Papercraft classes • ScanNCut tutorials • Vinyl, fabric and more
Papercraft classes • ScanNCut tutorials • Vinyl, fabric and more

Cricut vs ScanNCut: Using two machines to get great results

Tracy Stephens-Wood has written the below tutorial based on our Shadow Box Collection which is due for release shortly. We will be doing a full launch post shortly, but here’s a little taster.

Tracy uses both a Cricut and a ScanNCut, but you can just use one if you wish with a little change in workflow.

Cricut Explorer Air 2 

 I altered these design elements below using Cricut Design Space…

The original Shadow Box elements prior to manipulation imported into Cricut Design Space
The original Shadow Box elements prior to manipulation

… I turned them into these with some welding, slicing and contouring. Firstly, join two copies of each side together to increase the height ratio. The detail elements from the panel border are then subtracted from the frame while narrowing the aperture.

The elements duplicated and welded in Cricut Design Space before subtracting the negative spaces from the decorative panel.

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to hold the sides up and I scored down the middle.

Editors Note

We’d recommend cutting two of these (or adapting the two panel side piece) and still using the main shadow box base for one side. As the sides have been stretched, you will need to adapt the shadow box to match.

Duplicate the Triangle Lid in Cricut Design Space
Duplicate the Triangle Lid in Cricut Design Space

I left the triangle lid alone. However, instead of using the included base, I made 2 lids. This enables easy access to the triangle from top or bottom.

ScanNCut SDX1200 

I made an alcohol print on Yupo using a mixture of purple’s and yellows and the shimmer alcohol inks. I then scanned in my pieces of alcohol print and then drew the chandelier on with a permanent pen. These were then inserted into the windows of the triangle box. 

The triangle box sides I glued all together in one long piece; and then formed it into the triangle shape after.

I scanned the cut triangle box lid with the scan and cut so I could get accurate placement of the lid that I had cut out using the Cricut. Then, I aligned and cut the chandelier piece out of the lid so it makes a shadow on the ceiling when a light is shone from underneath

Scanning and aligning is where the ScanNCut excels over the Cricut.

The drawn images of the chandelier that were on the Yupo paper, I then coloured all the important features of the design with the Wink of Stella in gold.

This is a pic of each side with a light from a phone underneath to show how it lights up.

Final pic of the box with both lids on, no light inside but you can put a tealight in to light it up, if you wish 

I hope you enjoyed this first blog post 

Take care 

Tracy Stephens-Wood 

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