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Dotty stencilled painted cup -(Silhouette UK)

A few weeks ago, I went to the Creative Craft Show at the NEC. Whilst I was there I won a mug making kit which included two mugs along with porcelain paint. As they were blank mugs, I thought they were perfect for adding a ‘Silhouette’ touch to them. Adhesive vinyl can act as great stencil material on surfaces like this, and as long as you don’t use permanent adhesive vinyl you can easily create a positive paint effect like this.


process tutorial

Dotty stencilled painted cup

For this cup, I went with a simple design using ‘#crafter’. Change the font style to a font of your choosing; I used ‘Sweet Mia’ from the Silhouette store. 

Next, you need to make sure all your letters in the design is welded together. With the text selected, right click and select weld. 

If you have more than one word, then these will not weld together, for example like the # in my design, you need to group all of the parts together to adjust the size of your design. Right-click again with all the elements selected and click group.

To adjust the size of the design, use the object size options in the top toolbar.  Make sure the little padlock appears closed as this will adjust your design proportionally and if you change the width, it automatically changes the height proportionally. 

To use the warp feature, you need a designer edition of the studio software or higher. The icon that appears warped in the right-hand toolbar opens up the warp window. 

There are two tabs to the warp feature, the second tab has template warp shapes – allowing you to take out the guesswork for you. Select the shape most appropriate one for your object. 

When it applies the warp, you will notice additional adjustments lines around the design (in green, blue and grey).

For a bit warp fit, you can adjust these to suit your object. My cup gets thinner as it gets near the bottom. Therefore adjusting the bottom right square allows me to move the bottom of the design in and thinner in width. 

Remember to do this the same on the other side for symmetrical warp. 

When you are happy with the warp, you are ready to send your design to cut. 

For the cup, I wanted the word to be left bare for the cup but the dotted paint to appear around the words to negative dotted design. Therefore, I weeded all the negative vinyl to leave a positive design on the back sheet. Use transfer paper to adhere the vinyl to your object. 

To apply the porcelain paint, I used a cotton bud and varied the pressure and size of the dots. However, you could use any shape to apply the paint. 

This was left to dry for 24 hours before removing the vinyl from the cup. To heat set the paint, the cup was baked at 150C for 35 mins to set the paint.

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wHERE YOU’LL FIND Full details on how I made this card AND LINKS TO SUPPLIES

Supplies sent to me as part of my various Design teams creative work:
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Silhouette Cutting Mat

As mentioned, I won a Pebo Mug Making kit whilst at the NEC Creative Craft show and used this kit for the mug and paints. 

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This post was produced as part of my design team work for Silhouette UK have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Silhouette UK to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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