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Weekend Creative | Valentine Initial Bags (+ Silhouette Video Tutorial)

To go along with the Silhouette Portrait™ Giveaway over on my blog today I put together a fun little project and tutorial that walks you through the process of creating Valentine bags using Silhouette's Double-Sided Adhesive. I made one for Simon and one for Anna and will be adding some treats and goodies and giving them to them on the 14th.

SPECIAL PROMOTION | When you use the code "EDWARDS" between February 1st-February 14th you will be able to get 1 Silhouette Portrait™ and 1 double-sided adhesive starter kit for $179.99.

To begin I wanted to share a video tutorial on how to trace and weld shapes together using the Silhouette Studio software.

AE Tutorial | Tracing And Welding With The Silhouette from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

For this project I used my Hello Heart 3x4 Boxes and the font Bebas Neue.

For the cut settings I just chose Double-Sided Adhesive and changed my blade setting to 6 (following what it said on the screen).

That's what it looked like when it came out of the Silhouette.

Make sure you are peeling all pieces of the adhesive back paper from the mat.

Next pull off the yellow backing so you have one sticky side. Make sure that the sticky part stays on the piece you want to adhere.


Adhere your design to the lunch bag.

Gently lift the paper up off the adhesive. It's hard to see in the shot above but there's adhesive left on the bag - this is what the glitter or flocking or embossing powder is going to stick to.

I decided to emboss because it's what I love. I embossed one with White Zing Opaque.

And the other with Rouge Zing Opaque.

That's both of them after they've been hit with the heat gun.

From there I used a Zig Emboss Writer to add a little something to each bag above and below the "S" and the "A." This pen is an awesome tool for being able to write and then heat emboss.

This adorable little love-themed date stamp is from American Crafts and is available at Target. Big thanks to Janice who brought this to me at CHA.

These cute little wood mini hearts are from Simon Says February Card Kit called Style Of Love. I adhered one to each bag using Glossy Accents.

Ribbon used on the top is a Red White Twill from Paper Source that I cut in half the long way to create two long pieces of ribbon.

SUPPLIES | VALENTINE BAGS

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  1. Special Weekday Giveaway | Silouhette Portrait™ + Adhesive Starter Kit | Ali Edwards says…
    02/01/2013

    [...] to see how I used the double-sided adhesive? Check out my Projects Blog today for a easy and fun Valentine bag tutorial that includes a video tutorial on how to trace and weld shapes [...]

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  2. Wynn Harle says…
    02/01/2013

    Thanks, Ali. You always make "new" ideas doable. And what an awesome giveaway.

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  3. Amy says…
    02/01/2013

    oh, these are awesome!

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  4. Maggie R. says…
    02/01/2013

    I love these, Ali! Thanks so much for sharing the entire process.

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  5. Christen says…
    02/01/2013

    I love that you can emboss shapes with this! This makes me want the silhouette more than ever.

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  6. heidig says…
    02/01/2013

    What a cool product! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. Jocelyn Thompson says…
    02/01/2013

    Love this! So creative! thank you! <3

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  8. Terri says…
    02/01/2013

    So cool! I will try this with my middle school students - not with a machine but by hand using stamps and embellishments. They'll love the little bags.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Angela says…
    02/01/2013

    Those bags are adorable - I love the letter/heart design you used. I don't have the ability to use digital files, so I think I might have to try this technique using die cut shapes from double-sided tape. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. laura g. says…
    02/01/2013

    great idea! the kids will love them! will have to do something like that for my grandkids for Valentine's day! would love to have a Cameo!

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  11. Connie says…
    02/01/2013

    Love this!!!

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  12. Cristina says…
    02/01/2013

    I love it!!

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  13. Patti L says…
    02/01/2013

    Thanks for sharing this project, def pushing me towards a silhouette... Love that stamp too! Def need one of them.

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  14. Terri says…
    02/01/2013

    This is amazing! What will they think of next?

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  15. Cherylle Waters says…
    02/01/2013

    Love the hearts. I wanted to share a product I ran across looking for stuff for my son, the Lego Lover; but I really don't know any other way:

    http://www.amazon.com/Lay-n-Go-Original-Activity-Mat-Blue/dp/B007BO5OAY

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  16. Michelle says…
    02/01/2013

    Thank you for the Silhouette tutorial. I'm thinking of purchasing one, but hadn't seen the software in action. Thank you!

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  17. tina fellman says…
    02/01/2013

    keeping my fingers crossed for the silhouette. Been wanting one for some time. I love all your ideas...thanks for sharing!

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  18. Allison M. says…
    02/01/2013

    So cute - I love them!

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  19. Nirupama says…
    02/01/2013

    Wow, so cute! HAd no idea you could do that with the silhouette and transfer adhesive like that. I always though it was more like those DIY thickers for microbeads. Thanks for the tips!

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  20. Tere says…
    02/01/2013

    Love this idea Ali. Every example of you using the silhouette makes me one step closer to making that BIG purchase. Not knowing everything about how one uses the machine, I do have a question that I often have....

    Q: Do you waste a lot of paper or in this case adhesive, when using the silhouette? I'm just thinking if I only need one design cut out, can you reuse (feed) the paper/adhesive through the machine?

    Thanks for your continued inspiration!!

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    1. Ali says…
      02/01/2013

      Hi - you can definitely run the paper through again if you make just one cut. Many people will do a bunch of cuts at once to maximize the space on the cutting mat.

  21. molly says…
    02/01/2013

    the most fun thing I've seen in a long time. And I just bought some red zing!

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    1. Ali says…
      02/01/2013

      It's so awesome.

  22. Kim A. from Canada says…
    02/01/2013

    wow! This is really awesome!

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  23. Nancy says…
    02/01/2013

    I am loving the silhouette. But can anyone tell me the difference in a silhouette portrait and silhouette cameo.

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    1. Ali says…
      02/03/2013

      The portrait is 8.5x11 and the Cameo is 12x12.

  24. Monica Rysavy says…
    02/01/2013

    Hi Ali! I just ordered a Silhouette and it comes in tomorrow - YAY! Your video was really helpful and I'm excited to dive in. Would any of your Designer Digital elements work with the Silhouette or would you recommend specific products? Thank you! :)

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    1. Ali says…
      02/03/2013

      Hi! Most of my PNG products would work - the word art, hand-drawn pieces, etc. If you had specific ones you were interested in I'd be happy to tell you if it's one I've cut before. Some of my very early hand-drawn words were done with a pretty thin line but anything from the last couple of years should work well.

  25. Kelly says…
    02/01/2013

    Hi Ali!
    This is so unrelated to this post (other than, I believe all you do is right next beyond wonderful)! I wanted to post about how wonderful I feel because I FINISHED DECEMBER DAILY today! *woot*woot* I wish I was more tech saavy and knew how to post pics or even how to respond in the right spot on this blog....but alas, it eludes me. I wanted to thank you for your creative spirit and wonderful sharing soul! This is my second December Daily (the first was 2009), then I dropped the ball, and found the ball again this year. God Bless and Many Many Thanks!!!!

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    1. Ali says…
      02/03/2013

      So awesome!

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