Stocking Onesies Part 1

DIY Stocking Onesies Part 1

December 19th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog to share another fun tutorial. You can see my fun Christmas cards HERE. Today I am going to begin a two-part series on how I created these adorable Stocking Onesies using my Cricut Maker, Cricut EasyPress, Design Space, and a few fun products from Cricut. Let’s get started!

1: Choose Your Image

Pick out the image for your stocking onesie

You can get the design I used right HERE, but I wanted to show you how easy it is to create your own custom designs in Cricut Design Space. First, I selected the stocking image that I wanted to use for my design. TIP: If you have Cricut Access, this shape is totally free. Then I clicked insert image.

2: Simplify Your Image Using Cricut Design Space

Edit your image

I just wanted a simple design for my stocking, so I needed to simplify this image.

Edit your image

To do that, all I needed to do was click the little eye by the images I wanted to hide. I clicked them all until my image looked like the picture above.

Edit your image

Then I used my slice tool to separate my image into these shapes.

3: Add Some Fun Patterns

Pick out fun patterns for your stockings

One of the features that I love about Design Space is that you can add fun patterns to your shapes. Then you can use the Print & Cut feature later to make some really neat designs that will add a lot of patterns, colors & textures that would be hard to do otherwise.

To do this, all you have to do is click on the image, click pattern & then choose your favorite. If you notice, right next to the icon you also see a little printer. That means this part of your design will first print on your home printer and then your Cricut Maker or Explore Air will cut it out. I really love this feature!

Fun patterns for stocking onesies

I ended up choosing three different patterns – a buffalo check design, a polka dot pattern & a cute holiday scrip pattern. Now it’s time to send all of this to my printer and then to my Cricut Maker.

4: Send Design to Your Printer

Print out your customized stockings

I clicked Make It. I love how Cricut Design Space tells me exactly how many mats to prepare and tells me exactly what I need to do. First, I printed out my 3 patterned designs onto Cricut Printable Iron-on, light paper using my inkjet printer. My printer had an iron-on setting. Make sure your printer is all set before printing for best results.

5: Send Your Design to Your Cricut Maker or Explore Air to Cut Out

Cut out your vinyl

When you print your design with your printer, you will notice a black box prints out as well. This helps your Cricut machine “see” where to cut. It’s truly an amazing feature!

Don’t forget to pin this post so you can come back to it later!

Cut out your vinyl
Cut out your vinyl

See! My Cricut Maker cut out the design beautifully! Amazing! 

Cut out your vinyl

The last thing I did was cut out the rest of my design using Cricut Glitter Iron-on. TIP: Instead of cutting out a sheet of glitter iron-on, just leave your glitter iron-on on the roll when you cut it. This will prevent waste, so you’ll have more vinyl to create more projects with!

Cut out your vinyl

All done!

Come back tomorrow, and I will show you how I used my Cricut EasyPress to create these adorable onesies. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. Be sure to share this post with your crafty friends!

DIY Stocking Onesies
DIY Holiday Attire Ideas

Holiday Attire Ideas to Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

December 19th, 2017 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Support

One of the easiest ways to spread cheer this winter is to wear some holiday attire. Whether it's shirts, pajamas, socks or ugly sweaters, it's so easy to get creative and make your own with a Cricut. Try one of these ideas today!

Start With Hot Cocoa Socks

As the temperatures dip, my consumption of hot cocoa goes up exponentially. I fell instantly in love with these socks from Made by Melli. Hold a crafting party with like-minded friends and make some of these soon!

Be Inspired by Pop Culture

I was excited to see these shirts and pajamas inspired by two of my favorite Christmas movies. Every year I have to tune in as many times as I can to watch as Ralphie sticks his tongue to the flagpole in A Christmas Story, so making this "I Triple Dog Dare You" shirt from Doodlecraft is a must.

I can also proclaim my love for Elf and all things sugary with these "Elves Food Groups" tops made by Housewife Eclectic and Artsy Fartsy Mama.

Don an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ah, the ugly Christmas sweater has become a staple of the holiday, hasn't it? If you don't have any luck finding one of these treasures at a thrift shop (or want to just customize your own to tacky perfection), try one of these DIY versions:

Dress the Family in Christmas Pajamas

I've been doing the "Need, Want, Wear, Read" method of Christmas gifts for my girls. In the past, I've defaulted to matching sleeper pajamas, but how fun would it be to make custom ones for them? The matching set for child and doll from Becoming Martha is especially sweet. I also love the fun sets created by Made by Melli and See Lindsay.

