I’m learning how to use my AP cartridge and having so much fun! For those of you just learning, here’s how I made the stocking tags using Believe paper:
Place paper on the cutting mat. If using a scrap, place it in the left, lower corner.
Press [Load Mat] button
Use the [arrow] keys to move blade into right upper corner of the paper *if using 12 x 12 paper, it will start in the correct position*
Once blade is in the right upper corner of your paper, this smart little machine will calculate the paper size available for cutting… amazing!
In the book, on page 67 for this project, locate the key highlighted in red in the keypad under the picture of the shape you want to cut
Find the corresponding key on the key pad. Notice for this project, the stocking shape is in the right upper corner of the key and lighter gray.
Press the [Shift] key to access this shape, then press the key with the stocking shape
See how the stocking shape appears in the window? This tells you what shape the Cricut will cut. Notice in the right lower corner of the window, it gives the size for the cut at 3 1/2”. Use the dial to change the size, if needed. For this particular project, I used 3” stockings.
After adjust the dial, the window now shows the stocking at 3”. But wait, there’s more… I want to adjust the number of stockings to be cut. Locate the [Quantity] button and press it.
Once it’s highlighted, use the arrows below the window to adjust the number of cuts the Cricut will make.
Once you have the size and/quantity correct in the window, press cut and watch the machine do all the hard work!
Once the cutting is done, press [Unload Mat], peel away the paper, and then remove the cut pieces from the carrier sheet. I used White Daisy cardstock as the base for this project to add strength and body to the tags. You may not need this layer depending on your particular project.
Thank you, my dear Cricut, for cutting out the shapes for me… wonderful! Now load your patterned paper onto the carrier sheet like you did with the White Daisy piece and align the blade at the top right corner again.
Since this is a repeat of the same cut at before, push the [Repeat Last] button, then [Cut] to make the patterned stocking pieces.
To make the accent pieces for the stocking, locate the picture on page 67 of the book that shows the pieces in the segment with the word “Layer”. This tells you to use the [Layer] button. Since it is on the right side of this segment, you must also use the [Shift] key.
Once you’ve pushed both [Layer] and [Shift], push the stocking button used to make the first shape again and look in the window to see if the shape you want is showing.
Load your coordinating paper, keep the dial at 3”, set your quantity, and cut the accent pieces. With all the cutting done for you, it’s time to assemble the stocking tag.
I used Bonding Memories pen for this project. Glue the patterned paper stocking to the White Daisy stocking.
Glue on the accent pieces and go, “Ahhh!” cause it’s so adorable.
Use Liquid Applique along the bottom edge of the stocking’s cuff to give the look of fur. This product also works great for snow.
Allow to dry overnight, or if you’re impatient like me, don’t wait at all and just go ahead with your heat tool. I don’t have the fancy logo one, but I did buy this from D.O.T.S. 16 years ago. Great durability!
Heat the liquid applique as if you were embossing.
It puffs when you heat it! Like magic to watch! Finally, punch a small hole in the left upper corner of the stocking and use ribbon, waxy flax, yarn, or in this case embroidery floss (mine is well-loved) to make the tie.
Finally, decorate the back of the stocking with “to” and “from” and your tag is done!