I’ve always loved unicorns and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish they were real! So when I heard this quote about being a unicorn I knew I needed to do something crafty with it! The quote goes l
The quote goes like this:
“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.”
Now I like to think of myself as a unicorn in some ways. Not in a creepy literal sort of way, but unicorns are seen as unique and special and I’d say I’m pretty unique and special!
So I made this awesome framed quote to put up to remind me of my uniqueness and just how special I really am.
I can’t get over how fun it is! I used some cool Holographic Vinyl which makes it more magical looking!
I designed it all using the Cricut Design Space for my Cricut Machine.
The Cricut Design Space is the interface that Cricut users can utilize to create a design for their project. The layout of the Design Space makes it so it’s easy for you to find what you’re looking for.
Here you can see the Cricut Design Space. While I explain a bit how I made my framed quote, I’m going to also explain to you more about how easy it is to use the Design Space.
But first, here are the supplies you’re going to need:
- Cricut Machine
- Cricut Holographic Vinyl
- 5″x7″ frame
- Cricut Essential Tool Set
- Cricut transfer tape
- Cricut cutting mat (standard grip)
First off, on the left is where you’ll typically start your project. On this side, you’ll find options such as your canvas, adding text, and adding shapes. There’s also a button for uploading your own image as well as inserting one of the thousands of images that Cricut has for purchase or included in your Cricut Access Subscription. This is where I found the Unicorn image I used for my framed quote as well as added the text of the quote itself. Since I wanted different fonts for parts of the quote, I did 6 different text sections so I could have them all as a different layer and fonts.
At the top, you’ll see the options for saving, undoing, copy, paste, etc. There’s also a button for how you want to arrange part of your design (like move a star in front of a circle) or align (this is handy for when you want them to be perfectly straight or centered). I like to make sure I save my project periodically.
On the right side is where the finer details of the design studio happen.
In this section, you can change the font, the size, letter spacing, and colors. This is also where you’ll indicate whether a design is going to be cut, drawn, printed (then cut later), or scored. You can also weld layers together or attach them in case you want them to be cut in a specific layout on the cutting mat. For my framed quote, after I picked out the fonts I wanted for each section, I highlighted the whole design then chose “weld”. This kept the design exactly how I had it all together so when it cut the vinyl out, I didn’t have to reposition anything.
Another great button that I sometimes overlook too is the “help” button on the bottom left-hand side.
When you click that button it will open up a new tab to take you to Cricut’s help center. From there you can put a keyword in the search bar about the topic you want to learn about and be taken to a list of articles that will help to teach you more! I have to admit that I’ve used the help center before because sometimes I do get stuck on how to do something, but it’s really easy to find the information that will show you how to accomplish what you want to get done!
After your design is all ready, you’ll hit “Go” and then on the next page you’ll hit “Go” again. You’ll load your vinyl (which is on a cutting mat) into the machine then hit the Cricut “C” button on your machine! Make sure before hitting that button though that you have the dial in the correct position. This ensures that your blade isn’t cutting too deep or too shallow.
After it’s cut you’ll unload the vinyl and the mat, then remove the outside vinyl, leaving only the design. You’ll need to use the weeding tool to get some of the smaller, inner pieces removed.
Next, you’ll take your transfer tape and put it on top of the design.
After that you’ll remove the back paper, being careful to keep the design on the transfer paper. Once that’s done you’ll position the design on the front of the glass on your photo frame and gently pull the transfer tape away.
Doesn’t seem too hard, does it?
If you want to make this exact design, you can use my link here to find my design and make it yourself!
Do you have any Cricut tips you want to share? Let me know in the comments!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.