Printables have become very popular in the last few years. I have hundreds of them saved and more pinned, but I don’t have an endless supply of ink. If you have a die cut machine like a Silhouette or Cricut, save your ink and create faux printables with your paper stash instead!
I have seen tutorials for making art like this with vinyl, but not with paper so I thought I would share how I create my “printables” now that I have a Silhouette.
Choose your background and foreground colours. I only needed to use letter size paper since I was creating an 8 x 10 print.
Design your printable. I used the free font English Essay for the word Lucky. It is a script font that both cuts and transfers well whether you want to use the lettering or the negative space left behind.
Send the design for your foreground to cut.
Have you ever fiddled with a printable trying to cut it down to size to fit the dimensions of your frame? Never again! If the opening of your frame is 8 x 10, draw an 8 x 10 rectangle in your cutting program, send it to cut and that’s it! Perfect fit.
Cut your background colour. If you are using one colour as the background, create another rectangle that matches the size of your opening OR change your cut lines so that only this shape cuts.
Spray (or glue) the reverse of your foreground with spray adhesive (a permanent bond is best). Make sure that your lettering is well-sprayed so that all the pieces will transfer and stick well.
Glue your foreground and background together. Watch out for pet hairs!
Carefully peel off the Press ‘n Seal, transfer tape etc., making sure that all small pieces adhere to the background.
Frame up your “printable” and enjoy!
Here are two other “printables” that I made, pre-blog, using the same technique . . .
And one more to show that you can use pieces of different papers to achieve a multi-coloured effect. The design was inspired by this very generous freebie from Sprik Space.
What do you think? Will you be making a “faux” printable in the future? I guess it’s time for me to start thinking about a new design for spring!
Thanks for visiting!