Christmas Cricut Assignment

What are some things that were challenging?

Throughout my IDS Leadership and Tech Team customized mask project I have learned a lot through trial and error and now feel very confident in my skills using both the Cricut Heat Press and the Cricut Vinyl Transfer. This allowed me to challenge myself with this Christmas Cricut assignment. I felt that I was ready to try a more difficult approach by doing a design that requires multiple layers. I did find this challenging because during the heat press process you need to be extremely careful not to melt the vinyl and you have to use a lower heat in order to be successful. In the end, I was able to complete this process and make a secret Santa gift for our friend group exchange.

What are some things that worked well?

I felt that the cutting of the vinyl worked really well. I had to use 2 different colors but found them all in the scraps folder which also allowed me to stay cost-friendly within this assignment. Other than that I felt that this product/project is an easy and simple way to provide a cost-efficient gift during the holiday season and I am excited to continue to use these skills when printing the Holiday masks this season.

What did you learn? How can you apply this?

While my project itself didn’t include a complex amount of layers I was able to learn lots throughout helping my team members in creating their gifts as well. Kelsey made a sweater that ended up having at least 4 different layers all in different layers which taught me about how you much alter the heat lower and lower as you add more layers as to not melt the vinyl you’ve already pressed. I also learned how to attach, group and weld the designs as well as learned a few tricks in making sure you have the design set to print not “No fill”. Lastly, I learned about Permanent Vinyl which is located in the fourth drawer. This vinyl can be treated as normal vinyl (not HTV) but is permanent and can be put in the dishwasher when on cups.

My project was for a Secret Santa in my friend group and I decided to print a design onto a sweater:

 

Halloween Photoshop Assignment

What are some things that were challenging?

Through the process of photoshopping our Halloween photo, I found the process of deleting the background and trimming the sides very tedious when you have an intricate photo. For example, Lauren and I had the red ball caps on with yellow flags and to get the detailing around our hats without trimming off the flag was very difficult. Other than that the process didn’t take too long but for my first time it was a little tricky to figure out. Lastly, I do love the result and feel like if I had more experience with photoshop I would use this tool more often.

What are some things that worked well?

I found that if I zoomed in on my photo as much as possible I was able to use the quick selector tool better and more efficiently as well. The setup in the maker’s space with the green screen is super easy to use and the background is great for editing as it has a great contrast to our costumes/photos.

What did you learn? How can you apply this?

I learned how to use several of the tools available on the photoshop app as well as was able to learn how to green screen photos and edit them. I feel like this skill would be extremely helpful when doing projects. To add a flair of creativity, changing your photo’s background would be a simple step to increase the quality of your project. For example, in grade 10 I know we were assigned recreating propaganda posters from the 1930s and this tool would’ve helped me edit backgrounds and extra graphics onto our posters.