The Clique welcomes Cassandra back for her third and final post teaching us more about using the Cricut Explore with downloadable cut files and your Clique Kit! We really enjoyed having you this month Cassandra!
Exploring with Clique Kits - Part 3
Hi Everyone! Welcome back for the final installment of Exploring with Clique Kits. I'm not sure if I'm more sad to be finishing up my time as August's Substitute Teacher or that my gorgeous Glam Camp kit has dwindled down to just a few pieces. I have absolutely loved being part of all the Glam Camp fun and just want to say a huge THANK YOU to the CK Gals for letting me play along.
For my last project, I wanted to add a little CK flair to a major trend in today's crafting world. Background overlays are very popular so I searched for an overlay in Cricut DesignStudio and found a fun circle overlay. I then went ahead and welded some of the cute hearts from the CK digital files from Glam Camp. Adding the little hearts really helped to personalize it. I went ahead and cut the overlay with my Cricut Explore using plain cardstock and then I embossed it with a gold embossing powder... LOVE how it turned out!
I really wasn't sure where this project was going when I started and didn't have a picture in mind, I just started to create. I ended up getting the inspiration to create my first page for my crafty album where I plan to keep all the layouts of pictures from my mommy getaways and scrappy retreats... I went with the title, For the Love of Scrap and used my Explore to cut out the "Love" part of my title... I used a Project Life card which made it such a quick and easy process. Here's a peek -
To finish up I sprinkled a few gold sequins and flower embellishment from my Close to My Heart stash. Check them out here...
And here's the whole layout all together!
Again, I just want thank you all and the CK gals for the opportunity to play along as August's Substitute Teacher. I hope I've inspired you to dig out your die-cutting machines, whether you have a Cricut or a Silhouette... and I hope you start having fun with those wonderful digi-files that come with your kit!
I'll see you around the Clique!
We love the gold embossing on the background die cut and we especially love the addition of the Clique Kits hearts to the circle lattice design-isn't that clever? A beautiful layout for a beautiful photo to document your journey into scrapbooking. Now that you are hooked, we hope you continue on this journey for a long, long time!
-xThe Clique Kits Girls
Happy Monday all! Jody here today with a fun tutorial on how I die cut wool felt and fabric with my Cricut. Yes that is correct, you CAN cut fabric, felt and other materials with your Cricut machine. You just need a few specific supplies, it's actually pretty easy.
Here's your supply list for this technique:
** Heat & Bond ~ available at your local craft or fabric store
** Wool felt ~ not the kind you buy in your local craft store. You need the good stuff for this technique. Here's a great site I use ~ Prairie Joint Junction
** Clothes Iron & Ironing Board (or counter area and an old towel)
** Cricut Deep Cut Blade (not pictured)
Let's talk about the wool felt first. I tried the polyester craft felt found at Hobby Lobby and it is NOT the same as the nice wool felt. The wool felt is much more dense and doesn't pull apart like craft felt does easily. I highly recommend investing in the wool felt for this technique. Or, you can cut fabric in the same manner.
First, you'll need to follow the instructions for the Heat & Bond to adhere it to one side of the wool felt. This is very easy to do and that's coming for this girl who HATES ironing! The Heat & Bond serves as a fabric stabilizer and gives you a nice smooth surface for adhering to your Cricut mat. I do recommend a newer or stickier mat to keep the felt from shifting on the mat. After you iron on the Heat and Bond, remove the paper backing to reveal the shiny and smooth 'iron-on' side of your felt. Place the prepped wool felt onto your sticky Cricut mat just as you would any paper or cardstock.
Some additional technicalities: I set my Deep Cut Blade to 6, pressure and speed to Max. I slowed my speed down to High for the "Hello" die cut shown above. I also engaged my multi-cut function to cut the image twice. If you're not very familiar with these settings or with your Cricut machine, take this opportunity to play with it!!
After you've die cut your image, carefully lift it from your mat. Depending on the thickness of your wool felt, you may have to trim a bit with your fine point scissors. I usually don't have to do this though. Overall, pretty easy right!
I hope you enjoyed making your own felt embellishments with me in the Locker room today. Happy Scrapping!!!
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