Monthly Archives: May 2016

June 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

It’s almost June and that means that it’s Dad’s turn to be the theme of our free monthly design downloads. Aaron Meyers has created (3) cards, (1) quote, (1) June calendar design, and (2) calendar icons. As always, the files are in SVG format so that they will work seamlessly with your Explore Air, or Silhouette CAMEO, and more.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the designs (if you are reading this in the blog feed, you will not see them until you click the blog post title). Here are the design concepts:
fathers day best dad card concept available for download

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Memorial Day Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle memorial day card made with cricut everyday fonts

With memorial day this weekend, you may be looking for a couple last minute card ideas. So I made some quick cards that you could easily serve your purposes. I’ll show you how I made them.

For this first card (on the right), I used the Big Day font from the Everyday Fonts Cricut cartridge. The overall size of this card is 3″ x 7″ and the font varies in size from 0.5″ to about 1.0″. In the Design Studio I attached the words to a 3″ x 7″ rectangle and it cut them out of the red colored cardstock and I laid it over white cardstock. I did this to avoid having to glue all the individual letters to my project surface. It also helped to keep all the letters lined up perfectly and evenly spaced.

This is all very easy to do if you are using the Cricut Explore Air machine and the Cricut Design Space. You will just need to select all the objects you want together. So in this case, the words and the rectangle. Then you simply right click and select “attach”. Be aware that once you do this, you can’t change your text unless you detach your objects.

After that, I used a little bit of ribbon, and a star embellishment that I had laying around. That’s it for the first Memorial Day card.memorial day card made with cricut summer celebrations

For this second card, I used the Summer Celebrations Cricut cartridge for the eagle shape and the Calligraphy Collection Cricut cartridge for the font. I used the Black Cricut 0.25 pen with the Explore Air’s draw feature to write on the card.

I would love to see some of your Memorial Day Cricut cartridge ideas that you have had. Please share them with me on our Facebook page.

Save on some of the best material, like American Crafts cardstock. They offer you all kinds of options from different designers that are part of their family of brands, like We R paper, Crate Paper cardstock, and more.

Happy creating!

Cricut Foil Project Ideas

by Richelle NaegleIMG_0775

Have you had a chance to check out our new Cricut Adhesive Foil yet? This material works just like regular craft vinyl – you cut it just like you would vinyl. You can use it for a wide variety of applications, so you will have plenty of Cricut foil project ideas flooding in as soon as you get your hands on it.

Pro tip: There is one difference that you should keep in mind – Cricut foil is a little heavier than vinyl. I still used the same vinyl setting (+1) on the Cricut Explore Air. You’ll notice the difference when you “weed” it because the material is a little stiffer. Even though I prefer the CGull weeding tool, for this vinyl I think the Cricut Weeding Tool works better because it has a thicker point, which seemed to work better for me.

I got a few of the colors (we currently have a variety of Cricut foil colors in stock) and went to town. I originally intended to make just one project, but my plans changed. First I created this great Mother’s Day gallery print (our own Aaron Meyers is the designer and you can get this free SVG file here from our blog post last week).

The gallery print is an 8″ x 10″ and I used the Stainless Teal Cricut Foil. I cut the red hearts out of red Cricut vinyl.

I had two teal hearts leftover and I just stuck them to my Cricut machine. I have seen some pretty creative ways to decorate machines over the years, but had never messed with my own. Why not now? After all, we wouldn’t want those two hearts to be lonely.explore machine

These images are from the BOHO Graphics Cricut cartridge and I mostly used adhesive foil as material. I did use some Purple Glitter Vinyl from Cricut, which should be in-stock in July! Just like the foil, it’s super easy to work with and I LOVE how it turned out on the machine. I think it gives the machine a little bit of my personality. I know a lot of you have decorated your machines. If you have, please share them with me on our Facebook page. I can’t wait to see how you decorated yours!Today is he perfect day to be happy

Last but not least, I needed a new inspirational quote on my wall. I created this with a font on my computer and I cut it out using the Stainless Purple Cricut Foil. The entire design is about 12″ wide and 16″ tall. I think it turned out perfect! Stock up on Explore pens, as well as self-healing Cricut cutting mats.

I can’t wait to see what foil craft project ideas you have. Happy creating!