I haven’t been blogging much in 2019, and every year I say I’m going to change that. However, this year may be different because I have gotten right into a brand new hobby that I MUST spread the word about.
If you know me, you know that I am all about the crafting. I love to draw, bullet journal and make things. About two months ago, my entire life changed by this amazing machine that arrived on my doorstep! Yup! A Cricut Explore Air 2 and (even better) an Easypress 2!!
Lately, I have been crafting like I have never crafted before, and it is wonderful. Which is why I am super excited to share a project with you, and tell you all about my brand new Easypress 2 (which has CHANGED. THE. GAME.)!!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the EasyPress 2! However, at this time of year, I am all about the “punny” holiday t-shirts with cute sayings – especially being a teacher! So I decided to peruse the depths of the internet and find a cute and funny saying to press on a shirt to rock for our holiday spirit week!
Here is what you need for this DIY:
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- EasyPress 2 or an iron
- Iron-on Vinyl in whatever colour you choose (I used Everyday iron-on by Cricut)
- Cricut essential tools
- Standard-grip cutting mat
- EasyPress Mat
- Cotton shirt – I found mine at a local thrift shop (yay for sustainable fashion!)
Log on to Cricut Design Space and create a new project. After you have come up with a saying you want, choose a font and type it out! I explored Pinterest and found one I liked, and then created it with my own font and design to it!
After you have created the design you want, you need to load your Cricut! Using the strong grip mat (green), roll out your iron-on material. Always face the shiny side of your vinyl down and smooth out any air bubbles with your essential tools (very important). Following the prompts on Design Space, load the mat into your Cricut, and sit back to watch the magic happen!
PRO TIP: When making anything iron-on, you MUST select “mirror on” or else everything will be backwards!
While your iron-on material is busy being cut, turn on your EasyPress 2 to get it nice and warm. Cricut provides a “Heating Guide” which tells you exactly what temperature to set your machine to based on the material of your clothing and the material you are pressing on!
Get that EasyPress heating, and prepare your pressing space! Using the EasyPress mat, lay your t-shirt on top. Once it’s all heated up, use the timer on the EasyPress, heat your t-shirt up for 5-7 seconds, and then place your cut design where you want it. Iron away – minimum 30 seconds for a cotton t-shirt (heating guide recommended).
Once you are finished ironing, let everything cool for roughly a minute. The material I used for this project was a “warm peel” material, so you want to make sure that when you peel the clear backing from the design, it is rather warm.
Rock your t-shirt where everyone can see it, because you now have made your very own holiday tshirt!
BAM! How easy was that?!
This is the crafting dream machine. Like I said, the possibilities are endless. My head is already swirling with ideas of things to make – thank goodness the holiday break is coming soon!!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.