Emily Binx, Thackery Binx, and William Butcherson are remembered making these easy Hocus Pocus Tombstones. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Making these wooden mini tombstones was really quite simple. I just used 3 different colors of spray paint and some pigment ink. Spray until you don’t think it needs any more. Learn my techniques below.
The trick to making your wood look like concrete is to vary the color. I had two tones of grey and one tone of brown. I chose the Kryon colors because they have that little removable tab. You want the removable tab so that when it sprays, you will achieve spurts of color rather than a continuous stream.
Begin with your lightest shade of grey/beige and use it to base coat your wooden blocks. Next, use your brown but make sure you remove the small plastic tab so they paint will splatter. Do a few strokes of that. Don’t do too much and try and focus on the edges. Now use your mid-tone paint and repeat the steps. Now that you have your big globs of paint on the wood, you’ll put the small plastic tab back on the paint and just do an overspray. Hold your paint vertically and then move the can as you spray. Rotate between the three colors and spray in various areas. I had this in a box and kept moving it around so some of the paint would smear. Just add paint until you’re happy with the end product.
After the paint had dried on my Hocus Pocus tombstones I took some green pigment ink and blended it into the edges. Use as little or as much as you like, I just like to smear it on there and then use some of your blending sponges to have it look like faux moss.
How do I put vinyl on wood?
Use some standard vinyl and weed your image, use some transfer paper and apply that to your weeded vinyl. Make sure your wood is cleaned and free of any lint or sawdust. Peel the transfer paper off the carrier sheet and you vinyl should be stuck to the transfer paper. Lay the vinyl image on your piece of wood and use a credit card or scraper tool to press down the vinyl. Slowly lift the transfer paper off of your wood, leaving the vinyl image adhered to your wood.
What I recommend is using some iron-on vinyl, better known as HTV, on your wood. I weeded my image and kept what I want to keep on my carrier sheet. With the Cricut EasyPress, I used 305°F and pressed for 20 seconds. Warm your wooded surface before you place the image. Warm it up for about 5 seconds, place your HTV and then press for the 20 seconds.
There it is, a super cute Hocus Pocus Halloween craft. It ties in perfectly with my Hocus Pocus Door Decoration or my Hocus Pocus Spellbook Door Mat. I have a transom window on my front door and I added these really cute zombie hands out of Cricut Window Cling to remind me when William Butcherson jumped right out of his grave. Grab the Cricut file here. Happy Haunting!
Want to learn all the tips and tricks to Cricut’s Iron On Vinyl? I’m here to show you some pointers on how to get the best looking project and most importantly answer what the difference is between the Everyday Iron-On and the Iron-On Lite.
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What is the big difference between Cricut Iron On Vinyl and regular heat transfer vinyl? Learn a few of what the answers are to those questions below.
I am so excited to be teaching thereversed canvas class at the Cricut Make-A-Thon in August 2018. It’s going to be filled with making great items and making great friends. For the reversed canvas class, we’re going to be using Cricut’s new Everyday Iron-On vinyl and I’ve been pleased with the results.
What’s the difference between Iron-On and HTV?
Absolutely nothing, they’re just called different names. Cricut uses the words Iron-On Vinyl so that people can easily differentiate between heat transfer vinyl that brands like Siser sell and standard vinyl that you wouldn’t use any heat for. Iron-On and HTV come in a variety of brands and styles so it’s important to choose a reputable seller.
Where can I buy reputable Iron-On Vinyl or HTV?
Most craft stores carry Cricut Iron-On Vinyl in store but their selection can vary. I love going online to Cricut.com and choose from a selection they have. They are phasing out their Iron-On Lite and transitioning to theirEveryday Iron-On.
Expressions Vinyl is also a reputable seller that carries Siser and their own brand of HTV. I like their HTV and find it very similar to Cricut’s Iron-On Lite.
Happy Crafters is also one I like to use but I don’t order from them too often. I like them because I can buy shirts and HTV all in one place.
What is the difference between Cricut’s Iron-On Lite and Cricut’s Everyday Iron-On?
When I’ve used both, I notice that the weeding process is smoother on the new Cricut Everyday Iron-On. It seems to feel like it is a bit thicker so it doesn’t tear or stretch as easily.
Cricut’s Iron-On Lite leaves texture to know that you have a good stick. You can see the fibers of the material you’re pressing on through it. Since the Cricut Everyday Iron-On seems thicker, I haven’t been able to see the fibers as I have in the past.
Cricut Everyday Iron-On has the StrongBond guarantee and that right there has been a life changer. I’m able to do more active shirts because of the StrongBond grip and I feel more comfortable throwing it in the wash.
What temperature setting should I use with my Cricut Iron-On?
Cricut has a great guide to knowing what settings you should use. They have household iron settings and EasyPress settings. They also include a guide for if you have the EasyPress mat or you’re using a towel.
Siser is also a great resource. A lot of Iron-On or HTV have similar settings. The Cricut and Siser and the only guides I recommend using. Unless your HTV came with settings specifically for their HTV, use these other guides.
Do I need a heat press or the Cricut EasyPress to use vinyl?
