Sunday, March 31, 2019

Larger Than Mat Project - Donald Duck

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Have you ever wanted to make an image with your Cricut that is larger than the size of the 12" x 12" mat?  If you answered yes, then you have come to the right place!  This winter I made this Donald Duck image that is almost 18" tall to put on the wall as a holiday decoration.


Here is how I did it.  I started by searching in Cricut Design Space and finding a Donald Duck image that I liked.  Remember, you can follow these steps with any image!


When the image comes in to Design Space it is only about 4" tall, but if you click on the image you can resize him by using the double arrow in the lower right corner of the image.  The other way to resize is to type in the size you want him to be in the control panel above the image.

I did a quick video to show how to resize.

                                   

Now since we know we are going to make him big we have to think about how Cricut Design Space works for a minute.  Every image that you are going to cut will be cut using a 12" x 12" mat.  Cricut factors in a little space for you on that mat so you are not cutting right up to the edge of your paper, so each image, or each part of the image you are going to cut must fit inside of a 11.5" x 11.5" square

So for this project I adjusted the width of Donald to be 11.5", which makes him just under 18" tall.

The I like to ungroup the colored layers so that I can work with just the black layer.  Click on the image and you will see the ungroup button in the upper right corner of Design Space.  Here is a little video to show you how I ungrouped the image and then pulled the black piece off to the side.

                                    

So now you will have something that looks like this.  This is where your mind will be blown and you will really see how to turn this big image into something you can cut on a 11.5" x 11.5" mat space.


Now what we want to do is slice the black part of the Donald Duck image to fit into the 11.5" x 11.5" space that Cricut Design Space allows you to cut inside of.  Go to the shapes button on the left hand side and insert a square.  Make that square 11.5" x 11.5" . . . the same size as the cutting space on a Cricut mat.  Place that square over the black part of Donald like in the image below.
  

Now you are going to select both that square and the black part of Donald. If you hold down the shift button it allows you to select more than one piece/image at a time.  In the lower right corner of the screen select the slice button.  Think of slice like a cookie cutter.  You are cutting the top have of Donald out of a 11.5" x 11.5" square sheet of cookie dough.  I love to use real life analogies to help people understand something.

Okay, did you slice him?  Now you can delete the square, and all of the other pieces that might have sliced behind the image . . . think of those as the crumbs if we are going with the same cookie making analogy.  (I am starting to get hungry for cookies now)

Once you delete the square and the crumbs, you will have an image like this . . .  


All of the other parts of Donald . . . the white, red and yellow . . . do not need to be sliced in this example since no one section is larger than 11.5" x 11.5".  If any of them were, I would slice those apart.  I would recommend being strategic when you slice to reduce the number of seams you will have.  For example, if I was doing this image even larger, I could slice Donald's legs so that one leg is inside one 11.5" x 11.5" square and the other leg is in another 11.5" x 11.5".  

Okay, back to the image we are working on . . .  

Now when I hit make it, there will be two mats for the black pieces.  One for the top half of  Donald and one for the bottom half.  Once they are cut, I flip them over on my craft table and use some clear tape on the back of the image to seam the two pieces together.  


Here is a close up of the seam.  I know, it is not pretty but remember this is the BACK SIDE of the whole image so this side will be stuck to the wall.  (the rolled up tape is because I had this hanging on the wall and took it down to take the pictures of the back side)


Now cut all of the other colors and add those pieces to the front and you cannot even see the seam from the front side.  None of the colored sections were bigger than 11.5" x 11.5" so they all fit on their own mat and then I just glued them on top of the black piece like a giant puzzle.


I hope that helped you to understand that you can make an image larger than the size of the Cricut mat by using slice.  If there is any part of this that is not clear, let me know and I can help you understand it and update my post so that this can be an even better tutorial for everyone.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Making a Stencil with Cricut Design Space

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I had a fellow crafter ask me how to make a stencil of the American flag with the Cricut.  I said I had never done that before, but I was more than happy to try and figure out the steps and put together something that would help to guide her.

Cricut makes a stencil material.  If you Shop Cricut and click on Materials, then Vinyl, then Specialty you will find the rolls of stencil vinyl.

Now how to make the American flag stencils in Cricut Design Space™

First I am going to search for an image of the American flag in Design Space.  I want one that just has the three colors, with no black outline separating them.  Start off by going to the Images button on the left of the screen, then use the search bar and type in flag.  Scroll through and find a flag you like.  The one I decided to use is the American flag from the International Winter Sports Cricut cartridge.



Since this image has three colors, we really are going to need three separate stencils . . . one for each color . . . and then when you go to use the stencils you will do one color at a time and layer the colors of paint over each other.

I am going to make three squares, all the same size.  To do this go to the shapes button on the left hand side of the screen in Design Space.  Insert one square and then stretch it to make it bigger than the size of the flag.  This square represents the stencil material you will be cutting.  Now right click on that square and duplicate it twice.  You now have three squares that will become the three sections of your stencil.



Now click on the American flag, and in the upper right corner of the screen you will see a button called Ungroup.  Click that and it will let you move and work with each colored layer of the flag separately.

Now I need to cut each of those color layers out of the sections of the stencil material.  For this image I am going to start with the red section and slice the white and red layers.  Now I am left with just the red stripes.

Next let's do the white section and deal with all of those little stars.  If you select the white and blue sections at the same time, and then in the lower right corner of the screen click the slice button.  You just sliced the stars from the blue section out of the white section!

