Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Autumn Swag How To with Silhouette Cameo

I was browsing around the other night admiring all the things to make with paper and I found this cute swag in the projects at Sizzix. I would have linked to the project but I could not find it again. Good thing I downloaded the image, I printed it out as a guide.
I like it a lot and thought I would make it using my new Silhouette Cameo. I purchased four shapes for $3.96 and then began cutting so I could create a swag.
Here are the shapes I purchased.
bird branch
oak leaf & acorn
thanksgiving leaf
8 fall leaves

If you have a Silhouette Cameo you can purchase and download those or use some you made or have.

 I got my shapes ready using the Silhouette Studio that comes with the Silhouette Cameo. I prepared each sheet and made several colors of the leaves, the branches one sheet of four and about 2 acorns.
 Printing my branches

Some of my leaves

I cut out a bunch to use in other projects 

 Time to arrange them on the board strip  

Finished time to hang on the inside door using Command Hanging Strips

Love the Thanksgiving cut out leave that is really sweet  

Take your Silhouette Cameo and print your leaves and branches and acorns, I really like the one that says Thanksgiving and I put that leave on the right side on the end.
I used some Distressed ink by Tim Holtz around the edges of some of the paper leafs, I actually added to much, I should have used a Q-tip but I used my finger instead. I used the ink for some definition. It actually looks really good until you look close up like in the photo, but from a distance, standing back it really is pretty.    

After you get done inking you will need to cut a piece of white craft board  or Foam Board Joann's and Michaels both carry it.
 You can cut into a strip using a blade cutting tool. Cut it to the length you desire. 
Now just start arranging your leaves, acorns and branches the way you desire or use the photos as a guide.
Glue the cut outs in place let dry and you're done.
I hung mine on the inside of my front door, I didn't add a ribbon or wire because I hung mine using Command Hanging Strips.
My husband even thought the swag was pretty cool so that is awesome! 

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Have a wonderful day! ~Kat