Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Cricut Infusible Ink System

**This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on these links I make a small commission and you help to support my blog. Thanks** Cricut has been posting on their page for a while now that there will be a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming June 4th.  Well this morning I got up and checked the Cricut website and saw this . . .


The Cricut Infusible Ink System!  This will allow you to do multi colored high quality transfers for your projects, and from the look of the preview you can do them in a 12 x 12 format!

It also looks like Cricut will start to sell the blank items that you can decorate and customize with this system.



Here is a video that shows it in action



Now that the announcement is official on the Cricut site I am adding some more information.  These Infusible Ink transfer sheets can be purchased either pre-printed with pattern on them that you can cut on your existing Cricut cutting machine, or you can buy plain white laser ink paper and then use the Cricut Infusible Ink pens to draw images and then transfer those.

This will make image and colors infused into the item that you press it on to, instead of the image/color sitting on top of vinyl that you put onto a shirt.

No need to seal items like coasters.  For this to work, you do have to use the Cricut brand blanks to transfer images on to.  They only come in white right now.

It will be available June 16th online and June 21st at stores.
Infusible Ink Prices

Transfer sheets (4 pack)- $17.99
Transfer sheets (2 pack)- $12.99
All pen packs (5 pens)- $14.99
Heat Resistant tape- $6.99
Large Tote- $11.99
Med Tote- $9.99
Baby Body Suits- $6.99
Youth Shirts- $7.99
Adult Shirts- $9.99
Coasters (both round and square, 4 in each pack)- $12.99

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Finding the Font Name after Welding Letters

Have you ever been working on a project and welded a word together but then later want to know what font you used so that you can edit or update something on the project?  If so, I have a couple of tips for you!

I was helping a lady that was working on a project she fount in Cricut Design Space in the Community section.  This is a project that was created by another Cricut user, and all that needed to be updated was the date to fit the new users needs.  Since the letters for the date had been welded together, she could not simply click on the text to edit it so I showed her how to determine what the font was so that she could make hers look exactly the same.

When you go to open a project, there is a screen that will show you what elements are used in that project.  You can see in this screenshot that the font used for the date is Sweet Pea.  So if you purchase that font you will be able to insert a new line of text for your date, but have it in the same font as this project so that the look is the same.

The other way to do it is once you are in the project in Design Space, if you right click on the welding date text on the right panel, you can go down to the bottom and you will be able to see the name of the font.  I show how to do this in a little video here . . . 

                              


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Monday, June 3, 2019

Welcome Garden Flag

I have been wanting to make a new garden flag for outside our home for a while, but I had to find the perfect products for it.  I had this idea in my head that I wanted to make into a reality.  From the first time I went to Walt Disney World, I always love how they would shine lights onto the castle and make it look like it was changing colors.  I wanted a flag that had that look to it.  


It was not until I saw this weathered wood background garden flag from 651 Vinyl and their ombre blue vinyl that I knew I found the perfect products for what I wanted to make.  I also used a holographic purple for the accent on the word Welcome for the sign.


First, I designed everything in Cricut Design Space.  I was able to bring the image of the weathered wood garden flag into Design Space which helped me to visualize what the finished project would look like and determine how large I should make the cut images for the flag.  


Since I knew the flag was 12" x 18", after I inserted the flag image into Design Space I inserted a square from the shapes button, unlocked that so I could turn it into a 12" x 18" rectangle and then resized the flag image to fill that 12"x 18" rectangle.



Now I could see how large I could make the castle and still have it fit inside the dimensions of the flag.  Since the height of the flag was going to be taller than 12", and I did not have the extra long cutting mat, I taped to mats together on the back so that I could pretend I had one long mat for cutting.  


If you do this, make sure to change your mat size to 12" x 24" in the cut screen in Design Space.  I pointed out the space to change the mat size in the image below.



After I cut the castle, I figured out the placement of it on the flag.  I peeled back and cut off just a corner of the backing sheet so that I could place that and smooth it out.  


Then as a peeled off the backing I could keep smoothing the vinyl as I worked up the piece.  I suggest doing this on a hard flat surface and working slowly in sections so that you have a nice smooth image with no bubbles.


I did each tower one at a time since I did not want the little flags to go off in a weird direction.  Getting those little flags to go on straight took a steady hand.  In the end, it came our really nice and I love how the colors change through the castle. 


