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I've wanted to turn my Pars Caeli cloud into an umbrella design for the longest time, with no tools to make it happen. And then this wild and wonderful Cricut Design Space Star contest comes blowing into my life, and I know exactly what I want my first project to be!
This cloudy umbrella is basically a no-mistake project. Vinyl shapes can be moved and removed without leaving marks or residue. The shapes cling easily to the coated material, and the transparency of the umbrella allows you to see what you're doing the whole way through. I had my first bubble umbrella when I was six, and I've loved them ever since. These clear canvases also pair beautifully with the opaque vinyl.
So now that we've all left our intimidation at the door, here's what you need to make your own:
- Clear umbrella (this one is from Totes in a classic design)
- White vinyl sheets
- Cricut Explore
- Gold paper or vinyl
- Cloud and lining template
Step One: Design your pattern. Of course, I wanted clouds. Using Illustrator I created an .svg file. Based on the size of my umbrella, I made the clouds about three inches wide. I was happily surprised with how many clouds I could fit on one sheet. Using the vinyl setting, feed your mat with vinyl into the machine and carefully remove the cut clouds from your mat when complete.
I created another .svg file with the thin lining that rests on the bottom of the clouds. I changed the setting to paper, and fed in gold hammered scrapbook paper. These were fragile so removing them from the mats was a careful process.
Step Two: Next I wanted a GOLD lining for the clouds. I'm joining with a merry group of ten creatives for this Cricut Design Space Star challenge, and we had decided early on that we wanted our theme to be Gold is the New Black. And, do you know what's even better than finding the silver lining on a cloud? Yes, that's right, finding a gold lining.
Step Three: Press the gold paper lining to the bottom of the white vinyl cloud.
Step Four: Press the clouds to the interior of the umbrella. This will protect your design from the wear of the elements. I kept the clouds to the lower portion of the umbrella, with three on each panel, so that I could still see through the bubble. Decide on how much vinyl coverage you want on yours.
We've had a rainy end to the summer, and this umbrella, with its gold lining reminders is the perfect way to stay happy and dry in the downpours.
If you love this idea, head on over to the Cricut Pinterest board, and repin! I am so appreciative of your support and kindness!
My team, Lucky #13, has put together a wide variety of incredible projects. And you need to check out every single one! Find the links below. Vote for and pin your favorite projects!
You can also search for our projects on this and upcoming challenges with #cricutdesignteam13
Lucky 13 team in the Cricut Design Space Star™ team:
- Booties, Earrings, and Hearts from Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook
- Children's shirt and gold sandals from Celina of Petit A Petit and Family
- Cut out leather purse with cross lining from Erin & Tricia of Suburban Bitches
- Leather cuff from Monica of East Coast Creative
- Easy DIY hashtag t-shirts from Sarah and Jessica of Pretty Providence
- DIY umbrella and Pineapple Scarf from MJ of Pars Caeli
- Leopard leggings and tank from Sadie Jane of Simply Sadie Jane
- Laptop decals from Crystal of Sew Creative Blog