Rhinestone Design Tutorial with Silhouette Designer Edition

 

A few weeks ago, I shared with you some Super Cute Onesies…included in the mix was this glitzy, glamorous monogrammed rhinestone onesie for precious baby Eleanor!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

It was my first foray into the world of rhinestones with my Silhouette, and to be perfectly honest, probably the most difficult medium that I’ve tried.  It is a pretty tedious process that I imagine gets a little easier each time you do it…but as you can see, the end result is so worth it!  (I mean, can it get any cuter than rhinestones on a baby girl??)

 

Now, if you have the regular version of Silhouette Studio, you can use rhinestone designs that you purchase from the Silhouette store – but because the regular way of re-sizing designs would also shrink the size of your rhinestones, you need some extra features to be able to modify and design your own rhinestone templates.  These features are available through the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio (read to the end of this post for a special promo deal on the Designer Edition!), so I thought I’d put together a little tutorial on working with those features and creating your own rhinestone design!

 

NOTE:  This tutorial was made using Version 2 of Silhouette Studio – if you have Version 3 (the newest version) it looks a bit different, but functions the same way!

 

The first step is to decide on a design.  I found it easiest to “trace” an existing design…free handing a design with little tiny circles just isn’t really easy!  So pick out a design from your library, buy one from the Silhouette store, or type some text.  You just need an image to put behind your rhinestones.  You can even just do a google image search for what you’re looking for – although if you’re not using a cut file, you’ll have to do all the filling by hand over top of your design using the “single click” tool under the Rhinestone menu.  I used a monogram – design #60060 from the Silhouette Store.  (Note – because it’s an SVG file, it looks like a solid filled shape instead of cut lines – the rhinestones will look like that too.  If you’re using a regular .Studio cut file, your shape and rhinestones will just be red outlines – that’s okay!)

 

IMPORTANT:  Size your design NOW to the final size – once you add the rhinestones, you can’t re-size it!

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Okay, here’s the important part to use my little “trick.”  Before you do anything, duplicate your shape on top of itself.  You can’t tell from looking, but there are actually 2 identical shapes stacked on top of each other here.  Got that?  Ok, you may proceed!

 

To “fill” your design with rhinestones, you’ll need to select your shape, pick the size rhinestone you’re using, and experiment a bit with the different fill features and rhinestone spacing until you get something *close* to what you’re going for.  I found the “linear fill” work best for my shape.  It’s going to look a bit funky, because now you’ve got rhinestones on top of the copy of the original shape that was hiding.  If that’s bugging you, just drag it off to the side for a minute, but keep it there so you can drag it back.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Once you’ve got something close enough, change your copied shape to a different color to help you see your rhinestones more clearly.  (Remember, if you started with a regular Studio file your rhinestones will just be red outlines.)

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Select your rhinestone shape and then click “release rhinestones” in the Rhinestones menu on your right.  Now is the tedious fun part – move around all those little circles until you’re happy with the design!  The “align” menu can be really helpful here – I used it to evenly space the rhinestones in the vertical and horizontal lines of the letter E.  Remember to leave enough space between the circles that your machine will be able to cut them cleanly.  If you need some extra rhinestones, use the “single click” tool to add more wherever you click your mouse.

 

Now, here’s another trick.  Since the outside border of my design is symmetrical, I only did half the design…then I selected it, copied it, and deleted the other side…

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

…then I mirrored it and reattached it so that my border was exactly the same on both sides.

 

Here’s the final version!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Remember, DON’T re-size it now!  That will change the size of your rhinestones, too, which you don’t want.  You CAN select your shape and change the size of your rhinestones, if you want…but it won’t re-size your design, just the size of those little circles.

 

Now you’re ready to cut your design!  You’ll need Template Material, Backing Board, and Rhinestone Transfer tape – they all come in the Rhinestone starter kit (along with rhinestones and a positioning brush), or the Rhinestone Template Kit.  Use the Silhouette Template Material to cut your template.  I tried using the full sheet, but my rollers had a heck of a time gripping against that fuzzy black material…so I just cut out a rectangle a bit bigger than my design and placed it in the middle of my mat to cut.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

It won’t look like anything is cut…but it is!  Rip off your template in one quick, swift motion – you want to leave behind as many of those little black circles as you can!  But you’ll probably end up having to go back and weed the stubborn ones out.  I used my hook tool for that.  Then stick your template onto the white backing board.  (Presto reusable template!  You can use it over and over and over again!)

