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5 Easy Steps To Make Your Iron-On Project Stick

May 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

If iron-on projects are your favorite, like mine, I know how frustrating it can be to cut your project, adhere it with an iron and something goes wrong… maybe one of your letters warps because your iron is too hot or worse, you wear your awesome DIY shirt and the design starts to peel off. Permanence with iron-on is possible (I promise!) and today I’m going to walk you through 5 easy steps to get the best results on your cotton t-shirts.

Before we get started I want to discuss a few things to get us prepped for a solid iron-on experience. I’ve learned the importance of two things to make my iron-on projects super permanent…

  • Know my fabric: Figure out what fabric you’re working with (if it has a tag, read it!), know the right temperature for the fabric (most irons have temperature settings), and wash instructions.
  • Know my iron-on material: When picking your iron-on make sure you know what you’re working with. At Cricut we have 3 different types of iron-on: iron-on lite, glitter iron-on, and foil iron-on. Here’s three quick things you should consider when using these iron-on materials:
  1. Iron-on lite: Be careful with too much heat.
  2. Glitter iron-on: Super strong and can take higher heat.
  3. Foil iron-on: Lower heat + longer time settings and make sure it’s fully cool before you remove the plastic.

OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s make a t-shirt! I cut out this design for my t-shirt on the new Design Space (it’s amazing if you haven’t played around with it yet!). 

(Also, if anyone is interested in the design I created, I used Arial Black font for the “Weekend” and Opposites Attract font for the “I Love You.” You can find both fonts in Design Space. And some of you may be wondering why I didn't connect the letters... I actually prefer the style without connected letters ;) ... I used a circle to help me curve my letters just slightly by lining up the bottom of the letter with the circle edge.)

 

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STEP 1: WASH

Make sure you wash your t-shirt first before you start applying your iron-on design.

 

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STEP 2: PREP YOUR SHIRT

For cotton, make sure you’ve put your iron on the cotton setting (with this iron it’s setting 6) and warm up the part of your shirt where you’ll be placing the iron-on design.

 

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STEP 3: START YOUR IRONING

Because I’m using iron-on lite and foil iron-on in my design, I am ironing them separately. I’m starting with my iron-on lite “Weekend” design in white.

Put down a thin cloth over your design and instead of ironing flat across the design, try the method of press and push (meaning you press down on the iron over a spot on your design for a few seconds and then move it to the next spot and repeat). After I hear my iron beep, I check my design by pulling the corner of the plastic back and slowly rolling it all the way off my design.

 

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TIP: Keeping the plastic tightly rolled when you pull it off helps protect the design from coming up while it’s cooling.

Now I iron my foil-iron “I Love You” design in silver. I’m going to turn my heat down to 4 and press down a little longer before checking if it’s done. After I’ve checked the corner of the plastic and it seems finished, I let it fully cool (I know you just want to rip it off but wait, it’s worth it!). I peel of the plastic and voila!... my design came off the plastic perfectly.

 

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STEP 4: IRON OVER THE FINISHED DESIGN AGAIN

Now remember this tutorial is about permanence, so don’t go putting on your t-shirt just yet. Put your thin cloth over your finished design again, turn down the heat a bit and press along your design for about 20-30 seconds. This steps makes sure that your design is completely flat (just in case you missed anything). Now take your cloth off and let the t-shirt cool… and you’re ready to go!

 

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STEP 5: WEAR YOUR SHIRT THEN WASH/DRY

Make sure after wearing your shirt that you wash and dry it inside out to protect the iron-on material.

…And for a fun step 6, you can cut your shirt like I did to make it even more unique! I love to wear my DIY crop shirts to yoga or around town on a casual day. Super fun and people always ask me where I got it!

 

 

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Now go out there and make some really cool t-shirts...

 

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This Galvanized Flower Bucket Is Everything For Your Backyard (Tutorial) 😍

May 11, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

Hi everyone! It’s Jennifer from Jenniferrizzo.com with a galvanized flower bucket project for you.  I also wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks on customizing your project! 

I love the look of galvanized metal with big, beautiful blooms, especially hydrangeas, and I love typography and lettering, so I thought it was a perfect pairing.  It has a great industrial, modern, farmhouse style!