Wear a Festive Christmas Shirt EVERYWHERE

I usually wear a T-shirt around the house and on the go, so I would definitely feel more in the Christmas spirit if I wore one of these fun designs:

Which one of these are you going to make? 

Show us your holiday projects made with a Cricut Maker by using the hashtags #CricutMade and #CricutMaker!

DIY Family Jammies

December 18th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Every single holiday since our second son was just an infant, our boys have worn matching jammies on Christmas Eve. I snap a pic of wiggling boys in front of our Christmas Tree and share it with our families on Christmas Day. It is a tradition that I love so much, but as time keeps moving forward, it is becoming more and more difficult to find jammies that match for all of the boys!

Matching Family Pajamas
Matching Family Pajamas
Matching Family Pajamas
Matching Family Pajamas

So, I have started DIY’ing them. Typically, I purchase coordinating jammie bottoms, and plain tops. The last few years I just let the boys wear plain shirts, and I hated it!

I purchased plain long sleeve t-shirts and plaid jammie bottoms from the store and opened Design Space to find an image we would all love. The boys were a part of every step of their jammie making this year, and I really enjoyed their input. They decided on a bear and Merry Christmas text from Design Space, though, they did ask me to edit the bear to make it an almost completely solid image.

1: Design Your Shirt

Choose an image in Design Space. (Find my cut file here) and size it to fit your shirt or pants. *I am so happy the template tool is back in DS*

If you want to edit the image’s size or style, do so now.

2: Cut and Weed Design

Cut out your image and weed away excess vinyl

Send the file to the machine to cut. Don’t forget, iron-on needs to be placed on the mat shiny side down, and you need to mirror the cut.

Weed the image and the text, and place it on the shirt where you like it. I fold the shirt in half sideways and top to bottom to find the center and pinch a small crease in the fabric. I do the same folding with the vinyl transfer sheet as well.

3: Apply on Jammies

Apply your design to the jammies

Once your image is where you want it, use your EasyPress according to package instructions, I set it to 360* for 30 seconds and pressed the image onto the shirt. Next, I added the text where I wanted it and repeated the process. Finally, I pressed the inside of the shirt on the back of the vinyl.

Finished family jammies
Finished family jammies
Now, all I need to do is get my wild crew to stand still for a few minutes so I can snap a few more pics!

What design would you make when you DIY family jammies? Leave a comment!

DIY Hanukkah Projects

Celebrate the Festival of Lights With These Quick, Easy DIY Hanukkah Projects

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Tomorrow kicks off 8 nights of celebration for the Hanukkah season.  As with all holidays, sometimes we leave things to the last minute!  Whether you want to give a last-minute card, decorate your house, or even get the kids involved, we have a little bit of something for each of you.

Design Space has a host of ready-made Hanukkah related images that you can use for quick projects.  We made these fun pillows in just a few easy minutes!

These fun cards are also easily made with just one or two sheets of cardstock. We even used metallic poster board on one of them. Don’t forget to use your scoring stylus for the best fold lines. There are many single cut cards for you to personalize.

Not to be outdone, here’s a fast and safe way to have your kids light their own menorah. We simply used silver and gold window cling on the glass from a picture frame. You could even use your own window! For this technique, we used a 3-step process:

  1. Find an image of a menorah
  2. Use the Slice tool to separate the flames from the base
  3. Change the flame color to gold so it will cut on a separate mat
Vinyl menorah

We can’t wait to see what you make for the holiday season! Use #CricutMade to show us your projects.

Happy Hanukkah ?

Gifts you can make using an EasyPress

Use an EasyPress for These Lovely Handmade Gifts!

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and I know I’m not the only one excited/freaking out that CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!

If you are creating handmade gifts this holiday season then hopefully you’ve already discovered the Cricut EasyPress, because the time and energy and frustration it is going to save you is going to make your Christmas merry indeed!

The EasyPress combines the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron for finished projects that will last the test of time, even after repeated washes. You can adjust the temperature which allows you to use a variety of materials on a variety of surfaces, so the possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect companion for any of the Cricut cutting machines.

If you don’t yet have an EasyPress then I think you are totally justified in sending this blog post to your family as a big ol’ hint to put one under the tree for you. It is going to change the way you create!

So without further ado – I give you 14 (YES! 14!) Christmas projects put together with the EasyPress!

Gift Sack

Christmas means presents – and we love this personalized gift sack from Make Life Lovely. This is a gift that would be treasured by your kids for years to come.

Festive Shirts for Kids

Speaking of kids, who doesn’t love children in festive holiday outfits? Mom Endeavors and The Country Chic Cottage both dial up the cuteness factor with these easy t-shirt projects.

Pajamas

The only thing better than cute t-shirts? PAJAMAS!!!!!! Love these from Desert Chica!

Tea Towels

Tea towels are an inexpensive way to create customized gifts for friends and family, and All For the Memories and Lydi Out Loud share some cute ones that are sure to inspire you.

Tote Bags

Tote bags are another easy way to create something personal without breaking the bank. This tote from Fawn Prints would make a great take-home favor from your holiday party!

Pillows

Custom pillows are the perfect holiday project because not only do they add a special touch to your home décor, they also make great gifts! This beautiful wreath pillow from Sugarcoated Housewife would make a great hostess gift.

Placemats

Placemats are another example of a project you might make as a gift but then decide to keep for yourself! ☺ These placemats from Coastal Kelder take just a few minutes but would add glam to any tablescape.

Iron-on and Wood Projects

Are you ready to have your mind blown? The EasyPress allows you to apply iron-on to WOOD! Yes! These three wood projects will inspire you to take your creativity to a whole new level. WOOD! Can you believe it? Game changer!

Stockings

Finally, I hope you’ll find time to celebrate with your girlfriends – and what better way than a craft night! This stocking making party from Not So Cli-Shea looks like the PERFECT way to spend an evening with your BFFs.

No matter what you create this holiday season – may your best creations be the memories you make. Merry Christmas everybody!

Let’s stay connected!

Which project is your favorite? Let us know in a comment!

Holiday mantel ideas for your home

Make a Room Festive With These Holiday Mantel Ideas

December 8th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Each holiday season I decorate our mantel and add a little Cricut DIY Magic to the decor. Sometimes I make a simple sign or add vinyl to a vintage window. I love being able to decorate our holiday mantel with personal touches.

I have gathered up some amazing mantel inspiration from a few of my favorite bloggers, and despite having “finished” my mantel for the 6th time this season, I am ready to whip up some more goodies for our mantel!

Whimsical North Pole Christmas Mantel

I love this fun and cheerful holiday mantel! My kids would be so excited to see this in the house! The bright colors mixed with a more traditional red make this mantel pop!

See more from Giggles Galore.

Buffalo Check Holiday Mantel

Buffalo Check makes my heart skip a beat. I have ALWAYS loved plaid and I could not be more excited to see it all over again this holiday season. This mantel is the perfect mix of modern and classic!

See more from Crafted Sparrow.

Hand Lettered Christmas SVG File

This is my new favorite Cricut DIY! I cannot get enough of the EasyPress and wood! Printable Crush created this darling Christmas SVG (Free download on her blog) and is just so perfect for a mantel!

See more from Printable Crush.

Christmas Cocoa Bar

I styled our mantel with classic colors and white twinkle lights several years ago, and it is my absolute favorite. I can still remember walking into the room and thinking, this is my home...It was warm and welcoming, and exactly how I want my home to feel!

See more from Everyday Party Magazine.

Holiday Mantel Decorating

This bright and colorful spin on classic buffalo plaid just makes me smile! I love the pops of color and the felted garland.

See more from Make and Do Studio.

Christmas Mantel Decor

Sweet custom made signs and mercury glass Christmas trees are enough to make me swoon! This entire mantel is absolutely stunningly gorgeous!

See more from Pineapple Paper Co.

Ski Lodge Mantel

I fell in love with the giant nutcracker at Michaels and restyled my entire mantel to work with it, and I am not mad at all! I kept all of the basics from my Christmas Cocoa Bar and updated them to work with the newest members of my holiday decor.

See more from Everyday Party Magazine.

Farmhouse Holiday Decor

No Mantel, no problem! This sweet Farmhouse Holiday table is perfect for hanging stockings with care, and decorating for the holidays! I super love the oversized wooden ornaments!

