Learn How to Change Cricut Knife Blade

Learn How to Change Cricut Knife Blade

June 21st, 2018 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth from Kingston Crafts! Hopefully, by now, you’ve had the chance to try out the game-changing Knife Blade for the Cricut Maker. This powerful tool cuts balsa wood, basswood, chipboard and more and has redefined my crafting.

If you’ve been loving yours as much as I have, eventually you are going to need to change the blade. Today I’m walking you step-by-step through this easy process so you can get back to creating in no time. All you need is your current Knife Blade/Housing and the Knife Blade Replacement Kit (the replacement kit comes with a blade and a white changing cap).

To begin, take the clear safety cap off of your current Knife Blade/Housing. Set aside.

 

Change Knife Blade

 

Grab the white cap and slide it over the top of the blade and the housing sleeve. It will completely cover the blade and the sleeve.

Change Knife Blade
Change Knife Blade

Using the ridges on the changing cap to help your grip, firmly squeeze the cap and turn it to the left, loosening the sleeve until it comes off.

Change Knife Blade

 

The sleeve will be inside the changing cap. Leave it in there and set aside.

 

Change Knife Blade

 

Tilt your housing down and the blade will fall out. Set the blade aside.

 

Change Knife Blade

 

Remove the new blade from the packing tube and remove the black safety tip.

Change Knife Blade
Change Knife Blade

Hold the blade by the base, line up with the slot on the housing, and slide blade in to place.

Change Knife Blade
Change Knife Blade

Note that the blade will only line up with one slot on the housing. It will not slide into place unless it is lined up with the correct slot.

 

Change Knife Blade

 

Grab the changing cap (with the sleeve still in it), put back on the housing and twist to the right until sleeve is firmly back in place. Be sure it is on tight!

Change Knife Blade
Change Knife Blade

Remove the changing cap and set aside. Do not throw away!

 

Change Knife Blade

 

Replace safety cap.

 

Change Knife Blade

 

Dispose of old blade by inserting the tip in to either the changing cap or the black safety tip to dispose of safely.

Change Knife Blade
Change Knife Blade

I hope this quick tutorial makes replacing your Knife Blade an easy process so you can get back to creating. Happy Cricuting!

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DIY Coasters from Scratch

DIY Coasters From Scratch

June 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

We promised that we would share a fun how-to on some of our projects from the Summer Outdoor Patio Party! Follow along to learn how to make super cute coasters for your next party!

Materials:

DIY Coasters from Scratch

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Outdoor Coasters. This project makes 6 coasters, but you can customize it to make as many as you need!

2: Prepare Cricut Chipboard

For best results, open Cricut Chipboard and lay it flat for 24 hours to acclimate the material to your climate. If you notice your chipboard starting to warp, place it under a heavy object. I use a large workout weight plate. Now you can craft and workout at the same time!

Once your chipboard has acclimated, use a Cricut® StrongGrip Mat and firmly press (or use a brayer) to create a strong bond between the chipboard and mat.

Use masking tape or blue painters tape to secure all four edges of chipboard to the mat within 1” of the corner.

DIY Coasters

Move the white star wheels all the way to the right side of the metal bar so that the chipboard can fit under the roller bar. Ensure that no part of your chipboard will go under the rubber rollers. From personal experience, if your chipboard goes under the black roller, your machine will jam and error. Don’t worry, your machine isn’t dead, you just need to scoot your chipboard over so that it does not roll under the black rollers or white star wheels.

I know this seems like a lot, but once you do it, you will be a seasoned pro!

After everything looks good, cut your chipboard. Once the cut completes, unload your material and repeat the process with your second piece of chipboard.

3: Seal and Paint Your Chipboard

Remove your pieces and seal one side of your chipboard. I am super lazy efficient and prefer using a spray sealer instead of brush on Mod Podge. This is a personal preference—Mod Podge works great too. I spray one side, let it completely dry, flip it over, and spray the other side.

Sealing your chipboard allows you to get a smoother finish on your material when you paint it. Chipboard is extremely porous and will suck up paint quickly. By sealing it, you are preventing the paint from seeping in, which results in a nice smooth finish. If you wish to make your coasters more durable, I would recommend sealing the paint again using the same sealer. This will seal in your paint and make your project a little more water resistant!

4: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Once you have cut all your chipboard pieces, remember to move the star wheels back to their original location and swap out your Knife Blade with your Fine Point Blade.

DIY Coasters

Load your blush or teal vinyl and let the Cricut Maker do the rest! Once the material has been cut, unload and load the second vinyl color.

5: Weed, Weed, Weed

If you are new around here, you may be unfamiliar with what weeding is. Weeding is the process of picking out the excess vinyl from your image. You can remove these tiny pieces by using a sharp hook like the Cricut® Tools Weeder. And if you are already a weeding master and are looking to step up your game, with less strain on your eyes, check out our Cricut BrightPad™! The Cricut BrightPad™ illuminates the cut lines and makes weeding a blast!

DIY Coasters

Once you are all done weeding and your coasters are all dry, it is time to transfer your design to the chipboard.

6: Transfer Your Design

DIY Coasters

Using Cricut® Transfer Tape, transfer your image onto the coaster. Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces. Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto of the chipboard coaster and burnish on with your scraper tool.

Peel off the transfer tape and enjoy your coasters! Repeat this process until you are done with all six coasters!

DIY Coasters

You did it! How cute are these coasters? Since the vinyl is waterproof and the chipboard is water resistant, you can use and reuse these coasters all summer long. Make sure to share your coaster creations with us on social media!

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

Tumbling towers tutorial and other yard games

Tumbling Towers and Other Essential Yard Games

June 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

We mentioned earlier how much fun these simple outdoor games added to our outdoor party and now we’ll show you step-by-step how to recreate one of them for your own stylish summer party.

Our new Premium Vinyl – Permanent is the perfect way to create your outdoor games for long-lasting results! Did you know it is water resistant?

Okay, let’s get to crafting! First, you’ll need these essential materials.

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Tumbling Tower Game. This project makes 6 different flowers. We used one flower for each block.

Once you’re in the cut screen, feel free to duplicate the project to as many as you need. For this project, we need 53 flowers, one for each block. By rounding up we duplicated the project 9 times.

2: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Cut the vinyl pieces for the Tumbling Towers game

Design Space already has already separated each image to the correct mat. All you need to do now is place the vinyl face up on the mat and begin cutting.

Once each mat is done cutting, remove the vinyl from the mat. I find it easiest to cut around each flower image using my scissors to separate them before moving on to the next steps.

3: Weed the Vinyl Pieces

Weed the vinyl pieces for the tumbling towers

Remove all the negative excess from each flower cut.

Once each layer is successfully weeded, begin assembling each flower. Use a small piece of transfer tape as well as your scraper tool to layer each image to create your flower. Reference the Design Space image to replicate the flowers.

4: Transfer the Vinyl Flowers

Transfer the vinyl flowers for the tumbling towers game

Once each flower is layered and assembled it is now time to transfer it to one end of each block. Transfer tape and your scraper tool are your best friends with this project so don’t forget to use them!

Now let’s let the games begin!!

DIY Tumbling towers game

We also had such a blast making and playing this adorable matching game! A few of our friends got so distracted with all the cute images that they didn’t bother to take away their matches once they found them! Ha ha, we took that as a compliment!

Yard games

Here is the link for the Design Space canvas with instructions and materials. We really hope that you enjoy it!

Yard games

But don’t let the fun stop there! With the summer sun shining be sure to check out these awesome yard game ideas made by some of our fun friends here at Cricut!

Yard games
Yard games
Yard games

https://thequietgrove.com/blog/2016/07/19/diy-outdoor-dominoes/

We can’t wait to see how you customize these yard games to fit your outdoor vibe! What other yard games have you created? Don’t forget to tag us so we can celebrate the summer sun with you!

Make life beautiful!
Meagan

Using Knife Blade to Cut Balsa Wood and Basswood

Tips for Using Knife Blade to Cut Balsa Wood and Basswood

June 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Pam Dana from Over the Big Moon

Hey friends! I am Pam from Over the Big Moon! I have been a long time Cricut user and have been lucky enough to be a Cricut Maker Ambassador this last year as they launched their newest machine and products -- including the Cricut Maker, Cricut Rotary Blade and now the Cricut Knife Blade! If you're a Cricut consumer, then you know that these products were game changers for creators of all levels!

The newest of these tools, the Cricut Knife Blade, has opened the doors to creating in a whole new way! A few weeks ago, I shared some basic tips and tricks that you'll want to know about the Cricut Knife Blade. So, if you're new to the Cricut Knife Blade or you're thinking of ordering one, then make sure and check out this article -- Cricut Knife Blade 101!

 

Knife Blade tips and tricks for basswood and balsa wood

Today I am wanting to focus on how the Knife Blade can cut both Balsa Wood and Basswood! Being able to incorporate these two materials into your projects are going to open the doors to a whole new world of creating for consumers!

Project Shown Above: Balsa Wood Plane

 

What Can I Make With Balsa Wood and Basswood Using My Cricut Maker?

Models, signs, cake toppers, mobiles, drink coasters and more! Really whatever you can dream up, you can create!

Both Basswood and Balsa Wood are mainly known in the world of making models. But, I personally am excited about being able to add depth and texture to the signs I make!

 

What's the Difference Between Balsa Wood and Basswood?

Balsa Wood: A very lightweight wood that is mainly known for creating models. It is generally cheaper and easier to find. Balsa wood will generally break a little easier than Basswood. With the Cricut Maker using the Knife Blade you are able to cut Balsa Wood that is one of the following thicknesses:

  • 1/32″
  • 1/16″
  • 3/32″

Basswood: A good hobby craft wood. A little denser (therefore heavier), tighter grain and tends to be stronger than balsa wood. However, it can be harder to cut and sand. It can be painted or stained easily without having to seal it first. With the Cricut Maker using the Knife Blade you are able to cut Basswood that is one of the following thicknesses:

  • 1/32″
  • 1/16″

When choosing Balsa Wood or Basswood to cut, you'll want to check that the materials to be as flat as possible. Look for wood sheets that aren't warped or have noticeable imperfections.

Also, composite pieces of these woods are not ideal. They tend to jam your machine easier. You'll know it's composite because you'll be able to see the seams where they've put the wood together. Look at the grain -- you'll be able to see it's pieced!

 

Where Can I Buy Basswood and Balsa Wood?

Check your local craft stores first! It's always best to be able to inspect your wood in person if possible! I have bought mine at Hobby Lobby! I have seen it at Michaels, however, their selection wasn't quite as good! JoAnn.com also has it, but from my experience, it's hit or miss in their stores.

 

How Do I Cut Balsa Wood and Basswood?

The tips on how to cut wood are similar to how you cut all materials with the Knife Blade. You can reference this article for a more detailed explanation, but here's a quick recap!

1. Make sure your Knife Blade is calibrated to your machine.

2. Make sure your star wheels are pushed all the way to the right!

3. Make sure your wood is no more than 11" wide. You need to leave clearance for the star wheels to move to the side of the wood.

4. Use a StrongGrip Mat.

5. Tape down the sides of the wood onto your mat for extra support.

6. Keep an eye on your project periodically when you're cutting. If you see any debris, pause your cut and clean out the debris. You can remove the knife blade, but make sure you don't unload the mat. That will make it so you can't resume the project where you paused it.

7. When the initial cutting is done, prior to unloading the mat, check the project to make sure the cuts are all the way through the wood. If an additional cutting pass is needed, press the C on your machine! Check it again and repeat if needed.

8. When removing the wood cut from the mat, be very careful. Both Balsa and Basswood can easily break. I find it easiest to peel the mat from the project.

Now it's time to get creating! What's the first thing you're going to create with your Cricut Maker and Cricut Knife Blade?

Make a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Make a Split Monogram for Father’s Day Presents

June 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

We have been making all sorts of projects to prep for Father’s Day!  We wanted to show you a technique that we loved using for personalizing dad a mug! We use our Slice Tool to get this customized split monogram look!

Whether you use the app or the browser version, let’s rock some Father’s Day presents and share them with other Cricut users in our Cricut Community. To learn how to share your project, click here for a tutorial.

Let’s get started!

First, click the Text button on the left side and enter your letter for your large part of the monogram in the text box that appears:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Next, I like to enlarge my letter as I make the split. This is a personal preference, but I recommend it for an easier design process.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Now, let’s walk through the split itself! Select a Square from the Shapes list:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Drag the square over until it is in the middle of the “D” and then select both images:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Then, use the Slice Tool to cut your “D” in half for the split monogram. The Slice Tool is located in the bottom left side of the Layers Panel on the right side of your screen.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

You will then have 3 ‘parts’ of your “D”. Pull the main piece down, and delete everything else. Next, select your square and use the unlock feature on the bottom left before manipulating it into a smaller line with the directional arrows on the bottom right:

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Finally, duplicate (as circled in the picture below) or copy and paste (Ctrl+C / Ctrl + V) by highlights.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Finally! Finally! You’re almost ready for the special word … highlight all your layers, and click Weld.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

Once you are finished welding your monogram, you just need to click Text again on the left panel, type in your word (we went with ‘Dad’ on this one!), and then center it in your split area.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

LAST STEP: Weld it all together again, and cut it on your vinyl (we used the new Premium Vinyl - Permanent Frosted for our mug).

Once you cut it out, remember that putting it on a glass means a round surface.  You can DIY your glass or mug by simply adhering your transfer tape to the vinyl - burnishing with a scraper is always a really great idea! Then, bend it into an arc and slowly wrap around the surface of the glass to get the best placement.

Remember when you are wanting permanent results you will want to follow the correct application directions which can be found here.

Making a split monogram in Cricut Design Space

You can also create this exact mug from our Cricut Community here.

Happy Father’s Day to all our amazing dads out there.  It takes a village of everyone to raise these super, fantastic kids of all of us. Special thanks to those great father role models in all shapes, sizes, and relations!

Show us your projects using a split monogram by tagging with #CricutMade on social media.

DIY Customized Mailbox

Customize Your Mailbox with Cricut Permanent Vinyl

June 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hi there! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog sharing a brand new tutorial with you using my Cricut Maker & Cricut Premium Permanent Vinyl. This type of vinyl is amazing! It is really made to weather the storm, and it holds up well outdoors. It can be used in all kinds of outdoor projects from signs, decals, a cheery hello on your front door, labels, and mailboxes!

We are in the process of building a home, and we are almost ready to move in. We needed a mailbox though! It’s one of those must-haves. Let me show you how easy it was to a make this custom mailbox with Cricut. Let’s get started!

Customized mailbox using outdoor vinyl

To Make This Project, You Will Need Just a Few Supplies:

1: Create Your Design

Create your design for the customized mailbox

Alright, the first thing I did was go into Cricut Design Space to design the vinyl for our mailbox. Cricut has tons of super cute fonts. If you have Cricut Access, many of the fonts are totally free to use. How awesome is that??!!

For this design I used 2 of my favorite Cricut fonts ~ Elizabeth & Cricut Alphabet. Elizabeth is a pretty script font, and Cricut Alphabet is a nice thick block font. I really loved them paired together. I typed in my house number,  then sized my design to fit my mailbox. Now it’s time to cut it out!

 

 

2: Cut Out Your Design

Cricut Permanent Vinyl comes in so many fun colors! You can totally make your outdoor projects pop!

Cut out your design for the customized mailbox

I decided to play it safe & use white though! Ha! I loaded my cutting mat & slid it into my Cricut Maker. I hit go and watched my machine get to work.

Tip: Be sure to cut two number decals. You’ll need one for each side of your mailbox.

3: Weed Away Excess Vinyl

Weed Away Excess Vinyl

Next, I weeded out the excess vinyl, leaving my design behind.

Don’t forget to pin this post!

4: Get Your Design Ready to Transfer

Get Your Design Ready to Transfer

Put some clear transfer tape on top. You can use the grid lines to line everything up or just eyeball it like I do!

5: Apply to Your Mailbox

Apply to Your Mailbox

Next, you’ll remove the backing paper. Place your vinyl decal where you’d like it to be. Gently rub it on with your hand or tool.

Apply to your mailbox

Remove the transfer tape leaving the numbers behind!

Apply to your mailbox

All done!

Don’t forget to pin this post for later. I’d love to hear if you customize your mailbox!

For more easy vinyl projects go here.

DIY Customized Mailbox using Cricut Outdoor Vinyl
DIY Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

DIY Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. With Father’s Day around the corner, these darling matching bow ties are easy to make with Simplicity’s patterns and your Cricut Maker. I chose the Men’s Bow Tie and the Boy Bow Tie, but there is also a Toddler Bow Tie if you need a smaller size. The projects cost $3.99 each, but once you purchase them you can cut them out as many times as you would like.

Each bow tie project has full assembly instructions available in a PDF that you can read over. I will also go over the steps of assembly, but I recommend reading the PDF instructions as well. Both bow ties are constructed the same way; the boy’s tie is just smaller.

I chose the Cricut Fabric Rockstar sample pack and I was able to squeeze both ties on the blue fabric, but it did make the band a little shorter for the boy tie. If you want to be safe and are worried about possible mistakes I recommend two of the sampler packs.

Related: Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card

Supplies:

Supplies for Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

1: Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing

Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing for Matching Bowties

Click on Make It and select “Fusible Interfacing” as your material for the first mat and “Cotton” as your material for the second mat.

Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing for Matching Bowties

I chose to turn off the fabric marking because this was a fairly simple pattern and I didn’t want to wash it off later. If you choose to leave the fabric marking on, insert your fabric pen into Slot A. Cut out both mats.

