I’ve always been a fan of the bright and colorful sugar skulls that are used as part of the Day of the Dead celebrations every fall. Hey, I like color, and these cutesy skulls just do it for me (year-round, too!). They’re a little edgy, but still cheery and cute (as opposed to the typical evil and scary skulls), and they come in all different styles and doodles and variations….they’re just plain fun!
I’ve also had a black and white makeup bag that was just begging for some color, so I decided to personalize it with a customized sugar skull graphic….one that resembles yours truly! Yep, I created a skull version of myself……totally crazy and weird, I know. I’ve just got a thing for personalized goodies of all kinds. I can’t help it.
Keep reading to find out where to snag some great graphics, how to easily customize them, AND how I added one to create a personalized bag. Oh, I’ve also got a collection of 20 totally awesome sugar skull graphics too. So much goodness in one post!
[Many thanks to the awesome folks at GraphicStock for sponsoring this post. All opinions are of course 100% my own, and I only share things I think you all will love too. I gotta keep it real!]
Sugar Skull Makeup Bag: Drop Dead Gorgeous!
- Sugar skull graphic
- If you want to edit the graphic (like I did), a program like Photoshop Elements, PicMonkey, Canva, etc.
- 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of printable heat transfer vinyl
- Printer & ink
- Silhouette Cameo or scissors
- Makeup bag
The Makeup Bag
Here’s the makeup bag I used for this project. It’s a simple canvas bag with black and white stripes, and it’s just dying (haha!) to be jazzed up with a semi-personalized sugar skull version of myself.
The Sugar Skull Clip Art
I’m certainly not talented enough to draw anything that would remotely resemble a sugar skull (or even a straight line, for that matter), but luckily, I don’t have to be! Nope, not with an awesome resource for all things digital called GraphicStock.
This site is basically a designer’s dream source for stock images, graphics, vectors, seamless backgrounds and papers, textures, and more….they have over 250,000 images available with new ones added all the time, and the best part is they are royalty-free! So once you download them, you have them for life and can use them for any personal- or commercial-use projects for free, forever!
I first did a search for sugar skulls on GraphicStock which resulted in hundreds of images, and after perusing through them, I spotted this cute feminine one that had a nice profile. I liked how it’s not your stereotypical sugar skull since it’s girly (and has hair!), but I wasn’t a big fan of the coloring….not working for Miss Blondie here.
No worries though because that can easily be changed, and in that row on the far left I spotted this same image in black and white….perfect!
Once I clicked on this image, I selected the file format I wanted (I chose a PNG to keep a transparent background) and then downloaded it onto my computer.
How to Easily Edit a Clip Art Graphic
Like I mentioned, I wanted to create a sugar skull that is more personalized and resembles me (since it’s my makeup bag after all), and this would be really easy to do in Photoshop Elements. You can also probably do this same task in another photo editing program like PicMonkey or Canva, but I’ll be showing you how I did it in Photoshop.
First, I opened up my downloaded file.
I then duplicated the layer (so I wouldn’t paint over any of the black lines in the original), then using the Paint Bucket tool, I selected my various colors (and as you can see, I like BRIGHTS!) and filled in the different shapes/spaces. I gave my gal some blonde hair, blue around the eyes, soft pink lips, and bright colors for the flowers and other embellishments. This tool took care of about 98% of the coloring.
For the remaining 2%, I then used the Paint Brush tool on the second layer and filled in any of the tiny little areas that the Paint Bucket couldn’t reach. That’s it!
And here’s the final result! So easy, right? When I showed my husband this he even commented that it really does look like me now….which I’m taking as a compliment. ;) Although I certainly wish I had that kind of volume and body to my hair! And makeup that was so quick and easy to apply. Ahhhh, a girl can dream….
Since I’d be placing this image on my black and white makeup bag, I decided to give my sugar skull a little purple outline to help it POP off the bag’s stripes. To do this, I simply went to the Effects menu and chose a Stroke option, then changed the color to purple on the Layers menu.
Cutting out the Sugar Skull Patches
In Silhouette Studio, I opened up a picture of my makeup bag as well as my edited Photoshop file of my sugar skull to create my mockup. As you can see, I flipped my sugar skull horizontally….I just thought it looked better that way for some reason.
Looking cute, no?
I then duplicated my sugar skull so I could place one on each side of the bag, then added registration marks to the page. These marks would allow my Silhouette to cut the images out perfectly. You can check out this post of mine for a full tutorial on how to use Silhouette‘s amazing print & cut function.
Next, I printed out my project on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of printable heat transfer vinyl….
[For more info on this printable heat transfer vinyl, check this out.]
….loaded it onto my cutting mat and into my Silhouette….
….and finalized my cut settings:
- Material: Fabric (Thick fabric like canvas)
- Blade: 5
- Speed: 5
- Thickness: 33
A few moments later, my sugar skulls were cut!
Super colorful and pretty!
Applying the Printed Heat Transfer Vinyl Sugar Skulls
I then pre-heated my iron to the Cotton setting (no steam) and ironed on one patch to the center of each side of the bag. It only took about 10-15 seconds and the sugar skulls were permanently adhered….couldn’t be easier!
The Finished Sugar Skull Makeup Bag!
And here it is! A nice upgrade to the original makeup bag, right? Would you say…..drop dead gorgeous?? ;)
I just love how bright and colorful it is, and that we share a slight resemblance. Now I want to add it to everything!
20 Amazing Sugar Skull Graphics
Here are 20 other amazing sugar skull graphics that I also love!
These are all also found on GraphicStock, and to download them, just sign up for their FREE 7-day trial that allows you to download up to 20 images per day. Then once they’re downloaded, they’re yours for life!
If you decide during your 7-day trial that you’re no longer interested in downloading super amazing digital goodies and you don’t want to enroll in the paid subscription, no worries! Just cancel your membership before your trial expires. You can still keep all of your downloads and use them any way you’d like!
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