What is Cricut Access?

What is Cricut Access?

June 28th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Whether you are a long time Cricut user or a newbie around these parts, we are here to help you find the perfect Cricut Access subscription! Now, we realize some of you may have never even heard of Cricut Access -- so we are here to break it down for you.

First things first. Cricut Access is a monthly or yearly subscription to the Cricut Image Library of over 30,000 non-licensed images, 1,000 projects, and 400+ fonts. You can also get savings on products, designs and shipping! There are three different plans available that you can view here.

As you can see in the chart each tier has added benefits. Deciding which one fits your needs is entirely your preference.

You can choose based on your crafting needs, but we love the 10% savings on all product purchases on cricut.com and 10% savings on licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects with the Standard and Premium memberships!

Plus, any tier you choose has a Priority Member Care phone line, which moves you up the list and gets your Cricut questions answered pronto!

So What’s the Difference With the Cricut Access Tiers?

The first subscription is for Cricut Access - Fonts. Cricut offers over 400 fonts, and this subscription costs as little as $4.99 per month when billed annually (in a lump sum) or $6.99 per month if billed monthly.

The next tier is the Cricut Access - Standard. This subscription allows you to access 400+ fonts, as well as 30,000+ images and cut files. Additionally, this subscription offers a 10% discount on images and fonts not included in the subscription as well as on product purchases, with some exclusions.

This subscription can also be billed monthly or annually. Standard memberships start at $7.99 per month billed annually or $9.99 per month billed monthly. Annual subscribers save $24 on this plan!

The final tier (and best overall value) is Cricut Access - Premium. The Premium subscription is just that, premium! It includes all the fonts, all the images, but, it also offers a half-off discount on images and text not included in the subscription. (Exclusions apply)

And, wait … there’s more, Cricut Access - Premium subscribers also get free Economy shipping on orders over $50 on cricut.com. This subscription level has the most access and is the best overall deal. This is an annual-only purchase for just under $120.

We love all the possibilities you are given access to with these subscriptions. We know you won’t be able to stop creating once you get going!

If you are ready to dive into endless amounts of amazing designs and projects you can sign up for Cricut Access here. Just sign in with your Cricut ID!

If you have more questions about what is included with Cricut Access, be sure to click here.

Disclaimer:

* 50% off does not include images, fonts, or cartridges from Walt Disney Company® (Disney Consumer Products, Inc.), Sesame Workshop™, Sanrio Hello Kitty®, Boys Scouts of America®, Anna Griffin®, Lia Griffith™, Simplicity®, and Riley Blake Designs licensors. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts, including Cricut Circle, promotions, and promotion codes and cannot be used for in-app purchases. Cricut reserves the right to add or remove content and to otherwise modify this offer at any time in the sole discretion of Cricut.

Which level of Cricut Access do you have? Let us know below!

Make a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Make a Split Monogram for Father’s Day Presents

June 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

We have been making all sorts of projects to prep for Father’s Day!  We wanted to show you a technique that we loved using for personalizing dad a mug! We use our Slice Tool to get this customized split monogram look!

Whether you use the app or the browser version, let’s rock some Father’s Day presents and share them with other Cricut users in our Cricut Community. To learn how to share your project, click here for a tutorial.

Let’s get started!

First, click the Text button on the left side and enter your letter for your large part of the monogram in the text box that appears:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Next, I like to enlarge my letter as I make the split. This is a personal preference, but I recommend it for an easier design process.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Now, let’s walk through the split itself! Select a Square from the Shapes list:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Drag the square over until it is in the middle of the “D” and then select both images:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Then, use the Slice Tool to cut your “D” in half for the split monogram. The Slice Tool is located in the bottom left side of the Layers Panel on the right side of your screen.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

You will then have 3 ‘parts’ of your “D”. Pull the main piece down, and delete everything else. Next, select your square and use the unlock feature on the bottom left before manipulating it into a smaller line with the directional arrows on the bottom right:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Finally, duplicate (as circled in the picture below) or copy and paste (Ctrl+C / Ctrl + V) by highlights.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Finally! Finally! You’re almost ready for the special word … highlight all your layers, and click Weld.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Once you are finished welding your monogram, you just need to click Text again on the left panel, type in your word (we went with ‘Dad’ on this one!), and then center it in your split area.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

LAST STEP: Weld it all together again, and cut it on your vinyl (we used the new Premium Vinyl - Permanent Frosted for our mug).

