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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 had ordered the Easter Pack of vinyl from Expressions Vinyl a few weeks ago (and received it just a few days after ordering!) and I decided this would be the perfect project for it.
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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I just got my first order from Expressions Vinyl this week and am super excited to get into a few project with my new supplies!!! :O)
On my wish list is the 12×24 cutting mat !
I would love to make some bright happy cards and of course something with colorful vinyl. LOVE vinyl, so easy to use and play with.
I need need NEED to order some glitter HTV :)
PS I need to go to the thrift store and start looking for frames. That is so adorable how you took a not so nice pic and made it fabulous
Thanks Michelle! I have a growing collection of frames waiting to be upcycled, and seem to buy more each time I’m at Goodwill…it’s just a matter of finding things to put in them, haha!
I know this post is about vinyl but I would love to buy some of the rhinestones in different colors! :)
Rhinestones are on my wishlist too, Kelly! But I am afraid once I try them, I will go rhinestone crazy and want to put them on everything, haha!
So funny I found you today! I was just at Expressions Vinyl this morning and I noticed etched glass vinyl! I never heard of that before! I can;t wait to cover my doors side windows with it
I love that they have vinyl packs! the boys pack would be perfect for a project I am planning for my boy’s room
Didn’t know about Vinyl Expressions! Love it! Been looking for a variety pack of colored vinyl. Love the colors in the Easter pack, but I’m going for the rainbow colors! Thanks too, for the beautiful verse download!
This is so pretty Meredith!! I love the colors and how it pops against the black background!!! Stunning. :)
I love Expressions Vinyl!! I’ve been doing a lot of subway art lately, so I’d be stocking up on more outdoor vinyl!
Wow, that trick for lining up your vinyl on the glass is genius. I now cannot WAIT to pick up a frame at Goodwill so I can try my hand at one. Stunning artwork, my dear. And so generous with the free cut file. It’s neat to hear about Expressions Vinyl, too! The product clearly shines in your creation. Well done!
LOVE the design! Thank you so much for sharing! Before I even read your post, the John Rutter piece ran through my head when I saw the picture. Several of my choirs and choruses have performed that piece. It’s gorgeous.
The item at the top of my crafting wish list would be a heat press.
Your project is FABULOUS!!! That was one of my absolute favorite songs from Sunday School when I was a child. You are sooooo generous to share the SVG file with us!!! Thank you so much!!! To show my appreciation, I’ve pinned the project, tweeted about it and will share on my Peace, Love and Joyce Facebook page!
I visited the Expressions Vinyl store and I would love to get a wide variety of the vinyl, especially the copper & gold leaf. The one thing I am going to buy right away is the “Vinyl is Money” e-Book. It would be great to sell some items to help support my addiction to Stampin’ Up! & Silhouette! Haha!
Thanks for the chance to win the gift card.
Peace, Love and Joy,
Patterned Turq polka dot vinyl Love it for my camper table
I really want the rhinestone starter kit!
Loving all of the themed packs of vinyl that Expressions Vinyl has!
I’d love the spring & easter vinyl packs!
I’d love to use some heat transfer vinyl on tote bags for gifts!
In my standard over-zealous ways, I have been checking out expressions vinyl and think I might want to buy out the whole store… you know, just to have a stash!
On the top of my list is the chalkboard vinyl. I just love it!
I want to upgrade my machine from the original to a new 12″ one. :)
The top of my list would have to be an indoor collection. That’s a lot of vinyl to play with. One of every color! Indoor Vinyl Collection 12″x24″
Oh my gosh! I love this Meredith!!! I’ll be scouring the thrift stores for a frame that size.
Thanks Jessica! I actually bought this frame with another project in mind but it ended up being too tall…but I’m so glad I had it on hand, it worked perfectly for this project!
I just feel in love with the Glow in the dark vinyl :)
Im wanting to make a subway type art with dr. Seuss inspirational saying. I think the Easter pack vinyl would be perfect! First vinyl project too :p
I need (not just want) some more HTV in colors!!!
I absolutely love this picture! I have not ever used vinyl in my silhouette yet but seeing this pretty, I want to make one! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea and keep crafting because colors make the world a happy place!
Aw, thanks Paula! You must get started with vinyl…it is a whole new world of crafting possibilities, and so easy! And I agree, happy colors make anything better :-)
Oh I love this! If only I had the patience to do it! ;)
Thanks, Ciera! You know, it really wasn’t that time consuming…I don’t have a whole lot of patience, but I never really felt like I was running out of it for this project, haha. Especially if you use less colors, it could be done pretty quickly!
This is lovely and it’s also my favourite hymn.
It’s such a great one, one of my favorites too, Maria! Such beautiful text!
I love you vinyl you made for spring. It is beautiful! Thank you for the download. I was wondering what size frame you used? I love the look of that. Please let me know.
Thank you very much.
Thanks, Kathy! The frame I used was 10×20,” I believe.
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Your design is absolutely lovely – I’m singing the song, too! I had a question about contact paper as the transfer medium. I made a decal for my car and just used the Cricut paper transfer. Because it’s not see through it made lining up hard so using clear tape sounds great! But won’t the contact paper itself stick to the object you’re trying to put the vinyl on?
Thanks, Debbie! Contact paper is only a little bit stickier than regular transfer tape, and it peels right off of glass with no problem. It helps to stick it to your jeans once or twice to “de-stickify” it a little bit, if you’re concerned about getting it off…but I didn’t do that for this project and it was fine. I’ve used it for many projects…including transferring to card stock, too! And it peeled off with no trouble at all.
Oh thank you for the tip to use contact paper when adding vinyl to cardstock! I started a whole project had it all planned in my head and half of the vinyl cut when I realized my transfer paper sticks to the cardatock and ruins it. I do have one question about your gorgeous project here, what did you use to make your background of the frame black? Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond, I adore your blog!
Your project is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing the file.
What did you put behind the glass? What is the “black” behind the vinyl?
So glad I found you this evening—saw your project on Pinterest and had to see how you made it! :)
Thanks so much, Donna! I just put two pieces of black card stock behind the glass…originally I was thinking of just leaving it with no backing, but it was really difficult to photograph…so I tried putting the black paper behind it and really liked how it looked so I kept it that way! Glad you stopped by :-)
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Oh wow so pretty girl!!!! =D Love the colors, fonts and the saying!
That’s very pretty. Question : how or what do you use to make the back black? Vinyl ? Paint ? Construction paper?
Hi Tina, it’s just plain black card stock inside the frame!
This is beautiful! I love this project (it’s a favorite childhood hymn of mine!) and want to try to make it for my twin girls’ bird-themed nursery before they arrive this fall. I am not familiar with studio software and use a mac. Is it possible to get the template in a PDF format? Following you on Pinterest for more ideas! Thanks!
Hi Louisa, thanks for your sweet words! I adore this hymn, too. I made it by cutting the lettering out of vinyl with my Silhouette cutting machine, and the file is for Silhouette Studio (to be used only with a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait), so unfortunately it can’t be used with any other program. You could try creating your own version to print and frame, if you’d like! Just pick some pretty fonts – PicMonkey.com might be a good site to try. Congratulations on your little girls – I’m sure their nursery will be lovely!
I’m new at this…. :). When I try and cut the small words “each” I get messed up letters or what I think are called “tags”. Then the upgrade to 4 keeps freezing. Any suggests for cutting the smaller fonts?
I was just wondering if you know of a way to convert this STUDIO file to a SVG? I’m in love with this but have a Cricut :( In hindsight I wish I’d gotten a Silhouette instead but I was new to it all & took a friends advice.
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