Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cricut Design Space - Homemade Halloween Project Life Cards

Hi everyone, it's been ages. I recently received my new Cricut Explore machine from HSN. I was lucky enough to get the Wild Orchid (purple) one. They sold out the first day. Shocker!.. :-o  Anyway, I took the opportunity to play around with the Design Space software before purchasing the Explore just to see what it could do and honestly I wasn't interested in getting one until Provo Craft announced the update to allow "print then cut". One thing I realized while using the new print feature in Design Space is that I could print images and use them for Project Life Cards without even having an Explore machine.
I used the flatten feature to create a printable image. At first the software would let me print two images on the same page but I found it was just as easy to print one image then turn the Matte Photo paper around and re-insert it into the printer. I had to remember to change the bleed setting before printing or I would have a messy image instead of a crisp one.

Step one:  Create your Image using the flatten feature. Click  (Go) and when the print preview mat comes up go to the upper right hand corner to settings, uncheck bleed and then click OK on the warning message about the bleed and then click continue/ print.

Step two:  Cut out the images into a 3 x 4 inch card. I used a Project Life Stampin-up die that I purchased from a friend. But you can use your paper trimmer and a corner rounder. I found it easier to center the image on the card using the die. I also used my Sizzix Magnetic Platform which helped the die stay in place.

Step Three:  The finished project.







I plan on doing a video in the future to show how to combine the images, but for now I can tell you to play around with it like I did until you figure it out. One thing to know is that the flatten feature also acts as a grouping feature. If you highlight all the separate parts of your combined images and click flatten it will keep them together until you unflatten them. 


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