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What is your skill level with your Cricut machine?
Cricut机器不必难以使用 - 但它可能是令人恐惧的。以下是您从Cricut Maker或探索Air 2开始的最佳提示！
Cricut Machine Tips
When I first got my Explore Air, I was so intimidated.
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！
However, I have learned a lot over the years, and I hope that this post will help those of you who are just starting out and need a little bit of extra help.
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- Cricut Mat Care
- What mat should I use?
- Cutting with fabrics
- How to clean your machine
- Double-check your settings
- Transfer PaperTransfer paper
- Vinyl Tips and Where to Find Vinyl
- Cricut Access
- Your Own Images and Fonts
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与探索Air 2 Versus Maker：你应该得到哪个？我认为这将有助于确定最佳机器满足您的需求。
- Cricut Joy：对你所有问题的答案！
- The Cricut Maker Machine: Everything You Should Know
- How to Use the Cricut Explore 2: The Beginner’s Guide
So, what comes in the Explore Air 2 box? (if you are looking for details on the Maker,click here).
好吧，这取决于。如果您查看CRICUT网站，他们有different packages available你付出的钱越多，你得到的越多（显然）。
However, if you were to buy网站上最基本的选择right now, you will most likely find in your box:
- Explore Air
- Standard Grip Cutting Mats
- Silver Pen
- 额外的垫子(in different sizes – Buy onCricut.comorAmazon)
- Cricut工具工艺基本集– this includes scissors, scraper, tweezers, and spatula…all of which are VERY helpful (this can be purchased onCricutor亚马逊).
- There are other great tools that you canbuy here。
- Extra Blades
- 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.您可以在此处免费获得您的第一个月。
- The Essential Tool Kitis one of my favorite tools
我还写了一篇进入你可能需要什么的帖子 - 取决于您可能会做些什么样的制作：Cricut Essentials。
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 theExplore Air当我第一次得到它时，让我们说，我挣扎着。
So, save yourself some time and frustration and read EVERYTHING that comes with your machine.
For an ad-free experience, you cancheck out our eBook,which is actually very comprehensive and available for $7.99.
Cricut Mat Care
The 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.
Beyond that, one tip I learned is to wipe it down with非酒精婴儿湿巾(water wipeswould be perfect) after each cut. This can help keep it cleaner, stay sticky for longer, and just increase the longevity of it.
You can use a paper clip to pick up tiny pieces of leftovers that are hard to get, as well as a lint roller.
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?
- 蓝色 - Lightgrip.(Cricut/亚马逊)
- Green - StandardGrip(Cricut/亚马逊)
- Purple - StrongGrip(Cricut/亚马逊)
- 粉红色 - 织布纤维(Cricut/亚马逊)
The pink mat is specifically designed for the Maker and is to be used with fabric.
In general, my rule of thumb is this - the thicker the material, the stronger the grip.
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，这只是几乎没有刮掉表面。您可以使用超过100种不同的材料，但这是其中一些top materials listed on the website:
- Paper- Standard, Cardstock, Vellum, Poster Board
- Vinyl- 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
- Fabric- Felt, Denim, Polyester, Burlap, Canvas
- 塑料- 模具，醋酸盒，硅胶
- 厚实的材料- 皮革，BALSA木材，磁铁材料（查看本教程如何用你的绉纱机切割木材)
你可以购买很多兼容的切割材料直接从他们的website。You can use things that aren't Cricut branded, but I always know that if I use something from the site, it will definitely work.
Make sure that you read our post on50+ Unique Cricut Projects要查找所有不同的方式，可以使用您的机器！
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.
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.
However, I tried to cut some flannel the other day, and it was a disaster. It was pulling all over the place, and it cut fine in some areas but horribly in the others.
The flannel, I had chosen to use a spray adhesive, but I wish I had just used加热'n键I 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 on如何写作探索空气to get you started!
How to clean your machine
As with any kind of machine, it's crucial that you clean it to keep it working in tip top condition. This a great video that shows you how to clean your machine:
Non-alcoholic Baby wipes are a great option for cleaning both the machine and the wipes
Double-check your settings
设计空间内的软件,它会给你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
Blades will dull over time - and it's usually a slow transition. I remember when I finally replaced my blade on my old machine, and I didn't realize how bad it had gotten.
I recommend havingdifferent blades对于频繁切割的不同类型的材料 - 所以一个仅适用于织物，一个用于乙烯基等。然后，您可以为您不经常使用的材料有另一种刀片。以下是可用的不同刀片：
- Bonded Fabric Blade(Cricut/亚马逊)
- 旋转刀片（Cricut /亚马逊)
- Knife Blade(Cricut/亚马逊)
You should also clean out the housing for the blade after each use. This can get gunky very easily. I've found that using compressed air is pretty easy to use.
Transfer Paperis 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!
Vinyl 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.
First off, it's important to understand that there are MANY different kinds of vinyl - interior, exterior, heat transfer, matte, gloss, glittered...SO many. It's important to look at what kind you are using in order to cut it correctly.
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.
Here is a tutorial I've done on using Iron-on Vinyl (read more details here).
This is where all the magic happens.Design Spaceis 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.
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.
你可以了解哪些Cricut Access Planis right for you in this post!
You get access to over 30,000 images, 370 fonts, thousands of project ideas, and you get 10% off all purchases from Cricut.com.
Your Own Images and Fonts
You can use your own images and fonts inDesign Space。要使用自己的字体，只需安装您在线购买或下载到计算机的字体。重新启动设计空间，它应该显示在字体上。
用图像，在左侧设计空间平台，有一个选择“上传图像”。您使用它来上传要剪切的图像 - 超级简单。
You can upload most .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .svg, and .dxf files and convert them into cuttable files.Etsy has lots of really great cut filesthat are inexpensive and great for any occasion!
You can check out this post onhow to upload images to Cricut Design Spacefor more help!
This is one of my favorite things that Cricut does! Each month, they create a "神秘盒子" of products - it's usually $29.99 to 39.99, and it's filled with supplies and cartridges that are valued well beyond that. If you are someone who just loves to create and you aren't looking for specific materials, this is a great value. It makes for a great gift, too!.
你可以了解一切Cricut神秘盒子in this post.