Saturday, September 5, 2015

Making a Pinned Badge With Cricut and the WRMK Fuse!

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School has just begun, but we're already having our Homecoming and it's only the second game.  My child is in the marching band for the first time and having a ball, wailing on the saxophone.  I thought I would help out and work in the concession stand (also another first) and at the last minute, threw this badge together, so I could wear it for Homecoming and proudly show off that I'm a Band Mom.  I had 30 minutes before I had to leave.  Could I pull it off?  Does a cow moo?  

Luckily, I had already created this bear claw in my Cricut Design Space, when I made one for my son's saxophone case last year.  It was a jpeg photo that I converted to an svg file, using a free online converter.  Technical stuff, but if you're into that kind of thing, you can do a little research and pick it up easily.  Luckily, I'm a member of several Cricut Facebook groups, and the information in those groups is invaluable.



I quickly added some text, copied it so I could add some layers and see how I wanted it to look.  When I got ready to cut, I lined up all my red layers to cut on a strip of red vinyl on my mat, then arranged my black layers to cut just below on a strip of black vinyl.  If you use the design space for the Cricut Explore, be sure you attach all your items prior to cutting.



Next, I pulled out a page protector, my We R Memory Keepers Fuse, 
a gorgeous piece of musical scrapbook paper and some embellishments.  
from: Scrapbook.com


First, I added my layered Cricut cut vinyl to the front of my page protector.  Next, 
I trimmed my paper and embellished it, even running an adhesive runner across some sections and sprinkling glitter for sparkle, then placed inside my page protector and began fusing the edges.  It took about 30 seconds or less to fuse all sides.  So easy!  You could also cut some cardstock letters or use stickers with your badge, but I just love the clean look of the vinyl, plus it lasts forever!  Well, a really, really long time, at least.  There are so many different things I can make for school events, parties and more, with my Fuse.  The badge alone can be made for a number of different occasions.   




To finish off my badge, I used my hot glue gun to glue this gorgeous bow that I made with glitter polka dot ribbon from The Ribbon Resource.  It's brand new and not available just yet, but it will be soon, so click the link, bookmark it and check back.  If you shop through my affiliate link in the month of September, visit the Ribbon Resource blog as they are giving away a Ribbon Rack and every purchase enters you to win.  Nice!

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Supplies Used:
The Ribbon Resource 533-15-14 Red Glitter Dots Ribbon (available soon)
DoubleClick Skittles Believe in Magic bubble embellishments
Tombow mono aqua glue and power bond adhesive runner
Doodlebug Design Sugar Coating glitter Lily White
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper by Rhonna Farrer

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