Saturday, March 26, 2011

Do you Cricut or Silhouette?

I cricut but am drawn towards the silhouette. But I am way too invested in my cricut! I have the expression, 25 cartridges, design studio, and sure cuts a lot software. So to abandon my cricut is really not a justifiable option. I do wish there was a way to use the designs for silhouette with SCAL, so if anyone out there knows how to do that, i would love to know! I would also love to know any great places to find CUTE SVG images for SCAL. 

So since I have the cricut I thought I would show what I like to do with mine, other than the basics for scrapbooking. 

Now if you are a cricut user, you know the mats loose their tackiness pretty fast. Well all you need to fix that is some frog tape and Krylon Easy tack repositionable spray.
Tape off the edges of the cutting mat otherwise the wheels in the cricut will get sticky.
Take outside and spray a light coat and allow to dry 5 min. That is it! Now your mat will be nice and sticky! I do this especially when I am cutting out fabric, and yes you CAN cut fabric with your cricut. Here's how! 

You need a very sticky mat for this so it sticks well while cutting.
Iron heat n bond onto the wrong side of your fabric. 
Place fabric side on the cutting mat, so the paper back is facing up. 
Select your shape & size. Be sure the pressure is set to high, and it is best if you have a new blade, I keep one separate just for fabric cutting. You also want the speed to be on low. 
Cut your desired shape. 
Done! Now you can use then for applique, or what ever you want!!! Very simple to do! 
Last I am going to show you freezer paper stencils.
Cut your desired shape with your machine, using freezer paper, waxy side down. I used my SCAL for this design. Once you have it cut out you will need to place your pieces onto the fabric, this was a little tedious, but well worth it! The iron will melt the wax on the back side of the freezer paper so that it will stick to your fabric.
Once you have your design placed and ironed then you may apply your paint.
I use a dry brush and acrylic paint.
Once you apply all your paint remove the pieces with a tweezers and let dry. 

This is going to be a pillow, so I added some script with a stamp and staz on ink. 
Here is the finished project:

So do you cricut or do you silhouette? If you cricut with SCAL I would love to know any tips, tricks, and places to find good stuff!! 

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