There’s one week before Easter, and J has been asking about Easter eggs. Particularly the ones with candy inside. So, he’s probably not interested in these gold fern easter eggs I made with my Silhouette, but I love them, especially sitting in my one and only black bowl. I suppose black and gold is an odd combination for my take on April’s Silhouette Challenge theme of SPRING, but when I think spring, I think about all the ferns that are slowly unfurling to embrace the sun’s warm light. And well, I’m on a gold kick and felt the need to gold-ify something, so there you go.
I had a vision for this project and I think I ended up making it a bit too difficult for myself. Apparently, I forgot my mantra of SIMPLIFY, and made a simple project more complicated.
There’s two types of eggs here. One where I applied the vinyl silhouette then painted over it and then peeled off the vinyl, and the other is where I just applied a gold vinyl and nothing else. Guess which one was easier?
Ok, a note on the fern leaves themselves. I’m all about finding a good image and tracing it myself in Silhouette Studio, but I couldn’t find a good image of a fern that traced well, so I ended up buying the cut files from the Silhouette store. That ensured a good amount of detail on the leaves without making it impossible to peel off.
Let’s start with the simple version:
1. Paint your eggs. I chose to paint them white.
2. Load up your fern silhouettes in Silhouette Studio and size them to something less than 5.5 inches in height and less than 3 inches in width. You don’t need to keep the default width/height ratio, since leaves come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I found the smaller images produced a classier egg – my favorites were sized at around 4.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.
3. Cut the fern leaves out on gold vinyl.
4. Peel super carefully with the hook tool.
5. Apply to your eggs. This can get tricky. Stick the middle of the design onto the egg first and then apply the rest of the design pushing outwards. I also head the egg over my head so that the vinyl that wasn’t attached to the egg would dangle and not interfere with the part I was trying to stick (there was static cling?). Disclaimer – this is the first time I’ve played with vinyl, so of course I had to cut something this detailed, right?
That’s it for the simple eggs.
Now, let’s talk about how I completely complicated it up.
1. I painted my eggs gold. They were pretty. Golden goose pretty.
2. I followed the same instructions as above and cut out my fern silhouettes from vinyl, but I just used a plain old gray I had on hand.
3.Apply shape to the egg. Congratulate yourself thinking it’s looking pretty good, not knowing the hilarity that will ensue in the near future.
4. Brush on a thin coat of Mod Podge to seal down the edges. Let dry.
5. Paint the eggs white. Since there was gold paint on there already, it took a few coats of white paint to really cover up the gold. Let dry.
6. Peel the vinyl off to reveal the gold fern underneath.
And this is where the wheels came off the bus. Maybe it was the paint I used (white gloss latex); maybe I put on too many coats; maybe my design was too complicated. I had extreme difficulty in peeling the vinyl off. The vinyl ripped. The paint peeled off along with the vinyl. Did I mention the vinyl ripped? I used the hook and accidentally scraped the paint off down to the paper mache in certain areas. The vinyl ripped some more, and I couldn’t get the tiny fern details to come out.
Still, the gold was soooo pretty on the places that did turn out.
As frustrated as I was with the reverse stenciling, I like the gold paint job way more than the gold vinyl. This particular vinyl just didn’t have that metallic glittery goodness to it, even though the edges are obviously sharper and cleaner.
So there you have it! My golden fern leaf eggs. Next time, I may just paint my eggs gold and have a bunch of gold eggs…
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