How To Layer Vinyl & Make a {Cute & Feminine} Home State Decal

I may currently live in Alabama, but the rolling hills of Kentucky will always be the place that I call home.  The Bluegrass is where I was born and raised, where I started my life with my husband, where (most) of my family still lives….ahhh, I miss it so.  I’ve been slowly personalizing the front of my Silhouette Cameo (and as in slowly, I mean I have ONE thing so far, ha!), so I thought a vinyl decal commemorating my home state (and hometown) would be perfect.

I didn’t just want a regular boring home state decal that I’ve seen bouncing around the interwebs on cars and shirts.  You may have seen the one I’m talking about….plain white, boring boxy font, no personalization.  No thanks!  I like to get in touch with my feminine side and I freely admit that I love the color pink.  Plus I love cutesy handwriting fonts.  So, thanks to my Silhouette, I created the perfect little feminine home state decal of my Old Kentucky home.

Here I’ll show you how to layer vinyl and make a home state decal of your own….one of the cute and feminine variety, of course!

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How to Layer Vinyl and Make a Home State Decal (That’s Cute and Feminine!)

Here I’ll take you through all the steps from designing to application….let’s go!

Supplies

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Designing The Decal in Silhouette Studio

The first thing I needed when designing my home state decal was my state of course!  There are many different ways to get an image of a state into Silhouette Studio, and the method I chose was to use a dingbat font called State Face.

I love using dingbats whenever possible….they’re so much easier to use than searching for, importing, and tracing a JPG.  My motto is work smart, not hard.

Kentucky’s shape is a “Q”, so I created a text box with that letter and then resized it to my liking.

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Since I had already decided on the color scheme that I wanted to use in vinyl, I made things easier on myself in the design phase by filling in each aspect with its respective color using the Fill Color window….in this case, the main Kentucky vinyl piece was going to be a bright magenta pink, so I filled it in with a matching color.

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I really enjoy layered vinyl pieces….I think it makes them more interesting (and colorful!).  So to create a background layer, I used my Offset tool and made a simple outline around my top Kentucky layer.  You can play around with the settings to get a thickness you’re happy with.

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I then filled in this layer with a coral pink color to match the coral vinyl I’d be using (and to keep my simple brain focused and clear on what I was doing).

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Next it was time for the text to be added.  Whenever I’m working on a project that uses text, I feel like I could spend hours, maybe even days (only sort of joking), scrolling through all my different font options, then going through them one more time, then changing my mind and having to start all over again. And let’s not even talk about choosing fonts to download online!  There’s soooo many to choose from….total time sucker.

I like to use a handy dandy website called wordmark.it to preview all my fonts at once….you can read my tutorial for using wordmark.it and why I think it’s so amazing for deciding on fonts for a project.

Anyway….for this project I was going for a cutesy script font and I settled on a font called Mission Script….it’s a nice handwriting cursive font, but it’s thick enough that it will cut just fine.  I then simply spelled out “home.” (yes, with a period at the end) and filled it in with a mint color to match my mint vinyl….I just love this color scheme!

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Since I wanted the word “home” to be cut out as a single piece, I needed to connect all the letters together.  Otherwise, all those little connector pieces that overlap with the following letters will all be cut, which is not what I’m after.  To make the word one whole piece, I selected my text box, right-clicked on it, then selected ‘Weld’ from the options.

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And tada!  We now have one smooth word….perfect.

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The only piece left to design was highlighting my hometown of Florence (Florence, Y’ALL!…anyone else from NKY??).  I remember signing a petition in high school to change the name of Florence to Funkytown, because how cool would it be to say “I’m from Funkytown, Kentucky”?!  Well, the petition obviously didn’t get enough signatures since it’s still called Florence, but I improvise and fondly refer to it as Flotown.

Anyway….I decided on using a heart over Flotown, so I went through my Silhouette Library and found a design that had the perfect little heart in it.  I believe this design came free with the Studio software….or maybe it was a free shape of the week or part of a download card…?  All I know is it was already in my library and it was exactly what I needed…jackpot!

