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I love decorating for the holidays, and October kicks off three months of festivities. I’ve been especially looking forward to decorating my coffee cart since we moved over the summer. Last year pastel Halloween decor made its grand entrance, and this year it’s been all about PINK! Frankly, it’s making all my girly dreams come true. Check out how I was able to create a pink Halloween with 2 easy Cricut projects!
We finally have cooler weather here, and the first thing I did this weekend was head to the store for pumpkins! I purchased several large ones for our front door, and these smaller ones for the coffee cart. I painted four of them, two different shades of pink.
I was thrilled for an opportunity to use the Cricut design app for the iPad!)
Cricut offers a host of free images to use. You can also subscribe to one of the Cricut Access Membership Plans, which offer you thousands of fonts and cut-ready premium Cricut images, as well as savings on product purchases, premium licensed fonts, and more. Google can be a great tool for finding free svg files as well, and Etsy has a ton of creative images and design elements available for purchase.
The Cricut Explore Air™ 2 couldn’t be easier to load. You put the material you’re wanting to cut onto the sticky mat, and put the mat into the guides. When your design is ready to go, you just click the arrow button on the machine to feed it through, and then the “Make It” button on your screen. The awesome thing is that the machine and program both give you directions along the way. You’ll know which button to click because it lights up!
It is RIDICULOUS what the Cricut Explore Air™ 2 can cut! Yes, cardstock, as shown here, but also vinyl, iron on, fabric, poster board, aluminum, craft foam, bonded denim, leather, felt, acetate, heavy watercolor paper, magnetic sheet, wrapping paper, vellum, CHIPBOARD, and more. Like, what?! Cutting out these pink little bats is child’s play! I’m about to use this to cut allthethings! You signal to the machine what material you’re cutting, by just turning the dial on top.
I found this cute Halloween svg file—“You Say Witch Like It’s A Bad Thing– for free on Polkadot Chair. It’s large enough to fit on an Adult size tee, but you can easily resize within the design app. You just drag the corner in to make the design smaller or out to make it larger. I sized this down to fit on a mug.
I cut the piece with my saying, away from the rest of the vinyl, so that I could better manipulate it, and also to save the rest of the vinyl for another project. Then I carefully peeled away the negative space. To transfer the vinyl exactly as is, I used a trick I learned a long time ago. I carefully covered the entire image with 3M scotch washi tape. It’s less sticky than traditional scotch tape. You layer overlapping pieces until it’s fully covered and then carefully pull from the backing. Then you place the washi/vinyl where you want it on the mug (window, wall, etc.) and use your finger or a bone folder to lightly push the vinyl down. When you peel away the washi, the vinyl stays in place!
These are just my first two projects with the Cricut Explore Air™ 2. I can’t wait to make more this holiday season!