Permanent vinyl patio party tour

Throw a Patio Party This Summer With Our Permanent Vinyl and More

June 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Can you believe it is June?! Where has this year gone?

The sun has been out in Utah recently and I feel like it is the perfect time to throw an outdoor party! Lucky for you, we have done all of the planning, and now you can recreate this cute party quicker than ever.

You can find TWELVE new projects loaded in Design Space so you can customize this scene to your specific party needs. And as if that isn’t enough, Cricut’s very own project designers will walk you through how they created three projects with the new Premium Permanent Vinyl!

I am going to make a confession, I am not the hostess with the mostess. I have never thrown an outdoor party so when we were tasked with creating this cute outdoor scene, I had to channel my party throwing mom! She hosted amazing parties for us growing up and now throws over the top parties for her friends and family… specifically for my niece. With my mom in mind and lots of inspiration from Cricut’s project designers, we came up with some fun décor, accessories, and outdoor activities.

Creating a Bar Cart With Your Cricut!

When designing any party or scene, we often decide what furniture will fill the space and go from there. We decided to set the scene with chairs, side tables, and a drink cart of some sort! We landed on Adirondack chairs and a bar cart and now agree that these are summer essentials that every patio party needs. We then considered what projects not only would transform the space into a colorful fiesta but would also be useful to have at a party!

On the bar cart, we started with our big décor pieces. If you missed it, Cricut just announced the new Scoring Wheel and it is pretty amazing. To show off the Scoring Wheel and the precision cutting of the Cricut Maker, we brainstormed several different paper vase ideas that were brought to life by the illustrators.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

I absolutely love how they turned out. We used real glass vases inside each paper vase so that our flowers wouldn’t wilt. What I love about this project is that you can use old jars that don’t match, cut out these incredible vases, place your glass jars inside, and bam! Now you have a cohesive set of vases in the colors of your party!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

You can’t have a bar cart without some booze! We wanted to create a new, fresh twist on mimosas. While I am sure you have seen several “Mimosa Bars,” have you ever seen juices this fun? These big, bright juice labels will inspire your guests to create the perfect mimosa concoctions. And when they have had one or two drinks, the labels will still be large enough for them to read! 😉

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

We even included frosted vinyl cups and drink stirrers to give your guests’ drinks even more pizzazz.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

And if mimosas aren’t your thing, we thought of a craft for that too! These cute koozies will keep your beer or soda cold (and cute) for the entire party.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

Two DIY Yard Games That Everyone Needs!

With drinks and food covered, we thought about different activities for our guests. We decided a large tumbling tower (tutorial here) and matching image game would be fun for all ages. We opted to pick up some large blocks, but you could easily cut down some 2 x 4s! Our permanent vinyl worked great to dress up the games. If they get dirty or wet, the vinyl will hold up just fine!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

While we thought the matching game would be fun for kids, it seemed like the big kids enjoyed it too! You can go crazy with this game and make as many pairs of matching images as your heart desires.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

To add to the competitive nature of the games, we created some fun prize boxes for our winners. I feel like the packaging may have been cuter than the prize!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

With the Scoring Wheel, just think of all the possibilities!

Extra Décor Pieces

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

With the Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel announcements, don’t forget about the Rotary Blade! We created these fun Summer Star pillows to add some color to our party with the new Riley Blake fabric sampler packs.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

Now that our party looked perfect, the final touch was an accessory to wear to the party. We found this adorable vinyl tote and added permanent vinyl to it to match our party theme. It is absolutely perfect for the pool or beach.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

Lastly, we created some coasters using Cricut Chipboard and the Knife Blade to protect our cute outdoor furniture.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

We had a total blast designing this party and cannot to see how you all recreate our projects. Have you seen the new project sharing feature?! If you have not, check out this article. Once you are done with your project, share them on Pinterest or Facebook and tag us so we can ooh and ahh!

Links to All Projects:

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

Fill in the blank Father's Day card

Fill In The Blank Father’s Day Card + 10 More Cute Card Ideas for Dad

June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog. Last month I was here sharing a cute last day of school t-shirt, and now I’m back sharing a cute Father’s Day card to make with your kiddos! Time flies!

Cricut Design Space has so many cute Father’s Day cards. Many of them are perfect to make with help from your kiddos. I know my kiddos love to make cards for their dad. I love the fill in the blank cards where you let your kiddos express some of their cute thoughts. They really become keepsakes, not just a card. Let me show you how easy this cute card is to put together.

