This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine. The Cricut Maker is such a different machine I thought it was time to have Your Top 3 Cricut Maker Questions Answered! I was chatting the other day with my mom, she was debating if she would like a Cricut Maker or aCricut Joy. Knowing my mom that loves all things creative I told her that for her I thought that she would prefer the Cricut Maker. “Why?” She asked. I then answered her questions and thought it would be a good idea if I did that for you too!
Your Top 3 Cricut Questions Answered!
What can I make with a Cricut Maker?
Honestly this is hard to put simply. You can make a LOT. The Cricut Maker cuts so much more than paper and vinyl. It can cut fabric (most kinds), wood, chipboard, cardboard, leather and more. It can engrave, score and emboss. Because it’s designed to switch out tools, Cricut keeps coming up with new (amazing) tools to put into the machine. as matter of fact if you look at this picture of me I have 2 projects that I made with my Cricut Maker behind me!
To give you a better visual, let me show you a few of the projects I’ve made with my Cricut Maker:
This 4th of July wreath. I cut out the felt pinwheels with the rotary blade and then the Everyday Iron On with the Fine Point Blade.
For this winter scene I used Bass Wood with the Knife Blade to make the building and the trees. I then cut out Vinyl and window cling to make the snow flakes and house elements using the Fine Point Blade.
For this beautiful quilt I cut out all of the squares using my Cricut Maker with the Rotary Blade. Since all of the squares were cut perfectly – sewing the quilt was easy!
For these cute savings jars I use the Knife Blade to cut out the ears from chipboard, the rotary cutter for the felt bow and then the Fine Point blade to cut the vinyl.
Will it be easy to learn the software to make projects?
Cricut machines use free software called Cricut Design Space. Design Space is one of those great programs where you can keep things simple ( just load already made projects and get going) or you can do more advanced things like make your own creations or manipulate files. If you aren’t familiar with the program Cricut has a bunch of videos and tutorials here for beginners. If you aren’t used to working in design software there is a learning curve. If you are – figuring out the software is fairly easy. However I do recommend going through there starter tutorials so you know what the program is capable of. So if you’re willing to take a little time to learn the program it’s easy.
As a designer on of my favorite things about Design space is that I can upload my own creations and use them in Design space as well. So if I prefer to draft my project in Adobe Illustrator it’s really easy to turn it into an SVG file and upload it to Design Space.
Not to mention there are a lot of tutorials out there by bloggers (like me!) to help you get started too. Having dealt with several different file types in Design Space I find the program user friendly and good to work in. Not to mention Cricut Access that for a low monthly/or annual fee gives you access to over 100,000 images and 400 fonts. So in Design space you’re never short on inspiration or graphics.
What makes the Cricut Maker different from other machines?
So many machines are a one trick pony. They only cut one type of material. The type of blade that it uses is the same for every project. I love that the Cricut Maker is versatile. With a simple quick change of the tool it can go from cutting felt to cutting perfect chipboard shapes. Swap out the tool again and I can engrave jewelry. I love this machine for it’s versatility and that it is multipurpose. Because it can do so many things the Cricut Maker saves space in my studio (and believe me I need all the help I can get). If you’re someone that loves variety in projects and crafts this machine is for you.
I confess when I originally received my machine I wondered if I would use it that much. But I end up getting out my Cricut Maker almost as much as my Sewing Machine. It’s fun to work with and design with. It’s one of those tools, that after you get it – you wonder how you made things so long without it!
More Cricut Maker Projects:
- DIY Tiara with free SVG Pattern
- Cute Craft Room Trash Can DIY
- DIY Felt Flower Art
- Softie Baby Book DIY
- “Let Us Sew” SVG File
- How to Decorate a Notebook
- Pin the Tail on the Turkey Game
- How to make a Knight Helmet
- Stocking Advent Calendar
- Cricut Maker Cover Tutorial
- Halloween Mason Jars
- Luggage Tag DIY
- How to Make a Paper Chandelier
- You Can See All of Fleece Fun’s Cricut Projects Here
- Is it time to upgrade your Cricut Machine?