Make this You're a Gem Card

Surprise Someone With This You’re a Gem Card

October 9th, 2017 • Contributor: Emily from B. Lovely Events

Lovelies! Emily here from B. Lovely Events and today I have another project using the New Cricut Papers that are exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Cricut machines are great for making cards and this You’re a Gem card has my heart! Gems, geometric and geodes are so popular right now because they are so lovey. When you mix their already chic pattern with shiny metallic colors, it’s heaven! I love the metallic foil colors the new Cricut foil samplers have and they are perfect for cutting gems from. I’ll show you exactly how to make this card step by step and then you can give it to any gem in your life! Let’s get started!

1: Find Images

You are going to design your card in Design Space. There are so many ways to go about doing this. This card was inspired and adapted from the Cricut Card Project, You’re A Gem from Kim Byers.

I just love the look of the card and how chic, yet whimsical it is. I wanted actual cut out gems on my card, the one pictured above utilized printed cards.

Here is what I used from Design Space:

2: Combine Elements

Gather together your images

Combine your card elements into Design Space. This will help you size everything to scale so everything fits together.

3: Cut Out Images

Cut out the images for your card

Cut out the images for your card

Then you are going to hit make it in the corner to it started. Take out your standard mat and a black sheet of the Cricut Shimmer Paper. Set your Cricut Explore Air 2 to Cardstock mode, select the card outline in the design space, hit continue, select your Cricut machine and hit the go button! Watch it cut its magic.

Cut out gem images

For The Gems, you will want a different foil color for each gem. Because of this, it is best to cut each gem 1 at a time. To do this, you will just have that single gem in the design space pattern in the design space. You can delete all the other elements out of your Design Space when you combined them all together and leave just one gem. Add your foil paper to your cutting mat and load it into the Cricut. Cut each gem Cricut machine with the same setting and process as you followed for the card outline.

Then take your weeding tool from the Cricut tool set and remove the gem middles from the cut image. Leave just the outline of the gem.

Once one gem is cut and removed from the mat, go back to Design Space, add the next gem pattern and then cut that one out until you have all the gem designs that you would like for the card.

Cut out the words

Lastly, select the You’re A Gem word cut in Design Space and cut that out as well following the same process that you used for the card outline and gems. I would recommend going with a gold foil for the words because it works in perfect contrast with the black shimmer card backing that it will be affixed to. Once cut, weed this out as well.

Now you have all of the pieces, you are ready to make your card!

4: Assemble Card

Put your card elements together

Take your adhesive squares and add them to the back of the You’re A Gem cutout. Position the adhesive to outside edges of the letters so the adhesive is semi-hidden by them. Adding these adhesive squares will give the card some dimension which is a nice touch to the overall look.

Put your card elements together

Lightly place the letters on the front of the card and move around until you find your ideal location. Then press down to secure to the card.

Put your card elements together

Heat up your Glue Gun. While it is heating up, position your gems around the You’re a Gem words on the card. Once you have those locations on lock, you can go ahead and glue them in place.

Put your card elements together

That’s it! Your card is officially made. You can also cut out an envelope using a pattern from Design Space or just give it as is!

Put your card elements together

I love the metallic gems colors around the pretty gold wording. The shimmer black paper adds a nice sparkle element to the card that brings the gem theme even more to life.

Completed card

Don’t forget to share your makes on social media and use the hashtag #handmadewithjoann to share it with everyone!

Happy Crafting!
Emily - B. Lovely Events

With the new Cricut Maker, you can print then cut on colored materials for your craft projects.

You Can Now Print Then Cut on Colored Paper With the Cricut Maker!

September 20th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Have you ever wished you could work with more than just white when doing a Print Then Cut? If you have a Cricut Maker, your wish is granted! This machine's sensors are able to work with colored materials, greatly expanding your crafting potential. For starters, here are different versions of the same gift bags:

Best Wishes Gift Bags in Different Colored Papers

You can customize your project to include your favorite colors, match a theme and so much more! Try one of the following projects in Design Space for your next crafting day.

Note: These projects can still be made on the Explore family of machines if you use white cardstock.

Today's Schedule

Want to feel like you are on top of everything going on? Start with this stylish Today's Schedule printable! With the new colored paper options, it can match your desk, your mood, your life as you plan out your day to make sure you get everything necessary done.

Good Vibes Only

Add some positivity to your life with this Good Vibes Only sign as a reminder. You can use any patterned cardstock that speaks to you; I'm thinking I need a tropical one, personally, since it reminds me of home.

Printed Envelopes

White envelopes and papers are so blasé. Add a little color to your next gift by making your own printed envelopes. It's now easy to coordinate your gift wrap, envelope, and card!

Thank You Tags

Add a personal touch to your gift with these Thank You tags. Choose different cardstocks to match the occasion: baby rattles for a baby shower, snowflakes for holiday gifts, apples for your child's teacher and so on.

We're excited to see how you use this new feature for your craft ideas. Show us by using #CricutMade when you share photos of your completed ventures.

What project do you like best? Comment below!