For This Father’s Day Project You Will Need a Few Supplies:

Father's Day card supplies list

You can find the design I used for this card in Cricut Design Space. If you own a Cricut machine, I would strongly recommend signing up for Cricut Access. When you do, you will have access to literally thousands of designs that you can use for free.

This card is part of their Father’s Day collection. They have tons of cute ideas for Dad! I’ll link to several other card ideas in just a bit.

1: Draw

Let your Cricut draw your Father's Day card

I love watching my Cricut Maker draw! It’s pretty amazing. You simply slip in the pen and then load your machine & press go. Your machine does all the work!

2: Cut and Score

Cut and score your Father's Day card

Next, your machine will cut out & score all the pieces of your card.

3: Grab Your Kiddos!

Have your kids fill out the Father's Day card

Have them fill in the blanks on the card using Cricut pens. I love all the colors!

Don’t forget to pin this post!

4: Assemble the Card Envelope

Make the envelope for your card

While your kiddos are busy filling in their cards, assemble the envelope & liner using some adhesive.

5: Slip the Card Inside the Envelope

Slip the card inside the envelope.

6: Tie Some Twine (or Ribbon!) Around the Top of Your Card

Tie some twine (or ribbon!) around the top of your card

Now the only thing left to do is to give Dad his card for Father’s Day! I think he’s going to love them!

DIY Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card + Father's Day Cards Ideas

Check out these other fun Father’s Day cards made with Cricut. Most of these are available for free with your Cricut Access subscription! I marked all those with a *. Enjoy!

Fun Father's Day cards you can make with a Cricut

Dad We Love You to Bits Card @ Crafting in the Rain

Father's Day Footprint Card @ Love, Create, Celebrate

Do you like to make handmade cards for special occasions? Which card is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below. (You can see how to add texture to cards here.)

Knife Blade Inspiration

Knife Blade Inspiration to Get You Crafting

June 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Sarah Desjardins from The Simply Crafted Life

I’m Sarah, the creative mind behind The Simply Crafted Life (which was Becoming Martha until a recent rebrand).  I have been partnering with Cricut since the days of the Cricut Mini, and Knife Blade has been one of the most exciting releases in all of that time. It really opens the doors on what you can do with your Cricut Maker and enables you to have many more options.

Over at The Simply Crafted Life, I shared an overview of Cricut’s Knife Blade, and I have been working through various materials that it cuts.  I have shared tips and tricks for cutting chipboard and basswood so far, and the basswood project has definitely been my favorite.

Knife Blade inspiration

I cut this welcome sign using the Cricut font, Chloe.  I cut one design in basswood and a replica in Patterned Iron-on.  After it was cut, I applied the iron on using my Easy Press.  I just love the finished results. It really looks like it came from one of those cute home decor stores!

Basswood can also be used to create a banner, like this Adventure pennant that seeLINDSAY shared on Everyday Party Magazine.

Knife Blade Adventure

Basswood isn’t all that you can cut. Chipboard is definitely one of the most popular products to cut with Knife Blade. So many people have been hard at work creating personalized puzzles, which make a great gift!

Knife Blade Adventure

Chipboard can also be used to make many great party decor items.  I just love these ice cream cone cupcake stands that Mariah from Giggles Galore created.

Knife Blade Adventure

Speaking of cake, you can also use chipboard to create cake toppers, like this one from Kim at The Celebration Shoppe.  She also used printable vinyl to easily jazz the chipboard up for the Fourth of July.

Knife Blade Adventure

If fabric is more your thing, you will love to hear that Knife Blade cuts through both garment and tooling leather (up to 4-5 oz for garment and 6-7 oz for tooling).  This means you can cut adorable earrings, like these from Stephanie at Crafting in the Rain, and then emboss them using a Cuttlebug!

Knife Blade Adventure

Leather may lend itself to accessories quite easily, but Mariah at Giggles Galore also used leather to whip up these adorable luggage tags.

Knife Blade Adventure

I used both chipboard and leather to create these maple leaf keychains, which are easily adapted to any design, or even a monogram!

