April 21, 2011

Rhinestones!! with a Silhouette tutorial...

 Did you know that the Silhouette Machine does rhinestones?  I knew it, but I had no idea how it worked, so I always just glazed over anything about the rhinestones.  Well, Silhouette sent a Rhinestone Kit that I could try out - and NOW I get it!  So I want to show you how to make Rhinestone Designs with the Silhouette Cutting Machine.  And FYI - deal alert - at the end of the post.

First, here's my kit and it's contents - fabulous!

Now, just a heads up, I switch between projects for the tutorial - sorry about that!
--First, pick out a "rhinestone" design.  It is a design made out of little circles.  The kit comes with a CD with some designs (but my craft computer is the reject computer and has issues - it won't play CDs most of the time) and you can find designs in the online store for $1 - I got mine in the online store.

--Position your design like you want.  IMPORTANT: Do NOT Resize your design!  The design is made up of a bunch of circles that are the right size to hold rhinestones.  If you resize  the design, the rhinestones won't fit right.

--Cut your design on the special paper, green side up.
--Peel the green sheet away from it's backing.  The green sheet is now your template.  See how it leaves the dots it cut behind on the backing (the white sheet):
 --Then you stick the green sheet onto a piece of really stiff cardstock.  Now you have your template ready.  You dump rhinestones on top of it and brush them around until they fill in the holes.  I wasn't that great at the brushing - for me it was easier to carefully put a sequin in each spot.  The bigger holes (like the letter "E") are for bigger rhinestones and the smaller holes (like the pink swirls) are for smaller ones.
 --Almost done!  You take a piece of the clear tape sheet stuff and put it on top of all your carefully laid out rhinestones - they will stick to it.  You carefully lift up the clear tape and this is what you get:
 --Then you just place it wherever you want to attach it.  The rhinestones have heat-activated glue on the back, so you just place a cloth over the plastic and iron the design to the shirt for about a minute.  Then peel the clear tape off and the rhinestones stick to the shirt.

I feel that when I made shirts at home I want them to be custom - you can buy rhinestone shirts in the store, but you can't buy ones with the letter "E"!
 She loved it!  I love how it has pink and silver, and is personalized, but in a subtle way.  And I love spicing up plain hand-me-downs!

 So what is this month's Silhouette Deal??


The Silhouette SD
2 sheets of rhinestone template material
2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape
2 rhinestone backing boards
1 rhinestone placement brush
1 CD of rhinestone images
1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones
1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones
1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones
1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestones 
1 Pick-Me-Up tool

This is an incredible deal worth $125 in savings!

Use the code "SUGARBEE" at checkout.

--OR-- if you just want to order Rhinestone stuff (the kit, supplies, etc) - all of it is 30% off - score!

I can't wait til tomorrow when I show you the fabulous shirt I made for myself.....


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

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