Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Combining & Printing Layers with Cricut Imagine & Toy Story Cart

One of the features that would make the Cricut Imagine really great would be able to combine layers of a detailed shape, and be able to print and cut them out together. I love the dimensional look of the layered cuts, but sometimes, especially with the Disney carts, it becomes difficult because of all the intricate small pieces. This has been a feature that people have wanted but no one knew how.

But recently the blog titled Cricut Craft Room Blog figured it out, and I couldn't be happier! Here is the link to the blog.

The author of the blog gives a great tutorial with all the steps on how to complete this. I was surprised how easy this became once I did it a few times. I will definitely be doing this in the future and will get me to use my Disney Carts more often.

This has to be done using the Cricut Craftroom with the Imagine. The only thing that did not work for me was my Imagine did not cut the image after it printed. It printed great and looked like it was going to start printing but stopped. I read on the message boards that others have had problems cutting with the Imagine using the Cricut Craftroom. So I will have to try and do some troubleshooting about this is the future. For this project I cut it out with scissors, which wasn't too bad because of the large shadow.

Close up of Lotso

One think I love about the Imagine is being able to create and print custom colors. It lets you enter the RGB color that you want. It takes the guesswork out of matching colors. To find the RGB of a certain color I use a great little program called Color Cop. It is a free download and super easy to use. It lets you use a dropper icon to pick the color you want. To find the colors for Lotso I used the PDF of the Toy Story handbook on the Cricut site. This let me pick the perfect shades for the character. Here are the RGB codes the I used for each layer: (pg.66)

Base (shadow layer) - Black (a default color on the Imagine)

<lotso-1> + shift : R243 G226 B203

layer 1 : R240 G81 B147

layer 1 + shift : R150 G 1 B95

layer 2 : White (a default color on the Imagine)

layer 2 + shift : R89 G19 B71

layer 3 : R221 G25 B37

layer 3 + shift : R228 G177 B122

I had a lot of fun making this and look forward to making some more of the characters in the future. Please check out the Cricut Craftroom Blog, it is a great resource on how to use this program.

As I make more and more of the Disney characters I will list the RGB codes that I use, and will hopefully have some sort of comprehensive list in the future.

Thanks for stopping by, till next time....

1 comment:

  1. Tooooooo cute! BTW, you have an adorable blog and I'm now a follower. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up w/! TFS everything!! :-)