What Is Cricut And What Does It Do?

by Crafty Lumberjacks

If you’ve been following us you know we’ve posted a lot about our Cricut Maker this year. If you’re wanting to learn more about what it does exactly or if you’re on the fence about getting one, then this post is for you!

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Cricut machines have been around for few years now! The two most current models are the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2. The main difference is the cutting force and tools. The Maker is 10x stronger than the Explore and can cut thicker materials and fabrics that the Explore cannot. The Maker cost more, but if you’re looking to get all you can out of Cricut we think the Maker is the way to go. If you’re looking for a cutting machine that is specifically for just paper the Explore Air 2 might be just perfect for you!

We’re going to focus on the Cricut Maker because that’s the Cricut machine we have and it has seriously become one of the best tools for us and crafters.

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Maybe you already have a Cricut Maker but haven’t taken it out of the box…if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, we think you should just do it! The Cricut walks you step-by-step right from the beginning and comes with everything you need to get started, so there’s no need to be intimidated!

So, what is the Cricut Maker exactly?!?

Well, in the simplest terms, the Cricut Maker is an electronic cutting machine. It looks and works like a printer…from the future!! Instead of printing a design on paper – it uses very precise blades and a series of rollers to cut out pretty much any design you can imagine. If you’ve ever worked on a project that needed to be cut in detail and have struggled greatly (like we have), this machine has got you covered and can do things that few hands can actually achieve.

What materials does it cut?

The Cricut Maker can cut over a hundred different materials including…

It writes too!

The Cricut Maker is known as a cutting machine, but it actually writes too!! Which is a gift from the heavens for those of us who were blessed with illegible chicken scratch. You might be thinking, well a printer basically writes…sure it prints out letters, but the Cricut Maker uses markers and pens to write in hundreds of fonts with a finish product that looks like you spent all year at a calligraphy class!

Picking a project.

Picking a project to create can sometimes be the hardest part (at least for Andrew-he’s a Libra).

Cricut comes with software and an app called Cricut Design Space, that lets you brows and design easily on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

  • In Cricut Design Space- you can choose from hundreds of fonts, patterns and images and design your very own projects. Design Space also has pre-designed projects that (that you can then customize yourself) or keep just as they are! .

  • If you have an original project you want to work on you can upload it as an SVG file and the machine will cut it.

  • You can also purchase pre-made SVG files on other sites and download them into Design Space with no problem.

  • Let’s say you have a file or image that’s not converted into an SVG. No fret, you can actually convert it into one in Cricut Design Space.

How does it work?

After that it’s as easy as click, cut and done! Once you’re done designing and have your materials ready- click the “Make It” button and the machine will lead you step by step through the process. Don’t worry, the Cricut will not let you go forward if everything is not set up correctly.

One of the best aspects about Cricut doesn’t come in the box or isn’t found on Design space- it’s the community. Cricut has a huge family that can be found on Youtube, Instagram & websites with TONS of inspiration and help with all your questions.

Click here to find out 10 things we wish we knew about the Cricut Maker.


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