Ok, I caved. I had avoided the electronic die cutter, but then I got the new Cricut Explore™*. And I am loving it.
Here’s what I made right out of the box:
To make this card, I just followed the instructions in the online Design Studio. This card uses a metallic pen (the letter outlines), which comes with the Explore. All the materials I needed came in the Cricut box.
(I won’t bore you with details about the Explore™ — just go to the Cricut website for info and videos. Also, check out what others have to say via Google.)
I am a slow learner when it comes to electronics — it takes me a while to figure out how to work these machines. I found the Explore easy to use — the downside is I think you can only use it with a computer. Also, I think it is helpful to have a space where you can leave it set up.
The best thing, I’ve found, is to play around. Here are my other experiments, done on “opening” day:
I cut out the leaves and then backed the front of the card with blue card stock (paper by Stampin’ Up!)
Then I played around with sizing:
Stickers are cut from Bella Blvd’s autumn collection, then edged with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink.
Gee, those leftover piece were just sitting there, mocking me. So I put them to use:
(the darling tag is also from Bella Blvd. The circle of flowers, die-cut layering circle and sentiment are from Technique Tuesday, attached with a 3D Rais’en from Glue Dots.)
Can you stand one more?
As you can see, I have just begun to “explore.”
Thanks for indulging me!
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