Following I have compiled a list of resources that I have bookmarked and regularly reference. There is tutorials on getting started with your cutting machines, how to use the free design files you have just downloaded, how to use vinyl and which one to use. Pin this page for easy reference next time you have a question, and bookmark each site like I have. What are your go to sites when you have a question about your cutting machine or project? Drop me a message if you have an awesome resource I could share.
Do you have a question about vinyl – how to layer it, how to use weeding tools, adhesive vinyl, HTV vinyl or maybe which vinyl should I use?? Expressions Vinyl’s how to videos have you covered! There is vinyl tips and tricks, project tutorials, Cricut and Silhouette tutorials, how to cut larger than the mat and more. I love the videos as I am a visual learner, but they also have the most extensive information about vinyl than anywhere else. The Vinyl Help page is a massive, free resource full of advice on the different types of vinyl, which one to use for your project, and how to apply it, including cut settings. You need to bookmark these pages for anytime you have a question to do with vinyl.
If you have a question about how to use your Silhouette machine, start here! Silhouette School has so many tutorials on their blog starting from which machine bundle to choose, all the way through to advanced techniques, which settings to use with different materials and projects to do with your cutter. The articles have screen shots that are easy to follow whilst you use your machine. There is so much free info on the blog, (I think I have read all the articles on the types of files) but you can also buy ebook guides and instruction videos written by the blog creator Melissa. This site is awesome as there is so much knowledge you could spend all day! Check it out at www.silhouetteschoolblog.com
Design Bundles Design School
Here is an amazing resource with step by step and video guides for your projects. If you are new or experienced with any cutting machine you can find some great tips in the Design School. There is tutorials for all of the cutting machines Cricut, Silhouette, Brother Scan and Cut and Sure Cuts A Lot. You can also find some great content if you need help with any design software including Illustrator, Photoshop, Inkscape or Canva. I like and have referenced the Fonts tutorials. Design School is really easy to follow and has a huge amount of knowledge for digital crafters, so check it out at www.designbundles.net/design-school
If you learn from video more than reading like I do, Craftsy is the perfect resource. Not only tutorials on cutting crafts, but also knitting, quilting, bread and cake making, fashion and jewelry – I think all of us crafters love many materials and techniques. There are some free videos with great tutorials in a variety of areas. I found the Cricut and Silhouette tutorials need to be purchased, but are worth it with each class having at least 6 lessons from knowledgeable instructors. Visit www.craftsy.com to find a class.
I came across these cheat sheets on Pinterest and found them a great resource when you are first getting started to explain some of the tools in Design Space. Have a read and download the cheat sheets for future reference at www.lorrienunemaker.com/cricut-cheat-sheets
So far we have hundreds of designs for free for you to download, and my aim is to have thousands! But I could never design the perfect file for every project out there, so where is the best place to find high quality, beautiful designs? Here is a list of what I consider to be the best for value and quality online.
This site is my new favorite digital crafty destination as I keep finding cute new designs, fonts and freebies! I have shared some of my favorites on this site. Many of the designs are exclusive to Creative Fabrica, and they have some awesome tools to utilize, like the Shape Cloud Generator. It lets you create your own unique word cloud for free. You choose words you want in the design, select a shape and font, then voila, a unique word cloud! I love that you can download your design as an SVG file, but the best part is you can upload your own shape! Grab some of my silhouettes to use for your design here.
The Hungry Jpeg
I love The Hungry Jpeg and share many of the cut files in the Premium and Free sections on this site. I love that there is a wide variety of designs from some really great designers. All designers on the site submit a portfolio before they can open a shop, so there is some really high quality. I have purchased a lot of fonts, photos and brushes for many projects over the years and have never had any issues with files or customer support. They also have a large freebies section and have special weekly freebies.
Here is a great resource for quickly growing your design library. I love the limited time bundles that last anywhere from a month to sometimes a flash sale for a day! The bundles are themed and always have a great selection of designs. There is also my favorite page, the freebies! New free cut files are available regularly so check back often.
The most popular, I bet you have already purchased some from some of the amazing designers that are on Etsy. There is a crazy amount of designs to choose from, something like over 500,000! I could browse all day through the cute quotes and hand drawn designs. Prices vary and start from 20c. Some shops sell their entire inventory of thousands of designs in one listing, so you can easily fill your hard drive with a great variety.
Free Pretty Things For You
This blog is awesome for pretty design files including cut files and fonts but also clip art, planner printables, digital papers and photos. I adore her vintage clip art! I think you will love it too, so bookmark it under your digital craft resources.
These lists will be updated as I find more great resources, so pin us to visit again!