Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Big Shot meets Broadway .....starring Connie Stewart :)

Hello Friends,

One of my SAMee's, Connie Stewart from Oklahoma shared with me THE most wonderful project I have seen using Vinyl and the Big Shot.  I asked Connie if I could spotlight her on my blog and she said she was 'honored'.  How cute.  You know Connie and I were separated at birth.  We have so much in common.  We have even gone through the same trial together - our Fathers passed away within 2 months of each other.

Well here we go!  LOOK at what Connie did to her daughter, Christina's bedroom.  Imagine having a wonderful room at 13 years of age.  I would have LOVED this......

Here are some tips Connie shared :)
If you are cutting a lot of words, write them down. Make a list with A-B-C-D, etc. Put a tic mark next to every letter so you know how many letters to cut. This will make things go so much faster because there are 4 letters on each die and will speed things up to cut all the letters at once.

You can cut 2 pieces of vinyl at a time.

You MUST use the transfer paper that comes with your vinyl sheets (vinyl purchased from the craft stores DO NOT include the transfer paper and this is all but impossible to do without it).

Draw a straight line on the front of the sticky side sheet.

Peel back a little of the paper backing to expose the sticky side. Place the the first letter of your word on the straight line, vinyl side DOWN. leaving its paper backing in place.

Continue placing letters, keeping the spacing the same.

Place the sticky side to your wall and use a bubble level along the straight line and level it out, moving it until you have it perfectly level..

Place a piece of painters tape (blue tape) along the top.

Peel off the backing from the letters (this is very easy to do and you don't have to burnish it).

Press onto the wall but DON'T take off the sticky paper yet!

Move on to your next word and use the straight line from the previous word to help you line up the next one. Use the bubble level again along BOTH words to insure that are perfectly straight.

Place blue tape along the 2nd word and remove the paper backing from the letters.

You can now burnish the letters and remove the sticky paper from the FIRST word (leave the 2nd word so you can use the straight line to level your 3rd word).

Thank you Connie.  Such an awesome project to be very proud of.  How's your back doing girl? ;)


Connie Stewart said...

I am thrilled to be spotlighted on Max's blog!!! I think I just might celebrate with ice cream! :)

I do hope that this inspires someone to give this a try. It took us about 8 hours to do but you know, it was tons of fun for both my daughter and I and she immediately posted pictures on Facebook to show it off. I didn't know that Mother and 13-year old could bond so well but we had a blast!

Mary Fish said...

Nice job, Connie. Wild and fun room and "elements"--perfect for your daughter :) Hugs, M