Tips for Beginner Cricut Users

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Download and explore design space: Take some time to explore the software and learn how to create and customize your designs. Learn the functions of the different aspects of the software. You can even do this before you buy the machine.

https://cricut.com/en-us/apps

Familiarize yourself with the machine: Take the time to work through the beginning tutorial project.

Start with simple projects: Begin with small and straightforward projects to get a feel for how the machine works. Paper and card stock projects are the least expensive to create and a great place to start.

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Use quality materials: Using high-quality materials will ensure better results and prolong the life of your machine. Invest in good-quality vinyl, card stock, and other materials compatible with your Cricut machine. There are more than just Cricut brands but Cricut materials are a good place to start. 

https://cricut.pxf.io/4PAAoM

Practice, practice, practice: Like any new skill, using a Cricut machine requires practice. Experiment with different materials, designs, and techniques to improve your skills and discover what works best for you and what you enjoy most.

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Join online communities: Many online communities and forums are dedicated to Cricut users. Joining these communities can provide you with valuable tips, inspiration, and troubleshooting advice from experienced users.

Please take advantage of tutorials and resources: Cricut offers a wide range of tutorials, guides, and resources on their website. Take advantage of these resources to learn new techniques, troubleshoot issues, and expand your knowledge. YouTube is another great place to research and learn techniques and step-by-step tutorials. 

https://cricut.pxf.io/LX114L

Remember, practice and patience are key when starting with a Cricut machine. A Cricut is an expensive investment in both money and time. Take your time, enjoy the process of creating, and don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things.

Window Box Ornament

window box ornament

It’s the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments. Did we save the best for last? This is the 12th ornament offered in the Ornament Advent. You can purchase the entire advent consisting of 12 SVG files, instructions, and video tutorials for $7.50. Or purchase the single ornament file for $2.25

Link to Advent [Ornament Advent]

Window Box Ornament [on Etsy]

Free Beach SVG

Are you ready for the beach? Beach-themed free SVG blog hop. #svg #free

and Blog Hop

Are you ready for the beach? Get ready for a fabulous summer with this free Beach SVG. There are so many different ways to use it – on a tote as shown, a shirt, or a card. Share your love for the beach with this free SVG file. The text is filled with ocean waves and sand.

Grab the free SVG file from the store here: [Beach]

what tools

Not sure what Cricut tools you need or should use? Check out this post – What tools to Buy.

Need to know about the different vinyl products available? You can learn all about it at About Cricut Vinyl.

Cricut mats

Are you confused about the different colors of mats? This article will clear it all up for you. 
Which Mat Do I Use?

Don’t miss all the other Beach-themed SVG files listed below. They are all free and available for you to download and enjoy.

collage
A Girl And A Glue Gunbeach words
Artsy-Fartsy MamaAloha Beaches
Everyday Party MagazineHappiness Comes in Waves
Hello Creative FamilyBeachy Vibe
Kara CreatesRelax You’re On Beach Time
Lemon Thistlesalty + seashells
Persia LouBeach Please
The Crafty Blog StalkerPalm Tree
The Girl CreativeBeach Life is the Best Life
Try it – Like it – Create itbeach

Etching a Jewelry Dish

Make a lovely jewelry dish gift for Mother’s Day by up-cycling a glass dish and etching it with etchall. #etchallcreme #upcycle #tutorial

with etchall

jewelry dish

I found this glass piece at my local Goodwill store. It might have been a coaster but there was only one. I thought it would make for a nice jewelry dish after I enhanced it with etchall etching creme.

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alcohol

The first step is to remove the price label and clean the glass with rubbing alcohol.

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After measuring the piece and adjusting the size of my design, I cut vinyl on a Cricut Maker.

weeded design

I weeded the design and centered it on the back of the dish. It would work on the inside as well.

etching creme

After I made sure the design was well attached, I covered the design with etchall etching creme. It only takes 15 minutes to etch the glass and the creme is reusable.

dish at an angle

After removing the used etching creme, wash the glass and discard the vinyl.