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When I opened up the file, it obviously brought in all parts of it, and I only needed the heart.  In order to select the heart, I had to separate all the individual pieces from each other.  To do this, I simply selected the file, right-clicked on it, and then chose ‘Ungroup’.

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Now all the pieces are separated and the heart is ready for me to snag.

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I wanted the heart shape to be in the same color vinyl as the “home.” word so I filled it in with the same mint color and then I dragged it overtop of Flotown’s location to finalize my design.

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The “love you bubble” file had served its purpose, so I needed to get rid of the remaining parts. To do this, I selected all the pieces and then right-clicked and hit ‘Delete’.

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Horray!  The design is complete….looks pretty cute too.

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Registration Marks = Easy Layering

I am OCD and since I would be layering these different colors of vinyl, I wanted to make sure the coral outline was perfect and even around all sides.  Just the thought of creating this, cutting it out, and then having it be crooked once layered sent chills down my spine…..the horror!  And not to mention the waste of time and vinyl!  More horror!

So to help me achieve layering perfection, I would be utilizing the help of registration marks when applying the magenta pink vinyl to the coral piece (I was going to be brave and eyeball the placement of the word and heart….I guess I’m not that OCD after all).

Creating registration marks is so easy (and fast)!  They’re just little boxes that will be cut out on each layer that you use as guides to help line up your placement.  This is just a personal preference, but whenever I work with long designs, I find it easier to put the registration marks at the narrower end and line up the layers that way.  I’ve done it the other way though, too, and had success, like with our family growth chart ruler.  For this project though, I rotated my design and then used my Rectangle tool to make a small box at the top near the left edge of the design….

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….then right-clicked on it and duplicated it to make my second box. (I just happened to fill them in with the same mint color I’d used earlier, but the color doesn’t matter….they’re not going to be part of the final decal.)

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Then I moved the second box over to the right edge of the design.  Next, I opened up my Align window and used the options to align the top of both boxes with each other, as well as each of the boxes with the outside edges of the state.  This just helps to make sure everything is even and easier to line up.

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[***Note: I don’t always use registration marks.  I find that using registration marks is especially helpful when layering vinyl with thin elements (like with my son’s Halloween footprint craft) or lots of layers (like this personalized Halloween tumbler).  Sometimes if I’m layering pieces that are chunky or thick, I’ll skip this step and just eye-ball the placement….there’s enough wiggle room that is very forgiving if it’s not EXACTLY centered.  Since this decal had a thin outline, it was registration marks to the rescue!]

 

Cutting The Vinyl

Now I was ready to cut!  Finally, right?  I opened up my Cut Style menu and it defaulted to cutting every single element in the design, which is not what I wanted.  Since I’m cutting the pieces out in different colors, I needed them to cut separately.  So I ungrouped the design first….

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….then changed the settings so only the OUTSIDE layer as well as the two registration marks were selected (highlighted in red) to cut.

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Vinyl Cut Settings

From there, I then went to my Silhouette Cut Settings menu and selected ‘Vinyl’ as my medium. Even though I was using Oracal brand vinyl and not Silhouette brand, I still left all the default settings the same (do a test cut first to make sure your settings are correct though):

  • Speed: 8
  • Thickness: 9
  • Blade: 2

For this layer, I was cutting from a roll of Oracal 951 coral vinyl and didn’t need my mat, so I also made sure to uncheck the ‘Cutting Mat’ option.

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I then loaded up my coral vinyl into my Silhouette Cameo machine (remember to select the function ‘Load Media’ instead of ‘Load Mat’ on your Silhouette), and then hit ‘Cut’.  And we had success!

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It was then time to move onto the magenta vinyl.  For this, I went back to my Cut Style menu and changed the outer layer to ‘No Cut’, then selected the INSIDE layer and changed that to ‘Cut’.  I still wanted the registration marks to cut with this layer too, so nothing was changed with those.

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Then I loaded up my magenta vinyl (Oracal 651) and cut out this layer.  Wahoo!

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Now for the last of my cuts, this time with the mint vinyl (more Oracal 651).  I could have loaded and cut this color the same way as the previous two, but since I had a scrap piece of mint that was the perfect size, I decided to use that up.  This required the use of my cutting mat.

