• Cricut,  Video Series

    A Simple Way To Layer Multiple Vinyls

    Are you struggling with how to layer multiple vinyls on your project?

    I used to, but not anymore!

    I know many of you can relate to how frustrating layering vinyl can be. Sometimes I hear blaming myself for having too much coffee because my hands would shake when I am trying to line up the whole image to the other parts of the vinyl. Eyes get all crisscrossed or I just barely touched the first layer with my second layer of vinyl, then it gets stuck and it’s all ruined. Next thing you know, you’re saying goodbye to the whole project and talking crap to yourself. Because that just cost you money (or maybe that’s just me haha).

    So I wanted to share what has helped me layering multiple pieces of vinyl.

    Log in to your Cricut Design Space and click new project. We are going to do this start to finish.

    * Design Space *

    On this screen, screen canvas/workspace, Unicorn is a great example to use because there are multiple layers/colors on this image.

     

    On the right side panel, you will see the how many layers and colors of the image you have on your canvas/workspace.

     

    And if you’re unsure of how many colors you have on your canvas or workspace. Just click on the next tab of the “Layers”, which it’s the “Color Sync” tab. This will show you exactly how many colors you have on your canvas/workspace.

     

    Let’s go to the left side panel and grab a shape. Choose a square because I am going to create our own registration marks that will guide us through the layering).

     

    (Unlock the square) We are going to resize the square to a rectangle. Then click “duplicate” on the top right side panel of the screen.

     

    Choose/select both rectangles. Click Align, go down and choose “Align Bottom”. Then weld the rectangles together (preference).

     

    I center the rectangles below the image (preference). Then I select all of the layers, including the rectangles.

     

    Then click duplicate (which FYI, I will be doing this multiple times).

     

    Now that I’m done with duplicating the images.

     

    As you can see on the first image (top left), I already removed some of the layers; such as the flowers and horn.

     

    And I will continue to delete different layers for each image. Delete what I don’t want and only keep what I need for each image. You can also hide the layers if you’d like, or whichever works for you is just fine. Just don’t delete the bars/registration marks.

     

    Select all. And on the bottom right panel, click “attach”. Then click “Make It”.

     

    It will take you to this screen, where it previews your images on the mat. What I usually do is I get my green cutting mat ready along with the pieces of vinyl I need. I use this screen as my reference to know how big are my vinyl should be and where I should place them on my physical green mat.

     

    FYI. There is a zoom in/out on the left side of the mat onto your screen. I use this so I can see better where to place the pieces of vinyl on my physical mat. Once you are ready to cut, just click “continue”.

    Load your mat and press start. *** Once it’s done the cutting, unload the mat and remove the pieces of vinyl off the mat. ***
    Weed the vinyl and try not to remove the rectangle/registration marks.

    * Layering Vinyl Process *

     

    Here are the steps on layering vinyl.

    STEP 1. – Take transfer tape and placed it on top of the first layer.

    STEP 2. – Take the scraper and burnish.

     

     

     

     

    STEP 3. – Fold the backing of the vinyl about half an inch, where the rectangle/registration box is the only ones exposed. These boxes are the ones that we are going to use to line it up to the other boxes that are on the other layers.

     

     

     

    STEP 4. – Line up the 1st layer of the rectangle bars/registration box on top of the 2nd layers rectangle bars/registration box. Press the vinyl from the middle, and burnish as you remove the backing of the vinyl. (If you’re comfortable enough, you can also remove the backing of the vinyl as you burnish).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Done with the first and second layer.

    Now go back and repeat STEPS 3 and 4 of the Layering Vinyl Process.

    It’s that simple.

     

     

    You can also watch my video tutorial below or check my newbie playlist on YouTube 

     

     



     

  • Cricut,  Video Series

    Deer Head with 3D Flowers on a Canvas

    These deer head decors are so trendy right now, especially to die-cut owners. Crafters are placing them on mugs, tumblers, tote bags, shirts, sweaters and home decors. I have a blank canvas left in my closet and I thought I should make one for my small closet craft room.

    These are the supplies I used for the deer head alone:

    • Vinyl
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Paper Plate (I use this to mix paint and where I place my used brush)
    • Spouncer (some refers to pouncer, round foam)
    • Canvas

     

     

    I own a Cricut machine that will cut the vinyl stencil for me, and I weeded the vinyl from the inside to pull the vinyl out. Many will refer this as reverse weeding. Now that I’ve removed the vinyl out, the deer head is more visible for me to trim the excess vinyl that I don’t need, and saved it for smaller future projects.

    Cut a contact paper, same size as the stencil. And keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be perfect, I just needed this to transfer the vinyl to the canvas. Removed the backing of the contact paper, about an inch or two. Then placed it on top of the vinyl, and then grabbed my scraper and burnished. Gently removed the backing of the contact paper as I burnished at the same time.


    My usual process of placing a vinyl down is just eyeballing. But his time, I used a laser for the first time to see if this will help me place the image evenly onto the canvas (I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling to stare at white backgrounds. And I am hoping the laser would assist my eyes better). Then I folded the backing of the vinyl, about an inch, and I lined up the vinyl on to the laser line. Removed the backing of the vinyl, and burnished the vinyl on to the canvas.

     

     

    Gently remove the contact paper away from the vinyl, and you will notice that parts of the vinyl will lift. Which it’s normal, just press the outline, or rub with ur fingers to ensure that the vinyl sticks back on to the canvas.

    Next is to prepare and mix the acrylic paint. I started with the light brown, and added white to make it lighter.

     

     

    Once the paint is completely mixed. I grabbed my spouncer and lightly dipped it on to the mixed paint, and pounced all over the outline of the stencil on to the canvas. I always double check that the acrylic paint has fully covered the outline of the stencil.

     

    I was done painting and the paint is still wet. I gently removed the stencil vinyl away from the canvas and let it dry for a couple of hours.

    Next, is to work on the 3D flowers, vines, and leaves. Which were already cut with my Cricut machine as well.

    These are the supplies I used for the flowers, vines, and leaves:

     

     

    Grabbed one of the template flowers and stuck it at the beginning of the paper into the quilling tool. Then rolled the paper towards me. My left hand/palm was the guide to ensure that the flower stayed rolled as I was rolling the rest of the flower with my right hand.

    When I was almost done, at the end of rolling I pulled the quilling tool away and made adjustments to the flower (loosen it, it may be too tight). And FYI, the flower can easily slip from your fingers and unroll. This can be tricky and may take some time if this is something you don’t do often.

    You will notice at the end of the flower paper, there will be a tab-like and that needed to be folded and make a crease. I reached for the hot glue gun and I placed a small amount of hot glue on the bottom of the flower. Not the tab itself. Closed it and held it for about 5 seconds to dry before letting go.

     

    Done with all the flowers, and the paint was completely dry on the canvas.

    I set up and placed the flowers, vines, and leaves randomly on to the deer’s head, without glue. I’d say feel free to throw, play and switch them around to see what look you prefer. Just have fun with it!

     

     

    This was such an easy and adorable decor to make. You can place this anywhere you like. This project adds up a little and more happiness into my small closet craft room.

     

     

     

     

     

    Watch my video tutorial or check my Cricut Newbie Playlist on YouTube 

  • Cricut,  Video Series

    Curve Feature in Cricut Design Space is Here!

    Exciting news for us Cricuters, it is absolutely a game changer! Here is what every Cricuters has been waiting for, the “CURVE” feature in Cricut Design Space is finally here! Woohoo! Which means for the Cricut Newbies, there’s no need to learn this part of it on Inkscape or other programs. * wink *

    Here’s a step by step tutorial and a video on my small channel on YouTube.

    On the left side of the panel, click on Text (and you will notice that a panel on top will show you the “Curve” feature but it is grayed out).

     

    Once you enter a text, you will see that the “Curve” feature will be available to use.

     

    Click the dot and glide all the way to the right to make a full circle.

     

     

    I’ve played with the feature to see what distorted curved text looks like. You can either just duplicate the text or enter a new one. And then unlock the text and adjust the size or rotate the text to see what you prefer.

     

    There’s also new button “Advanced” next to the “Curve” button.
    Click “Advanced” and let’s try ungrouping the letters (this is the same feature on the right hand side panel, under the layer tab).

