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How to Create Signs for Wreaths using Cricut Explore | Step by Step Tutorial in Design Space

How to Create Signs for Wreaths using Cricut Explore | Step by Step Tutorial in Design Space
hi everyone its Tracy today I am sharing how to

create

some little wooden

signs

using

vinyl and cut that out on your die-cutting machine I am

using

a

Cricut

explore

in this video but I wanted to show how quickly it would be to mass-produce these

signs

because these

wreaths

are so popular and we're always looking for cute little

signs

to put on our wreath so let me show you how I put all of these together I'm

using

these little wooden

signs

they come in a package of four just like this from Hobby Lobby you may can get them at other places too but you may have seen these in some of my hauls now this is what I'm going to do I'm going to paint the wooden sign and then I'm going to cut the vinyl out on my

Cricut

explore

and we're going to

create

a cute little sign I like to base coat and get lots of

signs

ready so that I can mass-produce us so I am

using

this buttermilk colored paint by Americana I will have a link in the description below if you would like to use or find or purchase any of the products that I currently used in this video I painted the

signs

one coat with the buttermilk paint now I'm going to add a bit of shading to do that I use a flat paint brush a dip half of my brush into the paint half into clear clean water and blend that on a paper towel and then I will shade around the sign I love to use Sharpie markers on my projects because that is kind of my signature my

design

my doodling kind of thing so my favorite markers to use is the...
how to create signs for wreaths using cricut explore step by step tutorial in design space
fine point sharpie marker as well as the ultra fine sharpie marker now on this fine point sharpie marker you may see that I have some yellow washi tape on there and I figured out that that is a way for me to recognize what markers are memos latest because I have so many Sharpie markers that I forget you know which ones new and which ones not so there's a little tip for you put some washi tape you know just remember which one it was and those will be marked as your newest markers okay here in

design

space

I am going to insert a shape and that is going to be my board for the size I need to unlock this because I want to put in my own size it is 10 10 inches by 3 point 4 7 that is what the measurements I got on the outside of package okay and I'm going to turn this this color kind of looks kind of the same color that I have for my sign okay so now I want to insert the text and I'm going to type welcome by default mine comes up with

cricut

fans but I'm going to click on that and go to system spot and the funk I'm

using

is Magnolia guys it is a free download I will put a link in the description below so you can check that out if you don't currently have this one so you see how this comes up and all of the letters are have a little

space

you know have a little

space

I want to get rid of that so I need to unlock it right here and it kind of it puts the bubbles around it so I'm going to unlock it and then I went to ungroup here on the right hand side so...
how to create signs for wreaths using cricut explore step by step tutorial in design space
then I can move each letter individually so I want to do it that way you this is how I do it you can do whatever is best for you okay great so I like the little placement of that I'm going to group all of these that together and I group them back together by holding my shift key down on my shift key down on my keyboard and then clicking all the individual letters and then coming back over here and on the right hand side and select group so therefore they all become one word again okay so I can recite the word I can resize the word by doing that now when I drag this diagonal it does resize it but it I want to manipulate it where I can resize it myself I can kind of make it taller rather than fatter if I pull it diagonal it will just size it proportionately how I do that is come over here to the lock button and I click that and then locks it it puts this little green button right here so that way I know it's unlocked so now I can make it skinny I can make it better I can make it you know I can manipulate it the way I want to for my board okay so I want to kind of give a little

space

on the top in on the sides as well as the bottom so when I like that I kind of look at it and I really like that so I'm going to I'm going to go ahead and select down here at the bottom I'm not sure if this shows on my screen but down here in the right-hand side the bottom I'm going to click well and so then it becomes one piece all welded together they're not individual...
how to create signs for wreaths using cricut explore step by step tutorial in design space
pieces the difference between weld and attach is they are attachments they are planted on the on the mat where they won't move but weld means that they are like curses they are like attached together they're not going to come apart even if they are layered on top of each other they still will if they're cut individually you'll kind of see the individual like where the W meets the e and where the e meets the L but now that they're welded they're all attached together and they're just one p just welded together very nicely ok so now I'm going to select make it now it gives me to Matt because I have I have the black up here and then I have this brown color I'm not going to cut that out I actually can delete that if I want to I choose not to delete the square or the rectangle because I may want to resize it again in the future and I want to have that so then now this one is here ready to go so I can cut these welcomes out and make my