Video Tutorial:

closeup

In the close-up image, check out the clarity of the smallest lines in the design.

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Cricut Color Changing

Cricut has color changing vinyl. #vinyl #color-changing @OfficialCricut

color chaning vinyls

Cricut has a new line of color-changing types of vinyl. They can be activated by heat, UV, or cold. What a fun and interactive way to enhance your designs.

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Heat activated color changing vinyl

UV activated color changing iron-on

Cold Activated Color Changing Vinyl

Cricut Sale

Great savings at Cricut all month long. #affiliate @OfficialCricut

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Check out the savings at Cricut good until 1/21. Did you get a new machine? Grab some additional goodies while they are on sale. Don’t forget to also check the clearance section there are great price savings to be had.

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Cricut Access Subscription for $9.99 a month.

Cricut Access Exclusives

Check out Cricut’s Bulk products.

Check out Cricut’s Sale Items.

Check out Cricut’s New Products.

And save all month long on the following products.

Save $50 OFF on the Cricut Joy! Valid 1/8 through 1/21.

Save $50 OFF on the Air 2! Valid 1/8 through 1/31.

Save $150 OFF on the Maker! Valid 12/31 through 1/31.

Save $40 OFF on the Explore 3! Valid 1/8 through 1/21.

Save $50 OFF on the Maker 3! Valid 1/8 through 1/21.

EasyPress Mini for $39! Valid 1/22 through 1/28.

EasyPress 9×9 for $99! Valid 1/15 through 1/21.

EasyPress 12×10 for $149! Valid 1/15 through 1/21.

Save $20 OFF on the Mug Press! Valid 1/8 through 1/21.

Save $40 OFF on the Hat Press! Valid 1/8 through 1/21.

AutoPress is on sale for $899! Valid 1/15 through 1/21.

BrightPad is on sale for $49! Valid 1/15 through 1/28.

BrightPad Go is on sale for $79! Valid 1/15 through 1/28.

Table Lamp on sale for $179! Valid 1/15 through 1/28.

The Floor Lamp is on sale for $229! Valid 1/15 through 1/28.

Cricut Learning Kits

Check out the three new learning kits from Cricut. #affilaite @OfficialCricut

learning kits

Cricut has three new learning kits for paper, vinyl, and iron-on. Each kit is constructed to help you learn how to use specific materials. But if you are a seasoned Cricut user you may still be interested because the kits include contents at a 50% savings for $29.99 each.

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The paper learning kit is designed to work with online, step-by-step lessons in the Cricut Design Space® app*, this kit includes all the essential tools & materials you need to start making. Complete fun projects like paper crowns, customized gift tags & more with each lesson.

The vinyl learning kit is a curated collection of essential tools & all the materials you need to follow online, step-by-step lessons in the Design Space® app. Complete fun projects like playful decals, customizable labels & more with each lesson.

Available 1/15
The iron-on learning kit is curated with a diverse range of materials you need to sharpen your skills, this all-in-one kit pairs perfectly with step-by-step lessons in the Cricut Design Space® app.* Complete heat transfers on T-shirts, totes & more.

Cricut Sale

Big Cricut savings. #affiliate @OfficialCricut

There are big savings right now at Cricut. You can find lots of 50% off items. If you are new to Cricut these savings are a great way to get started and try different materials. [Cricut Sale]

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One of my favorite finds is this Mini Everyday Iron-on sampler for $2.99. [Sampler]

Here is another great savings, Infusible ink pens. This pack of 15 is a great way to try infusible ink. They work in your machine (Maker and Explore) but also you can just draw with them. How about letting your kids draw something and make a shirt for them to wear with their artwork? [pens]
My favorite Cricut product (besides the machines) is my paper trimmer. I have the smaller version but it is out of stock. The new version pictured here cuts 13″. My Cricut paper trimmer is my go-to trimmer. It is a great compact size at a great price. Even better now that it is on sale. [trimmer]