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Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Card Using Your Cricut Or Silhouette

This tutorial makes for a perfect Teacher Appreciation card, but this design can also be made into a T-shirt or Tote or Tumbler gift for that special Teacher. Lets get to work…

You Will Need:

1. Decal vinyl (I used a fun purple glitter for this project)
2. Card (A4 or Letter sized card or a card blank if you have one)
3. Transfer tape (aka application tape)
4. Your cutting machine!

Cut The Design

First, upload your chosen design to your software. For this project I am using Teacher? I Prefer Educational Rockstar SVG

I used the SVG file in Cricut Design Space. (If you’re using Silhouette Studio, this Teacher Appreciation design includes a DXF file for use in Silhouette Studio Basic Edition. See below example)

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Weed The Design

Once you’ve cut the design, weed out the excess vinyl and then trim the backing paper to the edges of the design. I find this makes it easier to get proper placement on the card. You can also mark a cross on the card in pencil, so you get it centred properly first time. Just rub the pencil lines out once done.

Easy Teacher Appreciation Card

Apply The Transfer Tape

Once you’ve weeded all the excess vinyl, roll out a section of your transfer tape so the sticky side is facing up and apply the decal to the transfer.

Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Card Using Your Cricut

I always have the transfer tape sticky side up and apply the decal face down, as opposed to putting the transfer tape on top of the upward facing decal to prevent creases in the transfer tape. (If you haven’t ever used Transfer Tape, read my tutorial on How To Apply Vinyl Decals Using Transfer Tape.)

Then rub throughly with a squeegee or scraper to make sure the transfer tape is stuck properly to the vinyl.

Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Card Using Your Cricut

Prep The Card

Make sure that your card is clean of any dust or debris or bits of craft garbage 😉 I know my craft table gets pretty covered when we’re crafting like crazy.

The last thing you want is a tiny piece of felt or paper offcut stuck under the vinyl of your new creation! Once your card is prepped and in place on your work surface, we need to apply the decal.

Remove The Backing Paper

First, remove the backing paper from the vinyl. I like to put the decal face down and then peel the backing paper away from the vinyl and transfer tape slowly and carefully. I do this at a 180 degree angle to get the best disconnect of vinyl from the backing paper.

This works especially well if your cut was a fraction too deep and the backing paper is staying stuck to the vinyl!

Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Card Using Your Cricut

Applying The Decal To The Card

Make sure you align the design to the card before putting the decal onto the card. You can use pencil lines as mentioned above. Once you’re happy and have centred alignment of the cut design to the card, place the transfer taped decal onto the card.

Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Card Using Your Cricut

Then take your squeegee/scraper, and rub all the areas of vinyl thoroughly. Be careful not to rub the transfer tape too hard directly onto the card surface. This will avoid the top layer of card lifting when removing the transfer tape.

Once you’ve given it a good going over, take any corner and carefully start to peel the transfer tape back on itself at a 180 degree angle until you have completely removed it.

Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Card Using Your Cricut

Yay! You’re done! Great work! Teachers choose the momentous task of educating our kids, opening their minds to the wonders of learning and achieving and they also double up as babysitters for our kids, for a large part of every day and every year.

For that alone they deserve a Medal Of Honor…or at the very least a unique, handmade Teacher Appreciation Card!

Feel free to share and pin 🙂

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How To STOP Cutting Through Vinyl Or Not Cutting Deep Enough

How To STOP Cutting Through Vinyl.

For me, this is the bane of using vinyl! It took me a long time to get it right and I often have to make small adjustments for various reasons. The rule of thumb is…test, test and test again, until you get it right!

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Default Cut Settings Rule

The first port of call is to use your machines preset cut settings, so for example, in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space, start with their default cut settings especially if you are using their own brand products ( eg: heat transfer vinyl, glitter sign vinyl, faux leather, card etc ). Things get a bit trickier if you are buying your vinyl from a manufacturer other than your machine brand. This is where you may need to work a little harder to get the settings right.

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New Settings For New Blades

And if you buy a new blade, you will just have to test, test and test again, as I’ve found the settings for your old blade will probably not work with a brand new blade that’s all sharp and shiny new! The chances of cutting right through the backing paper on sign vinyl are high and this is something I’ve done more than once with a new blade! I even managed to cut through the mat on one occasion! Doh!

