Hello! If you just got a Cricut you’ve come to the right place! 😀 I’m going to dedicate the next 5 posts to information specifically tailored to the new Cricut user (or those of you who’ve told me that you’ve had a Cricut for a long time, but have never taken it out of the box). Rule #1. Your Cricut will never work if you don’t take it out of the box. 😉
So, let’s remove the Cricut from the box. That’s soooo important.
You thought I was joking didn’t you? Nope. I actually have a post where I take my Cricut out of the box.
If you took a look at that post you might have noticed that I had purchased a red Cricut Expression. That leads me to another bit of information for you. There are several different Cricut’s available. The one I use mostly is the Cricut Expression. It comes in a variety of colors now, but all of the Expressions work the same way, they just look a little different. The most confusing of all to many Cricut users is the red Expression. Why? Because it looks just like the Cricut Cake. That’s a Cricut machine used to cut fondant, icing sheets, tortillas and other thin food items. The Cricut Cake initially came out in the very red of my Expression. It is now available in white and also as a Cricut Mini (which I have). The Cricut Mini is only available at Joann.com. It’s a smaller version of the Cricut Cake and has fewer functions. (In 2012, the Cricut Cake machines were discontinued.)
Which Cricut Should I buy? What’s the difference?
There are other Cricut’s too! If you don’t have a Cricut yet, this post can help you choose the right one for you. Here’s a post I wrote comparing the different Cricut’s.
What supplies do I need?
Here’s a list of things you might need or want as you enter the Cricut world. I don’t discuss Cricut blades here, but that’s ok. 😉 I have a whole other section on that! 😀
Cricut Blades – Deep Cut Blade, Regular Blade & Settings
Regarding blade settings, I tend to keep my machine with the settings all on high. When I cut thinner materials I lower the blade depth and pressure. When the cuts are more intricate I lower the speed. If you think about the materials you’re cutting you can usually come up with a logical reason to raise or lower depth, pressure and speed. If the material is chipboard (try cereal boxes for a great chipboard like surface) you’ll want depth and pressure pretty high (and use multi cut). If you’re cutting vellum your blade hardly has anything to cut through because vellum is so thin. In that case, turn your blade down to a lower number. The lower the blade number is, the less blade is actually sticking out of the housing and vice versa.
Tomorrow, I’ll have a video showing you how to get started with your first cut!
What?! Information AND a Give Away?! I must be Dreaming! 😉
Here’s something you really need! A give away of this great new DVD “Cricut for Beginners”! If you don’t win it you can buy this DVD from Custom Crops (where you can also pick up Joy’s Life products) . Custom Crops has donated this DVD for one of you! Just leave a comment to be eligible to win. The winner will be chosen Jan 10, 2011 and listed on this post.
THE WINNER IS:
2011/01/04 at 12:44 PM
I have had my cricut for awhile, but I still feel like a beginner sometimes. I am sure there are tips on that DVD that would help me!
I hope today’s post was helpful to you! Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of 5 and a video tutorial!