Few things are more fun that eating for me, and by eating, I mean I eat like a child. So, when I started thinking about this project, I knew I wanted to add a little spunk to our already plain placemats. I think I found the perfect design to add the exact charm I was looking for- and guess what? The full tutorial is below so that you can make your own! Get to it.
1. From the Silhouette Design Store, download design #63923 (yum! hand lettered word). Once the design is downloaded, it can be located in your personal Library inside Silhouette Studio.
2. Start by measuring the space you want your design to fill on your placement and size it accordingly in Silhouette Studio. Mine was sized to sit a tad bit smaller than 12″ which fit right within the width of Silhouette’s Stencil Material.
3. Load your Stencil Material into your Cameo. You do not need to use your cutting mat, but sometimes I like to when I am down to a limited amount of supply. Either way, be sure to adjust your CAMEO load settings accordingly.
4. In the Cut Settings Window, select Stencil Material and physically adjust your blade with the grey blade key provided. For this material, the suggested is blade 3. If you are worried about wasting material, don’t forget to utilize the Test Cut feature. I wish I would remember to do this for every project, but like most, I’ve had to toss material aside that didn’t cut all the way through…and truthfully, it’s an avoidable bummer.
5. Once your stencil material is cut, you can weed out the letters (or whatever part in your design that you want filled in with paint) and place your stencil atop your placemat. I thought because of the texture of my placemats that the Stencil Material would work more efficiently than the Stencil Vinyl which is usually used with the fabric paint, so just be aware of the different choices when adapting this project for your own!
6. Speaking of, did you know Silhouette also makes fabric ink? It’s true! You can check out the variety here, but for this I went with good ol’ black. With some black fabric ink squeezed out onto a dish, I used a sponge dauber to dab on the ink until all of the lettering was filled in. If your design is close to the edge of your Stencil Material, be careful not to get ink off the side!
7. There you have it! Peel off your Stencil Material (which is durable enough to reuse) and… YUM!
You’ve got some place mats that are sure to bring some new life to your next eating adventure! Enjoy!