DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterDo you love all things “ugly sweater?” I’m showing you how to make your very own ugly sweater holiday cards using fabric and iron-on scraps and your Cricut Maker!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

As my regular readers know, I’ve been in love with my Cricut Maker since I received one back in May.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut MakerIt has a ton of features, but my absolute favorites are its ability to cut fabric without a stabilizer using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both of which are included in the box)…

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker materials for first projectand the amazing score lines you can make with ease using the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel (which you can learn more about in this post). The fabric cutting I love because it makes it fun to sew more since I don’t have to worry about “messing up” intricate cuts. And, the score lines I love because I can finally make cards that actually look good! Both of these features highlight the Adaptive Tool System that the Maker has, which tells you when to load different tools based on your materials and your project. My third most favoritest (is that a word?) feature is the lack of a Smart Dial. I just tell Design Space what I’m making, choose my materials from the drop down menu, and bam!, all the settings are optimized.

I used to be one of those people that always sent out holiday cards (and on time) but the past few Decembers have been really busy and I haven’t quite made it happen. This year, I wanted to do something different and I was inspired to put together a project that I could make quickly on my Cricut Maker to get me back into the swing of the holiday spirit: ugly sweater cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card going into envelopeAs a crocheter and knitter, I’ve always found the act of creating an ugly sweater to be totally pointless – I mean the amount of work required and then to make it ugly? Explain! But mini ugly sweaters – where you can make several cards in one day – I am totally down for. I hope you enjoy this project and I can’t wait to see your version!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterI gathered up some pieces of “what was I doing when I bought this” fabric along with fabric, paper, and iron-on scraps to put together my very own ugly sweater cards. You can customize your version by adding more embellishments using fabric paints, beads, and other findings.

Tools

Materials

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Supplies for ugly sweater cards

Instructions

Score and Cut Your Cards and Envelopes

I searched the Ready-to-Make projects until I found a matching card and envelope set that I liked. Then, I customized the project by removing all of the card decorations so that I was just scoring and cutting blank cards and envelopes. I made several, using a mix of colors of cardstock for the cards and foil poster board and cardstock for envelopes. Be sure to change your materials in Design Space so that you will be using the correct blade and scoring wheel!

Remove your cards and envelopes from the cutting mats. Fold your cards and envelopes along the score lines. Use your adhesive to seal the envelopes (and set aside to dry, if necessary).

Cut Your Sweaters and Embellishments

I searched for sweater in the image menu in Design Space and choose one that is included with a Cricut Access Standard subscription.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Design Space screenshotOnce I had the sweater image on my canvas, I resized it so that it would fit on my folded card. I added a star shape and resized it to fit on the sweater. (You could also search for another image, like a Christmas tree, instead.) Then I duplicated the resized sweater and star. I edited these images in 4 different colors (one for cardstock, one for fabric, and one for each type of iron-on) so that Design Space would know which to put on a mat together and I could select the appropriate tools before cutting.

Choose the right material in Design Space for each mat and it will let you know which tool to use. Remember to use the Fabric Mat when cutting fabric! Also, even though you are using iron-on, it isn’t necessary to mirror your mats because the star shape is the same on front and back.

After your pieces are cut, remove them gently from the mats. Use your weeder to peel off the excess iron-on around your stars or to “poke out” the little cuts in your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards before assembly with tools and materialsAssemble Your Ugly Sweaters

Preheat your EasyPress 2 to the temperature required for your materials and prepare your pressing surface. (If you’re new to the EasyPress 2, you can find out more about it in this blog post.)

Press the stars or other iron-on embellishments onto your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | ugly sweaters ready for assemblyOnce your sweaters are embellished, use an appropriate adhesive to attach the sweaters to your cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card ready for assemblyWait for the adhesive to dry if necessary, and then you’re cards are ready!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card against background

Write out your notes on the inside and you are ready to include your ugly sweater cards with a gift or send them off to a new home.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards with tools and envelopes

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Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie!

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground CrafterSince I got my Cricut Maker this summer, I’ve gotten lots of questions from readers through email and on Facebook. I’m going to answer the top 5 questions about the Cricut Maker and show you how to make this adorable, vintage-style bear softie, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Baby Lock, Madeira USA, and Fairfield.

Back in May, I received a Cricut Maker from the nice folks at Cricut. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you that I had been craving one since they were introduced last August. It’s fair to say that on the day when my Maker was delivered, I was doing quite a bit of dancing around the apartment, composing my own Cricut tunes, and then singing those songs in my lovely off-key voice. MC was a little bewildered at first, but once I explained to him what the Maker was and how it was different than the Explore Air, he was also pretty stoked for me. (But not quite enough to get him singing and dancing, too.)

