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Let’s make a 4th of July cake topper with the new Cricut Knife Blade! I know you’ve all been waiting on it and it’s finally available. The Cricut Knife Blade will cut 2mm chipboard, balsa wood, bass wood, mat board, craft foam and more!
Love patriotic holidays and all the family fun that comes with them? Me too!
My hubby served in the military, as did his dad and brothers, plus several of my uncles, nephews and a niece! So when it comes to Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations, we’re all in!
For this 4th of July cake topper, I used the new Cricut Knife Blade. It was so simple and now I’ve made a cake topper that will last again and again.
You all know I’m a huge paper crafter. I love paper. But when it comes to party decorations that you can use again and again, like patriotic party decorations, paper is hard to store without it getting damaged. The new Cricut Knife Blade changes all that!
Cricut Knife Blade Need To Knows
- Only Works With The Maker – For those of you who don’t own a Cricut Maker yet, it has an adaptive housing. This means that Cricut can keep developing amazing new tools like the Cricut Knife Blade, and you don’t need to buy a new machine to use them!
- It Cuts Deep – The new Cricut Knife Blade cuts deeper than the Cricut Deep Cut Blade that you can use with the Explore Air, signicantly deeper. With the Knife Blade you can cut Balsa Wood, Basswood, Chipboard (it’s recommended that you use the Cricut Chipboard as other brands can have denser elements sprinkled throughout the board; Cricut chipboard is the same consistency all over), Craft Foam, and thick Leather!
- Mat To Use – For this blade you must use a strong grip mat. It’s the purple mat.
- Multiple Cuts – The new Cricut Knife Blade cuts 18 passes over the material. What this means is that it doesn’t make one solid cut. Instead, it passes over the material once, adjusts the blade deeper and goes over the cut again, and again. You can even add more passes individually if your material needs another time or two.
- Expect It To Take Time – Because of the depth of the materials you’re cutting, don’t expect the Knife Blade to be speedy. These projects are more about precision than speed. Give yourself time to cut Knife Blade projects. You’ll be thrilled with the perfection of the outcome!
- No Mobile – I love working with my phone and iPad too, but this tool requires you to hook your computer up to your Cricut. Don’t fret. I know We’re really spoiled, but trust me the effort is worth it.
Now let’s make a patriotic cake topper!
4th of July Cake Topper Supplies
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Cricut 2mm Chipboard
- Cricut Printable Vinyl
- Kim Byers, Oh My Stars Cartridge Design Space
- Printer, I recommend this Cannon Printer (great quality, inexpensive and wireless)
How To Make A 4th of July Cake Topper With Cricut Knife Blade
- Design – Click on the link in the supplies list above, or open Cricut Design Space, navigate to a new project and select “insert image.” On this page, go to the top right corner and select “cartridge.” Use the search bar and type in “Kim Byers.” You’ll see all my cartridges. Select my “Oh My Stars” cartridge. I used the Oh My Stars design with the star in the background and the Let Freedom Ring banner design.
- Size & Duplicate – Measure your cake, mine is an 8″ cake. You’ll want your cake topper to be no more than 7″ total for the star and the banner. Once you have it the size you want it, duplicate the design.
- Layers – In layers you’ll want to make one sets a cut file and leave the other a print and cut file. See my screen shot above.
- Cut & Print/Cut- If you select the correct materials in the dropdown menu, the Cricut system will ensure have the right blade in your machine. You’ll need the normal blade for the printable vinyl, and the Knife Blade for the chipboard.
- Assemble – Peel and stick the vinyl to the chipboard, hot glue on a wooden dowel.
That’s it! You’re ready to party!
More Cricut Knife Blade Projects & Information
- Cricut Introduces The Knife Blade
- Knife Blade Basics
- Knife Blade 101
- DIY Leather Luggage Tags With Knife Blade
- DIY Cactus Cupcake Stand
More Cricut Craft Ideas
- You’re A Gem Cake Topper
- Mind Over Miles Track Tee
- How To Make A Savings Jar
- Laundry Basket Labels
- 8 Fourth of July Projects To Make With Your Cricut
As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!
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