See more from Soiree Event Design.

I love the holidays, the busy season of life, and the decor, but I really love to snuggle up with my family, next to our twinkling Christmas Tree and fireplace mantel and enjoy our time together! Happy holidays!

Which one is best for your house? Leave a comment!

Foil and sparkle holiday tees

Holiday Tees With Foil Iron-on, Glitter Iron-on, and Sparkle Iron-on

December 4th, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Creating a shirt to celebrate the holidays is so easy with your Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker.  You can make some as a gift for family and friends or wear one yourself to get into the holiday spirit.

I created these fun shirts with holiday sayings in a few easy steps. Cricut offers lots of fun Iron-on varieties to make your holiday shirt sparkle! On this post, I’m sharing tips on using Cricut Glitter Iron-on, Holographic Sparkle Iron-on, and Foil Iron-on.

What’s your favorite type of Iron-on? Have you tried the Holographic Sparkle? Let me know in the comments below.

1. Create Your Text Design

Make the text design for your shirt

First, pick a fun holiday saying and insert your text and choose a font. Cricut Design Space has a great selection of cursive fonts, but remember you can also use fonts from your own computer.

There are two key steps to making your letters connect and achieving the handwritten look. First, you need to use either your Letter Space tool or Ungroup tool to bring each letter closer together. I prefer the Ungroup tool as I have more freedom to place each letter exactly where I want it. The second key step is to use the Weld tool to weld your text together and eliminate overlapping cutlines.

2. Insert Images

Add some images to your design

After you have your text design, you can now add some fun images. The Cricut Design Space Library has lots of Christmas images available with Cricut Access. I searched “holly” and “bells” for my images. You can open this Design Space link to use the same images.

When you are choosing images, keep in mind that you can layer Iron-on, but Foil Iron-on, Sparkle Iron-on, and Glitter Iron-on should only be on the top layer. You can use the Slice tool to slice out parts of your design that you don’t want to layer.

3. Cut Out and Weed Your Design

Cut out your iron-on designs

Make sure to place your Iron-on on the mat liner side down and mirror your image. Then let your Cricut perfectly cut out your design!

Don’t forget that there are custom settings for each type of Iron-on. Select which type of Iron-on you are cutting on the list (Lite, Glitter, Holographic Sparkle, or Foil) and change it for each mat.

4. Warm Up Your Cricut EasyPress

Get your EasyPress ready to use

Set your temperature and timer to fit your material. The Cricut EasyPress comes with a handy chart to easily choose the correct setting. Each type of Iron-on has a different recommended temperature.

Make sure you have a flat, heat-resistance surface to use your EasyPress. Use the EasyPress to remove wrinkles and prepare your shirt.

5. Press On Your Design

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Position your design on your shirt, place the EasyPress on the design and start your timer. Hold the EasyPress in place with gentle pressure.

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Test a small corner of your design and gently lift the liner. If the liner does not peel easily, reapply heat.

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

For Foil Iron-on, it is very important to let it cool completely before attempting to lift the liner, as it can otherwise cause the Iron-on to wrinkle or tear. I prefer to peel the liner for Glitter Iron-on while it is still slightly warm.

Once you are done pressing the design on you have some great shirts to spread Christmas cheer. Happy Holidays!

Press your vinyl onto the shirt
Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Be sure to pin this project to try!

16 Handmade Holiday Gifts with a Cricut

15 Awesome Handmade Holiday Gifts With Cricut

December 1st, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

When you’re a proud Cricut owner, handmade holiday gifts are your Super Bowl. We crafters relish in the thought of taking some simple items and shaking our magic holiday wand around to turn it into something extra special. So while I’m normally your resident Wedding Expert, today I’m getting into the holiday spirit by sharing 15 of my favorite holiday gift ideas that you can crush using your Cricut and all Cricut’s fabulous supplies. This colorfully creative list is sure to have something for everyone on your list!

1. Holiday Mug Gift by Lydi Out Loud

Ah the holiday coffee gift, does it get any better? We can all, always use more coffee and more cute coffee mugs. So lean on your Cricut to make this energetic gift stand out from the rest!

2. Personalized Notebooks by Keys To Inspiration

For the person on your list who LOVES to make a list, these adorably personalized notebooks would be a perfect gift idea. Wrap up with some fun pens and you're golden!

