otomi print coasters

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Hiya and welcome! Can you believe February is upon us? As dreary as winter can be, this one seems to be passing us by pretty quickly. Maybe I’m having more fun than I realize!
silhouette - otomi coasters
So, you know those cool electronic craft cutters.. the ones you can use to make vinyl art signs, and cut fabric? I have one, and I love it.  I received my Silhouette as a Christmas gift last year, and I can’t believe all the things I can do with it. Update: I’m now using a Cricuit Explore Air that I just LOVE! Check out my comparison post on the two machines!
When Cat at Pocketful of Posies invited me to participate in an Instagram and Blog hop, with a few friends, that would end with one of our readers winning their very own Silhouette; I couldn’t have been more excited!
Equally exciting is seeing these sixteen new ideas for using my Silhouette in the future.. all of which will make winter go by even quicker!
Hang out with me for a bit and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, where I’ll tell you how you too can be crafting right along with me on your very own Silhouette Cameo II!

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otomi print coasters - before
I decided to use my Silhouette to up-cycle a set of coasters I’d picked up on a thrift shopping trip eons ago. Half the fun was removing the contact paper pattern. Wait.. that wasn’t fun at all, but was unavoidable.I’ve used my Silhouette to cut stencils in the past, but I’ve not done many projects using vinyl. I decided on Otomi patterns for my coasters. I just love the whimsy and color of Otomi. The Otomi patterns I used were generously shared by Lena Corwin and are available for download on her page.

In addition to the Otomi patterns,  I used the following supplies:

After messing with the Otomi images to get them sized and placed as I wanted onto one sheet, I imported them into the Silhouette software. To import, go to the File – Import – Import to Library, saving the image into your Silhouette Studio.To select the area to cut, go to Object – Trace and select Select Trace Area. Choose the image you’d like to trace by dragging and highlighting a square over it. Click “Trace,” then drag the top layer of the image to the right.

otomi coaster - mexican embroidery print
Click on the original image and delete, leaving only the outlined image.  Next, you’ll want to set your cut settings. Click on Silhouette – Cut Settings. Set the cut style to Cut Edge and the Material Type to Vinyl.

otomi coaster - cut pattern with silhouette
Now you’ll need to prepare your Silhouette for cutting. To do this, ensure this blade is set to 1-3, depending on the age of your blade. Many people use the cutting mat for cutting vinyl – it helps to keep it from moving around too much and gives it a bit of stability. I did not do that this time, but I would recommend it in the future. Whatever method you decide, feed your vinyl into the Silhouette. Make sure you have a hair-tie handy. Just in case. What, everyone doesn’t do that?

otomi print coasters with vinyl stencil
In the software, click Send to Silhouette. These are the four designs I used for my coasters, as I cut them as one. As detailed as these cuts were, it took less than five minutes for the Silhouette to complete.

otomi coasters - cuttingcoasters

Here they are cutting – you can see the vinyl sliding a bit.

otomi coasters - cutting vinyl
Because I was using clear glass, I decided to use the relief of the Otomi pattern as my stencil instead of the animal cutouts themselves.

otomi coasters - removingbackground
Using the included hook tool, I carefully removed the shapes and images from the vinyl sheet, one at a time.
otomi coasters - transfer paper transferring design
Then, using a piece of sticky transfer paper, I lay the transfer paper over the vinyl, pressing firmly, and smoothed away any air bubbles.
otomi coasters - life image from transfer paper
When I lifted the transfer paper, the vinyl was arranged perfectly.
otomi coaster - vinyl image on tile
Laying the Vinyl side up onto the glass tile, again, I applied pressure and smoothed it over to ensure no air bubbles and pulled away from the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl stencil adhered to the tile. Just like magic.
otomi coaster - add paint with pouncer
Now it was time to paint. Using a spouncer, I applied a thin layer of paint to the stencil. Let it set for 15-minutes – and remove the stencil. Leaving it any longer will result in removing not only the stencil but also the paint. Pretty frustrating! Allow the paint to air dry for one hour.
otomi coasters - bake to set paint
Place the coasters in the cold, filthy and archaic oven, paint side up, and set the oven to 350F. When the oven reaches 350F, bake the coasters for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the tiles to cool in the oven.
otomi coaster - finished otomi coaster
Apply felt circles to the corners of the paint side, and your coasters are ready to use!

I love the pop of color and fun they add!Now onto the good stuff! First, do check out my friend’s blogs and projects. It is truly an honor to work with such talented women, and you are sure to find something that catches your eye!

Pocketful of Posies – Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY DIP Cups
Hobnail House – Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle
In The Loop – How to Create a Silhouette Using the Silhouette Cameo
Craving Some Creativity – Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign
DIY Passion – Cheeky DIY Tote Bags that will Make You Smile
Domestic Ability – Paper Boxwood Wreath
Our House Now A Home – A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Wall Art
My Life From Home – Silhouette Challenge: What’s Cooking? Recipe Holder
Holy Craft – How to Use a Photograph to Make a Custom T-Shirt with Your Silhouette
Knock it Off Crafts – DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!
One Project Closer – DIY Princess Party Decorations
Dream Design DIY – Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway
The Country Chic Cottage – Makeup Organizer
Refresh Living – Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric
The Deans List – Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine’s Day
Tried & True – “Life Is Good” Bicycle Lover’s Tee

Tastefully Frugal – Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Reversible Sign

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  1. Cat Golden on February 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    What cute coasters Kim! I love all the animals and the bright colors! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!

  2. Tiffany - Dream Design DIY on February 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    These are so fun! I love the bright colors. It reminds me of summer and sitting outside drinking a cold drink.

  3. Jenny Leads on February 6, 2016 at 3:02 am

    So adorable! What a great idea to reuse those old coasters. They look SO much better!

  4. Holy Craft on February 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    What a great project! You could use so many different images and make it your own in so many ways. Thanks for the inspiration.

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