More Tips on Cutting Freezer Paper With The Cricut Explore

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A while back I wrote a post on how to cut freezer paper with the Cricut Explore. You can read that post here: How to Cut Freezer Paper with the Cricut Explore  It's still one of my favorite ways to use my Cricut but since then I've learned a few more tricks on how to make it easier to transfer my design to the shirt. 

My secret: Drywall Tape! 
You can buy it lots of places but I picked up a roll at Home Dept. 

The Process

I cut out my design just like I did in my first freezer paper tutorial, weeded out the parts I needed but then left my design on my cutting mat and placed pieces of drywall tape over the center of the letters that would normally not be connected to the design any more after cutting. This keeps everything attached to the sheet so when I move my design over to my shirt I don't have to try to place and re-aline the center of my Rs, D, and &.

Then I iron the freezer paper to my shirt and very slowly pull back the drywall tape while my iron is holding down the freezer paper. 

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It works like a dream and I no longer dread trying to do a freezer paper designs with a lot of type! To finish my shirt I wanted to add a little something fun so I created this design an laser cut it on the back. I love how my new gym shirt turned out. 

How To Etch Copper With Vinyl

Recently I’ve been interested in metal smithing and jewelry making. While researching different methods I learned some people use their Cricuts and Silhouettes as a tool in making etched jewelry. I was so excited to try it! I love finding new ways to use my cricut! 

I followed this awesome tutorial over on Rings and Things blog, except I used vinyl as a resist instead of Sharpie or toner transfers.

Here are some pictures of my process.

First I created my design then cut it out on my Cricut Explore and applied it to my copper.

First I created my design then cut it out on my Cricut Explore and applied it to my copper.

Next I submerged it in the ferric chloride using packing tape to suspend it in the chemical.

Next I submerged it in the ferric chloride using packing tape to suspend it in the chemical.

Once it was done and I cleaned it up I applied metal paint to the inside design with the vinyl still on and let it dry.

Once it was done and I cleaned it up I applied metal paint to the inside design with the vinyl still on and let it dry.

And here it is all clean up and formed!

And here it is all clean up and formed!

I'm IN LOVE with this process and can't wait to make more beautiful things! If you've made jewelry with your Cricut I'd love to see it! Just tag me on Instagram at @MeanRightHookDesigns

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New Years Resolutions 

Happy 2017!! I know most people resolve to make healthy changes in the new year and that usually means working out. One way I stay motivated is with new workout clothes. I love making a new shirt and wearing it to the gym. So I've added a bunch of new fitness designs to the shop to help you kick off your year in the right direction, no matter what your favorite way to work out is. 

You can find these designs at: MeanRightHookDesigns.Etsy.com

For The Love Of All Things Pumpkin

This isn't a surprise to those who know me but I love all things fall and pumpkin. I would have a pumpkin spiced latte every day if they had them all year round. And with it being Fall it just puts me in the mood to crochet. A few of my friends also have a love of coffee and pumpkins so I made one for everyone and I cut out a little cuff card with my Cricut Explore. These are so easy and addictive to make. I might have to make different cuffs for every season.

Baby Shower Crafts

I love getting to craft for new babies! My sister-in-law is due at the end of the month and I can't wait to finally get to meet him! I whipped up a few onesies and a monthly stat board. I hope she loves everything.