This post is about how I revamped my beloved electronic cutting machine, the amazing (but very pink) Bosskut Gazelle.
But first, a little background story......
The last while I've been working on a post about a project I did a few weeks ago. Someone asked me to make our church bulletin board pretty so I did. Nailhead trim, Greek key corners....
I tried to write a long, informative post with tips and tricks. I was going to give you a free, downloadable template for the Greek key corners that would make them super-duper easy to make with this particular faux nailhead trim. Like this:
But every time I sat down to write my mind was dull and blank. I couldn't muster up any enthusiasm. I guess it's what they call writer's block.
Now, I love writing! I love words and the way they interact with each other. I also like having the whole stage to myself. In the 'real' world, interacting with large groups of people is not my strong suit. I'm the one who, on the rare occasions I have something to add, am so soft-spoken that my comment is only heard by a few people nearby who toss me a few sympathetic glances as the conversation continues with my contribution falling flat and unnoticed. So awkward. I hate awkward.
Yes , yes, poor little me. 🙂
Maybe I'm exaggerating a liiiittle bit. That doesn't happen quite every single time.
And I've become a very good listener. Ha.
But here on my blog I'm the only one talking. I get to say what I want to say, and I can think, rewrite and make things sound just the way I want them to. I enjoy it very much.
So I should've been able to write about a stupid bulletin board. And how hard can it really be to write a tutorial, you don't need to be witty and brilliant for that. But after a week or two of sitting down to write the post and coming up empty, plus having technical troubles with the template, I threw it down in disgust (figuratively speaking, I'm not actually throwing my computer anywhere).
That was several days ago. To comfort myself I did this fun little project, which involves no great instructions other than spray whatever you don't like with spray paint to make it better. Preferably gold spray paint. (Excluding humans.)
And I still have every intention of mastering the bulletin board post, someday. 🙂
My husband gave me a Bosskut Gazelle way back when we were dating.
It ranks very highly in the 'Best Gifts He Ever Gave Me' list, second only to the full Adobe Creative Suite he gave me one year. They are two of my most prized possessions.
It's a wonderful cutting machine! You may have heard of the Silhouette Cameo? This is the same idea, but as I understand it, the Gazelle is able to cut even more materials than the Cameo. I can create whatever design I want (possibly with the Creative Suite mentioned above) and cut it out. I even used it to cut our wedding invitations into a pretty shape.
As far as the styling though, well, the pink doesn't really do anything for me. Thanks to my sis-in-law Cassie I got the fabulous idea to paint it gold (there's your due credit Cassie 🙂 ). Oh gold....how I love thee. I didn't three years ago but oh, now I do!
The logo was on a sticker that just peeled off and the pink parts were all plastic pieces that were removable. (And go me, I've had this for 4 or 5 years and just now realized those were drawers that pulled out. Wow!)
After I took it all apart I took the pink plastic pieces outside and gave them a quick coat of spray primer, then just sprayed light coats of gold until they looked all shiny and new. Of course, before I ever started I researched thoroughly to see which gold spray paint I should use. Most people who did the work of comparing gold spray paints liked Rustoleum's metallic gold so that's what I used. I'll add my endorsement to theirs, it's a beautiful gold!
Maybe someday I'll use the cutter itself to cut a new logo out of either black or gold vinyl. until then this will suit just fine.
Isn't it so much better?