Have you heard of the Cricut Joy? It’s another one of the innovative machines in the Cricut smart cutting machine line. This machine is tiny yet powerful! It can cut and write. It is perfect for smaller projects, cards, labels, and more!
Today, I’m here to walk you through your first Cricut Joy project, step-by-step.
This little “bee happy” canvas is simple and ultra cute. You can display it just about anywhere in your house. I think it would make a lovely addition to a nursery!
Clearly, this project is a must-do for any Cricut Joy beginner! Try it out and let me know what you think.
Materials and Tools:
- Bee Happy (FREE SVG File)
- Cricut Joy (or other cutting machine) with Fine Point Blade
- Cricut Joy Standard grip mat
- Cricut Joy Premium Vinyl, Permanent Glossy (in black)
- Transfer Tape
- Small Canvas Artboard, 5”x5”
- Weeding tools
- Cricut Spatula
Prepare and gather all of your supplies.
Begin by preparing the image: open Cricut Design Space and click on the “+” sign to start a new project. This opens up a blank canvas.
Click “Upload” from the toolbar and browse your files to add the Bee SVG file.
Once uploaded, the cut image will appear on the canvas.
Ensuring that the image is selected, click on the “Weld” button in order to secure all parts of the image together for cutting.
If your canvas artboard is indeed 5”x5”, you can maintain the size of the image. You can also adjust the image if your artboard is a different size. The make this adjustment, highlight the image and click on the size box in the top toolbar. Change the measurement to suit your canvas artboard’s size accordingly.
Next, cut the Permanent Smart Vinyl. To do so, select “Make It” in the upper right corner to proceed with cutting. If you’re using Cricut Premium Vinyl, choose “mat” for cutting.
Note the size of the Premium Vinyl needed and cut the length of the vinyl accordingly. For this craft in particular, cut the vinyl to 6.5” long.
From the list of options in the drop down menu, choose the “Premium Vinyl, Permanent.”
There will be instructions prompted on your screen – follow them to cut out the vinyl.
Now that everything is cut, it’s time to assemble the canvas! To do so, cut around the image with a pair of scissors.
Use your weeding tool to peel away the excess vinyl around the cut images and discard.
Next, cut a piece of transfer tape. You will want it a bit larger than the size of the image.
Peel away the backing of the transfer tape. Place the transfer tape overtop of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.
Peel away the transfer tape backing. Place the transfer tape over on top of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.
Peel away the vinyl backing. This will leave you with just the image adhered to the transfer tape.
Position the image tape (with the transfer tape still adhered to it) onto the canvas. Press it in place.
With the help of the Cricut scraping tool, scrape the image onto the canvas. You will want to scrape both sides to help it stick to the canvas.
Slowly and carefully remove the transfer tape. This will leave the vinyl image on the canvas. Note: it helps to wiggle the transfer tape while peeling to release it from the vinyl.