Have I mentioned how much I love having a cutting machine?  I don’t think I’ve shared my love for it in the last few posts, but really, having something that cuts vinyl, stickers and paper allows you to make some really cool things.  I have to be honest, one of the things that I was looking forward to the most was the chance to make vinyl signs.  I’ve ordered vinyl for some of my previous projects, and I really wanted to be able to make my own custom signs.  In addition to vinyl, I’m loving washi tape– there are so many colors and designs available.  I’m always at a bit of a loss for incorporating it into my craft projects, but we had this white sign laying around the house.  The Big One had plans of making a sign for his door, about 6 months ago, and I found it buried under a collection of papers on his desk.  I realized that I could use washi tape  and vinyl to make a sign for the Big One’s door that suited his adolescent attitude these days.  On more than one occasion recently, I’ve found a “Keep Out!” or “Do Not Enter!” sign on his bedroom door.  I felt that making him a polite “Knock Please” sign would help him realize that we understood that he was growing up.

My Mom Made That: Washi Tape and Vinyl Sign

To start this design, I found a roll of red chevron washi tape that I got from Sugar Paper Designs.  I started on one edge of the sign, and then lined up the chevron pattern with each strip of tape.  You’ll see the overlapping areas below, but they aren’t so visible when you look at the final project.  (If you don’t overlap the tape, the chevron pattern won’t have the consistent right angled wave.  If you don’t mind that inconsistency, you can simply line up the strips of tape without trying to make the chevron pattern continuous.)  After the sign was covered, I used an exacto knife to trim the edges and clean up around the sides of the sign.
My Mom Made That: Washi Tape and Vinyl Sign
I selected some blue vinyl.  I was originally considering doing the sign in white or red, and felt that there would not be enough contrast.  I cut out the words “Knock Please” in the vinyl using the Silhouette Portrait.  Using the transfer paper, I positioned them onto the center of the sign on top of the washi tape.  The design has a bit of a holographic/psychedelic feel to it with the chevron pattern in the background.  The Big One loves it, and the colors go well with his room.

My Mom Made That: Washi Tape and Vinyl Sign

Interested in joining us for a group of talented crafters (not all bloggers) to learn more about the Silhouette cutting machine? We’d love to have you.  Simply contact Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email.

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And if you’d like to check out some more Silhouette creations, here’s a collection of projects by my Silhouette Challenge buddies.  I’m sure you’ll find them just as inspiring as I do: