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USE WHAT YOU HAVE – VINTAGE CRICUT – Episode 2 – PATTERNED PAPER

USE WHAT YOU HAVE – VINTAGE Cricut – PATTERNED PAPER
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Combine classic ideas with new inspiration as the “Vintage Cricut” Series continues with Episode 2! Get more out of your first edition Cricut machine (or any electric die cutting machine) by using patterned paper and creating more opportunities for paper piecing!
Just a quick note that this “Vintage Cricut” Series is NOT meant to be a how-to series for learning to use your Cricut machine. The series is meant to give you inspiration for ways to use the CUTS you have made with your Cricut. Even if your machine is an older model, the tips and tricks in this series are timeless. Also, this post contains affiliate links.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine, Raspberry
Today’s tips are all about PATTERNED PAPER!
Watch the video HERE:

MOST IMPORTANT: Make sure the surrounding area is solid-colored. Otherwise the pattern in the paper will either be drowned out or will confuse the eye.

1. Paper Piecing – Use the pre-designed layering features. Use patterned paper to liven up layered cut images or to make little clothes for animal critter cuts. Even if the image only has two layers, try using patterned paper for ONE of the layers. Something as simple as leaves or branches can be changed completely using patterned paper meant for Halloween as opposed to springtime, for example.

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2. Monogram Letters – Notecards. Probably the simplest gift to give is a series of notecards and envelopes with a monogram letter. Such a classy look!

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3. Team Spirit Letters – Scrapbook Layouts. Try using patterned paper on only a FEW letters to give your traditional “varsity” pages a fresh look!

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4. Use Patterned Paper to Create Non-Traditional Images – a “polka-dot” sunshine, a “plaid” car, etc. So fun!

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Cricut Maker Machine, Champagne

Thank you for looking! Please share with your crafty Cricut friends! And stay tuned for more tips and tricks in this “Vintage Cricut” series! Don’t forget to follow the Sandpaper Road blog so you never miss a post!
Did you miss the first post in this series? Check it out HERE: USE WHAT YOU HAVE – VINTAGE CRICUT – STACKING

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