Second Project using Cricut Explore

Hello Krazies!

Today I got to play with the Explore for a bit.  Of course first I HAD to straighten up my craft area and that took a coons age.

I wanted to do a few Vinyl projects but decided to try another 'free' project.  Once I get the hang of this, I'll start doing cricut cartridge projects again except I'll use the explore.  Fun Stuff.

I have my back procedure tomorrow, if all goes well I'll play a lil more the next day or two and of course post my results/findings/failures.  You know, if it has more than one step, glue, glitter or ink, I WILL screw it up.  But every once in a blue moon, I'll get it right LOL.

I went to the project library and chose a cute Thank you card.  "Floral Thank you Card"  it has a lot of teeny cuts and uses the pen as well so I wanted to see it all come together.

You use the mat twice, once for the bottom layer (just a mat) and the 2nd for the fun cutting and writing.  As you can see, I had trouble getting it off the mat.  I think my card stock was thinner than normal (just grabbed from my scrap pile). I'm thinking had I chosen "Light Cardstock" and used my spatula, I would have had much better luck.  So of course I cleaned it all up and tried again.

This time I did choose the thinner card stock and everything worked out as you can see above.  The darker cardstock is the 'mat' which really helps the detail in the cuts pop.  All in all not bad, but I did have a few issues to figure out.

1.  You are supposed to have a score tool - I have one, but it's for the Expression and I could't figure out how to get the marker holder that was preinstalled to come out.  So I skipped it.  In doing so, I completely forgot to load the pen, so the "Thank you" you see is actually a stamp from Jaded Blossom.  The ink is Stampin up.

2.  Glue was an issue. Or perhaps I'm rusty as all get out.  I tried a zig glue pen and a stampin up glue pen. If you look closely you can see parts that aren't that great.  Also by the time I got thru the vines and leaves, the other side was drying.  Boo.

I printed off a great list of markers that can be used in the Explore from www.withglitteringeyes.com I'm hoping to find some on Amazon to play with.  Of course I have tons of Zig markers and Fiskars Gel pens.  I can't get those to work.

See you next time!

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