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May 17, 2019 Family Restaurants 1 comment

“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!
Lisa”

Hi Lisa,

 

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!
Meg

There are two ways to type text using CCR. You can drag each letter from the keypad to the mat, or the better way is to use a Text Box. And that's what I'll be showing you today. We'll be creating a welded title and a matching welded shadow.


I have opened CCR and created two mat layers. To do that you'll need to have Mat Layers enabled.
  • Click on the the Options menu then the CraftRoom tab and make sure Mat Layers Enabled is ticked. This will add a new menu called Mat Layers.


I also have Fill Mode Enabled selected to make the two layers easier to see. Fill Mode makes each layer of your project a different colour. Note - this is just a preview colour - it won't print.
  • To use Fill Mode, Click on the Project tab and select any Cricut except for the Imagine as your Default Machine. (The fill won't show up if you have the Imagine selected.)
I'm using the Cricut Expression 2 so I've selected that as my Default Machine.



Because we won't be needing the keypad we can close the Drawer giving us a full view of the mat.
  • Click the arrow to the left of the keypad

To create your second mat layer:
  • Click on the Mat Layers menu
  • Click "Add New Layer" from the bottom of that menu.
You'll now have two layers in your design. The active layer will be highlighted in grey.



To make it easier to know which layer you're working on you can rename them.
  • Click on the pencil icon beside New Layer.

  • Left click to the right of the current name then back space to delete it

  • Type in a new name and press Enter.
  • Repeat for the second layer.

  • To change the Fill colour of the layers click on the coloured circle next to the pencil.

  • Select a new colour then press the Apply button.

  • Repeat for the other layer.
Now we'll create our top layer.
  • From the Mat Layers menu click on the Top Layer to make that mat active.
  • Click the Add New Text Box button
  • Select your cart from the Font Cartridge drop down list. I'm using Mickey Font. (Make sure the font you select has a matching Shadow feature.)

  • Make sure you have the base version of the font selected in the Creative Feature drop down box. In this case it's called Standard. (In some cases the Creative Feature names differ from those on the cartridge.)

  • Select the size of your font by clicking on the green arrows or typing the new size in the box. (You can change the font size later if necessary). I selected a Font Size of 2.

  • Click inside the Text Field box and type your word

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.

  • Press the Done button to close the text box.

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.

  • Make sure your word is still selected then press the green Letter Spacing down arrow. (Make sure you have Character Space selected - not Block.

  • Continue clicking the down arrow until your letters have overlapped. (When your letters overlap you will notice that the black border around them disappears.)


Welding occurs as soon as your letters overlap. 

Next we need to create the welded shadow.

  • Select the Mat Layers menu and click on the Shadow layer. It will be highlighted grey. (Note that you'll still be able to see the text from the Top Layer)

  • Click on the Fonts menu then the Add New Text Box button
  • From the drop down Creative Feature box, select the Shadow option

  • Make sure the Font Size is the same as the size you used in the Top Layer

  • Click in the Text Field box and type your word again. As you're on the Shadow layer it should show up in a different colour.

  • Click the Done button or click on a blank area of the mat. 
  • Click somewhere on the orange Shadow and move the whole word so that the first letter sits neatly behind the first letter of the Top Layer

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. 

  • If you made any changes to your shadow, click the Undo button until you have it back to its original version. (Or delete it and recreate it.)
  • While the shadow is selected (check Mat Layers to ensure you're on the correct layer) click the Ungroup button on the Toolbar.

Now each of the shadow letters is an individual object and can be moved anywhere.

  • Click anywhere on the mat to deselect the word.
  • Click on the orange P and using the horizontal move handle move the letter to the left until it fits neatly under the yellow P. If necessary use the vertical move handle to move it down. 

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.

  • Next click somewhere on the orange R and move it over to the left using the horizontal move handle.

  • Repeat for the remaining letters. 

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.

  • Click on the yellow layer and move the word down to sit somewhere below the orange layer.

  • Make sure you still have the Shadow layer selected.

  • Drag a selection box around the orange layers so they're all selected.

  • Click the Group icon from the Toolbar.

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.

Notes: 

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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Good morning everyone!

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 together to form a single word. 

First off, why would you want to weld letters together to get one single image??  I think the number one reason most Cricut users do this is because it's a whole lot easier to line up a single word instead of a bunch of individual letters!!!  When you're creating a title on a scrapbook page, or want to spell out a word on a card for example, and you want the letters to be straight, it makes it much easier if they're all connected.   Let's get started.

First, I'm going to open up Craft Room and type the word I want to "weld".  (Weld just means you connect the letters or shapes all together, instead of keeping them separate.)

Here's my name as it appears as individual letters.  If I was using my name as a title on a scrapbook page, I could simply cut out each individual letter, line them up, and glue them down.  My mat would look like this. (The font I'm using is from the Suburbia cartridge)

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.


Here I've moved all of my letters so they line up on that solid line.  There's no rule of thumb to go by as for how you line your letters up, just line them up however you think you want them to look.  I like mine to be generally pretty straight, so I try to line the bottom of my letters all up on that dark line.




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.




Whoops.....not what I wanted to do if I was trying to keep my letters in a straight line!!  To prevent this from happening, you want to group all of the letters together.  To do this, start by selecting the first letter in the word.


Hold down the control button and continue clicking on all the rest of the letters until the entire word appears in one selection box.


Next, while the whole word is selected, click the "Group" button at the top of the tool bar.


Now, when you use the move tools on your word, you can move the entire word together around your mat as one object.


Oh, and here's one more little bonus!!  Personally, I don't know for sure which Cricut cartridges have fonts on them and which ones don't.  So, if you're trying to determine which font to use, if you open the "Text" tab, using the green tabs to the left of your mat, there is a search box which lists ALL of the cartridges that have fonts---in alphabetical order!!  Pretty handy, huh??


Like I said last week with sizing images---this is one way to weld words together using Craft Room.  I'm sure there are other ways that I haven't learned yet, so if you have a method you prefer to use, please share it in the comments section!!  See you next week!!!


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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.

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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:

  • Size – I had it sitting right on top of my printer while I was using it and it fit perfectly. So if you're short on space, this machine is perfect!
  • Price – Regular retail price is only $129 and the package comes with everything you need to get started: the machine, the startup guide, a sample pack of paper/cardstock and a cutting mat.
  • PC and Mac compatible – I'm an Apple girl all the way! The software works great on both machines.
  • Instructions and help – The package includes instructions to get started. You also get access to a ton of online help including a whole Cricut community you can join to talk about any issues or ideas you have.
  • Design library – there is an enormous design library you can access filled with a wide variety of images, text art and fonts. There is a fee associated with most of the library, but there is a selection of free cutting designs you can use.
  • Design software – The Cricut Craft Room design software enables you to create your own cutting designs using the images in the design library. Mix and match fonts, images, borders, you name it!

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.

To make your own word art follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Cricut Craft Room Software and log into your account.
  2. Select “Text” from the left hand menu and then select the font you'd like to use by choosing a collection/cartridge from the list.
  3. Type the letters you want to use making sure to stay within the cutting area.
  4. Individually select each letter and move it to the location you'd like, overlapping other letters so when they are cut, they create a single cut piece. To make sure all your letters cut together in a single shape, make sure you select “weld” each time you overlap two shapes.

  5. Then, once you have all your letters the way you'd like them, you're ready to cut!

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.

Happy Crafting!

 

Disclaimer: I was sent a Cricut Mini to review, the opinions shares are 100% my own.

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    MikabarMay 26, 2019 10:44 PM

    What words... A fantasy

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