Happy Tuesday! It's Diane again, your Guest Designer for the week. Today I have something different to share with you. You do not need a particular cartridge, Design Studio or a Gypsy to do this project. You do need vinyl, eggs, and some time to get creative with your Cricut (egg dye is optional).
If you'd like to find out about a great way to empty the eggs before decorating them (so you can save them to display year after year) you can go to my blog to see the "sister post" for today's project. I also have a few posts on my blog showing some of my egg collection - I started collecting decorated eggs when we lived in Germany many years ago. Here is a LINK to my blog.
I started out by cutting some interesting shapes from vinyl. When you are cutting vinyl, you want to "kiss cut" it so that the vinyl is cut but the backing stays intact. This makes it much easier to remove the cut pieces from the backing. For my machine, I use medium speed, medium pressure and set the blade depth at 4. You should experiment to see if these setting work for you - they should be close. Be careful to keep the vinyl within the paper area of the mat - as you can see in the photo above, my vinyl extended in to the area where the rollers move the mat in and out which created a bit of a problem.
Some shapes will be too large or too thick to be ideal for using on eggs. This image is from the Mother's Day cartridge and I cut it at 2 1/2 inches thinking that would be about the size of the egg.
I needed to cut some parts of the design to fit it on the egg. You can see that, despite my efforts, there are still some gaps and puckers.
I dyed the egg using pink/red dye. I added tiny patches at the drilled holes in the ends of the egg to keep the dye from filling the egg.
As you can see from his photo, I had mixed results. Some of my eggs looked like they had been tie-dyed but I wanted the crisp clean effect with sharp edges. The vinyl I used for this trial was "Wall-Pops." I have used this very successfully for wall words and other projects but it seems to be too "soft" for this purpose and the adhesive did not always stay stuck down firmly in the dye bath.
I cut some more shapes using some orange vinyl. This was the Oracal exhibition 631 vinyl that I got from Oh My Crafts quite a while ago when it was on special for less than $5 a package. It is supposed to be the same as the Cricut Vinyl. I used it because I only had black and beige Cricut vinyl on hand (and I paid much more for the Cricut vinyl so I am saving it for walls!). This vinyl is definitely harder and crisper than the Wall-Pops. I think that it is thinner and the adhesive is a bit stickier as well.
Here are the eggs after I dyed them. You can see how crisp the lines are on the butterfly and faith where I have already removed the vinyl.
I think the word art on the eggs is particularly pretty.
If you visited my blog yesterday, you saw how I cut up the 12 x 12 sheets of Core'dinations gemstone cardstock that I used for the scalloped egg cards. I will be using most of these "leftovers" during the week.
I used the 1 x 4.25 inch strips of cardstock and cut them in half. Then I punched holes in each end. By using a decorative brad, you can form an "egg collar" to display your decorated eggs.
To help the cardstock create a smooth ring, roll it around a small bottle to "train" it to curve and not kink when the circle is formed.
Here are a few of the eggs sitting in the collars. When I read the directions for the egg dye, I found out that the company recommended rubbing the eggs with "fat" to bring out the colors and give a gloss to the egg. So, for the first time ever, I buttered the shells of my dyed eggs. It really works!
Sometimes there are imperfections in the dye or the surface of the egg. You can always add a few embellishments to conceal the flaws and "dress up" the egg.
You might even decide to leave the vinyl on the dyed egg. I like the tone-on-tone effect on this egg.
So the tips I have to share are, choose small designs with thin sharp lines, use a thin vinyl that is "hard" and will burnish well to the egg, be careful when you are dipping the egg in the dye so you do not loosen any edges and dry your eggs and rub them with a little fat to bring out the shine.
So what about those delicate eggs I showed you at the top of the post? I had progressed through my experiments and reached my conclusions about the best sorts of designs to use. I found some delicate, thin designs on the Home Decor and Heritage cartridges. I cut them in mint green vinyl and applied them to the eggs - planning to dye these as well.
I decided that the eggs looked so pretty that I would keep the vinyl on as the only decoration! Of course, you could dye the egg if you want more color. The thin vinyl and thin lines of the designs smooth down very nicely.
The basket is from the Easter cartridge (I think I will tempt you into buying this cartridge before the week is out!). I made it as large as possible from a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and left it plain except for a few pretty embellishments to the handle. The embellishments are from Creative Charms - here is a LINK to the page on their site where you can find out more about the flowers and butterflies. The little butterfly brads I used for the egg collars are also from Creative Charms - here is a LINK to the page. I have been creating some designs for Creative Charms and I really enjoy working with their lovely embellishments.
I love the idea of creating personalized eggs for each member of the family. By using Design Studio, you could have welded versions of their actual names instead of just the generic Mommy/Daddy/Baby/Grandma. You can even add your own flourishes when you create your welded names.
This assortment of eggs includes some that I made when we lived in Germany. They are simple to do and blend nicely with the dyed and decorated eggs.
You can use these eggs to create small wreaths - for more information about this be sure to visit my blog, Capadia Designs, and check out Tuesday's post.
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