A Silhouette Studio Print & Cut Craft
For several years, we’ve been walking for exercise, and one of the many benefits is the bird watching.
We’re also lucky to live in an older neighborhood with established trees, which also brings in the birds.
Some time back, we bought a field guide for birds and used the illustrations to figure out what we were looking at. The inside cover has a couple of pages for recording when and where you’ve seen a bird, and we’ve noted quote a few. I’m sure there’s an app for that now, but we like to do this old school.
One bird that we could hear, but never quite see really interested us. We’d hear it in Spring mostly, early in the morning, and to us, it sounded like it was calling “Sue Za Zee” which is pretty close to “Suzy” which is what my family calls me. (Suzer is my work nickname). We’ve heard this bird for several years, while living in several states.
Naturally, we started calling it the Suzy Bird.
Recently, we finally saw the bird that was making that call, and it turns out he’s the Black Capped Chickadee. Oh sure, the bird scientists think he’s calling out “Chicadee”, but what do they know?
Of course, this calls for a craft!
I’ve made a print & cut project to create a garland of Black Capped Chickadees to adorn my wall. To make this one more nature-inspired, I used a dried day-lily stem to hang them from.
Click the arrow below to see how I made this. At the end of the post, I’ve also included the files as a free download if you’d like to make your own.
A Silhouette Studio Print & Cut Garland
I’ve mentioned that I didn’t realize the Silhouette Cameo could cut more than just silhouettes. I’ve posted a couple of projects that use the Print & Cut feature of the Silhouette Studio software, and I’m really hooked on the technique.
Suddenly last week I realized that the “printed” part of a print and cut could be anything, including photos. Why it too me so long, I’ll never know. But now it’s like another door of crafting just opened.
My first use of this trick is a garland for my back window. Mr. SuzerSpace and I ride bicycles outdoors for three seasons of the year (we don’t ride in Winter). I want Spring to come soon, so I’ve made a string of bicycles to dream.
Click the red arrow below to see how I made this.
A Silhouette Studio Print and Cut Project
When I first got my Silhouette Cameo, I thought it only cut, uh, silhouettes. Turns out it does a technique called Print and Cut which lets it do so much more.
The concept of Print and Cut is easy – you set up your artwork that you want to print, add lines to show what you want to cut, and then turn on these magic registration marks so that the Silhouette cutter can take the instructions from the Silhouette Studio software.
The only hard part of the project is taking a decent photo of the garland hanging in my back window. The window faces north, so it’s a pick your photographic poison of too much back light or a weird view of the neighbor’s yard. I promise it looks better in person!
A Silhouette Cameo Print & Cut Project
I’m not sure if you know this, but a big football game is coming up next weekend.
And I don’t need much prodding to produce a garland, so an over-hyped sporting event will definitely serve as an excuse!
For this one, I decided I wanted to hang the garland vertically (which might technically be a streamer and not a garland). And that meant the image needed to be visible on both sides since the footballs were going to move a bit in the air.
I’ve harnessed the power of Silhouette Studio’s Print and Cut feature and added a twist – I double side printed the image.
These cute heart paper chains have been popping up all over Pinterest, and once I saw the basic technique, I knew I was going to make some.
Conveniently, I also needed a new decoration for my front door. It’s January 23rd, so it’s really time for the Christmas decorations to come down, right?
(Like my “hello” sticker on my front door? I cut that out of contact paper by hand before I owned a Silhouette.)
Ring in the New Year with a custom message banner
I have a great big picture window on the back of my house. For years, at Christmas, I hung pre-made plastic holiday garland across it, and it looked good. Over the years, more and more of that plastic began to crumble, and this year, it didn’t make the cut for holiday decorating.
Instead, I used my new Silhouette machine and cut a holiday banner.
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