Experience with the Print and Cut feature of the Cricut
Explore machine - part 3
I have had my Explore since mid October 2014, and its now
Nov. 22 when I am creating this web page.
So far all I have really done with the machine, is use the
Print, then Cut option. I have such a vast amount of
clipart on my hard drive, that I have been purchasing
since 2002. The majority of my clip art came from
the wonderful but now gone website of pccrafter.com.
But I also have large collections from DAISIE Company and
NitWit Collections and other sites. Many of the
artists whose art I am using to cut images - are no longer
selling downloadable clip art sets online. So what I
am showing in photos here on my web pages, may or may NOT
be available for purchase. If I do have current
information about the art being available, I always try to
provide that information.
Please remember that the Artists always retain
art was purchased (or even obtained for Free), remain in
effect, even if the art is no longer being sold or
available online. Most FREE items are offered for
PERSONAL USE ONLY. And please be mindful of just
right clicking and saving images you may find on
Pinterest, Blogs, or Picasa albums, as most of those
images are being shared illegally and against an artists
TOU's and Copyrights. Read carefully information
etc. Please Support artists by buying from
Now on to what I've been up to since my page
Laurie Furnell has a delightful kit Santa's Christmas
Village which is available at her Etsy
These are the pieces I have cut using my Explore
from this clip art collection by Laurie Furnell.
printed these on light cardstock, with my HP
Photosmart Printer model 7510.
images have to be printed within a specific sized
area - I am limited to how big an image can be
printed and cut.
have found helpful is to prepare all of my images
before I upload them to Cricut Design Space (the
online application that must be used
Cricut Explore owners).
create a Blank Canvas, in my favorite
graphic/photo editing software program,
Microsoft's discontinued Digital Image program.
Digital Image Suite 2006.
anyone who has a graphics/photo editing program
should be able to create a new canvas and size it
to the dimensions you want.
So I size
my blank canvas to 6 inches wide to 8 inches
bring in any/all graphics or clip art that I want
to eventually cut,
and arrange on that canvas each image(s) that I
will want to cut.
image is in JPG format, I use my magic wand tool,
and select any/all white areas on the graphic,
that I want removed and delete it.
arrange the graphic inside that 6x8 inch area.
Once happy, I name and save the image in
folder on my computer, that I will remember and
associate with such images.
created a folder, named Clipart2CutwCricut and
inside have created
subfolders with artists name and name of
the images I have bought since 2006 are already in
PNG format, so that makes it easy.
removing the white from surrounding a jpg image
can be accomplished
software program that has a magic wand tool.
program that I also like for removing the white
areas from jpg images is the FREE
not to be
confused with PAINT, the program that comes with
most Windows operating system computers.
has more features & tools than PAINT.
it often for that purpose of removing the white
areas around jpg format clip art with the Magic
that sometimes the magic wand tool is easier to
control in Paint.net than in Digital Image,
especially for leaving intact the fine lines of a
those of butterfly antenna, etc.
remove the white areas on jpg images using either
Digital Image or Paint.net -
and save the image in PNG format to retain its
use Digital Image or Paint.net to remove a
background of an image to isolate a particular
create a stand alone image,
saved as a PNG formatted image. That takes a bit
but I use
a combination of using the free hand draw tool to
around areas close to the image I want to
isolate and delete it,
than use the magic wand and or transparency
brush to clean up areas closer to the edges of the
I made a webpage
that is several years old,
links within page to other websites, may no longer
be available,or software programs may have newer
than I used at the time)
that you are welcome to look
at that show how I use these options to
isolate images from a background.
images cut from a background, still retain
must be followed.
images for uploading to Design Space:
some images, I am able to place more than one
graphic inside the 6 by 8 area. I name and save
the compilation in png format as a single image.
as I did
for these Elf images from a pccrafter collection
by Carolee Jones
at least 3 collections that I used elf images from
Santa's Elfers, and Santa's Lil Elfers &
Santa's Lil Elfers 2.) **clip art
collections by Carolee are no longer
available for sale.
pre-design my images, using Microsoft's Digital
Image, I create a 6x8 inch blank canvas, bring in
arrange on the 6x8 area, and save the compilation
as a single image in PNG format
if I just have one image in the 6x8 area, I save
can also when pre-designing an image(s) add
any text to the image etc.
can create Word art or subway art using my
own fonts or graphic alphabet
create word art etc. and have it fit
within that 6x8 area, and save in PNG format
upload to Design Space as a
So I don't use the add text tools available
within Design Space, and worry
flattening layers etc. If I have pre-designed
things, it's just much easier
for me to
upload that image just the way I want it to be
photo/graphics editing software program should
allow you to
blank canvas sized the way you want, and layout
your images, text etc. within
and saved as a single PNG formatted image.
is an example of the pre-designed and saved as a
single PNG image,
Cricut mat, ready to be cut.
Note > when an image that you
Design Space is brought into the canvas area of
will come in very small compared to original. So
I have to use the Edit option
resize the image to fit that 6 by 8 area that is
allowed for printing
8x11 printable material.
printing on my material with my printer (HP
on Cricut mat and Load to my Explore for it to be
image I put 2 graphics inside my 6x8 blank canvas
and saved as a single png image
to be cut
all my elves cut out with my Cricut Explore
print on any printable material that your own home
printer can handle, such as
sheets, printable sticker sheets, printable vinyl,
printable fabric etc.
Space assumes you will be printing out on material
that is 8.5 by 11 inch size.
images I have cut recently (well, in Nov. 2014)
credit: from a former collection once offered for
sale at Daisie Company.com, by
Sandi Gore Evans. (Clip art sets by
Sandi Gore Evans, are NO longer
collages show images cut using images from the
Debbie Mumm, Winter Wonders CD that she
once upon a time
She at one time offered 4 CDs with collections of
clip art > a Winter CD, a Halloween/Fall CD,
CD, and a Celebrations CD. i own all four. I
love all the delightful images that are included.
she no longer sells them. I also own several clip
Mumm that were once sold at the former pccrafter
Back to>> My webpage part
1 with information about the Explore and my
experience with the Print then Cut feature
Back to>> My webpage part
2, with more examples of clip art I have cut
with the Explore
new page created March 2015,
Making Cards using features of my software
programs and cutting with my Cricut Explore
created 2016 >> How I Printed and Cut
elements/images from a Digital Scrapbook Kit
Facebook Group for Cricut Explore owners > https://www.facebook.com/groups/CricutLoversGuide/
My favorite Facebook Group >> Lets
Learn Cricut Explore hosted by Debbie O'Neal
Me Quick Designs (see her Youtube channel
for wonderful tutorials or Cricut Surprise Box
Deal reveals >> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxeo8HdSKbQ7G6nn1q9Ozw