Earlier this year, I wrote a post answering the twelve most common questions about Cricut, so if you’re completely new to the world of electronic cutting machines, you may want to check that out. In today’s post, I’m going to share answers to the 5 questions I’ve heard the most about the Maker since I got it. If you already have a Maker, you can scroll right down to my Vintage Bear tutorial.

Top 5 Questions About the Cricut Maker Answered!

The questions I hear most often are will I use the Maker enough to justify the price?, what makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?, what types of fabric can I cut with it without using a backer?, which materials can I cut?, and what kind of DIY projects can I make?

Will I use the Maker enough to justify the price?

Without knowing you and your life personally, I can’t say for sure, but I will say that if you actually do use it regularly, the answer is most likely yes. Here’s why.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Cricut Maker

  • The Cricut Maker is easy to use, right out of the box. If you’ve never even used an electronic cutting machine before, there’s a project (with all the materials!) included to get you started. At the same time, you can link your machine with your computer or tablet and set up your Cricut Design Space account. So yes, if you get one in a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale, you will have plenty of gifts ready in time for Christmas!
  • Cricut Access has TONS of free Ready-to-Make projects included with a subscription. If you are not a graphic designer (and even if you are, but you’re pressed for time), I highly recommend a Cricut Access subscription. You can access projects right away with all the graphics and fonts AND instructions included so you will never be short on ideas for a last-minute gift, card, decoration, or gift wrap.
  • If you like to design, you can upload your own images for free. If you’re more of a designer type, you can create your own graphics, use your own fonts, and then upload projects to write, score, and/or cut with just a little adjustment in Design Space. You can find out more about how easy it is to upload images to Design Space in my tutorial for a literary geek t-shirt.
  • You can multi-task with the Maker. While my Cricut Maker is cutting my materials, writing out my address labels, or scoring my greeting cards, I can be putting finishing touches on another project or ironing fabric for my next project.
  • You can make lots of different types of projects with it. I’ll get more into this one below, but basically if you add up all the gifts, cards, and gift boxes you can use it to make, you’ll probably break even on your costs within the year (or sooner, if you have a large handmade gift list).
  • Finally, if price is a big concern for you, get it on sale! Cricut Makers are sold by Cricut, Michaels, Amazon, and other sites, so if you pay attention you can buy one at a great discount, or you can buy a bundle that includes cutting materials.

What makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?

There are several features and tools that make the Cricut Maker different than the Cricut Explore series (or older Cricut electronic cutting machines). For me, there are two that I use regularly.

  • You can cut fabric without a backer. Using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both included in the box with your Maker), you can cut fabric without a backer. That was the big game changer that made the Cricut Maker “special” for me… but then I learned about the Scoring Wheels.
  • You can make the most incredible and precise score lines, even in heavier materials. If you buy the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, you can instantly get over your fear of paper crafting. 

How To Make Picture Perfect Cards (and Other Folds) with the Cricut Maker Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - before and after folds

Find out more in these three posts I wrote introducing the Scoring Wheels.

What else is different?

  • The Maker doesn’t have a Smart Dial, so you never need to worry about being on the wrong material setting. You choose your materials in Design Space and then the machine adjusts automatically.
  • The Maker has an Adaptive Tool System that tells you which tools to add and when. This is really helpful when you are using new materials and aren’t sure which blade to use.
  • The Maker can use several additional blades and tools, including the Rotary Blade, Scoring Wheels, and Knife Blade for thicker materials.
  • The Maker has a 2x speed setting. If you’re in a rush, you can crank things up a bit. The Explore Air 2 also has this feature.

What types of fabric can I cut with the Maker without a backer?

As I mentioned, the ability to cut fabric was really what I was looking most forward to in the Maker. You don’t need a stabilizer or other backer to cut fabric as long as you use your Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (or Knife Blade, for leathers) and choose the right fabric material in Design Space. You can cut most fabrics with the Cricut Maker,  including leather, bamboo, boucle, broadcloth, burlap, calico, canvas, cashmere, chiffon, corduroy, cotton, damask, denim, faux fur, felt, fleece, khaki, quilt batting, silk, spandex, suede, and tulle. You can find a full list here, or try another fabric with a thickness of less than 2.4 mm.

Which materials can I cut?

In addition to the 100+ materials that can be cut with a Cricut Explore, and the fabrics listed above, you can also cut thicker materials with the Maker than the Explore. You can find a full list of all the standard materials you can use with the Maker here. My favorite materials to cut are fabric (have I mentioned that already??!!), iron-on, poster board, vinyl, and cardstock.

