Category Archives: Techniques

When Silhouette won’t Recognize Registration Marks on Vellum…

…shine a bright light close to the machine!


I’ve print and cut successfully on vellum many times in the past but last night was the first time I tried to do it late at night. I don’t understand the mechanics in any real technical way, but looking at the machine try and fail to recognize the registration marks multiple times, I wondered if the machine’s optical reader had a hard time “finding” the black registration marks because the light in my craft room is not very bright at night. One bright light and voila, problem solved!


Studio Calico Little Things Stamp Set

When I first saw this flower stamp months ago, I couldn’t justify spending 25+ dollars for a kit when I only liked the stamp. When Studio Calico recently released a similar stamp set, I got it straight away.


I embossed the stamp on watercolor paper and outlinesd the image in various Tim Holtz distress markers. Instead of using a water color brush, I blended the colors using a Wink of Stella brush pen. The end result was amazing and really brought out the delicacy of the various colors.