Once you cut it out, remember that putting it on a glass means a round surface.  You can DIY your glass or mug by simply adhering your transfer tape to the vinyl - burnishing with a scraper is always a really great idea! Then, bend it into an arc and slowly wrap around the surface of the glass to get the best placement.

Remember when you are wanting permanent results you will want to follow the correct application directions which can be found here.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

You can also create this exact mug from our Cricut Community here.

Happy Father’s Day to all our amazing dads out there.  It takes a village of everyone to raise these super, fantastic kids of all of us. Special thanks to those great father role models in all shapes, sizes, and relations!

Show us your projects using a split monogram by tagging with #CricutMade on social media.

Fonts for Dads

Fonts for the Dads

June 8th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

Father’s Day is JUST around the corner and we are ready to whip up some DIY projects that dads are sure to love.  BUT! Do you get stuck where I do? What fonts are perfect for all the important men in your life?

It is so easy for me to find my favorite go-to script font or even my favorite fun and bold block letters, but I noticed I drew a blank when I started working on projects for my dad!  I have rounded up 10 Cricut Access fonts that are dad proof and ready for you to create with right now! Let’s get to it!

Meet:

Fonts for Dads

Tuesday is the perfect sleek and simple font for your guys who are all about the basics.  Its slim profile makes for a perfect personalized project!

Want one of my favorite tips? Experiment with all your fonts to achieve a different look!  I used all caps on this one and it gave it a more masculine feel!

Fonts for Dads

This one explains itself - for the rugged ones who love being one with nature - we’ve got you covered! This font is perfect for personalizing gear, a tee for dad on his next fishing trip, or maybe even a car decal for his car!

Related: Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space

Fonts for Dads

I love Mustache for its charming ability to stay classic with a little extra something. This sophisticated font would look rather dapper on a mug, don’t you think?

Fonts for Dads

Poker Night has a great bold feel to it that would look great on a tee or even some of Dad's favorite grilling tools! I also LOVED this one as a writing font - if you haven’t made a card for the important men in your life I would recommend this classic font!

Fonts for Dads

There is no denying that the Bank Gothic gives somewhat of a comic feel. It feels safe to say that the superhero fans out there are sure to love anything created with this font.

Related: Fonts That Have Our Heart

Fonts for Dads

When you’re looking for a masculine font that isn’t so basic I point to this Banco font! It has somewhat of a brush pen feel, but perfect for the list of projects you have for your guys.

Fonts for Dads

Kinda quirky, kinda awesome! I love how witty this font is and for some reason, I feel like it belongs on a bookmark, coffee mug, and even a framed quote for Dad's office!

Fonts for Dads

Linotype Aperto is a strong classic font that is a safe go-to for all the men in your life! If you want to see how we used it click here.

Fonts for Dads

Calling all space lovers - we have the perfect font for you!  The dad projects are endless on this one if you’ve got a lover of the galaxy!

Related: Cricut Fonts vs. System Fonts

Fonts for Dads

High Tide seems most appropriate for all the sports lovers in your life!  My mind is going crazy with all the sports projects I could create with this font. I am imagining a dad jersey with some iron on and maybe a matching coozie- would that not be perfect?!  This font also makes a great writing font!

Are you crafting this weekend for Father’s Day?! I’ve got a couple projects left to cross off my list, but these fonts have inspired me on about a dozen more!!! Tell us what you are making and if you have go-to guy fonts be sure to share!

If you love these fonts like I do, be sure to share this post!

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!

