No matter if you do bunny ears, or loop by loop let’s face it ..you need something to practice tying . And if your kid is anything like mine, then she wants to bend it, flip it, lift, and lay it until she gets the angle that she likes best. So I figure, instead of letting her get frustrated with her foot, maybe we should make a fake shoe for these tying (trying) lessons. And thanks to See Jamie Teach, for already making a shoe tying template, I just had to put my own spin on it… with my Silhouette Machine of course!
Now before I get started if you are a non silhouette user you want to hop on over to Jamie’s page and print her Shoe Template!
Now for all my fellow cutters, this is where it gets GOOD! For October’s Silhouette Challenge I knew I wanted to do something to show off my new sketch pens. So if you are in the mood to sketch, cut, layer and modge podge, then keep reading, because I have step by step instructions on how you can make your own shoe! (AND some very cool sketch pen tricks, for you to keep in mind.)
Then in order to use it with the Silhouette, I traced it in the Designer Software. If you haven’t tried tracing yet, sometimes it can be a bit finicky. I’ve found if I play with the high/low settings on the right hand corner it allows for me to grab everything (even though I haven’t figured out the science to it, it’s more click and drag until I get results right now).
After I traced the lines were a smidge thinner then I wanted. So I clicked on the LINE icon at the top of the screen (black multi lines, next to color lines), and went to line thickness and increased it.
I then released the compound path so that I could tell it, what I wanted cut and what I wanted sketched. When I am performing multiple functions I try to color code accordingly so that I can keep it all straight. (red cut, black sketch..pretty simple right?)
Since the flaps are going to get the most use, I decided it would be smart to layer the paper so that it is a bit thicker and in return more durable. So I opened the shoe in a new screen, and used the eraser tool to erase away the pieces that I didn’t want to cut. Which in this case was the top and bottom of the show. (This was the first time I used the eraser tool.. for some reason, I never think about it! But yay, for it being so simple!!)
I added a few words, because well why not.
You should end up with something like this. Now just grab your modge podge and start assembling.
Once assembled, and laced and it should like this.
As you can see the Shoe should get you some BIG SMILES! Now if you want to smile you should go check out all these AWESOME Silhouette linkups from the Silhouette Challenge!!
Crafting with Glitter Just Got Easier by Create & Babble
Birthday Invitations Homer Simpson Style by Black & White Obsession
DIY Planner Dividers by The House on Hillbrook
3D Haunted Forest by Chicken Scratch NY
Pumpkins and Peacocks Fall Mantel by joy & gladness of heart
DIY Cheers Garland by Rain on a Tin Roof
Wedding Gift Wrapping by It Happens in a Blink
Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin by unOriginal Mom
Halloween Family Rules by Tried & True
Faux Stitched Speech Bubbles by Get Silvered Craft
A Mario Bros. Backsplash by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Halloween Spooky Eye Luminaries by A Tossed Salad Life
Addressing Invitations with a Silhouette Cameo by My Favorite Finds
Halloween Party Treat Bags by The Thinking Closet
“Create” Wooden Pallet by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
Spooky Halloween Bats Garland by TitiCrafty
Decorated Pumpkins by Tanya’s Creative Space
Cute Wedding Card by Zanaree
Learn to Tie Your Shoes by From Wine to Whine
Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy? by My Paper Craze
Cut Fabric With Your Silhouette by Cutesy Crafts
Cookie Lee Jewelry’ Gift Bags with a Purpose: Sharing Thankfulness by An Elegant Touch
Halloween Banner by Sowdering About
If you have a Silhouette Machine and want to be part of the fun, You should join our group! Simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.