3. Custom Jewelry Dish by Thrifty And Thriving

This darling personalized jewelry dish is a fabulous idea for your girlfriends or sisters. Every gal needs a special place to put her shiny things!

4. Creative Tea Towel by Persia Lou

Looking for an inexpensive hostess gift with the mostest? Embellish a cute tea towel with and iron-on design, wrap up with a wooden spoon and you’re good to go!

5. Personalized Family Established Sign by A Little Craft In Your Day

This family established sign would be the perfect gift idea for your friends with a new family or a new home! Personalize with their last name and the year their family or home was established!

6. Gold Embellished Candles by Happy Go Lucky

Can you say gorgeous!? I’m obsessed with the idea of turning inexpensive candles into these show stoppers by just using adhesive foil! A major win for your holiday budget!

7. Handmade Lingerie Bags by Something Turquoise

Traveling this holiday season or know someone who is? Make them these adorable wash + wear and clean + dirty lingerie bags to keep their suitcase organized! Free bag pattern and SVG iron-on files!

8. Faux Leather Earrings by Crafting in the Rain

Let your Cricut Maker do the hard work of creating these faux leather earnings and you’ll look like a crafty-boss giving these to your most fashionable friend!

9. Monogram Keychains by Damask Love

Calling all girly-girls! How freaking adorable are these monogram keychains!? These could even double as the best gift tags ever!

10. Custom Cookie Jar by Love The Day

For the baker on your list, personalize a cookie jar just for them! Maybe even add their family name and fill with a batch of homemade cookies or cookie ingredients. A terrific hostess gift!

11. Holiday Wine Glass by Simply {Darr}ling

Darling holiday wine glasses like these are a must-make, for yourself or as a gift!

12. Hot Cocoa Ornament Gift by The Quiet Grove

A sweet and simple gift idea that would be perfect for neighbors and co-workers, just a little something cute to say that you’re thinking of them this holiday season. Yummy too!

13. Personalized Stockings by Not So Cli~Shea

Use your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to whip up adorable stockings for your family and friends. Sewing can’t get much easier when you let Cricut do the cutting.

14. Embellished T-Shirts by Amber Oliver

Embellished t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks are always a good idea. These Crafty AF shirts are hilarious and perfect for the crafter on your list. The EasyPress will be your best friend this holiday season when embellishing fabric with iron-on designs!

15. Custom Wine Tumblers by Something Turquoise

Hey, that’s me again! For the wine lover on your list, give them the gift of spill-free, glass-free sipping! Personalized with your favorite vinyl, tie on a mini bottle of their favorite wine and gift. Quick, easy and totally affordable. Perfect for walking the neighborhood and enjoying Christmas lights!

Bonus #16: Gift Tags from Lia Griffith

Every awesome handmade holiday gift needs to be flocked by an equally amazing handmade holiday tag and Lia Griffith has you covered with these beauties!

I’m excited to see what you create and I wish you a wonderful holiday season full of laughter, love and most of all - Cricut crafting!

Jen Causey ~ SomethingTurquoise.com

Which gift will you make first? Let us know in a comment!

Make your own Mason jar cookie mix gifts this year

DIY Mason Jar Cookie Mix Gifts

November 30th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi everyone, it’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine. It’s the season of giving, and if you are like me at all, your list is longer than your budget. Here's a super quick and affordable holiday gift idea!

Supplies:

1: Find the Images in Design Space

Bring up the cartridge in Cricut Design Space

Open Design Space and choose the Cookie Exchange cartridge by Kori Clark Designs.

2: Create the Recipe Label

Put together the images and text to create your label

Type the instructions for mixing the wet and dry cookie ingredients, and align it on the stationery where you would like it.

Select the images and text, size it to fit your jar, and attach the images to each other.

Next, flatten the images. This will make them a Print, Then Cut file.

3: Print Out Tags

Print out your tags on printable vinyl

Place the printable vinyl sheet in your printer and send the file to print. Once it is printed, place it on a StandardGrip mat, and load into your machine.

4: Cut Out Tags

Cut out your printed tags

Choose printable vinyl in the drop-down menu, and cut the file.

Cut out and apply tags
Cut out and apply tags

Remove the cut file and apply to the mason jar.  This cut file isn’t a simple rectangle; some of the cookie images on the bottom overlap the edge, and there is a bleed on the vinyl when it prints. Your Cricut will cut around it.

