Did you ever have a project that made you want to hang up your creative hat and hide under the covers? It all started with this large, heavy weight tray I found at a thrift store. It was exactly perfect to place on the ottoman in my living room. While I liked sort of liked the kitschy design, I thought I’d spruce it up a bit using some paint and my new Silhouette machine. Isn’t this design gorgeous? It would look just perfect painted in black on my freshly painted tray. I thought it would be simple to cut it in vinyl and use it to stencil the design on my tray. WRONG! That machine was so darn frustrating. While I followed the settings that came with the vinyl, the machine kept pulling off little pieces of the cut vinyl and getting all stuck up. Three tries later, I finally had my vinyl stencil cut. But only after having to pick the tiny adhesive backed pieces out of the inside of the machine. Grrrr….I wonder if it’s too late to get my money back? Happy to have the cutting part out of the way, I painted the edges of the tray and the stenciled area with black gloss enamel paint. I chose to ignore the fact that this paint was made for wood, glass and glazed ceramics. Why wouldn’t it work on a painted metal tray?
The moral of the story: Follow the directions!
The paint is totally peeling off. I’m not sure that the whole thing can be salvaged now. I’m going to have to scrape or sand all of the paint off since I know that it’s just a matter of time before the black paint on the edges starts coming off in big sheets.
That kitschy Asian design is looking pretty good to me right about now.
Anyone want to share a craft fail? Misery loves company you know.