Like what you see? Be sure to share this to your Facebook or Pinterest to refer to later or share with a friend!

When do you use Cricut fonts and when do you use system fonts?

Cricut Fonts vs. System Fonts

February 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey crafters! I'm Kayla from Kayla Makes and today we're talking fonts.

Who doesn't love a good font? I know I do. Luckily for us Cricut users, the font options in Design Space are virtually endless. The software is preloaded with hundreds of font options, plus any font that you've downloaded on your computer/device is readily available for you to use.

Today, we're going to chat about Cricut fonts vs. system fonts and which one you should be using. First, let's talk about what's what.

Two Types of Fonts Available in Design Space

The two types of fonts available in Design Space

(1) Cricut Fonts are fonts that are preloaded into the Design Space software. Some will be marked with a green "a" and may have a fee depending on your Cricut access subscription.

(2) System Fonts are fonts that you have downloaded to your own computer or tablet. When you open Design Space it will automatically load your system fonts. 

In the fonts window, you can quickly sort by Cricut fonts or system fonts by clicking the corresponding word or you can view all available fonts by clicking "all".

When Should I Use Cricut Fonts?

Cricut fonts in Ready-to-Make projects

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Cricut fonts in Ready-to-Make projects

Cricut fonts are specifically coded to cut perfectly with Cricut machines so they're always a great option, and if you're a part of Cricut Access you'll have access to over 400 fabulous fonts.

Also, Cricut Ready-to-Make projects feature Cricut Access fonts (unless otherwise noted) so anytime you make one and want it to look exactly like the sample photo, you can always find the font listed in the project instructions!

Another good use for Cricut fonts applies to using Cricut pens to write with the machine. In the fonts window, select Cricut fonts then use the filter to select "writing" and you'll see all of the different fonts that you can use with the Cricut pens.

When Should I Use System Fonts?

System Fonts in Design Space

There are so many fonts available on the internet. From swirly and script-y to blocky and bold. Generally, system fonts will cut just fine. The issue you may run into is when you're working with a particularly distressed or detailed font. Since system fonts aren't coded to be cut, the Cricut machine may struggle and end up destroying your material. It's best to choose a simple font with smooth lines.

Another great thing about system fonts is the ability to customize an order for a customer. If you need a specific font for an order you can easily download it and it will be right there in Design Space for you to create with.

Which font do you use the most when creating?

Let's stay connected!

Learn how to create a shadow in Cricut Design Space

Creating a Shadow in Cricut Design Space v3

November 7th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hello Cricut friends! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff back with another tutorial about using fonts in the Cricut Design Space. You can see my first post here—it covers the basics of using fonts!

I recently went back to that post’s comments and saw that many people asked how to create a text shadow in Cricut Design Space, so I thought I’d share a few different ways to do this.

Multi-Layer Fonts

USe multi-layer fonts to create a shadow effect

When you are selecting a font in the Cricut Design Space, there is an option to filter your fonts by “multi-layer” fonts. This is the easiest way to make a shadow for your fonts since the shadow is built in!

Short Stuff font

Once you select a font, however, the shadow layer may be hidden, so you’ll have to click the eye next to the layer in the Layers panel to show it. Extreme Fonts – Short Stuff is a good example.

Country Life font

Note that some multi-layer fonts may not have a shadow layer—their additional layers may be other coordinating elements, like County Life, which has banner shapes instead of a shadow.

Offset Shadow

Offset shadow for fonts

I believe most readers wanted a shadow that encompasses the entire text, but I also wanted to share how to create a simple offset shadow. This is very easy. Using the text tool, write your selected text in whatever font you choose (this works for both Cricut fonts and System fonts). Weld your text if your letters are connected to create one shape.

Select your text box and copy it, creating an exact duplicate. Then offset the top layer over the bottom layer. I prefer the top layer to be slightly to the right and slightly down from the bottom layer—this creates a fun offset shadow. I used the Cricut Wildflower font here, one that I continually come back to.