 

Flower Bucket

You'll need:

Measure your bucket. The size will determine the sizing on the text.

Tip: by pre-measuring the item you are going to design, it will save a step on how to size your fonts.

After you’ve measured your bucket, lay out your font.

Trick: You can change your fonts and even use ones you have on your computer or have purchased for a custom look!!!

 

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Go to the tabs in the upper right hand corner of your project page, and click on edit. Then click on fonts. You can use Cricut fonts, or you can use your own system fonts!  

Just click on system fonts and click the one you want to use.

Trick: You can use fonts you already have, purchase fonts from either Cricut, or a font site for a truly custom look.

 

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Tip :If you are going to send your project remotely from your phone app, make sure you have those fonts on your phone, or you may need to change them. To ensure you are able to use those fonts send them from your computer you designed your item on.

Place your white vinyl on your 12 x 12 mat and cut. Make sure each layer of lettering is set on cut on the upper right hand corner.

 

Cut

 

Once it’s cut, remove the excess with the weeder tool.

 

Cut

 

Use your transfer tape to move your lettering.

Tip :If you have ever struggled with transfer tape like I have, and found sometimes it seems to have a death grip on your lettering, I’ve found sticking it to your pants really quickly to pick up the extra lint, and then using it, makes it slightly less sticky, but still sticky enough to move your lettering.

 

Transfer vinyl

 

Press to adhere your lettering, then carefully peel away.

I hope you loved this galvanized flower bucket project as an inexpensive way to add beautiful flowers to your home!

If you love this project, you can also make these cute herb planters!

Visit me at Jenniferrizzo.com for more creative home décor and design ideas!

 

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The All-New Design Space!

May 3, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

Being a frequent Cricut Explore user, means by default I am a frequent Cricut Design Space User. I like the current Cricut Design Space. It is easy to use, which is good because I design with it a lot. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was excited for the new update and I know a lot of you are too. So, now that it is in public beta, I thought I would tell you the reasons why I am so thrilled, and why I know was worth the wait.

There is no place like home…

I know a home screen may not be something to necessarily jump up and down about, but I really like the redesign. Rather than seeing all the projects at once, I get to see the project by category. Vinyl, Iron-on, cards… It makes it easy to find a project based on the material I want to use. The other great thing is that all my projects are the first thing I see, which makes the process of finding them much simpler.

 

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One Project, Two Project, Red Project, Blue Project…

You know you want to make a project, a t-shirt perhaps, but that’s as far as you’ve gotten. If only there was a way to search the pre-made Cricut projects for that criteria. Good news, in the newest update to design space, you will be able to do just that.

 

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You will be able to search for t-shirt projects, vinyl projects, projects with stars, or projects with trees. Basically, if you can think of a search term, you can use it. This is a game changer and one of the main reasons for my excitement for the update.

Gone in a flash…

Or should I say “gone is the flash”, Adobe Flash that is. The new Design Space is more rebuild than update which allows Cricut to get rid of flash. This means no more annoying flash updates. Time to celebrate. Plus, it is also faster and more responsive.

Bigger and Better than ever…

The font menu, oh the font menu. This beautiful, bigger than life menu is just what you never knew you needed. Have you noticed that in a lot of the programs we use (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, etc…) the font menu is only 2 inches wide? Well, in the updated Design Space the font menu is the width of your screen, making picking a font much more enjoyable.

 

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Another awesome feature is the ability to still change the font after you have ungrouped or isolated the letters. This means you can change your mind as many times as you want, without having to hit that undo button.

Everything all in one place…

In the current Design Space, everything is placed in tabs on the right of the screen. In the new Design Space, those tabs have disappeared and have been laid out for quick access.

 

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Drag and Drop…

The ability to upload your own images is a pretty sweet feature. It has gotten just a bit sweeter in the updated Design Space. Instead of searching through your files for the right one, now all you need to do is drag and drop. It can’t get much easier than that.

 

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These are just a couple of my favorite feature. Do any of these excite you? Tell me in the comments below which one excites you the most.