The next step was to place the word Welcome.  I cut the word Welcome from a font from DaFont.com called Words.  Instead of letters, it is all words you can use on projects.  Click HERE to set the whole font.

I peeled off the backing for part of the W to figure out where I wanted the whole word placed.  Once I did this, I was able to peel back the rest of the backing from the W and smooth it down.  Then I covered the rest of the word with transfer paper to move that into place.


I am not sure why I didn't do the whole word with transfer paper all at once.  I think I was so excited at how good the sign was turning out that just went for it with the W before thinking about the rest of the word.  In the end, it all worked out, and here is how the flag looked.


                  

And now I have it hanging outside of my house.  Since this one turned out so good, I might make a holiday or winter themed flag too, and have this one out in the spring/summer months and a different one for the fall/winter months.

                 

If you liked this project, make sure to head over to 651 Vinyl to check out all of their blank garden flags and patterned vinyl so that you can create your own custom flag too!


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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Print then Cut Shirts

I just recently got a new heat press from Planet Flame (click HERE to see the details on that press) and my daughter came up with a few ideas for some shirts she wanted to make.  She does photography and is going to go to school for Video Production (check our her site at Mosch Media)  and I love it when she uses her creativity in a way that means her and I will be spending time together in my craft room!

We purchased a package of Jolee's Boutique printable iron on for dark fabrics to create these projects.  The images that she was using had a lot of detail in them and we did not want to have to layer all of those colors.

Then we uploaded her logo into Design Space and saved it as a print then cut image.  She had created this logo in Photoshop, so it already had a transparent background and was all set up to cut just the outline shape of the logo image.  If she had not done that, I would have had to use the magic wand in Design Space to remove the background, which is shown in light blue in the image below.

After we printed this image on the printer, we then loaded into the Cricut machine and it cut around the outline of the image, and then cut out the details from between the flowers and letters.  We did end up not being able to use two leaves since the stem that the leaves were on cut out so thin.  This video will show you the cutting process for this logo.


Now that it is cut, we just have to press this on to the black shirt that we have.  My daughter used some of her other shirts that have a small logo on the front to determine the placement she wanted for this logo.  Once we figured out the placement, I put a small dot with a piece of chalk where the center of the logo would go.  This helped us to place the logo when we had things on the heat press, which you will see in this next video.


I was really impressed with how nice this pressed on to the shirt.  I had done iron on heat transfers a LONG time ago (back when I was young) and I felt like they always came out looking cheap and tacky.  Not this one!  This looks professional between the high quality image, the beautiful colors of the image, the perfect cuts around the image and how well it pressed on to this shirt.  The entire print and cut heat transfer process has come a long way and I am very impressed with the end results!


On the back of this shirt, my daughter wanted to combine a phrase with some rose images.  I decided that the best way to do this was to cut the phrase from white iron on vinyl, and the roses from the print then cut and layer them together.  Once everything is cut, I layered them on to the back of the shirt like this so that I could press them all at once.

(insert image of the back of shirt)

This shirt turned out great!  Now when my daughter goes to work on a project for her photography business she can have this very personalized and professional looking shirt.


She also designed a Donald Duck shirt, and I shared that in another post that you can read HERE!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Attach or Flatten

How do you know if you should attach something or flatten it in Design Space?  The answer to that question depends on what you want the finished project to look like.  For this video I am going to make a bookmark, and in the first one I will attach the circle and the second one I will flatten it so you can see the difference in the end results.

The person asking the question wanted a shape cut out of a print then cut image.  They asked me if they should attach that shape or flatten it.  I answered Attach, and her is why.

In the example below I am making a bookmark.  I want to have a circle cut out of the top that I can hang a tassel through.  The one on the left with the dark circle I attached the circle to the bookmark.  For the one on the right with the bright yellow circle I flattened the circle.  This will show you exactly what will happen differently between these two images.



If you watch the video, you will also see how I add a pattern to the bookmarks, align the circles so that they are centered on the bookmark and then attach the circle for the one on the left and flatten the circle for the one on the right.



Below is how these images printed out on the printer.  So even though on the screen you see the dark circle on the bookmark on the left, you can see by the photo below that this circle did not print out.  Why didn't the dark circle print?  Because it was only attached to the bookmark, and it would need to be flattened to print.


When I cut it, you can see that the one on the left actually cut the circle out like I wanted, while the one on the right did not cut out and separate the circle from the bookmark . . . because the circle was flattened.


So remember to attach a shape when you want it to cut out, but flatten it if you want it to print out.



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Monday, May 27, 2019

Lucky Duck Surf Supply Shirt

I just recently got a new heat press from Planet Flame (click HERE to see the details on that press) and my daughter came up with a few ideas for some shirts she wanted to make.  The last time we were at Walt Disney World she could not find a Donald Duck shirt she liked, and Donald is her favorite character.  She designed her own images and we made her a custom shirt.

We purchased a package of Jolee's Boutique printable iron on for dark fabrics to create these projects.  The images that she was using had a lot of detail in them and we did not want to have to layer all of those colors.

Then we uploaded her images into Design Space and saved it as a print then cut image. My daughter created the image in Photoshop so that it would have a transparent background color.  


This made it really easy to upload into Design Space since I did not have to clean away the background.  I did upload this image twice . . . once for the words which I saved as a cutting image and once for the Donald Duck surfing which I saved as a print then cut image.  The reason I did this is because I wanted to be able to move all of those letters together on the carrier piece that comes with the Cricut white iron on vinyl.  If I would have done the whole image, words and Donald, as a print then cut image the Cricut would have cut around all of those little letters, and I would have had to try and place them on the shirt in that perfect curve that my daughter created.

Here is a video that talks about the print then cut process and the registration marks around the mage.  At the beginning of this video you can see in the layers panel that the letters are a cut file and the Donald image is a print then cut file.



This next video will show you how the Cricut uses those registration marks to perfectly it cut around the Donald Duck image.


My daughter used some of her other shirts that have a small logo on the front to determine the placement she wanted for this logo.  We placed the lettering and the Donald Duck image on the shirt as shown in the next image



You can see that the carrier sheet has been cut to go around the print then cut imgae so that I can press them all at the same time.  Then I placed it in my Planet Flame heat press to press it at 360 for 30 seconds.  If you have not seen my full review of the Planet Flame heat press, make sure to check that out HERE.


I was really impressed with how nice this pressed on to the shirt.  I had done iron on heat transfers a LONG time ago (back when I was young) and I felt like they always came out looking cheap and tacky.  Not this one!  This looks professional between the high quality image, the beautiful colors of the image, the perfect cuts around the image and how well it pressed on to this shirt.  The entire print and cut heat transfer process has come a long way and I am very impressed with the end results!

And here is the back of the shirt.



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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Make Your Own Pop-Up Card

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Pop-up cards are a simple way to turn a simple card into something more fun for the recipient.  Let me show you how I figured out to make a pop-up card that I an insert any image into.

First I started by looking at a pop-up card that is already designed and available in Cricut Design Space.  This helps me to kind of figure out how the card works and see if I can make on on my  own.



Here is what the basic card shape looks like.  The dotted lines are score lines and the solid lines are cut lines.  I have not been able to figure out how to cut the card in the specific shape of the image that will pop-up from the card, but I did figure out that if I do a basic rectangle I can then attach a shape to the front of that and it works pretty good.

Let me show you how I did it.

I inserted a square from the shapes button and unlocked it so I could make it into a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle.  Then inserted a score line from the shapes button and rotated it 90 degrees and made it 5 1/2" long.  I then selected both the rectangle and the score line and used the Align button to center the score line on the rectangle.  Then I selected Attach to attach the score line to the rectangle.  This will be the base of your card.


Now let's make the part with the support for the pop-up in it.  I made another rectangle that was 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" so that is was just slightly smaller than the base piece.  The reason you will need two pieces is that you want the base piece to cover up the opening in the pop-up piece.


This image already shows you the pop-up cuts already attached to the white piece, but now I will show you how I created those score and cut lines and got them all to come together.  I am going to insert 6 score lines from the shape button, and then change two of the from score to cut, and then arrange them around a square and group them together.  I think the best way to show this is going to be with a video, so here it is.


                                   

Once you cut the card and fold it, you will see there is a little ledge that sticks out.


The front of that ledge is what you will attach the image that will pop up to.