Cricut Access Image Library

You might be able to find a nice image that already has a shadow

Before you go to all the hard work of creating your own shadow, take a peek in Cricut Access to see if there’s an image in there that will work! For example, there’s a great floral-y Mom with a shadow that could be so cute on so many projects. This is image #M43488 from the Mother’s Day 2010 set.

Print Then Cut Workaround

Use the Print then Cut feature to create a shadow

In the comments of my original post, a creative reader named Tina offered a workaround. I gave it a shot and it worked to create an outline around any Cricut or System font you want to use. It only works on desktop, because you need the ability to upload your own files to Cricut Design Space. It’s not a perfect solution and your shadow may be a little ragged, but hey, at least it gives you options!

Start by creating a text box, making sure there is a little extra letter spacing (using the letter spacing adjuster in the font toolbar) so that there’s room for your shadows. Make it black for the most contrast possible.

I’m using the Sesame Street Celebrations font here (which does not have a shadow option), with letter spacing of 1.3. I also made it as large as Print Then Cut will allow: 9.25”.

Make a duplicate of this image so you have two of them, and then hide one of them.

Print then Cut Workaround

Change the remaining visible layer a Print image, which will flatten it. Then hit Make It. This will bring up the Print then Cut screen. Continue until you get the Send to Printer dialogue box. Once this pops up, make sure “Bleed” is selected. Your text will show up vertically because it’s the largest size it will fit on a piece of paper, which will make the cleanest shadow.

Now you have two options. First is to right click and save the mat image to your desktop as a PNG (the file type should be automatic). Then cancel your project to bring your screen back to the main canvas. This is the easiest way to do it, but it often isn’t detailed enough when brought in as an image. You can give it a shot and if it gives you really rough edges, go with this next method.

Print then Cut Workaround

I like to zoom in my browser until my text is much larger. Then I use the Selected Screenshot Tool on a Mac (shift+cmd+4) or Snipping Tool on a PC to take a screenshot of just the text. Then cancel your project to bring your screen back to the main canvas.

Print then Cut Workaround

Then you’re going to use the Upload box on the left-hand menu to upload the PNG or screenshot you saved. Choose a Complex image and click continue. If needed, use the magic wand and the eraser to “erase” any negative space around your letters. You will also want to erase the black registration box around your text. Click continue.

Print then Cut Workaround

Then import it using Save as a Cut Image.

Print then Cut Workaround

Once it’s back into your Design Space canvas, delete your original text that you flattened into a printable image. Unhide the hidden text cut file. And then resize and recolor your new shadow piece behind your text piece and you’re good to go!

As you can see, the shadow layer is pretty clean, but not as clean as the text layer. Even so, it’s still a fun way to create a shadow layer if you really want one. Play around with the different settings as you go—you may be able to get an even cleaner shadow!

Hope you found these tips for creating a shadow helpful. If you have any additional methods, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

Some of the new fonts in Cricut Access

Meet Some of the New Fonts in Cricut Access!

September 27th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Fonts can make or break a project, so it's important to find just the right one. We've recently added SO many new fonts to our Cricut Access subscription plan to help you do just that! I'll be introducing 15 of them in this post, but the full list includes:

  • DiN 1451 Com EngSchrift
  • Diskus Std Bold
  • Dom Casual Std Regular
  • Drescher Grotesk BT Std Roman
  • Eagle Bold
  • Edwardian Com Medium
  • Enviro Com
  • Equinox Com
  • Farfel Pencil
  • Fling Std
  • Floridian Script Std Regular
  • Fraktur Std Regular
  • Frances Uncial Com
  • Galaxy Std Regular
  • Geometric 231 Std Roman
  • Ginko Regular
  • Grace
  • Grafiko Com Regular
  • Gravura Com
  • Hand Drawn Std
  • HighScript 40 Regular
  • Highlight Std
  • Huxley Vertical Std Regular
  • ITC fonts
  • Italia Std Book
  • Jacoby Extra Light
  • Kidprint Pro Regular
  • Koala Com Light
  • Lemonade Bold
  • Letter Gothic Std Regular
  • Liberty Regular
  • Liberty Script Std Regular
  • Libra Std Regular
  • Linotype fonts (all of them)
  • Mahogany Script Std Regular
  • Malibu Std
  • Masqualero Pro DemiBold
  • Mercurius Script Std Bold
  • Ophelia Std Italic
  • Pablo Std
  • Paddington Regular
  • Parisian Std Regular
  • Peignot Std Light
  • Pendry Script Std
  • Pepita Std Regular
  • Posterama Pro 1913 Light
  • Prague Std
  • Pritchard Com Regular
  • Quill Std Regular Quitador Sans Pro Regular
  • Reaper BT Std Roman
  • Rebekah Pro Italic
  • Reporter #2 Std Regular
  • Republik Serif 3 Alt
  • Rialto Regular
  • Richie Regular
  • Rockwell Std Roman
  • Rusticana Roman
  • Sackers Gothic Std Medium
  • Santa Fe Std
  • Saussa Pro Regular
  • Scotch Roman Std Roman
  • Seagull Std Light
  • Shamrock Regular
  • Sho Std Roman
  • Sinah Com Bold
  • Stilla Regular
  • Tango Regular
  • Teebrush Paint Std Regular
  • Terry Junior Basic
  • Typewriter Std Regular
  • Utah WGL Condensed
  • Vivaldi Com
  • Wade Sans Light Com
Eagle Bold is a new Cricut Access font

This bold font will certainly stand out for you! Use it when you want a crisp clear statement.

Fling Std Font

Fling Std is a beautiful script font that will work well for weddings, home decor and more! In the bottom version, I decreased the letter spacing and ungrouped to letters so I could attach it together.

Galaxy Std Regular Font

This futuristic font would look great on space birthday party invitations and other projects in a galaxy far away.

Ginko Regular Font

If you want a font with a bit of an Asian flair, try Ginko Regular for your next project.

Hand Drawn Std Font

Give your art a handmade look with the Hand Drawn Std font.

Kidprint Pro Regular Font

Kidprint Pro Regular would be perfect for a classroom, wouldn't it? You could also use this for projects like a baby book, growth chart, and anything else for kids.

Koala Com Light Font

Koala Com Light is a straightforward font with a modern touch.

Liberty Script Std Regular

Remember to use letter spacing and the Ungroup to Letters functions to make Liberty Script Std Regular look just the way you need for your project.

Ophelia Std Italic Font

Use Ophelia Std Italic to make it look like you hand-lettered your project using calligraphy without having to know how! Ungroup to letters and fix the spacing as you see fit.

Paddington Regular Font

This font does remind me of the cover of a book about a certain well-loved bear. Use it to add just a bit of curve to your design.

Pepita Std Regular Font

With fonts like Pepita Std Regular, you don't need to worry if your handwriting is up to par. Use this to add an elegant touch.

Rusticana Roman Font

If you want a font that is all upper case, try Rusticana Roman for your next crafting adventure.

Seagull Std Light Font

Seagull Std Light is a great font for many of your projects as the lettering is easy to read.

Shamrock Regular Font

Shamrock Standard is another way to add a calligraphy flair without the knowledge or effort. Try this one when you're addressing wedding invitations, for example.

Tango Regular Font

I love the rounded look of the letters in Tango Regular.

Vivaldi Com Font

Vivaldi Com will take your project to the next level with its artistic swishes. Do ungroup to letters and change spacing as needed.

Which font would be perfect for your next project? Tell us in the comments below!

You can manipulate fonts in several ways in the Cricut Design Space

Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space

July 18, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Hey, crafty friends! I’m Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff and I’m here to share tips and tricks for working with fonts in the Cricut Design Space.

Some people are crazy cat ladies, but I am definitely a crazy font lady. I have hundreds (upon hundreds) of fonts and I can never say no when I see another font bundle with swirly swashes, adorable ampersands, and lovely ligatures (only crazy font ladies love ligatures!).