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This Romantic Cake Topper Is Everything For Your Wedding Events (Tutorial)

June 14, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

If you’re a bride in the last months before your wedding, I know exactly how you’re feeling (I got married in 2016 so I’ve been through it)…

 

Stress GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

 

You’re thinking about all the last minute details and where to get the decor you need, spending a ton of money on that decor, and you’re not sure if it’s going to look exactly like what you want, unless, of course, you’re a bride-to-be with a Cricut.

Brides write to us all the time with samples of one-of-a-kind place cards, cute wedding signs, props, menus, even centerpieces! Cricut can seriously make your life easier when it comes to making the beautiful decor that you really want for your wedding day.

Today’s tutorial is in honor of the June bride. It’s an amazing wedding cake topper that one of our internal Cricut designers, Dezi Moss, made that is oh-so-romantic and importantly, easy-to-make.

I’m hoping it will give you some inspiration and confidence that you can DIY for your wedding without spending a ton of time!

You can change out the materials to match your wedding color palette, using anything from basic cardstock to adhesive foil for a little glam factor.

I’m going to use this gorgeous glitter cardstock, because glitter is my favorite color…

Now let’s cut out the “Make-It-Now” project:

(... and by “Make-It-Now” it means the project is already pre-designed and ready to cut for your in Design Space!)

1. Go to design.cricut.com (this is where all the design magic happens with Cricut).

2. Click “New Project” in the right-hand corner and you’ll be in a new canvas.

3. Click “Projects” in the left-hand design bar.

4. Search for “Cake Toppers” in the search bar and click the “Happily Ever After” project.

 

Design Space

 

5. Then click “Make It” in the bottom right-hand corner (TIP: Make sure you review the size of the pre-made projects, because you do have the ability to customize it depending on the size of your cake by choosing “Customize”).

6. When you click “Make It” you’ll go to the next screen where you’ll see 3 digital mats on the left-hand corner that have your designs ready to cut (two of the mats are for cardstock and one is for poster board).

 

Design Space

 

7. Before you start cutting, make sure to replace your standard blade with the deep cut blade by opening the “B” housing on your Cricut - it’s super easy, just flip the “B” flap open and insert your deep cut blade and close the flap. Next, you will need to load your physical mats with your material: first the cardstock, then the poster board. You’ll want to use a light grip mat for glitter cardstock (or cardstock) and a standard or heavy grip mat for poster board. Cricut cardstock comes in 12x12 in. and 12x24 in. sizes, so all you’ll have to do is line it up your material with the 12x12 in. built-in rulers on your mats, as seen below.

Cricut Mat

*This is a picture of what our LightGrip mats look like, the StandardGrip is green and the HeavyGrip is purple.

8. Load your glitter cardstock in first and make sure the dial on the right-hand side of your Cricut machine is set to “Cardstock+” - you can also use the “Custom” setting and choose “Glitter Cardstock” on Design Space. When you load your mat, align the top sides with the slits (parallel to the rubber rollers) on the base of the Cricut, press the double sided arrow on the right-hand side of the machine to load your mats in (this make sure it’s secure and ready for cutting), and then the Cricut“C” will start blinking… press the “C” and your cut will start!

9. Repeat the same steps for the poster board, making sure that your dial is set to “Poster Board.” To do this, set the dial to “Custom” and a drop-down menu will appear in Design Space. Choose the “Poster Board” setting. (TIP: I decided I wanted glitter cardstock on the back and front of my cake topper design so I used the “mirror” option in your cut view on Design Space so that it would flip my design… you’ll see shortly in the images below… this design prompts you to layer your cardstock for a thicker topper.)

10. After your pieces are cut, it’s time to assemble! Flip your mat over (so the card stock is facing down) and carefully roll your mat off your cardstock and poster board (this helps avoid bending for thinner materials).

 

cake topper

 

*See how my cut on the right is flipped… I will apply that to the back of cake topper!

11. Apply glue to each side of the poster board layer (TIP: glue adhesive spray works best for this type of project because it give you an even stick so your cardstock doesn’t bubble. You can find adhesive spray in any major craft store or online. Also, make sure to stand at least 1 ft. back for a more even spray… if you spray to close it can cause a build of the glue)

12. Apply the cardstock to both sides of the poster board.

 

cake topper

 

13. With a tiny dot of hot glue or glue dots, apply each dowel to the back of your cake topper.

 

cake topper

 

14. And voila! Place your cake topper into your cake… it’s really that easy. All you have to do is to put it on your beautiful cake (as seen in the header of the my post).

 

cake topper

 

I tried to make this tutorial as specific as possible for anyone who has never used a Cricut machine before (e.g., using Design Space or loading material on to Cricut mats). Once you’ve used Cricut a couple times making projects becomes easier, and you could likely make and assemble this project in just under 20 minutes. It’s the perfect quick craft for any wine night during wedding planning!