Also, don’t forget to keep checking back for more information on just how the new Design Space works. Tell us what your favorite feature in Design Space is below! #CricutMade

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Tips For Using Transfer Tape 🙌

May 2, 2017 • Contributor: Sarah from Pretty Providence

I'm Sarah from Pretty Providence and I'm excited to be sharing tips for using transfer tape today. I love using vinyl transfer tape, but I am surprised when I find out that lots of Cricut users don't know about it! It's honestly a life-saver!

 

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Transfer tape helps you get cut vinyl from A to B without falling out of place AND allows you to make sure everything is placed in a straight line. This is especially helpful for lettering. Nobody wants crooked letters, am I right?!

Okay, so let's get started. Here is a basic tutorial on how to use transfer tape:

After you've cut vinyl, you know it's time to 'WEED!' Weeding is where you remove the outside pieces from what you cut using a hook from the Cricut Tool Kit.

 

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Remove the liner from your transfer tape. Hold transfer tape steady, sticky side down.

Gently place the transfer tape over your cut image. Start in the middle and move outwards.

Burnish (rub) the tape onto the vinyl. A craft stick, butter knife, or the scraper from the Cricut Tool Kit can be used to do this!

Peel the vinyl away from the liner at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the liner, simply burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl again and then continue to peel the vinyl away.

Carefully place the transfer tape/vinyl cut-outs onto a clean and dry surface (in my case, this bread box) making sure the images are straight.

 

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Burnish again! Start in the center and move outward.

Peel your transfer tape away from the vinyl at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape, simply burnish the vinyl again. Peel the transfer tape away slowly and carefully.

 

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That's it! See, using transfer tape will make vinyl projects that much more simple. Make sure you hop over to my blog to see how this fun bread box turned out!

 

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Monogram Styles: What’s The Right Monogram For You?

March 29, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Monograms are a great way to personalize almost anything from a lunch box to notebook and more. The best part about monograms are the variety of styles to choose from that honestly can fit any occasion. Let’s go through the bucket list of monograms to help you find the right fit for your next project – and stay tuned while I walk you through how to make all of these in just a few easy steps over the next few weeks!

Fancy Letter Monograms

Basically, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure to find the perfect font to use.

 

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True Monogram Letters

Letters that were designed specifically to be a monogram.

 

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Layered Monograms

Monograms that have multiple layers to give them dimension.

 

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Split Monograms

An initial with a name in the middle … what more do you need to tell the whole story?

 

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Rounded Monograms

Large center anchored letter surrounding by a first and middle/second initials.

 

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Framed Monograms

Exactly what it sounds like: a monogram surrounded by a frame – sometimes a floral, sometimes a square, sometimes a round, always lots of potential.

 

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Shaped Monograms

An initial within an image. Quite easy and definitely fun!

 

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There are some very basic monogram rules (but I’m also a firm believer in breaking rules and designing to your own personality!) that I wanted to share for those planning out the perfect monogram for the perfect project:

  1. Single letters can represent either first name (modern) or last name (traditional)
  2. There are three main ways that are represented by three initials
    • If the letters are all the same size, it represents a person’s first initial, middle initial and last initial
    • If the center letter is larger, it represents a person’s first initial, last initial (large center), and middle or maiden name initial (for married women)
    • For a married couple, the center would be larger representing their joint married name. The order is usually the bride’s first initial, the married last initial, and the groom’s first initial

Which monogram style is your favorite? Do you have any others that you want to share with everyone? Let us know below, and tune in each week to figure out how to make your favorite style in Design Space

 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day & Joining the Movement

March 8, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Photo Credit: Teacups & Things

I’ve grown up surrounded by truly amazing women. My mother was in education, and she taught me the value of education along with teaching me so many successful life skills. Whether we were canning plum jelly to hand out to people in the neighborhood or she was teaching me how to sew so I could join the 4H Club and put on a fashion show down the middle of the horse arena when I was 9, my mother was a true inspiration. The best part was that I also had a father who always encouraged me to not just get an education, but become an educated woman. He absolutely believed that I could be whatever I wanted – even President of the United States, which obviously didn’t happen. What did happen was that I grew up – surrounded by strong parents, teachers, and friends.

Now, I work with truly amazing women. From our VP of (developing amazing*) Product, Kim Kanarowski, to my partner-in-crime on product launches, the beloved Cortney Haymond. We have women peppered throughout our building who are strong, beautiful, inspiring people. They each have their own story, their own life journey. They have diverse backgrounds, and they sometimes even have similar experiences. They’re all unique and fabulous!

