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DIY VALENTINE’S DAY SHIRT USING YOUR SILHOUETTE CAMEO
I recently came across a stash of some awesome raglan shirts by Danskin at Wal-Mart for less than $7 per shirt. I definitely scooped several up and knew that one of them would be perfect for a fun Valentine’s themed shirt, especially with some pink and black HTV (Siser Easyweed from Expressions Vinyl).
So, where to start?
I brainstormed cute sayings and scoured the internet but decided I wanted something unique that I created. I then thought about important Bible verses about love and Corinthians 13:13 stuck out to me “13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
With the general gist of my wording in my mind, I then scoured my “stock” of Silhouette store designs to see what I could use to make my shirt design.
Ultimately, these fun arrows by Kolette Hall stuck out to me.
Once I had my graphic nailed down, I then looked through my massive font collection to find just the right font for this project.
I use wordmark.it to load all my fonts and a sample of the text I am going to use to look through all my fonts to best pick one out.
I knew I wanted a handwritten type text so I focused on those as I scrolled through my collection.
I finally decided to use Cindelia.
I purchased this font through a font bundle recently at The Hungry Jpeg (if you have not visited here, you need to)!
Now that all my elements were decided, I got busy designing in Silhouette Design Studio!
Text added and then I used the offset tool to make the lines just a bit larger to make the weeding process easier. I also like to fill in my elements so I can see them better on the screen.
I used my eraser tool to erase part of the word Love so that I could swap out the “o” for a heart. I also used my eraser tool to make some of the negative space in part of my phrase just a touch larger so again, weeding would be easier…take a look at the g in “greatest” and the o in “of”….some examples of where I did this.
I mirrored my image so it could be cut on HTV (this is a critical step)!! I also made sure my overall image size was a good size for the shirt I was putting it on so I grouped all the items together and resized it. My final image size ended up being 10.148 H X 11 W.
And finally, you can see in the image above where I added my own weed lines to the image to make weeding such a large text and image design easier.
I cut the design on my Cameo (cut settings: Blade 2, Speed 7, Thickness 6 and double cut) and weeded it.
I then lined it up on my shirt using my Tee Square It (purchased via Cutting for Business Etsy Shop) but any old ruler would work too. I like my design to be about 3 inches from the bottom of the collar.
Once I had it all lined up, it was ready for my heat press (305 degrees for 15 seconds).
Don’t have a heat press? No worries, this design lends itself well to an iron. Pre-heat on the cotton setting (no steam), place a towel or teflon sheet on top of your shirt covering your design (so it does not end up melted all over your iron) and press very hard about 15 seconds on each section of the shirt. You may need to iron it on a hard surface rather than the ironing board….just make sure it is a sturdy surface that can handle heat. Also, you do not move the iron back and forth like you would when ironing clothes….you press very hard on your image one section at a time (it may take a bit of body weight). It may take a little longer than 15 seconds, just be patient. You can check each section after pressing to see if it is sticking to the shirt before moving on.
And just like that, you have a new shirt for Valentine’s Day and really all year long!
The next stop is Lory Robinson on Living with Style Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!
Blog Hop Lineup:
- Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
- Kristy Stewart at Under My Gabled Roof (**You are here**)
- Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
- Pam Baker at The Birch Cottage
- Sherry Macdonald at Elite Physiques
- Lisa Milligan at Life on Merlin
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations