This beautiful lace can be found on the Mother's Day mini cartridge. The image on the cartridge has plain edges. A friend from the Cricut Message Board was have difficulty trying to add the scalloped edge. I put together a file and thought it would probably be helpful to others to show how to do this. Remember, you can click on any of the images to see a larger view.
The scalloped edge can be created quickly if you start with this element on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Start with the size at 1 inch (the smallest that can be set on the slider bar).
The lower image shows the shape as it is entered from the cartridge. You need to switch your mat size to 12 x 24 in the program to allow enough space to add three of these in one selection box.
Here are the three sections as they will appear on the larger mat.
Use the nudge arrows to move the second and third sections to the left and overlap the scallops. Be sure to check weld while the border is selected.
Then resize the border using the handle in the lower right to keep it in proportion. After you have created the border you can copy and paste it three times, rotating each side to create a scalloped frame.
Pay attention to the corners to be sure that they are evenly aligned.
Once you have formed the frame preview the file - it will look like this. If you want to create a blackout version of the design you can add a square to the center of the frame. Be sure to check weld on the square.
If you add the square after the frame is complete and preview you will see something like this. The weld is not working correctly but you can quickly fix it by copying, deleting and pasting back one of the borders.
This is how the correctly welded shape will appear in preview. If you place three sides, then the square and then the fourth side border you will not need to "burp" the frame.
This is the lovely lace image on the Mother's Day cartridge.
The same principle applies to adding the lace square inside the frame. If you add it when the frame is complete you will need to "burp" the frame again.
After "burping" your framed lace will look like this.
I made a test cut of the design using this paper from SEI. The Michael's store near me had it on sale for $4.00. The paper is called Madeline and has lovely soft colors and lots of shimmer. There is also some solid cardstock in the stack.
After cutting the lace, the outer edge of your 12 x 12 sheet of paper will look like this. Notice that the sides are slightly uneven - this is due to the small discrepancy in the accuracy of placing the mat into the rollers. Even though your cut is perfectly centered on the computer screen it will usually be a bit off center.
If you trim a little sliver (about 1/8 of an inch) from the two fatter sides you can use the frame on a plain 12 x 12 for another layout.
The full frame on a dark gray page from the stack.
Here is a closer view of the corner.
The paper has a beautiful sheen but it is tricky to photograph.
The background color makes a big difference in the overall look.
You can even layer the cut on a tiny overall print - this one is also from the same stack.
You could use the frame and the lace to make a two page layout.
This photo shows the shine of the paper a bit more clearly.
If you have welds that don't work out the way you pictured them you should always stop and think whether you may need to rebuild the design or "burp" a frame. The order in which the elements are added to a design can make a difference in the final results.
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Mysteriously and miraculously my computer decided to recognize my Cricut again today so that was a big relief! I restarted the computer several times yesterday with no luck, but today when I turned on the computer and plugged in the mouse all was well - go figure! Thanks for all of the help suggestions.