Monday, October 29, 2012

Crafting with Cutters Cricut Cartridge Showcase

Back again with another Cricut Cartridge Showcase for Crafting with Cutters!

This week, I have put together a number of projects I have made using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge. I have used it so much since I bought it a month or so ago and I can see that it will be used a lot more in the future as well! I use this cartridge with the Cricut Craft Room which makes it really easy to size your project and make your layers.

When you purchase the cartridge, you also get a handbook showing each of the buttons and cuts, and another book showing how to make the boxes up. The pictures are a little small, but are reasonably easy to follow. A must with this cartridge is the embossing tool that is used in place of the cutting blade. This tool makes the score lines for your project, which are on a separate layer. All you need to do is place the embossing layer on top of the shape you are cutting and fit it to the same size, then, when you cut, tell the computer which layer you are "cutting".

For each button on the cartridge, there is a box (cut in one piece for 12 x 12 mat users), two box sections (for smaller mat users), a tag with a layer, a card, and one or two phrases with layers.

On to my projects!

This is just a basic box, believe it or not! The box can be found on P59 of the manual that comes with the cartridge (design no 32).

I cut the box then I designed and cut the fancy edged squares for the top and bottom of the box. I used one of Melin's beautiful swirly hearts designs for this.

I also made some swirls to go around the edge of the lid. You can see them peeking out from beneather the ribbon. 

To finish the lid off, I embossed the square centre part of the additional die cut with the swiss dots folder then added some die cut flowers and leaves to finish it all off. The flowers have little pearl bling in the centre of each one.

I fell in love with this cute box. It is found on page 56 (No 29) of the handbook.

I cut the box, then covered the front skirt piece with  black lacy paper and real lace trim for the top, adding a little black trim in the join. Lace and ric rac were added to the bottom of the skirt piece.

The sentiment was stamped and die cut then added some pearl bling to finish it off. 

Not only does this cartridge have loads of boxes in various shapes and sizes, it also has phrases and tags that you can use. For this card, I used the phrase on page 41 (no 16) to make a Mother's Day card. I cut the phrase and a layer, added some faux stitching and bling then attached to my card. 

Christmas is coming, all too fast, and this cartridge has some cool Christmas stuff as well. This card uses the phrase on page 48 (no 22) that I cut, embossed then layered on to a base card. Die cuts like this make Christmas Card making simple!

 Finally, we all need tags for attaching to gifts and this cartridge is full of tags. Each of the boxes on the cartridge has a tag and phrase with it so you can mix and match.

This snowflake tag can be found on page 47 (no 21). I cut it from white card then embossed it with my snowflakes folder. I added some embossing ink with the brayer, just so it caught the raised parts of the tag then heat embossed it with psychadelic embossing powder. The tag was then layered on the pale blue background, also cut from the same button.

The Christmas tree tag can be found on page 48 (no 22) and I used the same techniques as for the snowflake tag, using different coloured embossing powders and an embossing pen instead of the brayer.

This cartridge is so versatile and has so many different uses. If you don't already have it, you really should think about getting hold of it.


Jen said...

Wonderful projects, Janet! Love the white on white box -- it is gorgeous! And the embossing technique you used for the gift tags is too cool. Great showcase!

Charlotte said...

Your showcase is absolutely beautiful!