Saturday, June 30, 2012

It Is Well With My Soul Art - Silhouette Cameo with Contact Paper Tutorial


So I have seen several people make various versions of Canvas/Wood Art using the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul."  I have always loved that hymn and I thought it would be a great piece for my mantel!

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I started with an art canvas and printed the hymn and cut it to size.
I initially printed out copies of the hymn on photo paper.
Once I placed the Mod Podge on the photo paper,
it turned into one BIG crinkled mushy mess!

It Is Well with My Soul

  I switched to cardstock which laid down nicely.
The ink did smudge a little but it gave it more of an antiqued look.

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For the stencil, I decided to use some left over contact paper that we had lying around.
I loaded the contact paper straight into the Silhouette Cameo without a cutting mat.
Be sure and change your load settings on the machine to "Load Media."

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Here's the cut settings I used.  It worked great!!
It only cut the contact paper and not the paper backing.

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I laid down the letters on top of the mod podged paper
 and painted the whole canvas red.  After four or five coats of red,
I peeled off the contact paper to reveal the sheet music underneath.


I used birds on a branch from the Silhouette store to make a stencil.

Last Step! Clearcote Acrylic Sealer

After applying the ivory paint, I was left the acrylic "chalky" finish.
I didn't want the red to rub off on my white mantel, so I applied a clear acrylic sealer.

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Here it is, all said and done!!!
Just ignore the reflection of the ceiling fan from the mirror.
I couldn't seem to get it out of the picture! :)

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I'm so happy with how it turned out that I had to take one more picture!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Vacation and Instagram Fun

We have been traveling a good bit the last couple of weeks.  After spending several days in Boston for a work conference, Will and I spent a couple days at my parents.

Fenway Park
We couldn't let the Boston trip be all work and no play...
We made time to take a stop by Fenway Park,
which is having its 100 year anniversary this year.

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During our tour of Fenway, my husband informed me this is one of the most desired seats (Green Monster) in baseball.  Since it was so important, I figured it was worth a picture.


The last Green Monster picture..I promise!
I think I just enjoy typing Green Monster.

After getting back from Boston, we took a quick trip to my parents house.
Since it was 112 degrees yesterday, I got a little stir crazy and took several
Instagram pictures of some old equipment.  

Case Tractor (Runs of Butane)

'57 Ford Tractor

Picture speaks for itself


Old Brownie!
Growing up on a farm, someone always needed picking up or dropping off in a pasture/field.
I shared my first driving experience with this truck when I was 13.
I remember very well having to hang off the steering wheel in
order to push the clutch in the whole way.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Father's Day Card - No Ties Here

It seems like the majority of the Father's Day Cards floating around blogs and pinterest
are a shirt and tie.  Since my father is not a tie kind of guy,  I was trying to come up
with something that didn't utilize a tie theme, but still has some sort of masculine look.  

Tool Font

I came across this Tool Font on Pinterest.  The font was certainly a cheaper
option over buying each individual tool design from the silhouette store.   

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After I picked out the tools that I liked, I increased the line thickness to 2.25pt
and printed the lines/tool image prior to cutting.
"Happy Father's Day" was made using "Stencil" Font.

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Here's the finished product!