you liked it! Would love to see your work once you get hold of the paper and vinyl ;) Feel free to ask if you have any questions or a specific feature you would like us to make a tutorial on ;).

      Sara x