For Middle’s ice skating birthday party, we decided to make personalized mugs stuffed with a hot chocolate packet and a scarf that Middle helped make. This tutorial will walk you through the mug using a Silhouette CAMEO.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Adhesive Vinyl: Matte or glossy – color of your choice (I used matte)
Cardstock – white
Cardstock – color of your choice (I used blue)
Short pieces of yarn or string
Step One: Vinyl Skate Design
The skate I used was from “Hockey Set” (Silhouette Design Store ID #60821) but any ice skate design will work. If you use the skate I used, the original design has holes for the laces. Once you Ungroup and remove everything but the skate, Release Compound Path and delete those holes. Then Group to keep your design together. (If these terms don’t make sense, visit Silhouette School Blog where Melissa can get you up to speed on your CAMEO.)
I am using Room Essential mugs from Target and based on their size, I need my skate to be about 2 in. square.
Next, you need to add the number 7. I prefer non-serif, blocky fonts for smaller designs so I chose Eras Bold ITC. I’ve got to make 14, and because I am cheap thrifty, I’m going to lay them out like this to cut: (Make sure your cut settings are set to cut everything.)
Putting vinyl on a curved surface is a bit tricky so work slowly and start at the center working out.
Step Two: Vinyl Names
Next, let’s design the names for the other side. I used the Silly Me Script from The Hungry JPEG. Before we cut it, we have to Weld each name so the little tabs of each letter blend with the next. Otherwise it will cut out each little bit. (I enlarged it below so you can see what I mean.) Just make sure you do all your edits before you Weld because once you do that it becomes a shape, not text.
I kept all the names at a 1.25 in. height and I laid out my names like this:
Be extra careful not to cut names apart when you cut out and weed your designs.
Using your transfer tape, start at the center and work out. Go slowly and be sure to line up the names straight.
Step Three: Thank You Skate Tag
The skate tag is made up of two layers: the background and the print and cut. First, the print and cut. Turn on your Registration Marks. You will use the same skate design sized to approximately 2.5 in. Fill it with your words. I added a shadow to the “Stay Warm!” just to make it stand out a bit.
Again, we want to print and cut as many as possible per page. This part is done on white cardstock.
Send to print. Once printed, put it on your mat and cut it.
Next you need to cut the slightly larger skate for the background. Use your print and cut design and be sure to ungroup everything and select only the outer skate shape. Choose Offset with a distance of 0.125 in. and apply.
Set everything to No Cut except the very outermost skate outline and the skate holes. I probably could have done these two layers in reverse order. It works either way.
Using the holes between the skate and blade as your guide, glue your two layers together.
Tie your skate tag to the mug handle. Put your giveaway goodies in the mug (we used a hot chocolate packet and a scarf that my daughter cut from fleece). Watch the kids (and parents) faces light up when they see their new personalized mugs.