Did you know that you can make your own stamps with your Cricut? I love that I made this custom wrapping paper using rubber that I cut using my Knife Blade. See how I did it below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Cricut stamps are blowing my mind lately. I’m so excited to be showing you this custom wrapping paper I made using the stamps that I made with my Cricut. Just add a fun gift tag to your present and you’ll never go back to store-bought wrapping paper again…maybe just a few times you’ll give in. 😉So I bought two different kinds of stamp material to try and cut with my Cricut Maker. I bought this 2.3mm thick rubber stamp material and I also bought the Brother Scan-N-Cut stamp sheets. I wanted to test it out on my Cricut Maker using my Knife Blade and the Deep Cut Blade that is available on the Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker.
With the thicker orange rubber material, I could only use my Cricut Maker and the Knife Blade to make these custom stamps. The material is just too thick and you need enough force that the Cricut Maker gives you so that you can cut that material. I made two different stamps, one that was very intricate and one that was simple. I used the setting of 6 oz. Tooling Leather and I would recommend 14-16 passes to get a crisp cut.The only problem that I found with this is that I’d have to buy more material to have it adhere to a wooden block to make the stamp actually useful. It is something called stamp cling material or something similar. Not too sure and I’m not going to worry about it at this time but if I was going to make a stamp that I wanted to keep forever, I would invest in that material.I cut the Brother Scan-N-Cut stamp sheets with my Cricut Maker using the Knife Blade and the Deep Cut Blade. They recommend leaving one of the protective sheets on while cutting but I found that this would get in the way of my blade.
I used the2-3 oz. Tooling Leather setting with both the Knife Blade and Deep Cut Blade to cut this stamp using my Cricut. The Knife Blade recommended 4 passes but I stopped it after two. I should have allowed it to do the four because in the corners it was still stuck and didn’t make a crisp stamp like I would have wanted it. When I cut the stamp material with the Deep Cut Blade, I used the same 2-3 oz. Tooling Leather setting. If you’re using the Cricut Explore, use your custom selection on your Smart Dial. It passed 3 times and was just what I needed.
Just some things I recommend when it comes to cutting stamps with your Cricut.
If you’re going to cut the orange stamp material, you have to use a Knife Blade with your Cricut Maker.
If you cut the orange stamp material, also cut some stamp cling foam and then you can adhere them to your acrylic blocks.
You can use the Deep Cut Blade to cut clear stamp material and adhere it to your acrylic stamps.
Remove the plastic lining on both sides of the clear stamp material to get a crisp cut.
Use water-based ink for the stamps to make them stay cleaner, longer.
To make the custom wrapping paper, just cut the size you need and stamp away. Allow the ink to dry before you wrap it up. I used colorful stamp pad colors for the background cars and then used some black ink for the outline.
These prize ribbons were really easy to make using my Cricut machine. These are perfect inexpensive teacher gifts. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
To create this teacher Cricut prize ribbon, you’re only going to need a few supplies and no extra tools from your Cricut machine. Just use a pen and the machine along with adhesive and you have the perfect teacher appreciation gift made with your Cricut.
Open your Cricut Design Space file and cut you’ll need a coordinating Cricut pen to do the writing portion of the Cricut prize ribbon. I just used black for all of them but you can certainly change it up. I love how my Cricut cut these prize ribbons. I get a crisp cut every time I use my Cricut and it’s been the best investment I’ve made when it comes to Crafting.
Assembling this project was really easy. This has cut lines on the ribbon rather than score lines so you don’t need any additional Cricut tools to make this. Start by accordion folding your rosette of the prize ribbon. Use some scor tape and attach the ends together. You’ll then be able to carefully press down the middle of the rosette and it will form right away. Use some hot glue and place some in the center of your Cricut prize ribbon rosette. Allow that to harden and then use either more hot glue or some scor tape to attach the rest of your design. I used hot glue on the tails and on the first layer of the middle of the prize ribbon. I was able to use the scor tape on the other parts of the rosette.
Attach a fun gift card to the prize ribbons or just give it straight to your teacher for a job well done.
Want to learn all the tips and tricks to Cricut’s Iron On Vinyl? I’m here to show you some pointers on how to get the best looking project. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I am so excited to be teaching the reversed canvas class at the Cricut Make-A-Thon at the end of this month. It’s going to be filled with making great items and making great friends. For the reversed canvas class, we’re going to be using Cricut’s new Everyday Iron-On vinyl and I’ve been pleased with the results.
What’s the difference between Iron-On and HTV?
Absolutely nothing, they’re just called different names. Cricut uses the words Iron-On Vinyl so that people can easily differentiate between HTV and standard vinyl. Iron-On and HTV come in a variety of brands and styles so it’s important to choose a reputable seller.
Where can I buy reputable Iron-On Vinyl or HTV?
Most craft stores carry Cricut Iron-On Vinyl in store but their selection can vary. I love going online to Cricut.com and choose from a selection they have. They are phasing out their Iron-On Lite and transitioning to their Everyday Iron-On.
Expressions Vinyl is also a reputable seller that carries Siser and their own brand of HTV. I like their HTV and find it very similar to Cricut’s Iron-On Lite.
Happy Crafters is also one I like to use but I don’t order from them too often. I like them because I can buy shirts and HTV all in one place.
What is the difference between Cricut’s Iron-On Lite and Cricut’s Everyday Iron-On
When I’ve used both, I notice that the weeding process is smoother on the new Cricut Everyday Iron-On. It seems to feel like it is a bit thicker so it doesn’t tear or stretch as easily.
Cricut’s Iron-On Lite leaves texture to know that you have a good stick. You can see the fibers of the material you’re pressing on through it. Since the Cricut Everyday Iron-On seems thicker, I haven’t been able to see the fibers like I have in the past.
Cricut Everyday Iron-On has the StrongBond guarantee and that right there has been a life changer. I’m able to do more active shirts because of the StrongBond grip and I feel more comfortable throwing it in the wash.
What temperature setting should I use with my Iron-On?
Cricut has a great guide to know what settings you should use. They have household iron settings and EasyPress settings. They also include a guide for if you have the EasyPress mat or you’re using a towel.
Siser is also a great resource. A lot of Iron-On or HTV have similar settings. The Cricut and Siser and the only guides I recommend using. Unless your HTV came with settings specifically for their HTV, use these other guides.
Do I need a heat press or the EasyPress?
The short answer is yes. If you’re going to make shirts that last, you’re going to want some kind of press. The EasyPress is perfect for someone starting out that does occasional shirts and doesn’t have space to house a large heat press.
If you’re going to be turning your craft into a business and have the room for a heat press, by all means, get one.
The EasyPress Mat is a perfect accessory for the EasyPress. Do not press on an ironing board or an uneven surface. I use my wood floor and the mat and it presses perfectly each time. If you use a surface that draws the heat out, your temperature on the EasyPress will drop. Your design will also lift because it didn’t get the same pressure on the entire design.
You can always use an iron, don’t feel like you can’t make something because you don’t have a press. Irons are just tricky because they don’t have even heating elements and you can easily burn your HTV.
How do I remove HTV or Iron-On from my materials?
If you’ve made a mistake, don’t fret. You can remove HTV but it is a painstaking process. Just place your heat directly onto your design and take some tweezers and pull it off. Go slow and you will be able to press another design.
You all know how much I love my Cricut, but I love my brother more. Create this DIY Military Countdown to count the days you have until you get to see your deployed family member. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
My brother was deployed this past May. While I miss my brother, I’m sure his wife and kids miss him more. I made this DIY military countdown for them to write in how many days he has left in his deployment. Make your own using your Cricut machine or any cutting machine.
Follow all the bloggers along as we create with Cricut Iron-On Vinyl and then at the end of this post, see how you can win your very own EasyPress and EasyPress Mat!
To start, open the Cricut Design Space file. The font I used is Acier BAT and it’s available through TypeKit. If you don’t have an Adobe account, go ahead and use a font you love. Select Make It and then be sure to mirror your image for Iron-On. Cut and weed your Iron-On and set it aside.I bought this box sign from a local shop called The Wood Connection. It was around $10 and worth every penny. I stained the outer frame with some Early American wood stain and then painted the interior with chalkboard paint.
When your frame has dried, go ahead and lay your Iron-On Vinyl on the chalkboard and press. The chalkboard paint melted when I placed the iron on top of the deisign so I just used the tip of the iron and pressed. It took arounf 5 minutes to get a good adherance to the board. Take off your carrier sheet and you’re done! This project is something I love and I can’t wait to see my nieces face when I give it to her. This military countdown is going to be something special for the next year.
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This Rainbow Book I made with my Cricut is perfect when using the Really Rainbows line from
Lawn Fawn and your Xyron adhesive. This post contains affiliate links. A small portion of your purchase comes back to me at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.
This rainbow book was so easy to make with the Lawn Fawn papers and my Cricut. Just use the Cricut Design Space file to create this mini rainbow book and some Xyron adhesive for the cloud.
