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To learn how to use my Cricut and get used the different settings I purchased the book Card Making with Cricut by Tanya Fox and published by Annie's Attic. This is a 47-page paperback book with cards mad using the Cricut machines and cartridges. It uses a wide range of cartridges and since I only own a few (so far) I am limited on the cards I can make directly from the book.
I started with the 4 You star card found on page 33. This card uses the Plantin Schoolbook and Opposites Attract cartridges. You can see my results for yourself.
What I learned:
1.) I used the Shadow feature for the stars. I knew what this was for but liked seeing it used.
2.) I got a good idea of sizes to print. The book tells you exactly what settings to use for each cut - which I LOVE - no trial and error. Until I make a number of cards, sizing will be more of a guessing game for me.
3.) While I was aware of this from my practice cutting sessions, I was reminded that my pressure setting on my Cricut needs to be adjusted when I go from card stock to thinner standard scrapbook paper. I forgot this and ended up with a bent corner on my star.
4.) Following a pattern is a great way to learn. You will never have the exact items they use in the example - so you get to experiment with the items you have on hand. I didn't have any star brads, so I used star stickers, some buttons, and a round brad.
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