Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rhinestone T-Shirt & April Silhouette Promo

I have been wanting to play around with the Silhouette rhinestones for a long time and I finally got around to it and made some fun t-shirts for my daughters.
It was a lot of fun and much easier than I thought. I’ll tell you all about it in a second, but first I wanted to let you guys know about the fabulous promotion Silhouette is offering now through April 26th.

For an incredibly low price of $229 you can get the Rhinestone bundle!
This bundle includes:
  • The Silhouette SD
  • 2 sheets of rhinestone template material
  • 2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape
  • 2 rhinestone backing boards
  • 1 rhinestone placement brush
  • 1 CD of rhinestone images
  • 1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones
  • 1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones
  • 1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones
  • 1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestones 
  • 1 Pick-Me-Up tool
That’s an incredible savings of over $125!

But wait? What if you already have a Silhouette? You get 30% off all rhinestone products!!!
This is such a great deal and would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift (hint, hint)!

To get either one of these deals, pop over to Silhouette right now. All the rhinestone products are already marked down, but to get the special bundle, visit here then enter promo code “DANGCUTE” to apply the discount.

All right, so let me show you how simple it really is to use these rhinestones. First choose your rhinestone template. I went with butterfly_inverted_rhinestones_C00416_19210.  DO NOT resize the template. Load the template material directly into your Silhouette with the aqua size up without a cutting mat. Use the pink cap and a thickness of 28-33.
Peel the aqua part off, leaving the circle cutouts behind.
Stick the template (aqua) to a backing board.
Now you get to fill in all those holes with rhinestones. My template had three different sizes of rhinestones. I found the best way to do the rhinestones, was to start with the biggest size first and work my way down to the smallest. (This prevents the smaller rhinestones getting stuck in the bigger holes).
I simply poured out a bunch of rhinestones and used the brush tool to brush the rhinestones into the holes.
However some of those rhinestones were upside down and I needed to place pink rhinestones in certain spots, so I used the marvelous Pick-My-Up tool, to solve those problems.
Once all the rhinestones were in place, I covered the entire thing with a piece of transfer tape.
Lift the transfer tape (with all the rhinestones attached) off the backing board and place it on your desired surface.
Now we need to iron. Place a cloth over your design and iron at a high heat setting for 45-60 seconds. I found I had to do this a couple of times to get all the rhinestones to stick.
Once they are all stuck, turn the shirt inside out and iron again with the cloth.
Then it’s done! Pretty slick, right?
I wanted to bring out a little more pink in the shirts to go with the rhinestones, so I went back to my Silhouette and cut out some butterflies out of freezer paper. Use the green cutting mat with the shiny side up and be sure to reverse the image before printing. I think I just used a vinyl cut setting. I forgot to write it down, sorry.
Then go ahead and iron freezer paper to your shirt with the shiny side down.
See that cute coloring book at the bottom of the picture? I slid that in the shirt because the next step is painting. DecoArt has this amazing stuff called Fabric Painting Medium. You mix it with whatever color paint you want and voila!, you now have fabric paint. (Mix paint and medium 2:1 ratio).
Once my paint was mixed, I applied several thin coats.
Remove the freezer paper and let the paint dry for 24 hours, then throw it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle inside out. I’m not sure if you should dry it or not, so I just hung the shirts to dry.
My girls love them!
They are perfect for going outside to dance and run around!
I love the difference such little things like rhinestones and paint make to a plain t-shirt!

Go now and get yourself your own rhinestones! Rhinestone specials end April 26!!!


  1. What a great deal!! And I love the t-shirts! Adorable and your daughters are so pretty. They look lovely in their outfits!
    Have a blessed Easter!!

  2. I want a Silhouette so bad! So far I have not managed to convince my hubby that it is a worthwhile investment. I'm working on it though.

    The t shirts are so cute. How many packages of rhinestones did you use for each shirt?

  3. Claire- I actually didn't use an entire package for any of this, not even close. I was sent three different sizes of the clear rhinestones and some pink of the smallest size, and have plenty left over of each of them. All of those are included in the bundle and starter kit.

  4. Oh yay! That is good to hear. I didn't end up ordering any extra rhinestones. I figured I'd give the rhinestone projects a try first, so I'm glad to know I should be able to make my girls each a shirt or two before running out. Thanks!

  5. I was just wondering if you could use any other supplies instead of the actual rhinestone kits? Maybe a board with adhesive spray, and cut the image out on something else? Is the transfer tape similar to anything I could get from a local craft store?


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