Custom Switch Cover

When we bought our house 2 years ago we went looking at the Habitat for Humanity Restore store for odds and ends around the house.   We came across these screwless light switch covers.  While looking at them I thought about decorating them with vinyl, like I do with most things.                                                             

Materials

Settings

  • Force:  15
  • Passes:  1
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  .25

 

  1. Make template of the light switch in the design software of your choice.  I used MTC.
  2. Design what you want on the light switch.  I went with a willow tree and welcome since it is by my front door.
  3. Cut out the vinyl in the color of your choice
  4. Prepare the light switch cover by cleaning off with rubbing alcohol                 
  5. Carefully line up the vinyl and the cover and voila you have a custom light switch cover.                                                                    

I have also put vinyl on outlet covers for my daughter’s room.  They have held up so well I plan to do it for my son’s room.                                             

Embossed Picture

My son’s room is done all in tractors and there isn’t much baby room decor available for that theme.  I wanted to make something unique for his wall and I haven’t embossed metal lately.  To hide the edges of the metal I made a custom “mat” with antique tractor logos.

Materials:

Settings:

Embossing:

  • Force:  140
  • Offset:  none
  • Passes:  2
  • Speed:  9/10

Cutting:

  • Force:  115
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Speed:  10/10

Steps:

  1. I created the file for the “mat” by googling the images and pixel tracing them.
  2. I cut out the “mat.”
  3. For the embossing I found an outline of my object, which happens to be a tractor (surprise).
  4. On my cutting mat I taped down some Con-tact shelf liner, that helps give the mat some cushion and enhances the embossing.                 
  5. Since the shelf liner isn’t sticky you need to tape down the metal securely.                
  6. Ensure your pinch wheels are not positioned over the portion of the metal you are embossing.  It will leave tracks.                                          
  7. Set offset to 0 and emboss.
  8. Carefully remove the metal from the mat and trim to size using tin snips or stout scissors.  For easy cutting I placed a box around my picture to help align the finished product.                                                   
  9. Mount the embossing and frame.                            

Etching Memories

Last July it was 10 years that my mom our family’s guardian angel.  I wanted to do something special for my siblings in her memory.  I have always kept my birthday cards from my mom and dad and I am glad I did because I could get her signature from the card.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force: 140
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Offset:  None
  • Passes:  2
  • Engraving Tool Height:  25 post-its

Steps:

  1. Scan in the writing that you want and import it into your cutting software, I use MTC. 
  2. Use an engraving fill to fill in your text.  I used a previous post by Michele to create mine.
  3. In MTC place your object where you want it on the virtual mat the tape down your piece of metal to your actual mat in the same place you have in on the computer.  I always use WYSIWYG when engraving.                                  
  4. Send the file to your cutting machine.                                       
  5. Frame the engraving with a picture of your loved one.                        

Deployment Pillowcase

My friend’s husband was deploying for 6 months on a submarine and she asked me to make her a pillow case for him.  She wanted a saying on it and pictures of her boys since there is little to no contact with families when a submarine goes underway.  I was happy to help and now I think I will be making one for my husband before his next underway.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Passes:  1
  • Offset:  .25

Steps:

  1. Print the pictures you want on the iron-on transfer.  She did this at her house and then cut them with scissors.
  2. Type out text in MTC or cutting software you use, remember to mirror your words!!
  3. Cut out and weed the saying
  4. Press your items on the pillow case (A heat press helps)
  5. Send with your loved one!!

I only got a finished project picture because we were trying to wrangle 5 kids and make the pillow case in a short amount of time.

Stenciled Cookies

A new year means I get to start planning the kids’ birthday party.  My daughter will be 5 and my son will be turning 1 less than 30 hours apart.  We are doing a combined party and this year’s theme is going to be tractors!   For Christmas baking I got some “color mist” food color spray by Wilton to use on either cookies or cupcakes.  With a 4.5 month-old some things just don’t get done and that was one of them.  Since the holidays are done and I have a little more time on my hands I thought it would be a good time to try it.  I tried it with cardstock because I didn’t have any stencil material on hand.  I wasn’t sure if it would actually work but the results really surprised me.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  65
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1

Steps:

  1. I made up my design in MTC using a silhouette of a tractor.  Since this was the first time I have tried it and not sure if it was going to work or not I used a simple outline.
  2. I hired my baker (AKA my daughter) to help with the cookies since after all it is her birthday party.                                                                
  3. Once the cookies were cooled down I took my stencil and placed it on my cookie and sprayed away.                                
  4. Carefully lifted the stencil off the cookie since it was wet.  Next time I will use a stencil material because the spray made the paper wet and curl.
  5. And voila I had an edible stenciled cookie.                                 

I also tried it on cookies with icing that had slightly hardened.  It worked, but again I would use a plastic stencil material for it.                                

I think i’ll be making some of these for their party since they were pretty easy, as long as i’m feeling brave enough to try different colors!!