This is what I shared at She'sASassyLady's blog today.
Some of you might have noticed, but I still wanted to share how the new Cricut Handbooks look like for those of you that have not yet done so.
I really like the new handbooks a lot better than the older ones. These handbooks are more detailed and have larger pictures of the layers and designs.
I so wanted to get this cart from the day it was released. I later found out that it would be an exclusive cartridge to Joann (I do not know for how long), so I immediately visited Joann online and almost daily after that. I was finally able to purchase at a Joann store on the 12th. It is the cutest cartridge in my opinion. Anyway, I created this Two-Page LO for my Ahijada (Goddaughter) to give to her on Saturday (her birthday party).
Tip one: Use vellum when you want to soften the look of your patterned paper.
Here/above you see it without vellum....
Here/above you see it with the vellum on it!
Once I decided on my design of choice, I printed my pictures and set out to create on my Gypsy.
Tip two: By designing on the Gypsy it really helps you save paper and stretch your designs to dimensions you would not be able to create/cut on your machine otherwise.
Above you can see the cuts....
and below you can see my boo boo caused by enlarging my screen and making sure you/I measured my/your paper correctly!... this would be Tip #3
The S on Sweet was cut outside the paper, so instead of saving paper, I had to waste/use more paper!
But all is well....
Tip #4: Best Cardstock in my opinion is AC (American Crafts). I have used at least five different brands that I can think of at this moment on the Cricut Expression, Pazzles Inspiration, SilhouetteSD, Cricut Imagine and eCraft. I find that AC cuts the cleanest (some might say, cuts like butter). It is Heavy Weight (80 lbs.) and it does not have a white core, so if you do not want/wish to ink, you do not have to.
Tip #5: I always cut twice on any machine for a cleaner cut. i.e. I usually lower the blade number to a 3 when the suggestion is 4 and cut twice.
Tip #6: I used to re-glue my mats with a wide Zig two-way glue. I just recently tried repositionable glue sticks by Scotch and it works better. I tried it on my oldest mat (a year old) and have cut at least 5 times all over and it still holds my cardstock in place.
Share #2: I really like quillin glue and the needle tip container that it comes in, but it is more economical to me to use the glue that I really like which is Scotch tacky quick dry glue and pour into this bottle that I purchased at Michael's. It comes with several stainless steel tips to fit your preference. I found it were they have all the items to make/embellish t-shirts. Tip #7: It does not come with a cover, but a metal piece to clean the nozzle when you are done using. I do not want to clean and rinse after every single use, so I use a stainless steel head pin to keep covered. Please note: if you use a regular pin, it will rust.
Share #3: This Quicker-Poker-Picker-Upper is the most handy tool to pick up small pieces and glue in place. And a very handy tool (opposite end) to poke your cardstock that gets stuck on those very small cuts. You can find it at QuicKutz.com and other vendors online for around $5.
Tip #8: I do not know if I captured it well here on this picture, but if you want a thicker, chipboard like letters, cut them 2-3 times and layer for that chipboard thicker look. Tip #9: You can see here (click on picture to enlarge) that I purposely placed my brown letters/title a bit to the side to give it that layered look (exposing the pink cardstock).
Additional items used:
I used a dew drop on the hat instead of the center cut.
I used an embossing folder by Sizzix to emboss the blue part of the purse.
I used a mini brad by Tim Holtz on the little hole left when the purse it cut.
Additionally, on the pom pom of the shoes I used flocking glittery powder by running the pom poms through my Xyron. (other people use spray glue, this works good for me).
I also used foam adhesive to adhere the pom poms to the shoes and the "Sweet Girly" title.
And she is truly a Girly Girl.
Well, that was a lot of Tips and Shares!!!
Thanks for sticking with me to the end!!
And thank you for visiting and I do appreciate comments!