Knife Blade Adventure

Cricut’s Knife Blade also cuts through mat board (up to 4 ply).  This is a great option for creating custom mats for photo frames.  Think of the gift giving possibilities, like this fabulous DAD matted frame by Angie at The Country Chic Cottage.

Knife Blade Adventure

And if you want to pull it all together, try your hand at a gallery wall like Cricut designer Karley Hall did.

Knife Blade Adventure

I saw a lot of these pieces in person at the Cricut headquarters, and they are even more stunning in person - especially that map wall art! Isn’t it amazing what you can create with your Cricut Maker now that Knife Blade is available?

So now that we’ve inspired you, let’s hear what you are excited to create.  Will you make one of the projects above, or do you have an exciting idea of your own to try?  Whatever your #MakerGoals, the Cricut Maker, with its adaptive tool system and Knife Blade, is surely able to make it a reality!

What have you made with Knife Blade? Tell us below!

Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

May 31st, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

My new favorite thing to cut is Cricut Chipboard! It’s super versatile and works for everything. I have made cake toppers, place settings, and even cupcake stands.

I’m super excited to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned since I started cutting Cricut Chipboard with the Knife Blade.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

The first and most important thing to know before you start is to only use Cricut Chipboard. Cricut Chipboard is specifically made to be cut with the Knife Blade, it is 2mm and made of high-grade materials. Using other chipboard material may damage your Knife Blade.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

Once you have the Cricut Chipboard, decide on your design. It can’t be any larger than 10.5”x10.5” and it can’t be any smaller than .75”x.75”, the cuts should not be any smaller than the diameter of a pencil, and you should keep all of your designs within 1/4” of the edge of the mat.

I love playing with some of the designs in Design Space to create cupcake plates and cake toppers. To make cupcake plates, you need to slice the top and bottom of the design to make a flat surface for the plate and add a circle for the cupcakes to sit on. You will also need to make a stand or duplicate image so there is a stable base.

In order to make the images fit in the base or each other, you will have to slice a 0.08” x 1/2 the height of the image rectangle from the top and bottom of the image or base. Chipboard is 0.08” thick, and this will allow you to slide the base or images into each other to make them 3-D. It needs to be exactly the width of the Chipboard to work properly. So, if you want to cover the chipboard with vinyl, you need to adjust the width of the slice to accommodate the vinyl, scrapbook paper, or card stock. Cricut has an article that shares the width of all of their products in mm, just convert it to inches and add it to the 0.08” slice.

For example, I made an adorable mermaid tale cake topper, but the base was covered with Cricut’s Natalie Malan watercolor vinyl. So, I took the width of the vinyl times two (front and back) and converted it to inches. Then, I added it to the 0.08” slice for the plain Chipboard, so the slice for vinyl front and back was 0.098”. I have found that it is easier to apply the vinyl to the chipboard before it is cut.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

For the cactus cupcake stand, I only made the slice 0.08” and painted a thin layer of spray paint over it.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

If you use paint on the chipboard you have to seal the chipboard before you apply the paint. You can use something like Mod Podge or even spray sealer. Once it is dry, you can use whatever paint you would like to on it.

3-D Chipboard designs would be fun party activities for kids parties too. Just pre-cut the designs, and seal them before the party and let the guests paint them!

You cannot cover Cricut Chipboard with iron-on. It will cause the Chipboard layers to separate and warp.

Some of my favorite Chipboard projects are:

Cactus Cake Plate

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

What are you going to make with Cricut Chipboard? Leave a comment below and tag with #CricutMade online.

DIY Leather Luggage Tags with Cricut Knife Blade

Cool Materials You Can Use With the Knife Blade

May 24th, 2018 • Contributor: Mariah Leeson from Giggles Galore

Hello Cricut friends! It’s Mariah from Giggles Galore and like you, I am so excited about the arrival of the Cricut Knife Blade. I’ve been playing around with my Knife Blade for about a month now, and I've been having lots of fun trying out all kinds of new projects and materials, it's amazing what this new tool can do!

Today I thought it would be fun to talk all about the different kinds of cool materials you can cut with the Knife Blade. The Knife Blade was specifically designed to cut thicker materials that cannot be easily or successfully cut with other machines or blades. But, before we talk materials and projects there are a few important details we need to discuss.

First, the Knife Blade is for use with the Cricut Maker™ only and requires the use of Design Space® software on a desktop or laptop.

Second, when using the Knife Blade it is not recommended for cutting images or details smaller than ¾”.

