A Cricut machine doesn’t have to be hard to use – but it can be intimidating. Here are the best tips for those of you starting out with your Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2!
Cricut Machine Tips
When I first got my Explore Air, I was so intimidated.
It sat in the box for months, because I just didn’t know where to start.
我不是那些每个项目完美的人中的人之一 - 事实上，很多东西都在泪水或只是过早地结束，因为它不值得完成！
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- What machine should I get?
- What’s in the Box?
- Read the instructions
- Cricut Education
- Cricut Mat Care
- What mat should I use?
- Test cut
- Cutting with fabrics
- How to clean your machine
- 转印纸Transfer paper
- 乙烯基Tips and Where to Find Vinyl
- Cricut Design Space
What machine should I get?
If you are reading this, you likely already have a machine – but you may also be trying to decide which one is best for you.
I am fortunate to own the Air, Air 2, Joy and Maker, and really, they are all amazing machines. There are things I like about the Air more than the Maker, but overall, I like the power and possibilities of the Maker.
I wrote this post –Cricut Joy versus Explore Air 2 Versus Maker: Which Should You Get?which I think will be helpful in determining the best machine for your needs.
Here are some guides that dive specificially into each machine:
- 这个Cricut Joy: Answers to ALL Your Questions!
- Cricut Maker机器：你应该知道的一切
- How to Use the Cricut Explore 2: The Beginner’s Guide
What’s in the Box?
Well, that depends. If you check out the Cricut website, they havedifferent packages available, and the more money you pay, the more you get (obviously).
但是，如果你要买the most basic option from the websiteright now, you will most likely find in your box:
- Power and USB Cord
- Standard Grip Cutting Mats
- Silver Pen
So, you don’t get a ton of things, but it’s enough to get started. However, I do recommend buying one of the starter sets, as they do include more of accessories that I feel are necessary for success.
Here are a few items I think everyone should make sure they have when using one of these machines.
- Extra Mats（不同尺寸–购买Cricut.com网站or亚马逊n)
- Cricut Tools Craft Basic Set–包括剪刀、刮刀、镊子和抹刀……所有这些都非常有用（可在网上购买）Cricutor亚马逊n).
- 这个re are other great tools that you can在这里购买.
- HP Instant Ink Subscription– if you have a qualifying HP printer, this is the BEST thing you can do – you’ll never run out of ink again for your projects, and you’ll save a bundle.You can get your first month free here.
- 基本工具包is one of my favorite tools
I’ve also written a post that goes into what you might need – depending on what kind of crafting you might do:Cricut基本装备.
Read the instructions
Maybe you all are great at reading instructions, but I am not. I’m the type of person that just jumps into something without reading all the information first.
I did that with the探索空气当我第一次得到它时，让我们说，我挣扎着。
For an ad-free experience, you cancheck out our eBook,这实际上是非常全面的，可提供7.99美元。
Cricut Mat Care
这个cutting mat is essential to success with your machine. You really need it to make sure you get a cut on just about all the materials you will use.
If you are hoping to make your mat sticky again, here are two pieces of advice:
- Good ol’ soap and water: This really does seem to work! My mat was starting to feel a little less sticky, so I just gave it a good cleaning with soap and water, and it seemed to revive itself.
- Krylon Repositionable Adhesive:I have not actually used this, but I’ve heard that it can help make a mat sticky again.
What mat should I use?
这个re are currently four different mats:
- Blue - LightGrip（克里切）/亚马逊）
- Pink - FabricGrip（克里切）/亚马逊）
这个pink mat is specifically designed for the Maker and is to be used with fabric.
紫色是厚材料,哈哈rder time staying put (such as balsa wood, chipboard, etc.)
它是如此多的事情 - 天空真的是极限。可能思想的第一件事是乙烯基 - 这绝对是一个大的（并且还有很多种类的乙烯基）。
然而,这只是表面刮。这个re are over 100 different materials you can use, but here are some of thetop materials listed on the website:
- 乙烯基- Standard, Premium, Dry Erase, Chalkboard
- 熨斗- Heat-Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
- 工艺材料- Washi Tape, Craft Foam, Glitter Paper
- Upcycled Materials- 刨花板，麦片，铝罐
- Plastic- Stencil, Window Acetate, Silicone
- 厚实的材料- Leather, Balsa Wood, Magnet Materials (check out this tutorial on如何用你的绉纱机切割木材)
You can purchase many兼容的切割材料直接从他们的网站. 你可以使用没有Cricut品牌的东西，但我知道如果我使用网站上的东西，肯定会有用的。
Make sure that you read our post on50+ Unique Cricut Projectsto find out all the different ways you can use your machine!
Always do a test cut - especially if you are cutting with a new material. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I'm lazy in this, and I almost always regret it when I see my material isn't being cut all the way through.
It takes just a few seconds for a test cut to be done, and it can help to ensure that you won't have to do extra cuts or that the pressure of the cut is so much that it will cut into the mat.
Cutting with fabrics
I've found cutting with fabrics to be somewhat tricky - there's some trial in error involved. For instance, for Oliver's birthday, I made him a shirt with fabric that I cut from the machine. It worked pretty well.
法兰绒，我已经选择使用喷胶，但我希望我只是使用Heat 'n BondI feel that it would have made it a stiffer surface, and it wouldn't have gotten pulled around as much. Test cuts are super important when cutting with fabric!
UPDATE: The Maker cuts fabric BEAUTIFULLY - make sure you check out our post about theCricut Maker and Fabric更多细节
One of the fun features is that you can draw with it - this can be fun for signs, cards, etc.
Be sure to read this post onhow to write with Explore Air让你开始！
How to clean your machine
Non-alcoholic Baby wipes are a great option for cleaning both the machine and the wipes
Always make sure you have your machine set to cut the right kind of material! You can do this by changing the knob on the machine, or you can do it manually within the software.
在软件的设计空间e, it will give you settings for TONS of different cutting materials - far more than are on the knob on the machine. It gets pretty specific with the material. I also like that you can adjust the settings in there, just in case the machine isn't cutting the material exactly the way you want it to. a
我建议你different bladesfor different kinds of materials that you cut frequently - so one that is only for fabric, one for vinyl, etc. Then you could have another blade for materials that you don't use as frequently. Here are the different blades that are available:
- Fine Point Blade（克里切）/亚马逊）
- Deep Cut Blade（克里切）/亚马逊）
- 旋转刀片（Cricut /亚马逊n)
转印纸is essential for many projects - specifically for use with vinyl. However, you can use transfer paper more than once - so make sure you don't throw it out!
乙烯基Tips and Where to Find Vinyl
I think when people think of cutting machines, they think of vinyl. I know that's the first thing that comes to mind for me! So, I figure it's worth mentioning a few tips for cutting with vinyl.
For instance, when I first started using heat transfer vinyl, it took me FOREVER to figure out what side was supposed to be cut (haha, pathetic, I know!).
Once the vinyl is cut, I recommend cutting away excess vinyl before you remove it from the mat. If you don't do this, you risk pulling up vinyl that hasn't been cut.
When you do the transfer to the transfer paper, it's easiest to do this while it's still on the mat.
Start simple - vinyl does have a learning curve, and it can be easy to become frustrated with.
Cricut Design Space
这就是所有魔法发生的地方。设计空间is available to use through their web-based program or through a mobile app. You do need Internet access to use it, but it's where you'll create all your designs.
You can come up with your own designs, or you can use pre-designed templates. I love that you can use the mobile app anywhere - it's so convenient when you are laying in bed or sitting in the car.
I recommend signing in and getting to know the system first before you get started. There is a learning curve, but I don't feel like it's too difficult to pick up fairly quickly. Here is a screenshot of the screen on the web platform:
这是我最喜欢的设计空间的特征之一 - 对于这么多不同的项目，它具有大量模板。您只需选择该项目，然后将其覆盖在您的设计屏幕中，因此您可以确保正确尺寸正确。
For instance, when I made Oliver's birthday onesie, I went under pajamas, and it pulled up a onesie so I could design right over the top of it. It's very helpful for visual learners.
If you are a serious user and you want to have access to their entire library or images and fonts, I think that this is well worth the investment. They have several different plans ranging from $7.99-$9.99.
You can find out whichCricut通道Plan这篇文章很适合你！
You get access to over 30,000 images, 370 fonts, thousands of project ideas, and you get 10% off all purchases from Cricut.com.
您可以在中使用自己的图像和字体设计空间.To use your own font, just install a font that you've purchased or downloaded online to your computer. Restart Design Space, and it should show up in your fonts.
用图像，在左侧设计空间平台, there is an option that says "Upload Images." You use this to upload the image that you want to cut - super easy.
您可以上载大多数.jpg、.bmp、.png、.gif、.svg和.dxf文件，并将它们转换为可剪切文件。Etsy has lots of really great cut files价格便宜，适合任何场合！
你可以在网上查看这篇文章how to upload images to Cricut Design Spacefor more help!
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You can learn all about theCricut神秘盒子in this post.