Tuesday, December 11, 2300

Cricut Explore Design Space Tutorials

Design Space may look a little difficult and overwhelming but it is quite simple when you know what to do.  I have been doing tutorials to show you how simple it truly is. So check out these tutorials and play with your Explore today

{What is new in Design Space 2.0}

{Basics of Design Space part 1}
{Basics of Design Space part 2}
{How to Upload Your Own Photos In Design Space}
{How To Card Tutorial}
{How to use codes in Design Space} updated for 2.0
{How to Contour in Design Space}
{How to use text in Design Space}
{How to use custom setting in Design Space}
{How To Size Envelopes}
{Print Then Cut}
{How to use slice with Artfully Sent}
{How to make a 3D snowflake and how to add score lines}
{Split Images Using Slice}
{Vinyl Tutorial}
{How To Make Your Own Pattern Alphabet}
{How To Emboss Using Design Space}
{How To Write On The Inside Of A Card}
{How To Make A State Outline Sign}
{How To Make Sequins}
{How To Make A Chipboard Alphabet Book}i
{How To Make A Shaped Monogram}
{How To Do Knockout Text}
{How To Cut An Image Larger Than The Mat}
{Attach Vs Slice}
{How To Upload Layers Without A SVG}
{Making A Custom Cut Out Card On The Ipad}
{Partial Die Cut A Window}
{How To Make A Pop Up Image}


5 Minute Tutorials
{How To Make A Solid Layer}
{Print Then Cut A White Background}
{Make A Watercolor Image}
{How To Cut Multiple Colors On One Mat}
{How To Make A Shaped Card}


Create Your Card Series
{Create A Outline Shaker Card}
{Create A Bendi Card}
{Create A Triple Time Card}
{Create A Camouflage Die Cut Card}

There will be more to come.  Is there a tutorial you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I have also added a pin button on all of my posts so you can easily add artwork to you Pinterest account

You can print or save a .pdf version of each tutorial. At the bottom of the post is a print friendly button

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Create Your Card

I apologize. There will be no video for today.  My husband just got back and I am spending some quality time with him. I will be back next week.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cricut Explore Tutorial - Pop Up Diecut


Hello again. I have new tutorial for you . I have been trying to figure this one out since I started doing tutorials. But I have finally figure it out. 

Pop up cards are so cool. You see them everywhere. Most are made with a die cut specifically to do the partial cutting. 




I did this all in Design Space, so lets show you how.


To do this technique, you must use an image with a shadow, or and image that you can easily make a gap between the background and the image. You will see what I am talking about soon. You can narrow you search to show only multi layer image. But the second layer must be a shadow, not a backer at the same size.
In the card above, I used #M417E3. In the tutorial I used #M47295. The image I used in the tutorial was not part of the subscription, so I found one so I could cut it.
Make sure to ungroup and delete any layers you will not be using. I had to unhide (the eye in the layers tab) some of the layers to find the shadow layer.

 You will being using two squares for this technique. Make one the the size you want for the background. I am using a A2 size for the tutorial. The second one will be sized smaller. this is what will weld together the image to the base. You may want it to be larger or smaller. It really depends on what look you are going for.


Take your shadow layer and place it where you would like it on the background. Use the align options if you would like it centered. Slice the shadow from the base. Delete the shadow once it is done.


Weld the smaller rectangle to the image. Use align to make it centered. You can also use an oval for a more rounded look.
 

Align you image in the sliced area. You can try to resize a little larger, but make sure none of the image is touching the base. Anything touching will be welded together. Select the image and the base and weld.























Now your image is complete. Do try to make the gap as small as you can. When you fold it flat, it will show the size difference. Once it is folded up though, it is not as visible. The image I cut had a larger gap. The shadow was a bit larger than the image and I did enlarge it as much as I could.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Come back soon for more tutorials and videos.

If you would like to check out my other tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.

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I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Create Your Card - Create A Camouflage




 Hi. Back with a new card in the Create Your Card series. I will show you how to do the camouflage die cut technique.  This will give a look of a hidden die cut. The photos will help explain this.


In the video, I mention how I like to give a border around the card, so it isn't just one layer. Here is the difference. I think that border makes the card pop more.








Yes, this is the same card I made in the video. I used a file to buff of the color from the oops. I had to hide the bottom one because it was a little too big to buff out. This only works as long as the paper is not white core. You sand a white core, you see the white. All Close To My Heart  cardstock has a white core.


Close ups of the die cut so you can see it better. 



Now you can use any die cuts, but I will show you how to do this in Design Space.

 Chose your image or word. I used #M3CDD2 from Artbooking. You will also need a square for your card base.

 You will size the square to the card base size, or slightly smaller if you want to mat the card like I do in the video. 
Size the die cut , and duplicate 2 to 3 times. 

 Select the card and the original image/text and attach.

Since all the cuts will be on white paper, go to sync and drag until all the cuts are the same color. This will have it cut out on one mat.

