Hi friends! Brittany here, with a little child art project just in time for Mother’s Day! Or any day, really. As some of you may already know, when I’m not spending my time being a maker of all things, I spend a good chunk of my time caring for little ones. Being a nanny, I am fully aware of how many art projects can pile up with little ones (because art should be done ALL THE TIME) …but that sometimes leaves you with loads of finger paintings, toddler scribbles and no place for it all to be put on display. With the help of your CAMEO, you can give new life and even add your child’s handwritten signature to some of that art you already have lying around.
The first part of this tutorial is going through the steps to create the simple heart-shape “mask” out of Silhouette’s Adhesive Corrugated Cardstock. The pack comes with sheets in both kraft and white. I chose the kraft color for this project.
- To begin, in Silhouette Studio, create a square that is sized accordingly with your frame. My frame was 8 x 8 in. I then found a heart shape I liked and sized/centered it within my square. (Or maybe you want to do a star shape? A train? What about a dinosaur? So many options in the Online Design Store, but for this one, a heart it is!)
- In the Cut Settings window, be sure to set your Material Type to Adhesive Corrugated Cardstock. Don’t forget to use the grey turn key to physically change your blade to the recommended number for your medium, as the blade will not change automatically.
- I then loaded my Adhesive Corrugated Cardstock sheet onto my cutting mat and let my CAMEO go to work cutting the heart square. For little art works that are more “abstract” such as finger painting, water coloring, or in this case, bubble art, you can utilize your Silhouette CAMEO to also cut the piece of art down to size. (Mine was 8 x 8 inches )
- I removed the glass from my frame, and layered my art work square behind the heart “mask” before placing the frame backing back in place (as shown below).
To continue on with a more advanced application, learn how to add your child’s own signature to your framed piece below:
In Silhouette Studio:
- Before opening Silhouette Studio, have your child write his/her name on a white piece of paper. Using a black or dark utensil works best. You will also get texture differences by having them write their name in crayon vs marker, etc.
- Scan written name onto your computer.
- Pull the scanned name image into Silhouette Studio.
- In the Trace Window, choose Select Trace Area. This will give you the ability to draw a rectangle over the area you want traced.
- With your written name selected, use the high and low pass filter/threshold/scale sliders to adjust the trace settings until your entire name is in yellow.
- Click the Trace option in the Apply Trace Method window. This will now create a digital outline of your child’s handwritten name, which you can size accordingly to fit your project and cut out of any material now!
- For this project, Theo wrote his name with crayon. I really enjoy how the rough edges and texture still show through even when cut out of Silhouette’s Adhesive Cardstock. Play around with other writing utensils for different effects.
- Because the Adhesive Cardstock is already…adhesive… All you need to do is peel the letters from your cut sheet, stick them to the front “mask” frame section and voila! You’re “signed” artwork is now ready for display!