Finally, it's important to note that thicker materials require multiple cut passes with gradually increasing pressures to cut through successfully. This means that Knife Blade cuts will take significantly more time than when you are cutting thinner materials with other blades. The duration of the cut will vary depending on the size and intricacy of the images being cut, so make sure you remember to plan ahead and be patient.

Cricut Knife Blade

Ok, now let's talk about all of the cool materials you can use to start making your own one-of-a-kind projects. The Knife Blade is capable of cutting the following approved materials:

* Balsa wood, up to 3/32”

* Basswood, up to 1/16"

* Tooling leather, up to 7 oz

* Garment leather, up to 5oz

* Cricut® Chipboard, 2mm

* Matboard, 2-ply or 4-ply

* Craft foam, up to 3mm

With all of these fun materials the possibilities for party decorations, home decor, and gifts are endless. Let's take a closer look at some of my favorite materials and what you need to know before you begin.

Leather

The Cricut Knife Blade can be used to cut both garment leather and tooling leather.  What's the difference you ask?  Garment leather is often softer and more flexible than other types of leather because it has been treated with softeners.  Cricut offers a variety of garment leathers in 12" x 12" sizes.  Tooling leather is stiffer and may have patterns or designs worked into the leather using leather tools.  The key is to look for leather with a uniform even surface.

When cutting leather you need to use a StrongGrip mat and use a brayer to create a firm bond between the material and the adhesive surface. Be sure to tape down all four edges of your material to the mat, blue painters tape works great.  I made DIY Leather Luggage Tags with both the Cricut garment leather and tooling leather and they both cut beautifully with the Knife Blade.

Chipboard

This is one of the materials I couldn't wait to try with the Knife Blade.  I think this is one of the most versatile materials that can be used for everything from custom cake toppers to home decor.  I just know you are going to love creating projects with chipboard so let's talk about what you need to know before you get started.

The Knife Blade works with 2 mm Cricut chipboard, which is made of high-grade materials and specifically designed for use with the Knife Blade. The maximum size of cut for chipboard projects is 10.75" x 10.75" and the cut can't be smaller than 3/4".  Just like the leather you need to use a StrongGrip mat and tape the top and bottom edges of the material to the mat.  Once it is done cutting, before you remove the mat you will want to examine your project by pulling up a corner or edge piece to make sure all pieces have been completely cut, if not Design Space will allow you to select and add one more cut pass to complete the cut.

One of the things I love most about the chipboard is how you can personalize your design for any occasion by covering it in paper or paint.  If you plan to paint your chipboard make sure you paint it with an acrylic sealer, Modge Podge or Gesso first.  I used one coat of spray paint to finish off this simple patriotic anchor cake topper and love how it turned out.

Balsa Wood and Basswood

Balsa Wood and Basswood

When I first learned about the Knife Blade and heard that you would be able to cut wood my mind was blown.  Just like the chipboard, I can see lots of versatility with this material, especially when it comes to creating on-trend home decor.  I can't wait to create my own one-of-a-kind gallery wall, just like this one the creative team at Cricut designed and made.  Just look at that incredible basswood World Art!

Cutting balsa wood and basswood is easy with the Knife Blade, but here are a few important things you need to know.  Boards should be single pieces and not composite pieces or pieces that have been glued together.  Look for wood with no bow or warp and minimal blemishes like knots.  You can purchase and use wood with 1/32", 1/16" or 3/32" thickness. You will want to place the wood on the StrongGrip mat with the grain running either horizontally or vertically and be sure to tape all edges of the material to the mat.

In addition to these approved materials, I've also been experimenting with other cool materials including mat board, plastic sheets, cardboard boxes and cork board.

What type of materials are you most excited about trying with your Knife Blade?

Personalized Beach Gear

Personalized Beach Gear With Cricut

May 24th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey, Cricut buddies! Can you believe beach season is upon us? Seriously, how is it already May? Pretty soon we will all have our toes in the sand and drinks in our hand. Yes, please!

Before we head out though, you know we're gonna Cricut-ize the heck out of all the beachy things! Today, I'm rounding up some fun examples of beach gear you can personalize. Read along until the end for a quick tutorial!

