Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chillin' With My Peeps Shirt and how to use Cricut Design Space

My kids love holiday themed shirts. Each year they beg me to make them a fun shirt for each upcoming holiday. With Easter just around the corner, we made these cute and glittery Peeps shirts. I absolutely love how they turned out and they are so easy to make. I pulled both shirts together in less than 20 minutes. How's that for fast? 

Are you new to Cricut Design Space? No worries! I walked you through making these shirts step by step with lots of screen shots. This is the perfect shirt for a beginner because it has simple shapes. 

For these shirts you will need: 

First hit the Upload Images button on the left hand menu in Cricut Design Space.

Hit the  blue Upload Image button on the left.

 After you hit upload image, the browse screen will come up.

Hit browse and find the image you want on your computer. This will let you upload any (.jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .svg or .dxf) When you find the image you want, select it and hit open.

 After you select the image on your computer, you will be asked to select the image type. There are three different kinds of image types.

Simple Image- a image with high contrast colors with a monotone background.
Moderately Complex Image- a image with simple detail and colors with good contrast between subject and background
Complex Image- images with fine detail, blended colors or low contrast

The peep is a simple image because it has clean lines and a black shape on a white background.

After you select your image type, it is time to clean up the image. There are a few different tools to help you get the image you want.

Crop- This tool will let you crop out any unwanted portions.
Select & Erase- This took is like a little magic wand that will select entire sections.
Erase- This is like the erasing tool in paint or other programs where you will physically need to draw over every part you want gone.

In most images, you want to erase the background and make it transparent so the Cricut knows what lines to cut.

Next name you image and select what kind of image you want Design Space to save it as. We want to be able to cut it all out, so we select Save as a Cut Image. This is also a good place to make sure you image looks the way you want it to cut. The Cricut is going to cut everywhere is there is white, so double check in this stage to make sure you have white lines or boxes every where there should be one.

 After you save your image, Design Space will take you back to the first Insert Image screen, but this time the image you uploaded will be in the library ready for you to insert it. Insert it into your project and now you can move it, resize it and add any text that you may want for your project.

Copy and paste the peep onto the screen two more times. Add a text box by hitting the text icon on the left hand side and typing your text into the box. You will want two different text boxes. Ones that says Chillin' With and one that says My Peeps.

When you have the Peeps and the words looking like you want them, make them each a different color. This will let the machine know that you are going to cut them out of two different colors of heat transfer. You can do this by clicking on the small image of each peep in the layers pallet. When you click on it the color boxes will pop up and you can select another color for each peep and the words. 

Hit the big green GO button at the top of the screen. Make sure to hit Mirror Image on all of the mats that appear on the left of your screen. This is because you lay heat transfer shiny side down, so you need to mirror the letters when they are cut so they will face the right way when they are ironed on.  Hit mirror image for each of the different colors before you hit cut then hit go.  Set the dial on your machine to iron on or iron on plus if you are cutting glitter iron on, load your Cricut mat and hit the flashing go button. If you

Once you are finished cutting out the peeps and the words, weed off the excess heat transfer by pulling a corner of the heat transfer. Take special care around the dots of I's and other small items.

Once your heat transfer is weeded, place it down on the shirt like you want it.  Set your iron to the cotton setting on your iron or heat press. Using medium pressure, iron the entire image for about 30 seconds, directly onto the carrier sheet, without any steam. After you finish, I like to flip my  shirt inside out and iron for another 10 seconds from the back. Peel the carrier sheet off. If any parts of the image pull up when removing the carrier sheet, stop peeling and iron for a few more seconds in that spot.

After the shirts are ironed they are ready to wear! When you wash them, flip them inside out to help protect the heat transfer and they will last!

Do your kids love to wear something for each holiday? 
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