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Cricut-Ideas and Tips
The bundle is the best option to purchase the cricut ! You get some of the cartriges and more than enough to get you started right out of the box !
Your Cricut-The Best Cutting Tool
I had been eyeing the Cricut for quite a while, before I actually got my hands on one. My husband caught me dreaming about all the possibilities that this machine could have. I guess I was wishing hard, because he came along and asked me what I was looking at. I explained all about it. He told me he was thinking about my birthday, so he suggested that I order it for my birthday. A new chapter in my crafting life was born.
The cricut is an electronic cutter that cuts images from the cartridges that are linked to the machine. Each cartridge holds a host of themed images or fonts that can be used over and over again. The paper is placed on a mat which holds paper on it. The mat is fed into the machine which then cuts the selected images.
No matter if you have owned the Cricut or are in the market for one, here are the tips and ideas that you need to make the most out of your cutter. These are tips and ideas that I have gathered while learning how to use my machine.
The Cricut is an unbelieveable tool that every scrapper, card maker and paper crafter should have in their craft space or room. It is so very versatile and can be used so many different ways, that it is well worth the investment.
My Cricut is the one tool that helps me be as creative as my imagination can be.
You will save money by creating your own letters, embellishments and images. I would not be without mine !
I now own a Cricut Explore but I know that there are many Cricut Expressions and older generation machines out there, so these tips are for you.
This is a one time purchase for all cartridges purchased after August 2013. It will not be included in the
New Universal Keypad Overlay
In the new Cricut cartridges there is one thing that they all share and that is the universal Overlay. This is a keypad that can be used for all cartridges. Any cartridge released after August 2013 will use this new keypad. The keypad is not included in the cartridge packaging. It must be bought separately. But is only needed as a one time purchaseYou only need to buy this keypad once. The Cricut company states that the new cartridges are made so that you only need to learn one keypad. The new system makes the cartridges more affordable and keeps each cartridge more environmentally friendly. Only the Original CricutÂ®, Cricut CreateÂ®, and Cricut ExpressionÂ® machines require this new keypad.You will also note that the packaging has become smaller
Must Have Guide For Every Cricut User
This guide is a must have for every cricut user. I promise that you will get your use out of this book. Mine is marked and highlighted for quick reference !
This guide is a must have for all cricut users-beginners to advanced. You will have this book open all the time. It will teach you new techniques and ideas to get the most from your cricut
Setting Your Cricut Up
Here's where a the wonderful world of cricut gets started for you ! Out of the box, you need to know how to set it up and get started. These are my favorite ideas for getting started on the cricut ! Even handier is the Quick Install Guide PDF. It's a great visual sheet that makes your first experience with the Cricut smooth as butter
Blade Tips And Ideas
- In a pinch, sharpen the blade on a stone sharpening slab or knife sharpener.
- If the blade is ripping the paper rather than cutting it, check to make sure that there is not any bits of material around the blade itself
When cutting a 3x3 piece of paper or smaller, use a newer or tackier mat.
Cricut Letters and Ideas
- When you have the "real dial size" feature on, all your letters will be the same height. So basically, it makes all the letters unicase.
- Put your bug on the highest pressure setting (meaning 1) and cut letters of a word or a shape on vellum. It doesn't actually cut through the vellum, but it leaves a cool impression on it. You can then put the vellum on some colored CS and the impression shows up quite well!
- If you want letters smaller that 1 inch, I print it via a special feature and pop out the letter. Depending on the special feature you use (like the "sign" feature on George), you can get letters close to 1/4 inch.
Cricut Paper Tips and Ideas - How To Cut Paper With Your Cricut
- You can cut on a 12 x 12 paper by folding it in half and sandwiching the mat in the fold. The same thing can be done to cut on a card of any size.
- Use junk paper from packaging for making sample cuts to see how they will work.
- If backing paper with Xyron before cutting, tape Xyron backed paper to mat to keep it from slipping.
