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Friday, February 10, 2017

Don't Worry, Cricut is Easy to Learn!

Hello friends, it's Friday! I hope you've had a great week and have something to look forward to this weekend as well. Maybe it's some crafting time! If you have a Cricut Explore sitting in a box that you haven't opened yet, this would be the perfect time. And I'm going to show you that the machine and the software, Design Space, are easy to learn and use.



In the process, I'll be making an easy, last minute Valentine's Day banner. I have my mantel all decorated, and this will make a perfect addition to my Valentine decor.



Supplies (some affiliate links)

Fabric banner (purchase a blank one or make your own - this one's by Heidi Swapp)
Polka dot vinyl
Glitter gold iron-on vinyl
Pink glitter iron-on vinyl
Cricut Explore Air

Step 1
Measure the flag size of the banner so you'll know how big to make the vinyl hearts. My hearts needed to be 3 inches wide. Open Cricut Design Space and click the "add shape" button and select the heart. 



Click "Edit" to change the width of the heart to the right size for the banner.




Step 2
Decide the pattern of vinyl colors you want on your banner. I decided to alternate pink and black with a single gold heart in the middle. So I need 4 pink hearts and 6 black. Then just 1 gold.

Step 3
Click "Go" to send the cuts to the machine. **Normally you would need to mirror any cuts out of iron-on vinyl, but since these hearts are symmetrical, I'm not going to worry about it. Put the gold vinyl on the mat and cut out 1 heart, making sure that the dial is turned to "custom" and you've selected "iron-on, glitter" in the drop down menu.

Then send the pink iron-on through the machine and change the number of projects to 4 and click apply. Then cut.

For the black polka dots, change the number to 6, click apply, and move the dial back to vinyl (then you can click the 2x speed box too)


Step 4
Weed the vinyl. If you're not familiar with the term, weeding just means removing the extra vinyl around the cutout, and any inside parts, like the insides of letters. Apply the iron-on vinyl using a medium heat iron and pressing down on the heart for about 20 seconds. The regular vinyl just sticks down like a sticker.




And that's it! It looks great over my fireplace with all my other Valentine's decor. 





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What do you think? Have any questions? Let me know!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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1 comment:

  1. LOVEly! I've yet to try fabric or iron on vinyl in my Cricut, but I really want to. A banner would be a great place to start, thank you for the fab share!

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