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Cricut Joy – Canvas with Ballerina, Initial Letter, Rolled Flowers & Thank You Card Review

THIS ITEM WAS GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN.

Reviewed by Dorothy White

One of the projects suggested to me for the Cricut Joy was a ‘Reverse Canvas’. I googled this and
assumed the idea was to revamp an old canvas by removing it from it’s frame then putting vinyl or
infusible ink on the reverse. I did not possess an old canvas or know anyone who might have one, I
did the next best thing and bought a small stretched canvas on a wooden frame. My granddaughter
loves to dance, in fact she dances 6.5 days a week in term time. I decided to find a picture of a ballerina to put on this canvas for her.
The svg I found showed a ballerina wearing a long tutu on pointe surrounded by stars, ideal for my
granddaughter. I cut the vinyl and ironed it onto the canvas by padding it out underneath as the
canvas was raised up on a wooden frame. I felt it still needed something else to complete this
design. Using the text box I typed ‘Pointe Work’, chose a suitable font, ungrouped the letters which I
moved closer together to look like joined up writing. I grouped the letters together and welded the
text to keep it together whilst I cut the vinyl, I placed this below the ballerina and ironed it on. My
granddaughter is quite impressed with her canvas. I would love to do something similar for her
birthday but make it into a Light Box.
I was wondering what I should do next when I was asked to do another of my favourite initial letters
with the full name through the middle. I had a small deep wooden frame already, so I created my
design in Design Space. From previous experience I have discovered the best width for the design is
7cm which allows enough room around the letter for a border when the permanent vinyl is placed
on linen type card in the frame. Using the guillotine I carefully trimmed the card to the correct size
and placed it in the frame.
I am obsessed with making rolled flowers using card, I just love making them. I have discovered that
I can make them on the Cricut Joy if I make the design no more than 11cm wide. I wanted to
decorate a box to put the wooden frame in so cut three tiny flowers to put in between the larger
flowers I had already made. Once cut I rolled the flowers, then using the glue gun I stuck them
together and arranged them on the box. To my mind they look beautiful, so tiny and pretty.
I wanted to say thank you to someone so chose a suitable Thank You card in Design Space. I decided
to use a very light colour for the card itself and using the Cricut Joy cut the design. I had a piece of
deep turquoise card which I cut to size for the insert. As the deep turquoise was a complete contrast
to the light coloured card they look great together.
I love the flexibility of the Cricut Joy. It is small enough to be carried around but you can still make
some great designs using it.

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