Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Square1 Ultimate Road Test

Hello, Friends!  It's no secret that I've been a fan of Square1 for a while now.  In fact, there's a tab above this post that contains links to most of the projects I've done using Square1.  

And just to be up front - I'm not an owner, nor do I receive any compensation from Square1.  I'm sincerely a fan of the product.

If you look through my past Square1 projects, you'll see that Square1 can be used for home decor, clothing, shoes and oh so much more.  The product is relatively new to the market and I believe it's possible that even the Square1 owners don't know the full capacity of it.  

So, with that in mind, let's take Square1 out for a test ride - literally - see if it holds up on the road.  On a car that's driven daily and washed at least weekly.   If it works . . . oh the possibilities.  And while at the time of this post the results are unknown, I have that gut feeling that it survive and with flying colors.

2005 Mustang "Red Girl"
Using Square1 repositionable, I made a center cap for the 4 wheels on this 2005 Mustang.  She's a beauty.  Her owner loves her and calls her "Red Girl."  Parts are expensive and at times hard to find.

Screen shot of my Silhouette mat before printing and cutting.
To make the center caps, I found this Ford Racing logo online and traced it.  Four 2.25" circles were color filled in black with the traced logo in the center.   I added the registration marks in my Silhouette software and sent it to my ink jet printer that had a sheet of Square1 printable in it.   Once printed, the four circles were cut on my Silhouette Cameo.

One of the Center Caps with printed image

The printed circles were sprayed with Krylon Crystal Clear, peeled from the carrier sheet and placed onto the center of each Center Cap.  The Krylon will protect the printed image from outside elements and abuse.

The owner of Red Girl picked up the Center Caps and installed them on his beloved car.

Center Cap after installed onto the wheel

And was he happy with the results?  In a word, YES!  This car now has custom Center Caps and pics of it are circulating at this time on Mustang Forums.

Stay tuned for future updates.  If this is a success, look out Square1, here come the car collectors and enthusiasts!

Happy Trails! ~ Marilyn

Saturday, July 19, 2014

You Only Live Once, Lick The Bowl

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a kitchen decor project.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Canvas - I'm using an old one 8" x 10" found in a back bedroom closet
  • Paint - mine is Spring Green from Apple Barrel (available at Michaels)
  • Square 1 Printable - approximate cost is $1 per 8.5" x 11" sheet
  • Image from Silhouette Store - I used design #51833
  • Silhouette software and cutter
  • Ink Jet Printer
  • Stickles

Begin by painting your canvas.  I found an old one that looks like it was a victim of a previous failed project.  It was covered in a couple of different colored paints and had some paper clouds mod podged on it.

Sad, old canvas
I painted my canvas with Apple Barrel acrylic paint in a Spring Green color.  After covering with paint, let it dry while you do the next part.

I'm seriously messy!  Dry time approximately 1 hour.

My inspiration for this project came from Pinterest.  I found this image which was available for $18.

Inspiration for my project.  Print for sale at $18
Using the Silhouette store, I found a mixer that I wanted to use.  Design #51833.

Design #51833 from the Silhouette Store
Using my inspiration and Silhouette image, I designed my project using Silhouette software.  The background polka dots came with my Silhouette software.  The wavy edges were created using the knife tool in the Silhouette software and selecting "Wave" button.

Snapshot of my mat layout before printing and cutting

 Group all items together and use cut setting of "Cut Edge".  Add the registration marks. Send the design to your ink jet printer; make sure you have loaded a sheet of Square 1 Printable first.

Your cut image will feel like fabric and behave like a sticker.  Lay it onto your painted canvas.

I added Stickles to the pink letters as well as the beaters on the mixer.  You can still see an uneven spot by the bottom of the mixer where the old mod podge had been.  This won't be a issue with a new canvas.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! ~ Marilyn