Monogrammed Beach Bag by Giggles Galore

It's no secret that I love a good tote bag. I have them in every closet and even have several in my car. They're incredibly handy and cute to boot! You can DIY your own monogrammed beach bag with Iron-on and your Cricut machine.

Monogrammed Beach Spiker by Kayla Makes

Monogrammed Beach Spiker by Kayla Makes

Last summer I found this beach spiker at a local grocery store and after slapping a monogram on it, it became my favorite beach accessory. No more sandy bottles! Cricut adhesive vinyl is great for projects like this!

Personalized Sand Bucket by Sew Woodsy

Besides being adorable, personalized sand pails are also practical. Your kid can't possibly confuse their pail with someone else's if their name is staring them right in the face!

Wine Tumblers by Happy Go Lucky

Although these aren't technically personalized, they are still super cute! You could easily change up the design and make it a monogrammed tumbler instead.

If you're out of time, be sure to pin this post to read later!

Easy Personalized Water Bottles

Easy Personalized Water Bottles

Now that you have an idea of what kind of beach gear can be personalized, let me show you how easy it is to do with your machine!

1: Set Up Your Design

Set Up Your Design

Start by opening up the components of your design. For this one, I'm using a crab shape from the Design Space library and a monogram that I created and uploaded.

Set Up Your Design

Place the monogram on top of the crab shape and center it. Select both shapes and then click slice.

Set Up Your Design

After slicing, delete the top two monogram layers and you'll be left with the slice result. Your two shapes are now one.

2: Set Machine and Cut Vinyl

Set Machine and Cut Vinyl

After you click the Make It button you'll select your machine and then select your material. I'm using white adhesive vinyl.

3: Weed and Apply Vinyl

Weed and Apply Vinyl

Weed your design, apply transfer tape and transfer the design to the water bottle.

Weed and Apply Vinyl

It really is as easy as that! There are countless ways that you can use your Cricut machine paired with iron-on or vinyl.

Happy almost summer and happy Cricut-ing!

Kayla

New Fonts That Have Our Heart

Fonts That Have Our Heart

May 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

Fonts are getting all the heart eyes from me lately!  Seriously - the project inspiration is ENDLESS! And I will be the first to admit the time I spend picking the perfect font for my projects...sometimes takes longer than making the actual project (which I am totally fine with scrolling through dreamy fonts).  I have rounded up a few of my new favorites that are exclusive to Cricut and all Cricut Access members!

Ps - if you don’t have Cricut Access or know what it is you may want to click here to learn what all the rage is about.

Alright let’s do this!  Allow me to introduce:

Biofreeze font

I can’t fully explain it, but does anyone else crave a slurpee when looking at this font? Bio Freeze is sure to be a top used font for my Summer projects.

Babette font

Babette you pretty little thing you!!! Wedding season is upon us and I can’t wait to get creating some perfect wedding DIYs for my friend's upcoming wedding! Isn’t she beautiful?

Sailor Tattoo font

Sailor Tattoo is to get that perfect tough gal tattoo look without ever having to sit in the parlor!  I used our Curve tool to add a little extra something to this design and I think it would be great on a custom tee!

Girly Stencil font

Girly Stencil will give you that extra girly flair for all your little girl’s projects. Would this be the cutest to personalize a book bag or beach bag?

High Tide font

High Tide is the perfect way to add a bold statement to your DIY project. Support your local sports teams with this bold but simple font.

Little White Lies font

Little White Lies is a simple thin stroke font that has such a fun feel!  Try it on your next children's project!

Rusty font

Rusty! Our perfect worn and loved farmhouse feel of a font!  This would be perfect to use on your home decor and those rustic signs that we are all loving lately!

Rosalind font

Rosalind has my heart for its simplicity! I see a lot of personalizing...everything in my very near future!

Agincourt Com font

This just in - Agincourt Com will be your new favorite when wanting to make a statement!  Don’t you think?

Marguerita font

Cinco de Mayo just happened and I can’t help but think how perfect the Marguerita font would fit into a festive party scene. Invites! Food labels! Placecards! It’s fiesta time!

These are just a few of the favorites that have just been released but you know there’s more! Jump into Design Space right now to check out these other newbies:

  • Bendigo
  • Cabarga Cursiva
  • Zaragoza Std
  • Tiger Rag
  • Flip Flops
  • Chicken Scratch

I want to hear what your favorite new font is and what project you have your eye on to create with the perfect font!