For the blue section of the stencil, I am thinking that I will paint a whole rectangle of blue, and then I will just layer the white with the stars over the top of that.  Click on the blue layer, and look in the lower right corner of the screen and you will see the contour button . . . click that . . . this opens up a new little screen that allows you to turn part of the cut/layer/design on and off.  Click on each star in this contour window.  This will turn them off or hide them.  When you are done you will have a solid blue rectangle

So now if I place each one of these colors over the squares I made at the beginning it will look like this . . . 


Now we have to slice each of these colors out of the square sections.  You can only slice two things at a time, so start with the blue and select the square and the blue, then go to the lower right corner of the screen and click slice.  Do the same for the white and the red.

Here is what all of the pieces will look like when you are done.



Do you want to see how all of this happens in a video?  Here you go!

                                   

Now, when you go to stencil the actual image onto the finish project, place the stencil for the blue down first, and paint the blue rectangle.  Once that is dry, place the stencil for the white sections down next.  The hardest part of this is getting things to line up with the blue.  Use the edge of the blue section and where it will hit the white stripe as a guide.  Once you have it placed, fill in the white section.  Last but not least place the stencil for the red sections over this and fill those in.

This method could be used with fabric paint to create your own shirt designs, or painted on wood for a home decor item.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

State Mandala or Lace Images

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Have you seen the amazing crafting projects that people are creating using mandala designs?  A mandala is a complex abstract design and it kind of looks like a doodle or zentangle pattern.  Here are some examples.  If you Google Mandala you can find a lot of images.


A lot of people are applying these mandala or lace like images over the outline of a state to create an image that can be cut with the Cricut from iron on vinyl and applied to a shirt, pillow or a canvas.  You could also do this out of permanent vinyl and place it on a water bottle, shadow box or your car. 

The steps for creating one of these is pretty easy.  In Cricut Design Space I am going to search for Minnesota, since that is where I live.  Look at all of the Minnesota images there are!  If you have a subscription to Cricut Access then all of these images would be include in that . . . if not, you can just buy the one or two images you want.



I am going to pick just the one of the outline of Minnesota to work with, since I live in Minnesota. I will also need the solid filled in image of Minnesota.  Now I need the lace for the project, so I go back and search for lace.  So I will have three images on my working space . . . like this



Make the lace larger than the image of the state, so that it covers all parts of the state. Place the solid state over the top of the lace.  Select both the solid shape of the state and the lace by either making a window around both of them, or selecting one and then holding the shift key to select the second one.


In the lower right corner of the screen, select slice.  Slice is like using a cookie cutter . . . you are now cutting a Minnesota shaped cookie out of the lace.

Click on the pieces of the lace that are outside of the shape of the state and delete them.  Move the piece of lace you want to use back over the outline of the state, select the lace and the outline and click the weld button in the lower right corner to make everything one piece.


If you want to see all of the steps together, you can watch me do the steps in this video below.



You can use these same steps to put lace or a mandala design into any state you want.  If you don't want to use a state, you could do this with a heart, or any other image you want.

In this example, I would have had to purchase the images of Minnesota and of the lace from Cricut.  If you don't want to purchase the images from Cricut, you could search the internet to find an image of the state you want and upload that to Cricut Design Space and use the magic wand tool to clean it up.  If you don't know how to do that, you can check out my post and video HERE that will show you the steps.  Cleaning up an image of one of the states will be pretty easy, but cleaning up an image of lace or a mandala will take a lot of time . . . personally I would rather just pay the small price to get the image from Cricut Design Space, but the choice is yours.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dreaming Tree SVG

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If you are looking for some high quality SVG files that you can use to create amazing projects, check out Dreaming Tree

Look at this adorable Easter card I found in the FREE SVG section



If you follow my blog, you know I love Disney, so I did some looking around and I found this castle card, which could easily be done to look like the castle at Walt Disney World!



Head over the Dreaming Tree and look around to see what you find.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Save some green on Cricut products

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Today is your lucky day!  Cricut has some discounts going on that can save you some money on materials and tool.


Click on the links below to see all of the items you can save money on now.

Save 30% on Cricut Maker materials. Valid through 3/12. 

All machine tools 30% off! Valid through 3/12. 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Using Contour in Cricut Design Space

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If you still feel like a beginner with Cricut Design Space, let me show you a function that helped me to start to do so much more with the projects I was designing.  Today we are going to talk about the Contour function.

Contour is a great way to turn on and off different pieces and parts of an image.  This can open up the way you use some images.  For example, if you have an image like this one, that is just a black and white image or coloring book style image . . . . like this one that is available on Storenvy


you could just cut that black outline, like I did for this project.  For this specific example I cut it out of black iron on vinyl that was ironed onto a shirt.


But what if I wanted to use this same image, and add color to the balloons and use it on a card or scrapbook layout?  Did you know that you can use the Contour function to create the colored layers for a project like this?

To start off, bring the black outline image into Cricut Design Space.  Adjust it to be the size you want your completed image to be.  Next, duplicate the image.  Click on the duplicated image and go to the lower right corner of Design Space and click on Contour.  This shows you each individual cut in this image.  You can now click on the different cuts to hide them or turn the off, thus changing the contour of the image.

If these directions do not make sense, watch this little video . . .




Now you just have to do this over and over again for each color you want on this image.  Keep going until you have something that looks like this . . .


One I have all of the colors layered on top of each other, I like to turn the entire background cut to black, so that you get one full cut to layer all of the colors on top of.

I hope this helped you to learn to use the contour feature in Cricut Design Space.  There is so much you can do once you learn some of the features this software has.

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