What kind of DIY projects can I make?

I’ve made a lot of great gifts with the Maker in the past few months, including t-shirts, cards, gift boxes, and more.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box against yellow backgroundThe cutting of fabric without a backer is a real game changer for me personally. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the Vintage Bear, a sewing project using the Maker, further down in this post. As with the Explore series of machines, you can write, cut, and print then cut. But, you can also score MUCH BETTER lines so if you aren’t a paper crafts pro, it means your cards will actually look good with the Maker and the Scoring Wheels. And, did I mention the fabric projects? Design Space now has lots of patterns, so you can choose from quilts, apparel, toys, and more, or you can upload your own sewing projects specs.

I hope I’ve answered all of your Maker questions, but if you have more, don’t hesitate to ask by leaving a comment here, emailing me, or tagging me on social media.

How To Make a Vintage Bear with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground CrafterThat was a lot of information, so I hope you’re still here for the project! I picked a pattern for a bear softie from Design Space that actually looked very contemporary (or should I say “modern”) and made it my own by giving it a vintage look. This is a low-sew project with some (extremely light) embroidery. I used my sewing machine, but it’s definitely something you can sew by hand. If you’re not big into sewing, you can make the eyes, nose, muzzle, and inner ears using iron-on.

Materials

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | supplies flat lay

Instructions

Choose your Pattern in Design Space

  • I searched in the Sewing drop down menu for Bear and choose this Simplicity pattern. You will need to purchase the pattern.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Design Space projectPrepare Your Fabric

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | pressing fabric flat lay

  • I also cut my fat quarter in half along the long edge.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | pressing fabric with Cricut EasyPress2

Cut Your Materials

  • Use the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat to cut your fabric. (Since I have the 12″ mat, I changed the mat size in Design Space and used a scissor to cut my fat quarter in half so that it was 9″ x 22″. Design Space will automatically move the back of the bear to a separate mat if you change the mat size.) 
  • If you use iron-on (I did for the nose), be sure to use the StandardGrip Cutting Mat and change the materials in Design Space. You don’t really need to “mirror” before cutting because the iron-on pieces are symmetrical, but be sure to place the iron-on shiny side down on the mat. Choose your cutting materials in Design Space and it will let you know what to do next!

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker cutting fabric

  • I didn’t have a Washable Fabric Pen with me, so I used a standard Cricut Pen for the front piece, since I knew I would sew over the markings. For the rest of the pieces, I took the pen out because I didn’t want permanent marks.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Pen and Rotary BladeAssemble Your Cut Materials

  • Once your project is cut, you can put away your Maker and move on to the sewing and assembly phase.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | sewing suppliesAdd Eyes

  • I plan to gift this bear to a small child, so I embroidered on the eyes rather than using buttons or safety eyes.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for assembly

  • Thread the tapestry needle with about 18” (46 cm) of embroidery floss. Start on the back with a knot. I just did covered over the marked spot for the eyes by going back and forth, but a French knot would be cute. You can find a video tutorial for the French knot at the end of this post. Be sure to knot securely on the back before fastening off. Repeat for the other eye.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | embroidering eyesAssemble Facial Features

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | iron-on nose

  • Pin the rest of the facial features to the front of the bear.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | facial features pinned in place

  • Attach the zig zag foot to your machine and adjust the zig zag stitch settings to a short length and a long width. (I used 0.5 length and 3.5 width.) Align the needle so that you work a zig zag stitch along the edges of the facial features (muzzle and inner ears) to create an overcast stitch edging. Go slowly because there are a lot of curves (which mean a lot of turns), removing pins as you go.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | facial features sewn in placeSew Bear Pieces Together

  • Once you have the front finished, place the back of the bear on the front of the bear with the right sides facing.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for sewing

  • Start at the groin of the bear and sew around one leg, around the body, and end at the “foot” of the other leg. I used the 1/4″ quilting foot, but you could also use the zig zag foot (or hand sewing).

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for stuffingStuff Bear

  • Now you’re going to turn the bear inside out, being sure to push out the corners of the arms and feet and ears.
  • Stuff the limbs and ears firmly first with your Nature-Fil Bamboo Fiber Fill.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | stuffing bear with Nature-Fil

  • Then, fill up the rest of the body.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | limbs stuffedFinish

  • Fold over the seam on the edge of the leg. You’ll need to sew this last part by hand. It helps to use a coordinating thread so it isn’t too noticeable.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | leg ready for seaming

Doesn’t he look ready for a night out in the city?

