Hello. Happy Summer! Nothing says summer to me like sitting on the deck, listening to the kids laughter as they play in the water, seeing the hydrangeas in bloom and sipping some pink lemonade. But a girl needs a good serving tray to get the lemonade from the kitchen to the deck, right? I’ve had this old, red tray for a few years and always wanted to jazz it up a bit, make it a little more personal for our family. So today, I’m sharing how I added a monogram and patriotic sparkle with vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo and created a monogrammed patriotic serving tray for our family.
Can I share a little secret? Good. I’ve never used vinyl before. Yep. I know. Crazy.
HOW TO CREATE A MONOGRAMMED PATRIOTIC SERVING TRAY WITH ADHESIVE VINYL WITH A SILHOUETTE CAMEO
1) Serving tray
2) Adhesive vinyl (whatever color suits your design)
3) Transfer paper
Step One:: The first thing I did was design my image.
I knew I wanted a monogram surrounded by stars. I created a five star pattern, played with the color fill button to decide on the colors (red, white, dark blue, light blue, silver) and then flipped the five star pattern around the monogram R. The font for the R is Engravers MT.
Creating the design was simple. And just for the sake of clarity, I used the color fill to see my design in color on my computer and to help me decide what color vinyl to use in each star. The color fill doesn’t impact the cutting or color of the vinyl. It’s just visual in this project.
Step 2:: How do I cut all these stars and monogram out…in different colors…and maintain the design and shape around the monogram R???
I’ve got a little bit of a puzzler here. Right?
Option 1 – random:: I could certainly just cut a bunch of stars and randomly adhere them around the monogram R on the tray. That would be easy and would still look nice. But I really wanted the exact design I made.
Option 2 – exact:: If I create registration marks on the design, I can use the registration marks to line up and layer each color circle of stars and get them in the right spot. So I made 3 purple squares and placed them triangularly around the design. After cutting out the vinyl, I’ll use the registration marks or squares as guides for placing the vinyl on the tray.
Step 3:: Cut out each color vinyl separately.
Option 1 – random:: If you go this route, cut out your red monogram and 8 red stars. Pull the monogram and star vinyl up (now it’s sticky), center the monogram in the middle of the tray and scatter/stick the red stars around the monogram. Then cut out 8 dark blue stars, 8 light blue stars, 8 white stars and 8 silver stars. Pull the stars from the vinyl and stick the stars around the monogram on the tray. All of this is free-hand and random.
Option 2 – exact:: Cut the red monogram, 8 red stars and 3 registration marks (squares).
Next highlight each item you DO want to cut in red vinyl and click “CUT”. For the picture below, all the red vinyl items and the registration marks (squares) are highlighted and have a bold red outline to know what to “CUT”. The “NO CUT” items are faded. Send to the Silhouette Cameo to cut the highlighted images in vinyl.
Then go through the same process for the dark blue stars and registration marks (squares). “CUT” the dark blue stars and registration marks (squares) and “NO CUT” everything else. Send to the Silhouette Cameo to cut the dark blue images in vinyl.
Continue with the “CUT” and “NO CUT” selection for the white, silver and light blue vinyl with registration marks (squares).
This process maintains the exact placement of the monogram and each colored star and registration marks (squares) in the design.
STEP 4:: Stick the vinyl on the tray.
After all the vinyl is cut, peel away the excess vinyl, and lay the transfer paper over the vinyl to pull up the monogram and stars. (There are videos out in blogland to show this step, if that might be helpful. It’s a universal process.)
I began by transferring the red items first to center the monogram R in the middle of the tray. Then I transferred the dark blue vinyl and matched up the blue squares OVER the red squares on the tray. This insured that the dark blue stars were in the right spot.
I continued to lay the squares on top of the next color for the white, light blue and silver stars. As you can see, the registration marks (squares) are a terrific guide for where to place the next group of stars.
When all the stars were on the tray, I simply lifted the registration marks (squares) off the tray. And…
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