I have used printable vinyl for water bottle wrappers, party favor boxes, and so much more. I almost always have several packages at home.

Mason Jar Oatmeal Cookies

I used an adaptation of our favorite oatmeal cookie recipe and layered the dry ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar. You could easily use any recipe you want, but if you choose to use this recipe, you can get the cut file here.

Ingredients:

1 C Oatmeal

¾ C White Sugar

1 C Chocolate Chips

¾ C Brown Sugar (packed)

1 ½ C Flour

1 ½ tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Cinnamon

Begin by layering each ingredient as they are listed above. (Gently pack the layers with the back of a spoon if necessary)

For the label:

Preheat oven to 350*

 

Mix 2 eggs,

3/4 cup softened butter,

and 1 tsp vanilla together

in a medium bowl

 

Add dry ingredients in jar

to the bowl and mix well.

 

Scoop onto non-stick

cookie sheet and

bake for 12-14 min.

What's your favorite Mason jar cookie mix recipe? Tell us below!

Embossed holiday cards add texture

Adding Texture to Cards

November 28th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hi there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here today! Today we are going to talk about adding texture to your handmade cards.

Cricut has three different machines. Yes, three! They have the Cricut Explore Air™ family of machines & the Cricut Maker™. Both of these are amazing digital cutting machines that hook up to your computer (or device) & with the easy to use Cricut Design Space, you can cut through literally hundreds of different types of material.

Then Cricut has the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutting and embossing machine. You don’t need to plug in this cute little machine, you will not need a computer, and it can do things the Explore Air & Maker can’t do, like emboss! Embossing adds so much texture to your designs, and it’s so easy to do!

So, today I am excited to share how you can add texture to your handmade cards (cut out with your Explore Air or Maker) using the Cuttlebug. Let’s get started!

To Make These Cards, You Will Need:

1: Cut Out Your Cards

Cut out the pieces to make your card

I used my Cricut Maker to do this. You could also use your Explore Air to do this as well. I used a lot of cardstock and a little bit of vinyl to make my cards.

I used these three card designs from Cricut Design Space:

2: Get Out Your Embossing Folders and Cuttlebug

Pick out the embossing folders that you want to use

Embossing folders are just that ~ a folder. You can find them in all different sizes. I like using the larger 5x7 size. Most of the cards and envelopes fit right inside.

Cricut Cuttlebug

3: Load Your Embossing Folder

Put your material inside the embossing folder

Then you’ll put the piece of cardstock inside your embossing folder.

Also, don’t forget to pin this post for later so you can remember all the steps!

4: Stack Your Plates

Put your plates together for embossing

You’ll get an A plate & 2 B plates out. TIP: These plates all come with your Cuttlebug!

Sandwich your embossing folder (with the cardstock inside) between the two B plates & then set them on top of the A plate.

Embossing plates stack

5: Turn the Handle to Feed the Plates Through Your Cuttlebug.

Send the plates through the Cuttlebug

Then you’ll turn the handle to crank them through your Cuttlebug. TIP: It will be a little bit hard to turn. That is OK. As your plates goes through the Cuttlebug, that pressure is what will eventually emboss your paper.

Send the plates through the Cuttlebug

After it has passed through your machine, look at the results! Isn’t that amazing? I just love embossing! I thought this embossing folder looked like frost on a window!

6: Assemble Your Cards

Put your cards together

Then you will assemble your cards as you normally would. Enjoy the extra texture & depth that embossing brings to your paper crafts!

Just in case you were wondering, the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutting and embossing machine comes with:

• A2 embossing folder and two metal dies.
• One 6x8 A Plate and two 6x8 B Plates included
• One 6x8 Rubber Embossing Mat included
• Cuts and embosses a variety of materials including tissue paper, foils, acetate ribbon, and thin leather
• Produces professional-looking results with deep, even embossing and clean, crisp cuts
• Works with other leading embossing folders and cutting dies
• Cuts & embosses cardstock
• Features a collapsible handle and compact fold-n-store profile
• Strong suction (I can vouch for that! ha!)
• Easy to operate

Now enjoy these lovely handmade cards!

Finished holiday cards
Finished holiday cards

Have you ever embossed? Let me know in the comments below. Let me know if you have any questions, too!

Add texture to your cards