     

    Once the text is ungrouped, you can click on each letter individually.

     

    Select the word and group the letters together.. FYI, the “Curve” feature is not available for curving.


     

     

    Enter text and notice the “Curve” feature on the top panel is available for use.

     

    Select the text, and you will no longer see the “Curve” feature on the top panel.

     

    Now, let me show you that entering a 2 lined text (see photo below), will not allow us to use the “Curve” feature either.

     

    TIPS:
    * Once the text has been welded or ungrouped, the “Curve” feature is no longer available for that particular text.
    * Entering a 2 lined text, will not allow us to use the “Curve” feature.

    And that’s how you use the Curve feature in Cricut Design Space…

    I hope you find this tutorial helpful. And if you have any questions or suggestions, please do leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

    Please subscribe to my channel, so you don’t miss any of my tutorials/projects I am working on. Thank you!

     

     


  • Family Time

    Pennypickle’s Workshop, Temecula CA

    Our family moved to Temecula CA two summers ago and driving around new town gave us an unfamiliar feeling. So one day hubby and I decided to pack the kids for a drive, just to see what is there to do nearby. We needed to get to know the new city and drove by Old Town Temecula. And that is when we found Pennypickle’s Workshop.

    Pennypickle’s Workshop looked small and interesting, so we parked our van, got the kids out and headed straight to the building. The door happened to be closed and had a small sign hanging outside the door, and it was the scheduled hours. Lucky for us, the door will open at noon and it was only a 5-minute wait.

    As soon as you walk in the door, you will step right into the gift shop. There is a $5 admission (2yo & under FREE) and it is a 2-hour session. (FYI. Please make sure to check their website for day/hour schedule before heading to the workshop. They have birthdays and other events that go on).

    Power & Electricity

    Once you paid the admission fee, there will be a small gate that you have to cross, and one of the staff will give you instructions, information about the workshop. We were stamped on our arms and given a clipboard questionnaire/puzzle attached to it (*optional, for additional fun).

    Our kids could hardly contain themselves, and as soon as we said thank you to the staff, our boys just ran off.

    Each room has so much to explore. It’s only been a couple of minutes being in the workshop and I thought, “Wow, what a great place to take your children to!” Even us parents loved being in the workshop.

    Time & Travel

    This place is very interactive, educational and so much fun for everyone!

    The children wanting to touch everything, and you can hear the “oooo’s and aaaa’s”. It was great!

    So if you’re in the area, don’t forget to swing by and take your kids to this workshop. I assure you, you will not regret it.

    One thing you will leave with this place is, you have learned something more and had a great time, all at the same time. Now, what is better than that?

    Don’t be fooled by the way it looked from the outside. The workshop has tons to offer inside, please check out their website for more details.

    Pennypickle’s Workshop (Call 951-308-6376 for information)
    42081 Main St
    Temecula, CA 92590

  • Cricut,  Video Series

    Print and Cut Feature

    Print and Cut feature in Cricut Design Space.

    If you are reading this, I need to let you know that this is NOT the “print and cut” steps that you expect, compared to what others you may find. I did mine slightly different, only because I wanted to use most of my printable vinyl sheet.

    Things I used:
    Cricut Machine Cricut Printable Vinyl
    Brother MFC-J480DW – Inkjet
    Alcohol Pads

    If you’re familiar with Design Space and wanted to use the print and cut feature. On the Layers tab, the image should have a printer next to it.

    When you are ready, click “Make It”

     

    On this screen (visual of your image and mat), click “Continue”

     

    Click “Send to Printer”

     

    A small box will pop-up and you will notice the “BLEED” button is on…

    *Option 1 – Turn OFF the “Bleed” button (recommended), then click “Print”
    *Option 2 – Turn ON the “BIeed” button (when doing shadow/offset/doing knockout)

     

    I don’t know what settings your printer is on, but I do recommend that you choose the best/quality printing option, then click “Print”

     

    Loaded the printer with the printable vinyl (please check how your printer should be loaded, because mine is facing right side down). Once it’s printed, I manually cut mine due to wanting to use most of my printable vinyl sheet.

     

    Watch my version of “PRINT AND manually CUT” (in my case)… Happy Cricuting!😁💜