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Now the most tedious super fun part of all…placing the rhinestones.  Pour on some rhinestones and use the brush that came in your Rhinestone Starter Kit (or a regular old foam brush) to help place the rhinestones.  A pair of tweezers may help with the stubborn ones, too.  (I think the Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool would also be really helpful!)  I decided to use pink rhinestones for the letter E and clear ones for the border.  This took me a while…just put on some music and get to work!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Once you’ve got all your rhinestones placed, here’s the scariest part – the transfer tape.  Best to be quick and confident with this, too.  Cut a piece of the transfer tape from your Rhinestone Kit to fit your design, then lay it down with one good press onto your rhinestones.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Give it some extra presses on every part of your design so you’ve got all those little buggers.  Then lift up the tape and watch your rhinestone design come with it!  Then lay it onto your garment where you want it.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Just like you would with HTV, lay a thin cloth on top (a pillowcase or thin dish cloth works well) and iron with pressure for about a minute or so.  Repeat a few times as needed until all your rhinestones are sticking.  Gently peel up your transfer tape, and just to make sure it’s good-and-glued, turn it inside out and iron again from the inside.

 

Ta-da!  A beautiful, blingified baby onesie.

 

Create a custom rhinestone template for a onesie using your Silhouette!

 

 

A Silhouette Promotion

 

Want to make some rhinestone designs of your own, but don’t have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition?  You’re in luck!  From now until July 31st, you can get it for 40% off at when you use the code UNORIGINAL!  That’s truly a great deal (in fact, less than I paid for it when I upgraded), so if you’ve been waiting for a bargain, this is it!

 

40% off Silhouette Studio Designer Edition through July 31st!  Use code "UNORIGINAL" at checkout!

 

Not sure what the big difference is with the Designer Edition?  Here are some of the features that are “unlocked” when you purchase it -

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

 

My favorite perks are the knife and eraser tools as well as the built-in ruler and guides – they just make everything so much easier!  It’s fun to be able to play with the rhinestone designs, too.

 

There are also some great deals on machine bundles, if you are looking to pick up your own Silhouette!

CAMEO bundle – $269.99
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover

Portrait bundle – $149.99
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover

 

Don’t forget to use the code UNORIGINAL at checkout to get these great prices!

 

So, what are you going to blingify with your new-found rhinestone skills?  Perhaps a baby onesie, t-shirt, tote bag, or even a card?  I’d love to see your project!

 

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Summer Giveaway – $650 in CASH!

Despite all of the autumn hues and school supplies you’re seeing in stores these days, summer isn’t over yet!!  (In fact, there are still 66 days of summer left, in case you’re counting!)  Doesn’t that make you a happy snowman?

 

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And because it is still that glorious season of so-much-sunshine, I’ve got another great Summer CASH giveaway for you today – $650 in PayPal cash, to be exact!

 

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Cherry Blossom Watercolor Wall Art with your Silhouette

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

This project began as a rather epic and disappointing craft fail…but had a happy ending!  (Don’t you just love those?  The happy endings, I mean.)  I began with this beautiful watercolor inspiration from Allison over at Dream a Little Bigger – she created some stunning wall art with her Silhouette sketch pens and watercolors.  I attempted my own with some rather dismal results.

 

Let’s start at the beginning of the story.  We are getting ready to transition our 2-year-old out of the nursery and into her “big girl bedroom.”  You can click through to my Pinterest board to see some of my inspiration for her room…we’ve already got the walls painted a light mint-ish green and are going for pink and gray accents in the room.  I absolutely love cherry blossoms – so feminine and beautiful without being obnoxiously pink – and knew I wanted some cherry blossom wall art to add to her room.  So I thought I could create my own “paint-by-number” cherry blossom watercolor art, using my sketch pens to make an outline I could paint inside.  I found an image I liked, traced it in Silhouette Studio, then used a black sketch pen to sketch it onto watercolor paper.

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

Next,  just had to paint inside the lines with watercolors.  Pretty fool-proof, right?

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

Yeah, not so much.  I suppose I could have put it on the wall and claimed that my 2-year-old painted it.  Oy.

 

Problem #1 was that the sketch pen ink bled.  I should have used my pen holder and a fine point sharpie or even a ball point pen, and I would have had much better results.  Problem #2 was the design just didn’t lend itself very well to the paint-by-number kind of technique that worked so well for Allison at Dream a Little Bigger.  There was just too much small detail and overlapping color.  Ah well, I just had to sigh and let it go.

