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The Best Craft Cutting Machine

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If you’re worried about spending the money to buy a Cricut Explore, let me show you how it can save you money instead. Not only are Cricut supplies and machines frequently on sale, they also have several different bundles that include the machine and certain supplies that will get you started.

When you’re trying to save money, buying a Cricut machine might seem like a waste. I know I drooled over the Cricut Explore for months. I didn’t think I should buy it because I thought I wouldn’t use it enough to justify the cost. And to tell you the truth I was a little intimated by it. But I was wrong.

Of course it is a bit of a learning curve, but with a little practice and the willingness to screw up, you will have it mastered in no time.

After I received mine as a Christmas gift, there were no more excuses for me. And I have to tell you, I’m so glad I got it. I’ve only touched the surface of what I can create, but it has been so much fun. So if you are on the fence, it’s time to get off and get started making amazing crafts. Let me show you why it is well worth the investment.

These are some of the home decor decorations I have made with it:

As you can see by the above pictures, I use the cut feature the most. The machine also writes but I’m not an expert on that feature as of yet. However, it is on my to do list.  So for now, we will concentrate on cutting out SVG’s

What is an SVG?

SVG stands for scalable vector graphic but we don’t need to worry about that. SVG’s are graphics that become pictures or word art that you upload into Cricut Design Space. You then can manipulate the SVG to the way you want it displayed. Once you have it the way you want it to be cut, you select make it. It’ll show you how it will be cut out. If you are satisfied, you can hit continue and if you’re not you can cancel it to work with the SVG some more. Otherwise you’ll pick the type of cut you want. You’ll put whatever material you’re cutting on a sticky mat. (The mats are discussed below.) The mat is loaded into the machine and then you select C for cut.

Setting for what kind of cut you want your Cricut to preform.

If you pick the custom cut option, there will be several different type of cuts you can choose from. The best bet is to play with what cut works best and then keep a record of it so you will always know.

For instance, when I used my Cricut to cut out the words autumn blessings, that is displayed on the wooden leaf, I used the vinyl cut.  The flowers on the wreath are from cardstock and I used the custom setting and then picked the cardstock intricate setting.

Where can you get SVG’s?

The Autumn blessings SVG on the leaf picture came from FontBundles. This website offers so many different fonts, word art, and pictures. You upload them into Design Space and the Cricut will cut them out. When you buy from FontBundles it also comes with a commercial license. So if you are a crafter and you sell your crafts, you can do so.

Etsy is another place you can buy SVG’s. They are very affordable and you can use them for life. It would be best to check with the seller if they can be used for commercial use.

Cricut Design Space also has their own images and fonts and they can also be customized to your liking. They are either free, can be purchased for $.99 or are included with the Cricut Access membership.

Materials you can use

  • Vinyl
  • Cardstock
  • Poster Board
  • Fabric
  • Iron on

That is a lot of options that will make a lot of crafts. I have only ventured into the vinyl and card stock. The rolled flowers on my wreath are used with cardstock. I’m excited to try the iron on option to make custom shirts.

The accessories you can’t live without

  • Mats
  • Knife
  • Scraper
  • Weeding tool

Mats

There are four different mats: standard, light, strong and fabric. These mats feed into the machine and have a stickiness to it to hold the product being cut in place. They will last a long time as long as you wash them using Dawn dish soap and them air dry them after each use. This will keep them sticky.

Knife

The knife is located inside the machine to the right. The pen tool goes to the left.

If taken care of the knife will also last several uses. Plain old tinfoil rolled into a ball, will do the trick. After each cut, remove the knife from the Cricut with care and insert the knife tip into the tinfoil. This will keep your knife sharp.

Scraper and weeding tool

These are for removing the vinyl from the pad. You will need transfer paper to transfer the design to your project. The scraper tool helps with the transferring. The weeding tool will help to pick out the details from the letters or pictures. For instances the center of an O would be removed with the pic.

So you see it’s an investment upfront, but if the machine and materials are taken care of, you can make several creations with it. And it’ll work with other products as well. Like different cardstock. Please see my review on the three different brands of cardstock here.

Are you putting off buying a Cricut? Share in the comments what is holding you back. I’d be honored if you’d share this post so others can get off the fence and join the Cricut community.

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