"Ok I want to do a Santa plate...just words around the outside....who can help me? Is there a design out there I can buy? Thanks!"First let me start off by saying, I rarely buy designs especially ones that are full of text because you
can almost always find the text somewhere for free - unless it's a specialty font like Samantha that is NEVER free, but often on sale.
The easiest way to decorate charger plates is to first have the charger plate in hand. I got four of these gold charger plates at Dollar Tree last year.
You want to measure the full diameter of the plate. Because this plate has bumps, I measured the area from just inside the bumps because I don't want my vinyl going over them.
This plate was 12.25" in diameter so in Studio I drew out a circle and then from the Scale window manually typed in 12.25 leaving the box checked for 'lock aspect.
Then measure the inside area of the plate (the part inside the rim).
In Studio, make a second circle that's that exactly that same size.
Usually I would tell you to group the circles, but if you do that the text to path in the next few steps gets all wackadoodle so don't group them, just don't move them.
Double click on the first line of font until you get the green outline.
Then click on the directional arrow in the lower left corner of the font box and use it to drag the font so it sits on top of the inner circle.
If necessary, use the character spacing tool to adjust the space between the letters.
If necessary, weld the letters together.
Then the last and most important step is to go back and click on each line of text > right click > convert to path. This makes the text stay in the curve even when you delete the "plate."
I found the middle of the bottom design and then used a piece of painters tape to mark the middle up to the top of the plate. Very scientific, I must say.
Then I used my favorite hinge method to add the second piece of vinyl to ensure it was centered, straight, and even.
And here are a few more Santa-inspired vinyl-decorated dishes to help get your crafty Christmas ideas flowing...
|Vinyl is not food safe..so the plates are for decoration only.|
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