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Thursday, September 19, 2019

StyleTech Craft Fall Blog Hop With Designer Craft Connection.

Good morning fellow craft enthusiast's Penny here today playing along with the Designer Craft Collection Blog Hop  featuring StyleTechCrafts Vinyl, For my fun project today I am going to show you how I made a cute Halloween platter that can be used as a stand alone decorative piece that you can hang up, or for use as a party food platter.


I only became aware of StyleTech Craft's wonderful vinyl products a couple of years ago and since then I have been completely hooked! Their Product Line is amazing and has a wide variety of vinyl styles, colors, and products that will meet all of your crafting needs, and with over 30 years experience in the vinyl business, you know it's a company you can trust for quality products, and service.


I started out with just a large plain black plastic platter. I think I found it at our local thrift shop for less than $2.00. I loved that it was super large, probably close to 20 inches wide and black, which is sort of an unusual platter color. So I had a Halloween project in mind for it the moment I saw it. This photo shows the back of my platter showing you how I used a hot glue gun to add a soda tab onto the back of it so I could hang if from my door or wall when it wasn't in use as a platter. Super easy! 


To start my project I first gathered my vinyl colors, and styles
I choose some colors in the Ultra Metallic Collection. It is an amazing glitter vinyl available in 26 fabulous colors and will work for indoor or outdoor projects. 


I used these colors in the Ultra Metallic:
142 Purple
165 Lime Tree Green
150 Coral

Then in the Craft Vinyl Collection I used these colors:
492 Gloss White
499 Gloss Black

Next I took out my die cutting machine and started cutting out my "Happy Halloween" lettering that I placed on the outer edges of my platter/sign. Since I was lining my lettering up in a circle I started from the middle of each word and worked my way outwards till I had each word completed. (The coral color is much brighter than it appears in this photo. Please see the vinyl colors above for it's true color)


Then I used the Lime Tree Green and cut out my vampire's background shadow. I chose the green color because it really stood out against the dark color of the platter, and the glitter in the vinyl looked amazing.


The use of the Transfer Tape was extremely useful at this point to help me correctly line up my vampire shapes in the center of my project without it wrinkling or getting tons of air bubbles behind it. If you look closely at the transfer tape in the photo below you will see that this particular tape comes with a grid pattern which is great for lining up any lettering on your projects.


To keep the hair, bow tie, and eyes out of the way I removed them first an left them on some transfer tape while I removed the larger body piece, since they were all cutout together on one sheet of vinyl.


To remove the tiny eye pieces I used the picker tool that is part of the StyleTech's Tool Kit to easily pick out those tiny cutouts. This vinyl product is SO easy to weed, you'll love it.


Then I applied the black vinyl cutout to the green shadow background.


To that I added the main body of the vampire in the purple, again using the transfer tape for proper placement since this die cut had very little room for error. Next I added his hair in black. The smile was achieved by removing a cutout section that was made in the purple, leaving the black to show through the cutout area.


For my next step I placed my vampire's clothing on, with the base in green, and then I added the white collar, fangs, and outer eye pieces. Then I used the gloss black to add the bow tie, and eye centers. He was getting cuter by the second! It didn't call for it in the pattern but I later added some black buttons to his shirt, as it looked rather plain without them.


I hope you decide to make your own vampire tray that doubles as a sign!


To purchase the vinyl products you have seen featured here be sure and check out the following retailers:

Ultra Metallic:
ATSMCRAFT (atsmcraft.com) (Southeast US & PR only) 
JPI Blanks (jpiblanks.com) 
MidSouth Crafting Supplies (midsouthcraftingsupplies.com) 
Script Designs https://scriptdesigns.myshopify.com/ 
(Canada) Vinyl & Crafts (vinylandcrafts.com) 
Vinyl Countdown (thevinylcountdown.net/) 
Vinyl Spectrum (vinylspectrum.com)

Glossy Vinyl:
ATSMCRAFT (atsmcraft.com) (Southeast US & PR only) 
JPI Blanks (jpiblanks.com) 
MidSouth Crafting Supplies (midsouthcraftingsupplies.com) 
Script Designs https://scriptdesigns.myshopify.com/ (Canada) 

For more amazing vinyl tips and projects please check out the StyleTech Craft Facebook Page.

As with most vinyl products it is suggested that you hand wash your finished project and not place it in a dishwasher for best results. 

Be sure and check out all the other amazing posts on this blog hop before you go as you will be amazed at the talented ladies and their beautiful projects who are all playing along!
You'll find all of their blog posts and projects Here

Once again my completed project.



Thank you for stopping by, and please be sure to become a follower here if you'd like to see more fun vinyl, and other crafting projects! Till next time "Happy Crafting" Love Penny

Disclaimer: This blog is given free products in return for my honest evaluation and completed project samples.
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6 comments:

Janet Trieschman said...

that is one festive platter!

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

Love that you upcycled that plain black platter! Great project for Halloween entertaining - the colors really POP!

Sue Eldred said...

That is the cutest vampire. I loved how you glued a pop can ring on the back for a hanger.
Great project.

Nancy said...

That's very cool, Penny! Thanks for sharing the Canadian info. I might have to try some vinyl...finally! :o)

Steph Ackerman said...

This is so much fun. Perfect for Halloween.

Morena said...

I love it! What a fun design and great idea!