When you have a friend that appreciates a practical gift, it can be a little challenging to come up with a fun and whimsical way to give it. Fortunately, my Silhouette Cameo answered the call and helped me make this: a Christmas Eye Chart and Specs card.
I used Silhouette’s print and cut feature to create the eye chart. If I was to do it again, I would use a distinct motif for each position on a row (like an eye chart), but I think it conveys the message as is.
The glasses are from Lori Whitlock. I used the pattern fill feature to flood the glasses with the blue polka dot pattern. I cut a total of four pairs of glasses and layered them for dimension. To make the acetate lenses (hand trimmed and glued to the lowest layer of the glasses) more realistic, I increased the size of the “Mer” which would appear through the lens and made the “y” smaller as it peeked out under the nose bridge of the glasses. Below is a screen shot which shows how I checked the alignment before printing and cutting. Note: I did not cut the glasses on top of the eye chart. This just shows how you can check alignment before cutting.
For additional magnification for the right-hand lens, I used a 12×12 paper to hand cut the lens shape. First I determined where the glasses would be attached to show the “Mer”, then I adhered the larger print to the same smaller pattern from a 6 x 6 paper pad that I used as the first layer of patterned paper in the card. The glasses are pop-dotted above the chart and the patterned paper.
To finish the card, I added some retro rhinestones, a bow, another layer of patterned paper, and the 5.5″ card base. The sentiment inside informs the recipient that an optometrist appointment and new glasses are coming.