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It’s time for the October Cricut Design Space Star Challenge! These challenges are really helping me stretch my design skills and I am LOVING learning just what my Cricut Explore can do. It’s amazing, really. When I first heard about the Cricut, I wrote it off as “a scrapbooker’s thing.” While I can imagine that it’s pretty much a scrapbooker’s dream, it is so much more than that!
This month our team chose Winter Wonderland as our theme, and the overall project was Holiday Decor. Recently I saw a long luminaria at IKEA which I thought was really neat, so I decided to make a mantel luminaria with several layers that would create spaces of shadows and light and depth.
I. Love. It.
I designed the three layers of the luminaria in Illustrator. Then I bought the longer 12″ x 24″ Cricut cutting mat so that I’d be able to make this quite large. Assembled, it’s about 20″ wide. It’s connected on each side by tabs built into the cut files. The front two layers are white poster board, and the back layer is sparkly silver vinyl.
Have I mentioned the Cricut cuts like a dream? It had no problem with any of the small intricate shapes, like these tiny windows and the wee fence between the houses.
But I will admit — this whole design definitely needs some refining. The back layer is too flimsy because it’s just vinyl, and I need to come up with a way to stabilize the whole thing better. Right now I’m using a few hand-taped tabs as as a crossbar, but I’d like to design something within the cut files to make this work better. I also didn’t love how the poster board removed from my brand new cutting mat — it stuck like ca-ray-zay. I think a sturdier material would be better all around.
To light the luminaria, I used a set of tiny warm white fairy lights. The come on a wire, so they can be molded to sit underneath the luminaria. They are also battery operated, so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in. Magic!
Cricut Design Space Star Team 10!
Want to see the other fabulous projects from Team 10? Just click the below links!
Winter Wonderland Mantel Luminaria from Let’s Eat Grandpa
Winter Treat Boxes from Crafting in the Rain
Winter Wonderland Decor from Albion Gould
Tea Light Winter Village from Popper and Mimi
Personalized Snowflake Ornament from Sugar Bee Crafts
Whimsical Deer Art from One Krieger Chick
Frozen Inspired Pallet Art from Sweet Rose Studio
Cricut Print then Cut Technology
I also wanted to highlight something new from Cricut — they now have Print Then Cut technology! You can now print full color images with your printer; then cut with your Cricut Explore! It’s really a cool technology that I can’t wait to try out.
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