2: Apply Interfacing to Bows

Apply Interfacing to Bows for Bowties

Use your Cricut EasyPress to apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric bow (marked number 1 in the pattern). Do this with both bow pieces.

3: Sew Bows

Sew the Bows

Fold the bow in half, matching it at the notches with the interfacing facing out. Sew the notched edge with a 1 cm seam, leaving an opening at the center to turn it out.

Sew the Bows

Next, bring the seam you just sewed to the center and stitch the upper and lower edges with a 1 cm seam. Turn the bow right side out and press with your EasyPress. Repeat with the other bow piece. If desired you can slip stitch the back of the bow where you turned it out. I chose not to because it was going to be covered by the bow center.

Sew the Bows

4: Sew Bow Center

Sew Bow Center for Bowties

Fold the bow center (marked number 2 in the pattern) in half lengthwise matching up the notches with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam and then turn right side out and press with the seam in the middle.

Sew the Bow Center

5: Sew the Bow Together

Sew the Bow Together

Place your two bow pieces on top of each other, pinch them in the center and place the bow center over the top of the bows with the ends reaching to the back of the bow. Slip stitch the back together.

6: Sew the Band

Sew the Band for the Matching Bowties

Fold the band in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam leaving the ends open. I used a chopstick to turn the band out. It took me a few times (and a couple of breaks because I was getting frustrated) but I found using the chopstick to be the easiest method for me.

6: Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit

Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit for the Matching Bowties

Insert your band on the underside of the bow tie center and center it. Follow the directions on your bow tie fastening kit to attach it to your bow tie. (There are also great instructions in the Simplicity PDF.)

Repeat all the above steps with your other bow tie. Now the men in your life can rock those matching bow ties! Happy Father’s Day!

Be sure to share this post on Pinterest or Facebook!

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Fill in the blank Father's Day card

Fill In The Blank Father’s Day Card + 10 More Cute Card Ideas for Dad

June 12th, 2018 • 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. Last month I was here sharing a cute last day of school t-shirt, and now I’m back sharing a cute Father’s Day card to make with your kiddos! Time flies!

Cricut Design Space has so many cute Father’s Day cards. Many of them are perfect to make with help from your kiddos. I know my kiddos love to make cards for their dad. I love the fill in the blank cards where you let your kiddos express some of their cute thoughts. They really become keepsakes, not just a card. Let me show you how easy this cute card is to put together.

For This Father’s Day Project You Will Need a Few Supplies:

Father's Day card supplies list

You can find the design I used for this card in Cricut Design Space. If you own a Cricut machine, I would strongly recommend signing up for Cricut Access. When you do, you will have access to literally thousands of designs that you can use for free.

This card is part of their Father’s Day collection. They have tons of cute ideas for Dad! I’ll link to several other card ideas in just a bit.

1: Draw

Let your Cricut draw your Father's Day card

I love watching my Cricut Maker draw! It’s pretty amazing. You simply slip in the pen and then load your machine & press go. Your machine does all the work!

2: Cut and Score

Cut and score your Father's Day card

Next, your machine will cut out & score all the pieces of your card.

3: Grab Your Kiddos!

Have your kids fill out the Father's Day card

Have them fill in the blanks on the card using Cricut pens. I love all the colors!

Don’t forget to pin this post!

4: Assemble the Card Envelope

Make the envelope for your card

While your kiddos are busy filling in their cards, assemble the envelope & liner using some adhesive.

5: Slip the Card Inside the Envelope

Slip the card inside the envelope.

6: Tie Some Twine (or Ribbon!) Around the Top of Your Card

Tie some twine (or ribbon!) around the top of your card

Now the only thing left to do is to give Dad his card for Father’s Day! I think he’s going to love them!

DIY Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card + Father's Day Cards Ideas

Check out these other fun Father’s Day cards made with Cricut. Most of these are available for free with your Cricut Access subscription! I marked all those with a *. Enjoy!

Fun Father's Day cards you can make with a Cricut

Dad We Love You to Bits Card @ Crafting in the Rain

Father's Day Footprint Card @ Love, Create, Celebrate

Do you like to make handmade cards for special occasions? Which card is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below. (You can see how to add texture to cards here.)

Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

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.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for 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.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the 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.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

For the cactus cupcake stand, I only made the slice 0.08” and painted a thin layer of spray paint over it.