To make it easier on the placement, I moved everything off the grid except for the word and the little heart.  Like I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t concerned with using the registration marks on this layer, so those went with the state and rested on the sidelines here.

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Since I was using my mat, I had to reopen my Silhouette Cut Settings menu and check the ‘Cutting Mat’ option now.

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I then placed the scrap piece of vinyl on my cutting mat and loaded it into my machine (I had to first move the white roller piece all the way to the right).  Then I hit ‘Cut’ and watched the magic happen again!

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How To Layer Vinyl

All three of my vinyl pieces were finally cut and ready to be made into one!  I just needed to weed them (or remove the excess unnecessary vinyl).  It was easy to weed the two pink colors….the text on the mint vinyl, however, needed the use of my hook tool to remove the little pieces on the inside of the ‘o’ and the ‘e’.

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Now that all the pieces were cut and weeded, it was time to layer them.  To do this, I needed to remove the TOP piece from its backing.  I first placed the magenta vinyl piece on my cutting mat….the stickiness helps act as a third hand and keeps the vinyl piece nice and still.  I then grabbed some transfer paper and applied it over top the vinyl and used my scraper tool to make sure I had nice and smooth contact.

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Registration Marks = Easy (and Perfect) Layering!

I then slowly pulled the transfer paper up and the vinyl of course came with it (yes!), then I reapplied it back down on its vinyl backing EXCEPT for the registration marks…..those needed to be left off so I could line them up with the registration marks on the coral vinyl.

I chose to reapply the rest of the vinyl to the backing because it is VERY sticky and I didn’t want to chance accidentally touching it to the bottom layer before the registration marks were lined up….that would have been very bad, very bad indeed.  You can, of course, skip this step if you want….you’re braver than I am, though!

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How to Layer Vinyl and Make a {Cute & Feminine} Home State Decal | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Next, I placed the back coral layer on the mat (once again to utilize its stickiness to keep the vinyl nice and flat), then I CAREFULLY (and slooowly) lined up the registration marks on both layers….and held my breath hoping they were even….

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How to Layer Vinyl and Make a {Cute & Feminine} Home State Decal | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

After both marks were aligned and applied, I peeled off the vinyl backing of the top layer and, using my scraper again, slowly applied the magenta vinyl on top of the coral (be careful to work in one direction while applying to try and avoid getting air bubbles!  But hey, they tend to happen.).

And looky there!  A perfect, even, BEAUTIFUL outline…..ahhh, this makes me so happy to see.

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Applying The Vinyl

Now it was time to apply my Old Kentucky Home decal!  I first peeled it off the backing and then cut away the registration marks since they had already done their duty.

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So here was the way my Silhouette Cameo looked before this little project.  The only personalization that I’d done so far was my cute little chevron monogram initial (which you can purchase here).  It is also in the same mint and coral vinyl that I’m using with this project, so the two should coordinate nicely.

And what do you know!  It also has my name in the same Mission Script font….I didn’t even realize this until writing this post!  How serendipitous….  One of these days I’ll also get around to cutting out some glittered card stock for my display panel….maybe on my next trip to Michaels I’ll remember to grab a piece….

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Anyway….I eyeballed the decal’s placement and scraped it on….

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….and then peeled away the transfer paper.

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BEAUTIFUL…if I do say so myself.  It would be just lovely as is.  But I still had my personalization left, and I just love that mint color.

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Now it was time to apply the heart and word.  I quickly applied the heart over my beloved Flotown with a pair of tweezers, then slapped some transfer paper on top of the word and gave it a good scraping.

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Next, I held my breath as I eyeballed its placement and hoped/prayed/crossed all fingers and toes that it was level….

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And it was.  Oh happy day!

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The Finished Product

I think this cute and feminine home state decal of the Bluegrass makes the perfect addition to my machine.  I know it’s nothing amazing or super special, but it’s a daily reminder of home…and a mighty cute one at that.

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How to Layer Vinyl and Make a {Cute & Feminine} Home State Decal | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

I like this so much, I might change the color scheme and apply it to the rear window of my car. My Mazda is a rust red color, so this design would clash with it, but I’m sure I could come up with another color scheme.  Plus, I’ll look for any excuse to play with my Silhouette and vinyl!

