Make easy Christmas colouring pages using the Cricut machine! Of course I had to share this since I’m giving away a Cricut Explore Air ii Bundle! This tutorial is going to be created using the Cricut Maker machine, which is a little different. However, the mat and techniques can be done on both – even the small Cricut Joy machine.
I’m so excited for this project because I love using my Tombow’s and I don’t have to spend hours drawing.
How To Easily Make Impressive Christmas Colouring Pages With ZERO Drawing Skills Needed
Since DesignBundles were kind enough to sponsor that Cricut Explore Air 2 giveaway, I’m using gorgeous hand drawn designs that are ideal for Christmas colouring pages.
I’ve downloaded them from a seller named Elinorka on DesignBundles. The illustrations also come as SVG files and there are tonnes of Cricut friendly files on there.
A Note For My Chronically Ill and Disabled Crafters:
If you are chronically ill or disabled and you have an artistic eye, then papercrafts are a great way to ease yourself into crafting.
It’s how I got started on my transition from being an able bodied, tall, athletic lady to a bedbound lady with a seizure disorder and joints you can dislocate by laughing the wrong way.
This craft is easy peasy though. You can easily setup your machine to start drawing away and go and make yourself a cup of tea, by the time you get back with your brew, it should be ready. Depending on how upwardly mobile you are if you’re on wheels.
If you are able to use your hands, then a Cricut is an excellent tool, especially if you enjoy making things like paper flowers or want to get more involved in papercrafting, there are literally thousands of possibilities!
hEds, OA, Hypermobility, + other chronic conditions.
I was most excited about these Christmas colouring pages though because I wouldn’t be stuck simply using coloured pencils (which can take a while). Using watercolour, you can quickly create a piece of stunning artwork for your walls.
If your design files come from DesignBundles, they come with a commercial license. That means you can sell what you make using these designs. You could sell the artwork in frames, as Christmas cards or even on clothing or accessories.
The Tutorial: How To Make The Christmas Colouring Pages
This Christmas Colouring Pages tutorial is going to allow you to create as many of the colouring pages you could possibly want in life! Even use as faux artwork, banners, christmas cards... the possibilities are endless. Watch the video and let me know if you would rather spend hours drawing or set up a machine and go make a cup of tea and by the time you come back - it's finished.
Step 1: Download Your Doodles From Design Bundles
If you decide to create the exact same project as me, then this is what you’re going to see through the adding to cart and checkout process.
As a quick note, after you create your project, loop back to DesignBundles and leave a star rating for the template you downloaded.
It’s really helpful for those sellers on the platform and it doesn’t take long. You can add a full review and image of your project too if you like, for now I’ve just added a star rating.
Your file will download as a Zip file, and you should be able to double tap to open. You can upload jpg’s, png’s, svg’s etc.
Step 2: Setup Cricut Design Space
Now we head over to the Cricut Design Space and use the app either on your phone, tablet or computer and upload the design file we just downloaded from Design Bundles.
Sign in to the Cricut Design Space and start a new project.
I decided to upload the PNG files separately but all at the same time, then spent a little time inserting those files and then Save your project.
Step 3: Set Up Your Cricut Machine
Get your Cricut mat and lay your cardstock and press firmly to ensure it’s all stuck to the mat.
It needs to be stuck properly otherwise the blade could potentially lift the cardstock when cutting and mess up your project. That’s a total waste of supplies; believe me, I’ve done it many times before!
Turn the machine on and connect it to your Design Space App.
Step 4: Back in the Design Space App
Ensure that the layout on DesignSpace matches the dimensions of your cardstock. I readjusted my layout when I was able to select the dimensions of my project.
Select each layer and hit the edit button. Then hit where it says 'cut and change to 'draw' with 0.4mm black pen.
And hit the Make It Button.
In this section, I will change the size of my material on the left hand pane so I can double check that all of my houses will fit on my chosen page.
Once I double check that my settings are correct; connect your machine and make it!
Wait for your machine to finish the cut and then hit the unload button.
Step 5: Grab Your Cricut Tools
Use the tool that looks a bit like a fish slice. Carefully pull up the bottom and don't bend or pull back at a steep angle. You are just lifting it a little so the fish slice can fit underneath and separate the glue from the cardstock.
Step 6: Having Fun
Now is my favourite part. The colouring. It's very rare that you will be able to watercolour someone else's artwork without completely ruining the paper that you're using.
As a disabled artist, I love drawing and painting, as they are incredibly meditative. However, my disability is joint related and that means I can't always draw.
Having easy (pretty cheap) access to this artist was awesome! I can't wait to make a few more pages with the rest of the doodles in the pack.
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Take It Further:
Obviously, you don’t have to stop there. If you want to 80gsm cardstock you could draw some wrapping paper with an adapter and a sharpie! When you do that, you can create watercolour friendly designs. You could also do the same thing using the Cricut Joy machine and some cards! Send some faux hand drawn art Christmas cards to your loved ones.