Cover Your CAMEO With Fabric Ink And Handpainted Details
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Cover Your CAMEO With Fabric Ink And Handpainted Details

Looking for an easy first project to try out those fabric inks you couldn’t wait to get your hands on? Your Silhouette dust cover is the perfect canvas (literally) for some handmade art.

Supplies Needed:

Designs Needed:

Step 1: Cut Your Materials

For projects with a lot of different components, I like to plan out my overall design in Silhouette Studio® first. This helps ensure that certain colors and sizes of shapes will coordinate nicely. Once I was satisfied with my design, I cut the cherry blossom branch and flowers out of stencil vinyl and the hummingbird design out of the new metallic mint heat transfer material.

Step 2: Apply Fabric Ink

Transfer the cherry blossom branch stencil to your dust cover using transfer tape and apply white fabric ink over the entire design in an even coat. When swiping with a paintbrush rather than dabbing with a sponge, it’s best to pull the ink inward from the edge of the stencil material as pushing it outward into the edge of the vinyl may cause bleeding.

Remove the stencil and allow to dry. To give my design dimension and a painterly look, I applied additional fabric ink freehand to the branch. This is not as difficult as it sounds! Simply use a detail paintbrush and grey fabric ink to add a subtle shadow to the lower edge of the branch and a second coat of white fabric ink to add a highlight to the top edge of the branch. While the ink is still wet, use a dry brush to blend the edges of the colors inward.

Allow the branch to dry completely and then apply the flower stencils to your dust cover with transfer tape. For this next step, I wanted a pale, peachy pink…so I mixed white, magenta, and a dash of yellow fabric ink together in my palette until I achieved a color I liked.  Don’t be afraid to mix your inks for a truly custom design!

To continue with that handpainted look, I added magenta fabric ink to the center of each flower with a detail brush and white highlights to the outer edges of the petals.

Step 3: Apply Metallic Heat Transfer Material

Have you seen the new metallic heat transfer material? I cut the hummingbird design out of the gorgeous metallic mint color to add a little emphasis to this component (and so that I wouldn’t have to handpaint all of the details 😉 ). Press the design onto your dust cover with an iron or heat press.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Custom Dust Cover

Now every time I go to use my CAMEO 3, I’ll be reminded of spring flowers and that little streamertail that holds a special meaning for me (he’s the national bird of Jamaica, where I was married, and also known as the doctor bird).

How will you personalize your dust cover with fabric ink?

Annie Williams

Hello Silhouette fans! I'm so excited to be back on the Creative Team again this year. I am a scientist by training, but I have always been interested in art and art history as well. I enjoy sharing fun gift, home decor, and handmade card ideas over on my blog. My projects often reflect my other interests which include outdoorsy things like hiking, biking, and canoeing as well as a love of travel, small towns, and nature photography. I've been happily married for nearly 10 years to a man who is incredibly tolerant of my ever-growing craft supply stash...and we recently welcomed a new little boy into our lives as well.

Designs Used:

sakura flowers

hummingbirds set

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

stencil vinyl

transfer paper

Metallic Heat Transfer - 12-Inch

Fabric Ink - White

CAMEO 3 dust covers

Fabric Ink - Grey

Fabric Ink - Magenta

Fabric Ink - Yellow


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  1. That is one beautiful project! Thank you so much for the tutorial, Annie!

    1. Thank you Helen! It was a fun project…I’m so glad you like it!

  2. How beautiful – thank you for the inspiration , and terrific mix of mediums 🙂

  3. This is beautiful! I will definitely have to try some of the metallic heat transfer material 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Terrie…you’re going to love the metallic HTM!

  4. So pretty, Annie! I have yet to use my metallic heat transfer yet, but I sure love to look at it! I also have (ahem) four dust covers I need to decorate, so thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Kelly! This was my first attempt with metallic heat transfer and it cuts and applies so easily!

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