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See some of the current trends in tees

Our Favorite Trends in Tees (With a Tutorial!)

May 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey, Cricut friends! Kayla from Kayla Makes here to chat about t-shirt trends that are hot right now. Graphic tees are everywhere and lucky for us, they are super easy to DIY. Here are a few fun trends to try your hand at the next time you're looking for an iron-on project.

Minimalist Linework

To achieve this look, pair a simple sans serif font with a minimalistic image, just like Katie from Sew Woodsy did with this space tee. When it comes to this trend, the simpler the image, the better. Save the detailed images for another day.

Minimalist Phrases

Another fun look is a design that is solely typography. It's as simple as typing out a word or phrase and choosing a great font. Kelly from Cloudy Day Gray did just that and look how cute her coffee tee turned out.

Boxed Typography

Boxed Typography Tee Trend

This is my favorite graphic t-shirt trend right now and I just know you guys will love it too!  I put together an easy tutorial on creating a typography box in Design Space. Keep reading to see how easy it was.

1: Create Your Box

Make the box for your boxed typography tee

Start by using the shape tool to open up two squares, color one black and one white (or the colors of your choosing). Size the bottom square to 8 inches and the top square to 7.5 inches. Of course, you can adjust the size later, I just use 8 inches as my starting point.

Use the align tool to center the two squares then click slice in the bottom right corner.

Make the box for your boxed typography tee

After slicing, your image will look a bit strange. Just click and delete the top two layers and you'll see the slice result. It should look like the image below.

2: Add Your Text

Add the text for your boxed typography tee

Use the text tool to add your word or phrase inside the box. The font I used here is called Bebas. Once I'm happy with the size of my letters, I ungroup the text and use the align tool to line up the top letters with the bottom letters.

For example, I select the two B's then use the align tool to center them vertically. Same with the two A's the S/L and then the E/L. It looks more finished to me when the letters all line up.

Make the box for your boxed typography tee

Group the text once again then center it inside the box. Select everything and click weld in the bottom right. You can read more about the weld tool here.

Below, you can see the difference in the cut when you do not weld vs. when you do.

Add the text for your boxed typography tee
Add the text for your boxed typography tee

3: Cut and Weed Your Design

Cut and Weed Your Design

Cut and weed your image. Don't forget to mirror and place your iron-on on the mat, shiny side down. For this shirt, I used iron-on lite.

4: Apply the Iron-on

Apply the Iron-on

Press the design onto your t-shirt using an iron, heat press or the fabulous Cricut EasyPress.

I love the way this trendy tee turned out! I will definitely be wearing it to the baseball stadium a lot this year.

Finished Boxed Typography Tee

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A tour of the Knife Blade Gallery Wall for project inspiration

Take a Tour of Our New Knife Blade Gallery Wall

May 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Did you see?! The Knife Blade is here!

Now that you can get your hands on a Knife Blade, don’t you want to know what you can do with it?! The Cricut marketing team asked us, the Cricut Project Designers, to help them come up with a pretty way to show just how much the Knife Blade can truly do!

After some brainstorming, Meagan, Dezi, and I decided we wanted to create a gallery wall that showcased several different ways to use the Knife Blade to decorate your home.

We began with a rough sketch and ideated several projects that utilized the Knife Blade.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

We imagined chipboard words, shapes, and even a chandelier—all cut on the Cricut Maker! We sketched out 3D objects-vases, animals, and plant stands. Why not cut an entire globe out of basswood and chipboard? And while we wanted to focus mainly on the Knife Blade, we also wanted to highlight the fact that the Maker is a versatile tool that can also be used to cut vinyl, paper, and even delicate materials like crepe paper! We added in some framed art and a pillow to pull it all together.

After our sketch, we rendered our drawing in a 3D modeling software so that we could determine how big to make our projects.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

When working on larger lifestyle shoots, it is hard to make sure all the project designers have the same vision in mind. At this point we chose colors, patterns, and textiles to bring to life a cohesive final scene!

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

Once we are all set on the project, we head to the illustrators who draw our ideas to make them work with the Cricut! It is absolutely incredible watching them take an idea, create a drawing, and turn it into something three dimensional that fits together perfectly. One of our illustrators, Heather, created a “cake stand” that we used as a plant stand in this scene. It is so mind-blowing that we are going to write an entire post on it. You won’t believe how easy it is to put together. Can you believe we cut that with the Cricut Maker?! After the illustrators finish creating their file, they send the art to the Cricutizers who load it into Design Space and make sure it runs perfectly on your machine. You better believe they test cut every single image!

