Monday, June 6, 2011

Tutorial: DIY Vellum Luminaries

I am so incredibly excited to share this tutorial with you guys today! This tutorial is extra special because it's the first thing I've created with  my new Silhouette SD digital cutting tool. I've had my eye on the Silhouette since I first started working with paper (those of you who've been around since the beginning of DIYOD will remember that moment) and at the end of last month I broke down and bought it when I saw it on sale on Thursday it FINALLY arrived (it only took about 5 days to shop but it felt like longer) and it's better than I could have ever dreamed it would be. I mean, I had heard other bloggers saying how it's a must-have tool and they couldn't imagine crafting without it but I couldn't truly understand it until now.

I'm not going to bore you with all the details of how I spent hours fiddling with the software and learning how to operate the machine, but I will tell you it was crazy easy to learn and I was cutting within minutes of opening the box.  I was inspired to create this vellum luminary project when I saw this lantern:

Granted, it's not the most attractive lantern ever, but it had easy lines and I thought it would be fairly easy to duplicate. I spent a good 30 minutes drawing out the lines and distinguishing which lines should be perforated and which should be cut and I came up with this:

While I think I did a good job of making it look like the original lantern, it wasn't quite ornate enough for my taste. I decided to add some flowers to the top of the form. I also realized that the original form was a bit difficult to piece together, so I added some tabs to the template to glue the pieces together. I also decided that instead of cutting out the photo's and taping or gluing them to the inside of the printed form, that I could print the pictures on vellum, then, using a simplified version of the lantern template, cut the vellum so that the pictures were perforated in the same places that the lantern was. This way I could just fold and glue them together since they would be the same size with the perforations in the same spot.

This is how to recreate the "upgraded" version:

1) Cut out the "Luminary Template" using the file provided for download below.

2) Fold along the perforated lines it looks like this:

3) Find a picture that you want to display in the windows of the luminary. I pasted it into word, adjusted it's size to be 2.75" x 5" (the dimensions of the lantern sides) and placed 4 of the photo's side by side.  

4) Print the pictures on vellum. I note that this was no easy task since my printer did not want to print on the vellum and then it was smudging the ink, but I found that printing it on the "draft" setting reduced the amount of ink used, and thus the smudging. I also found that putting a small strip of painters tape at the very edge of the vellum that would feed through the printer allowed the to go through, and then I could just peel off the tape.  

5) After the ink of the vellum use the Silhouette to cut the pictures to size using the "luminary picture template" found below. 

6) Fold along the perforations

The result:

7) Once you both the luminary frame and the pictures cut, use a glue stick to fix the vellum to the back of the  luminary form. I tried a couple of different glue's but the glue stick worked best. I aligned the two pieces, smoothed them out and waited a few minutes for the glue to dry.

8) Finally, fold the lantern along the perforated lines again and glue the lantern closed along the tabs. 

The final product:

What do you guys think!?

If you love this and you have a Silhouette, I've provided the templates for below for download.

Materials Needed to Make:
1 sheet of Card stock in color of your choice
1 sheet of vellum printed with picture of your choice
glue stick
Silhouette SD
Template files, available for download below

The template for the luminary here:

The template for the vellum picture "print then cut" form is here:
 I hope you guys enjoy!

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Emilee said...

These are beautiful! you did a great job!

Danielle D. said...

These are very cute! I've been wanting a Silhouette for a while but I don't think I do enough crafting.

Great job!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

This is just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the information and templates!

Sarah M. said...

Thanks Ladies! I'm super psyched that I can contribute to paper crafting community! I'm always looking for new ways to "share the love" :)

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Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

Your lanterns would look so beautiful hanging from tree branches! WOW! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah M. said...

Tanya you are so right! Originally the little holes at the top of the lanterns were for eyelets to string them up but I realized I needed to solve the issue of a bottom:) I have a couple ideas and I'll post them if any of them work out. Thanks for visiting!!

~Beth D. said...

oh my, this is beautiful! thanks for sharing.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Just beautiful!! Thank you so much for linking up to "It's a Party"!

Debbie aka doodlingdebbie said...

Sarah, thank you so much for the PnC and the template. This is so sweet and generous of you to share.

{nifty thrifty things} said...

So cute! Thank you so much for the download!
Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Hope to see you again this weekend!

Laina {Vibrant Serenity} said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hi, I'm your newest follower. Found you via Me Making Do. If you have time, stop by my my blog.

Juli said...

You have too many great ideas!! I couldn't resist becoming your newest follower! Thanks! -Juli

Rhoda said...

I remembered how beautiful your lantern was & I just downloaded your files so I can make one this week. Since the holiday season is upon us, I'm hoping to use some of my digital Christmas kits to make some for decorations. I've got to order some vellum now. Thanks again for sharing.

storybeader said...

hi Sarah! Just ran across this - great project! I'm featuring your post in my Saturday Link List post tomorrow! {:-Deb
Stroll Through Storyland

Carolina said...

I'd really love to make this but I can't seem to open the studio file.... how do I go about doing that?

Thanks for your time,

Pauline said...

Stunning , you are so clever , well done ;-)

Josette Guerin said...

j aime trop merci

zafiro80 said...

Is there a way you can email me this file.I am having a hard time downloading it from Media Fire. The file doesn't open.

Grietje Jansen said...

Very nice, thank you.


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