“Hi Megan…I have a question. I just got the Cricut Expression 2 and am wondering if I should get a Gypsy as well. I am interested in the “welding” feature. Does the CE 2 do that? What are the advantages of also having a Gypsy? Also, I know that the Cricut Craft room will do alot of what the Gypsy does as well, correct?
Thank you for your help!
Actually the answer to the Cricut Expression 2 does NOT weld on its own. However that does not mean you have to buy the Gypsy. You can actually use the new “Cricut Craft Room” web based system go to www.Cricut.com to learn more about that, and you can actually weld shapes and letters from cartridges in that, use your Cricut Expression, Expression (E2) or Mini through that. The Gypsy is great, but its not required for welding if that is all you are looking for. I like my Gypsy because its just for designing and i like to not be tied to my computer, though Im’ finding myself on it more and more.
I’m really hoping that helps you! Thanks for ASKING and ENJOY THE MOMENTS!
As you type the word it will appear on your mat.
You can move the position of the word on your mat by clicking on the grey section of the text box and dragging it to its new position. You can do this before, during or after you have typed your word.
If you need to make changes to your text make sure the word is selected and press the Edit Text button.
Next we need to move the letters so they overlap.
Welding occurs as soon as your letters overlap.
Next we need to create the welded shadow.
Now you're ready to weld the shadows letters together. However, in this case if you change the Letter Spacing setting, for some reason the top layer and shadow layer won't match up. Go ahead and try and you'll notice that the shadow doesn't quite fit the top layer.
In this case the difference isn't huge, but with some fonts it's quite noticeable. You'll see how the shadow of the I and the G don't match up well and need to drop down slightly.
We need to create the welded shadow in a different way.
Now each of the shadow letters is an individual object and can be moved anywhere.
You'll notice that the Weld/Don't Weld box has appeared. That's because the S & the P are now individual objects. As soon as they overlap the Weld box will appear. You don't need to change this option so just leave it as it is.
When you get to the I and the G you'll probably find that you'll need to drop them down slightly to get the to align correctly.
Now that you have the shadows letters all aligned you can go back and group them.
Your shadow word is now one object again and you can click anywhere on it to move it around the mat.
If your orange word turns yellow after you group it, it means that you had the Top Layer selected instead of the Shadow Layer. Which isn't a problem if you want both titles on one layer ready for laying your paper and cutting. If you want to keep the titles on their own layer you can cut and paste the shadow back to its own layer.
You aren't limited to whole numbers in the Letter Spacing box. You can type any number (eg. 5.3) to get your spacing just right.
It's not necessary to use Fill Mode. I think it just makes it easier to see your outlines.
It's also not necessary to use two layers (mats). You can leave Fill Mode off and create both your layers on one mat.
Have fun creating your welded shadowed titles!
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The first think I always do when welding a word together is get all of the letters lined up on a straight line the way I want them to look. Here I'm using one of the darker images on my mat as a guide. I've moved the first few letters down to where I think they look nice. Remember, each letter is it's own object for right now.
Now, using the side movement arrows (the toggle that is in the middle on the left hand side of my selected letter "i") I'm going to begin moving my letters so they overlap. Welding will begin as the letters touch one another.
You know your letters are overlapping and welding when you see that little box that says "Weld/Don't Weld" above your object. If you do NOT want them to weld, be sure to click on the "Don't Weld" button. Here's what the rest of the letters look like welded together. One way I can tell that my letters are all welded together is that the lines where the letters overlap disappear.
Now, one thing to keep in mind is that even though if you were to cut your image out right now, your Cricut would cut it just like it looks on the screen---all of the letters would be connected. However, if you want to move the image around on your mat, to organize your mat and get your image where you want to lay your paper, you need to group your letters together so they don't come apart when you move your word. This is what would happen if I tried to move the whole word as it is right now.
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This is Missy from Quick Chick Designs here with another Cricut Craft Room tutorial for you. This week, we're going to talk about welding letters.
I'm going to assume you are familiar with the name Cricut® (cricket), but just in case you are not, it's a machine that can cut materials into a variety of shapes. Have you ever wanted to find some paper cut outs for party decorations or a gift you were making but couldn't find the shapes you were looking for? Names are usually the toughest in my family because we didn't spell our kids names like everyone else. So either I hand write names on things or I just leave the names out.
I got my hands on a Cricut Mini® and finally had the opportunity to try it out. It's fantastic… easy to use, doesn't take up much space and works like a charm. If you've never used a cutting machine, there is a tiny learning curve, but the Cricut starter kit comes with clear, step-by-step instructions to get you going. I was up and running, making my own designs in less than an hour!
Great features of the Cricut Mini:
As a designer, I wanted to see how the design software worked to combine images. It's one thing to be able to cut out pre-set images, but what about making your own art using the Cricut software. I only touched the surface when it comes to how far this software can go. I played a bit with layering, resizing and combining design elements. There's even an option in the design software to “draw” your own images… it's not crazy complicated, but it also isn't going to be as fancy as using something like Adobe Illustrator. (Thank goodness, that would be overwhelming for non-designers, I think).
The Cricut mini design software allows you to use images together and merge them into a single image. You can create layers and even join letters to create some really neat word art. I wanted to see how far I could push this software. I was able to merge all 26 letters in the alphabet and when the design was finished and the machine started cutting, it worked perfectly! Just keep in mind, the more images you layer on top of each other, the slower the software is going to run… that's typical with any system… even a work horse is going to move slower when you load up that cart.
See how all the letters seem to be merged together? That's how your text should look when you've properly “welded” it together. The black line is the path the Cricut Mini® will follow when cutting out the letters. (No, the machine does not color the text, so you won't end up with red letters… the letters will be the color of whatever paper you choose to use.)
Tip: It might be easier to type one letter at a time and place where you want it and “weld” as you go, rather than typing the whole phrase and then going back to place and weld. I found with larger words and phrases (such as all 26 letters in the alphabet), moving letters as I typed them went faster and was easier for the software to process.
Once you've finished your word art, you can save the design file to your “My Projects” folder within the Cricut Craft Room software so you can use it again and again.
Disclaimer: I was sent a Cricut Mini to review, the opinions shares are 100% my own.
Filed Under: CraftyTagged With: cricut projects, reviews, word art
If you are wondering if this cartridge will write entire words in cursive (with just one You might check You Tube and type in "cricut craft room welded letters".
MikabarMay 26, 2019 10:44 PM
What words... A fantasy