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Do you have the most magical machine ever? AKA the Cricut? Well here are a few tips I've picked up along the way that have helped me!
Lets talk paper!
Use any kind of paper you'd like, but I find that I prefer a thicker paper when using my Cricut. Here's why: thin paper tends to crumble when cutting and taking pieces off the mat, especially smaller pieces tend to rip a little bit. With thicker paper, you can get crisper cuts that makes taking off of the mat and popping out little pieces super easy! Just make sure you're using a higher pressure when using thicker paper, or choose the option of cutting twice.
No need to rush!
I always say this about crafting, especially sewing. But one thing I find is that there's no need to keep your speed up to the highest just to save time. I always run into the problem that my paper just gets all crazy and tends to rip. I'm not saying keep it on the slowest setting, but don't feel like you have to rush!
Have a lint roller handy!
We all know that the stickiness of the Cricut mat doesn't stay ultra sticky for super long. One way to halt this process is to roll a lint roller and roll it over your mat a few times. It'll pick up some little bits that are left over to help prolong the life of your mat. Simple, quick and cheap!
Speaking of the mat...
You need to make sure that your paper is really on the mat. When you open a new mat, it's often too sticky and when you peel off your paper, it gets all rolled up. Simply put your hand over it a few times to pull off some stick. But when your mat loses it stick (even after you use your lint roller) to really make sure it's on there; use a wall. I will stick my paper on, smooth it over then flip over the mat and put it against a wall. I'll then really press on the mat with your hands, don't be afraid to put some pressure on it. It'll really help keep that page on and increase the life of your mat too!
Take some time to look through the books
Every cartridge comes with a little book that maybe you think isn't super helpful. Well I had no idea at first how helpful it actually is! It shows you everything that specific cartridge will do. The overlay for the keyboard only shows you a few things it can do, but the book bears it all! Don't doubt your cartridge, it can do a lot of things that you didn't even know. So take some time to flip through the books so you can see all your possibilities.
Invest in 2 things:
There are 2 great things I suggest investing in when buying your Cricut. First is the USB cord that you can hook up to your computer along with the free download of the Cricut Craft Room. This makes for efficient time spent with your Cricut! I even wrote a whole post about it! Second is the Cricut tool pack. It comes with scrapers, hooks, mini scissors and more! It's a great way to help peel off your cuts and more. Totally worth it!
Keep an eye out...
Places like zulily.com will have Cricut circultate every few weeks. You can buy mats, cartridges, markers, tools, blade replacements and more for really great prices! You can even buy cartridges used from amazon.com or even ebay.com. They're inexpensive ways to expand your library.
Hope these few tips helped! We'll be circling back to the Cricut with tips for cutting vinyl and even using the Cricut markers! Always more to come with our blog!
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