I am doing letters today and I am wondering if there is a way to get the shadow affect with using the cricut? I have a Mickey Mouse theme cartridge and I'm using that for the lettering. It does have the shadow option I haven't had much success in experimenting witht he cricut and I just wondered if anyone had done this. I want to make the lettering white and then do a base of red lettering behind it. Does this make sense?
I also wondered if I used the same lettering and just made the letters 1/4 inch bigger if that would work.
I am kind of confused by your question because the Cricut cartridge you are using does have the shadow feature.
You would use your red fondant/gumpaste/sugar sheet and choose the shadow for each letter.
Keep the same size and choose the regular font to use with your white material.
Are you unsure how to select the shadow?
Here are a couple of examples where I used the Cricut cartridges to cut both the letter and the shadow:
I really like the way that the shadow "pops" the lettering.
Expanding the size to make the shadow may or may not work, depending on the font. You will have to play around to get the effect that you want. I would say that 1/4 inch is maybe too much. You can also cut the shadow fondant a little thicker and then flatten out a little with your greased finger. It really doesn't take much expanding to add enough size to make a visible border around your top, primary letter.
Another Cricut technique that I like is to cut out the letters and throw them away, cutting out the background to use as a wrap with the cut out letters showing the color of the underlying fondant. Here's an example of that:
I have learned to love my Cricut - especially for lettering with shadows and for layered logo cutouts. I let the machine do most of the lettering work for me while I work on the decorating details. The best of luck to you!
Thanks for the advice. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you gals. I was having internet issues. I guess a better way to state my question would have been to say that I had never used the Shadow feature and how did it work? I did figure it out, eventually. But thanks again!