I am just a little bit obsessed with my iPad, its like a love affair that shows no abating. I hope I’m not the only one who feels like this. I use it for work, to check emails and social media. In the evenings to watch Netflix or Skype, maybe a little more social media. It get so much use, it has to have a case, there is no question about that.
Its been a month or so since I got my Cricut Explore, and this is the first of a series of posts, where I am going to show you what I have been making and decorating with it. The first thing that got the special Cricut treatment was my iPad case.
I took a plain (but perfectly formed) Speck case, you can read my review HERE on the case.
Using my Cricut design space, I took two designs, the dream big wording, and the chevrons. These were preloaded designs, I’m going to look at creating my own on another project. You can choose so many different fonts and illustrations, but ‘dream big’ really resonated with me. I choose silver vinyl (available to purchase at Cricut directly or with their partners) to personalise it. The contrast of the case was silver, so I thought it would work well. Once you are happy with your design, here is what you need to do.
- Load the vinyl into the Cricut, on the special mat.
- Make sure the dial is set to vinyl.
- Hit the Cricut logo. It’s so easy!
- Then peel the vinyl away from the sticky mat. You can then cut around the image, so you can save any of the remnants for other projects.
- Peel off the parts of the image that you do not want.
- Using a piece of contact paper (cut to size) take of the backing and add to the top of the design.
- Smooth well.
- The transfer tape has a handy grid so that the design can be lined up.
- Peel off the paper backing off the vinyl.
- Turn the design over, and line up where you need it to be. Smooth into place again.
- Peel off the transfer tape
I’m so impressed with how quickly, and quietly the Cricut cuts, and you can see from the design, it cuts so accurately.
This would have cost me not even £1 to make in total.
What do you think? Even the my hard to please tween was impressed, and has asked me to design something for her laptop.
Disclosure : I was gifted a Cricut Explore, in order to test it, once it had launched. My write up here is an honest one. Cricuts are available to purchase for approx £250 HERE, at Hobbycraft HERE and Amazon HERE.