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be talking fonts here on the Cricut blog! Today I’m going to take one simple word and show you how to manipulate the font in the Cricut Design Space.

Using the Type Tool

Creating text in the Cricut Design Space is easy. Just click on the Text tool in the left menu and start typing. I’m going to use the simple word “hello!” since it’s my first post here and I’m happy to be saying hello to all of you!

Using the Type Tool

Changing the Size

You can easily change the size of your text by using the drag and drop arrow in the corner of your text box, or by using the size panel at the top of your workspace. You can also select an actual font size in the same menu.

Changing Your Font

When you change your font using the drop-down menu, you can choose between Cricut fonts and your own system fonts. Cricut fonts will be denoted with a green “a.” There may be a small fee depending on your Cricut Access subscription. You can also sort by Cricut fonts vs. system fonts.

You can change your font

Cricut Fonts are designed to be cut on a Cricut, so they are always a great choice for your projects (the exception to this rule is Cricut fonts specifically designed as a writing style—I’ll get to that in a moment).

Using Cricut Fonts

Let’s choose a Cricut font and take a look at it more carefully. This called Quarter Note. It’s adorable.

This font is named Quarter Note

As is, it works. You could cut this file. But let’s manipulate it a bit.

The Cricut Design Space defaults to letter spacing of 1.2, but I want each letter closer together. I would love the letters to overlap so I can cut them as a single cut. So I decreased the letter spacing to -.5. You can play around with these numbers depending on the font you are using.

You can decrease the letter spacing of your font

I don’t, however, love how the exclamation point is oddly stuck to the end of “hello.” You can use the Advanced drop-down menu to ungroup to letters. Now you can see that each letter is separate so I can move the exclamation point on its own.

You can ungroup the letters for your font
Ungroup to letters

I’ll just nudge it over a bit so it’s not so cozy with my text.

Move your font over

Now we definitely don’t want to cut all these letters separately, so it’s time to weld!

Drag to select your entire text, and then hit Weld in the lower right-hand corner. Your word will be welded together into one cut file! Perfect.

Weld the text

You can then change the color the same way you would any other object in the Cricut Design Space.

You can change the text color

You’re ready to cut! Have any questions up to this point? Leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.

Using System Fonts

Using a system font that you have on your computer is no different than using a Cricut font as above, though there is one big pitfall I want to mention here.

The Cricut cuts mathematically simple files better than it does mathematically complicated files. Cricut fonts are designed to be mathematically simple, so they cut easily. Your system fonts, however, might not be as simple. Take a look at Anodyne. It’s a great grungy font. And there’s a good chance it will destroy your material.

Choose system fonts carefully

Look at all those little angles and cutouts! Every time, the Cricut has to adjust the blade and mat direction. The Cricut Explore is an amazing machine, but that’s impossible to cut out well.

The best fonts for cutting on the Cricut have smooth edges and have a relatively even weight (the thickness of the lines in each character). Keep this in mind when choosing one of your system fonts to cut on the Cricut!

Writing Styles

I mentioned writing styles above. As you probably know, the Cricut can do much more than cut. Using the Cricut to write is a fun way to add all sorts of text and embellishments to your projects.

When choosing a font to write with, I recommend choosing a Cricut font that specifically has a writing style. Select only Cricut Fonts and then click the little drop-down on the right side of the search bar and select Writing. This will narrow your choices down to the fonts that are specifically designed to be written with the Cricut.

Use a font that has a writing style

Check out how I addressed my boys’ birthday invitations using the Cricut.

Beyond Text

If you’re really stuck you can always check out the extensive library of files in Cricut Access. There are so many cool words and quotes in there to create any project you can imagine!

There are many word and quote files in Cricut Access

I hope you’ve found some helpful basic tips about working with fonts. I hope I get to share with you some more advanced font tutorials soon. Make sure to pin this post so that you’ll have it to refer to. Happy making!

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!

 

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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.

 

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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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