Tips for Layering Iron-on

March 21st, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

I always like to say there is no wrong way to be creative, and I absolutely believe it. However, I do think there are correct methods or techniques in different creative mediums. So today we are talking about Cricut iron-on best practices when it comes to layering. If you would rather watch the explanation rather than read it, check out this Facebook live we did on the subject.

When you layer iron-on you have a base layer and a top layer. We recommend only using certain types of iron-on as a bottom layer.

For instance, when layering Sportflex iron-on you can use it as a top and bottom layer. However, we only recommend using Sportflex on Sportflex as it has a little stretch to it and our other iron-on types do not.

As a regular bottom layer, we recommend Iron-on Lite which you can layer on top of itself as well.

Here is a list of what you can layer on top of Iron-on Lite:

  • Glitter Iron-on
  • Foil Iron-on
  • Holographic Iron-on
  • Patterned Iron-on

We don’t recommend using any in the list above as a bottom layer.

We know many of you out there have layered and loved it.

Feel free to share your creations in the comments on our video!

If you want to make the project shown at top, go to the Ready-to-Make project in Design Space.

Weld, Attach, Group and Flatten tools in Design Space

Weld, Attach, Group, and Flatten: What Is the Difference?

February 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

I am sure if you have ever made a project in Design Space you have seen these words. Maybe you knew what they meant and maybe you didn’t. It doesn’t matter because I am going quickly to tell you about them today.

If you would like to watch the explanation rather than read it here is a fun video all about the differences.

Flatten

Flatten is used with the Print then Cut feature. What it does is take a multi-layer project and squishes it down to one layer to be printed on your home printer and then cut out on your Cricut machine. When you flatten a multi-layer project it will keep the colors that were on your canvas to quick tip, make sure you have the colors you want before you flatten.

You can also tell if it a flattened image or not by looking at your layers panel.

Group

Group is like putting individual things in a plastic bag. You can move it around as one item, but the things in the bag don’t fuse together to actually make one item. You can still open the bag and remove individual pieces.

Group is great when you are needing to keep a multi-layer, multi-color project together on your canvas. But once you send it to the mat preview they will separate into different mats.

Attach

Attach is much like a paper clip. You can paper clip papers together, but once you take the paper clip off you can separate them. Attach, like group, will keep your project together on the canvas. However, unlike group, when you send it to the mat it will keep its formatting and stay as one group.

Attach is perfect for when you want to use the writing function. You can attach your words to a certain part of the project and that’s where it will write. Another nice thing about attach is the fact that you can detach things if you want to make changes to your project.

Weld

Weld is like glue. When you glue one item to another they fuse together to make one item. When you want to eliminate the cut lines between to images or letters you would use weld. Like Attach, weld keeps your project together on the canvas and when you send it to the mat to cut. Unlike Attach, there is no unweld button. Weld is more permanent.

I love each and every one of these tools, especially now that I know when and where to use them. I hope you grow to love them too! Check out the video above for a visual explanation and then tell us in the comments which tool is your favorite!

Tips for attaching fonts in Cricut Design Space

3 Tips For Attaching Fonts in Design Space

September 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Working with fonts; the sizing, the tracking, and the line spacing can be a bit of a daunting task when you don’t know where to start. So today I’m sharing a fun little screen video of my three favorite tips for attaching and working with scripty fonts. You might have seen me around here before, I’m Cricut’s resident wedding guru, Jen Causey and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride.

Using scripty fonts for weddings is always on trend but whether you’re planning a wedding, or just making a pretty sign for your home, I think these simple tricks will make all the difference when designing your projects using script style fonts!

I use a few of these techniques in both of these tutorials on making vinyl wedding signs:

It Was Always You Sign
She Said Yes Sign

What is your favorite script font to use? Comment below!

The Perfect Mate For Your Cricut

May 1, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

No craft room is complete without a place to store your most prized crafting possession, your Cricut Machine. Whether your craft room is stationary or portable, having a place to store your Cricut Machine is a must. Enter the Cricut Machine tote. This Tote is beautiful. Unlike many other craft totes out there, it has a sturdy frame and side to protect your favorite cutting machine.

 

Machine Tote

 

This bag also has leather straps and is so durable. It even has a strap on the back to attach it to your brand-new rolling tote as well.

 

Machine Tote

Mmmm, matching heaven. I am just going to leave this here for you drool over. I know I am.

 

 

Check out all of our amazing Cricut Totes and Bags here. Tell us all your favorite craft supplies that you'd put in your Cricut tote bags in the comments below! #CricutMade 

Let Me See You Cricut Roll

April 19, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

This is how I roll…

Okay, if we are being completely honest with ourselves, we have all experienced that moment when we have one too many rolls of vinyl to fit in the plastic JoAnn or Michaels bag where we have been storing all our Cricut items for the past several months…or maybe it is just me. Either way, it is still a struggle to store everything and then drag it over to a craft night your friend is hosting.

Well, wish granted.  I would like to introduce to you the Cricut Rolling Craft Tote.  This tote is the on-the-go crafters dream.

It’s sleek, it’s modern, it even has multidirectional wheels for heaven sakes (we all know those are the best kind)!

With its multiple compartments, pockets, and detachable storage keeping things organized and portable has never been easier. In fact, it was specifically designed to hold your vinyl, iron-on, paper, Cuttlebug (p.s. if you don’t know what that is you should definitely consider it), your Cricut tools, and more.

 

Bag image

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well if that is true than a video must be worth at least ten times that. Check out just how many project supplies we can fit into this one bag in the video below.

 

 

Crazy right? I will tell you one thing, I don’t need a huge craftroom when all that and the Cricut Craft Tote can fit in my closet.

So… When are you getting yours?!

Check out all of Cricut's bags and totes here

Designing a Dreamy DIY Room

January 17, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

At Cricut, our philosophy is built on making life beautiful. We’re constantly searching for new ways to inspire through DIY and encourage people to harness their inner stylist. Home design can be an overwhelming experience - from choosing the right style to furnishing - but I think we can all agree the most important thing is building a space that truly reflects you.

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In Case You Missed It – 2016 Round-Up – Part 2

December 29, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Our Cricut blog team has so much we’re thankful for in 2016. Not only were we surrounded by amazing and inspiring projects on a daily basis, but we got to interact with some of the most talented makers out there. As we continue our review of the year that was (find the first part here [add link to Part 1 blog]), we just couldn’t help reflecting on a few more highlights.

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Tween Birthday Party

October 28, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s that fun and frightening age where they’re not still a child and yet not old enough to be fully independent of you. But we love our “tween-ers,” and when your kid reaches this age, they totally deserve a party that celebrates their own unique style. So don’t be scared by the thought of hosting a gaggle of girls. With these totally sweet DIY birthday party projects and OMG inspirations, you’ll be ready to welcome her into tween-hood and beyond….

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