We are so excited to get to share a little more in depth one of the elements from Amanda’s Flamingle party. Since moving to Alaska I haven’t gotten to be too involved with the San Antonio parties that Candice and Amanda get to organize, but I was excited to be able to contribute a little bit of flamingo fun.
I used the Silhouette Curio to create the flamingo clips that Amanda hung to assign the flamingo party favors. I loved getting to learn even more about my Curio. I had a lot of fun researching the different capabilities. I had a vision of embossed clips. I’ve been seeing the most adorable clips on Instagram that planner girls are using for all their planning madness!
The great thing about the Curio is its ability to do two things at once. For this project there were actually four steps, so I ran it through twice. The first step was an all over polka dot emboss. For me the embossing had the steepest learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it. In order to get the best emboss you need to score first. My biggest confusion was my own fault. For some reason I thought scoring was folding so I was using an embossing tool for the scoring and embossing, and it wasn’t really working. Once I learned that the scoring uses the blade, I was in business!
After I had my all over emboss I proceeded with the flamingo design. The Silhouette Design Studio makes it easy to import your own designs, or buy some from the Silhouette store. I used the sketch and cut function to sketch out the flamingo and then cut it out (actually, the machine cuts first and then sketches). The Curio makes the whole process seamless, and I’m so happy with the results. I used the Silhouette Sketch Pens for the sketching, and they are amazing. the colors are extremely vibrant (and some of them sparkle!).
To add a little extra dimension to the flamingos I glittered the wings. Once the ink and glitter were dry all I had left to do was use some hot glue to attach the paper clips (I used a large paper clip).
Here are my biggest takeaways for using the Curio: 1. Watch Curio specific tutorials. There are lots of Silhouette tutorials, but if you want to get the most out of your Curio, then you need to become familiar with it. 2. Don’t be afraid to experiment. I loved the flamingo clip, but I ended up going through a lot of versions before I came up with the perfect end result. Pull out some scrap paper, and test out a bunch of options. Just remember to save the designs as you go!
If you want to see the Curio in action, you can check out our video here.
In the title I mentioned a giveaway. Silhouette is giving away a Curio on their Instagram account. You can get all the details on the Silhouette America Instagram starting tomorrow (April 8) at 10am.