You have a Cricut! What do you do now? I will show you how to use the features of this amazing machine as well as navigate through the Cricut Design Space Program! We will chat about all the materials you can cut and everything you need to know about your Cricut!
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If you are looking to purchase a Cricut you may find them online at Cricut website as well as Amazon. I also have a Cricut Deals page where I add links to the best deals I find and my favorite blank items to personalize!
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Getting Started with a Cricut
A Cricut is an electronic cutting machine that can meticulously cut a vast array of materials. The machine can cut large projects to intricate designs.
The number of materials that can be cut will depend on your machine (more about machines below)
In order to tell your Cricut machine how and where to cut the designs for your project, you will need to use the software program Cricut Design Space.
It is free to use and you just need an email address to sign up! You can sign up for a Cricut ID and access Cricut Design Space here. You may also use the Cricut Design Space App for phones and tablets.
There is the Explore Series, which contains the Explore, Explore Air, and Explore Air 2.
You can find a detailed post about the Explore Air here.
You can find a detailed post about the Explore Air 2 here.
Next, is the Maker. The Maker has an adaptive tool system and some advanced features which allows you to cut more materials. The adaptive tool system includes a fine point blade, knife blade, rotary cutter and scoring wheel(s).
You may find a detailed post about the Maker here.
You may also find a very helpful comparison chart about halfway down this page here to help you decide which machine will best suit your needs and budget!
– Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV or Iron-On)
– Sticker Paper
– Tattoo Paper
– Magnet Paper
– Leather (real and faux)
– Suede (real and faux)
– Thin woods such as basswood and balsa wood
+ so much more. See the different cutting materials here.
As I mentioned above in the Cricut Design Space section, there is a software program for the computer and app for IOS/Android devices.
Currently, you DO need internet access in order to use Cricut Design Space however I do hear that an offline option is coming soon.
You can choose designs, patterns, and fonts from the huge selection of options within Cricut Design Space! You have the option to pay per use or you may subscribe to Cricut Access and have full access to all included designs, fonts & patterns while your subscription is active.
You may also upload SVG files you designed or purchased as well as .png, jpg and.gif files!
Before we get into materials, here are a few techy tutorials that will come in useful:
Now let’s get to the different materials and how to use them! Below you will find tutorials on what the material is, how to cut it on your Cricut, how to apply and more!
CRICUT MATERIAL TUTORIALS
- Vinyl Basics – Get the 101 on what vinyl is all about!
- How to Cut Vinyl on a Cricut (+ video)
- How to Correctly Apply Vinyl
- How to Layer Vinyl the EASY way
IRON ON VINYL (HEAT TRANSFER VINYL)
- Heat Transfer Basics (Iron-on)
- How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl (+ video)
- Heat Transfer Application
- How to Correctly Layer Heat Transfer Vinyl (Iron-On)
- Cricut SportFlex Iron On™ – How to Cut & Apply
- Getting Started with Cricut Infusible Ink
- Correctly Cutting & Weeding Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets (+video)
- How to Apply Infusible Ink to T-Shirts and Baby Bodysuits (+video)
- How to Cut Acetate
- How to Cut Leather Explore or Maker
- How to use the Cricut Pens
- Easily Weed Specialty Materials with the Cricut BrightPad
- How to Cut Chipboard using the Maker + Knife Blade *Maker only
- How to Cut Felt using the Maker + Rotary Blade
- How to Use Cricut Premade Iron on Designs
CRICUT DESIGN SPACE TUTORIALS:
- Getting Familiar with Cricut Design Space (coming soon!)
- Ungroup, Weld & Duplicate Tools (+ video)
- How to use the Print then Cut Feature (+ video)
- How to Upload SVG Files into Cricut Design Space (+ video)
- How to Curve Text in Cricut Design Space
- How to Design a Monogram in Cricut Design Space
- How to use the Contour Tool in Cricut Design Space
- How to use the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space (+ video)
- How to Combine Mats to Save Material in Cricut Design Space
Cricut Tools & Accessories:
- How to use the Scoring Stylus With Explore Models
- How to use Cricut Pens
- How to use the Scoring Wheel with the Maker
- How to use the Knife Blade with the Maker
- Rotary Blade Basics – 101
- Cricut BrightPad
- How to use the Cricut EasyPress
- How to use the Cricut EasyPress 2
- How to use the Cricut EasyPress Mini
SVG Files for Cricut:
- SVG Basics – Everything you need to know about SVG cut files
- My SVG Page
- So Fontsy
- Creative Market
- FontBundles and Design Bundles.net