DIY Coasters from Scratch

DIY Coasters From Scratch

June 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

We promised that we would share a fun how-to on some of our projects from the Summer Outdoor Patio Party! Follow along to learn how to make super cute coasters for your next party!

Materials:

DIY Coasters from Scratch

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Outdoor Coasters. This project makes 6 coasters, but you can customize it to make as many as you need!

2: Prepare Cricut Chipboard

For best results, open Cricut Chipboard and lay it flat for 24 hours to acclimate the material to your climate. If you notice your chipboard starting to warp, place it under a heavy object. I use a large workout weight plate. Now you can craft and workout at the same time!

Once your chipboard has acclimated, use a Cricut® StrongGrip Mat and firmly press (or use a brayer) to create a strong bond between the chipboard and mat.

Use masking tape or blue painters tape to secure all four edges of chipboard to the mat within 1” of the corner.

DIY Coasters

Move the white star wheels all the way to the right side of the metal bar so that the chipboard can fit under the roller bar. Ensure that no part of your chipboard will go under the rubber rollers. From personal experience, if your chipboard goes under the black roller, your machine will jam and error. Don’t worry, your machine isn’t dead, you just need to scoot your chipboard over so that it does not roll under the black rollers or white star wheels.

I know this seems like a lot, but once you do it, you will be a seasoned pro!

After everything looks good, cut your chipboard. Once the cut completes, unload your material and repeat the process with your second piece of chipboard.

3: Seal and Paint Your Chipboard

Remove your pieces and seal one side of your chipboard. I am super lazy efficient and prefer using a spray sealer instead of brush on Mod Podge. This is a personal preference—Mod Podge works great too. I spray one side, let it completely dry, flip it over, and spray the other side.

Sealing your chipboard allows you to get a smoother finish on your material when you paint it. Chipboard is extremely porous and will suck up paint quickly. By sealing it, you are preventing the paint from seeping in, which results in a nice smooth finish. If you wish to make your coasters more durable, I would recommend sealing the paint again using the same sealer. This will seal in your paint and make your project a little more water resistant!

4: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Once you have cut all your chipboard pieces, remember to move the star wheels back to their original location and swap out your Knife Blade with your Fine Point Blade.

DIY Coasters

Load your blush or teal vinyl and let the Cricut Maker do the rest! Once the material has been cut, unload and load the second vinyl color.

5: Weed, Weed, Weed

If you are new around here, you may be unfamiliar with what weeding is. Weeding is the process of picking out the excess vinyl from your image. You can remove these tiny pieces by using a sharp hook like the Cricut® Tools Weeder. And if you are already a weeding master and are looking to step up your game, with less strain on your eyes, check out our Cricut BrightPad™! The Cricut BrightPad™ illuminates the cut lines and makes weeding a blast!

DIY Coasters

Once you are all done weeding and your coasters are all dry, it is time to transfer your design to the chipboard.

6: Transfer Your Design

DIY Coasters

Using Cricut® Transfer Tape, transfer your image onto the coaster. Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces. Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto of the chipboard coaster and burnish on with your scraper tool.

Peel off the transfer tape and enjoy your coasters! Repeat this process until you are done with all six coasters!

DIY Coasters

You did it! How cute are these coasters? Since the vinyl is waterproof and the chipboard is water resistant, you can use and reuse these coasters all summer long. Make sure to share your coaster creations with us on social media!

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

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

DIY Customized Mailbox

Customize Your Mailbox with Cricut Permanent Vinyl

June 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hi there! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog sharing a brand new tutorial with you using my Cricut Maker & Cricut Premium Permanent Vinyl. This type of vinyl is amazing! It is really made to weather the storm, and it holds up well outdoors. It can be used in all kinds of outdoor projects from signs, decals, a cheery hello on your front door, labels, and mailboxes!

We are in the process of building a home, and we are almost ready to move in. We needed a mailbox though! It’s one of those must-haves. Let me show you how easy it was to a make this custom mailbox with Cricut. Let’s get started!

Customized mailbox using outdoor vinyl

To Make This Project, You Will Need Just a Few Supplies:

1: Create Your Design

Create your design for the customized mailbox

Alright, the first thing I did was go into Cricut Design Space to design the vinyl for our mailbox. Cricut has tons of super cute fonts. If you have Cricut Access, many of the fonts are totally free to use. How awesome is that??!!

