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!

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
DIY First Christmas Ornaments

DIY Our First Christmas Ornament

November 23rd, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Celebrate your first Christmas in true creative style by making your own custom “our first Christmas” ornament using your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. All you need is a blank ornament and a few different colors of vinyl… choose the perfect hair, flower, and fashion to build a darling little portrait to hang on your tree.

Our first Christmas ornament

Our first Christmas ornament

Our first Christmas ornament

This project would also be a lovely gift for the newlyweds in your life. These three designs are waiting for you to personalize in Design Space… so half the work is already done for you! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

SUPPLIES:

  • Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Vinyl
  • Cricut Weeding Tools
  • Blank Christmas Ornaments
  • Spray Paint

1: Choose a Design and Personalize

Pick which image you want to use for your design

Visit this link to personalize one of my ornament designs. Click the “Color Sync” tab in the layers panel to make sure that each element is labeled the correct color.

2: Prep Your Vinyl

Get your vinyl pieces ready

Cut the appropriate amount of vinyl for each layered color of your ornament design. Since there are so many different colors and cuts for this project, doing this step ahead of time really helps with organization.

3: Cut & Weed Vinyl

Cut your vinyl out

.

Cut your vinyl out

Let your Cricut work its magic!

4: Prepare the Ornament Blank

Get your ornament blank ready for your design

Prep your Christmas ornament blank. I used cheap wood blanks and spray painted them with metallic paint. You can use wood, ceramic, glass or even cut an ornament out of chipboard!

5: Apply the Vinyl

Put the vinyl on the ornament blank

Since these designs were super detailed with small intricate pieces I decided to hand place them instead of using transfer tape, but you can use it if you’d like. Pull up the Design Space canvas to see what color vinyl layers on top of each other and follow the pattern to create your custom design.

Apply the vinyl

Apply the vinyl

Apply the vinyl

 

Use the hashtag #cricutmade to show us your ornaments!

DIY Christmas wreath Part 2

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 2

November 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

In my last post, I explained how you separate your mats and change the setting for materials in Cricut Design Space. Today, I am going to show you how to assemble the wreath and the best glues for each type of material used in the wreath.

Supplies:

Supplies Needed for this DIY Christmas wreath

Other Materials:

  • 22 Gauge Floral Wire
  • E6000 Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 12 inch premade wreath with pine branches

1: Cut Out Your Materials

Cut out the materials for the wreath

First, you will cut out the wreath materials using your Cricut Maker machine. Here is a link to the Design Space file. You will have:

  • Felt leaves (you will need to make 16 copies of the leaves)
  • “Joy” cut out of Sparkle Paper in red & gold
  • Faux suede bow pieces

2: Assemble Felt Leaves

Put the felt leaves together

Hot glue works wonderfully for Cricut felt. The key is to use it sparingly, or you could slightly darken the felt. It’s great because it tacks instantly and dries quickly.

Assemble your leaves

Cut your floral wire into four 8-inch pieces. Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of one of the leaves and place the top of the wire on the glue. Pinch the leaf together. Place another dab of glue on the next leaf and put just below the first leaf. Pinch together. Pull the leaf to the right side. Repeat with all the leaves, pulling them to the opposite side of the leaf above.

3: Assemble Faux Leather Bow

Put the bow together

You may be tempted to use hot glue with the Cricut Faux Leather, and although it’s a good option you may have noticed that if you don’t apply it very sparingly, then the dried glue can create a bump in the material. A better alternative is all-purpose craft glue such as E6000. The only downside is you will need to hold the spot you are securing together for a longer period of time.

Put the bow together

Turn the main bow piece over and use a thin line of craft glue to secure each side to the center.

Put the bow together

Pinch the bow together and apply a small amount of glue to the back. Add the back pieces and wrap the center bow piece around, applying a small amount of glue to the back of it. Hold until the bow is set.

4: Glue Together “Joy”

Glue together the paper that says Joy

My favorite type of glue to use with paper is spray adhesive. With delicate cuts, you can risk tearing your paper when you try to use a glue stick. Liquid glue can be hard to control and you may put too much resulting in it bleeding over the edge.

Spray adhesive solves both of those problems. It coats even the most detailed cut area without risk of tearing or bleeding. You also have a few seconds to reposition your paper when you glue it together. This is nice when you are trying to place things perfectly.

Glue together the word Joy

Turn over the red “Joy” onto a covered surface. (I like to use a piece of parchment paper.) Shake the spray adhesive well and spray the back of the red “Joy” with the glue, holding the can about 6-8 inches away. Center on the gold “Joy” and press to secure.

