Bold Brave Beautiful

Spotlight: Quick Project with Damask Love

January 12, 2017 • Contributor: Amber from Damask Love

Sometimes we need a little encouragement, right?! Today I’m here sharing an exclusive project that will encourage you to grab your Cricut Explore Gold and make a simple, inspirational piece of art that is perfect for your workspace. 
My favorite part of this project is that it uses vinyl! Cricut vinyl comes in a ton of colors including metallics. For many projects, I find that vinyl is easier to work with than paper. It’s durable and self-adhesive which means I can save my precious tape runner for another time.
The modern look of this project comes thanks to two of the exclusive images available with your Cricut Explore Gold. I’ve already done the hard work for you by designing the project – you just have to follow a few simple instructions. Here we go!

Supplies:

  • Cricut vinyl in Gold Metallic and Black
  • Cricut Transfer Adhesive
  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas – available at Joann’s online 

Instructions:

  1. Use THIS Design Space Make It Now project
  2. Cut the Mountain image from gold vinyl.
  3. Use Transfer Adhesive to apply the Mountain image directly to the basswood canvas
  4. Cut “Bold, Brave, Beautiful” from black vinyl and use transfer adhesive to apply it directly onto the canvas – on top of the mountain image.

How easy was that?! Crafting with your Cricut Explore Gold couldn’t be simpler, so get to it! Enjoy.

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Tips & Tricks: Using Cricut Metallic Iron-on

January 10, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Meagan Patterson

Metallic iron-on can be really tricky to use and nothing is more frustrating than having your perfectly designed project ruined as you carefully peel away that protective plastic! So I am here to walk you through the tricks that I use to avoid that wrinkled look.
First you’ll choose the project you’d like to create. I chose the Lord and Lady pillows used at a Victorian inspired wedding reception. You can find this amazing design on Design Space HERE!

Next, be sure that you lay the SHINY side down of your Cricut Metallic Iron-on (I used it in Espresso). 

Once your design is cut it’s time to remove all the excess iron-on. Sometimes, separating the two layers at the corner can be tricky so I opt for using my Cricut Weeding Tool to puncture the top layer and then pull up the corner to start the process of weeding.

TIP: Feel free to be as rough as you’d like as you remove the iron-on! It’s pretty hardy stuff and is a great way to get out any of that pent up energy.

Intricate projects can be a little confusing on what part of the design needs to stay and what part needs to go so I have a process that I use. It goes like this: Out. In. Out. Another way to remember is Remove. Keep. Remove. You just repeat this process until your entire project is weeded!

The prep is probably one of the most important steps.  Heat up your iron to the “wool” setting or if your iron is labeled with numbers instead of textiles I use the setting in-between 4 and 5. You then need to heat the area where the iron-on design will be placed.

When the design is correctly situated, lay your press cloth over and begin pressing. AVOID moving iron back and forth or in a circular motion. Simply press and hold iron in one spot for around 20 seconds, lift iron and move on to the next area. Repeat this process until entire image is pressed.

TIP: It is also a good idea to flip the project over and heat the area from the back. I feel that this helps the iron-on to last longer.

After the entire area has cooled COMPLETELY, test a corner to make sure the iron-on has adhered properly. If it starts to lift with the plastic, replace and return to previous steps until you are able to easily lift the plastic from your project.

Patience really pays off when it comes to using metallic iron-on. Not only will your projects look professionally done but also you will feel proud of the creation you produced! Now go make it and tell us what you think of this tutorial in the comments!