Design cutting on Cricut Joy

Design cutting on Cricut Joy

Today, I decided to stay home on this very beautiful sunny day in Helsinki and try cutting on my Cricut Joy. First,I designed a Cherry Blossom and have them cut on a Deluxe Paper. I’m happy how they turned out!

Next, I tried card making with my own lettering. This one is really fun and it gives a lot of possibilities. I’m happy with it too!

I’m really happy with my Cricut Joy. I’m excited to create more projects. The important thing I learned when using it, is to really understand why this step and that step need to be done, not just following instructions.

What projects have you created with your Cricut Joy? Let me know!

From a simple illustration to a sticker

From a simple illustration to a sticker

I remember at some point I was drawing on an A4 label paper, then cutting these drawings into squares to make easy stickers. Later it became a bit more complicated with digital illustrations, printing process and cutting by hand. I was a bit hesitant to buy any cutting machine. I heard some are really having a hard time with these machines. It takes time and a lot of experimenting to be able to make stickers with them. But I did give in and bought the Cricut Joy. Why Cricut Joy? I have a small working space so the size of the Cricut Joy just works well for me. I’m not also a technical person so I didn’t want to spend more money on a product that I probably end up not using.

But I’m getting the hang of it. In fact, it is so fun, addicting and somehow, relaxing. The important point in using this machine is to really understand each process, not just simply following the step by step procedures. Once I understood why a process must be done, I was able to create my own workflow. In just two weeks, I have somehow mastered the process. Although, I have to say that it is indeed a lot of experimenting to get it right. But I got there while learning through my mistakes on the way. I can’t wait to finally be able to sell physical stickers, not just printable ones.

Making BT21 fan art stickers for fun
Turning my cake illustrations into stickers

What is your sticker making process? Please don’t hesitate to share your process with me. And if you have any questions, just reach out. Thanks!

I finally bought it!

I finally bought it!

I took the plunge and finally bought a Cricut Joy! My greatest fear was my weakness in following instructions. I don’t want overly technical stuff and my brain shuts when I hear numbers. I decided to get the Cricut Joy because what if I don’t get to use it. But here I am making the most of it and I’m really enjoying it. I’m quite surprise myself! 🙂

My first try!
My second try!
And now let’s try a more complicated design!

The Cricut Joy doesn’t do print and cut. So there is a hack that I learned to go around it, realising my mistakes along the way. But getting there and happy about it. Can’t wait to finally start selling my sticker designs!

Do you have a sticker cutting machine? What do you use it for? Are you happy about it?