Father’s Day is only a few weeks away! I made some cute Father’s Day cards with a folded shirt and tie on the front. I got the idea for the shirts from Martha Stewart’s website. I cut the “Dad” out on my Cricut with Sure Cuts A Lot 2, and adhered the letters on with my Xyron.
Don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 19th!
I got my Ryonet 4 color 1 station Silver Press set up yesterday. I’m pretty pressed for space, but managed to cram it into the spare room that I use as an office and craft area.
After 1 unsuccessful try, I got my screen burned & ready to go. I used our Japanese family crest as a design and printed up 6 shirts for myself and some family members. I used Matsui 301RC White Opaque water based ink. It was a little thick and slightly difficult to work with for a newbie like me. I kept a spray bottle handy though and didn’t have too many problems with clogging in the screen. My first shirt was a total write off, but the others came out okay. I got a little better by the last shirt.
I also bought a heat press recently. I figured I could use it to cure the ink since I don’t have the space for a proper dryer. I got a Seiki 12 x 15 swing press from Sunie. It seemed to work okay. The temperature was off by about 10 – 15 degrees, but I have a IR thermometer and adjusted accordingly.
Since I bought the heat press, I thought I’d try out some t-shirt vinyl as well. I ordered a couple of rolls of “Ultra” MultiCut vinyl from Joto Canada. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m happy to say that I’m pleasantly surprised! I cut the vinyl using my Cricut and SCAL. The vinyl is very thin and pretty easy to weed. It peeled fairly easily as well (you need to warm peel this vinyl). I also bought some red flock and was happy with that too. Big thumbs up to Joto. I think I’ll be buying some more colours soon.
I was making some Chinese New Year cards and needed a stamp for the Chinese character for rabbit. I remembered I had picked up some Cricut Cuttables Stamp Sheets on sale at Michaels a while back & thought this would be the perfect time to try them out. They come in a 2 pack of 6×6 sheets in a vinyl storage envelope. They recommend cutting with a deep cut blade on these settings – blade depth: 4.5, speed: 3, pressure: 4. I’m sure you could cut them with a regular blade on a blade depth of 6 though.
I used a new cricut mat to make sure the stamp material was secured firmly in place. The sheets are quite thin and I could see them slipping around easily if your mat is old or isn’t very sticky. I used SCAL and set up the character to cut at about 1 each in height. I was actually surprised that it cut the little details as well as it did. Here is a pic of the stamp on the block and stamped on paper in black ink.
You have to make sure when you’re inking not to get random ink all over the block (the stamp sheets really are that thin!). If you do wipe it off or make sure you don’t rock the block when you’re stamping or you’ll get ink all over your paper. It turned out better than I expected and came in really handy considering I had no clue where I was going to find a pre-made stamp on short notice. I wouldn’t recommend getting the set that comes with the blocks since it only comes with 1 stamp sheet (unless you don’t already have any blocks).
The finished card:
So I recently bought a Cricut Expression and decided that making some Halloween cards and bags for my boyfriend’s nephews would be good practice. Michael’s is already trying to get rid of their Halloween stuff so I got the paper and bags on sale, and the stamps for $1.50. I cut stencils for the bags out on my Cricut using Sure Cuts A Lot.