Let’s bring a little Valentine love to the kitchen. These tea towels are so cute you’ll want to kiss them! With this charming font and kissable lip design, you can create a tea towel of your own.
- Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®
- Silhouette Studio®
- Silhouette Cutting Mat
- Silhouette Cutting Blade
- Silhouette Heat Transfer Metallic Vinyl – Pink
- Silhouette Heat Transfer Glitter Vinyl – Red and Pink
- Silhouette Heat Transfer Smooth Vinyl – Black
- Plain tea towel
- Design ID #284176
- Design ID #5321
Step One: Designing in Silhouette Studio®
1. Open Silhouette Studio® and adjust the page size in the Page Setup panel found on the left-hand toolbar. We set our page to 6 inches wide by 12 inches high, roughly the size of our tea towel.
2. Now select the Text panel from the left-hand toolbar and select the font (Design ID #284176 ) You Are Magic. Then select the Text tool from the right-hand menu. Click on the design space and type “Smooch!”
To install fonts, follow the instructions here.
3. Adjust the size of the word by clicking on one of the corner scale handles and drag it to the desired size. Place it in the design space where you would like it to be on your tea towel. This helps you to see what the final design will look like.
4. Open the Lips (Design ID #5321) from your library. This design needs to be grouped before moving or scaling.
5. Simply click and drag your arrow across the entire design, making sure everything in the design is covered by the selection box. Then right-click and choose “Group” from the drop-down menu.
6. Now scale the design to the desired size. We scaled ours down to 1.7 inches wide by 1.3 inches high.
7. Duplicate the lips design by selecting the image and then pressing Control and any arrow key or Command and any arrow key.
8. You can begin adjusting the lips into random patterns by turning them using the green dot handle on the top of the adjust box around the design. Clicking and dragging this handle will twist your design in a circle. We liked making our design a little random.
9. Continue this until you have 12 lips placed in the design window.
10. Now reset the design page back to 12 inches by 12 inches (or 8 inches by 12 inches if you’re using the Portrait) in the Page Setup panel, the icon of which is located on the left-hand toolbar.
11. We filled in the lips with color because we wanted to see how the pattern would look with our colors and help us plan colors for cutting and layout.
12. To fill in the lips with color, select one of the lips and choose the Fill panel from the left-hand toolbar. Then choose the fill color. You can select multiple lips at once by clicking on one and holding down the Shift key while you select the others. Repeat this until you have all your colors selected and laid out.
13. Now remove everything except what you want cut from the design space.
Step Two: Send to Your Silhouette
1. Make sure you select the correct material in the cut panel to ensure you have the proper cut settings. Now send the designs to your CAMEO or Portrait to be cut.
2. We cut the “Smooch!” and metallic pink lips at the same time because the cut settings for both types of heat transfer we are using. Then we will cut the glitter pink and the glitter red lips next.
3. Place the heat transfer on the cutting mat shiny side down. When you send the design to the machine, you will be prompted to mirror your design or send your design as-is. It’s important to make sure you mirror your design when using heat transfer, especially since you are cutting out words and don’t want them to be backward.
Step Three: Weed the Design
1. Once all the designs are cut, weed the excess heat transfer from the heat transfer sheet, leaving the design on the transfer plastic.
Step Four: Iron the Designs on the Tea Towel
1. After the designs have been weeded, it’s time to place them on the tea towel.
2. Aligning the text at the bottom center of the tea towel and press the heat transfer sheet sticky side down.
2. Cover the design with a piece of fabric and place an iron on top of the heat transfer and hold with a firm pressure for 45–60 seconds.
3. Then peel the transfer sheet away from the towel leaving the design on the tea towel. Ensuring that all of the heat transfer has adhered to the towel.
4. Repeat these steps with all the lips until you’ve added all the designs to the tea towel.
Now that you understand the basics, you can adjust the designs to anything you want. We made one more tea towel with the same two designs because we just loved the You Are Magic font and the Lips design.
Step Five: Make it Your Own
Where else would you use this font? Be sure to tell us in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve done!