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Our Halloween mantle was just begging for something fun. I pondered the possibilities, but my mind kept coming back to this glow-in-the-dark vinyl I came across a few months ago and bookmarked. I just knew some day I needed to work with it, and what better time than Halloween?
These rainy day pictures really don’t do the Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Magic print justice. This 8×10″ print looks amazing at night when it glows! It is so bright, and it couldn’t be any easier to make!
You need just a few supplies
- Glow in the dark vinyl (I used this from ExpressionsVinyl.com)*
- Black cardstock
- Cricut Explore
- Cricut Tools Basic Set (optional)
- Halloween Magic Print (free download!)
- 8×10″ frame
* I know Halloween is just around the corner, so if you can’t find glow-in-the-dark vinyl ASAP, you can find glow-in-the-dark Duck Tape in most craft and hobby stores. Sheets would be the easiest!
Ready to make one? Let’s get started!
Step 1: Log into Cricut Design Space and then click on “Create New Project”. Upload the design of your choice the 8×10 print (download below) by clicking on “Upload Image” on the left of your canvas.
Step 2: Choose your upload method (let’s go with “Basic” here). Click on “Continue to Step 1” and then browse for your image.
Step 3. When the image is uploaded, select “Simple Image” and then “Continue to Step 2.” The image is a PNG with a clear background, so no clean up required. Woo-hoo! Click on “Continue to Step 3.”
Step 4. Unclick the “Preserve original image …” box, as we aren’t using the print and cut feature.
Don’t worry when it becomes a faint red outline (you can barely see it in the image above). Name your project and add tags if you wanna. And finally, “Save Image.”
Step 5. Click on your image and then “Insert Images.” The image will pop onto your canvas.
Step 6. Now, resize your graphic. I knew I wanted my print to fit an 8×10 frame, so I wanted around a 1/2″ margin all around after I trimmed. My Explore got fussy if it was larger than around 8.5″ long, so I pulled on the corner until it was right around 8.33″.
Step 7. Click on that green Cricut “GO” button at the top and get ready!
Step 8. Move your image around on the cutting mat preview until it is centered at the 4″ mark for an 8×10″ print. Load the black cardstock on your cutting mat and then click on the green “GO” button on the preview screen.
Step 9. Load your material on the cutting mat and set your dial to “Light Cardstock.” Trust me, your Es will thank you!
Step 10: Once you have your design cut, carefully peel off the letters reserving the interior pieces from the As, Ps, Os, Bs, and the pumpkin’s eyes and mouth. You will need these in a bit. Then carefully peel up your print. This is where those Cricut Tools like the weeder come in handy so you can remove all of the teeny pieces without damaging your cardstock.
Step 11. Now trim your print down to an 8×10 and run it through a Xyron Creative Station or apply a layer of your favorite adhesive to the back of your print.
Step 12. Trim your glow in the dark vinyl down to an 8×10″ piece as well, and then layer your print over your vinyl. Add all of the interior pieces of your As, Ps, Os, Bs, and the pumpkin’s eyes and mouth.
Place in your frame, and voila! A fun, glow-in-the-dark Halloween print for your mantle!
Pardon the blurry pic (it was taken in a closet), but it shows how fun this is in the dark. My kids love it too and want one for their rooms!
You guys know by now that I love my Cricut Explore because it is the most amazing machine ever, but did you hear that they unveiled a new Print & Cut feature? I haven’t used the Print & Cut feature yet, but I my mind is spinning with possibilities! So be sure to check it out ASAP and add the Cricut Explore to your Christmas list!
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