Here is the video on how to make the rest of the card.



I hope you enjoyed this weeks card. Stop by next week for a brand new card/video.

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If you would to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.



Recipe:

Stamps -
   C1604  Forever In My Heart

Paper -
   X5751  Sorbet Cardstock 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X254  Cards And Envelopes

Ink -
   Z2164  Sorbet Ink Pad

Other -
   Z3024  White Shimmer Trim
   Z1906  Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Monday, May 11, 2015

Game On At Heart 2 Heart

Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}.


It's game on this week. We want to see your game inspired projects. It could be your favorite team, someone playing sports, or be inspired by board games. 

I had a hard time with this challenge. I did play sports when I was a kid. Soccer while I was in elementary and was on the basketball team in middle school. But I can't find my pictures of those. Although I have problems finding any pictures right now because of the move. Not everything is unpacked and sad to say it is all piled up in front of the closet. But I digress. I can not remember the sizes of the photos so I don't like to do layouts when I have no clue about the photos being used. So those layouts will have to be done later.

I remember seeing scrabble tiles somewhere and I knew what I was going to do. Finally.


The tiles are 6 x 6. I will be adding them to a canvas so they look like it's not just a piece of paper on the wall. Which they are right now. For the photos. Kinda. 
I did try stamping a wood grain on the paper, but couldn't get it to look the way I wanted. It is pretty simple, just Bamboo cardstock and vinyl. The font I used is called Gulim. I wanted something that looked exactly like the real thing. And this is pretty close. 



Here they are all on the wall, spelling my whole name. I didn't know what I wanted to spell. so I went basic.

I hope you enjoyed this project. You have all month long to join us for this and all of the other challenges for May at {Heart 2 Heart}. Remember, you must use some Close To My Heart product to play along.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.


If you would to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's Finally Here - Design Space Classes


I am finally able to offer 1 on 1 classes for Design Space. Many people have asked for this and I am now offering it. 

I will be doing two type of classes. 1st class is basics of Design Space. This will go one by one of all the features of Design Space. You will learn what each button or tab does and how to use them. Second classes is an advanced class. It will go through how to download a font, how to upload svg and basic uploads. How to make your own images in Design Space. Or you can have it tailored to a certain project. 

These classes will be through Skype. Which you can download {here}. This give the option to not only video one on one, but also to screen share so you can see exactly what to do, like it was you controlling it. You can also screen share with me, if you need to figure out how to do something. 

I am offering these classes for $25 a class. Or you can buy both for $40. This is my start up special. After May they will be $50 a class or $85 for two. So sign up now to get this special offer. 

I am only offering classes fro Design Space. I will not be doing Cricut Craft Room and I do not know how to do Inkscape or other programs. I am not a tech, so I can not do any troubleshooting.

If you would like to sign up for a class, email me at {nikkageers@gmail.com}.

I will still be offering my tutorials and videos. This is just if you would like one on one time learning more about Design Space.

If you would like to check out my other tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Taste Of Summer


It's National Scrapbooking Month, and we have a special paper pack and a special blog hop to go with it.


This is a circle hop, so keep hopping until you get back to the blog you started at. If you did not start here, you should be coming from {Michele Rowley}. Next is {Paige Dolecki}.



 This paper pack is bright, fruity and fun. And it brought me back to the first paper pack I ever got as a consultant. The pack was called Cherry-O. So I wanted to redo this. Which was actually inspired by a PaperCraft card. So it's a remake of a remake. 


Here is the {original post}.

I couldn't find a current thank you stamp that would have worked with this, but I found the life is sweet stamp and thought it would work perfectly.

I didn't have any lace, so I made mine with the Cricut (#M444B6). The same with the button (#M3D1D4). We no longer carry the irresistibles, so I just took a butterfly from Artbooking (#M41139). I wish I would have added the sparkles, I forgot.

The colors in the paper pack are only found in this paper pack, so I had to do a little work to make the Ruby cardstock to work better with the red in the paper. I used Tender Pink ShinHan marker over the Ruby carsdtock to make it complement each other better. I used second generation stamping of Ruby ink for the sentiment.

I had to make my cut for the piece where the sentiment is. For my original one, I just trace the outline of another product we carried at the time.

Using image #M3D0CC, I sliced the top of the frame and welded it to a rectangle. Makes you look at images differently now. 

You can order this special paper pack through the month of May for $8.95. No minimum or extra purchase required.

Thank you for stopping by. Keep on hopping by visiting {Paige Dolecki}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

If you would to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}


Recipe:

Stamps -
   C1581  Inspirational Flourishes

Paper -
   CC1038  Taste Of Summer Paper Pack.
   1292  Crystal Blue Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5927  Ruby Cardstock
   X254  Cards and Envelopes

Ink -
   Z2170  Ruby Ink Pad
   Z2464  Tender Pink ShinHan Marker

Other -
   Z3024  White Shimmer Trim
   Z1790  Artiste Cricut Cartrdige
   Z1906  Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartrdige