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Do you have a new Cricut? Have you played with it yet? As I have previously mentioned, I have a new Cricut Explore Air™. To be honest, I’m pretty intimidated. I still have questions like, “am I using the right ____?” (Fill in the blank with: mat, tool, blade, paper, vinyl, pen, etc., etc., etc.)
I was excited when I created the first project that came in the box, but I really had no idea what had happened?! After watching a bunch of YouTube Cricut tutorials, I created this simple project to help me understand the basics. I hope these step-by-step instructions entitled “Cricut Beginner Project Basic Card with Envelope” will help you feel more comfortable using your Cricut and Cricut Design Space™.
Step 1. Log in to Cricut Design Space™.
Step 2. In the top bar, click File, then click New.
Step 3. In the vertical bar on the left side of the screen, click Insert Images.
Step 4. Type “envelope” in the search field in the right top corner and hit enter.
Step 5. Left click on an envelope. Most of them will work, but choose a basic one for this project.
Step 6. Click the green Insert Images button in the lower right hand corner.
Now the envelope you selected is displayed in work space project area. Before describing what to do with it, let’s add a card to go in our envelope.
Step 7. Add a card to the project area. Insert it the same way as the envelope using steps 3 through 6. (Insert Images, search “card” and hit enter, choose and left click on a basic card, click the green insert images button.)
Step 8. Back in the project area, left-click and drag the envelope to the upper left hand corner of the workspace. Re-size it by left-clicking and holding the lower right corner until it’s the size wanted. Note that the dotted lines indicate the scoring lines.
Step 9. Left-click and drag the envelope directly underneath the envelope. Then, re-size it (the same method as the envelope). Pay attention to the size of the card. It needs to fit into the envelope once everything is completed.
Step 10. If you are planning on cutting them out of the same color of paper (like I did), left click on one of the bars on the right in the Layers panel. A pop-up will appear for you to choose a color. I chose white, since that’s what I was going to use. It doesn’t matter what you choose, as long as each item is the same.
Step 11. Now you’re ready to cut it! Make sure your Cricut is turned on. Put you paper on a sticky mat. Press the green “GO” button on the top bar, and follow the onscreen instructions! (Pressing the buttons on my Cricut is very satisfying after dealing with Design Space.) Don’t forget to click SAVE!
- Paper – text weight such as common computer paper
- Vinyl – “kiss” cut – used for just cut the top layer of material & keeps back uncut
- Iron-on – also kiss cut
- Light cardstock – paper weight 60-65 lbs – patterned, printed, deco paper
- Cardstock – weight 80-90 lbs (like business cards)
- Fabric – light weight fabric that’s backed with Heat’N Bond
- Posterboard – preset for heavy weight such as display board or school projects
Step 12. Fold on all score lines. To create the envelope, carefully use adhesive on the side tabs.
Since this was a “learning” project for me, I decided to continue using Design Space to see what I could do.
- I found a simple heart in a circle.
- Follow steps 3 through 6 to bring the selected image into the workspace.
- Right-click the image and click “ungroup.”
- Left-click and drag the pieces to the appropriate positions on the board.
- Make them the same color in Design Space. (See step 10.)
- Apply the paper to your cutting mat in the appropriate positions. (See image.)
- Press the “GO” button. Follow the onscreen instructions.
- Carefully peel the cut images from the sticky mat.
- Apply to your card and envelope as desired.
I really enjoyed this project. There’s still a LOT to learn. I hope you’ll learn with me! I think the key is to just do it. Expect to mess up. Experiment. Read tutorials. Have fun and PLAY!