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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