Cut all your Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow papers for your book with your Cricut. You can use a Silhouette as well, I just don’t have one anymore so I don’t pull those files. Stack them all up in the order you want and secure with a ribbon of your choice. I had on hand this white taffeta ribbon so that is what I used to bind my book. Use your Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker and run the face of the cloud through. Adhere it on to your cut piece of pink cardstock and use some foam squares to adhere it to your book. Not lying, this was so easy and I love how it looks. It’s the perfect mini book to scrap some memories on or give it as a gift. Fill it with reminders and notes of encouragement so that when someone is down, they can read your words.
Do you love llamas? Are you obsessed with them enough to have a llama party? I’m going to show you how easy it is to create custom llama party items using some stamps from Newton’s Nook. Learn how to make this fun water bottle party tag below using your Cricut. Be sure to learn the giveaways below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Having a llama themed party can’t happen without some sort of enamel pin. I found these super cute pins at my local Hobby Lobby and attached them to the gift tags for a perfect llama party favor.
You’re going to begin by making these easy pom poms with this tool. You can easily use a piece of cardboard to make them but I like this tool because it comes in three different sizes. I used some DMC embroidery floss to make the pom poms but use what you have on hand. Be sure to leave a long tail so that you can tie them on the neck of the water bottle. Download the watercolor background and load it on to your Cricut mat. You’ll cut the bottom overlay shape out of this and then you’ll cut the water bottle party tag with your acetate. I’ve made the file in Cricut Design Space. If you have a Silhouette, you can easily find this shape in their store as well. Just be sure to add a small circle, about.1″, so that you can add your llama enamel pins to it. Use your Newton Nook Loveable Llamas stamp set and some black archival ink and stamp your designs on your overlay. Use your Xyron Mega Runner and attach the overlay to the acetate paper. The file includes a score line so fold it there and just put it over the cap of the water bottle. Use the pom poms and have the longer string tie around the neck of the water bottle. These water bottle party tags are perfect for your next llama party and the perfect llama party favor.
I made this adorable Cars Lightning McQueen for Malakai. He’s been obsessed since Cars 3 was released. This Cars Pillow is even easy and fun to put together for your
Disney Pixar Cars obsessed boy or girl. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
If you can see in the picture above, I have no black Iron-On Vinyl on the DIY Cars Pillow. I used the black fabric as the black color and I saved some money because I didn’t need to buy that color. Begin by cutting out your fabric with the Cricut Maker. You’ll cut one black circle and 2 black rectangles that you’ll sew together to make one long strip.
After you’ve cut your black circle, place the Iron-On Vinyl. Us your EasyPress or Iron and start with the red. Next, line up your yellow bolts and then lay the white on the top. Use a towel or a protective mat to protect your red and yellow HTV as you press the others.
Cut the other circle with your Cars patterned fabric. You don’t have to use Cars fabric but it’s just an added bonus. Pin your black strip to one of the circles and then sew the ends of the strip together when they meet. Now sew one of the circles to the side strip. You will now sew the second circle to the side strip. Leave an opening about 4 inches wide and then stuff with filler. Hand stitch the pillow closed. So easy and it’s such a fun Disney Cars craft.
Creating this Patriotic Wood Plank Sign couldn’t be easier when you use your Cricut. Use the Cricut Knife Blade to cut thick chipboard and then adhere it to your store-bought wood plank sign. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I use my Cricut to make the most awesome patriotic crafts. I created this wood plank sign using my Cricut Maker and Knife Blade to get this sign to look the way it does and I love it.
Use your Cricut Knife Blade to cut the stars. Each shape took around 20 passes of the knife blade to ensure that it cut through the entire shape. Then use that same Cricut Design Space file to cut your paper stars to go on top of your Cricut chipboard stars.When using adhesive with the Cricut Chipboard, do not mix a wet adhesive with a dry adhesive. So I shouldn’t run the cardstock through my Xyron and then paint Mod Podge on top. I need to decide ahead of time what adhesive I’m going to use. Since the white craft paint has a metallic sheen to it, I’m going to just use some Mod Podge for the Cricut patriotic sign. Just paint the chipboard with Mod Podge and then lay the paper stars on the corresponding Cricut Chipboard stars. Next, use some more Mod Podge to layer your Cricut patriotic stars on top of each other.
I’m going to use some E6000 to adhere the star to the wood plank sign. This will make sure that my Cricut patriotic sign will last a long time.
You can only use the Cricut Knife Blade with the Cricut Maker. The Cricut Explore models do not have the force ability to use the Cricut Knife Blade. For all your Knife Blade questions, see this post here. Be sure to use a Strong Grip Mat and some masking tape for the edges.