DIY Stocking Onesies Part 2

DIY Stocking Onesies Part 2

December 20th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts, and I’m back to finish up what we started yesterday. Yay! Yesterday I showed you how I used Cricut Design Space to create some really cute stocking designs. Today I’m going to show you how to easy it is to use the Cricut EasyPress to create these super cute stocking onesies. Let’s get started!

How to use a Cricut EasyPress for Iron-on

Supplies Needed:

You will need:

If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to pop over HERE & check out how to design & cut out the stocking design using the printable iron-on and glitter iron-on.

Let’s make some onesies!

1: Apply Your Cricut Printable Iron-on to Your Onesie

Attach the Cricut printable iron-on

If you remember, yesterday I used the printable iron-on to create some fun patterns for my stockings. If you missed that post, don’t forget to click over HERE and check it out. First, set your Cricut EasyPress to 250° and 30 seconds.

Attach the Cricut printable iron-on

TIP: Before you attempt to apply your printable iron-on, be sure you remove the backing paper.

Attach the Cricut printable iron-on

TIP: Also, Cricut Iron-on comes with a sheet of parchment paper. Before you use the Cricut EasyPress on your design, be sure you lay that parchment paper right on top of your design. It will protect your design while at the same time allow the heat to transfer the design to your onesie.

Next, place your Cricut EasyPress on your design & press for 30 seconds.

Attach the Cricut printable iron-on

Can I say how much I love this scrip design? So cute!

2: Apply Your Cricut Glitter Iron-on

Attach the Cricut glitter iron-on

Next, you will apply your Cricut Glitter Iron-on. Tip: You don’t want the sticky backing paper of the glitter iron-on to touch the printed part of your stocking. It could lift some of the ink off. So, I trimmed back the edges that could touch the printed part of my stocking.

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Attach your Cricut glitter iron-on

Normally, you don’t need to do this. You can use the Cricut EasyPress right on top of the glitter iron-on, but since I needed to protect my printed patterned iron-on, I put the piece of parchment paper back over my whole design.

Attach your Cricut glitter iron-on

I let my Cricut EasyPress heat up to 340° for 30 seconds. Then I pressed my glitter iron-on onto my onesie. TIP: I tried my best to avoid touching the printable iron-on with the Cricut EasyPress since that temperature is way too warm to put directly on top of the printable iron-on.

Attach your Cricut glitter iron-on

Next, you’ll carefully remove the backing paper from the glitter iron-on. All done!

Just imagine all the amazing projects that you can make with the fun printable iron-on! Let me know what you would create in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends! Happy Holidays! 

DIY Stocking Onesies
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!

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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 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

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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!

#SayItWithCricut – DIY Light Box with Cricut

December 13, 2016 • Contributor: Lemon Thistle

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking decor and how to best welcome all those guests you’re expecting! This DIY is such a fun way to take the standard lightbox which is right on trend and give it a personal touch- with hand lettering! There’s something that’s so personal about handlettering. It’s imperfectly charming and a fun alternative to the block letters that come in a lightbox kit. Mix them together to welcome guests by name or share a simple holiday phrase- the sky is the limit!

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