Summer BBQ Fun!

by Shanon Kendall | Jun 13, 2014

My husband loves to grill.  Of course, that means we host a summer backyard BBQ every year!  This year I used my Cricut Explore™ to make invitations, an apron for my husband and tags to send our guests home with a jar of his top secret grilling sauce. 
  

One of my favorite techniques is to use vinyl on paper!  I used vinyl for the skull & crossbones images and some of the text.  Because vinyl is thin and smooth I can cut teeny-tiny text precisely and perfectly!  Plus, it makes my projects super-fast to make.  No more gluing individual letters. 



Here are the supplies to make all three projects:

Cricut Explore™ machine
Cricut Design Space™ software
12” x 12” StandardGrip Cricut® mat
Cricut® Antiquity Pen in Midnight
Cricut® Tools, Weeder
Cricut® Iron-on Lite in White
Cricut® Vinyl in Midnight
Cricut® Transfer Tape
Red vinyl
Gray patterned paper (1)
Gray cardstock (1)
White cardstock (1)
Black ribbon (6”)
Adhesive
Iron
Press cloth or clean cotton cloth
Apron
Canning jar

Click here to open the “Summer BBQ Invitation” project in Cricut Design Space™.  When the project opens click “Customize”.  Click on the “Add Text” box and add text for your event to the invitation. 

Be sure to change the text to a writing style in the drop down menu at the top of the Edit window - I used the writing style of the Cricut Alphabet font. 

Change the text color to Midnight. 

Select the new text and the white tag piece and click “Attach” on the Layers menu.

Insert the pen into accessory clamp A and cut the images from vinyl and cardstock (be sure to change your dial when you change materials).  Layer and adhere the tag pieces.  Use the weeding tool to remove the excess vinyl.  Pick up the skull and text with the transfer tape first. 


Then pick up the red line on the same piece of transfer tape.  Placing the entire image on the same piece of transfer tape makes it easy to center the image on the invitation.  

Now, just place the image, rub the design to transfer it and remove the transfer tape.  I love vinyl!  No gluing…yay!  Add a piece of ribbon and your invitation is done.



I used the same techniques for the Secret BBQ Sauce Tag only this time there is no text to change and no pen tool.  Just open the project, click “Make It Now” and cut the pieces from the patterned paper, cardstock and vinyl.

Place the patterned paper circle on the lid of the canning jar and secure it with the ring.

Layer and adhere the tag pieces.  Use the weeding tool to remove the excess vinyl. 

Pick up the skull with the transfer tape first.  Pick up the red text on the same piece of transfer tape and center the image on the invitation.  Rub the design to transfer it and remove the transfer tape.

Once again, add ribbon and it’s done!




The last project is the apron and it is the easiest of all!  Simply open the project and click “Make It Now”.  Be sure to check the “Mirror images (for iron-on)” box on the Mat Preview screen and then cut the image from iron-on.

Use the weeding tool to remove the excess iron-on (don’t forget the little holes in the handles of the utensils!).  Iron the image to the front of the apron using the iron and a press cloth.


I love that this apron matches the other elements of the BBQ!






Have a fun summer and happy grilling!

♥ Shanon

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