I know…it’s a Mystery Box…aren’t the contents suppose to be a mystery?
The folks at Cricut are encouraging us to show off projects we make with the contents, so I thought I would share mine. If you are interested in buying this Mystery Box, there is still time to buy it…but I’m guessing not much time, so trot on over here to buy it: My link to the Digital Mystery Box
This is a DIGITAL Mystery Box, so that means there’s no waiting for your box to arrive. It shows up in your Design Space right away!
You get lots and lots of great content with this digital MB. Two groups of projects stand out to me right away.
The first is the always beautiful projects from Leo and friends over at Dreaming Tree. One of the projects is this beautiful tray with potted hydrangeas! Now everyone knows that hydrangeas are one of my favorites, so I gladly forked over the $7 for the file from Dreaming Tree last year. Now you can save that money and get it and quite a few others with this purchase! Isn’t it beautiful?
And the second set of projects is all mandalas!!! I think there are five different mandalas that can be cut in vinyl or even iron-on. Plus there are projects that can be colored with pencils. Who doesn’t love coloring?
Here’s my half weeded mandalas I did in silver vinyl. Lots of weeding here if you like that! I’m about to cut one for my niece in the new Cricut SportFlex material for her yoga jacket in a blue metallic! Oooh!
One final thing. If you are a Cricut Access subscriber, you will automatically get HALF off this digital Mystery Box…making it only $15 for all these fabulous projects!
I adore Subway Art! I see it everywhere now, too. It’s nice when you can make it yourself, don’t you think? That way you can customize the size and colors used in the project.
What’s that? You say you are a little intimidated by creating Subway Art with more than one color? I was, too! Until I decided to figure out the easiest way for me to accomplish this technique. And I’m about to show you what that is!
There are all kinds of great Subway Art files available on the internet these days–some for free and some for a small fee. For my examples today, I am going to be using some files from Burton Avenue (http://www.burtonavenue.com) with permission, of course!
I like Burton Avenue because the owner, Angie, has weekly freebies available, but also has Bundled Specials for a very low price. These bundled graphics are usually available seasonally. For example, Burton Avenue currently has a wonderful bundle of 10 Valentine’s Day images for just $1 for each graphic. This is a phenomenal deal even if you aren’t going to use all 10 files right away. Once you pay for a graphic (they conveniently take PayPal!), you will download the file(s) to your computer in a zip file. Unzip your file and then you can upload the files to Design Space (I cover this process in this post: Up Your Christmas Ornament Game)
When you upload one of the multicolored graphics, you will want to make some adjustments to the original file to make it easier for you to cut and align your multi-colored vinyl project. It’s not very hard to do, but you do need to concentrate when working with very complex files.
To do this, pull one of the files into Design Space and resize it to your completed size first. Once the file is the size you want, go to the top right nav bar and choose Ungroup.
Here is the project I have chosen to work with on this tutorial:
You can see that the image comes “grouped”. Before you Ungroup the image and work with each color, determine the total size you want the completed project to be. Perhaps you have a blank sign or area of your wall and you will want to resize it before preparing it for cutting. Once the entire image is the size you want, you can go ahead and isolate each of the colors and then attach them.
The following screen shots show how I have isolated each of the colors and attached them to each other. Once you have done this with each color, you are ready to cut them out:
When you go to cut, you will notice that each color cuts out separately and in exactly the same way they appear in the finished project:
Once you cut out all your colors, weed them and then place them together.
Important note: Some people advise using transfer tape to layer your colors together. For me, this is too difficult. I weed the words and then cut the backing (substrate) and piece them all together before applying transfer tape. I realize this method may require a bit more vinyl, but I have unsteady hands and I simply can’t do all that layering. For this I often use tape to hold some of the pieces in place, but most of the time I just cut around the words and save the smaller vinyl pieces for a future project. Obviously if this method doesn’t work for you, you can use the transfer tape method…whatever works for you!
Last week saw a tutorial for Christmas Ornaments that didn’t require using glitter or polyurethane or waiting and I made a mental note to play around with the idea. Here is what I came up with.
Please note: This is NOT my original idea. I could not find the original tutorial. In an effort to explain how it works to my Facebook Group: “Cricut Newbies and Pros”, I slapped together this tutorial.
I apologize for the rush job, but it is just before Thanksgiving and I’ve got a million things to do.
So here is a Floating Glittery Christmas Ornament and it was made–on the cheap–with my Cricut Explore and a few, easy to find materials.
3″ plastic craft ornaments <–do get plastic as it makes this project very “kid friendly” and reduces the chance of breakage, available at Michael’s
Transparent acetate OR the cover to your Cricut mat!
Glitter or ribbon, if desired
In Cricut Design Space, place a 2.5″ circle and a one half inch square together and weld together. Here’s a screen shot of my project to show you what I mean:
Cut this shape with acetate or your Cricut cutting mat using Custom Settings, Magnet Medium. I’m so sorry this picture is hard to see…
Design your image. Put whatever you want. I happened to have these designs from somewhere, so I used them. Only “rule” is you need to keep your design within the shape of the acetate. I used glitter vinyl to cut out my designs and then weeded it. I am not a big fan of weeding…
After weeding, adher your glitter to the acetate making sure the image does not overlap on your acetate. You may want to use transfer tape.
Next careful roll your design in a tube like so:
Make sure the square part is “last in” so it will be at the opening of the ornament.
Release the roll inside the ornament. The acetate will unfurl, but you may want to use tweezers or another tool to adjust it so it is right in the middle of the ball. That’s the “floating” part.
Replace ornament top or you can add glitter for more effect. Add a bow if you’d like, too!
And that’s it folks! Super easy!! Kid friendly and very inexpensive to make, too! I hope you try it and let me know what you think.