 

But wait!  An idea struck just as I was resigning myself to the fact that this was simply not going to work.  What about painting some beautiful shades of pink onto the watercolor paper, then using my Silhouette to cut out and piece together paper cherry blossoms?  Crazy idea, but it just. might. work.

 

So I found a shape in the Silhouette store and painted 3 different pieces of watercolor paper with shades of pink, green, and brown.  Even I could handle that.

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

Then I cut out flowers of varying sizes, along with a branch shape (I used the knife tool to slice of the blossoms from that shape and just used the branch).

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

Things were looking promising!  I was loving the variety of color and texture of all the different pieces.  Next step was to assemble all the flowers.

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

And finally I glued my branch to another piece of watercolor paper that I had painted a light blue, to really give it that washed out watercolor kind of look.

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

Hooray!  I was still able to achieve a portion of that watercolor look without ANY artistic ability!  All it took was painting blocks of color – something I can totally handle.  I love the whimsical look of the completed project – perfect for a little girl’s room!  (And look, you can see a sneak peak of the wall color…)

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

I have a feeling I will be using this technique again and again.  When you paint with watercolors on watercolor paper, no area of the paper is exactly the same shade, so you get a neat effect of texture and color.  Great for any kind of paper crafting!  And to think – it was all because of a craft-fail!  It just goes to show you that you can find inspiration anywhere!

 

Use your Silhouette to cut out shapes from painted watercolor paper - such neat color and texture!

 

I’m excited to share with you 30 more Silhouette projects that some of my bloggy buddies have concocted using some of their favorite materials!  While I love having theme posts for inspiration on particular materials or seasons, sometimes it’s nice to see what folks create when there are no boundaries – creativity can really take hold and shine through!  So be sure to take some time when you’ve got it and browse through all of these projects – you’ll be sure to be inspired.

 

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Have YOU had any craft fails with happy endings?  Leave a comment – I’d love to hear your story!

 

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Wheat Grass Centerpieces

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

It’s time to play a little bit of catch up…I made these centerpieces for the baby shower I hosted back in March!  They were so easy and such a great touch that I knew I wanted to share a tutorial with you…and now I’m finally getting around to it.  #procrastinatorsunite

 

This was a gender-neutral “Baby Showers bring May Flowers” themed shower for my friend Katie, who had her first baby in May (a beautiful little boy!).  Of course, I DIY-ed lots of elements of the shower, including the invitations and favors which I’ve already shared with you.  When I came across these colorful little watering cans in the dollar spot at Target, I knew they’d be a perfect addition to the party decor…I just had to figure out how to use them!

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

Then I remembered the adorable grass centerpieces that my friend Lisa has done for multiple showers over the years (including this woodland themed shower) and knew that would be the perfect thing to use these watering cans for.  A quick phone call to Lisa gave me the simple instructions, and I went to our local health food store in search of wheat berries (wheat grass seed).  I bought a big bag for just a few dollars, which was much more than I’d need for just 3 pots.

 

The first thing you need to do is soak your seeds in water for 12-24 hours.  Drain them in a colander an hour or so before you’re ready to plant them.

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

Fill up your pot with potting soil.  I put some stones in the bottom of the watering cans to help with drainage, then filled it up with soil to about an inch or so below the top.

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

Sprinkle the seeds onto the soil in a single layer.

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

I topped mine with a very thin layer of soil, but I’ve also read that you can just put a wet paper towel on top instead.  (In fact, there are some tutorials out there that show you how to grow wheat grass without any dirt – just with some wet newspaper or paper towels!)

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

Here’s the weird thing – keep your pots out of the sun for the first few days.  They need dark to start sprouting.  I put mine in a closet in the basement.  After 3 days, this is what they looked like – little white-ish green sprouts.

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

Then I moved them to a window sill – here’s what they looked like at around 5-6 days after planting.

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

They’ll get nice and full and green after about a week!  I read that they only needed about 6 days, but mine were looking their best around the 8-9 day mark.

 

I love how they look untrimmed and more wild, but if you wanted a more manicured look to your wheat grass you could trim them to be even.  They were such a neat and colorful addition to the shower decor!

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

I even used them as props for some blog photography afterwards!

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There is so much you could do with these wheat grass centerpieces – grow them in all kinds of fun and unexpected containers (I was originally looking for some tea cups), or depending on your party theme and colors, you could add some flowers, butterflies, ladybugs, bumblebees…anything!

 

Make wheat grass centerpieces for your next party - includes an easy tutorial!

 

 

And if I can grow them and not screw it up, anyone can!

 

Happy party decorating!

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