As a former bride giving advice to all of you new brides out there, do yourselves a favor and get a Cricut for your wedding planning process. You can make this amazing cake topper project, and so much more, in no time. Put it on your shower registry, it’s so worth it. It would have made my bridal life so much easier… <3

 

weddingsign

7 Ways To Make Wedding Signs Using Your Cricut

May 16, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

Hey crafty babes! Jen Carreiro here, the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. This month I’m excited to share a lovely list of 7 unique ways you can create your very own wedding signs using your Cricut Explore. Wedding signs have many different purposes, from greeting your guests, to telling them where to go and what’s on the menu, while some are just pretty decor. Hand-making signs of this nature are on the rise and we can thank the powers of Pinterest for that. So my question to you, is what technique is your favorite? I dare you to try to choose just one!

Last year I created a fabulous mermaid themed wedding for Cricut and this is a foil vinyl sign from the shoot… download the SVG cut file of the saying on my blog!

IRON-ON

This sign is absolutely stunning and could easily be re-created using your Cricut Explore and iron-on foil. Copper pipe glued together, sewn banner, gorgeous sprigs of eucalyptus and roses is all you need!

Image: Ruth Eileen via Style Me Pretty

 

iron on wedding sign

VINYL

Molly from Almost Makes Perfect created this gorgeously modern wedding sign for her own wedding, she made loads and actually hand-painted each of them. But I think it would be much easier to Cricut the same look using white outdoor vinyl!

Image: Almost Makes Perfect

 

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STENCIL

This adorable sign shows off the best of both worlds, paint and wood. Create the design out of Cricut stencil material, apply it to the wood and then paint over it. Before the paint dries, carefully peel the stencil up with the piercing tool and voila!

Image: Penni Lauren Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

 

Faux Chalkboard Signs

CARDSTOCK

Ahh, the classic banner. Easily Cricut-ed with cardstock and your favorite font!

Image: Chantel Marie via Every Last Detail

 

Gold Table Numbers

WINDOW CLING

This one is definitely my favorite and it’s partially because I made it, hehehe. I used white window cling to create this getaway sign, which is awesome because it peels right off with NO mess after your event. Grab the free SVG cut file on my blog!

DIY Tutorial + Image: Something Turquoise

 

Window Cling

DRAW

One amazing feature of the Cricut that often gets overlooked is its ability to draw things perfectly. You could easily program the pen tool draw a table number that looks just like this! Cricut makes a ton of beautiful pens from metallic colors to bright basics. 

Image: Lauren Methia Photography via Style Me Pretty

 

Drawn table number

ETCHING (real + faux)

Glass etching, both real and faux, is a wonderfully romantic look for weddings. The first image is an actual menu mirror that has been etched and the second image is a DIY sign made with the Cricut Explore and Window Cling in Frosted White. You can hardly tell the difference right!?! For real etching you would use the Cricut stencil sheet and etching cream, once finished it’s permanent. Using the frosted white window cling on the other hand is temporary and will peel off any mirror as soon as your done with it. Get the full DIY tutorial and free SVG cut files from Polka Dot Bride!

Image: DIY Tutorial + Image: Polka Dot Bride

Glass Etched Sign

Glass Etched Sign

 

Love these signs?! Make sure you share them with us on social using #CricutMade. We love being inspired by all creative brides and their families! 

Rob and Bob

Meet the Makers: Rob & Bob

October 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

They’re the duo who fuses modern and vintage styles with playful sophistication: they’re Rob Blackard and Bob Beidleman, founders of the Rob & Bob Studio, and we’re thrilled to have them return to our Meet the Maker series. (If you missed our first post, you can check it out here). Continuing their mission of creating art that inspires, they showed us some of their recent favorite projects that share the common theme of incorporating fabulous fonts.

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Turning Over a New Leaf: Fall Weddings

October 14, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Most of us know that June is the most popular month to host a wedding. But we were surprised to discover that part of the reason for this fact goes back to medieval times, when a person’s annual bath (yes, really) took place around this time of year. Armed with that aromatic knowledge, we’re ready to embrace some newer traditions and customs, and can think of no more enchanting time of year to walk down the aisle than fall.

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Witch Hat

You “Scare” It Well: Halloween Accessories

October 10, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Halloween trick-or-treating may be strictly for kids, but who’s to say you can’t bring a little spooky style into your own wardrobe? The holiday is big business for good reason: it’s creative, crafty and everyone loves an opportunity to let their inner spirit shine. Whether you’re going for more of a scary, seductive, sweet or sinister look, these freaky fun accessories are sure to give everyone around a serious case of chills!

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Cute (Not Scary!) Halloween Crafts

October 3, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

October has arrived! There’s a chill in the air, leaves crunching underfoot, children plotting costume details, and savory foods on the menu. As the 31st is getting closer, we wanted to reflect on the whimsical side of Halloween: think scarecrows instead of skeletons, friendly ghosts instead of creepy monsters, and autumnal oranges instead of blood reds.

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Meet the Maker Anna Griffin

Meet the Maker: Anna Griffin

September 21, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Since the launch of her remarkable brand in 1994, Anna Griffin has been revered by crafters and decorators across the globe. Her elegant style– instantly recognizable with its luxurious patterns and florals– makes all of her projects true works of art. We were delighted to catch up with our talented, long-term partner to learn about three of her favorite card projects and hear about the inspiration behind them. (If you didn’t get the chance to read our first Meet the Maker profile of Anna, please treat yourself and check it out here.)

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