Also, I’m inspired by all of the amazing women in our Cricut community. We see your inspiring projects; we hear about your incredible life stories, and we are constantly in awe of what you do. I cannot express the number of times your beautiful moments have brought us tears of joy. We celebrate this throughout all of our offices. We love to hear your stories, and we love to be there for you.

In honor of all the amazing women in my life and yours, we want to celebrate International Women’s Day and #BeBoldForChange. Bold takes many steps and many forms, but at the end of the day, it takes a lot of courage. We announced Cricut’s Pretty Pillow Project, #SayItWithCricut, in January – where we are helping you learn how to work with fonts and phrases in Design Space. So far, we have made over 30 pillows. You’ll see fun phrases, inspiring phrases, hopeful phrases, determined phrases, kids’ phrases, and more! Our goal as a team is to make at least 100 pillows this year, have an amazing experience helping you learn Cricut Design Space, and give back to our local community at the end of the year.

We will be donating all of our pillows to local women’s shelters to help bring a moment of happiness to them and their children during a difficult time in their lives. We would love for you to participate with us. As a community of crafters and makers, we invite you to participate with us. Let’s make it a goal together to donate 1,000 pillows and help touch many lives at the moment that they are trying to #BeBoldForChange. 

We encourage you to get together with your friends and have a Crafternoon or a Girls’ Night In party, or stay in and use your fabulous creative skills to make pillows on your own. Make pillows or pillowcases for your own local women’s shelters. Even if it’s just 2 or 3, you can make a huge difference in a life. Together, we can be powerful and help impact 1,000 lives. Please join us and let us know what you’ve done in your community here: https://cricut.wishpond.com/pillowproject/

If you have a story to share, let us know. We welcome pictures about your fun pillow making event, stories of the impact made by your donation, and other experiences that really connected you to the women in your community. You can submit them to contest@cricut.com or post them on social media and tag us with #CricutPillows. 

I always end with a ‘Cheers’, and this has an even more powerful meaning to me today. Cheers to your creative life and the powerful impact your creativity has. Cheers to you and your families. Cheers to all the people who inspire you. Cheers to all the people who inspire me. And most importantly, Cheers to the Change that I know we are all empowered to make.

Cheers.

t

*This isn’t really a part of Kim’s title, BUT IT SHOULD BE! 

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Create Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

February 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lydi from Lydi Out Loud

Hi there! I’m Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with you today. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs, however I’m not a big fan of my handwriting (neither are the unfortunate folks who have to (try to) read it). My chalkboard sign goals came to fruition when I realized I could fake perfect chalkboard lettering with my Cricut and I’ve been a crazy chalkboard sign lady ever since.

Here is how you can create your own perfect chalkboard sign:

Supplies:

Instructions

Cut chalkboard vinyl to desired size.

Upload your image in Design Space (or create your own). Feel free to grab my “Brunch so hard” image here if you’d like (hey it’s free!)

 

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Erase all negative space by clicking in white areas.

 

Areas to Erase

Save as a cut file and cut. Weed negative space from the design, pick up lettering with transfer tape and apply to chalkboard.

Scribble chalk on chalkboard vinyl on and around the lettering; rub most of it off with a paper towel (this gives it a more authentic chalkboard look).

Prefer to use actual chalk for your lettering? Cut your chalkboard lettering design out of stencil vinyl and fill in the stencil with chalk or chalk marker.

 

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Well my secret is out… it’s that easy to create perfect chalkboard lettering with your Cricut!

 

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#SayItWithCricut For Valentine’s With One-Cut Phrases

February 8, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

I’m back and ready to help you discover more fabulous things in Cricut Design Space! This week, let’s talk about how to uncomplicated images for a quick cut and complete project. We’re here to dissect the difference between a multi-layered image and a single layer image – and hey! What does this mean anyway?? What is a layer on an image? And how do I work with it?

For me, layered images were a little (ok maybe a LOT) tricky at first. I love to make things, and I love to make things frequently. BUT I need to make simple things. With limited time (like all of us!), I would either A) never get around to making anything or B) have hundreds of incomplete projects lying around until I found that elusive moment to finish. I think it’s safe to say that the several “mid-projects” I already have in my work room is enough.