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter - Vintage Bear Softie over skylineAnd, here’s the bear in my hand so you can get a sense of the size.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Vintage Bear Softie in hand (relative size)

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How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground CrafterI’m finishing my series of posts about the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, a new set of tools for the Cricut Maker that helps you make faster, easier, and more precise folds in your projects made with a variety of materials. In my first post in this series, I talked about the difference between the two Scoring Wheels and shared my first projects using them. Last week, I showed you how even a paper craft newbie like me can make picture-perfect cards with the Scoring Wheel. Today, I’ll be focusing on the Double Scoring Wheel, which I used to make an awesome, shiny gift box!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is part of a series sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

By the way, since I started this series, I’ve been getting some questions about where you can buy the Scoring Wheels. They are currently available on HSN and you can also sign up here to be notified when they are ready for purchase on the Cricut website.

Which Scoring Wheel Do I Need?

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Scoring WheelsThe main difference between the “single” or “standard” Scoring Wheel and the Double Scoring Wheel is the number of lines in the score. As you can probably guess, the Double Scoring Wheel makes a double-line score, which means that it makes it possible to easily fold the scores on thicker materials, like heavy papers (including corrugated paper, watercolor paper, shimmer paper, and sparkle paper), heavy cardstocks (like poster board, flat cardboard, kraft board, patterned glitter cardstock, or light chipboard), cork, leather, and craft foam.

Something to keep in mind when using the Double Scoring Wheel is that your cutting materials should go face down on the mat because it’s easier to fold into the score. In other words, score on the wrong side of your projects.

Don’t get stressed out though, because the Scoring Wheels will be packaged together in a set, are easy to switch out, and Design Space will let you know which on you need to use once you select your cutting materials. Easy peasy!

What Can I Make With the Double Scoring Wheel?

In my first post in this series, I made a flower box with Cricut Kraft Board.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Flower Box Project AssembledThere aren’t too many bloggers sharing projects with the Double Scoring Wheel yet, because it is so new, but here are three projects that I absolutely love! These photos are copyright the respective bloggers and are used with permission.

Angie at The Country Chic Cottage made this great DIY Leather Notebook, which would be a perfect crochet project notebook, don’t you think?

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - DIY Leather Notebook by The Country Chic CottageJessica at Mad in Crafts used Shimmer Paper for her version of the Pineapple Vases project.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Geometric Paper Pineapple Vases by Mad in CraftsI used cardstock and the single Scoring Wheel for my version of the same Ready-to-Make project here, but I love how hers shine!

How To Make Picture Perfect Cards (and Other Folds) with the Cricut Maker Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Paper Pineapple VaseAnd, Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow used Foil Poster Board for her Treat Bags. (Don’t they make the churros look extra yummy??!!)

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Easy DIY Fiesta Inspired Treat Bags by The Crafted SparrowBy the way, if you’re wondering about how the Scoring Wheels compare to the Scoring Stylus, read this post by The Country Chic Cottage. I’m new to scoring — so I found Angie’s perspective really informative.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground CrafterOk, so on to my project for today! I searched through the Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space looking for boxes until I found this Heart Box. I thought this would be a really cute box to make but I wanted it to have a bit more pizzazz than the one in the picture, so I dug through my stash of cutting materials looking for this Fairy Tale Sampler of Foil Poster Board. Now, I was ready to tackle the project. Read on for details.

Heart Box Materials

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Foil Poster Board and Double Scoring WheelThe first mat is the backgrounds that will become the heart colors in your box, and the second mat is the outside of your box, so choose your pieces of Foil Poster Board accordingly. Don’t forget to put the shiny foil side face down on the mat so the scores will be on the back!

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Cricut Maker, Foil Poster Board, and Double Cutting Wheel with Heart Gift BoxOnce you select your materials, Design Space will notify you which Scoring Wheel to use and also when to change it out with the Premium Fine Point Blade.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box with other decorative boxesI love that there are mini hearts on all four sides (which I didn’t realize when I picked out the project). The next time I make this box, I may customize it so that I use five different colors for the hearts — and that would be a great way to use up scrap pieces from other projects, too.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box against yellow backgroundAfter all the pieces are scored and cut. fold the box along the double scoring lines and start glueing! Wait for everything to dry before you start posing your box for pictures.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box view from topI hope you enjoyed this series on the Cricut Scoring Wheels! If you have any questions about them, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground CrafterI’m kicking off a series of posts about a new set of Cricut tools, the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, that will make it much easier (and more precise) to make folds in your projects. These Scoring Wheels can even turn a papercrafts newbie like me (or you?) into a pro!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is part of a series sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Cricut MakerIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been pining for a Cricut Maker for almost a year. When Cricut offered me the opportunity to get a Cricut Maker AND try out its latest tools, the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, I knew I had to say yes. If you can believe it, I’ve been keeping this whole thing a secret since MAY (that’s two months, people!). I’m so excited to share the news about the Scoring Wheels today as the start to a three-part series about these new tools.

