This months Silhouette Challenge, was more then just a fun craft. It was for a Gift Tag Swap! (Yup, I’m that cool!) Me and 21 of my Silhouette friends all made 21 homemade tags and then swapped with each other! (pretty cool right?) As with every project that I take on it seems to take a while to get going. With no “rules” to follow I thought long and hard on what to make… I downloaded images, cut and tossed samples, asked my family and friends.. and all I seemed to do was become closer and closer to my deadline with nothing to show for it.
When it finally hit me.. Wine Tags! After all tis’ the season for bringing hostess gifts right? Now mine (and my Silhouette Swapping Buddies) bottles won’t be bare!
If you’ve ever participated in a swap then you already know the deal. But for those of you that are scratching your head. Each person makes X amount of tags. They get shipped to one person who separates them into individual piles. Then everyone gets an envelope sent back with the assortment. (Does that make any sense?). Which means in just a few short weeks I should have 21 Handmade Gift Tags! Tell me that’s not TOTALLY AWESOME?!
Ok, so now that I told you why I made them. Now let me show you how to make them!
First I found a simple, clean cut anchor image and imported it into my Silhouette Design software. Then I used the trace button (green and blue squiggly square) to trace the outside AND inside (so click the first option that says TRACE).
Since the anchor image is a bit thin, I new I needed to bulk it up a bit. So I right clicked on my mouse and used the OFFSET button to create 2 anchor layers.
Then the last design step was to add the font. And what’s the one saying that sailing and drinking have in common? Bottoms Up! (Ok, that’s not actually a sailing saying but in my defense it totally sounds nautical right?)
To ensure that the right pieces are going to get sketched/cut it’s really important to check your Cut Lines. In order to do that you want to go to the red scissors icon at the top of the screen. Then in this case I want to highlight the two anchor outlines and click NO CUT.
Now I headed over to the cut screen and switched the blade setting to sketch pen (inserted the pen in the holder), and got drawing. Once that was completed, I went back into the red scissors and changed the font to NO CUT, and the top anchor to cut. Lastly, once the top layer was cut I put in my new paper, switched the cut lines again to select the bottom layer. And got cutting.
When working with a multi layer project it sounds a bit complicated, but it’s really not. You just need to make sure you stay focused on the task at hand so you don’t accidentally cut the wrong layer (or two).
Once I was FINALLY done it was time to start assembling the tags. So I grabbed my twine and started knotting. And once that was all said and done I too was ready to Bottoms Up….in bed! (Forget the wine I was BEAT!)
Now if you are still with me that must mean you have a Silhouette Machine. Which is why you now should go scroll through all the amazingly, awesome links below.. get inspired, learn a thing or two, find something pin-worthy! There are 30 AMAZING projects for you to click through so check them out, you won’t regret it!
Oh and if you want to make a Bottoms Up tag of your own here’s the file to download!
DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa’s Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch…
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley’s Corner