Archive for June 2011
Get ready for your patriotic picnic or parade with Cricut Vinyl! We love the versatility and practicality of vinyl and we know you will, too. Check out these great ideas for incorporating vinyl into your summer celebrations.
Tired of someone accidentally walking off with your cooler or lawn chair? Use vinyl to label your belongings. It’s easy! Set your Cricut to blad depth 6 and pressure to 2. If you are cutting an intricate shape, be sure to set the speed to medium or low. This will “kiss cut” your image into the vinyl. A “kiss cut” is a cut that only goes through the vinyl leaving the backing liner uncut. The star image I used is from the Cake Basics cartridge. The lettering comes from the Don Juan cartridge.
Next, remove the excess vinyl from your sheet. Place Cricut Transfer Tape over your vinyl image, pressing down firmly with a flat wide burnishing tool (I like to use the Cricut Scraper Tool). At this point, you can layer together different colors of vinyl, if desired, before applying the image to your project. Next, lift up your vinyl image using the transfer tape, pulling the image up gently and at a slight angle to ensure that your vinyl image doesn’t tear as you remove it from the backing liner. Align your image on your project and press down. I like to slightly bend the image in the center and then use my Cricut Scraper to smooth out the image from the center outwards.
I could never find ANYTHING with my name on it as a child. It was always so disappointing. Oh, how I wished I could find something . . . anything . . . even a keychain with my name on it! LOL! How cool is it that we can use our Cricut machines and vinyl to add our children’s names to practically ANYTHING?! Here, I added my children’s names to their water bottles. They will love being able to tell which drink is theirs while having something cold to sip on while watching the parade.
The 4th of July parade we visit each year throws out gobs of candy, and each year I forget to bring something for the kids to collect their goodies in. Not this time! I will be ready! I picked up these sandpails at my local craft store and used the same star motif and font to label a pail for each one of my children. They can even tuck their water bottle inside if they want!
Finally, I found these frisbees at the craft store and decided they would make a fun picnic activity. I spruced them up with a patriotic cut from the Independence Day Seasonal cartridge.
I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and that you will give vinyl a try. There are so many great projects you can create with it. See you soon!
Designed by: Jana Eubank
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression
Cricut Cartridges Used: Cake Basics, Don Juan, Independence Day Seasonal
Other Supplies: Cricut Vinyl (Cotton, Dark Blue, Ruby Red), Cricut Transfer Tape, Cricut Scraper Tool, Cooler, Water Bottles (Michael’s), Sand pails (Michael’s), Frisbee (Michael’s)
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