For example, heat transfer vinyl is thinner and more flexible than sticker vinyl. HTV is thin and has a stronger clear plastic backing as opposed to glitter and fluorescent sticker vinyl, which is thicker than standard sticker vinyl. Plus, here in the UK both glitter and flouro vinyl have paper backing which is very easy to cut right through ( as I have done many times! 🙂 )

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Save On Materials (and money!)

To make sure you don’t waste materials (and money) make sure you only test on small off cuts until you find the correct setting for each different type of vinyl. For future efficiency and time saving, save your settings as detailed below, for use with the relevant type of vinyl you are working with. ( These same principles apply to cutting fabric, balsa, metal, paper and card too )

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Save Time And Frustration – Keep A Record, Here’s How:

• Keep a record of your cut settings and the vinyl used ( eg: where you bought if is it isn’t own brand ), in a word or text document, along with the date you bought your blade. Then you know how long you’ve had the blade too, if it starts to blunt and the cut settings aren’t working as well with a used blade.

• Blades get blunt over time and even faster with lots of use, so settings will need to be adjusted or the blade replaced if you’re using it a lot and your cuts aren’t as effective or are no longer crisp and clean.

• Only make small adjustments when changing your cut settings. When I first started, I used to make big adjustments and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting it right…small adjustments make sure you don’t miss the correct setting for your blade by going too far in one direction or the other.

• Always do a test cut on a small off cut BEFORE you do your main cut. This will allow you to make micro adjustments to get your cut settings right, and saves you wasting tons of precious vinyl too!

• Find a good vinyl supplier and stick with the same brand of vinyl as this lessens your chances of having to re-adjust your cut settings so often.

• Sometimes the machine just doesn’t want to co-operate and shutting it down completely, cleaning out the blade (if applicable) and restarting can help.

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How To Make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings With Cricut And Silhouette

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How To Make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings

Making your own earrings is so much fun and also makes a totally unique gift for friends and family too. In this tutorial we’re going to make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings using your cutting machine of choice. I will be using Cricut Faux Leather in Silver and Sapphire Blue.

I love the Cricut Faux Leather range, it is so easy to use and you get really stunning results! You can also use real leather, just make sure you adjust your cut settings accordingly. Let’s get started!

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What You Will Need

  • Reindeer Earrings SVG
  • Cricut Faux Leather in two contrasting colors
  • Cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette etc)
  • Earring hooks
  • Thick needle or screwdriver point
  • Small craft or needle nose plyers

Upload The SVG And Set Your Size

Upload the Reindeer Earrings SVG design into your relevant software and set the Reindeer teardrop to your preferred height. I like big earrings, so I set the Reindeer to a height of 2.5inches and the backing teardrop to 2.65 inches, which gives a lovely crescent of silver color at the bottom of the teardrop.

Cutting The Faux Leather

Next, put the faux leather sheet, in your choice of color for the Reindeer tear drop, onto the cutting mat, then load it  into the machine, choose the Faux Leather setting and proceed with the cut. Repeat this with the plain teardrop backing design.

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( A quick side note on cut settings for Cricut Faux Leather – I’ve found on both Cricut and Silhouette that their preset cut settings for Faux Leather give the best results. In Silhouette Studio, the cut setting will be “Faux Leather Paper”)

Once the designs are cut, carefully remove them from the cutting mat and weed out the Reindeer and excess faux leather. This should weed very easily, and you can use the Reindeer for other craft projects or more earrings, depending on the earring height you chose.

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how to make faux leather earrings with cricut

Putting It All Together

Now for the fun part! It all starts coming together now. Take your Reindeer tear drop and overlay it onto the plain teardrop, making sure the top point of the two teardrops are in perfect alignment.

If the faux leather is folding, you can put a small heavy book or something similar across the bottom part of the earrings to keep them in place while you make the hole for the earring hook. Make sure you have a cutting mat or something thick underneath the earrings before you make the hole!

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Making The Holes

Now take your needle, safety pin or screwdriver point, and make the hole. This should be done as close to the top of the earring as possible, so that the earring itself can move freely on the hook. 

I made the mistake the first time, of making the hole with too much border around it, and this resulted in the earring getting stuck in position on the little hook! Make sure you run it through a few times from both sides.

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Inserting The Hooks

Now, you will need the small pliers to carefully open the closed hook at the bottom of the earring hook. Once that is open, simply slide your faux leather earrings onto the hook and then close it up with the pliers.

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Voila! You have just created a beautiful and unique Festive pair of earrings! These also look fabulous using this Christmas Tree Earrings SVG. Enjoy!