Silhouette Portrait T-Shirt Project

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I have a new toy, and I love it!  The Silhouette Portrait puts all other crafting tools to shame-  Not only is it super easy to use but the variety of projects and mediums that you can use makes it a crafters MUST have on your desk at all times item. Check out what I made on my first try with the Silhouette Portrait!

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I must say honestly, at first I was intimidated when I first opened the Silhouette Studio software. There were A LOT of drop down menus, options, and various tools for the machine.  There was no way I could learn this. I decided to start with a project using one of the kits they sent me-the Heat Transfer Starter Kit, this kit came with 5 different colors of heat transfer material in various finishes, a hook tool for lifting cut vinyl, an instructional DVD, a simple booklet, and a card for 10 exclusive  heat transfer designs from the Silhouette Online Design Store.

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The first page in the book had simple step by step instructions for using the kit with your Silhouette.  While there are a lot of options on the software the instructions broke it down so easily that I was choosing and  downloading images from the store in less than 10 minutes after I installed the software-seriously that easy.  I opted for a simple T-Shirt since I had a couple white plain t’s laying around waiting to become craft projects.  I found this cute phrase, pulled out the vinyl I wanted, and had it cut and inhered in another 20 minutes. Here is how I did it.


Choose and download your image and/or fonts from the design store.

Create your design.

Choose mirror option (the booklet will give more detailed instructions on how ) so that when you iron onto your fabric it will be the correct way.

Select type of material that you are using from the right drop down menu, it will tell you exactly which setting to put your blade on, remove blade and change number with the tool provided.

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Insert heat transfer material shiny side down.

Press button to feed it into machine.

Send to Silhouette (via the top row of buttons in design studio).

The machine cuts out your design within a minute or two.

Peel off excess vinyl, leaving only the design attached to the shiny transfer paper.

Place clear backing so that the design is on your t shirt, cover with a thin cloth, and hold iron over the entire design for 45-60 seconds. Remove fabric, and backing, if letters stick to backing instead of fabric, lay it down again and repeat, be sure to press firmly.

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The heat transfer kit isn’t only for t-shirts you can dress up plates, mirrors, pillows, candle holders etc…

This isn’t all the Silhouette Portrait can do however- it cuts card stock, vinyl, fabric, transparencies, vellum, magnet paper, and more. You can also replace the blade with sketch pens and make customized stickers or other embellishments.  If you are a beginning crafter or a veteran and have been thinking about purchasing one of these machines I highly recommend the Silhouette Portrait.


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Portrait Bundle – Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99

CAMEO Bundle #1 – CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99

CAMEO Bundle #2 – CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99

CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!) – CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99


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I received the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting tool as well as a heat transfer starter kit and double sided adhesive starter kit in exchange for my review but opinions are my own true impressions of the products.

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About the author: I am a Work at home mom of two- a fierce 3 year old princess who keeps me hopping, and my sweet, laid back, first born- a little boy who is 6. Underfoot are also two little Dachshunds, a Sun Conure, and my hard working hubby too. When i am not dodging Legos on the floor or playing princess tea party I am crafting, cooking , gardening, or junkin’. I get through these crazy days of life fueled by countless cups of coffee and a whole lotta’ Jesus.

25 comments… add one

  • I want the GLASS ETCHING STARTER KIT to go with it.

  • I would love the rhinestone starter kit!

  • I would get the double-sided adhesive starter kit.

  • i love a lot of things from them …probably I will choose first time RHINESTONE STARTER KIT

  • I would love the vinyl holiday starter kit. Giving personalized gifts during the holidays is very meaningful. Thanks for the incredible giveaway and Happy Holidays :)

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  • I would make the Personalized Ceramic Ornaments Using Adhesive Vinyl.

  • I always thought this type of gadget would be really intimidating. Your post gave me inspiration; I’d love to give the silhouette a whirl! I’d especially like to add the RHINESTONE STARTER KIT to it. What fun projects this would make!

  • I would love the glass etching starter kit to personalize mason jar gifts.

  • the Holiday Starter Kit and the Vinyl Starter Kit


  • I would choose the Holiday Starter Kit and the Vinyl Starter Kit.

  • Well I already have a Cameo but cannot get the darn thing to connect to my computer so I’d probably just focus on getting it to work first. Then I’d try the gel pens!

  • I like the Stamping Starter Kit. That’s such a neat idea!

  • If I won a Portrait, I would want to have the Portrait Teal Tote and the sewable fabric interfacing. I would also love to try working with the adhesive magnet paper.

  • When I do get a Silhouette machine, I definitely want to pick up the 12-inch glitter heat transfer medium. My girls would love to glam up some t-shirts!

  • I would love to have the GLASS ETCHING STARTER KIT. I think it would make some beautiful gifts! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  • I would get a fabric blade and a rhinestone starter kit

  • The Going Places Airplane Tee! It looks awesome!

  • i would use the heat transfer starter kit on my sewing projects. probably for added images on dresses or jackets.

  • I would really like the glass etching starter kit

  • So hard to choose, but I think I would get the stamping starter kit.

  • I would make t-shirt for my daughter’s bridal party :)

  • This has been on my wish list for awhile now. I’m glad to hear it is easy to learn. I just might have to treat myself after the holidays!

  • I would get the vinyl starter kit.


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