Monday, November 28, 2011

Sprucing up Cricut Art Philosophy Cuts

By Joy McHargue (my Texas friend:)  thanks for sharing Joy:)

Cricut shapes and cut-outs look flat and boring straight off the cutting mat. These are some simple steps to give your Cricut Art Philosophy cuts more pizzazz.
Note: for cutting examples, I use the keypad system 1-10 across and A-E down. So the Cupcake would be Shift E10, for example. Idea Book examples are from the Fall/Winter 2011 book.

• Sponge dauber the edge- same tone, darker, or even a lighter pigment (card p74)
• DTP or direct to paper: My favorite looks is running the cut at a 90 degree angle which gives just the edge depth-this works best with a strong dark color. (winter card p 74)
• You can also DTP edge distress with ink of any color for that shabby chic look. (p19 WOTG pages)
• Stamp on the cuts: flourishes and background images work very well, but random stamping a literal image like flowers look great also! (p 27 card)
• Texture tools and stippling: best to use a good contrast color to give texture.
• Stamp underneath a cricut shape (pocket p 108)

• Use the layer function on the cartridge to add a framed look: cut at same size for layer to go on top, cut ¼” larger for layer to go outside the first cut. (card p 64)
• Decorative layers make great frames for many cuts- refer to p 72 booklet.
• Add ¼” to original cut in a different color paper/CS to make a sort of mat. Note: not all images cut to make a precise ¼” border so do a test cut first-works well for squared and circular but not as well for ovals and rectangular shapes.
• Glue cut to CS and hand cut a mat.
• Layer with strips, squares, and/or circles under your Cricut shape to pop up your shape. (card p 30 , p51)
• Make several layers, graduating sizes like flowers ( card p87)
• Use foam tape to pop Circuit shape.
• Offset layers (p15 flourish on card)

• Tie it up: hemp, ribbon, floss, waxy flax (banner p106))
• Sparkles, glitter, brads, buttons, pearls
• Liquid appliqué- this looks really nice on card cutouts like snowflakes (Shift+card A10) with glitter added while wet.
• Sanding/edge distress your shapes. (card p57)
• Glitz is a super easy way to add depth!

Special note: Card cut outs- usually done with shift +card function really need attention- use two or more of these to ramp up this type of cut (I love you card p 88)
• Add a frame from a layer cut- look on page 71-72 to find a suitable shape.
Example: shift+card E10 cutout card would be framed nicely with squared frames like Layer E3, Layer B4, and several others. Decorative layer D3.
• Sponge dauber the edge of the cutout lightly
• Put patterned paper behind the cutout- finish inside with a frame around that piece for dauber.
• Glitz around edge or liquid appliqué

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