5: Assemble the Wreath

Put your Christmas wreath together

Use the floral wire to wrap around the wreath frame and position the felt leaves in the pine branches. Use hot glue to secure the “Joy” to each side of the wreath and the bow to the bottom.  You’re done! Enjoy your pretty new holiday wreath.

Assemble your wreath

Are you making your own Christmas wreath this year? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Learn how to use different materials to make a Christmas wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 1

November 21st, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi friends! Jenny from Everyday Jenny here, and today I’m sharing a tutorial using the Cricut Maker to create this custom holiday wreath. There are so many fun Cricut materials you can use to add a variety of colors and textures to your holiday wreath. I used Cricut Felt, Faux Leather and Sparkle Paper.  The Sparkle Paper may be my new favorite material. It’s so shiny and colorful, and I love the sturdiness of it.

What’s your favorite Cricut material?

Separating your materials on to different mats is easy in Design Space. When you create your design, different colored layers are automatically sorted on to separate mats. I will show you how you can easily change the layer color and how you change the type of material for each mat.

Supplies Needed for Part 1:

1: Open Cricut Design Space

Design Space Cut File for Christmas Wreath

Here is a link to the Design Space file.  When you open it you will see the leaf, the word “Joy” and bow. You will notice that each image is a different color. This is how Design Space separates your images on to different mats. There are three different types of Cricut materials we are going to use:

  • Felt for the leaves
  • Faux Leather for the bow
  • Sparkle Paper for the word

2: Change the Layer Color

Change colors if you want them to be on the same mat for cutting

If you want an image to cut on the same mat as another image you can make them both the same color using the Color Sync tool.

The Color Sync tool is in the upper right-hand corner of the design screen. When you click on it you will see all the different colors you are using. To change an image to another color simply drag the image to the desired color. For example, I changed the “Joy” background to green on the Color Sync menu and you can see it changed it on the design screen.

3: Click on Make It

Have your Cricut cut out the images

When you click on “Make It” you will see that Design Space automatically separates the layers on to individual mats. On this screen, you can edit the image placement on the mats by clicking on each mat and dragging the cuts to a desired place on the mat. Where they appear on the mat preview is where they will be cut on your mat.

Images on colored mats

You can also change your material size if your material is smaller or larger. Lastly, you can select the number of project copies and you can also mirror your image if needed.

Click on “Continue” and you will be prompted to select your material for the highlighted mat. Since the first mat is the bow, you will select faux leather and cut it out.

4: Changing the Material Type

Set the material you will be using so the machine knows the cutting depth

Once you have cut out your first mat, you can then select a new material for the next mat. Simply click on the material name in step one and select either from the shortcuts shown or click on “View All” to see all the materials.

Set the material you will be using so the machine knows the cutting depth

Once you have cut out your first mat, you can then select a new material for the next mat. Simply click on the material name in step one and select either from the shortcuts shown or click on “View All” to see all the materials.

You will change the material for each mat until all of your materials are cut out.

Now you are ready to assemble your wreath! I will go over assembly and types of glues for each material in my next post. Be sure to check it out tomorrow!

What materials have you tried cutting with your Cricut Maker? Tell me in the comments below!

Make your coasters custom with foil iron-on plus the EasyPress

Using the EasyPress With Unique Surfaces: DIY Coasters

November 14th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hello!! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine, and I am thrilled to share this fun DIY with you today! It’s perfect for holiday gift giving, hostesses, or even your own home.

For this project you will need:

We needed new coasters for our house, so I made this set for myself, but I have made two more gift sets since I made these.

1: Choose an Image

Pick which image that you want to use for your design

Open Design Space and choose an image you like. I wanted a festive seasonal coaster, so I chose the moose in DS.

Choose the image that you want to use

Choose the image that you want to use

This moose had layers so I removed one layer, leaving me with just a silhouette image.

2: Add a Monogram

Add letters to make a monogram

Type your monogram and ungroup the letters. I chose to use my husband’s and my name with our last name. But, do you on this and make it your own.

Add letters to make a monogram

Add letters to make a monogram

I made the middle letter (our last initial) a little larger than the other letters and placed them where I wanted them.

Add letters to make a monogram

Once I had them lined up, I welded them and layered them over the moose.

3: Slice Out Text

Slice out the letters from the image

I moved the letters and after I was happy with their placement, I sliced them from the moose image and deleted the excess text.

4: Cut Out Image

Cut out your project

I sized the moose to fit my coasters and sent it to cut. (Don’t forget to mirror it, and choose the cutting material.) I bought a four pack of coasters, so I made 4 images to cut.

5: Weed Image

Weed away excess vinyl

After my Cricut worked her magic, I weeded the images with my Cricut Tool set.

6: Apply Iron-on to Coasters

Use the EasyPress to apply the iron-on to your coasters

Now I was ready to warm up my EasyPress and pretty up those coasters!

