Are you a big fan of “Fixer Upper”? Me, too. And it's not just the houses and liberal use of shiplap that make me smile. More often than not, I find myself checking out Joanna's relaxed chic personal style. In particular, I love it when she wearing leather earrings. I think they are so cool and understated. So, I decided to make some for myself with my Cricut Explore Air (but using faux leather) and embrace my inner Joanna. Check out these faux leather triangle earrings (featuring Cricut)!
This project was SO easy to do and it took me less than ten minutes. Check out how I did it:
- Cricut Explore Air
- FREE Faux Leather Triangle Earrings Graphic
- Cricut Faux Leather
- Earring Posts
- Jump Rings
- Cricut Mat
- Cricut Cutter
- Cricut Weeding Tool
- Cricut Tweezer Tool
- Log into Cricut Design Space.
- Select “Start a New Project”.
- Next, select “Insert Image”, located in the sidebar on the left.
- Select “Browse” and choose the image from your computer that you would like to upload into the Cricut Design Space.
- Select from the three options offered to indicate what type of image quality best matches the image you just uploaded. For the faux leather triangle earrings graphic, choose “Simple Image”. Click “Continue To Step 2”.
- Next, use the “Edit” option to resize your upload to the desired size. For this project, I resized them to a width of 3.74 inches by 4.16 inches high.
- In this step, you will be removing all the white space (or negative space) to make cut lines for your Cricut Explore Air to follow. Basically, this is where you'll click and remove the parts of the graphic that you want the Cricut Explore Air to cut out (and leave the image intact) This is where you will remove all the white space that you do not want cut. Use the magic wand to click on the areas that you want the Cricut Explore Air to cut out – after you click on them, there should be a light blue/white square background showing behind them. Click “Continue To Step 3″. Big Fat Tip: The checkerboard background indicates the areas that have been removed and will not cut. The solid areas represent the image you will use on the design screen.
- Next, you'll be asked to name your file. You also have the option to tag your image, which can help you find it later if you forget the file name. Click “Save Image”.
- Now, you'll be returned to the “Upload Images” screen. Your new image will appear in the “Uploaded Images Library”.
- Click on the image to add the image to your project. Big Fat Tip: A green check will appear, indicating it is selected.
- Click “Insert Images” to add your uploaded image to the design screen.
Step Two: Select the Cut option in the Layers tab on the top right.
Step Three: Turn the knob on your Cricut Explore Air to “Custom” in the Design Space and select “Leather, Faux” from the drop down menu.
Step Four: Cut the Faux Leather to the necessary size and apply it to the Cricut Mat with the faux leather side up. Big Fat Tip: If you'll be using real leather as your cut material, I encourage you to use some Cricut Transfer as a buffer between the leather and the Cricut Mat. If you don't do this then the leather will ruin the Cricut Mat. So, just cut the Cricut Transfer to the size of your leather, adhere the transfer tape to the back of the leather, and place the whole thing Cricut Transfer side down before beginning cutting.
Step Eight: Now, you'll be attaching the ear posts and jump rings to the faux leather pieces. I selected posts and 4mm rings in Oxidized Brass. Use the Cricut Tweezer Tool to open the jump rings and attach them, first to the ear posts and then to the smallest triangle. The
Step Nine: Enjoy!
I just love how easy the Cricut Explore Air makes DIYing chic and creative fashion accessories! The first time I used it, I was so surprised by the wide variety of products that worked with it. It can cut faux leather, glitter iron-on, and even window clings! I mean, could you have created those faux leather earrings in under ten minutes and that easily? I couldn't have and I never would have wanted to with a preschooler and baby under my feet. And what if you're asking yourself, what different materials can I cut with Cricut Explore Air? I cut magnet sheets, window clings, felt, vellum, cardstock, and vinyl! What will you make with yours? Be sure to share your fashionable Cricut projects on social media tagging @OfficialCricut and #Cricut.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.