- Add a shim (piece of paper) under the mat to help cut thicker paper like Bazzill.
- To cut multiple colors, put 6x6, 3x6, or 3x3 pieces on a single mat, and then move your blade to the top corner of the next color without unloading the mat.
Cricut Keypad Tips And Ideas
- Cricut Basics-The Keypad
Everything about the keypad
Basic Button Functions
Paper Saver: Puts multiple image cuts to optimize paper space.
Real Dial Size: Will cut all items selected to be the same size, otherwise the machine will cut it proportionately.
Shadow Feature: Larger shadow image.
Shadow Blackout: Solid version of shadow feature (holes will be filled in)
Shift: Lets you select the letter or shape in the upper right hand corner
Shift Lock: Repeats selections.
Space: Puts the space between words in a phrase and shapes
Blade Navigation: Lets you to move around the cutting mat
Repeat Last- Will repeat the last cut.
Load Last: Will take you on the mat where your last cut ended.
Set Paper Size: Will let the machine know how much paper is on the mat.
Cricut Techniques - Now It Really Becomes Fun
- Cricut Techniques-Layering
A nedium level tutorial for layering-you will love this technique
Use A brayer to roll your paper onto the mat Roll the baryer several times on the paper on yoour mat. It will help the paper lift and keep your mat sticky longer.
Cricut Updates - EveryThing New At Cricut
Things change and we want to bring you the latest Cricut Updates ! Click on our links to check back often ! We post everything Cricut here
- Cricut Handbooks Are Back
You can now get Cricut handbooks for all your cartridges right here ! This is really exciting ! And they are free !
More Cricut Ideas and Tips
- Intro - Setup
How to set up your cricut and use the cricut features
- Explore User Manual
Manual that gives tutorials about the cricut
- Cutting Vinyl With Cricut
Great Tips for cutting Vinyl
- Cutting Fabric With Your Cricut
Nice tutorial that gives more ways to use your machine
- Cricut Cartridge Checklist
Very complete checklist of cricut cartridges-even the discontinued ones
Cricut Projects On The Net - Creative Ideas For Your Cricut
Everyone who owns a cricut is always looking for ideas and projects to create unique cards, ptrojects and scarpbook pages. Here is our collection of ideas to get your creative juices flowing
XYRON-Perfect Companion For The Cricut
Once you have cut your cricut letters you need to have an adhesive to attach them to your products. You can use glue or scrapbook tape, but the xyron actually makes your cricut cuttings into stickons. This medium sized product at this size is perfect
Carefully, pull off the excess paper, before you remove the paper cut design. Lift the diecut with the spatula so it comes off whole
Cricut Dust Cover - DIY Dustcover For Your Cricut
This is a really terrific and easy craft to make with some felt to cover your Cricut cutter. All the directions and templates are available. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the project. Just remember to come back!
Cricut Mat Tips And Tricks
When you are starting to use a new mat, It's important not to use lighter paper on the mat for the first few cuts. Use cardstock instead for about three cuts and you will have better results.
Use a lint roller to remove the tiny little particles from your mats. The ones that are specific for pets are especially useful.
The best way to clean your mats is to wash them with dawn detergent and allow them to dry.
After a period of time, you will notice that your mats will lose their stickiness. You can salvage them for future use by adding more stickiness. The best way to do that is to use Krylon fast tack. At about $5.00 per can, you will save a lot of money over replacing your mats. Tape the edges of your mats with removeable tape. Spray a light even coat of the fast tack and allow to dry.
Cricut Tool Kit
The Cricut Tools
If you own a Cricut or have a Cricut, then the Cricut tools are a must ! Each of these tools has a function that will enhance your experience. The spatulas will help you keep your mats clean by removing all those tiny paper pieces.The little picks help you clean any bits of paper from your projects. The scissors help you "fussy" cut around your projects with ease. The best thing is that you can use these tools in and around your craft room. They are universal tools and can be used with any electronic paper cutter.
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