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5 Things I Love About My Cricut Maker

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With the ability to use more advanced tools, Cricut Maker gives you the freedom to make virtually any DIY project you can imagine, from 3D art to home decor, jewelry, iron-on, vinyl, paper projects, and so much more. It has the tools to cut hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate paper and fabric to the tough stuff like matboard, leather, and basswood. Use the Rotary Blade to cut fabric for a sewing project — without backing material. Switch to Knife Blade and cut thicker and denser materials for added dimension and depth. Or quickly switch between scoring, engraving, debossing, and other decorative effects with a variety of specialty tips. Featuring unique cutting versatility, a huge library of design ideas, sewing patterns available instantly, and easy-to-use apps, Cricut Maker delivers professional-level cutting performance that anyone can use. 

I have had my Maker for a while now and it keeps getting better with the addition of new adaptable tools. With each addition, it is like getting a new machine. When I started with Cricut four machines ago, I didn't buy it for scrapbooking or card making. I bought it to reproduce pieces for kids crafting in Sunday School and girls club. Obviously, as the Cricut machines have advanced, so have how I utilize them in my crafting. Here are five things I love about my Cricut Maker. Projects one through four are posts from the past that I used the Maker, the fifth project is a new project that I just finished and used one of the newest tools, the engraving tool.

1. It Cuts Fabric without the need for any stabilizer.
Sleep Mask

cricut cutting fabric     eye masks
I made these reversible sleep masks for my daughters as gifts.
Using the Maker to cut the fabric was so quick and easy without the need for any stiffening. Just place the fabric on the pink mat.
It also allowed me to make multiples and there was no variation is the cutting which would happen if done with scissors.

 

2. It Cuts different materials really well. 
Earrings


Cricut cutting faux leather     faux leather earrings
I love how I can incorporate using my Cricut with my love of crafting jewelry. These were made using Cricut faux leather. Cutting this design by hand would have taken a lot of time and effort. With the Maker I just set it up and it did the rest. I even cut the two colors in the same run.

3. It allows me to make my own holiday decor.
Alternative Pumpkin

          
I created this alternative pumpkin using my Cricut Maker. I used it to cut the bats out of vinyl and felt. It is so easy to cut the same design out of different materials even though the vinyl and felt are very different the Maker did it easily. The bucket has an internal light and glows at night. Now I have a festive Halloween decor I can display each year.

4. It allows me to decorate my home. 

Craft Block

Paper Banner

Little Santa

Mantle - picture frames

     Cricut mantle decor
The Cricut Maker makes holiday decorations so easy and saves so much money on buying store-bought decorations. I love that I can design and decorate to my own taste and color combinations. Paper and vinyl seem very similar to me but the results can be vastly different. While the vinyl is applied to a flat surface, the paper is crafted into a 3D shape!

5. The adaptable tools allow me to create using new materials.

You can see the newest adaptable tools in the following video:

These tools open up so many different crafting doors. I am just getting started with exploring the different opportunities. After receiving the new tools, I tried the engraving tool first on acrylic. It was as easy to set up as any of the other tools I already had for the Maker. 

   

The leaves are an image from Cricut Access (Leaves Drawing   #MAEF3C53). The Design Space project link is here: [leaf engraving] The leaves are engraved onto two different layers of acrylic.

I took the two layers of acrylic and painted them with alcohol ink. The below image is the final piece.

You can see the full tutorial for this piece at: [leaf engraving and painting]

I want to thank Cricut for providing many of the materials that were used in these posts.

 

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