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"But With Joy" Silhouette project

I was asked to create a vinyl project by my good friends over at Silhouette, and of course I agreed in a heartbeat!

I have never done a vinyl-on-mirror project, so I thought that would be a fun one. I also wanted for the project to be inspiring as I looked in the mirror before heading out into the world. I chose a line from one of my favorite hymns, “Come, Come Ye Saints” as the focus for the project and set to work!

I first cut a poppy and the word JOY (both from the Silhouette store) from olive green vinyl, put them on the transfer paper, and transferred them to the mirror. Then I used the Bebas font (from dafont.com) for the rest of the line of the song, which I cut in black. Here is a shot where I am lining up the words getting ready to peel off the backing and then transfer them to the mirror.

Here is the GIANT MESS I made:

And here’s how it turned out!

I will say this: Photographing a mirror is VERY HARD TO DO. Can’t get right on, or then you’d see that I haven’t showered yet today. Can’t shoot inside or you’d just see my living room. So I ended up on the front porch shooting against my red front door, and balancing a piece of white foamcore against my legs. You can see a little peek of my cell phone in the top left corner of this one:

I used a really beautiful chipboard set from My Mind’s Eye’s Follow Your Heart line as accents, here at the top, on the left side, and in the bottom right corner.Here’s a detail of the vinyl lettering:

And the embellishment in the bottom right corner - the big green piece is the poppy vinyl I cut out with the Silhouette. The poppy is a flower with lots of symbolism, in Greek mythology, in Chinese symbolism, in Christianity, and in the remembrance of the end of World War 1. Check out this interesting article :

The chipboard is from the My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart collection. The bird here and the flying one above are from an old Pink Paislee / House of 3 set. I used a mini clothespin and some baker’s twine from MME as well.

And to show what it looks like face-on (still haven’t showered - sorry about that):

All in all, it was a GREAT first attempt - I learned that the Silhouette Hook (which looks like a tooth scraper the dentist uses) is invaluable in peeling the negative vinyl away from the cut pieces. And it helped a lot to use scissors to cut the piece down before trying to peel the excess away. It was pretty detailed work with some of the fiddly bits.

I LOVE my new mirror, and I hope you do too! :)

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