For this design I used 2 of my favorite Cricut fonts ~ Elizabeth & Cricut Alphabet. Elizabeth is a pretty script font, and Cricut Alphabet is a nice thick block font. I really loved them paired together. I typed in my house number,  then sized my design to fit my mailbox. Now it’s time to cut it out!

 

 

2: Cut Out Your Design

Cricut Permanent Vinyl comes in so many fun colors! You can totally make your outdoor projects pop!

Cut out your design for the customized mailbox

I decided to play it safe & use white though! Ha! I loaded my cutting mat & slid it into my Cricut Maker. I hit go and watched my machine get to work.

Tip: Be sure to cut two number decals. You’ll need one for each side of your mailbox.

3: Weed Away Excess Vinyl

Weed Away Excess Vinyl

Next, I weeded out the excess vinyl, leaving my design behind.

Don’t forget to pin this post!

4: Get Your Design Ready to Transfer

Get Your Design Ready to Transfer

Put some clear transfer tape on top. You can use the grid lines to line everything up or just eyeball it like I do!

5: Apply to Your Mailbox

Apply to Your Mailbox

Next, you’ll remove the backing paper. Place your vinyl decal where you’d like it to be. Gently rub it on with your hand or tool.

Apply to your mailbox

Remove the transfer tape leaving the numbers behind!

Apply to your mailbox

All done!

Don’t forget to pin this post for later. I’d love to hear if you customize your mailbox!

For more easy vinyl projects go here.

DIY Customized Mailbox using Cricut Outdoor Vinyl
DIY Paper Succulents

DIY Succulents That Live Forever

May 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Who here has wondered how to assemble some of the paper succulents and flowers found in Cricut Design Space? It's no wonder—the way that these files come into Cricut Design Space can be really confusing!

I'm Cori from Hey, Let's Make Stuff and I'm here to help explain how to assemble Cricut's paper succulent cut files. A while back, I wrote a post about assembling Cricut's paper flowers and my readers have found it super helpful. Now I'm tackling paper succulents here on the Cricut Inspiration Blog!

Glue and Paper

For these succulents, I like to use either quick-dry tacky glue or regular craft glue. You don't want to have to sit there holding the pieces together, waiting for glue to dry. As far as paper goes, I find that printer-weight paper works better than cardstock, though the larger you cut your succulents, the thicker the paper you can use. For these, I used a metallic printer-weight paper that really shines with a lot of dimension.

Assembling the Paper Succulents

Today we're assembling the following paper succulents:

  • Four succulents + leaves #M124F11
  • Succulent #M1A950E
Assembling paper succulents

Let’s start with the easiest and work our way up!

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Spiky Succulent

I’m sure these succulents have scientific names, but I’m not a botanist so we’re going with “spiky” succulent for this one. Cut out the pieces on your Cricut. There are five pieces, ranging from big to little.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

To curl the edges, you can wrap around a pencil or use scissors to curl the pieces like you would curling ribbon on a gift. I like the scissor method, but be aware that it’s easier to tear your pieces using this method. Curl up each leaf a bit. I try to curl the smaller pieces a little more tightly than the larger pieces, but you can always re-adjust once they are glued together.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

Then stack the pieces from largest on the bottom to smallest at the top, and glue all the layers together, offsetting the leaves for each layer.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

And that’s it! This is a nice and easy one to start with, but make sure to be careful when curling those smaller leaves so they don’t tear.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

Six-Leaf Succulent

This succulent is put together in the same manner as the one above. It’s six different pieces, all shaped the same, ranging from big to little.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Use scissors or a pencil to curl up all of the leaves.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Layer and glue all six pieces together, offsetting the leaves.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

And that’s it! I think this one can double as a flower, especially when made in pink and purple tones.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent

From here we move up in difficulty just slightly. This succulent has 11 pieces. There are two of each size, except for the smallest piece, which has three of that size.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Use the same method above to curl all the leave pieces. Be extra careful if using scissors for this one—the pieces can tear pretty easily (thankfully it’s so easy to cut out more using your Cricut if you need!).

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Then match up each piece to its mate (the one of the same size) and glue them together, offsetting them. There will be one small one left over.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Then glue all the glued sections together, biggest on the bottom to the single last piece on the top.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

This one gives a similar effect to the six-petal succulent above, but I think there’s something about it that looks more succulent-like!

