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PixScan Clock

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

Today I’m going to share with you an easy and unique way to perfectly customize a basic clock to match ANY room. The clock shown was made to match my daughters room and her custom dressers. I used the PixScan Mat technology to perfectly the size of the clock face and the placement of the numbers to eliminate any guessing. It saves so much time!

 

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Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

Start out by dissembling your clock. I bought mine at a certain big box chain store for a few dollars, which means this is a inexpensive project. For mine I unscrewed the back, removed the glass front, carefully took off the clock arms and then peeled off the clock face. Afterwards I realized it would have been easier with a clock that didn’t have a sticker face, but I made it work anyway.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

 

I then laid the clock face on my PixScan mat and placed it in my scanner. I have a CAMEO sized mat, which is much bigger than a standard scanner, but magical Silhouette technology makes it work!

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

To start the scanning process, you first click the little PixScan tab on the top left bar in Silhouette studio. The box shown above will pop up to the right and give you a few choices. I chose the scanner option, but you could also take a photo of the mat (which is such a cool feature). I just scanned in one side of the mat since that is where the clock face was, Silhouette Studio filled in the rest of the mat on the screen.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

To start the design process I placed a simple circle around the clock face. Make sure it’s exactly the same size as the clock face. This may take some tweaking to get it right. I then also placed a circle over the middle hole and group both circles together. I duplicated this basic shape and put it to the side for later.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

 

I then went through and picked out a round design that would look nice on the clock face. It was the Floral Flourish Circle Background design to be exact. I re-sized it until it looked nice. Don’t worry about the numbers getting in the way, You’ll be changing them soon enough.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

I went very basic with the text style on this piece by using the Arial font. You could go super fancy with one of the Silhouette ready font files available in the shop too. I wanted smaller numbers to give the clock a daintier feel. To position them I just typed them out and moved each one to the center of the existing numbers. It looks like a mess now, but trust me, it will all come together soon enough.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

Once I was happy with the placement, I went back to the PixScan option and clicked “Remove Pixscan Image”. What I was left with was the image shown above. Ignore the fact that the numbers are purple, originally I was going to sketch out the numbers on paper and then cut out the flower design. I didn’t do this because I realized I had some loose pieces and I’m not great with glue. However, if you like the idea and don’t mind glue, you should totally try it!!

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

To prep the design for cutting I went and changed the cutting mat to the CAMEO and moved the design over to the left. You can see that extra circle I placed to the side (though I don’t understand where the middle circle went. Maybe I accidentally deleted it?). From this point I went to the cut box and chose Vinyl as my material and continued on as I normally would. Please note that with Adhesive Vinyl, you do not need a cutting mat unless you are using small scraps. I cut the first intricate design out of Lilac Adhesive Vinyl, and then The large circle out of Purple Adhesive Vinyl.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

To weed out all the unwanted vinyl in the intricate cut, I taped the design down to a flat surface and used the hook tool to remove all the pesky little pieces.

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

 

Customize Your Clock! | A Pixscan Tutorial by Jessee M for Silhouette America

 

Then using the Silhouette Transfer Paper and Scraper, I carefully removed the design and placed it one top of the simple circle cut out of the Purple Adhesive Vinyl. I then just removed the entire piece from the backing, placed it on to the clock face and reassembled the entire clock! That’s it, it’s done!

Jessee M

Hello! My name is Jessee Maloney and I am stay at home mom who is also a small business owner. When I’m not doing those two things I spend the rest of my time finding new ways to make things. I come from a very creative family and pretty much all of my free time since I was a kid has involved art and crafting. I am a collector of skills too. If there is a craft I haven’t tried yet, I make it my goal to learn everything about it!

Designs Used:

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

Blade

Hook

Scraper

transfer paper

CAMEO Cutting Mat - PixScan™

12-inch glossy adhesive vinyl

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7 comments

  1. Your clock is so cool. What a great idea. I cant wait to decorate the cheap clock I already have in my scrap room. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. What a lucky girl your daughter is! That is a stunning clock. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and creativity!

  3. Love the clock and I’m sure your daughter will, too. PixScan is awesome, but this particular project would be quicker and more accurate without it. Just put the clock face on your scanbed instead.

  4. Jessee,

    The project looks great.

    My wife and I have made several clocks except that we use the print and cut feature of Silhouette Studio. We chose to print and cut on cardstock instead of using vinyl.

    We also found out that the size limits of the print and cut narrowed the choices down to only three readily available clocks. We use the Walmart clock with six screws, (looks like the clock you used) the basic Target $ 4.99 clock or the two dollar Ikea clock. The two dollar Ikea clock is priced great but feels cheap.

    We print on cardstock with a laser color printer and the clockfaces look awesome.

    As explained in other tips, we print slightly oversize and then have the cutter set to cut only the hole for the clock hand spindle, and the larger circle.

    We did not use either the scanner or PixScan.

    If you wish to email me, I will donate for free the Silhouette Studio templates I made for the three size clocks I mentioned.

    John and Sharon in Philly

  5. Fun project, Jessee! Now I want to go disassemble my kids’ clocks and dress them up! I’ll miss your posts on the design team, but I’ll be watching your blog. 🙂

  6. Maybe it’s just me, but the design she used is not showing up for me. Just a box with a red “x” in it. Is it just me? I had that happen with another Silhouette Blog post.

    Could someone post the design # if you have it? Thanks!

    1. *** Never mind! When I clicked on it, it took me to the design in the Design Store, even thought it still doesn’t show up (for whatever reason).

      Cute project, by the way!

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