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Variations on a Theme

5 Budget Busting Ideas

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Learn how to get several looks and variations from one design.  This saves you money as you can easily extend the use of a single graphic design giving you more bang for the buck. 

1 Changing the color scheme is the simplest way to create different looks. The variety is simply surprising!

2 Create a twofer with a single cut. For the first option, paste the cutouts onto your card using your favorite glue, (be sure to check out what we like in the product suggestions below.) Pro Tip: Check out the video for this one. The second idea is to fill the holes on the original stock with a background paper.

3 Use the draw feature to create a design to color. You can color it yourself if you like. Better yet send it along uncolored. Treat your card recipient to a little crafting creativity of their own. After all sharing crafting is a tremendous gift in itself!

4 Check out the debossing technique. With a little experimentation, we found a material that created the deboss on one side and the bonus emboss on the back side. A word of caution – make sure the material you chose can withstand machine embossing as otherwise it may tear. We learned this from experience. No debossing tip? Time to get one for your Cricut Maker. Bonus Tip: Try a stylus for those machine which cannot use a debossing tool. See how the stylus worked out on our Your Deserve the Credit post.

5 Use the cutout from your original stock as a stencil. Make the stencil out of a durable material if you plan to reuse it many times. You can use the stencil to trace designs onto various media or use it as a paint or ink stencil.

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Going Nuts Card -Printable Version

   We hope you enjoyed our last “Going Nuts” Card. If you thought about making it but don’t have an electronic cutter, we have created this printable version just for you.
   We highly recommend you purchase a Cricut machine when you can. It is tons of fun!

   Taking your own pictures is the ultimate source for nature images. If you unable to get the shot you want, magazines, catalogs, and old calendars make excellent sources for art work. Some libraries have book sales as fund raisers and this is our favorite source of inexpensive picture books.
   You can just use ordinary scissors on this project yet we love our ceramic rotary blade for cutting. It is long lasting which saves you money AND you can use it on paper and card stock one day and then cut fabric without ever changing the blade which saves you time. Time and Money saved – what a bargain!
   We also like Creative Grid rulers for their grippies that prevent slippage. We also get a lot of mileage from add an eighth and add a quarter rulers, the later is our favorite.


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How to Cut SVG files with our Cricut Tutorials

Ever wanted to know how to get your Cricut to cut a file with an SVG file extension?
   It is easy with this how to video that takes you through the entire process step by step. We show you how to clearly see where your cuts will be plus make size and position adjustments. This tutorial takes you through from the beginning to when you are ready to hit the cut button on your machine.

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The abbreviation SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. Basically its a type of image file. Behind the scenes, your Cricut machine uses a SVG file as a set of instructions to tell it where to make the actual cuts. Think of an SVG file as a template instead of a picture. Our above video demonstrates this with a puzzle template . Check our library often to find new svg files including a puzzle template which is coming soon.

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Egg-stra-special Easter Egg Card

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   As we weather stay at home orders, crafting can be a terrific creative and fun outlet. It is important to celebrate the life we have and appreciate those around us.

   The primary technique used is iris folding. We added rubber stamps yet you could ask to kids to do some coloring or other artwork. The sentiments are added by hand for a more personalized and homemade touch. You could print them out on a computer and then pasted them as desired on the card for a classier feel.

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Lucky Friend St. Patrick’s Day Card

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   Finding a four-leaf clover is considered lucky yet they are hard to find.

    Finding a good friend is even harder and much more fortunate.

    Definitely a thought you need to share with every good friend as they are as precious as a pot of gold. They will find a four-leafed clover among the shamrocks on this card.



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