I recently picked up a couple of the cutest kitchen canisters from Sur la Table. Although they are lovely plain, I thought they could use a little pick-me-up. With the help of some Silhouette chalkboard vinyl, an image from the Silhouette Online Store, and a chalkboard pen, they are now even cuter than ever!
Here is a before picture of the canisters:
And here is a close-up of the after:
I discovered the chalkboard vinyl is a little different that regular vinyl. First of all, I was using the Silhouette Studio software, and I found that I needed to alter my Cameo settings in order to get a good (and easily weed-able) cut. Typically, I still use the old/original vinyl settings with my cameo. Those settings did not quite finish cutting all of the way through the chalkboard vinyl. So, I changed the settings inside the software to the "new" pre-set vinyl option. This improved the cut, but the design was still not cut all of the through, and I could not weed the design without tearing it. The third time was the charm! I stayed with the new preset vinyl settings and selected double cut. It was perfect, and it was so easy to weed the delicate design.
I also discovered that the chalkboard vinyl is resistant to vinyl transfer paper. The chalkboard vinyl just would not stick to the transfer paper at all. Fortunately, the chalkboard vinyl is thick and sturdy enough to move by hand without the transfer tape. I did not have any trouble with the design trying to fold over or stick to it itself. Whew!
I finished off the canister project by using a liquid chalk pen to label each canister. All done!