Cricut Machine Review

Cricut is the brand-name of a range of home die-cutting machines (or cutting plotters) used for scrapbooking, made by Provo Craft of Utah. The machines are capable of cutting paper, fabric and vinyl sheets.

The design needs to be made out of components stored on cartridges. This can be done on a PC with the Cricut Design Studio software, on a USB connected Gypsy machine, or can be programmed directly on the Cricut machine. There are currently over 275 cartridges available, to be bought separately, containing fonts and shapes, with new ones added each month.  While some cartridges are generic in content, Cricut has licensing agreements with Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and Hello Kitty.

The benefits of the Cricut Design Studio software is that the user can combine images from different cartridges, merge images, and stretch/rotate images. It also allows the user to see the images displayed on screen before beginning the cutting process, so the user can better visualize the end result.

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FeatureFits conveniently in the Slice handbag sold separately
Measures 7 by 6 by 2 inches
Includes 18 different tools
All items fit in included tin container with soft-lined compartments
Kit measures 6 1/4 by 6 1/2 by 3/4 inches
Find these essential accessories-one metal spatula, one craft knife, one paper piercer, one 6in metal ruler, one bone folder, one pair of scissors, five replacement blades with blade replacement tool, tweezers, and one scraper
Storage case zips closed for secure storage and measures 7 by 6-1/4 by 1-3/4-inch
Coordinates with the Signature Series pink handbag and Design Card storage case (not included)
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Cricut is among several electronic die cutters available now to paper crafters, card makers and scrapbookers. The Cricut line comes in a wide range of prices, but the cartridges are interchangeable, although not all options on a cartridge may be available with the smaller machines.

You can design with all of the cartridges, but you can only cut with the ones you have. Cricut Design Studio has every available cartridge loaded into the program. You can create all kinds of cutting files with any cartridge they offer. While that is fun for experimenting, just remember that when you go to cut the Cricut will ask you to load the specific cartridge used.

You can use more than one cartridge in a cutting. The options are endless. Bring letters and images from any cartridge into the cutting you are designing. When you are ready to cut, the Cricut will ask you to load each cartridge you used.

Connecting letters together to form one cutting is referred to as welding. In order to weld letters together it is important to remember to check the welding box for each individual letter or image. Another interesting tidbit about welding is that it removes any scorelines on the image.

When previewing a cut, if it is welded together, the cutting lines will be in a bold line. If an image previews as a solid color then it is not welded. It is easy to miss checking the welding box on a letter as you are creating, and this is a sure-fire way to make sure that none of them are missing.

You can use several layers when creating a design. For example, If you are creating a shadow for an image you need to open a new layer just for the shadow. Otherwise, when you go to cut, it will cut the image and the shadow at the same time using the same paper. When previewing, the user has the option as to whether or not other layers show through to the one they are working on.

The Cricut Expression is an awesome machine! I have no cons about the machine itself, except for the price tag.

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