Monday, March 10, 2014

Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!)

I am super excited to be sharing this project!  My sister in law is a pinner but she is not a crafter.  Her idea of crafting is going to Etsy and whipping out the credit card.  LOL.  So our current relationship is...she pins….I say “I can make that” and we go shopping and have a craft day.  I will make a crafter out of her yet.  ;)  

Our most recent project was this adorable wall art for baby Jackson.  She is due May 5th. (Baby Jackson is having a few complications though and momma's status has recently been considered high risk.  Lots of prayers for Jackson to stay in mommas tummy as long as possible.) 

I was super excited to put my new toy to work on this project.  I wasn't sure if it would work...but I thought if I just scanned in the image of each letter and traced it in Silhouette Design Studio...I would be able to cut out a perfect match. (Instead of the old tracing/exact-o knife method)

Guess what?!  IT WORKED!!!!!  
Supplies needed:

Wooden letters (We got ours at Michael's.  They come painted white and they are ready to hang with a screw hole in the back)
Paper of choice (We found this super cute paper at Hobby Lobby and it matches Jackson’s room perfectly)
Wooden shapes (We found these at Hobby Lobby as well…another perfect match!)
Yes! Paste (or modge podge)

Let’s get started!

Using a scanner, scan and save an image (I saved as a JPEG) of each wooden letter in your project.  (Remember where you save your scanned images).  I have a HP Officejet 6500A plus all in one scanner/printer/copy/fax.   (I did have an issue while trying to use my sister in laws scanner (Canon – not sure of the model number) and the scanned image was not coming out in the correct proportion.  I would suggest testing this with one letter first to make sure that your scanner will cooperate with you. 

In Silhouette design studio select:
FILE tab…
Select MERGE….
SELECT YOUR SCANNED IMAGE (do you remember where you saved it?)
Your image will open in Silhouette Studio. 

Next we need to trace the letter:
  • Open the TRACING TOOL
  • Click “SELECT TRACE AREA” button
  • SELECT TRACE AREA by clicking to the right of your letter and while holding down the left mouse button; box in your letter leaving a small border around your letter.  (You may need to adjust high/low pass filters to get a completely closed path.)…
  • Click on the “TRACE” option in the box on the right of your screen.
  • CLICK ON YOUR IMAGE AND MOVE IT OFF YOUR MAT. (You can delete the image if you like….I waited until I was happy with my trace in case I needed to retrace the letter)…

Use the ERASER TOOL to remove any “specs” that may have traced inside of your letter. (You don’t want random dots cut in your letter.)

Now you need to REMOVE OUTER LATER of your trace. 

    ZOOM IN to the edge of your letter….
                DOUBLE CLICK to show points…

                   There are a couple of ways to do this:
                         -Select points individually/right click/delete point
                          Once You get can move quite quickly by repeating:
                          right click/delete point
                        *Remember the undo button if you happen to delete the wrong point.
                         -To delete multiple points at the same time: 
                          hold down shift key/box in points/right click/delete point

You should now have a single lined trace of your letter.
- If you have any rough edges anywhere simply do a quick trace and it should trace a nice smooth line.
- I would print a test of this on plain paper with your printer to ensure a perfect match. Just print and lay your wooden letter on top. If all is well you are ready to cut out your letters!

Lay out your letters and paper and decide what paper you would like for each letter. 
I suggest alternating patterned paper with a solid color. 
When you have a pattern you like, cut out each letter. 


Now lets put this all together.    
         - Apply a layer of Yes! Paste or Modge Podge to the wooden letter.
         - Place paper letter on top and smooth out.
         - Apply another layer of Yes! Paste or Modge Podge.        
         - Use hot glue/Wood glue/E6000 to attach the wooden shapes.
         - Hang and enjoy!

Would you like to check out more 
Silhouette projects?  

I am super excited to be joining the monthly Silhouette Challenge group for the first time! This months theme is PAPER and all of the Silhouette Challenge gals are posting their projects today.  Get inspired by checking out the projects below...and don't forget to leave some just might make someones day!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File
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  1. great craft! I actually pulled my coworker into my office to show her this one for her little boy's room : ) not that I was reading blogs at work or anything....

  2. This is amazing! What an inspired idea to scan the letters to get the perfect cut file :) The wall name is adorable.

    All the very best for Mum & Baby too :)

  3. This is a lot better than the exacto knife way! I'm pinning for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

  4. SO cute! Great job, I love the little embellishments on the letters as well.

  5. How smart are you putting your letters in the scanner! Such cute letters, I am sure little baby Jackson will love them!

  6. Great technique, I wouldn't have thought of that. Turned out so cute. We'll keep your sister and Jackson in our prayers.

  7. love it! he will to when he gets here. thoughts and prayers are with them

  8. Hi Mommy Fink,
    First please tell your sister-in-law that I'll be joining you in prayers that Jackson stays in Momma's tummy as long as possible. I know this is a scary time for her. Tell her that my daughter was born 4.5 weeks early and she was teeny-tiny but as healthy as can be!!! Now on to your project! I love your relationship, "she pins….I say “I can make that”. Haha!!! She's lucky to have you. You are genius to think to just scan the letters!!! His name turned out darling. Thank you so very much for the detailed tutorial so the rest of us can give this project a try! I'm so very glad that I'm a part of this amazing, talented Silhouette Challenge group!!!
    Peace, Love and Joy,

  9. So glad you joined the challenge (and especially at such a challenging time for your family -- sending "stay in mommy's tummy" thoughts your and your sister's way). And this is such a GREAT idea! Now if only my old scanner would work with my new computer (sigh, not to be...)

  10. Hello fellow Silhouette Challenge Buddy.
    How smart are you to try scanning! I love that idea. I have a older Canon machine so I'll have to watch to see if the proportions get skewed.
    Do you know if changing the dpi settings would improve the quality of tracing in the software program? Or would it make any difference at all?

    1. Hi Kal,
      Thanks for stopping by. I recently (since I posted this) caught a brief post somewhere about scanning an image. I believe they said if you know the width of your scanner bed you can use the scale tool to resize the image to the correct proportions. I did try this (I think) with the older scanner I was using and the proportions were still off. I think the post I caught was referring to when you open up an image in studio and it is can then use the scale tool. Worth a try I guess. I do not know if the dpi settings would help....but is worth a try ;)

  11. This is such a clever idea for a shortcut! :)

  12. Awe, what a precious gift for such a special baby. Thoughts and prayers sent your way!

    Oh and thanks for the reminder to talk to my sister (we're both crafting nuts and have yet to have a craft day!)!

    Much Love,
    Trisha D.
    Black and White Obsession (and fellow Silhouette Challenge-r)

  13. Sarah,
    Great project! Jackson is a lucky little boy!
    SC Buddy,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  14. What a great idea! I never would have thought to do this!

  15. I would have never thought of doing it this way!! You are brilliant!!!

  16. I'm finally getting through all the projects. This wall art is amazing! I love the patterns and colors you chose. What a lucky little baby.

  17. So creative work you have done..Thanks for sharing this information


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