My 7 year old granddaughter, Jillian, chose the Valentine Coloring Card Make-It-Now project to give to her classmates on Valentine’s Day. She decided to hand-write everyone’s name, but wanted me to put her name on the cards. These instructions are the basic steps on how to add text to a project in Cricut’s Design Space. They can be used as a reference for other cards or projects. Following are the instructions on how I completed it.
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Items used in this project:
- Cricut Explore Air™ Machine + Tools & Mats Set
- Cricut Explore Medium Tip Black
- Cricut Explore Medium Tip Silver
- Card stock – 110 lb. white
- Access to Cricut Design Space™
Instructions to add text to the Valentine Coloring Card Make-It-Now project in Design Space:
Log in to Design Space.
Use the Search drop-down box on the right side. Choose Kids Crafts. (These are the Make-It-Now already prepared projects.)
Select Valentine Coloring Card.
In the lower right hand corner, click “customize.”
Select Add Text from left-hand bar and type your name. Click off of the text box. Drag the new text box into place.
In the Layers panel on the right side of screen, click the small scissors icon. This will open up an additional box. Select “Write” at the top of it.
The box changes to give you a pen option. I chose “Midnight” because I wanted to use the same pen as the other black writing on the card.
Next, click the “Edit” button at the top of the right hand panel.
In the top drop-down, choose “Has a writing style.”
In the next drop-down, select your font. I chose “Plain Jane.”
Notice your other options in this panel. You can resize your text here, or simply click and drag the lower right-hand corner of your selected text. You can also adjust Letter Spacing here if needed.
When you’re happy with how the text looks, click the Layers button again. Then use the “Duplicate” button in the lower right hand corner. Click and drag the new text to its proper location.
Now we need to attach our new text to each card, so our Cricut machine will know to write it along with the other text.
Select both the individual card and the name. You can do this several different ways, but I just held the Ctrl key down and left clicked on the items I wanted to select. You can also simply group them by left-clicking and “drawing” a box around the items you want to select. In this case, though, do NOT select all, because there are 3 cards and we need to attach the new text to them individually.
Right-click the group and select “Attach.” You’ll notice in the panel on the right that your new text is part of the attached set for that card.
Repeat the same steps to attach your new text to the other 2 cards.
Save project. (File, Save as, type in the title, hit “Save” on the far right.)
Make sure your Cricut is turned on and ready to use. Click the “GO” button. Follow the on-screen steps.
Note: I used 110 lb. white card stock for this project. I had the Select Dial set to Cardstock.
I’m notorious for reading and following instructions. (Thanks to my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Cox!) That’s why I’m typing up these directions on exactly what I did, so I can reference them later. I hope this will help other “newbie” Cricut users to not be intimidated, but to enjoy and experiment with their machines!
If there’s something specific you’d like to learn about, please feel free to message me or comment below. I will continue to share my learning process with you through this blog.