Paper Fly for Cricut Design Space Star Challenge!
It’s time for the next round of the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge! This time the Cricut theme was Weddings & Celebrations and my team chose Halloween as our theme-within-a-theme. And I wanted to go with a Spider and Fly theme as my own theme-within-a-theme-within-a-theme. So, hang onto your hats, because I’ll be sharing some Spider and Fly Halloween Party Decor projects with you this week that I made on a Cricut Explore™.
Up first is my paper Fly on the Wall.
For this project, I wanted to stretch myself a little bit to see what I could design and how to use the Cricut Design Space with a more complex file. I looked at several macro images and illustrations of flies and made some rough paper prototypes and designed my fly in Adobe Illustrator.
I wasn’t 100% happy with my first design (pictured above) so I refined it more, added folds to make it more sculptural and more linework details until I came up with the final version. I then separated the pieces in Illustrator and cleaned up the elements to be able to bring the design into the Cricut Design Space for printing.
Once I brought the project into Design Space, there was still quite a bit of refining I had to do. I had to re-size the project and define which parts were cut, score or draw lines. That’s why I’m not providing the file here for download. There were still too many tweaks that needed to be made once in the Design Space, and it would be a bit difficult for me to provide a tutorial. But I wanted to share a little bit of the technical details with you so you could see my process.
I used several types of paper and cardstock for my fly. Parchment paper wings, metallic eyes and body.
And I wanted to create 3-dimensional elements with eyes that popped out and a body with several folds. The bottom section of the body folded in several places for a sculptural effect.
I used the scoring blade to place the folds precisely and a Pilot Precise V5 pen to make the fine lines. Once folded, I used a bit of tape on the back to hold everything in place.
My vision for this Fly on the Wall would be to make several of them to make a swarm that covers the front door. Or perhaps placing them all over the food table at a Halloween party. Wouldn’t that be creepy and fun?
I’ll have more Spider & Fly Party projects later this week with files you can download and make yourself on your Cricut Explore! Read on for some details on how to keep up with the latest from Cricut and how to enter the Cricut I Made It Contest to design your own product line!
Okay, so first things first, you should go to Cricut.com sign up for the Cricut Newsletter by entering your email address where it says “Sign up for deals & inspiration.” This will keep you up to date on all of the latest news, sales and awesome contests like the I Made It Contest! If you wish you could have gotten in on the Design Space Star Challenge, this is your chance!
Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™! To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team. Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cha-ching! Cricut will even help with your publicity. Cricut has partnered with the The Design Network – a premier online design channel – to showcase the Cricut- I Made It! winner this fall. You’ll get a spotlight feature on a network dedicated to celebrating great designers and their creative star power.
Cricut’s judges, including DIY Diva Alison Deyette and two creative directors from Cricut, will pick 50 finalists from the best project entries based on creativity, use of materials and technique. Who will pick the ultimate winner? You, the public, will vote online in October.
To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. The project does not have to be made with a Cricut. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).
You have until September 30th to enter. What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.
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