DIY Gnome Valentine Cards with a Cricut

How to Make DIY Gnome Valentine Cards

They’re JUST SO CUTE! I know, I said the same thing about the Cabbage Patch Kids and Care Bears in the ’80s. And I might have said it about Japanese Anime characters in the 2000s along with any and all baby animals. But, there’s just something about Gnomes right now. They’re cute and cuddly but just gruff enough that you want to hold them in your hand and squeeze them. (A little like Grumpy Smurf, now that I think about it.) So, when Valentine’s rolled around this year, I gave my Christmas Gnomes a Vday makeover. Last week I posted about my Valentine’s Gnome Stickers, and this week, I have this tutorial on how to make DIY Gnome Valentine Cards!

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Sticker that says, my happy place in front of iPad Pro

How to Make 3D Layered Stickers with Procreate & Cricut

Ever searching for new and cool sticker projects, today’s DIY is how to make stickers that really stand out. (Get it?) Although they take stickers to another level, (sorry couldn’t help that pun either) they’re actually pretty simple to make. I spent an afternoon drawing an entire sheet of stickers (that you can pick up free in my Creative Resource Library) but for the tutorial and video below I’ll just demo how to make a couple of designs to show you how it works. This project, how to make layered stickers with Procreate and Cricut, demos both the design and the making of the stickers– my first post/video to walk you through the entire process at once.

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Engraving with a Cricut in 2021

You bought the Cricut Engraving Tool or someone gave it to you, but you have NO IDEA where to even begin to figure out how to start engraving with a Cricut machine. OR you saw some super cool engraving projects on Facebook or Pinterest and are wondering how the heck they did that with a Cricut. Now you have questions about engraving with a Cricut that you’d like to find answers to but don’t want to spend all your time googling answers. In this post, I took the most common questions that I’m asked in FB groups, in comments, or in emails and answered them. If you get to the end of it and have more questions, please feel free to comment below or contact me. I’d love to help you start engraving with a Cricut!

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Example of how to engrave cricut Infusible inks with a Cricut Maker's Engraving tool

How to Engrave Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum

If you love color and want a way to make your engraving designs easier to see, then this technique is one you’re guaranteed to love. I first saw the potential in engraving through Infusible Ink when Karen L., one of the crafty and creative gals in my Engraving Metals Facebook group, started to play around with the technique a few weeks ago. Her results were nothing short of AH-MAZING. I totally had to figure it out! So in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to engrave Cricut Infusible Ink into Cricut Aluminum Sheets for a vibrant effect. You’ll see the best tip you NEED to know to make this work, a great technique for positioning your engravings, and I’ll give you a free design to use so you, too, will get out-of-this-world* engraving results. 

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Engrave a Cookie Spatula for Christmas with the Cricut Maker's Engraving Tip

How to Make Engraved Cookie Spatulas with a Cricut Maker- 2020 Update!

It really is a perfect gift for the neighbor or coworker who you’d love to give something nice to but you don’t want to put a huge amount of time, energy, or money into it. Fortunately, you have a Cricut Maker and because you do- you can make all kinds of handmade gifts that are quick, easy, and don’t break the bank with the cost of the supplies. And if you love gifts that are little kits, the cookie spatula pairs really well with a baking mitt, wooden spoon, and a maybe a jar or bag of cookie mix! This tutorial will make it simple for you to take your own designs or mine and make engraved cookies spatulas with a Cricut Maker.

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Gnome Wood Burned with a Cricut

How to Wood Burn Tags with a Cricut

This is another Gnome craft I’ve been holding on to JUST for Gnome Week 2020 (this week)! The idea came to me last spring when I saw the scorch marker. It’s a chemical marker that you draw on wood with, and when you heat it, you get this cool wood burned look. It took a bit to figure out how to fit it in my Cricut- and by the time I thought I would run with it, I saw the Singe Quill. We-R-Memory Makers packaged two different widths together, and once you have the adapter, you can totally use this with a Cricut. Six months and an engraving book later, and my little Gnome buddies had had enough. “Get it done!” SO- I present how to wood burn tags with a Cricut and the Singe Quill!

Before we get into how to wood burn tags with a Cricut, I wanted to let you know that at the bottom of this post, I have a couple of other SUPER cute Gnome tags to show you! These are free gnome crafts from two of my blogger friends, and I know that you guys will love them! So check out the links below this tutorial!

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My Best FREE Gnome Stickers and Designs

Welcome to Gnome Week! If you LOVE Gnomes this is for you. Don’t love Gnomes? I’m going to categorize you as a “not yet” or “was traumatized by Santa’s Elves at a young age). Because, well, GNOMES! I’ve yet to do a Gnome Round-Up post. It’s time. Almost a year has passed since I first drew my Christmas Gnome Stickers. They were so much fun that I turned them into gift tags, memo pads, and so. many. other. stickers. Which made me think that it’s about time I did a gnome round-up post so that you could see ALL the gnomes. The designs are all in my Freebie Library and if you subscribe to my blog, you can get the password to these and LOTS of other free digital designs. In the meantime, here are my best free Gnome stickers and designs!

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How to Make Gnome Sticker Gift Tags with a Cricut

Oh yes, I did! For the second year in a row (that makes it annual now!) I invited some crafty little gnome friends back to the blog to do a takeover craft party here at Well Crafted Studio. So for the next week, there will be Gnomes, Gnomes, and MORE Gnome projects. And to make it even MORE awesome, I have 5 other blogging friends that are going to be doing the same thing at their blog this week. Each of us contributed one project to feature and the projects they sent legitimately made my jaw drop- So I hope you’ll click on the links below and check each of these 5 projects out. And then I hope you’ll come back here for more Gnomish fun! But first, let’s make some Christmas Gnome Gift Tag Stickers!

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Get a Free Engraving Design Every Day for the Rest of November

Let’s throw some glitter at the next two months and start crafting! Let’s face it- 2020 disappointed a lot of us. But I decided it didn’t have to end that way! So for the next two months, you’ll find all kinds of fun, sparkly, and unique projects here at Well Crafted Studio that are sure to inspire you. And to make it EXTRA fun, I decided to celebrate by giving away ONE FREE ENGRAVING DESIGN EACH DAY until the end of November (starting Friday, November 13th).

11/17/2020 Edited to Add:

Because of the CRAZY number of people who are excited to get these Free Engraving Designs, our servers repeatedly crashed yesterday. SO to create a workaround, I’m going to post each daily design for free for 24 hours in my Well Crafted Studio Shop. This actually works pretty well because if you missed a design I’ll already have it in the shop for sale.

22 Designs Tweaked for Great Engraving Results

Most designs you’ll find are meant to be cut. Which means they engrave as a line. This can be hard to see, and so I took my own SVG and PNG designs and pre-filled them with patterns so that they are MUCH easier to see.

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Just one of the designs you’ll get!

Want to know how this works?

Each day I’ll post an image of that day’s design. If you’d like it just hit the button that says “unwrap my gift” and it will download directly to your computer. I’ll post a new design in the Shop each day at 10 am and you’ll have 24 hours to get it for FREE.

What if I miss a day?

I want this to be fun, so to make it SUPER easy to remember, I’ll be sending out a super short reminder each day to my email subscribers. Of course, if you don’t need the reminder, you can opt-out of these at any time! And if you miss a free file, email subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase the designs at the end of the month. You can now purchase these in the shop as soon as the 24 hours is up. ❤️

What can I make with these designs?

SO many things! Some of the designs would be perfect for engraving on a cookie spatula, or an ornament, or as wall decor. In my daily email I’ll include a suggestion of how this might be used and a link to a helpful tutorial. For instance, one design would be perfect for a cookie spatula, so I’ll include a link to a tutorial on engraving cookie spatulas.

Also, just a reminder but all of my designs come with a limited commercial license. This means that you can go ahead and make up to 100 physical units and sell them without my consent. I want to help small makers succeed!

I hope you enjoy the files!!!

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Engraved Snow Globe Photo Ornaments with a Cricut Maker

How to Make an Engraved Snow Globe Ornament

Although I can get lost in designing, I know that it’s the techniques I teach that have the most value to my readers. I like to think of it as everyone has a toolbox of their own skills and experiences, and every time you learn a new technique, you add to that toolbox. In this post, I build on the techniques you already learned in my Engraved Photo Cards with a Cricut Maker tutorial and expanded on it to show you how to cut custom metal shapes and manipulate your print then cut photos to look like they fit inside the globe. I also tell you how to glue and layer metal to create a two-toned version as an optional tweak after you make an engraved snow globe ornament or two!

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