M2B Studio - Calligraphy by Missy Briggs

How to apply your hand-lettered designs to anything with Cricut

Cricut, Cutting calligraphyMissy Briggs

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I use my Cricut to cut out my hand-lettered designs… all the time! Let’s do a quick DIY tutorial on how you can design, transfer designs to Cricut Design Space and then cut out your designs. It’s a simple process!

Materials:

Step 1

Using the Procreate App on your iPad, open a new canvas. Click the wrench icon on the top menu and select Insert a photo. Insert my lined lettering guide, for quick and easy alignment. Here’s a direct link to my 8.5 x 11” lined guide with 8 mm spacing.

Step 2

Open a new layer and letter a design.

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Click to add a new layer. Letter in the new layer instead of directly onto the guide. This way you will export a layer of your lettering or drawing with a transparent background. You can simply delete the guide layer.

Click to add a new layer. Letter in the new layer instead of directly onto the guide. This way you will export a layer of your lettering or drawing with a transparent background. You can simply delete the guide layer.

Select the layer and enable alpha lock to create a transparent background. Exporting your final work as a png with a transparent background is the simplest and quickest way to cut your lettering in Cricut Design Space.

Select the layer and enable alpha lock to create a transparent background. Exporting your final work as a png with a transparent background is the simplest and quickest way to cut your lettering in Cricut Design Space.

Step 3

Export the design by either emailing yourself or export using Airdrop if you’re using a Mac. Be sure to export as a png to save yourself a few steps in Cricut Design Space.

PRO TIP: There is a Cricut App! I like to save all my png images onto my MacBook Pro and onto an external hard drive, but you can do all this from your iPad. Make your iPad a one-stop superhero cutting station!

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Step 4

Open Cricut Design Space and select New Project.

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Step 5

Select upload from the left side menu, click upload image, and then click upload image to browse and select the png file.

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Step 6

Under Select Image type, choose simple. You have created a simple black and white drawing, so the process to import this high contrast image should be simple. Click continue.

Your image is simple. So choose… simple!

Your image is simple. So choose… simple!

Step 7

Select Save as a Cut image and then click save

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Step 8

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If you did not select a png with a transparent background, it’s no biggie. During this step you can manually click the areas that you need to “erase” in order to get a clean cut around your image. You would select all areas and then click continue. Mine is transparent, so I will just click continue.


Using the blue arrow icon in the bottom right corner of your inserted design, click and drag your lettering to the desired cut size. Next, follow the 1, 2, 3 onscreen prompts to select your material, load tools and mat and press go!

I love that there are reminders onscreen to mirror your image if you’re creating something with iron-on vinyl.

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Once you try this you’ll want to apply your lettering to everything!

Once you try this you’ll want to apply your lettering to everything!

Step 9

WEEDING AND APPLICATION

Use the hook tool to carefully weed away excess vinyl, then flip over and iron-on your vinyl using a household iron or … even better… the Cricut EasyPress 2

If you're using adhesive vinyl, weed away the excess vinyl and apply the transfer paper on top of your design to easily transfer it from the carrier sheet onto your final surface. Here’s a quick video DIY of me applying vinyl to my notebook using my Cricut tools

The Finished Product!

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Cricut EasyPress 2: Unboxing and practice project

Missy Briggs

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Cricut EasyPress 2 has arrived at my studio!

I really love it . It’s portable, lightweight and a better solution to iron-on vinyl than a household iron.

Iron-on vinyl is a staple in my house. I letter everything. I add lettering, monograms and little phrases to everything I possibly can. I have used an iron, a standard craft-quality heat press, and now I’ve succesfully tried the new Cricut EasyPress 2. 

I can honestly say I’m impressed. It heats up more quickly than the heat press, covers a larger area than a standard iron and is completely portable.


What’s inside:

Out of the box, you get the EasyPress 2 (it is adorably raspberry-colored), a safety base, and a welcome book with an enticing “Let’s do this!” note on the cover. Are you feeling encouraged? I am!

Also included is a Quick Start Guide card. It’s almost as if they know I’m going to pull off the plastic wrap and give it a try without reading the very short, but still in book-format, book. Here’s the quick start guide and the practice project materials. There’s also a jute storage bag and sweet Cricut iron-on vinyl piece to use as a practice project.

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And this… is a Cricut EasyPress Mat (sold separately). You can use a towel as a buffer to your tabletop, but the mat is the perfect size!

Whether you use the EasyPress mat or a towel, you need to press on a flat and sturdy surface. I’m going to use my flat desktop workspace because it’s clean and clear, but I’ve been known to iron on the floor. 


The practice project:

Let’s try the included practice project! Cricut includes a cotton storage bag, a pre-cut piece of glitter vinyl and a quick start guide to get you going.

  1. First you need to plug in the Cricut EasyPress 2.

  2. Then set the timer and temperature according to the quick start guide (for the practice project it’s 290 degrees and 30 seconds). 

3. Once the temperature is set, you’ve got like 60 seconds before it’s warmed up and ready to go!

Note: The Cricut EasyPress 2 can reach a high temperature of 400 degrees F and will shut off automatically after ten minutes of inactivity.

Note: The Cricut EasyPress 2 can reach a high temperature of 400 degrees F and will shut off automatically after ten minutes of inactivity.

PRO TIP: Like any other iron-on material, be sure to prep your material before pressing by applying the heating element for five seconds. This will press it flat and remove any moisture.

Is it heavy? Nope! I managed to hold it steady and take a picture with my other hand!

Is it heavy? Nope! I managed to hold it steady and take a picture with my other hand!

4. Using gentle pressure (think: one-handed pressure 5-10 lbs), press the included iron-on vinyl “C” onto the cotton bag. I was nervous that one-handed pressure wouldn’t be enough, but the vinyl completely adhered on the first shot!

5. After pressing the front for 30 seconds, this project calls for a flip-over-and-repeat action on the back side. Repeat on the back and flip right side up again.

Flip over and repeat! One-handed pressure for fifteen seconds!

Flip over and repeat! One-handed pressure for fifteen seconds!

6. Gently remove the plastic liner while the surface is still warm.

Peel back the clear film while the surface is still warm.

Peel back the clear film while the surface is still warm.

The result should be evenly adhered!

If your iron-on vinyl is not evenly adhered, apply pressure again before removing the clear film.

If your iron-on vinyl is not evenly adhered, apply pressure again before removing the clear film.

That’s the end of the first project, but I can’t leave it there. I HAVE to try my own project and actually cut some vinyl.

My project:

Let’s try this confetti glitter iron-on vinyl on a heavier jute cotton bag.

Loving this Glitter Iron-on Glam Squad Sampler

Loving this Glitter Iron-on Glam Squad Sampler

I used Tropical Leaf M8959D1E and Tropical Leaf M8959D1E from the Design Space:

First I opened the designs and welded the two layers together. Then I prepped to cut!

Select both layers and choose weld to get them all mashed together like this! Cricut also has an easy-to-use  FAQ section  dedicated to layers.

Select both layers and choose weld to get them all mashed together like this! Cricut also has an easy-to-use FAQ section dedicated to layers.


Once you've cut your design, weed the excess vinyl with the weeder tool, cut apart, and place on your material to check spacing. This design is larger than the tote bag, so it will need to be pressed in three different sections.

… and PERFECTION!

… and PERFECTION!

The result is a cute bag with tropical palms and monsteras glittering across the bottom. I cannot wait to try out the Cricut EasyPress 2 with a t-shirt design!