May 17th, 2018 • Contributor: Kim Byers from The Celebration Shoppe
Hey, Cricut friends! Kim Byers from The Celebration Shoppe here to chat about the new Cricut Knife Blade! This amazing new tool is a game changer for crafters like me who love to cut thick materials like chipboard, matboard, foam, basswood and balsa wood.
I make a lot of party decor with my Cricut Maker, like cake toppers, banners, treat bags, favor tags and more. The new Knife Blade is perfect for durable crafts like these that you want to use again and again. Did you see my 4th of July cake topper?
Ice Cream Cake Topper Supplies
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Cricut 2mm Chipboard
- Kim Byers, We All Scream For Ice Cream in Design Space
- Strong Grip Mat
- Orange Spray Paint
- Gold Glitter Spray Paint
- Wooden Food Dowels
- Masking Tape or Painters Tape
- Glue Gun
- Optional: Small Scissors & Cricut Weeding Tool
Ice Cream Cake Topper Tutorial
- Step 1 - Design Space - Open the project linked above and size the design. My cake is an 8" round, double layer, so I made my cake topper 7" wide.
- Step 2 - Prep Mat - Knife Blade projects require a strong grip mat (purple). And they require you to tape down the edges of the material you're cutting.
- Step 3 - Start Cut - Move the Maker star wheels (those little wheels that grab the mat) to the right. Connect your computer to your Cricut Maker machine and start the cut. (Note: Knife Blade projects cannot be managed from your mobile device due to the length of time they can take.) This project could take up to 20 passes and 2 hours to complete depending on how new your blade is. You can check around pass 16, and if the blade is fairly new your cut might be done.
- Step 4 - Stay Near - I recommend staying near the project while it's cutting. When I see an edge in tight spots that wants to pop up, I pause my cut and trim away the excess with small scissors or pull it out with a weeding tool.
- Step 5 - Paint - I like to spray paint cake toppers. I use several light passes (in a well-ventilated area) and then end with a glitter spray so they sparkle.
- Step 6 - Attach Dowels - Using a hot glue gun, attach two food-safe dowels to the backside of the cake topper.
It's that easy to make a cake topper with the Cricut Knife Blade!