Monday, May 20, 2019

Complete Guide to Cricut Fonts Update

It's been two years since I released an update to my Cricut fonts guide.  And there are so many Cricut fonts now I've had to split it in to two PDF's.

I've redesigned the book so that each font appears on it's own page. As there are nearly 300 pages in total, if you're going to print it out I'd suggest you print it in booklet form to save paper.

As there's only one font (in most cases) per page it means that when new fonts are added you only need to print the new pages.

Here's a sample of what you'll see...


Part one of the document also covers how to use system fonts in Design Space as well as much more font related info.

For those who just want a list of each font with a small sample, I've also released a condensed version. Here's a sample of that document...


This PDF is "only" 47 pages!

Currently, you can download these documents in the Files section of my Facebook group Cricut Explore, Maker and More.  If you're not a member, be sure to answer the security questions. And feel free to let me know there that you saw this blog post. 

Happy crafting!  ♥






Happy crafting!  ♥






Friday, May 3, 2019

WRMK Foil Quill and Cricut Design Space

Using multiple colours of Foil in one project using Cricut Design Space

Have you purchased the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill? If you have, I hope you love it as much as I do! It makes it so easy to foil text and images using your Cricut Explore or Maker.
There is one drawback that I've found though when using the Explore or Maker, and that's the fact that you can't easily pause the machine where you want. This makes it difficult to remove the foil from a project before it goes on to cut your cardstock, or to easily change colours of foil. 

And until recently, there was no way to tell the order that Design Space was going to draw with in projects that used more than one colour.

However, there seems to have been an update that has made it possible to predict the pen colour order.  (Click here to download the chart from my Google Drive)

The following process will force the cutting mat to be pulled back towards you, allowing you to remove your foil and add the next colour.

🔷 Add an 11.5" x 11.5" square to your canvas. Change the colour to white so you’ll be able to see your images/text on top.  If you’ve already added your images/text to the mat, select the square, click Arrange, Send to Back. 



  If you're using the desktop version of Design Space you can also use the Template option and select the basic canvas and set it to 11.5 x 11.5".  This option isn't available in the mobile apps. 

  You're only using this square as a guide for placement of your images/text. It will be deleted later.

🔷 Place the text/images you want to foil towards the bottom of the square. Make sure you have set their Linetype to Draw.  Count how many different colours of foil you'll be using. I'm just using four of the basic shapes for this tutorial. 



🔷 At the top of the large square place some small shapes and again make sure you set their Linetype to Draw. You'll need one less shape than the number of colours of foil you'll be using. 



In my example I'm using four colours of foil, so I have three shapes at the top of the square.

Next you’ll be changing the pen colour of each of your images/text and shapes. Use the chart at the end of this document as a guide. The chart shows the order that the colours are drawn in Design Space. Black will always be drawn first and yellow will always be drawn last.

🔷 Click the colour swatch button and set the colour of your first image to a colour that’s low in the colour chart. 

In my example, I’ve set my first image (the square) to Dark Green.


   

🔷 Next, set the colour of the first shape at the top to a colour that comes further down in the chart. I’ve set my first star shape to Blueberry which is 5 colours below the Dark Green.

   


🔷 Set the colour of your next image (in my example - the circle) to another colour further down in the colour chart. I’ve used Candy Crystal.

    


🔷 Again, set the colour of your next extra shape at the top of the mat to something that comes after the previous colour. In my case I’ve set the next star to Magenta.

    

🔷 Continue this process, making sure that you move from bottom to top, bottom, to top etc always selecting a colour further down in the colour chart. Here's mine with four "images" at the bottom and three shapes at the top.


🔷 Now that you've set up all your colours you can delete or hide the 11.5" square.

🔷 This next step is VERY important: Select all the images/text and shapes and click the Attach button to hold everything in place.  If you don’t do this step, the colour order will be ignored, and the images will not be placed in the correct position.



Now you're ready to set up your cutting mat. 

🔷 Place the cardstock/material you’ll be foiling at the bottom of your Cricut mat so it covers the area that you'll be foiling. Place your first colour of foil in the correct position on your material.

🔷 At the top of the mat you can place some scrap cardstock. There's no need to put foil on this scrap piece.

🔷 Click the "Make it" button. The Prepare screen should show your images for foiling at the bottom and your extra shapes at the top. If that's not the case, then go back and make sure you selected and attached everything.

🔷 Click the Continue button, select your Cricut device and the material type.

Design Space will prompt you to insert the first colour "pen".  This will be the colour you'll use for your first foiled image. You should have your Foil Quill heated (for at least 5 minutes) and inserted into the Accessory housing of the Cricut.



🔷 Load the cutting mat into the Cricut and click the flashing Go button.  Your first image will be foiled.

