Hey Everyone..it's Abby from ScrappinAbby. Today I am doing a Cricut Cartridge review over on the Made Especially For You blog. My hubby bought the Expression for my birthday last November and the Art Nouveau cartridge was one of the carts that came with the machine. Here's what I created using this cart...
This is the Art Nouveau cartridge & the image I used for this tag....
There are so many beautiful designs on this cart that I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to use for my project..but I decided on the peacock feather..I just love those. I decided on the papers I wanted to use and cut out the images...
The images on the keypad that comes with this cart does a great job of walking you through which key sequences to push to make the different cuts and layers. The booklet also lists the features to use but it's nice to have it on the keypad as well so you aren't always looking for your booklet if you don't have it handy.
When I put the layers together..I only put adhesive down the middle of the purple feather. I wanted the edges to stand up a bit to mimick motion and what a real feather would look like. You could of course run this through a Xyron machine or use a glue pen if you wanted the whole feather to lay flat on your project.
I really like the detail with this image. I haven't used the feather cut before so I was pretty pleased with how well it turned out.
The next two photos will give you a better look at the layers with this image...
This is probably my favorite thing about using a Cricut and the many carts out there... I love the layers you can create with the images. I have to admit that I really don't use the alphas that much on my carts... but the letters on the Art Nouveau are just gorgeous... the different fonts are something I haven't seen before. So I just may have to come up with another scrappy project featuring the letters this time.
I've only used the Art Nouveau cartridge a few times but I have to say that I really do love this one. I would say that if you are new at using a Cricut you may not want to use this cart as your first one since there are so many layers and features to get the images you see listed in the booklet..this isn't too discourage you from trying it though. This is a great cart and has lots of beautiful images that you can use on many different types of projects. You do want to be careful when you are removing them from your cutting mat since there is so much detail on the images. I also found that slowing down your speed helps with having nice clean & sharp cuts. Which is important when you have such thin & fine images like the feather.
I hope this Art Nouveau Cart review was informational, helpful & shows you that you can use a fancy pants cart & images on small simple projects such as the tag I shared with you today. I do recommend this cartridge & I'm glad it came with my Expression..I am looking forward to creating more scrappy projects with this.
Thanks so much for letting me share another scrappy creation with you : )
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