 

UPDATE!

***I’ve done a little more personalization to my Silhouette!  You can check out how I made the most adorable little decal of my son’s newborn footprint here….it just melts my heart. *sigh*

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. Kristi lowe says:

    I just got so excited to see someone from my hometown on pinterest. I just got a cricut explore about 2 months ago and a lady at work wants me to make her one of these for her car window.

  2. Amanda Carver says:

    Great tutorial! Did you ever do one for the C with your name that is also on you machine? I love it! What are those fonts?

    Thanks

  3. I am from “The Nati” (ugh – I always hated that one) and I am honestly a little in awe and a lot overwhelmed over this posting! I am trying to decide if I want to offer monogram vinyl printing in a gift store I am opening (near Atlanta) and this made my eyes cross, but I love it so much. Would love to find a consultant (someone like yourself who would be willing to help me decide if/what to do (I have to be able to do it myself AND train others to do it very well)
    If you (or anyone else) would be willing to discuss to this newbie, for a consultant fee, please let me know.

  4. Mishelle says:

    I just ordered my Silhoutte so I dont even have it yet but I am binge watching tutorials. I just wanted to say you made me evern more excited to get started. Your tutorial was one of the best I have watched.. it’s easy to understand and well written. I love the tip on the registration marks, brilliant.
    Thank you

  5. Patti Schaub says:

    I just totally died laughing over the “Funky Town” story! I have many memories of traveling to the big ol’ Florence Mall…Funky Town Mall would have been much cooler!

    Great site BTW :)

    From Lexvegas ,

    Patti

  6. I just ordered a silhouette and stumbled across this looking for projects to try. I’m from Louisville but have lived in Bowling Green for 10 years. My SIL is from Ft. Thomas. Small world! love the project idea!

    • Ha Emily, small world indeed! I have family that lives in Louisville, and Ft. Thomas is right up the road from where I grew up. :) I’m so glad you stumbled your way over here, and have fun with your new Silhouette!

  7. The instructions have been very helpful, and thanks for those great pictures

  8. i was just on Pinterest tonight looking for silhouette cameo projects and one of the first things that came up was this tutorial. I had to click on it because it was so stinkin cute, but mainly because it was Kentucky. Then I noticed you had the heart in NKY so I was wondering why… Florence is where I live now, I grew up in Hebron. My dream is to someday have a business of my own selling my handmade creations! Your site definitely inspires me and shows me that a girl from a town in KY can do just that! I wonder how many people we know in common lol

    • LOL, Andrea! That’s too funny! :) Yes, we probably know a lot of people in common! I was born and raised in Florence and lived there until I moved away to go to grad school at EKU back in 2007. My parents still live in the same house though, so we frequently come back to visit (and so I can get my LaRosa’s, Skyline, Graeter’s, & Montgomery Inn fix!). I also have dreams of starting my own handmade creation business! Maybe someday…. Best of luck to you on yours, and thanks so much for taking the time to say hey! :)

  9. Your tutorials rock! Thank You :-)

  10. Great minds think alike! I do something similar when I layer vinyl. I love the newborn footprint!

  11. Thank you Christine for this extensive tutorial. So helpful. :-)

  12. Hi there! I was wondering where you buy your vinyl? Im having a hard time finding the coral color.

  13. Alicia Demmitt says:

    I’m a fellow Kentucky girl. I live in Somerset but I’m originally from Shelbyville. I’ve had my Cameo since November and have managed to do a lot of paper projects. I keep stocking up vinyl but I’m so afraid of failure. My daughter leaves for college on the 26th and the recommend having her name on everything. She love the Cheveron initial with her name but I’m having issues. Any ideas?

