Mary Ann here with a great Valentine’s Silhouette project, a Valentine’s countdown calendar. I am a sucker for countdown calendars, and when I saw this one in the Silhouette online store I couldn’t resist. This project comes in two separate files, so you’ll need to buy both of them.
The first file contains the cut elements of the project – the backing, windows, numbers and phrases. I wanted my calendar to be fairly sturdy, so I first cut the backing from a sheet of Silhouette Chipboard. This chipboard has a wonderful weight to it and provides the structure that I wanted for the calendar. And as a bonus it cuts beautifully in the Silhouette – even the little intricate parts of the frame! If there is none at the store, you can ask Wendy to order it in. I use the chipboard for everything!
Once that was done, I cut my piece of red cardstock for the background. But once it was cut, I did not “unload”. Instead, I used my white sketch pen to sketch out where the hearts were so I had a guide of where to put my little hearts with the phrases.
My focus was then on the print and cut phrases for inside the windows. Again, with the idea that I wanted to keep this project for a number of years, I used printable adhesive canvas. I love how the colours look on the canvas, and how easy it is to cut in the Silhouette – this is also at the store and comes in a package of three sheets. I absolutely love it!
The next part was to put it all together –because I knew where my hearts were going, I was able to just peel them o f the backing and place them in position.
The last piece of this project was to do the numbers and phrase on the front. For the numbers I used Silhouette double sided adhesive paper, and sprinkled it with red glitter. The Double Sided Adhesive Paper was made for glitter! The glitter sticks really well to it. I did the letters out of the Silhouette Adhesive Printable Gold Foil which is another amazing product. I love that I can cut out the letters and just stick them on my project – I don’t have to worry about another adhesive.
A little ribbon for hanging – and there you have it! Here are the files in the Silhouette shop, in case you’re interested!
The Paperie has a series of Silhouette classes featuring different projects; our next one is an Easter Decor class on February 27th. We will also be offering Silhouette 101 on Feb. 13th for those of you who are just getting used to your machine or who are considering purchasing one.