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Separate Leaf Succulent

This is definitely the most complex succulent that we’re making today. When you cut out the pieces on your Cricut, you’ll have 18 individual leaves and two three-leaf pieces.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Instead of curling these individual leaf pieces, I think it works better to cut a slit from the bottom, 2/3 of the way up the leaf.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

You can then use craft glue to overlap the cut ends to create some dimension in the leaf.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly
Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then match the leaves up in sets—there are three leaves per size.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

And glue the three pieces together to form one single piece from three leaves.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then curl the leaves of the two three-leaf pieces and glue together.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly
Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then, like you did with all the other succulents, glue all the layers together, offsetting the layers.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Tada! You’ve made the most complex succulent of the bunch!

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Leaves

These leaves are not really a succulent by themselves, but they look really pretty when used in conjunction with the other succulents we’re making.

Leaf Assembly

I use my scissors to curl the leaves. Sometimes I’ll curl them one way and then curl just the end back the other way. Play with the curling to create different levels of dimension.

Leaf Assembly

Now you are ready to use your succulents in a project! I used my new Cricut Knife Blade to cut a chipboard ampersand using the Cricut font Alphalicious. I sealed it with ModPodge before painting it white.

Then I glued my succulents to my ampersand, using adhesive foam squares to create some depth and dimension!

Leaf Assembly

I love how these succulents bring life to a project—but you don’t need a green thumb to keep them alive! If you are craving even more blooming paper creations be sure to check out our Facebook Live where we show how you to create paper bouquets!

Leaf Assembly
Make this Earth Day banner for your celebration

Celebrate Nature With This Earth Day Banner

April 10th, 2018 • Anna Rose Johnson, Cricut Digital Content Manager

This planet we live on is a pretty special place. It protects us, it nourishes us and it renews itself each year—allowing us to enjoy different types of beauty each season. Earth Day is our opportunity to give back to our home.

This year, I wanted to celebrate Earth Day with my family by teaching them the small things we can do to keep our Earth clean. My littles and I went outside and scoured our yard for twigs, fallen branches, and other greenery.  Along the way, we also picked up pieces of trash, paper, etc and put it in our recycle bin. I was able to explain to them what recycling is and why it is important.

Earth Day banner

Once our yard was clean and our bag was full of twigs, we headed inside and made a banner from our finds. Want to celebrate Earth Day with this fun banner? Make it now!

Supplies You Will Need:

Pillow fight supplies

1: Gather Natural Supplies and Cut Out Banner

Gather twigs and greenery from your yard. Be sure to pick up a few pieces of trash along the way! Then head inside and prepare your Cricut by placing the pen into accessory clamp A. Cut the brown paper bag down to fit on a 12”x12” mat.

Open up the project file in Cricut Design Space™. Click “Go” to write and cut banner pieces from the brown paper bag.

2: Glue Flora to Banner Pieces

2: Glue Flora to Banner Pieces

Using the pen lines as a guide, glue twigs, branches, etc onto the brown paper banner pieces.

3: String Banner Pieces Together

String Banner Pieces Together

String a length of jute through the pennants spelling out EARTH and another length through DAY. (Space the letters to your preference.)

The banner turned out really cute and my littles had a blast making it with me. I was able to teach them something and remind myself to take care of this beautiful hunk of rock we live on.

XOXO,
Anna Rose

Note: This lovely project is from our archives. Happy Earth Day!

How will you be celebrating Earth Day? Let us know in a comment below.

You can draw embroidery patterns with a Cricut

Draw Your Next Embroidery Pattern With a Cricut

April 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hola, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the wedding blog called Something Turquoise , but I decided to share something a little silly and creative with you this month, that really has nothing to do with weddings.

I love small embroidery projects. Something to keep your hands busy while you relax on the couch at night. Something to hang up in a special place in your home or something that would be a great gift. So today I’m sharing how the Cricut Washable Fabric Pen can really help aid you in beginner embroidery projects!

Create your own custom hoop design in Design Space and instead of “cutting” with your Cricut, you’re going to “draw” it on fabric with the washable fabric pen as your outline for sewing - it’s fabulous. The pen washes off with water and what you're left with is a lovely handmade piece of decor.

