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I absolutely LOVE personalized gifts. Both of my other children received baby blankets that had their names and birthdays embroidered in the bottom corners, and it’s these items that we cherish and keep throughout the years.
Before Brooklyn was even born, we found the cutest peek-a-boo singing elephant that we just had to have. As we didn’t know her gender prior to birth, we purchased the grey “neutral” one. While the signing elephant was super cute, it was a touch on the boring side.
Now that our baby girl is here, I decided to craft up the once boring grey stuffy and make a personalized birth stat elephant with Cricut EasyPress 2!
So here’s the thing – I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news…
Much like with my vinyl car decal tutorial, the hardest part to make a personalized birth stat elephant is again, picking the font!
Thankfully Cricut Design Space is super easy to use (make sure to download the new desktop version!), but if you can’t be bothered to design your own, feel free to use my template for this project.
What you’ll need to make a personalized birth stat elephant
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Standard Grip Mat
- Everyday Iron-on Vinyl – Pink, red or other colour of your choice
- Basic Tool Set
Using Everyday Iron-on Vinyl
This project uses Everyday Iron-on Vinyl, which with a few simple things to remember is super easy to use.
The good news is, once you’re ready to hit “Make it”, Design Space literally walks you through each and every step!
The first, and most crucial step after picking your mat size, is to make sure that you’ve selected “mirror”. All iron-on projects need to be mirrored or you’ll wind up with a backwards image. From the dropdown menu, select the type of material you’re using, make sure the proper tools are loaded into your machine.
Another thing to remember when working with Everyday Iron-on Vinyl is that the shiny side always goes down. But don’t worry, if you forget, Design Space will remind you before cutting.
Pro Tip: (Because yes, two projects in and I’m a pro now!) When peeling your vinyl off the mat, put the vinyl side down towards your table or other flat surface, peeling the mat away from the vinyl. This will help keep your vinyl from rolling or bending.
Next up – cut out all your project pieces and weed, weed, weed. (Weeding is the glorious act of meticulously pulling all the small little pieces of vinyl that you don’t want on your final project off.)
Before we go any further, you’re going to want to bookmark the Cricut Heat Guide webpage. This is your go-to for any projects using the Cricut EasyPress 2.
You might be wondering what’s so great about the Cricut EasyPress 2, and the answer to that is – well… easy!
The Cricut EasyPress 2 has temperature control as well as a timer built right in. So you can say goodbye to guessing if your iron is the right temperature and counting your Mississippi’s!
Next, you’re going to prep your work surface. The heat guide website will tell you how long you need to preheat your project. If you’re working with a material that has any kind of nap or texture, you’re going to want to make sure to brush or wipe it gently with your hand to make sure all the fibers are going in the same direction before you iron on your vinyl.
Now it’s time to carefully line up all those pieces you cut out and weeded earlier. Make sure that none of the plastic backing is overlapping any other plastic pieces or any other vinyl or it won’t transfer properly.
Now it’s EasyPress 2 time! Once your vinyl is in place, press according to material guidelines.
Depending on your project, and how you cut out/printed your pieces, you may have to iron them on separately. If that’s the case, once you’ve ironed on and peeled off your plastic backing make sure to put a piece of thick paper down to protect any exposed vinyl.
Once all your vinyl has been stuck into place, flip your project over and press for 15 seconds on the reverse side to securely anchor everything down.
And there you have it! You’re ready to make a personalized birth stat elephant with Cricut EasyPress 2!
Do you love personalized gifts as much as we do?