signs

I also wanted to share an idea of how I get the most out of my vinyl and when I mass-producing sign this is how I say some time so I'm just copying and pasting I copied and pasted the welcome here okay so I don't have quite a 12 by 24 sheet vinyl but I'm going to get as many welcome on here as I can so see here so I'm just going to select make it now it automatically gets by default it's a twelve by twelve so I want to change that and see it put it on to Matt I want to change this right...
here to a 12 by 24 I'm going to use my total by 24 Matt so as you can see here it is put all my welcomes here on my mat okay so it looks like I can get maybe one more so I'm going to cancel that and I'm going to edit and paste again so I have two four six yes I have six welcome just kind of save some time rather than having to go back let's make it alright select 12 by 24 again okay so it put all of those six welcomes here on my material Matt so if you are ok with this you can go ahead and cut it out but if you want to kind of save some of the vinyl and want to take the time to do it see this second welcome I click on it and it puts a little bubbles around it and it's this one right here I can't if I control it with my my mouse I can flip it so that I can move this a little bit closer to the top welcome and then that helps kind of conserve see all this vinyl that I have so then this third welcome I will bring it up a little bit closer just make sure I don't overlap anything from the other welcome how to bring it up and they want to flip that one I want to bring it up here and how I'm doing this is I am grabbing this little turn thing right here and then I'm like taking my mouth and like making a circle and so then that change Chara turns to my project okay so as you can see here this gives me much more

space

I'm lacking about three inches of the black vinyl because I did set on another project so I can actually add one more welcome here...
underneath here so that I can get the most out of my piece of vinyl and my

Cricut

can cut it all out at one time this is how it cut out for me on my machine I've already weeded and to get all the little excess between the O's and the ease and I just love this how it all cuts it out at one time and I save vinyl as well okay these are how my

signs

are going to look once I cut the vinyl out weed it and then transfer it on to this little sign so I wanted to show you that I have it works better if I cut these apart and then I have this transfer tape I will leave a link in the description below to share exactly what I use because not all transfer tapes are

create

d equal I kid you not and so I like this transfer tape so what I just do is I the purpose of the transfer tie is to transfer it onto the tape so then you can in turn transfer it onto your your project so I just cut a piece I've already done that I just cut a piece that is you know long enough wide enough for my project for my vinyl cutout and then I just take a scraper I have this one you can use a credit card or you can use you know one of those tongue depressors like an ice cream stick that you get or that you they have in the doctor's office anything to kind of burnish it or kind of get it where it attaches to this tape because I wanted to transfer as smoothly as possible so I'm just kind of going back and forth just trying to go over it because I want it to lift up very easily just like that just...
like that okay so sometimes when you're working with vinyls it doesn't lift up very easily and so then I would go back I would you know take it slow and if it if it doesn't lift up like this onto the tape you know get back down and burnish it a little bit more okay then also when we weld our word it's all welded as one it's all one word sometimes if I forget some weld my my word and I have a cursive word like this yeah you did a vigil letter does Spica you know it pills it up and I'm like oh darn I forgot to weld but it's okay once you get once you start working with fine a little bit more you kind of learn those tricks of the trade okay so I'm going to put my sign right here in front of me so before I just slap it on there I kind of eyeball it to kind of see you know what I don't want it to be crooked I don't want it to be you know make sure the L has enough

space

at the top and at the bottom I want it to be centered enough like the W and then the e the last letter so I'm going to go ahead and put that down kind of smooth that like that spin again personal preference I want to burnish it more because now I want it to fit to my side I wanted to transfer from the tight points in my side and so I promise you I have a very love-hate relationship when it comes to vinyl vinyl is not my favorite thing to work with but it's beautiful once you you know do your project you can get a project to turn out where if you can't paint kind...
of letters that kind of thing so then slowly what I'll do is I want to make sure that it is stuck to my sign if it would not have been I would take this tape and fold it back down and I whispered and said a little bit more slowly slowly slowly you can kind of you'll get the feel for it to you know make sure that the tape comes up and knock your going off okay there you go that's how quickly and easy it is to make our mass-produced these little welcome

signs

using

wood wax from Hobby Lobby paint and vinyl I do varnish or seal all of my

signs

in so I use this Delta varnish it's a glossy finish they also they do have a matte finish but I prefer the glossy because I like my

signs

to be a little glossy so I just lay them all out on my table and I just put one little coat over the

signs

kind of all at one time and it dries very quickly and we are good to go to attach the

signs

to the wreath you can staple pipe cleaners on the back you can drill a little hole and you can attach it to the wire frame with wire just make sure that it's pretty stable so the sign does it fall off of your read thanks so much for watching guys I appreciate your comments I appreciate your thumbs up and if you're new here go ahead and subscribe I would love to have you and thanks for watching and God bless you