Friday, August 11, 2017

CRICUT: Welding in Design Space

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Here's an article I recently wrote about Welding in Design Space. Hope you find it helpful.


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Q: What is Weld?
A: Welding is used to join text or images together so they cut as one.  For example:

These two samples of text are unwelded. There is space between all the letters and that’s how they will cut out.


The text below is welded. The letters have been moved closer together so they touch and then weld has been selected from the Layers panel. How you see it is how it will cut. (Note that some letters do still have spaces between them, but that’s because they look better that way.)

Script text usually looks best when it’s welded.



Non script text generally looks better unwelded.



But welding isn’t just for fonts.  You can weld images together too.

Say I want to use this image to create a title across a scrapbook page.




I just duplicate the image the number of times I want on my layout, position them how I want them…




... then making sure they are touching, select them all and Weld.



Now they’ll cut as one object instead of 5 separate objects.



Another example would be if you want to make a shaped card.

Let’s say you have this cute frog image from the Live Simply Cricut cartridge and you’d like to create a card that shape...








Start by adding that shape to your Design Space canvas.
Using the Edit bar, change the size to the height and/or width you want your finished card to be.







With the image selected go to the Layers panel and select Ungroup.





Click on the bottom frog layer then select Duplicate.







A copy of the bottom layer will appear.

Click on the “eye” next to the three middle layers to hide them.  


Now only the two solid layers will be showing.






Decide whether you want a vertical folding card or a horizontal folding card. For this tutorial I’ll be making it a top folding card.




Select the top frog

From the Edit toolbar click the Flip button then select Flip Vertical. The image will be flipped upside down.






To ensure that the two images are symmetrical we also need to flip the top image horizontally.

With the image still selected click the Mirror Horizontal button.





Now drag the top frog up and position it so the two heads are touching.  

It’s up to you how much you want these two pieces to overlap.


Select both frogs then click on the Align menu from the toolbar and select Align Left.



Now, with both frogs still selected, click the Weld button at the bottom of the Layers Panel.

You can see that the two images have been combined into one.



If you feel that the join isn’t going to be strong enough when the card is folded, select Undo (to reverse the weld process), move the two images slightly closer together then Weld again.


(Make sure that both images are still Aligned left otherwise your edges won’t line up.)





Go back to the Layers panel and click on the closed eyes to show those hidden layers.


Those layers will be positioned beneath the welded layer.

Select the welded layer then click on the Arrange menu and select Move to Back

You can now move the top layers into position on top of the welded layer to see your finished card.




Here it is as a horizontal card.



You can also weld text onto and inside images.



Notes about welding
Welding cannot be undone once you have closed your Design Space file.  You can use the Undo button to reverse the welding process even after saving your project. But if you weld, save and close that project you will not be able to go back and unweld.  It’s always a good idea to duplicate any images/text before you weld.


Happy crafting!  ♥






Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CRICUT: August Mystery Box

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The August Mystery Box from Cricut is here!




This months mystery box is all about the glitter!

Here's what you'll find in the box.

From left to right...



All that for $29.99. (RRP $95.90)

Use my discount code NARELLE to receive 10% discount and free USA/Canada shipping.

That's on top of the Cricut Access and Cricut Circle 10% discounts where applicable. 

As usual, stocks are limited. 


Click below to purchase your Mystery Box

→ → AUGUST MYSTERY BOX ← ←


Coming soon!!
Shop new arrivals from Cricut!



Happy crafting!  ♥





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

10% discount on Cricut Explore Air & Air 2

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Save 10% on the Cricut Explore Air and 


Use code AUGUSTAIR to save 10% and receive free 
USA/Canada shipping.
(This is in addition to the 10% Cricut Access & Cricut Circle discounts where applicable.)

Also applies to Air & Air 2 bundles

Offer Expires August 31, 2017
You can see the entire Cricut Explore Air and Air2 range here:



Happy crafting!  ♥






Sunday, July 23, 2017

CRICUT: New Print then Cut registration marks

If you're struggling with Print then Cut on the desktop version, please make sure you are running the latest version of Design Space. 

The latest desktop version (not the iOS app) replaced the three corner registration marks with a full rectangle that encloses your image. 

This is what you should see around your image when you get to the preview screen. (The arrows are part of my image, not the registration mark.)



If you don't see that, sign out of Design Space, close the Design Space tab (and any other DS tabs you might have open) then open DS again. You should see a message telling you that DS is being updated.





Happy crafting!  ♥




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CRICUT: Digital Mystery Box July 2017

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Cricut have just released a Digital Mystery Box.  There are 4 licensed cartridges all with a Christmas theme.

The cost is $29.99 (val $79.96) less 15% if you use my discount code NARELLE

You can purchase your mystery box here: -->> JULY 2017 DIGITAL MYSTERY BOX

Remember, this is a digital product. No product will be shipped to you.

Here's a preview video of the contents. Enjoy.



Happy crafting!  ♥






Saturday, July 15, 2017

CRICUT: July Mystery Box

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The July Mystery box from Cricut has been released!

For those who love cartridges this is a good one! Included are three cartridges that aren't included in Cricut Access.

Here's a preview of the contents. :)

You can purchase yours here:  https://goo.gl/EZzpkC



The cost of this box is $29.99. Don't forget to use my discount code: NARELLE to receive 15% off your Mystery Box order and get free US/CAN shipping.



Happy crafting!  ♥






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CRICUT: Bargain on Explore Air at Amazon

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It's Amazon Prime day and one of the best bargains of the day is the the blue Cricut Explore Air.

If you don't have Amazon Prime you can sign up for a free 30 day trial so you can catch this bargain.

Prime members can purchase this machine for $140.49!!  

There are limited stocks - Amazon shows this deal as being 53% claimed with just over four hours to go.

You can get yours here: -->> http://amzn.to/2uglErk



Happy crafting!  ♥






Thursday, June 22, 2017

Free font from Fontbundles.net

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Here is this weeks free font from Fontbundles.net. It's free only this week. The download link is below.

Bourgeoise - Free Font of The Week Font



While you're there make sure you check out the newest font bundle - The Little Font Bundle Volume 3. It has 10 fonts that would look great on your projects.



Check out the beautiful hearts in the the Elisscia font. You can access those extra characters using a character map such as NexusFont.



The Little Font Bundle Volume 3 is just $10. If you use my Facebook groups discount code CRICUTANDMORE10 you'll save 10%. All the fonts in this bundle come with an Unlimited Use Commercial License so you can use them in projects that you sell.

Happy crafting!  ♥






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