Did you have any idea all of that went into it? It is unbelievable how many people each project touches before it ever reaches you! We pride ourselves on making sure we have troubleshot everything before it goes “live!”

And then the fun begins—we began cutting and crossed our fingers hoping everything would come together as we planned. At the end of the week, we had all the pieces laid out and ready to be shot by our talented team of photographers and videographers.

We all are so excited about the results!

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour
Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

Dezi created these cute elephants because we all agreed that every room needs an elephant. It never gets old… I mean can we talk about the elephant in the room?

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

I made this “marble” vase. It is chipboard glued together covered in a glossy marble vinyl. The first version I made didn’t work out—but thankfully we perfected it so there is no guesswork on your end! Meagan made the flowers on the Maker with the rotary blade and crepe paper. She finished it off with pearl paper flowers and leaves.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

This chandelier is the pièce de résistance in my opinion! Noralee, our Art Team Manager, designed this and Dezi cut and assembled it.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

I still can’t get over the fact that we made everything you see here with the Cricut Maker and now YOU can too! The last step of it all, Erika, Cricut’s Project Support, loaded these and several other projects into Cricut Design Space to get you started on creating with your new knife blade!

This is just a glimpse behind the scenes of all who helped make this small shoot come to life. But before we even could use the Knife Blade, our Cricut product developers designed the blade, our engineers ensured that our software would operate the Knife Blade, our quality assurance team spent a year testing everything you could imagine, and it goes on and on! I am not exaggerating when I say the Knife Blade has touched every single employee at Cricut over the last year.

So, from all of us at Cricut, we know you waited a long time for this, and we are proud to say that we know you will love it!

What do you plan to make with the new Knife Blade?!

Links to projects:

Marble Vase

Basswood World Art

Explore Wall Word Art

3D Chipboard Elephants

Happy Crafting,

Karley Hall

See some fun ways to upcycle your vinyl tube

4 Ways That Cricut Lovers Can Upcycle Vinyl Tubes

April 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

We are celebrating Earth Day with upcycling something that we think most of you may have lying around your house! You know those cardboard rolls that hold all your Cricut cuttables like vinyl and iron on? We challenged some of our Cricut Blog Contributors to see how they could upcycle their leftover iron on and vinyl rolls!

A tip we love before your supplies are finished is to use your roll as storage - just roll that vinyl up and use your cardboard as storage! Nifty eh?

Store your vinyl inside the rolls.

Now you’ve finished the last bit of that roll and you think to yourself what could I possibly create with these? Sure, you could just recycle but who doesn’t love another excuse to DIY and add another project on that To Make list...well!  We’ve got our favorite 4 for you today!

Kaleidoscope

Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff made a DIY kaleidoscope from supplies you probably have around your house! This kid-friendly project would be the perfect next rainy day solution!

Find the tutorial here: https://heyletsmakestuff.com/diy-kaleidoscope/

Flower Container Board

Kayla from Kayla Makes had us COMPLETELY fooled that she even used her old cardboard rolls! Kayla said, “Whenever my kiddo completes a chore or does something nice for someone she gets to choose a flower, pull it off and take the prize inside!” We are thinking this could even be fun as a jewelry organizer or whatever your heart desires!

Find the tutorial here: https://kaylamakes.com/2018/04/13/recycling-empty-vinyl-rolls-earth-day/

Noisemakers

Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts made these noisemakers that would be perfect for Cinco De Mayo or really any fun party! Dress up your cardboard rolls and you’ve got yourself some party accessories!

Find the tutorial here: http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2018/04/cinco-de-mayo-noisemakers-with-cricut.html

Pen Organizer

If there is one thing we love more than Cricut supplies it is seeing Cricut supplies happily organized!  Jenny from Everyday Jenny created this DIY organizer that is simple enough to make a few and lets you get creative with how you want to personalize each set!

Find the tutorial here: http://www.everydayjenny.com/diy-organizer-with-cricut/

Have we sent you on a scavenger hunt yet for all your empty rolls? We want to see how you upcycle your leftover rolls!  Share with us on Instagram with #CricutMade.

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