Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cricut Chirp and Welding with the Gypsy Tutorial

Well hello, hello everyone!!  It has been a pretty exciting week around here- if you haven't seen yet my "90th Birthday Scrapbook" was featured in the Cricut Chirp!  Very exciting and thank you to everyone who left comments on the thread, in emails, or on this blog- I really appreciate all the kind words :) 

If anyone's interested, see the Chirp newsletter here:

The original blog post can be found here:

In other news, as of this week I am finally in my 3rd trimester!  Time is really flying by now.  The nursery is painted, we have a name, and we're in the middle of attending our birthing classes so it's really starting to feel real!  Getting excited for SURE :)  Can't wait to meet the lil guy hehe

So the reason I'm posting today is not to show a new project (although I do have some to post soon, no worries!) but to attempt to do a photo tutorial on welding letters with the Gypsy.  One of the BIG questions I got many many times from crafters after seeing the 90th Birthday Scrapbook album was "how did you do the lettering" so hopefully this will clear it up for some people.

First of all I used the Winter Woodland font for all the names.  That font is the only reason I even bought that cartridge and I just LOVE it, it's so versatile!  I think a lot of people are surprised it's Winter Woodland because you assume it just works for winter themed projects but it definitely can be used for anything :)

So first get your Gypsy going and select the Winter Woodland cart.  Once that's selected you want to choose the "shadow font" option and type in your word of choice (Baxter is my dog :P ).  If you're not familiar with the Gypsy: when a button is orange (as opposed to pink) it means it is selected.

Then select the "font" button (without shadow) and re type your word.  Once this is done you're going to go back to viewing your cutting mat.  Here you can increase the size of your cuts and depending on the length of your chosen word you'll have to shift the letters around the mat a bit to get everything to fit.  The main point here is to make sure the shadow and font letters are the same size- this will happen automatically if you follow these instructions- so they will layer properly.

Now one of the things I always do when doing lettering like this is to weld the bottom layer (or shadow) into one piece but keep the letters separate.  Then once the letters are glued onto the bottom layer the entire word is only one piece.  This makes it easier to add to a layout- it's only one piece to glue and it stays straight because the Gypsy did the work and cut out the piece straight for you!

In order to do this you will have to double click on the second letter in your "shadowed" word.  This will turn it purple.  You can then use the arrows to the right of the cutting mat view to scooch the letter over until it overlaps with the first letter in the shadowed word.  You only want it to overlap a LITTLE bit, otherwise the separate letters will overlap when you add those.  Then repeat this for all the letters so they all overlap each other just a tad.

Now we can actually weld the letters together.  You will want to click on the "Advanced" tab in the upper right corner of the screen.  Here you will see a welding button (see photo) and when you click it will turn yellow.  This means that the letters are all welded together.  There is a weld everytime there is an overlap in your image.  Before you click this button you will want to make sure that all letters in the shadow background are selected- this means they will all be blue. 

One thing I like to do to double check that the welds are where I want them is to press the "preview" button.  This will show what the cut will look like in red while the overlapped areas are in gray, to show that they will NOT be cut.

Now you're ready to cut!  Welding with the Gypsy is really pretty easy once you've done it a couple times and gotten the hang of it.  Remember: the red is what will be cut, not the gray.  Just load your mat and hit the "cut" button.

Once the pieces were cut I used a makeup applicator sponge and some ink to distress the edges of the letters.

The letters were then glued onto the shadow piece using a Zig two way glue pen and voila!  Thats it :)

I hope this was helpful to some people and please let me know if there are any questions or you need more clarification :)  Thanks again everyone for your great comments and I'll keep the projects coming!



  1. Could you tell me please, what size your fonts are for the names? Thanks

  2. WOW! Thank you SO MUCH for your clear instructions...and congratulations on the Chirp mention!

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  4. Thank you for this very easy to fallow tutorial.

  5. I recently got a gypsy and I am attending a crop this weekend. I really wanted to know how to weld before I went and thanks to your clear instructions I will be able to do it. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this information together just to help others.


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