Cute embroidery design drawn with a Cricut

Supplies Needed:

Supplies Needed for Embroidery Patterns on the Cricut

1: Create Your Design

Create Your Embroidery Design in Design Space

Design your simple embroidery scenes using your own graphics or graphics from Design Space. Make sure to change them from a cut file to a “write” file in the layers panel and mark them as using the Washable Fabric Pen. Use these exact designs pictured here by visiting this canvas in Design Space.

2: Adjust Images

Move your images in the Design Space Mat

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Move your images in the Design Space Mat

I cut 10” squares of my cotton fabric to sew on, so I moved each design to a new mat before I cut, and also dragged the design to the middle of 10” x 10” so it would be drawn in the middle of the fabric on my mat.

3: Set Your Fabric and Add Pen

Choose your fabric and add the pen

Pick your fabric and insert the washable Fabric pen, then hit go!

Let the Cricut draw your embroidery pattern
Let the Cricut draw your embroidery pattern

Draw! Let your Cricut work its magic!

4: Place Fabric in the Hoop

Place Fabric in the Hoop

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Place Fabric in the Hoop

Set yourself up to sew. Place your new Cricut drawn pattern into a 4” embroidery hoop and secure.

Place Fabric in the Hoop
Place Fabric in the Hoop

Then trim away excess material that would get in your way.

5: Sew Your Design

Sew your embroidery design

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Sew your embroidery design

Hand sew your darling design by following the outline that the Cricut created for you! This is a wonderful way to make any type of design, whether you’re a beginner or not! From cute pictures like these to words and more!

5: Gently Rinse Away Markings

Gently wash away your pen markings

Under warm water, gently rinse away the pen markings, lay flat to dry and then gently iron. The blue markings disappear like magic!

6: Finish Your Project

Finish your embroidery project

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Finish your embroidery project

I spray painted the outer rings of my embroidery hoops and you can do the same if you’d like. Then place your adorable, hand-sewn design back into the hoop and tighten.

Finish your design

Flip over to trim the excess fabric down to the wooden ring. You can glue the fabric in place and even add a layer of felt to the back to finish off the hoop.

I’m excited to see you creative Cricut users create these adorable little mythical hoops so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

Make these gorgeous agate coasters for your next dinner party.

DIY Gorgeous Agate Coasters for Your Next Dinner Party

March 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Hi everyone!

This month was a super exciting month for us here at Cricut! We got the opportunity to make three mini sets to show off just how powerful and versatile the Cricut Maker is! We designed and created a gorgeous tablescape to highlight projects with foil iron-on, vinyl, and crepe paper! I designed these cute little coasters that double as place cards and favors for our guests. I mean come on—how cute is that?!

If you are looking for something to wow your guests, then this project is for you! I found my coasters online from a variety of retailers. Depending on how big or small you want them, you can find agate coasters in all sizes to fit the budget you are working with! I ended up choosing agate gems that had about a 4-inch diameter.

I used foil iron-on and my Cricut EasyPress to create this project, but if you are more of a vinyl fan, you can use vinyl instead. Iron-on is a more permanent solution, but if you want your guests to be able to peel off their name, vinyl would be a better option.

The other reason I used iron-on is that the liner is already attached to the material; with vinyl, you also need transfer tape. Again—totally a preference thing and I love each material so I included details on how to complete the project with both!

1: Create the Names in Design Space

Create the Names in Design Space

Open Cricut Design Space and choose any font on your computer to begin typing your guests’ names. One of my favorite parts of using my Cricut Maker is that I can use any Cricut or system font in Design Space. I chose a script font and paired it with a thin sans serif font to highlight the elegance of the agate coaster.

2: Cut Out Your Design

Cut out your design

a. This screen shows a preview of your images laid out on the material.

i. Vinyl: If you are cutting your image from vinyl, click the “Continue” icon.

Cut out your design

ii. Iron-on: If you are using Iron-On, click the “mirror” icon on the left side of Design Space. This will horizontally flip your image. When using Iron-on, you will place the shiny side (liner side) down. This way when you flip it over, your image will appeal in the correct orientation. Click the “Continue” icon.

Cut out your design

Choose the material you plan to cut. I chose “Foil Iron-on.” Load your material onto your mat.

i. Iron-on: If you are using iron-on, make sure the mirror option is turned on and your material is placed shiny side (liner side) down on the mat.

ii. Vinyl: For vinyl, place the liner side on the mat so that the color of the material is right side up. Ensure the correct blade is loaded and press the flashing Cricut icon on your machine.