    • Hey there, Alicia! Nice to hear from a fellow Kentuckian! :) Yeah, I was pretty nervous when first starting out with vinyl too….but don’t be afraid to fail! It’s all about learning. Some recommendations I have for ya:
      -Always do a test cut first to make sure your settings are right.
      -For vinyl, I usually use the default Vinyl cut settings. However, if the design is really small and/or intricate, I’ll bump my speed waaaaaay down, usually to a 4.
      -It’s usually easier (and less stressful!) to cut the vinyl on the mat, even if your piece is big enough to be cut without one.
      -Maybe practice first cutting some non-premium vinyl. I first started out using Silhouette-brand since it’s cheaper. Then once I was confident, I moved up to Oracal….and it’s much better quality, so it cuts, weeds, and transfers easier too!
      -Make sure you use transfer tape to move/apply your vinyl decal.
      -I try and keep my blades separated by media, so I’ll use one for vinyl, one for paper, one for chipboard/cereal boxes, etc.

      Hope these tips help! Let me know if you have any other specific questions! And good luck! :)

  14. I just found your blog through Pinterest! I am too a fellow Kentuckian!! I live over in Walton now just a few miles from Florence! Love this state design! I would love to put it on a t-shirt! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Hey Heather, fellow Kentuckian!! Yep, I know all about Walton….I used to have a really good friend who is from there! Been there many times….I always loved the drive down 25 between Florence and Walton….very peaceful with the windows down and radio up. I’m so happy you found your way here! :)

  15. How do I download this into my silhouette? I have tried with no luck thanks!

    • Hey Cassidy! Sorry, but I’m not really sure what you’re referring to….what exactly are you trying to download?

      • Im trying to download the state font to be able to cut out states.

        • Oh, okay! Just click here to go to the download page, then click on the purple ‘Download OTF’ button. That should send the file to your Downloads folder, probably as a .zip folder. I’m not sure what kind of computer you’re using, but here’s a link with more directions for installing fonts. Hopefully this solves your problem!

          • Is there a way to get it from downloads to your fonts like you have shown? I have bought some states but didn’t want to pay $50 for all of them if I didn’t have to. Thanks again.

          • You’ll just need to install the font file into your fonts folder. Once you do that, it should list it automatically with the rest of your fonts. I didn’t have to do anything special to get it to show up in Silhouette Studio or pay any money to use it.

            The second link I posted above has some info for FAQs regarding installing fonts after you download them. The directions depend on the type of computer you’re using and its operating system. The file is probably a .zip file, so you’ll need to unzip that first then install the specific font file that is inside that folder. Good luck!

  16. Hey could you explain to me how you did your name on there, with the line in between you C making room for the rest of your name, also is that chevron or did you cut it that way if so, how?

    Thanks so much it is super cute, and hey we live in KY also!!!!!

    • Hey there Kaila (and fellow Kentuckian)! That chevron C was a file that I purchased from myvinyldesigner.com. There is a direct link to it in the post above. If you’d like to make your own, there are lots of videos on YouTube explaining how to create split designs. To make that particular decal, I first cut out the chevron C in mint vinyl, then cut out my name in coral vinyl, layered the two pieces, then applied them onto my Cameo. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for telling us about wordmark.it! I can’t wait to try that out. My sis in law has a silhouette too, and all her font show up in her library under the font section so she can view them. Mine doesn’t do that though. Not sure how to make that feature work…

    • Hey there, Stephanie! You’re so very welcome! I’m glad you’re just as excited about wordmark.it as I was/am….it really is incredible.

      I’m not really sure how to add the fonts to your Silhouette library. Your comment made me look into it, and I found some videos on YouTube covering it, but those directions don’t work for me (I’m on a Mac though, and they were on a PC, so maybe that’s the issue…?). I think all the ones you purchase from Silhouette’s online store should go there automatically, but I don’t know how to add other downloaded ones. So sorry!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  18. Santa brought me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I have been all over the internet looking for tutorials… This is by far the best tutorial!! Thanks SO much for the step by step photos and descriptions! Helped me learn so much on how this program works, can’t wait to try this project tomorrow!! Is Hobby Lobby a good place for Silhouette supplies?? Got a gift card from there, so that’s where I planned on going, but wanted to make sure because I have no clue!

