Hello there, friends! Brittany here, kicking off November’s “Teach Me Tuesday” with this cute little owl box design that is available as the Free Design of the Week this week!
With one of my best friends coming into town, I knew I wanted to turn this box shape into a little welcoming present. One of our favorite things to do when she comes “home” is venture around the city taking photos, so turning this owl box shape into a little photo holder was a perfect way to gift and relive our previous adventures. For you project-lifers out there, these photos are perfectly sized to slip right into a new or existing layout! Or if photos aren’t your thing, you can house whatever you want inside this cute design.
To recreate this project, here’s what you’ll need:
- The Silhouette Curio™
- Silhouette printable white sticker paper
- Silhouette sketch pens
Start by downloading the Free Design of the Week (#99831) and opening it in a new page in Silhouette Studio. From there, using the rounded rectangle tool, I created a rectangle sized 3x4in (half a 4 x 6). Using that rectangle as a guide, I sized my owl box shape accordingly to fit the photos in it’s interior. Once I had my bits sized correctly, I sent the owl box shape (without the eyes) through to be cut out of cardstock. Remove the cut design from your cutting mat and simply fold along perforated guides, using your choice of adhesive to hold it together.
One of my favorite features of The Silhouette Curio™ is the double tool holders. Because The Silhouette Curio™ allows you to hold two different tools at once, you can do a two-color sketch in one run! I utilized this feature to create the sketched owl eyes, as well as the beak. Using Silhouette’s printable white sticker paper as a base for my sketches made it super simple to adhere them to the front of the owl box without the need for additional adhesive.
To create the sketched eyes and beak, I opened the Sketch Window in Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition) and played around with the various stroke/fill options until I was happy with the look.
Select all the shapes of one color, and in the new cut settings window (unlike with the CAMEO) you will now see a window for Tool 1 and Tool 2. Depending on which color sketch pen you have in which holder, simply set the coordinating shape with it’s tool spot. Be sure to also set each tool to the correct material (i.e.: Silhouette Sketch Pen).
Being brand new to The Silhouette Curio™, one part I missed when first attempting to sketch was adding then necessary platforms. If you’re use to working with the CAMEO, this will be a new step that takes some getting use to to remember. Luckily, in the cut settings window of Silhouette Studio, it prompts you with the suggested platforms needed for the material you are using. The suggested setting for Silhouette Sketch Pens is a 6.
You will see on the photo above, the platforms are numbered and it just takes a little bit of quick addition to add the correct platforms onto your base. I used platforms 1+2+2+1(cutting mat)= 6. The first time I ran my project through without any platforms (newbie) and the pens didn’t even come close to reaching the paper. SO, it was pretty easy to realize I missed a step. Getting use to the new set up takes some time, but it not difficult once you get the hang of it.
After the eyes and beak are sketched, you can swap out the sketch pens for a blade, essentially creating stickers once they are cut out. Be sure to adjust your blade/tool/platform settings accordingly. Stick the cut out parts to the front of your owl box and there you have it! I went a step further by cutting out a little banner I had sketched “You’re a hoot” onto, and tied it around with twine. For the photos, all you need to do in Silhouette Studio, is drag your selected photos inside your rounded rectangles and use the Print & Cut feature to bring them to life.
Go start making this hoot of a project. Happy crafting!