I learned a lesson with this project that I will not repeat again. I love how this Irish Blessing table top turned out but I almost ruined it using a vinyl Silhouette stencil.
Hi everyone and welcome to another month of the Silhouette challenge. I mentioned last month in my Planner Stickers post that I learn so much from these Silhouette challenges and this month was no different.
Each month Cat from Pocket Of Posies hosts this Silhouette Challenge and I am learning a lot from it. It forces me to use my Silhouette. I love my Cameo but sometimes I just don’t use it like I should.
This month’s theme is Spring Fever. I know that St. Pats isn’t officially in Spring but it is really close. Plus this doesn’t have to be a St. Pat’s project but it seemed fitting for this time of year.
I re-did this little telephone table back in November for my friend. She is Irish and I have done a couple of projects for her that include an Irish theme. One of my favorites is the piano bench but I have had this for a while and thought I should get it done for her prior to St. Pat’s this year.
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I really learned a lesson from this challenge. I will forever purchase the actual Silhouette stencil material instead of using the regular vinyl. Now I have used the vinyl to make stencils before and have not had any issues. Remember my game table and my awesome clock? They turned out perfectly. But for some reason…this one did not.
But let’s start at the beginning. My friend has shown me a picture of the Irish Blessing she wanted on this table. At first I tried to print it on decal material but that didn’t work. So I decided to create a stencil and paint it on. Easy enough, right? This is what you do:
Find the design you want and save it as a jpg or png file. My friend had found the image she liked on google. Now I don’t usually use google images but this was a one-time personal project and I wasn’t selling it or making extra copies or anything like that.
Open the image in the Silhouette software program and use the trace tool to make it a cut file. This is a nice, short video tutorial by Cheryl Spangenberg on how to do that.
After you have your image traced, size it, and group the words together if you need to to cut the image. I needed mine to be large and take up most of the mat. The shamrocks got in the way so I rotated it to be able to make it as large a possible.
Cut the image. I used the regular Silhouette vinyl which turned out to be a big mistake this time. I will show you why in a minute.
Place the image on the surface to be stenciled. My friend Heather gave me a good tip for this. I used clear contact paper to help me place it onto the table in one piece. Basically you weed out the pieces you want (all of the letters) then place clear contact paper over the top. Peel it carefully from the vinyl backing. Place it onto the table the way you want it, then peel off the clear contact paper. It really helps to place it down all in one piece.
Use a stencil brush to paint the design. Remember when stenciling less paint is better to avoid it bleeding under the stencil. I always use a paper towel and wipe most of the paint off before moving to the stencil.
I ended up cutting the large shamrock out and using two smaller shamrocks instead. It allowed me to center the design better on the table top.
Remove the Silhouette stencil to reveal your image. This is where things started to go bad! The Silhouette stencil was huge and it took a lot of time to remove it. But it took some of the paint with it. I was so bummed. This is why I will use the actual Silhouette Stencil Material from now on. I could have been almost done at this point but now I had a ton of touch up to do.
Also many of the little piece that go in the “O’s”, E’s”, and so on were missing so I needed to add a little white paint to those areas too.
I got out the white paint and touched it up, let it dry, touched up the black paint and let it dry, then back the white and so on until it was the way I liked it.
After touching up the design to my liking I sanded it a bit for a distressed look to match the rest of the table and sprayed a couple of coats of glossy finish on the top. That helped a lot to blend in the areas that were touched up.
It turned out nice but it was a bit touch and go for a while there. Don’t give up if you meet some challenges with your projects along the way. Keep going until you get it fixed. It really does pay off! My friend LOVED it!!!!
What do you think? If you like it I hope you will pin it to save it for later!
Don’t forget to go visit all of the other bloggers that have participated in this month’s Silhouette Challenge. Their projects are amazing!
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