I bought these coasters with the copper accent line already added, and even though I love the look, it did make EasyPressing a little more challenging, because it was not a smooth and even surface.

Warm the surface of your coaster with your EasyPress for 15-20 seconds. It will be HOT, so be careful. Place your weeded Foil Iron On onto the coaster, and press at 300* for 40 seconds. Wait for the coaster to cool, this will take a bit, and remove the transfer tape. If you have any areas that are being troublesome, repeat the EasyPress step.

Use the EasyPress to apply the iron-on to your coasters

Voila! You have four custom coasters for less than $12!!!

What image would you use for your coasters? How do you use your EasyPress? Tell us below!

Thanksgiving Meal Accessories tutorials

Thanksgiving Dinner Accessories to Make This Year

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

If you are looking for some easy ways to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner, try making one of these fun accessories. I am especially in love with the Thankful Crayon Holders. What a cute way to teach children about being thankful! It's also fun for guests of all ages to get the opportunity to be a bit creative.

Thankful Crayon Holders

Step 1: Cutting Out Your Pieces and Writing/Scoring

Open up the project and follow the instructions to cut out the different parts. Insert the pen and stylus when directed.

Step 2: Prepare the Holder

Create the envelope by folding where the scoring lines were made and glue the flaps. Place the orange piece and crayons inside the white envelope.

Hanging Leaf Branch

Created by Michelle Edgemont

Step 1: Print Then Cut the Leaves

Load up the watercolor leaves and follow the instructions to print them out on the cardstock, then cut them out with your Cricut.

Step 2: Attach the Leaves

Use the clear tape to adhere a leaf to each strand of baker's twine. Place the twine evenly across a straight twig and tie them on.

Step 3: Add the Natural Twine

Tie the other twine to each side of your twig so that you can hang it on the wall or above your table.

Felt Bow Napkin Rings

Step 1: Cutting the Materials

Go to the project in Design Space and follow the instructions to first cut the leaves out of cardstock (StandardGrip), then the felt on the StrongGrip. If you use the Cricut® Maker, you will not need to add a stabilizer to the back.

Step 2: Assemble the Leaves

Use the hot glue gun to make the leaves thicker by attaching three of them together.

Step 3: Make Your Bows

Fold the felt to make the bow shape. Glue so it will hold together.

Step 4: Insert Leaves and Napkin

Take two of your leaves and glue them to the bow on the inside. Once that has dried, add your napkin and voilà!

Which project will you make this Thanksgiving? Let us know below!

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!

No sew felt leaves for fall

Decorate for Fall With These No Sew Felt Leaves

November 6th, 2017 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson from A Girl and Her Glitter

Leaves and fall go hand in hand but sometimes finding some vibrant foliage are hard to do, especially ones that will last. Gather your colorful felt and fire up your Cricut Maker for some fun that is quick and easy to set down your table.

Felt leaves that have a little twist (literally)

Felt leaves have been around since pumpkin made an appearance in the form of a pie. It’s time to add a whole lot of whip cream onto that traditional slice to give it a little twist. Adding 12 gauge floral wire in-between the two layers of felt is exactly the bendable literal twist that these leaves need. Plug in your Cricut and warm up that glue gun, it’s time to add some 3d fall leaf texture onto your table and bring it to life.

 

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Felt
  • Floral Wire 12 Gauge
  • Hot Glue/Gun

1: Find Leaf Images

Find the leaves that you want to use

Turn on your Cricut Maker, look up leaves in Design Space, and select the leaves that fit your fancy.

2: Cut Leaves

Cut out your felt

Once you have your selected your design (make sure you have double images), load your Cricut Felt and make sure your rotary blade is loaded. Click that magical blinking C.

3: Remove From Mat

Take the felt leaves off the mat

Once your felt leaves have been cut, remove and set out your double pieces.

4: Glue Leaves to Wire

Attach leaves to wire

Add a line of hot glue to one of your leaves and cut your wire to your desired length (leave enough length for later). Place your wire on top of your leaf and press against the other leaf until they are stuck together.

5: Add More Wire

Attach more wire

For the leaves that have more of a structured shape, add additional wire to where you would want the leaves to bend and move.

6: Repeat!

Repeat the above steps a few times

Cut multiple colors of felt and follow steps 1-4 until you have many variations of shapes and sizes.

7: Wrap Long Wire Pieces

Wind the long wire pieces together

Take the longer wires and attach to each other by wrapping them around each other to create runners.

8: Complete the Project

Finish up your no sew felt leaves!

Bend and shape your felt leaves any way you like until you like how they look and your final look is all done!

 

What would you decorate with these felt leaves? Tell us below!