🔷 When that image has been foiled, you’ll be prompted for the next pen colour. 



🔷 Press the Go button and the blade carriage will move to the top of the mat and “foil” your first extra shape. (There’s no foil there so the Foil Quill will just move over the scrap of cardstock.)

🔷 The carriage will then stay in that top position and you’ll be prompted for the next colour.
This will be the colour of your second foiled image.



🔷 While the blade carriage is at the top of the mat, remove the first colour of foil (admire how pretty it looks!) and place your next colour of foil. (Be careful not to place the tape on the image you have just foiled.)  At this point you can also change to a different size Foil Quill if you need to.

🔷 Once you're ready to proceed, press the Go button and the carriage will move to the bottom of the cutting mat and foil your next image.

🔷 You’ll then be prompted for the next pen colour. This will be the next extra shape at the top of the mat. Press the Cut button so that the carriage moves to the top and “foils” that shape.

When you’re prompted for the next pen colour, remove your foil and replace with your next colour of foil.

Continue this process until all your images have been foiled.  This image shows the order of how each image will be drawn/foiled and how the blade carriage will move from bottom to top.



I know it looks confusing, so I recommend you create a test project to see how it works.  There’s no need to add the foil. You don’t even need to insert the Foil Quill or a pen to test it out. You will get to see how the carriage moves from top to bottom and how Design Space prompts for the pen colour.

If you like you can use the Design Space file I created while writing this tutorial. Here's the link: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/145522630


This image shows how I set up a real project:



And here’s the completed project




Please feel free to contact me if you need help.  You can comment below or post a question at either of my Facebook groups: Foil Quill Fans or Cricut Explore, Maker and More.

Product info: (affiliate links)

If you're looking to purchase the Foil Quill you can get 10% off at Scrapbook.com by using the code NSD2019. (All-In-One kit currently out of stock). (Offer expires Sunday, May 5th at midnight, MST.) 

You can also find it at Amazon

The butterflies are from Design Space and are free if you have a Cricut Access subscription

Foil Quill Fans font is the Bon Voyage Duo from Creative Fabrica. Use code ExploreMore20 to save 20% on products and subscriptions.

Get your Cricut Explore or Maker and supplies at Cricut here: CRICUT.COM

(Current Cricut sale details HERE

Or at Amazon HERE

You can download a PDF version of this tutorial from my Google Drive HERE.

Happy crafting!  ♥






Wednesday, February 13, 2019

CRICUT - Valentine's Mystery Box

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Cricut have released a Valentine's Mystery Box. This is a physical mystery box and is available to US and Canada customers only. 

Price is $39.99. If your order is over $50 you can use code CREAM10 to save 10% and get free shipping. List of contents is below.

You can purchase yours here: http://shrsl.com/1fzzg



Here's what's included:


  • Printed Vinyl - In Bloom Pink (Removable) 3 sheets - 12" x 17"
  • Iron on Foil Sampler - Spring Meadow 4 sheets - 12" x 12"
  • Premium Vinyl - All Occasion sampler (Removable) 12 sheets 12"x12"
  • Premium Vinyl - Meadow Sampler (Removable) 6 Sheets 12x12
  • Designer Fabric - Apricot & Persimmon Sampler
  • Glitter Cardstock Sampler - Brights (10 Sheets)
  • Extra Fine Tip Pen set - Basic 
  • Plus - either a NEW STYLE Light Grip mat OR a NEW STYLE Standard Grip mat. These new mats are being tested. You'll find instructions in the box on where to go to give your feedback on the new mat.



Happy crafting!  ♥






Sunday, January 20, 2019

Knockout text - three ways

If you have been wondering how to do the very popular Knockout Text effect, then I have three new videos for you.

In each video I should you how to create your Knockout text and how to use it in Cricut Design Space.

Knockout text in Design Space

Knockout text in Inkscape
Knockout text in Sure Cuts a Lot 5

The Sure Cuts a Lot 5 method is by far the quickest and easiest, but of course Design Space and Inkscape are free programs. Hopefully one of the methods will work for you.

If you're looking to purchase Sure Cuts a Lot you can get it here: 


Happy crafting!  ♥






Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cricut Mystery Boxes

There are currently FIVE Mystery Boxes available at Cricut. Three are from this month (Thanksgiving box, regular November box and the Holiday box) plus two Cuttlebug Mystery boxes that were released in March 2018. There were several other boxes but they are now sold out. So be quick!  The two Cuttlebug boxes are $10 cheaper than they were when first released.

(This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.)

Use code NARELLE on purchases over $50 to save 10% and receive free US/Canada shipping.




