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Cricut Engraving: DIY Birth Stat Aluminum Sign!

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Cricut engraving is a fun and easy technique to make all sorts of personalized aluminum signs. Learn how to make a custom birth stat sign with the Cricut Maker!

I have been on a mission to try and craft with new and different materials than I am used to. My last posts were all about using the Cricut Maker to cut leather and today we will be diving into engraving with the Cricut.

I have had the engraving tip for a while and have loved the results on engraving on acrylic but since Cricut has aluminum sheets, I wanted to see how engraving on them would work out.

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What Cricut Machine Can Engrave?

So, first, let’s talk a little about the possibilities of Cricut engraving.

The only machine you can engrave with is the Cricut Maker. The Cricut engraving tool or tip is part of the adaptative tool system that has a different force and cutting mechanism that the Explore or Joy machines.

The engraving tip is #41.

cricut engraving tool

You can read all about the differences between the Explore and Maker machines here if you want to learn more about them.

What Can the Engraving Tool Do?

The Cricut engraving tip is part of the quick swap housing system which means you don’t need to buy the housing for each separate tip. You can buy one housing and easily switch out the tips.

The Cricut engraving tool can be used to engrave on a variety of materials including: Foil Kraft Board Holographic, Foil Poster Board, Kraft Board, Metallic Poster Board, Glitter Cardstock, Aluminum Sheets, Anodized Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Stainless Steel, Faux Leather, Genuine Leather, Tooling Leather, Heavy Watercolor Paper, Shimmer Paper, Sparkle Paper, Vellum, Foil Acetate, Transparency, Acrylic, Metal – 40 gauge thin copper, and Vinyl Record.

When you are in Cricut Design Space and have your Cricut Maker specified, you will find the “engrave” setting under the Linetype. I’ll show you all this below!

Materials Needed for Engraved Aluminum Sheet

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How to Design Cricut Engraved Birth Stat Plaque

There are a few extra steps to take when designing and engraved aluminum sheet in Cricut Design Space, so I’ll make sure to bold those points below!

Here are the steps on how I designed the birth stat plaque I engraved. The first thing you’ll want to do is add a rectangle the size of your aluminum sheet.

Mine is 7 x 5, so I clicked on Shapes and then on square.

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Then I unlocked the size lock at the top and typed in 7 for width and 5 for height. You can also change the color if it helps visualize it better.

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cds color

Then I started inserting the text I wanted. I like to make separate text boxes for each line of text I put in so I can resize them independently of each other.

I clicked on Text and then typed in the name. Under the Font drop down, select the font you would like to use. I selected Elegant Cake for the name and then used the double-sided arrow to resize it to how I wanted it.

cricut engraving birth stat
cricut engraving birth stat

Then while you have the name selected you need to select Engrave under the Linetype Drop Down.

cricut engraving setting

And you’ll notice the letters turn to just an outline. That is where the Cricut will engrave.

engrave setting design space

Keep adding text boxes, typing the words you want and then change the Linetype to Engrave. I used Birthday Bash font for the birth stats.

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For the inches and birth time, I put them both on the same line and inserted about 4-5 spaces to separate them.

adding text box cricut

Once I had the birth statistics in, I selected all of them by using my cursor and putting a box around them and aligned them to the center.

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Now you have the option of inserting some cute images. I decided to add baby feet and some hearts.

Click on Images on the left side and then type in baby feet in the search bar. Click on the ones you want and then on insert.

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baby feet cds

Then I clicked on images again and typed in hearts. I liked these three hearts.

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Click on the images once they are on the canvas and select Engrave on the drop-down. Size them and center them to how you want.

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For the hearts, I sized them to how big I wanted them, then clicked on duplicate so I had two sets. Then I clicked on one and clicked on Flip Horizontal.

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flip horizontal

I placed them about how I wanted them and then selected all of them, centered them, and then distributed them horizontally. Then I grouped them all together.

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cricut distribute horizontally
cds group

Now that everything is on the rectangle, I selected everything and clicked Center.

cds center

Then with all of the wording and images attached (not the rectangle), I clicked on Attach.

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Make sure to save the project and that Maker is selected and click Make It.

Cricut Engraving on Aluminum Sheets

So the next step that is a little different is that you’ll want to center the words to be engraved on the prepare screen.

Since the words are set to engrave and the 7×5 rectangle is set to cut, they will not appear on the same mat.

So on the next screen, click on the rectangle and then on the three little dots at the top. Click Move Object.

cds move object

A pop up screen of all the mats will appear. Click on the mat that has the engraved words and click Confirm.

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Now you will need to move the rectangle to where you will be taping the aluminum sheet on the mat. I like to put mine 1 inch down and 1 inch in so that is where I put the white rectangle.

design space mats

Then I clicked on the text and moved it over the rectangle and centered it as best as I could.

cricut engraving design

Once it’s centered, I clicked on the rectangle again, on the three dots, and then selected Hide Image. Now you are left with the words to be engraved.

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cricut engraving set up

Click Continue and select Aluminum Sheet in the settings menu.

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You will be prompted to insert the engraving tip #41.

cricut engraving tool setting

Prepping the Aluminum Sheet

The aluminum sheets have a thin film on both sides. Make sure to remove them before you place it on your mat. One side has a yellowish tint and is easy to find and remove. The other side is harder to find the film, but seems to have a nicer surface.

plastic backing on cricut aluminum

Place the aluminum sheet on a strong grip mat so that it corresponds to where you placed in on the prepare screen in CDS. Again, mine was 1 inch down and 1 inch in.

Tape all four sides with blue painter’s tape to secure it in place.

engraving cricut aluminum

Move the white rollers to the side on your Maker and load the mat when prompted. Push the blinking light and let the Cricut engrave!

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cricut engraving metal

Once it’s done, unload and peel off the tape. Use a cotton or lint-free cloth to wipe off any debris.

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If you want the engraving to stand out a little bit more, you can use a dry erase marker and color over the engraved metal. Then use a cotton cloth to wipe off the excess.

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cricut engraving

That’s it! You can give the sign as is, place on a birth stat stuffed animal, or attach it to a frame as I did. I put a piece of cardstock where I picture would go then used some foam tape to attach the aluminum sheet to the front of the glass.

cricut engraving

And can I tell you it’s really hard to take pictures of engravings without getting a ton of glare!

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cricut engraving
cricut engraving

If you’d like to save this tutorial for later or share you can PIN It now! If you are on a desktop hover over the top left of the image below and if you are on a phone simply tap on the image and a PIN It button will pop up to click on!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!

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