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What is a Cricut Explore Air 2 and how can I use it to make this fun P.S. I Love You shirt?
I love to share about my Amazing Cricut Explore Air 2 and the many fun projects I have made with it these last few months Like the DIY Midnight Kisses and New Year’s Wishes New Year’s Eve Party and The Merry Christmas Hand towel (and the many projects I made with My Cricut Explore Air before I got the Air 2 like the DIY Baby Onesies, and the DIY Kids Corner for Wedding Receptions…). Each time I share one of my latest projects that I made with a Cricut, I am asked by countless followers and friends, “What is a Cricut?” and of course, “What can it do?”
Before I delve into my latest Cricut DIY Project let me address these two common questions. So what is a Cricut Explore Air 2? The Short answer, is that it is a Crafter’s Best friend. They are the bomb Diggity. Oh, you want the long answer? Ok…Cricuts (in the sense I am often talking about) are lightweight, portable, super stylish, oh soo versatile personal crafting machines. They can intricately cut over 100 different materials including Cardstock, paper, poster board, Sticker paper, Vinyl, Iron-on (heat transfer vinyl for fabric) Magnet sheets, Window clings, Faux leather, and soo much more. In addition to cutting, Cricut machines have the built in ability to use pens to write or draw on various surfaces. Cricut Machines were made for the everyday crafter. That means you don’t have to have a bunch of programs, design expertise, or crafting skills to use these machines to make amazing projects.
To show you how awesome (and easy to use) Cricut machines are, I am going to walk you through making this uber cute P.s. I Love You…T-shirt (seriously this is my new favorite shirt these days.) My husband and kids have totally given it their stamp of approval. Ok…Let’s get started.
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Design Space
- P.S. I love you SVG Cut file (get the free file here)
- Silver foil Iron On (Cricut’s newest Heat Transfer Vinyl)
- Standard Grip Mat
- Cricut Tool Set
Now for the Directions. I’ll talk you through step by step. It really is a simple process!
- First Download the P.S. I LOVE You SVG Cut File (Get files HERE)
- Next, upload the P.S. I LOVE You SVG Cut File to your Cricut Design Space Canvas.
- Select Image and inset into Canvas then
- Size according to desired. (I used the cool canvas tool found on the Desktop version of Design Space to give me an idea of the sizing I wanted.) In the end I sized mine to 10.53in Wide)
- Click Go Button to Send to Canvas
**When cutting the Iron on make sure you have the right setting on your Cricut machine (there is a setting for iron on) and then after clicking the go button to send the design to the machine to cut make sure you check the box to reverse the image so when applied the words and design aren’t backwards.
- Place the Iron on onto the Cutting Mat with the Shiny Side down. Load into the machine and Cut.
**(After I cut out the design I like to peel the Iron on off the mat and cut around the design to conserve the leftover Iron on for future projects. Then I place the cut section back on the mat to help grip the back to make it easier to weed out the design. To weed the design just stick the hook of your weeding tool in a part of the Iron on you are not using and gently pull.
- Heat The surface of the Dish towel with Iron.
- Place the Iron On Design where you want it to be on the Hand Towel.
- Then using a thin dish cloth in between the Iron on and Iron Press FIRMLY. You know you are done when the Transfer backing peels off with no resistance and the Iron On stays on the fabric.
**The Key to Iron On is Pressure and Heat. For specialty Iron on like Glitter Iron on it can take a bit longer to get it to fuse with the fabric than normal lite Iron on.
How easy was that? Seriously, this project took me less than 30 minutes start to finish to make and that is including making the design. If you are a crafter or want to be this machine will be your best friend.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.