A layered image is one that has multiple parts. The layers all fit together to give more depth and color variety to an image to really make it stand out. Sometimes, this is really beneficial for projects, and other times, a single part of the image can be used for great impact, which means you might find a perfect image for your project, but only want to use one part of it.

Let’s tackle single images quickly. When I first started using a Cricut, I only searched for images that were single layer. I recommend that for newbies for sure! Sometimes the layers get a little complicated to put together. To find single layer images, we’re going straight back to the filter again. YAY FOR FILTERS!

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Once my “Single Layer” filter has been selected, I can search for “Valentine” or whatever I might be trying to find at the moment.

 

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It’ll make for a quick cut and a fast project. This year, I wanted to tell my Valentine that I thought he was AWESOME. So, I searched for the word “Awesome” in the search bar. I gave you a sneak peek earlier in the year on that pillow.

 

You're Awesome Pillow

Would you believe it if I told that it came from a 3-layered image? Well, here it is.

 

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Getting from a triple layer image to a single layer was as easy as 4 clicks! All I did was delete the two other layers and narrow it down to just one layer.  It’s that simple. Something that originally seemed a little difficult to line up and piece together, can actually be fast and still make a really AWESOME (hehe) project! 

In the Layers panel, click on the layer that you want to delete and then click the trash can at the bottom. Quick and easy! Removing layers is the fastest way to get a quick cut image out of something more complicated. 

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I decided to make all my Valentine’s AWESOME pillows this year so I narrowed my “Awesome” search down to Single Layers and found these others too!

 

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Tell us in the comments what you’re making for your Valentine’s Day whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, having a Galentine’s Day, or on all the special people in your life. Cheers! - T 

 

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We’ve Got a Font Fetish

January 25, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

One Font, Two Font, Red Font, Blue Font…

Okay, we all have that small secret thing that we obsess over. Something that we are constantly looking for or at. For instance, my husband’s is cars and car parts. For me, it’s fonts.

  • Small Fonts
  • Big Fonts
  • Plain Fonts
  • Fancy Fonts

I love them all. They each have their own personality and style. I can say the same thing several different ways depending on the font I use.

 

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See what I mean? You can say it softly, boldly, sassily, lovingly or many other ways. Hence why I am crazy about Cricut Design Space. No matter how I want to say something, they have a font to match and they are continually adding more.

Fabulous Fonts

My favorite fonts this month are:

  • Loop-Di-Loop, this one is kind of curly and sassy. It makes me think of ringlets and bubblegum (I never said it was a great combo, that’s just what I think of.)
  • Pen and Ink has a more sophisticated look. It seems like something you would use for special occasions or just because you want to be fancy.
  • Kyden reminds me of the handwriting I always wished I had and now I do. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. I just write everything via my Cricut.)
  • Confetti + Sprinkles is just downright crazy which is what makes it so awesome. It literally is a party in a font.

Last, but by no means least, our newest one…*Drumroll Please*

 

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Neon Lights is the newest addition to the Cricut Font Family and we couldn’t be happier. This boldly electric font is just the type of uniqueness you were looking for this New Year. But wait there’s more…

Neon Lights is the first in a long line of fonts that will be hitting Cricut Design Space this year. You will have to check back each month to see whether we have released one or many. All I can say right now is that they are going to be AMAZING!

Finding Fonts

I honestly can say I have never met a font I didn’t like, and that holds true for all of the Cricut fonts. One question I get asked a lot is “How do I change my fonts in Design Space?” I have got your answer right here.

It is actually pretty simple. After you have added your text by clicking “Add Text” on the left hand side of your screen, you will head over the right side and click edit.

 

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After you have clicked the edit tab (make sure your text is selected) you will see three drop down menus. The middle one has all the fonts your heart could desire.

 

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From there all you have to do is scroll through and select your favorite font.

 

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And there you have it. Pretty simple right?

Were any of my favorite fonts your favorite as well? I would love to hear what your favorite type of font is. Comment below and tell me how much of a font fetish you have.

Now go make something, you crazy craft animal you!