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5 things I love about my Cricut Maker with craft tutorial projects.
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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
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 in the cutting which would happen if done with scissors.
2. It Cuts different materials really well. Earrings
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.
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.
A free printable Cricut EasyPress heat setting chart.
Since Cricut changed its site to include an interactive heat guide for the EasyPress Machines, I have heard a lot of requests for a printable version. I created the above chart from their instructions, making it easier for those interested in printing out a chart for your craft room. This way you can work offline and without a connection to the Internet when you are going to press your projects.
The chart works for all four EasyPress Machines. The temperatures and times in red are for warm peel and relate to the 3 different EasyPress 2 machines. The blue temperatures and times are for cool peel materials and relate to the 3 sizes of EasyPress 2 machines. The green letters are for the EasyPress mini and indicate one of the three settings on the machine. The warm or cool peel will remain the same as the EasyPress 2 machines.
If you would like a copy of this printable you can download it below. The file is a PDF and the size is 8.5 x 14″ (legal).
This is such a fun way to celebrate. It could be a birthday, wedding, anniversary, new job, graduation, so many different opportunities to etch a fun statement onto a bottle. For this post, I used Sparkling Cider but a bottle of wine or even a glass bottle of soda would work. The glass etching can take a drink to the next level making it a special statement I am sure one that will be appreciated.
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Using Cricut design space on my phone I typed out the word I wanted to use, then I sent it to the Cricut Joy to cut out. It was so quick and easy. I could have added names and a date too.
I weeded the vinyl, removing the parts I want to etch, and used the transfer tape to place the vinyl on the bottle. Notice there are air bubbles and wrinkles, but they don’t matter as long at the seam along the letters is pressed tight to the glass.
Using a wooden popsicle stick I placed a generous amount of etching cream over the letters. I left it on the bottle for 15 minutes, following the Etchall directions. Then I removed it from the bottle using the same popsicle stick and put it back into the jar because Etchall cream is reusable. Because it was a small area, I was able to use a baby wipe to clean off the bottle and I removed the vinyl.
Here is the etched glass. I wanted to enhance the etching so I applied some rub-on metallic color in silver.
I used a q-tip to rub on the silver cream and then used a baby wipe to remove the excess. I really like the enhanced look.
Oh, how I want to visit the beach, sand in my toes, playing in the water. It is such a fantastic summer activity. Since I can’t go, I made this shadowbox to remind me of how fun it can be. This shadowbox can be placed on a shelf as a decor item or as a Christmas tree ornament. Wouldn’t it be fun to send to a friend that also loves the beach? Thanks to Maker’s Movement for sending me the stamp and die set, Beach Vibes to use with this project.
I am sharing how I made this layered tag using Maker’s Movement products. The dies, the stamps, even the die cutting machine are all from Maker’s Movement. I like the different patterns of the paper layered on top of each other. The tag die set comes with a variety of different sizes, I used the three smaller dies. This tag would pair nicely with a gift from the kitchen for someone special as well as a great way to say thank you with an edible gift!
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You can easily upgrade a glass cutting board from the Dollar Tree into something worth putting on display. It was really easy to do using etchall etching creme. In no time at all, the cutting board was transformed. Make one for yourself or to gift.
etchall etching creme
scrap of cardstock
personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
circle glass cutting board
I used the image from Cricut Design Space. Rangoli Mandala, Vinyl #MB78A515
cutting the design on the Cricut Maker
weeding the image
clean the back of the glass cutting plate with alcohol
I aligned the vinyl on the glass.
here is the vinyl on the glass
getting ready to use etchall
apply generously and leave for at least 15 minutes return the excess to the bottle after the allotted time I used a scrap of card stock to remove the etchall.
Here is the final result – quick and easy but it looks like so much more.
I am a design team member for ScraPerfect. Each month I post two tutorials on their blog. Today I have a tutorial for making a 3D Party Decoration. They are really versatile and can be made in a variety of different sizes as well as used for a variety of different applications. [party decoration]
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