The short answer is yes. If you’re going to make shirts that last, you’re going to want some kind of press. The EasyPress is perfect for someone starting out that does occasional shirts and doesn’t have space to house a large heat press.
If you’re going to be turning your craft into a business and have the room for a heat press, by all means, get one.
The EasyPress Mat is a perfect accessory for the EasyPress. Do not press on an ironing board or an uneven surface. I use my wood floor and the mat and it presses perfectly each time. If you use a surface that draws the heat out, your temperature on theEasyPress will drop. Your design will also lift because it didn’t get the same pressure on the entire design.
You can always use an iron, don’t feel like you can’t make something because you don’t have a press. Irons are just tricky because they don’t have even heating elements and you can easily burn your HTV.
If you’ve made a mistake, don’t fret. You can remove HTV but it is a painstaking process. Just place your heat directly onto your design and take some tweezers and pull it off. Go slow and you will be able to press another design.
You all know how much I love my Cricut, but I love my brother more. Create this DIY Military Countdown to count the days you have until you get to see your deployed family member. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
My brother was deployed this past May. While I miss my brother, I’m sure his wife and kids miss him more. I made this DIY military countdown for them to write in how many days he has left in his deployment. Make your own using your Cricut machine or any cutting machine.
Follow all the bloggers along as we create with Cricut Iron-On Vinyl and then at the end of this post, see how you can win your very own EasyPress and EasyPress Mat!
To start, open the Cricut Design Space file. The font I used is Acier BAT and it’s available through TypeKit. If you don’t have an Adobe account, go ahead and use a font you love. Select Make It and then be sure to mirror your image for Iron-On. Cut and weed your Iron-On and set it aside.I bought this box sign from a local shop called The Wood Connection. It was around $10 and worth every penny. I stained the outer frame with some Early American wood stain and then painted the interior with chalkboard paint.
When your frame has dried, go ahead and lay your Iron-On Vinyl on the chalkboard and press. The chalkboard paint melted when I placed the iron on top of the deisign so I just used the tip of the iron and pressed. It took arounf 5 minutes to get a good adherance to the board. Take off your carrier sheet and you’re done! This project is something I love and I can’t wait to see my nieces face when I give it to her. This military countdown is going to be something special for the next year.
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This DIY Mermaid Shirt was so fun to make and is perfect for Leila and her cousins. See how easy it is to use the new Cricut Iron On Designs available now. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila and two of her cousins are obsessed with these t-shirts I made them coincide with a mermaid themed birthday party they’re going to be having later in May. Super cute and super easy and created in less than 2 minutes.
To use your EasyPress without the mat, preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 340°F and then set the timer to hold for 50 seconds.
When using the EasyPress Mat and EasyPress together, preheat your EasyPress to 340°F and then set the timer for 30 seconds.
Wait 24 hours before washing and wash inside-out.
Allow your EasyPress to heat up while you prepare the t-shirt. I grabbed each girl a hot pink shirt from Happy Crafters. They have really good prices and they’re better quality than the ones you can grab from your local craft store. For the Cricut Iron On Design, I chose this super cute mermaid. I made Leila and her two cousins matching ones for all under $20.Place the EasyPress on your blank shirt and preheat it for 10 seconds. Lay your design straight out of the package onto your desired spot of the shirt. Then place your EasyPress over the design and use medium pressure. Press for 50 seconds.The EasyPress fits over all their larger designs perfectly. There is no need to move it around, just press and you’re set.
After you’ve pressed your Cricut Iron On Design for 50 seconds, turn your shirt over, while the carrier sheet is still attached, and press the back of your shirt for an additional 10-15 seconds.Place your shirt to the side and allow it to cool 2-3 minutes before you pull the carrier sheet off of your Iron On Design.
When you begin to pull it, it takes a little bit of force to initially get the carrier sheet off. Your design has adhered so don’t worry. Begin with one corner and pull straight back. Voila! Your DIY mermaid shirt is complete and awesome!
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Have you seen the new Cricut Iron On Transfers? They’re the perfect addition to turn any old tote bag into a fashionable spring tote bag. See other great spring projects to make with you Cricut below.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
The new Cricut Iron On transfers is really simple to use and come in a variety of designs. I got the chance to see most of them at Cricut headquarters a few weeks ago and they’re amazing. I have seen them available at JOANN stores but I have yet to see them at Michaels but I’m sure they’ll be there soon if they’re not there now.To begin, set down your EasyPress mat onto a firm surface. Use a wooden table or even the floor. You want to avoid using ironing boards or other heat sucking materials (that’s a real term). You also want to avoid any surface that will bend when you apply pressure.Preheat your EasyPress to 340° F and then the timer for 50 seconds. Preheat your blank tote bag for 10-15 seconds.
