Hello, my name is Monika and today I will be showing you how to make a Christmas ornament using the Silhouette CAMEO.
Now, on to the project! Since Christmas is right around the corner, I decided to make an ornament with my new Silhouette CAMEO. After I installed the Silhouette Studio software on my computer using the cd that came with the package, I plugged the Silhouette CAMEO into my computer and started working.
I wanted to make this ornament using fabric because that’s what I’m most comfortable using. So I took some red and white fabric that I had on hand, cut it to the size of a normal piece of paper (8.5 x 11) and ironed it to make sure there are no wrinkles. Then I applied an iron on adhesive (I like to use Heat N Bond) to the wrong side of the fabric according to the directions on the package.
Next, I went to the Silhouette CAMEO, adjusted the paper size to regular letter size and drew (2) circles that were 4.40″ tall/wide using the shape tool. When you are ready to print/cut your design click on the icon next to the printer which will pull up a menu on the right hand side of your screen. This is where you will choose your material type (fabric, cardstock, paper, etc) and then it will tell you what size blade you need. This is very easy to adjust, the instructions are right on the machine. All you have to do is turn a dial.
Place your fabric on the cutting mat, the follow the prompts on your machine. Just be sure to lock in your blade after you adjust the setting. The first time I didn’t and couldn’t figure out why nothing was being cut!
Next, I cut the same size circle using a very stiff interfacing. This will go in the middle of your 2 fabric circles. Then I repeated the same technique of applying the iron on adhesive to a piece of green fabric to use for my Christmas tree design that I made using the Silhouette CAMEO studio software.
Next, I peeled off the paper back from the (2) fabric circles and ironed then onto either side of the interfacing circle. Then I peeled off the back of my Christmas trees and ironed one onto either side of the red circles.
With a few sequins, I trimmed my tree on either side of the ornament and added a ribbon to the top to hang it.
This project took about an hour and that includes learning how to use the Silhouette CAMEO! If you follow the user manual, it’s fairly easy to use. You can create projects not only using fabric, but also cardstock, chipboard, vinyl, and more. You can even make heat transfers to apply designs to clothing and rhinestone designs too! I’m excited to try out more designs for fun projects that I can give to friends and family for Christmas, or all throughout the year.
Thanks for having me today. You can visit me in the future on my site Life With Lovebugs, I hope to see you there!