How to make drink or snack ticket favours for your wedding guests on your Cricut machine
Are you looking for alternative wedding favours? Perhaps you would rather buy your guests a drink or offer something to eat instead of gifting an item which could get forgotten and left behind at the end of the night. Or maybe you're having a theme and incorporating garden games, casino tables or retro video games and would like to give your guests a few tickets to get things started.
If you’ve already invested in a Cricut machine, or are considering it, and wondering what wedding goodies you might be able to make, then these little tickets couldn’t be simpler to design yourself, print at home, and gift your guests something they'll really want! Free pizza gets my vote every time!
What you will need
A Cricut (or similar digital cutting machine). I've previously written a post on different cutting machines, what they offer and how much they're likely to set you back if you're considering, but haven't yet dived in and bought a machine. You can read it here. It will also give you lots of ideas about the different types of things you can make with your machine. If you have purchased a machine which is a different brand then this blog post can easily be adapted to the functionality and software of that device.
A home printer. Just a regular home printer, nothing fancy. Mine is a HP ENVY All-in-One Wireless Inkjet printer.
Light Cardstock. You need a thick paper or light cardstock which can be easily thread through your printer. I used a light cardstock which was 220gsm. GSM stands for grams per square metre and is the measure used to describe a card or paper's thickness. Below 100gsm is paper, such as ordinary office printer paper. Anything above 100 is classed as light cardstock. I would avoid anything thicker than 280gsm as this is getting quite thick and your printer may struggle to feed this through.
A Perforator. There is an optional perforator blade which can in purchased and installed into your Cricut machine. If you aren't keen to splash out on that though then I picked up this hand held tool from Amazon which has a perforating cutter and works well enough (after a few practice cuts). I've previously used it to make our boarding pass wedding invites, you can read about it here.
Step One - Designing your tickets on the Design Space
If you search around online you might be able to download a ticket shape SVG file and skip this first part. Alternatively, you can really easily make your own by using the 'slice' feature on the bottom right toolbar to modify a rectangle with circle cut outs in each corner.
If, like me, you always forget to duplicate your shape before you cut then you can save a little time by simply rotating each cut off corner section 90 degrees and duplicating that. Then simply line it up with the next corner to be sliced. This way you will know that all your cut outs are the same size
Once you have sliced all your corners you'll have the outline of your ticket. You can then 'duplicate' this shape as many times as you would like using the button on the top right toolbar. I did mine in twos for each couple but if you wanted you could create longer strips for families attending together. Once you've duplicated your tickets and placed them end to end, select them all and use the 'weld' function on the bottom right toolbar to combine all the layers into a single cut.
Note: One thing which may limit your strip size/length is the Cricut mat size and/or the Cricut's print dimensions. If you exceed the print dimensions you will see a little exclamation mark next to your shape in the right hand toolbar. To get around this you'll need to shrink your tickets or have fewer tickets per strip. If you're unsure at this point don't worry, you can always resize your tickets or 'slice' the last one off if you change your mind later in the design process.
Next, set your welded ticket strip to 'print' under the 'Fill' heading on the top toolbar and choose your desired background colour. Then insert 2 more rectangles. One will be the individual ticket background and the other, which can be duplicated once sized, will for two small strips either side to represent the ticket's serial numbering. I chose to replicate this with our wedding date in horizontal numbers.
The centre section can be designed as you wish but don’t forget to add what the tickets are for! You could also add a little thank you message or maybe with love with the new Mr and Mrs. You could even personalise each one with your guests' names if you wish. Here is an example of a couple to get your ideas flowing:
Step Two - Printing your design
When you are happy with your designs select all the components and click the ‘flatten’ button on the bottom right toolbar this will ensure that only the Cricut only cuts the outline and everything else in the design will only print. You can also resize your image at this point if needed. Then when you’re ready, hit the ‘Make it’ button and send your design to your printer.
Don’t forget to load your chosen material into the printer first! I printed my tickets on to a pearlised cardstock. Remember that it needs to be light enough that your printer can thread it through, I'd recommend choosing a material between 100-280gsm.
Note: While it's beautiful, particularly for weddings, the subtle shine which reflects from pearlised cardstock under light is known to interfere with the Cricut's sensor. I learnt this the hard way with hours of fiddling try to get my machine to see the cut line. There are fixes online, such as printing the sensor lines on plain paper and sticking them over the top of the pearlised ones, but unless you have the time and patience to faff with this then I'd recommend an alternative option instead!
Once you have your printed design, place it on either a blue or green Cricut cutting mat and connect your computer/device to the Cricut. Follow the instructions on your device screen, set your material on the dial, feed in the mat and watch your designs cut!
Note: If you are unsure which cutting mat is best for each material it would be worth reading this blog post which provides an introduction to digital cutting machines.
Step Three - Finishing touches!
Carefully peel your cut tickets off your cutting mat. I find it easiest to gently hold the tickets straight while bending the mat gently away from them. This avoids the edges of the card curling at the edges when it has been removed.
As a final little touch, I used a perforator tool to cut between each ticket. If you have the Cricut perforator blade then it can be directed to do this as part of your cut. If not, then I purchased a perforator tool from Amazon which is a great alternative. It took me a little practice to get the hang of it but I found it worked great!
Below are some photos of my finished tickets which I think look great and will be a nice little addition to our gift bags for after the wedding ceremony.
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