May 31st, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine
My new favorite thing to cut is Cricut Chipboard! It’s super versatile and works for everything. I have made cake toppers, place settings, and even cupcake stands.
I’m super excited to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned since I started cutting Cricut Chipboard with the Knife Blade.
The first and most important thing to know before you start is to only use Cricut Chipboard. Cricut Chipboard is specifically made to be cut with the Knife Blade, it is 2mm and made of high-grade materials. Using other chipboard material may damage your Knife Blade.
Once you have the Cricut Chipboard, decide on your design. It can’t be any larger than 10.5”x10.5” and it can’t be any smaller than .75”x.75”, the cuts should not be any smaller than the diameter of a pencil, and you should keep all of your designs within 1/4” of the edge of the mat.
I love playing with some of the designs in Design Space to create cupcake plates and cake toppers. To make cupcake plates, you need to slice the top and bottom of the design to make a flat surface for the plate and add a circle for the cupcakes to sit on. You will also need to make a stand or duplicate image so there is a stable base.
In order to make the images fit in the base or each other, you will have to slice a 0.08” x 1/2 the height of the image rectangle from the top and bottom of the image or base. Chipboard is 0.08” thick, and this will allow you to slide the base or images into each other to make them 3-D. It needs to be exactly the width of the Chipboard to work properly. So, if you want to cover the chipboard with vinyl, you need to adjust the width of the slice to accommodate the vinyl, scrapbook paper, or card stock. Cricut has an article that shares the width of all of their products in mm, just convert it to inches and add it to the 0.08” slice.
For example, I made an adorable mermaid tale cake topper, but the base was covered with Cricut’s Natalie Malan watercolor vinyl. So, I took the width of the vinyl times two (front and back) and converted it to inches. Then, I added it to the 0.08” slice for the plain Chipboard, so the slice for vinyl front and back was 0.098”. I have found that it is easier to apply the vinyl to the chipboard before it is cut.
For the cactus cupcake stand, I only made the slice 0.08” and painted a thin layer of spray paint over it.
If you use paint on the chipboard you have to seal the chipboard before you apply the paint. You can use something like Mod Podge or even spray sealer. Once it is dry, you can use whatever paint you would like to on it.
3-D Chipboard designs would be fun party activities for kids parties too. Just pre-cut the designs, and seal them before the party and let the guests paint them!
You cannot cover Cricut Chipboard with iron-on. It will cause the Chipboard layers to separate and warp.
Some of my favorite Chipboard projects are:
What are you going to make with Cricut Chipboard? Leave a comment below and tag with #CricutMade online.