Every year we have a big 4th of July party at our house and every year one of us remembers at the last minute that we need a sign for the front door so people won’t ring the bell and wait to be invited in. With all the excitement, fellowship and fun no one can hear the doorbell or the phone and we’re usually in the back yard anyway. This year I remembered to make a sign!!
Our front door is red all year.
Need vinyl? I like to buy mine from Expressions Vinyl.
I’m using the Cricut Expression 2, but you can make this with any Cricut!
I was so thrilled with how quickly I was able to make a festive sign. I used navy cardstock for the largest part of the sign and I used a corner rounder to help break up some of those straight lines. I simply cut two pieces of stary paper and glued them together to make the center. I used that same technique to make a wrapper for a glass vase I used in a project I’ll show you in the next few days.
I used the regular cut and the shadow feature for this part of the sign. To make everything go faster, I ran the (white) lettering through my Xyron 510 (here’s the newer model) and then stuck it to the (red) shadowed part of the sign.
Since I was cutting it soooo soooo close to the time people would start arriving for the party, I decided to nix the time consuming gluing of letter to letter and use vinyl. By using vinyl, I’m able to lay down whole words at once instead of one letter at a time. I use transfer tape to help me accomplish that task. (Check out my Cricut Vinylology DVD to learn all about using vinyl with your Cricut.) This cool font comes from the Cricut Rock Princess cartridge. Isn’t it cute with all those little hearts in each letter? The font is the main reason I bought that cartridge.
I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite (love that thing) to punch holes in the middle of the stars. Next, I just threaded some ribbon through the holes. A sign was born! Want to know more about the Crop A Dile? Here’s a video I made showing How to use the Crop A Dile Big Bite & regular Crop A Dile.
The sign did its job well! Everyone came right on in and the party got into full swing. YAY!
I hope you had a happy 4th!