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About the the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel

The Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel are scoring tools for the Cricut Maker.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Scoring WheelsBoth are part of the Maker’s Adaptive Tool System and can be used in “Clamp B.” The Scoring Wheels are about the size of a cutting blade with housing. Both Scoring Wheels share the same housing, so you can swap them out by pushing on the plunger at the top until the Scoring Wheel in the housing is released. Then, you can snap in the other Scoring Wheel. (Don’t worry, the shape is such that you can’t put either Scoring Wheel in “the wrong way.”)

Ok, that’s fascinating and all, but why would you want to use a Scoring Wheel? As the name suggests, it’s all about scoring. If you haven’t done much in the world of papercrafts, you may be wondering “What the heck IS scoring?” It’s the creation of fold lines that make it very easy to make boxes, accordion folds, and really, any other type of fold with a huge range of materials. Here are just a few of the Ready-to-Make projects in Cricut Design Space that require scoring.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Design SpaceThe main difference between the two Scoring Wheels is in the type of materials you can use with each one. The “standard” or “single” Scoring Wheel makes a single-line score, so it is best for thinner materials, like paper (including construction paper, handmade paper, origami paper, pearl paper, and wrapping paper), cardstock (including glitter and corrugated cardstock), acetate, and vellum. The Double Scoring Wheel makes a double-line score, so it is ideal for thicker materials that would otherwise be difficult to fold, such as heavy papers (like corrugated paper, watercolor paper, and sparkle paper), heavy cardstocks (like poster board, flat cardboard, kraft board, patterned glitter cardstock, or light chipboard), cork, and craft foam.

If all of this sounds complicated, don’t worry! Cricut Design Space will let you know exactly which tool you need to use after you indicate what material you plan to cut. The Scoring Wheels have a small number etched on the side: 01 is the Scoring Wheel (since it makes a single-line score) and 02 is the Double Scoring Wheel (since it makes a double-line score).

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - anatomy of the Cricut Scoring WheelsYou can watch the Cricut special with Anna Griffin on HSN for more details. The Scoring Wheels aren’t for sale anywhere else yet, but you can read more about them on the Cricut blog here.

Double Scoring Wheel Project

Because I like to live on the edge, I decided to try the Double Scoring Wheel first. I mean, why not! Since the Scoring Wheel selection is determined by material, I wanted to use kraft board. I searched for “scoring wheel” in the Design Space and looked through a few projects. I picked out the Button Flower Box Ready-to-Make project…

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Button Flower Box Project in Design Space …but I wanted mine to be more elegant – a black tie affair, if you will. For my version, I used:

For best results with the Double Scoring Wheel, you should fold INTO the lines. Keep that in mind as you position your material on the cutting mat, since you’ll want the right side to face down.

It turned out that it was a bit harder to photograph the scoring lines in Black (duh!), so I also made a version in Natural.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Button Flower Box Project CutAs you can see, the double scoring lines are very close together.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Flower Box Project Double-Line Score detailThis project was so easy to put together following the instructions in Design Space.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Flower Box Project with Cricut Maker and Scoring WheelThe only change that I made was to make two boxes instead of three. Now to find a tiny gift to put inside each box!

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Flower Box Project Assembled

Scoring Wheel Project

Once I used the Double Scoring Wheel, I decided to dive into a more complicated scoring project: the Paper Pineapple Vases Ready-to-Make project with the Scoring Wheel.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Paper Pineapple Vases in Design SpaceThis project cuts four vases – a small (about 3” tall), two medium (about 5” tall), and a large (about 10”). I recommend that you click on Customize first, even if you don’t plan to make any changes, so you can see which colors correspond to which sizes. Things get pretty confusing otherwise!

For my version, I used:

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Pineapple Vases Project Cardstock Colors

I remembered that when cutting thinner materials, I should peel the mat away from the paper rather than peeling the paper from the mat, and so none of the pieces tore.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Pineapple Vases Project Cut with Cricut MakerThey were super easy to fold along the score lines, too.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Pineapple Vases Project Single-Line Score detailNow to get assembling — and find something pretty to put into those vases. Tune in next week for the rest of this project and more about the Scoring Wheels!

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