3: Weed Design

After your cut has finished, press the flashing “load/unload” button and remove your material from the mat. Remove the unneeded pieces using a weeder tool. It is usually easiest to move from the inside out while weeding.

4: Transfer Design to Agates

Transfer images to agates

a. Iron-on: Place your weeded names on the agate coasters.

Transfer images to agates

Vinyl: Take your roll of transfer tape and remove the liner. Take the transfer tape in each hand with the adhesive side facing down. Gently place the transfer tape over the images.

Start in the center and move out toward the edges. A craft stick or the Scraper from the Cricut Tool Kit can be used to burnish (rub or polish) the tape onto the vinyl.

5: Finish Application

Finish Application

a. Iron-On:

Use your Cricut® EasyPress, or an iron and press cloth, to apply the gold foil iron-on. Let the plastic liner cool before removing. I used a heat setting of 340° F for 30 seconds. I let the coaster cool down for several minutes before peeling off the liner. Be careful! The coaster retains heat for a while.

b. Vinyl:

Carefully place the transfer tape with vinyl images on a clean and dry surface, making sure the images are straight. Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape, simply burnish the vinyl onto the surface again. Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl.

Elegant tablescape

I hope you enjoyed this project! Check back to find more tutorials on how to create this stunning tablescape!

Happy crafting,

Karley Hall

Learn how to write in multiple colors by using the Contour tool

Write in Multiple Colors Using the Cricut Contour Tool

March 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hello, my favorite Cricut fans! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff here to share some out of the box thinking when it comes to using Cricut pens and the Contour tool in Cricut Design Space.

I’m using Cricut’s lovely Glitter Brights Pen Set for this project—have you picked up a set yet? Let me know what you’re using them for in the comments!

Today I want to dive into using the Contour tool in the Layers Panel and how I use it to allow me to write in multiple colors.

The Cricut Image Library has a lot of cute files designed to be drawn using Cricut pens. Because we’re heading into a new season, I’m using this sweet Spring Is Here file (#MCD03BC).

Spring is Here sign

When you import this file, however, it’s just a single draw image.

Spring is Here image

You could change the color, but the entire image changes color. Instead, we’re going to use the Contour tool to change each word to a different color.

Have you used Contour? I love it. The Contour tool basically allows you to delete certain portions of a single image. So to change this single image into three colors, we’re going to start by inserting three copies of the same image.

Using the Contour tool

Then select that first image and click Contour at the bottom of the Layers Panel. A window will pop up with your image. From here, you can click on anything you want to delete from your image. In this first image, I’m deleting everything from “is” and “here.”

Using the Contour tool

Then repeat with the other two images, keeping “is” in the second image and “here” in the third. When you’re done, you will have three separate words.

Using the Contour tool

Then move the separate images together to create a single quote.

Using the Contour tool

The images are still separate, so at this point, you can change the color of each one. The Cricut Glitter pens aren’t in the color selection tool, so just choose colors that are similar to the colors you’ll be writing in. This will help you know you’re inserting the correct pen when actually drawing your image.

Using the Contour tool

From here, if you want to draw it as is, you can use Attach at the bottom of the Layers Panel to keep everything together and hit “Make It.”

Using the Contour tool

But I decided I wanted to embellish it a little bit with a few flowers. I searched for “flower” in the Cricut Image Library and inserted two that I liked.

Using the Contour tool

I changed the flowers from “cut” to “write” in the layers panel, and then duplicated and rotated them around my quote.

Using the Contour Tool
Using the Contour tool

You’re almost ready to draw—just make sure to attach everything so it all draws together properly!

As your Cricut works through the file, you’ll receive prompts to change the pen. Change the pen without removing your mat from your machine. Make sure to cap your pens when you’re done with them, too!

Using the Contour tool for drawing
Drawing with the Cricut

And, if you’d like to draw this yourself without having to do any of the work yourself, you can head over to Cricut Design Space, where I’ve saved the final file for you to make!

I really do love these glitter pens. It’s hard to do them justice in a photo, but you can really see how they sparkle when I get up close.