Here's the contents and links for each box:

Thanksgiving Mystery Box - $39.99

Glitter Gel Pen Set, Brights (5 ct.)
Deluxe Paper, Marvel® Avengers Assemble
Disney® Deluxe Paper, Vintage Mickey
Disney® Deluxe Paper, Princess Magic
Premium Vinyl - Permanent, Black
Premium Vinyl - Permanent, Maize
Premium Vinyl - Permanent, Red
Premium Vinyl™ Sampler, Brights – Permanent
Premium Vinyl™ , Turquoise – Removable
Premium Vinyl™ Sampler, Basics – Permanent
Holographic Sparkle Vinyl, Red


Holiday Mystery Box - $29.99

Gel Pen Set, Dark Petals (5 ct.)
Fine Point Pen Set, Wisteria (5 ct.)
Glitter Tape Sampler Pack
Essential Vinyl Tool Set
Fabric Shears, 8″
TrueControl Knife
Rotary Cutter, 45 mm


November Mystery Box - $29.99 - Available in the US only

Pen Set
Party Foil (four rolls)
Holographic Iron-On
Holographic Vinyl (two rolls)
Permanent Outdoor Vinyl
Glitter vinyl
Faux leather

Colors will vary depending on what is in stock at the time of purchase.

March 2018 Cuttlebug Mystery Box #1 - $29.99 ($99.67 value)

Designer Fabric Sampler
Anna Griffin All Heart Cut & Emboss Dies
Anna Griffin Paper Tricks Embossing Folders


March 2018 Cuttlebug Mystery Box #2 - $29.99 ($125.87)

Anna Griffin Mix and Match Framed Sentiments
Anna Griffin Paper Tricks 2 Embossing Folders


Mystery Boxes are avaible in the US and Canada only. Because of Marvel and Disney licencing restrictions the Thanksgiving box is only available in the US.

Contents may vary depending on what is in stock at the time of purchase.


Hope you grab a bargain.


Happy crafting!  ♥






Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cricut - Using Iron on Vinyl on Cardstock

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Have you ever used iron on vinyl (also known as heat transfer vinyl or HTV) on cardstock?

If you haven't, you should give it a try. It's so much easier when you're working with lots of small pieces/letters that you want to keep positioned exactly as they are cut.

For example... this Merry Christmas image was cut with cardstock. It was really tricky trying to line up each line of text and even when I was finished I wasn't happy with how it looked. Because the image was quite small it was also quite flimsy which made it even harder to line everything up.

I have in the past used painters tape or drywall tape to try and transfer my cardstock from the cutting mat to my project, but that hasn't been terribly successful.

That's why using iron on vinyl on cardstock is so much easier. Once you weed your vinyl the clear transfer sheet keeps everything in place. All you need to do is iron on each colour individually.

The heat settings for Cricut regular vinyl on cardstock when using the Cricut EasyPress is 140°C/280°F for 30 seconds.

For Cricut glitter vinyl it's 145°C/290°F for 30 seconds.

When ironing on multiple colours I generally heat press the first colour for 20 seconds, carefully remove the clear coversheet (some bits might not be totally adhered so go slowly), then place the next colour and press again. When I get to my last colour I press for the full 30 seconds.

This week I took it a step further and used HTV on cardstock that I had embossed. I thought I'd show you the results of my testing. :)

I wanted to see which worked better... embossing then ironing on the vinyl, or doing the iron on first, then embossing.

The two photos below show you the results when using regular Cricut Iron on.
Both work fine, but if you don't want to see the imprint of the embossing on your vinyl then you should emboss first, then add your iron on. (You can see in the first photo that there was one small area when you could ever so slightly see the embossing). 

The next thing I wanted to test was using Glitter heat transfer vinyl.

I used the same Christmas Tree image as in my first photo. Here are the results:

The image on the left was embossed first then ironed on. The image on the right was ironed on first then embossed.

On an image this small you can't really see much differenence. However, like the blue sample above, the embossing has been pressed into the vinyl if you emboss last.

For that reason, I prefer embossing first then applying the iron on vinyl.

As a side note, heat pressing the embossed cardstock didn't appear to flatten the embossing at all. But when applying the iron on first I noticed that in the areas around the image it didn't emboss as deeply.

Which is another reason to emboss first. 😊


I hope this has encouraged you to try using heat transfer vinyl on cardstock.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!  ♥






Monday, November 12, 2018

Free Double Pleated card cut file

It's Day 6 of our Let's Get Festive 2018 event over at Cricut Explore, Maker and More Facebook group.

Today's project is a Double Pleated Card. Also known as a Double Pleated Curtain card.

Here are my two sample cards.

  


Here's my assembly video for the card on the left.



You can get the free Design Space cut file for this project in my Facebook group.



Happy crafting!  ♥






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