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It certainly doesn’t look like spring outside – but with the winter we’ve had, I’m afraid if I waited to decorate for spring until all the snow melted, it would take until May! I decided to start off my foray into spring decor with some cheerful spring vinyl art.
Do you know the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful?” I remember singing the John Rutter arrangement in church choir when I was little. It has always stuck with me – such beautiful imagery of Creation, and a reminder that God made every bit of it, big and small! When I was searching for a spring text to use, I thought of that first verse – “Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.” It was perfect!
I dug up a frame purchased from Goodwill that was just begging to be used for this, took measurements, and got to designing my spring vinyl art!
(At first I thought the lovely 90s pastel pink would work for this project…don’t worry, I changed my mind!)
After lots of tweaking and font-changing in Silhouette Studio, I finally came up with a design that I loved. I used the fill tool to color the text with the color of vinyl that I wanted to use.
Why yes, I would love to share my design with you! Happy almost-Spring to all! Click HERE to download the “All Things Bright and Beautiful” cut file.
Fine print: This design is for personal use only. I’d love for you to follow me via Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter in exchange for the download…of course, it’s not mandatory, but very much appreciated!
Because I knew there was no way I’d be able to freehand the vinyl layout on the glass, I printed out the design directly from Studio to tape behind the glass as a guide. I made sure my page size was set to “letter, then rotated the design 90 degrees. About 2/3 of the design was sticking off the page, but that’s okay – it will print whatever is showing on the page in Studio. I printed the first page, slid the design over to print the middle, then slid it farther to print the end. I lined up the pages (they overlapped a bit) and taped them together, then I taped it behind the glass.
Once I’d printed my guide, I separated out the words by color and cut them out of vinyl. The vinyl I ordered was indoor vinyl, Oracal 631. It cut flawlessly using the Silhouette recommended settings and weeded like a dream!
I used clear contact paper to transfer the designs – that way, I could see through to line it up with my printed guide behind the glass. (Plus you can re-use the contact paper several times before it loses it’s stickiness.)
It worked perfectly! I was able to line up all of the vinyl without any trouble. No slanted text or wonky spacing here!
It may seem a bit tedious, but the process actually went rather quickly. I’d say the cutting, weeding, and transferring took about an hour in total.
Remember that pink frame? Yeah, I wasn’t loving it.
So I used some multi-surface white satin acrylic paint to de-pink-ify it. I only did two coats to give it a more distressed look. I like it much better this way :-)
This makes me smile every time I look at it…even if there is still snow on the ground, it is beginning to look like spring at our house!
Except now, every time I look at it, the song gets stuck in my head…ah well, there are worse things, I suppose! ;-)
I have to say, I was really impressed with the quality of vinyl and enormous selection from Expressions Vinyl. I also ordered a bunch of specialty vinyl from them (including chrome brushed vinyl, gold leaf vinyl, frosted glass vinyl, and glitter heat transfer vinyl!!), and I’m SO excited to try it all out!
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What is your favorite way to craft with vinyl? I am always looking for new ideas!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive product from Expressions Vinyl to complete this project in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!
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