I just want to start by saying, I love my Silhouette machine. I can do some awesome things with it such as these silhouettes of my kiddos. When my mom’s cousin gave me the two small oval frames I immediately knew I would add silhouettes of my kids in them. But when I bought the large oval frame on Saturday, in my stash of cool stuff for $5 total, I had no plans for it. I just loved the detail on it and had to have it. That’s right, I got this frame, a clock (that works) and a wooden tray for $5. My new favorite store which has no name or telephone.
BEFORE AND AFTER CLOSEUPS
I cleaned all 3 frames with Lysol wipes, added a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, a coat of Annie Sloan wax, sanded/antiqued and then added one more coat of wax. I love the rose detail on the large frame and knew it would turn out wonderful antiqued.
Then, the fun part! I used my Silhouette Machine to design all 3 silhouettes. I purchased The Ultimate Silhouette Guide by Melissa Viscount and I will add, if you own or plan to buy a machine, this book is a must. Of course, there are plenty of tutorials online (esp. Silhouette School Blog) that teach you how to do all of this. It probably took me an hour to design and cut them but it was the first time I had created silhouettes. I cut them on adhesive vinyl and attached to the black paper. The 2 small frames are plastic and were easy to reassemble. I had to create a new back for the larger frame out of cardboard.
I am so glad I finally used the small frames and found the large one. The project turned out very cute and once again, I have now changed the decor over one of my mantels to these. Now, where to hang what was there?
Moving on to my next project out of my “cool crap” (as the owner told me) from my $5 shopping splurge.
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