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

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:

Cactus Cake Plate

Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade
Cricut Chipboard Tips and Tricks for the Knife Blade

What are you going to make with Cricut Chipboard? Leave a comment below and tag with #CricutMade online.

DIY Paper Succulents

DIY Succulents That Live Forever

May 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Who here has wondered how to assemble some of the paper succulents and flowers found in Cricut Design Space? It's no wonder—the way that these files come into Cricut Design Space can be really confusing!

I'm Cori from Hey, Let's Make Stuff and I'm here to help explain how to assemble Cricut's paper succulent cut files. A while back, I wrote a post about assembling Cricut's paper flowers and my readers have found it super helpful. Now I'm tackling paper succulents here on the Cricut Inspiration Blog!

Glue and Paper

For these succulents, I like to use either quick-dry tacky glue or regular craft glue. You don't want to have to sit there holding the pieces together, waiting for glue to dry. As far as paper goes, I find that printer-weight paper works better than cardstock, though the larger you cut your succulents, the thicker the paper you can use. For these, I used a metallic printer-weight paper that really shines with a lot of dimension.

Assembling the Paper Succulents

Today we're assembling the following paper succulents:

  • Four succulents + leaves #M124F11
  • Succulent #M1A950E
Assembling paper succulents

Let’s start with the easiest and work our way up!

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Spiky Succulent

I’m sure these succulents have scientific names, but I’m not a botanist so we’re going with “spiky” succulent for this one. Cut out the pieces on your Cricut. There are five pieces, ranging from big to little.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

To curl the edges, you can wrap around a pencil or use scissors to curl the pieces like you would curling ribbon on a gift. I like the scissor method, but be aware that it’s easier to tear your pieces using this method. Curl up each leaf a bit. I try to curl the smaller pieces a little more tightly than the larger pieces, but you can always re-adjust once they are glued together.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

Then stack the pieces from largest on the bottom to smallest at the top, and glue all the layers together, offsetting the leaves for each layer.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

And that’s it! This is a nice and easy one to start with, but make sure to be careful when curling those smaller leaves so they don’t tear.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

Six-Leaf Succulent

This succulent is put together in the same manner as the one above. It’s six different pieces, all shaped the same, ranging from big to little.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Use scissors or a pencil to curl up all of the leaves.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Layer and glue all six pieces together, offsetting the leaves.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

And that’s it! I think this one can double as a flower, especially when made in pink and purple tones.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent

From here we move up in difficulty just slightly. This succulent has 11 pieces. There are two of each size, except for the smallest piece, which has three of that size.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Use the same method above to curl all the leave pieces. Be extra careful if using scissors for this one—the pieces can tear pretty easily (thankfully it’s so easy to cut out more using your Cricut if you need!).

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Then match up each piece to its mate (the one of the same size) and glue them together, offsetting them. There will be one small one left over.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Then glue all the glued sections together, biggest on the bottom to the single last piece on the top.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

This one gives a similar effect to the six-petal succulent above, but I think there’s something about it that looks more succulent-like!

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Separate Leaf Succulent

This is definitely the most complex succulent that we’re making today. When you cut out the pieces on your Cricut, you’ll have 18 individual leaves and two three-leaf pieces.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Instead of curling these individual leaf pieces, I think it works better to cut a slit from the bottom, 2/3 of the way up the leaf.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

You can then use craft glue to overlap the cut ends to create some dimension in the leaf.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly
Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then match the leaves up in sets—there are three leaves per size.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

And glue the three pieces together to form one single piece from three leaves.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then curl the leaves of the two three-leaf pieces and glue together.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly
Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then, like you did with all the other succulents, glue all the layers together, offsetting the layers.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Tada! You’ve made the most complex succulent of the bunch!

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Leaves

These leaves are not really a succulent by themselves, but they look really pretty when used in conjunction with the other succulents we’re making.

Leaf Assembly

I use my scissors to curl the leaves. Sometimes I’ll curl them one way and then curl just the end back the other way. Play with the curling to create different levels of dimension.

Leaf Assembly

Now you are ready to use your succulents in a project! I used my new Cricut Knife Blade to cut a chipboard ampersand using the Cricut font Alphalicious. I sealed it with ModPodge before painting it white.

Then I glued my succulents to my ampersand, using adhesive foam squares to create some depth and dimension!

Leaf Assembly

I love how these succulents bring life to a project—but you don’t need a green thumb to keep them alive! If you are craving even more blooming paper creations be sure to check out our Facebook Live where we show how you to create paper bouquets!

Leaf Assembly