With the current Silhouette promo going on right now, I was sent some double-sided adhesive to try. I haven't worked a lot with glitter, and I'd never used the double-side adhesive, so I was excited to use it. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, and Valentine's Day decor coming down soon, I decided something with a shamrock would be fun.
I've seen quite a few projects using the adhesive with paper, and other decor, such as candles, but since I love working with wood so much, I was curious to see how it would work. I LOVE the end result!
It was really easy to do, and FAST! (which I always love...)
-2x8 wood block (mine was 12 inches wide)
1. Spray paint your wood block (I used White in Satin, by Rustoleum) and let dry completely. Sand the edges and front to distress, then wipe away excess dust.
2. Create your design in Silhouette. When you're ready to cut, select double-sided adhesive, and change your blade accordingly. The only thing I changed was to NOT double cut. The first time I did, it cut right through, and I couldn't use it. I cut it again, without the double cut, and it worked perfectly. I would suggest a test cut first, then make any changes as necessary.
3. When your design has been cut, you're ready to apply the adhesive and glitter to your wood block. I followed THIS TUTORIAL from the Silhouette blog, which helped immensely for the first time using it. Be REALLY careful when you're removing each layer (the yellow, then later the white), so you don't remove the adhesive at the same time. When you're actually doing it, you'll see what I mean. It just takes a little bit of a learning curve, but it didn't take too long before I got the hang of it, and knew what it was supposed to look like.
4. I followed that same tutorial when it came to tips on adding the glitter. The only thing I noticed with the wood is that it was harder to remove the glitter from the outlying areas, because of the grain of the wood and natural small cracks. I tried the brush first, and it removed some, but I ended up using a damp rag to carefully go around the lettering and shamrock to remove all of the excess.
Done! I tied a little twine around one side--it needed a little something--and I was set to go! I now have my first holiday decoration that has glitter on it, and I love it! It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day, and it's calling my mantel's name!
Don't forget...the Silhouette promo ends TOMORROW NIGHT...FEBRUARY 14TH!!!!