Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You Hit the Mark Valentine - With Cricut Print and Cut

This post is sponsored by Cricut. All ideas are my own. 

Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite crafting time of the year. There is something about punny valentines and red, white and pink that get my creative juices flowing. I have a sketchbook that I draw all of my ideas in and I am pretty sure my graphic designer husband groans every time I pull it out because it means I am going to be begging him to the computer side of the designing. This one I am proud to say it so easy you can make it all by yourself, no graphic designer needed. This software is so easy, here let me show you. 




To make this valentine you will need:

  • A Cricut
  • Design Space 
  • Paper 
  • A Printer
  • Sticky Darts (ummm.... these are SO much fun!) 


I made this entire design using simple shapes in Design Space. You can find my design here, or make it yourself.  I inserted circles using the insert shapes button and resized them using the basic arrows to get the size I wanted for each one. You can change the color of each circle by clicking on the object in the layers pallet. After I had each circle the size and color I wanted, I selected all of the circles together and then right clicked and hit group. This will make the image be one item instead of a bunch of different circles. You will notice that you your circle in the layer pallet on the side has a little pair of scissors by it. Click on the image and trade it for the little printer icon on all of the circles but the very outer circle. Add your text around dart board. The words I used were "You Hit The Mark, Valentine." 



Hit the large Go button. It will tell you to print the page before you continue. Hit the green print page button and print your valentine using your home printer.


Your valentine will print with black registration marks around it. This is what will allow the Cricut to know where your design is and cut it out correctly.


Line up the paper in the corner of your mat and load it in your Cricut. Since you are using paper you might want to use a light stick mat or an older regular stick mat. The machine will scan the valentine and then cut it out. 



To increase the accuracy of print and cut you can calibrate your machine to your printer under Machine Settings, calibration. It will have you print another sheet of paper and then scan it and test cut to improve the accuracy of your print and cut projects. 

 After your machine cuts our your valentine, all you need to do is attach the dart to the paper. Since the dart is sticky, just stick it in the bullseye and you are ready to go. My daughter is addressing these on the back of the Valentine but you can add a to and from box if you want.

What print and cut projects do you want to make? 
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

30 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

That is absolutely adorable. I want to make this for my boys. They would love it.

silvsbeautifullife said...

This is super cute! Such a creative and different idea from the normal valentine's day cards.

Missy -Faking Fancy Blog said...

I don't own a Cricut but I imagine I could cut them out and gluestick them to a sturdier paper. Or laminate them? I'll have fun experimenting with this cute idea!

Terri Steffes said...

I need to get me a cricut. You always have such great ideas and making them by hand doesn't work for me. Adorable. As always.

Lindsey Paris said...

Sticky darts DO sound fun, especially for my little kids. I don't have a vinyl or paper cutting machine, so I hired out my best friend that does.

Jennifer (JenuineMom) said...

Soo cute! I don't have a Cricut, but I've been thinking of getting one lately. Just think of all the fun projects like this I could make!

Joanna Brittain said...

There are so many reasons why I want a cricut, and cute holiday things like this is one of those reasons!

Jennifer Johnson said...

What a cute Valentine!! My son would be all over using this for target practice with his nerf guns.

Brandi Puga said...

How fun is this! I would love to make these for my 4th grader as he does archery through 4h!

Rachel said...

This is such a cute idea and I had no idea it was done with a cricut until I read through it. I have a cricut and didn't even realize I could print and cut. Awesome and mind-blowing!

Becca Wilson said...

I have never used a Cricut before but it looks like it is amazing. This is such a cute craft for Valentine's Day!

tiarastantrums said...

I love cost effective gift giving - especially for the kiddos. This has the fun factor and what kid wouldn't love this

Karen Morse said...

What a really fun and unique Valentine to make! And I love the 3D factor of the dart attached! So fabulous!

Marisa H said...

These look super fun, I'm going to share for my friends with little one!

Logan Cantrell said...

These look so cute and fun! I wish I had a cricut!

Reesa Lewandowski said...

I need to find those darts! My son would love them! I wish I had a machine to make these on!

Kit Stanwood said...

It won't let me comment on mobile for some reason, but this is ADORABLE!!!! I love seeing all the crafty valentines day cards that also double as a game! genius! and love the corny cuteness haha.

Brittany F said...

I've been on the lookout for cute Valentine's for my oldest to hand out at school. I wanted something we could make together and I think we might make these, they are so cute!

Keren Charles said...

I do not own a cricut, but this looks like a fun project to make. I love that it is so personal.

Carolyn @ Fennell Seeds said...

So cute. I just ordered my kids valentines from Oriental Trading yesterday. I love Valentines Day.

Lee Orlian said...

Fun and easy candy-less Valentine craft! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the link to your design. We just got the sticky darts and my daughters are already excited!

Angela Ricardo said...

This is absolutely a good post and I would love to try this for my two boys, Glad you share this with us

Tabitha said...

What a fun, clever valentine's day craft! I love how cool and simple it is to pull off!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg how cute is this?!?! Perfect for Valentine's Day!!!! So need to make one!

Divya Mathur said...

Such a creative idea for V-Day! Unique but simple :) Thanks for sharing!

Leslie Hernandez said...

This is such a cool idea, I have no kids yet, but I love doing creative projects and just doing fun things. This would definitely be a fun project to work on :-)

Jazzmine Woodard said...

This is a cute idea. I have been seeing so many creative homemade valentines for school kids this year and wish we had these when I was growing up!

happy organized home said...

I think those are just adorable. I love when people do creative things for holidays and valentine's day is one that is full of creative potential

Living the Sweet Wife said...

So cute! I love easy printables and these "hit the mark" haha. I would love for my son to take these to his class at church (he's not in school yet).

Katrina Gehman said...

love the printables, i'll have to print these out and use them.