Your designs will come ready to press. Just remove them from the package and lay it on to your preheated material. Place your EasyPress over the Iron On Design and then press the Go button. It will heat for 50 seconds and then remove it.Turn your piece over and press the back for an additional 10-15 seconds to secure the bond. With the Cricut Iron On Designs, you want to peel it off after it has cooled. Give it 2-3 minutes and then with a firm pull, pull off the carrier sheet.The peel feels a lot different than compared to traditional Iron On. You have to pull it harder and the design almost feels like it’s going to come off with it. Just start with a small corner and then test it. You can always lay the carrier sheet back down and press longer if you need to.There it is! My spring Craft & Create Cricut Challenge. Even though I didn’t use my actual cutting machine that Cricut offers, I do love their EasyPress just as much. The new mat has made pressing a lot more assuring and it’s given me great results. Check out the other projects below and be sure to visit them!
We now have the release for the new Cricut SportFlex™ Iron On and I’m going to show you how to use it. I love Cricut products and I love when they release something I can use for my kids. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila has just started doing tumbling and cheer and she loves it. We found these blank polyester shirt and matching pants on Amazon and created our images in Design Space.
Begin by going into Design Space and cutting your SportFlex™ Iron On. Using the Sportflex™ is just like using standard Iron On. You want to be sure to mirror your image and place the shiny side down on the mat. I noticed that when I used it, it wouldn’t stick very well to my other mats so I had to use the strong grip mat for the Cricut SportFlex Iron On.Use the SportFlex™ cut setting on your Cricut and begin cutting. Weed out the part of the image that you do not want on your shirt. The fine point blade should not cut completely through the Iron On. You need that carrier sheet for pressing. If it has cut completely through, your project is not ruined but it will take some time to piece it all together before you press. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 305ºF and preheat your fabric for 5 seconds on the EasyPress Mat. If you’re layering your Cricut SportFlex™ – press the first layer for 20 seconds, peel warm and lay your second layer and press for 25-30 seconds. Turn it around while the carrier sheet is still on and press for an additional 15 seconds. Again, peel off the carrier sheet while the Cricut SportFlex™ is still warm. If you’re doing one layer, just press for 25-30 seconds on the front and then flip your shirt over and press on the back for 15 seconds. Again, peel while the SportFlex™ is still warm. If you can’t tell, Leila loves her new gymnastics shirts that we made. She helped me every step of the way and it’s a simple project that all ages can do. The stretch of the SportFlex™ is like no other. It’s perfect for activewear and it has Cricut’s new StrongBond Guarantee.
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What better way to fall asleep than in your own DIY Pajama Shirt? Create this with your Cricut and some Happy Crafters Heat Transfer Vinyl. Enter the giveaway below!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Happy Crafters for sponsoring this post.
There are several companies that offer printed heat transfer vinyl but the selection that Happy Crafters offers is amazing. The shirt that they sent us is amazingly soft and I’m going to be ordering all my shirts from here now on.
Begin by cutting your heat transfer vinyl for your DIY Pajama Shirt. Always remember when you’re cutting heat transfer vinyl to reverse the image. You want to place the shiny side down on your mat when cutting. The blade should only go through the vinyl, leaving the carrier sheet intact. Weed your image and leave the part of the image that you want on your apparel on the carrier sheet. You’ll remove the negative areas. When using the Cricut EasyPress, place a towel on the surface below your apparel. Set your EasyPress to 305°. If you’re using an iron, use this method here.Press the solid color first and press for 15 seconds. Remove the carrier sheet. Now lay the patterned heat transfer vinyl down and use the carrier sheet from the solid and place over the top. This will make sure that your solid color doesn’t burn or melt. Press for 25-30 seconds.Now turn your DIY pajama shirt inside out and press from the back for an additional 10-15 seconds. This will make sure that your edges are sealed and you won’t have any lifting. You’re all done! This DIY pajama shirt is perfect for lazy days and nighttime. Now check out other bloggers projects and enter the giveaway below!
I love celebrating all cultures with my children. What better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year other than a Year of the Dog Pennant and .svg file.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.
My niece and nephews are in a Chinese language immersion program at their local schools. My kids take the French program at ours. I think that bringing in new cultures to our own is so important. I love celebrating the Chinese New Year because its a start to new and a way to honor the old traditions. Some of my favorite Chinese New Year traditions are gifting money in red envelopes, wearing your traditional Chinese clothing and honoring your ancestors. For this Year of the Dog pennant, I cut it on my Cricut Maker and ironed it on with my EasyPress or you can use your standard home iron. To use your iron, use these tips here.
Cut your file and be sure that your image is selected to mirrored. You’ll want to place your iron-on vinyl shiny side down on your mat. Select the iron-on setting and cut. With iron-on vinyl, you do not want to cut through the carrier sheet. You’ll pull off the negative areas, leaving your image on the carrier sheet.Set your EasyPress to 305° and allow it to warm up. Warm your surface for about 10 seconds and place your image onto your pennant. Press for 30 seconds on the front, turn it over and press for an additional 15 seconds. When using your EasyPress, you want to press on a firm surface. I use a wooden surface with a towel folded on top. You want the towel so that you have a bit of give and the crevices of your material will be warmed and glued. If you find your EasyPress losing temperature while your pressing, it is because the surface underneath is pulling the heat. Pressing pillows are great for this purpose too.Thread your dowel through the cut holes and then tie ribbon on the ends to hang your Year of the Dog pennant.