It was inspired by a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf who said: "In Family Relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home." (Of Things that Matter Most) and from this short inspirational video (5 min.): To A Child Love is Really Spelled T-I-M-E.
I wish that I could have bought a whole stack of these plates for gifts, but sadly there was only one left at Ross ($2.49) so I guess I'll just have to be happy that I got the last one. It measures 8" square and has the cutest little hearts in the 'lace' edging. The stand is from a dollar store, I bought a bunch of them a few years ago, so the total cost of the project was $3.49 + vinyl that I already had and of course tax.
One of the features on the Silhouette (cutting machine) that I love to use is the tracing feature. I can make up a design in Microsoft Publisher, save it as an image, and then open it with the silhouette software to trace around and cut out in vinyl.
This is the first time that I've tried using clear contact paper to apply the vinyl instead of transfer paper and it worked so well! I first found out about this tip at Occasionally Crafty. Because the contact paper is clear it's much easier to center the vinyl when you set it down in place--so much easier! It costs less than transfer paper too.
How to Use Clear Contact Paper to Transfer Vinyl
(Image Top Left) Peel back one corner of a piece of contact paper, line it up, and stick it down on top of the vinyl. Slowly peel off the rest of the backing. Rub over it with your fingers or a credit card to ensure the vinyl will stick to the contact paper. (Image Top Right) Carefully peel off the paper on the back of the vinyl. This is a view of the sticky side of the paper. (Image Below) Flip the contact paper over and stick the vinyl to the plate. Rub over it so the vinyl is smooth without any air bubbles. Gently pull back the contact paper. You might need to use your fingernail in a few places to help the vinyl detach from the contact paper.
I wanted the birds to be the focal point so I cut them out in red vinyl and placed it over top of the black vinyl, this way if I want a change from the red I can just peel it back off--I think.
If you'd like to make one with the Silhouette and tracing feature you are welcome to use this image. Leave me a comment (and a link to your project) if you do, it will be fun to see how it is used! The bird clip art is from SweetClipart.com.
FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY
(Do not sell this image or use on any items for sale. Please do not post this image on your website.)
I've made up printable's for the quote as well for those of you who don't have access to a vinyl cutter or would rather print it (to Mod Podge onto a block or to place in a frame) and will be sharing them soon!
Updated: Click here for the prints, available in five colors.
Today's Fabulous Find...
Using Clear Contact Paper to Transfer Vinyl
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