Sunday, November 30, 2008

Yay! Sue's column is back!

So here's her previous column. Always check at the end of the posting section for her latest column -- tips on how to use your Cricut, make your Cricut stuff last longer, etc. (scroll down after this post, there will be usually 6 more posts, and then you'll find her column).
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Using Your Computer to Help Put Together the teeny, tiny, little pieces in the Disney characters! (and other cartridges)Have you gotten a headache trying to see all those little pieces in the handbook that came with your Disney cartridges?? I used to! Once the pieces cut, I couldn’t remember how to position them or where they were supposed to go! Once I thought about this, I went to my computer and started playing around with the online handbook. This is what I found out!
1. On the www.cricut.com website under the Products tab, click on Cricut Cartridges, and find the cartridge of your choice. For an example, I’m going to use Mickey & Friends.
2. On the right side of the web page, you will see an orange box labeled Product Resources.
3. Open the Cartridge Handbook and go to the page of the character you are making. For an example, I’m going to page 28 for the Mickey4 shape.
4. Right click, and select the Marquee Zoom.
5. Highlight the colored picture - the 'finished' one. It will automatically enlarge to the size of your screen.
5a. If you want this picture larger, go to the top, and click the plus sign to enlarge the ratio.
6. To print this image for reference or to take it to where you craft, click the print icon just left of the save button in the Adobe window... do NOT go to the file menu!
7. When you are in your print menu, find the area named Print Range. Here, you click Current View. This will allow you to print the finished pic as large as you selected. If you are not seeing the picture as large as you wish, find the area named Page Handling. Here, make sure you have selected Fit to Printable Area in the Page Scaling area. If you have “none” or “shrink to printable area” selected – the color image will be quite small.
I’ve also used this with my Locker Talk cartridge. The school was so small in the handbook, I could barely tell where to place the pieces. The enlarged printed image helped!
Until next time, Susan VilarSue’s Cricut and Crafts Blog: http://suescricutandcrafts.blogspot.com/

Visit my blog for pictures of projects, and other craft projects.Comments and questions on Everything Cricut and my blog are welcome!

------last week's column-------

What I’ve Learned About Paper Piecing and Layering Cuts

I looked a long time at the Happily Ever After and Dreams Come True carts before I made any of the cuts – they looked so good, but also really complicated! Yes, the cartridge handbook has a detailed explanation of the cuts – but I’ve learned over time that some people can read directions (like me) and some people aren’t so good at that – they have to see it, or hear the directions (like my Mom). I’m also including pics with this explanation so you have a good set of visuals.When I got the courage up, I jumped right in and learned a few things about cutting Disney characters - order matters! I make lots of cards for a project on the Cricut Message Board called Cards for Soldiers, so I’ve cut LOTS of these characters.

First, if you’re cutting a lot of one shape, set up an assembly line so you can glue the pieces while the next set are cutting on your bug. For example, if you’re cutting Ariel – cut the shadow and set it aside. Cut out the base piece, the cut with the guide lines to show you where to glue the other color cuts. Then cut out the hair (I also cut the lips from the same red) and glue it down to the base while you are cutting the flesh tones. Glue down the flesh cuts while cutting the white layer. Cut the eyes while gluing the white layer. You will layer the blue iris over the whites of the eyes. Finally, cut the outfit layer and glue down. When you have your Ariel (or other princess) finished – glue down the shadow. I know it doesn’t really seem like you need it, but it does make a difference having that extra black border around the character.

Ariel’s shadow - Photobucket I always cut these first, and set them aside so when I’m finally finished with all the color layers, I can finish them in a snap and glue the shadow without waiting for it to cut.

Ariel’s base cut with the hair and lips -Photobucket

Ariel’s flesh tone layer -Photobucket

Ariel’s white layer – there’s usually more white on the Disney characters, but her white layer are only the whites of her eyes. Isn’t she looking better!Photobucket

Ariel’s eye layer (yes, they’re teeny tiny) - tweezers can be your friend!Photobucket

Ariel’s outfit layer –Photobucket

Notice the difference with the shadow when it’s glued on the back! Next time – how to use your computer to see all those eensy, weensy, teeny, tiny, little pieces - without getting a headache!Photobucket

Until next time, Susan Vilar, Sue’s Cricut and Crafts Blog: http://suescricutandcrafts.blogspot.com/Visit my blog for pictures of projects, and other craft projects.Comments and questions on Everything Cricut and my blog are welcome!



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