This posting evolved from a mind’s eye vision of decorating a rich green plate with white vinyl for St. Patrick’s Day. That almost didn’t happen because all the normal places that have charger plates for the holidays didn’t stock shamrock green this year! But, as you can see here, I finally found one…it was left over from Christmas and on close-out for the big bargain of 39 cents! The lesson is …if you want shamrock green, buy them in December in the Christmas decorations.
This green plate is decorated with white glossy vinyl from Accugraphics. The St. Patrick’s Day letters are a ‘fussy’ design with shamrocks embellishing them. Settings used for cutting on my Maxx Air were: Force, 20; Speed, 150; Blade Offset, 35; Red Blade; Blade height 25. Font used for ‘happy’ was Charlee Regular.
Since I think you may not be able to purchase green plates now, I have also decorated a gold plate, using the same design.
The shiny gold plate was a little more difficult to photograph, so it is photographed at an angle. The design was cut from Con-Tact Brand self-adhesive foil. It was very thin and the adhesion characteristics had something to be desired. I’ve included it as part of this post, just in case you have this product it in your stash or are tempted to purchase it. I think there are better choices for this application. Like the green plate the design is going to be a bit difficult to read from across the room, but both are very readable in my small breakfast area. Settings used for cutting on my Maxx Air were: Force, 6; Speed, 150; Blade Offset, 35; Red Blade; Blade height 25.
Although I like the ‘fussy’ design used on the green and gold plates, if you are in a hurry or you want to make multiples of them, then the simpler design on the silver plate might be a better choice.
The vinyl used on the silver plate is my very most favorite vinyl. Accugraphics calls it Gemstone Metallics Vinyl – color #6220, Emerald Green. On the silver plate it is very readable from a distance. The simplistic design lends itself to easy assembly, while the Gemstone Metallics vinyl gives an instant, smashing impact. Settings used for cutting it on my Maxx Air were: Force, 20; Speed, 150; Blade Offset, 35; Red Blade; Blade height 25. Font used for the lettering was Freehand521 BT.
In addition to embellishing plates, you might also find some of the pieces perfect for other applications such card and scrapbooking design.
Free Files for StPatrick’s Day Plates in MTC & PDF formats; zipped