(Closed) DIY Invites using a machine that cuts pretty shapes?!?!?!?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
  • poll: What is your preffered craft machine?
    Cricut? : (5 votes)
    50 %
    Cameo? : (3 votes)
    30 %
    Other... (please tell me more) : (2 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It was probably a Cricut or a Cameo.

    The Cricut it cartridge based, and the Cameo cuts from files you download or create (I believe).

    I have a Cricut and it has been amazing for wedding projects! Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have a Cricut Expression and Cricut Imagine that I’m using for 99% of my wedding stuff.  The Cameo is pretty awesome too though.  After the wedding craziness dies down I think I’m going to buy one for myself to work alongside my two Cricuts.

     

    By The Way if you want a die-cutting machine but don’t want to shell out the $$ for a Cricut or Silhouette consider something like a Cricut Cuttlebug or Sizzix Big Kick.  They cut using acutal dies (the metal shapes you can buy online or at a crafts store) and emboss using folders.  You can even make your own custom embossing folders, I did with our monogram that I’m putting on everything πŸ™‚

    Post # 5
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Agreed, it was likely a Cricut or a Cameo πŸ™‚  I love my Cricut. I use a program with it called Sure Cuts A Lot so that I don’t have to buy their $80 cartridges, but I don’t think they’re selling it anymore for the Cricut (but it does work for the Cameo apparently). I love my Cricut, my sister just got a Cameo and I’m dying to try it out!!

    Post # 6
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    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @bakerella:  There IS a workaround for Make The Cut (another program like Sure Cuts A Lot) and the Cricut (I use it too), but MTC got sued by Provocraft recently and was forced to take down the file that makes it Cricut compatible.  You can find it, if you search hard enough though!

    Post # 8
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    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have the Silhouette Machine (the Cameo is a newer version) and I LOVE it.  Like, seriously LOVE.

    I used it to make my bellybands as well as my invitation fauxligraphy.

    Post # 9
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    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Uh, sorry for the GIGANTIC picture πŸ™‚

    Post # 11
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @AriaAmante:  Ahhh okay. Same thing happened to SCAL. I’m so happy I bought it before that all went down. I literally use my Cricut and SCAL every single day. I’m really looking forward to giving my sister’s new Cameo a whirl since it prints too. It makes me nuts that the Cricut doesn’t have the precision to cut centred around something that’s printed on (I have the Expression). Grrr. So a machine that can print AND cut sounds amazing to me! If I like her Cameo I’m seriously thinking about buying it and having both machines….

    Post # 12
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @morkiemama:  So the printing is good? You just attach a pen in right? How complicated can you get with multiple colours, etc? Sorry for the ton of questions, LOL!

    Post # 13
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    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @bakerella:  I honestly only bought the machine for wedding stuff, so I’ve only given the pen a go with the invites, which were all in one color.  I CAN say that you can mod a regular gel pen to fit into the machine instead of buying the specific (and TINY) pens made for the machine.  I used a regular gellyroll pen.  

    I would think as long as you keep the mat loaded in the machine (so the image doesn’t shift), that using different colors in one pattern wouldn’t be impossible.

    Post # 14
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    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @bakerella:  Not to threadjack, but I’m using my Cricut to address my envelopes too.  I bought the mini gel pen holder from Chomas Creations (I think Cricut makes one too), and a pack of mini gel pens.  I’m using “Single Line Fonts” that I found online…if you google search Fonts for Peas I think they will come up.

     

    For the Cricut Expression I thought you HAD to use the mini gel pens, but the Expression 2 and Cameo are more “open” above where the blade goes so you could use regular pens, but maybe I’m wrong?  I read a blog post a few weeks ago where someone used their Cameo and one of the Jellyroll Souffle pens (it’s like an embossing pen, the ink puffs up with it dries) and it looks SO cool…but no minis πŸ™

    Post # 16
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    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have an Expression and Imagine and love love love them!  Worth every penny.  Using them for signs, gift tags, etc.

    Here is the mock-up of our invites.  We used Craft Room to stretch the overlay bigger than what is pictured.

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