Cricut Question #645365678768

Decorating By KTB4 Updated 31 Jul 2011 , 2:54pm by KTB4

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KTB4 Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 1:34pm
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but I hope it's a different one icon_smile.gif

I played with toy yesterday and thanks to lots of the tips here I had a fair bit of success. I did however run into a few challenges.

The first was when I was trying to cut a border - how do I know how big/long it will be? I was trying to do one for a little 4" dummy so asked for a 2" one. WAY too big, even 1" was too big but workable.

Secondly, I put my fondant in the freezer for a few minutes like suggested for a few things but ended up with a wet soggy mess of fondant after. I managed to make to cut pieces work but the excess had to be thrown out which seems like such a waste. Thoughts?

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ycknits Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 1:49pm
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When you set the border dimension, it specifies the HEIGHT of the border... not the length. So pick your height and then you get the length that it gives you... I don't like this. I'd like to be able to cut a full 24" of border, but I guess there's not much I can do about that icon_smile.gif

I have good luck freezing my fondant but when the humidity is high, the fondant collects a lot of condensation when you pull it out of the freezer. I always run my air conditioner when I'm working with the Cricut if its hot and humid.

I always reuse my scraps after cutting, so no more waste for me than when hand shaping/cutting.

I've never tried it but I know that some people dry their fondant sheets before cutting - rather than freezing. Not totally dry, but enough to firm them up. My guess is that what works best is somewhat dependent on the fondant that you use, too.

Good luck to you!

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Marla84 Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:21pm
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If you use a software program (Design Studio if you're using Cricut cartridges,) you can weld the borders together to create a longer one. It's not as user-friendly as some of the other software programs that are no longer available for Cricut, but I like that you can see the size and positioning of things you cut. You can download a free trial and should be able to get the full program for around $20 or so on ebay. Cricut is also supposed to be releasing a free online design program as well that would let you manipulate images on cartridges you own.

Some of the cartridges also let you choose from a few different border lengths without needing the extra software (maybe Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art or Elegant Cakes?)

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KTB4 Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:54pm
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Thanks. I just wondered if I was nuts about not being able to figure it out icon_razz.gif

THe humidity was pretty high yesterday so I suppose that might be what was up with my fondant. I ended up just letting it sit for about 5 minutes before trying to cut it and all was well.

I'm excited that I was able to get it to work for me since I've had it since last summer and just haven't had the time to practice and play. However I was doing MY birthday cake so I figured if it didn't work oh well LOL icon_biggrin.gif

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