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Wooden Mason Jar Halloween Decor Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

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Wooden Mason Jar Halloween Decor Tutorial

Heat transfers aren't just for fabric!  You can print and press all sorts of things - like this wooden mason jar Halloween decoration.  This tutorial will show go through the steps of how I made this one (but you can make one for any season, holiday, or occasion)! Things you'll need: • PNG design (like the DBJJ watercolor printables!) • inkjet printer and heat press • opaque heat transfer paper (I like 3G Jet Opaque) • wooden mason jar • small clay pot • styrofoam • small wooden dowel • paint, chalk markers, string, pot filler, brushes, scissors - -...


Watercolor Halloween Towel Tutorial - For Beginners

Melissa Bastow

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Watercolor Halloween Towel Tutorial - For Beginners

Have you wanted to try using watercolor designs but you don't want to invest in sublimation equipment?  You can make these Halloween towels with just a few simple and cheap products in just a few minutes! What you'll need: • The digital watercolor files and a computer (try my Halloween designs at DBJJ!) • An Inkjet printer (most regular home printers are inkjet) • Heat transfer paper, I suggest Red Grid 2.0 or Jet Pro SS • Scissors • A ruler • A heat press (I have a cheap fancier heat press and it works great) • Parchment paper and/or teflon sheet  • Kitchen towels...


How to Add a Name in Silhouette Studio on a Curve

Melissa Bastow

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How to Add a Name in Silhouette Studio on a Curve

Adding a name on a curve can seem daunting, but it's actually pretty easy!  I usually use photoshop, because it's the program I'm most familiar with.  But not everyone needs it on a daily basis like I do, and the cost is quite high for the casual user.  So this is how you can achieve the name-on-a-curve look in Silhouette Studio. I did this in version v3, so it's possible that your version has a few different options, but it should be similar. First of all, open up the design you want to print.  Make it the right size for whatever...


Making Halloween Kitchen Towels with a Heat Press

Melissa Bastow

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Making Halloween Kitchen Towels with a Heat Press

This afternoon I got together with a few of my friends to heat press designs onto some kitchen towels for Halloween. I'm going to start having regular crafting afternoons and wanted to start with something simple and easy - and this was PERFECT! Here's is exactly what we did, so you can do it too! I printed some Halloween images before people came so it would be all ready. And then I made a sample so they could see what we'd be doing. And I put out some flavored hummus and cookies because you can't have craft time without treats -...


How to Use SVG/DXF Files to Cut Watercolor PNG Designs

Melissa Bastow

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How to Use SVG/DXF Files to Cut Watercolor PNG Designs

Our watercolor singles are new and I know there are a lot of questions.  So here is a tutorial on how best to use the SVG or DXF file to cut around an image and make your projects quicker, easier, and never give you those dents that you get in your fingers when you hold scissors for a really long time! First you need to open your cutting machine software.  I'll be using screenshots from my Silhouette V3 software, so if you have something else it will look a little different.  (But the steps are all the same!) Open the PNG file...