If you want to use the card sections that I already designed, you can access this file by clicking HERE.  It was all created with basic shapes.
So once the card was all put together, this is how it looked


I used a little puppy from the Cricut Create A Critter cartridge.

If I wanted to adjust the dimensions of the cuts on the pop up, then I could do that to work with other images.




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Friday, May 17, 2019

Father's Day Card and Shirt

Don't wait until the last minute to make something for Dad for Father's Day.  It is only a few weeks away.  I want to show you a shirt and card I made using a fun tool font I found.


I found this adorable font at Caty Catherine called Tool Letters.  Click HERE to go to the site and purchase it for yourself. There is also another one called Fishing Lure Letters that you can get HERE.  If you have never purchased a SVG file, once you download it, just right click on the downloaded folder and unzip the folder and you will see sub-folders saved in different formats.  Make sure to upload the svg file formats to Design Space.

Once you upload the to Design Space you are ready to start creating your project.  I started off with just the word DAD, but then I tried a few other variations.


Then I decided to add the children's names underneath.  I felt like it needed something between the names, so I added a nut.


The nuts were pretty easy to make.  I did them using basic shapes.  Let me show you how I did it.

I inserted a hexagon and a circle from the shapes button in Cricut Design Space

Then I selected both of them and used the align tool to move them so that they were perfectly centered over each other.


Then, while I still had the hexagon and the circle selected I hit the slice button to remove the circle from the center of the hexagon, which made it look like this . . . 


Then I decided to make a matching card.  Here is what it looked like in Design Space


And here is the actual card.  For the word DAD I used black vinyl since I did not want to have to move and line up all of those little pieces.  Since it was vinyl I was able to use transfer paper to move the image onto the card.


I hope this project inspired you to make something amazing for the man in your life.  If you need the font file, make sure to head over to Caty's site by clicking HERE.  
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Friday, May 3, 2019

Planet Flame Heat Press Review

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Tonight I did my first ever glitter iron on vinyl project to test out my new Planet Flame Heat Press, using the Cricut brand glitter iron on vinyl.


I cut the glitter vinyl on my Cricut and then pressed it on to a small bag.

HERE is a link to the product on Amazon for you.


I wanted to give this heat press a TRUE TEST, so I used the Cricut brand glitter iron on vinyl since I have heard others saying that it is sometimes harder to get the glitter iron on to stick.  

Here is the video of my very first press! We edited it so you don't have to watch me just standing in front of the press for 30 seconds at a time so if you are thinking "wow, she pressed that really quick" just know it was edited down for your viewing pleasure.

                               
I did repeat the entire recommended pressing process a couple of times from what Cricut for their glitter vinyl, and I think that because I was so excited to do this review and the video I did not think the fact that the zipper on the bag should probably have been to the outside, so that it was not getting in the way of the pressing process at all.  Like I said, this was my FIRST PRESS.  Learning curve.


I have to say, I was really impressed!  The glitter vinyl stuck really well.  It was a nice even press, with no little gaps or sections that felt like they were going to lift off.

The heat press was easy to use.  The very first time I went to open it, it felt like it was kind of stuck and would not lift, so before we even pre-heated the machine we held down the base with one hand so that we could lift the handle with the other hand, and that got the press to open right up.

I also like that the press is a nice and sturdy, and that it has a large working surface.  I did not need that big of a surface for this project, but it is nice to know that even my largest project will fit on this press.  When the timer goes off on the press, there is a high pitch noise so there is no way you can miss that time is up.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

FaveCrafts is turning 10! Help us celebrate!

I am honored to share this . . . I am helping FaveCrafts.com celebrate their 10th anniversary by being a part of their Gloves and Mitten Charity Drive!

Look . . . that is my logo on the bottom in the center!

FaveCrafts is teaming up with Warm Up America! to provide gloves and mittens to the homeless. From May 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019, we will be collecting gloves and mittens to donate to those in need.  Details on where to send the finished mittens and gloves can be found on FaveCrafts

As a part of this event I was asked to create my own glove or mitten pattern.  I created these fingerless gloves with a fun lacy detail at the wrist.  To see the full pattern head over to FaveCrafts by clicking HERE.  


If you want, you can even add a little ribbon at the wrists, like I did in this photo . . .


Share your projects using #FaveCraftsTurns10 
Together we can warm up America!

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