    • Hey there Megan and congrats on your new Cameo! Wahoo! Welcome to the wonderful world of Silhouetting, and prepare to become addicted! Thanks so much for the kind words regarding this tutorial…it was not only one of my first vinyl projects, but also one of my first tutorials on this blog, so I’m glad you found it helpful and inspirational! :)

      As far as good Silhouette supplies that can be found at Hobby Lobby….I would suggest getting replacement mats and blades there as well as scrapbook paper or glass etching cream (although you can often find these cheaper on Amazon). I would not recommend getting any vinyl there….it’s really not good quality and will end up frustrating the daylights out of you! I usually purchase my vinyl from expressionsvinyl.com, myvinyldirect.com, or apicraftersupply.com. If you’re needing cardstock, I always like to use a cereal box….seriously! I’m not sure what you’re planning on crafting, but at Hobby Lobby, I would suggest maybe looking for things you can jazz up with vinyl or etching cream instead of buying actual Silhouette supplies. Hope this helps and feel free to shoot me a message if you have any further questions (just use my ‘Contact’ page up top). Happy crafting! :)

      • Good thing Hobby Lobby was closed when I got there on Sunday then (Duh!). But okay, I’ll check out those web sites for sure! Thanks so much for getting back with me. Look forward to more posts!

  19. This tutorial is perfect! I just made one of my state of Texas. This is my first Silhouette project that actually turned out!! Yippee!! Thank you thank you! oxox, Amanda

  20. Veronica Drew says:

    I need some help: when I cut a skinny front as I try to pull the excess vinyl from around my design it rips the design. Any tips?!

    • Hey Veronica! So sorry to hear you’re having vinyl problems….I hate when that happens! Is your vinyl cutting okay? I usually use the default vinyl cut settings, but if I’m cutting something skinny or super intricate, I’ll bump the speed waaaay down, like to a #4….this helps to prevent any snagging and allows for a nice, even cut all the way around. Also, what type of vinyl are you using? I really like using Oracal brand because it cuts and weeds very smoothly and also has great adhesion. Maybe also try adding weeding lines. Hopefully this helps!

  21. Always nice to see someone else from Kentucky doing the same thing. Richmond gal here!

  22. Love your step-by-step directions. And there is nothing better than being from the Bluegrass State and seeing the tank with “Florence Y’all”.

    • Yay Beverly….a fellow Bluegrass gal!! I agree…that red and white water tank sure is a sight for sore eyes, especially now that I moved away. I always love seeing it when I come back home to visit family (although no one in NKY actually says “y’all”!) ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  23. Meredith D. says:

    I just finished up my state decal…it turned out great! (although a little bubbly) I was so excited about making it with my new vinyl that I ended up not smoothing out my vinyl once I put the transfer paper on it (oops). Good thing its not permanent though! :) Thanks for the tutorial. I learned a few new things about Silhouette Studio. I look forward to seeing more projects from you!

    • Yay, I’m so glad you found this tutorial helpful, Meredith! Don’t worry, I get bubbles too…..you’re right about excitement taking over when making something with new toys! It’s like Christmas morning for me whenever I get new vinyl to play with. :) What home state did you create? I’d love to see it!

      (And so sorry it’s taken a while for me to respond here. I’ve been out of town on a family vacation until yesterday and I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things!)

      • Meredith D. says:

        I made a South Carolina decal (2 of them actually)…I figured my boring ol computer needed some jazzing up as well :)
        I was going to make three states for my silhouette but I didn’t have enough room…I was going to do one of north carolina, and have that one say “born”, one of virginia, and that one say “rasied”, and then SC of course, and have that one say “home”. I might do that on canvas though…the possibilities are endless!

        I’ll put pictures of my SC decals on my pinterest, you can check them out there. I don’t know how to post a picture in your comments section :)
        http://www.pinterest.com/mrd777201

    • About the bubbles… try spraying your bottom vinyl with windex. Leaving a light layer and applying, this way if its not correct you can move it around too, when its placed correctly, squeegee out the windex and it should stick. (Start from the middle pushing out)

  24. Is there a tutorial on here on how to make the chevron letter??

    Thanks!!

  25. Whereeeeee do you get those gorgeous vinyl colors? The website that I buy mine from has nothing like that, and coral and mint are two of my favorites!!

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