Drawing with the Cricut
Using the Contour tool for drawing

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and it inspired you to look into different ways to use the Contour tool. It’s definitely a more advanced tool in Cricut Design Space but it really opens up possibilities for modifying files you find in the Cricut Image Library!

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You can use iron-on to decorate wood

You Can Use Iron-on for That??

March 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey Cricuteers, Kayla here today and I have a confession, I love iron-on! It's by far my personal favorite when it comes to Cricut cutting materials. From iron-on lite to glitter, foil and holographic sparkle, there are so many options and even more possibilities when it comes to this versatile material.

Today, I'm showing you some fun ways you can use iron-on that aren't your typical t-shirt or baby onesie. Let's jump right in!

Hats

You can use iron-on for hats

Iron-On lite adheres nicely to baseball caps. I used a mini iron to create the hat above and it worked perfectly for me.

You can use iron-on for hats

These bride tribe hats by Something Turquoise were created using the coolest trick! Click over to see how they used one of their Cricut tools to get the iron-on to stick.

Wood

You can use iron-on for wood

I can easily remember the first time I saw someone use iron-on on a wood surface. I was blown away! Think of all the cute things you can make! It has a lot more staying power than adhesive vinyl and is just as easy to apply.

For this decorative wood slice, I used Cricut's foil iron-on in gold and my EasyPress.

Paper

You can use iron-on for paper

This Jungle Rules nursery wall hanging is a project from Design Space. Cat (one of Cricut's FIT scholarship winners) used Iron-On Lite on a sheet of paper to create this custom look.

You can use iron-on for paper

Last fall I added gold iron-on to a sheet of cardstock to create this print. It has the look of a foiled print without the hassle or cost of foiling.

Neoprene

You can use iron-on for neoprene

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You can use iron-on for neoprene

These Bridal Party Koozies from Something Turquoise are super cute and make the best wedding favors. They opted for glitter iron-on but any of the varieties will stick well to neoprene.

You can use iron-on for neoprene

These neoprene popsicle holders were all over the place last summer. Why didn't anyone think of this when I was a kid?!

Shoes

You can use iron-on for shoes

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You can use iron-on for shoes
You can use iron-on for shoes

Cricut Design Space has a ton of fun ideas for using iron-on on your shoes. Check out this tribal pair, this lucky pair and this cute polka dot pair for kids. All of these projects are included in your Cricut Access subscription if you have one. Also, check out these Lucky Chucks for tips on how to put it on.

Have you created a project with iron-on that stands out from the crowd? We'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment down below!

Use your Cricut Maker to create appliques

Dream of Summer With These Tropical Leaf Appliques

March 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi there! I don’t know about you, but I am just about DONE with winter weather, and I am so ready for the warmer weather, and days spent by the pool. I also love all things linen and I am pretty enamored with tropical leaves and decor.

Fabric appliques with the Cricut Maker

To bring myself a little of the summer that I am craving right now, I ordered a simple linen table runner - but you could absolutely make one if you wanted - and used my Maker to cut out tropical leaf appliqués for the runner.

1: Measure Table for Runner

Measure the table for your table runner.  Then make or order a table runner to fit.

2: Measure the Runner

Measure the table runner. This will help you decide how large to make your appliqués.

3: Create Your Design

Create Your Design

Open Design Space (or use this cut file) and adjust the leaves to fit your table runner. I made 3 larger leaves, 4 medium leaves, and one small leaf.

4: Apply Heat N Bond

Use the EasyPress to apply the Heat N Bond to the back side of the fabric, and cut to fit a Cricut cutting mat.

5: Cut Out Leaves

Apply the fabric, fabric side up, to the cutting mat, and send the design to your Cricut to cut.

6: Remove Leaves

Remove Leaves

Remove the leaves from the mat.

7: Arrange on Runner

Arrange on Runner

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Arrange on Runner

Remove the Heat N Bond backing from the fabric and place the leaves on the table runner. Have fun with this, layer the leaves, and stack them.

8: Apply Leaves to Runner

Apply Leaves to Runner

Use the EasyPress to apply the leaf appliqués to the table runner. I set the EasyPress at 360* for 30-45 seconds for each section of the leaf. Repeat on the back side of the table runner.

Step 9 (Optional): Sew Around the Appliqués

10: Place on Table

Place on table

Decorate your table, and enjoy a fruity beverage…you are ready for Summer!