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February 1, 2013

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 3×4 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.


Click on the images to link to the products.


  • 1.
    Wynn Harle said…

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

  • 2.
    Amy said…

    oh, these are awesome!

  • 3.
    Maggie R. said…

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

  • 4.
    Christen said…

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

  • 5.
    heidig said…

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

  • 6.
    Jocelyn Thompson said…

    Love this! So creative! thank you! <3

  • 7.
    Terri said…

    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!

  • 8.
    Angela said…

    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!

  • 9.
    laura g. said…

    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!

  • 10.
    Connie said…

    Love this!!!

  • 11.
    Cristina said…

    I love it!!

  • 12.
    Patti L said…

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

  • 13.
    Terri said…

    This is amazing! What will they think of next?

  • 14.
    Cherylle Waters said…

    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:

  • 15.
    Michelle said…

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

  • 16.
    tina fellman said…

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

  • 17.
    Allison M. said…

    So cute – I love them!

  • 18.
    Nirupama said…

    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!

  • 19.
    Tere said…

    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!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      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.

  • 20.
    molly said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s so awesome.

  • 21.
    Kim A. from Canada said…

    wow! This is really awesome!

  • 22.
    Nancy said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The portrait is 8.5×11 and the Cameo is 12×12.

  • 23.
    Monica Rysavy said…

    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! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      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.

  • 24.
    Kelly said…

    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!!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      So awesome!

  • 25.
    Barbara said…

    Awesome! Now I have to try it so I can remember how to do it. Thanks!

  • 26.
    Val'ee said…

    Very nice! Thank you.

  • 27.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Super cute! What a nice surprise for your kids :)

  • 28.
    Rossana said…

    nice idea!!

  • 29.
    MichelleGB said…

    Fun project and great tutorial!

  • 30.
    Becky A said…

    Love it, thx

  • 31.
    lexi said…

    Would love to win. Tks for the chance.

  • 32.
    Ellen McKinley said…

    I love all the ideas you share–
    and I’d love a silhouette! I have a fairly old Cricut and would like to update.

  • 33.
    Monica Rysavy said…

    Hi Ali! Thanks so much for your reply above. I tried using some of your older products and they worked really well! I was wondering if they might be a little thin so I added a 2px stroke and that was perfect. I’m so happy to see your Higher Ed brushes! I’m a Ph.D student and these will be perfect for my Project Life pages! AND I just found out that it’s Quarterly Sale time so yay! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      So great Monica! Thanks for the feedback!

  • 34.
    indiana said…

    Well I don’t have a silhouette but I loved watching the whole process on the video and through the pictures. I didn’t exactly catch the font name you used for the initials names of your children, was it “bibesnew” ?
    I do have a craft robo, wonder if I can use it and have the same result. Thank you for sharing awesome tips and ideas !

  • 35.
    Lynn said…

    looking great ~ thanks for the idea.
    and for sharing.

  • 36.
    Lindsay Allen said…

    Can you buy the double sided adhesive by itself somewhere? Also I have a Cameo on its way to my house right now and I don’t know anything about digital anything! I am wondering if your DD products can be cut without upgrading the software to the designer edition. Thanks so much!

  • 37.

    Oh found the link of the font on your post, thank you !

  • 38.
    Meagan said…

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I’m going to have to figure out that big Cameo I have sitting downstairs now ;) and search for some more of your tutorials on it, thanks a bunch!!

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