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Silhouette Wood Grain Sheets: Review and Tutorial on Faux Stained Wood Designs

A few months back I picked up a pack of Silhouette Wood Grain sheets and have been holding on to them for the perfect project.

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The beauty of these sheets is - that when used with natural wood they look like you've stained the wood.  Today I'm going to share not only a review of these Silhouette Wood Grain sheets, but also a tutorial on how to use them.


The adhesive-backed Silhouette Wood Grain sheets come in a 6 pack with two 5 x 7" sheets each of three different colors 'stains.'  I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that the sheets are not a full 8.5" x 11" because the smaller size feels limiting.

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The wood sheets really pop on unfinished wood, so for this project, I decided to add a faux stained accent to this unfinished wood heart.  I slightly modified the shape of the Lace Heart - by 'squishing' it down a little - so it would more closely match the shape of the wood heart. 

My original plan was to use the darkest wood sheet.  Due to the size of the sheets and the size of the heart, I needed to break up the design which was easy since the wood heart has space between the slats (but that's another tutorial for another day).  The size of the design required I use two of the sheets.

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Both sheets were placed on a Silhouette cutting mat. These sheets are a thicker/heavier material so a fairly sticky mat is ideal to hold them in place while cutting.  From the Send panel I used the Silhouette Studio default cut settings for Wood Sheets.

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While you can see the design is cut into the sheet it did not cut through and was impossible to cleanly weed.

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Remember when I said always do a test cut. Yeah...do as I say, not as I do.

Soo....I had to use two more wood sheets in the gray stain. This time I modified the default cut settings for 'Wood Sheets' by increasing the Force setting to 33.

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Success.

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The wood sheets are thick enough and sturdy enough that even with this really intricate design, I was able to pick it up by hand - without any type of transfer material - and move it into place.

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Once all four sections of my scroll heart were in place, I pressed them down really well.  The wood sheets have adhesive on the back.

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Unfortunately within a few hours the sheet started to curl up off the surface.

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Encouraging it to re-stick worked temporarily and then I resorted to covering the entire surface area with mod podge - which I don't think you should have to do.

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I love the look of the finished piece especially with the faux stained lace heart (available on So Fontsy) - but I wish the sheets were larger and the adhesive stronger. For these reasons and the fact that the default cut settings were a fail - the Silhouette Wood Sheets get a solid 'C'.

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