I have been a Cricut Ambassador for nearly 2 years. They are actually one of my dream brands to work with as I have been a long time consumer and crafter. I often am asked about Cricut and today I wanted to share some of those top questions regarding what Cricut is and what it does?
Disclosure: I am partnering with Cricut. All opinions are my own.
What is Cricut?
I feel like that is such a loaded question when you think about the versatility and everything that encompases the Cricut brand. Cricut is a brand of products that are designed for people that like to create at home using computer-controlled cutting machines to make pretty much anything. They have been around since 2003 and have amassed an incredible group of products allowing their members to design and cut whatever their heart desires.
What does Cricut Do?
Probably one of the most asked questions I get is what does Cricut do? Well…Cricut does it all when it comes to crafting. It is set up to be a computer cutting machine where users can design whatever they Depending on your machine, Cricut can cut nearly anything. Paper, foil, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more. You can actually find a list of materials here.
Cricut is ideal for home crafters, small businesses, teachers and anyone that likes to personalize items. They have a massive variety of craft and design ideas available on their free software, Cricut Design Space. I have used my Cricut machines to organize our home, design clothing & jewelry, create pillows and coasters and even travel bags. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can create and personalize!
What Machines do they have?
Cricut currently has 3 main cutting machines, the Maker, Explore Air 2 and the Joy. The Cricut Maker is able to cut hundreds of materials with specialized tools for things like wood, fabric, matboard and even engraving. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a great started machine allowing you access into Cricut Design Space while helping you navigate new materials like cardstock, vinyl and iron on. The Cricut Joy is their newest machine which is easily portable, cuts like the big machines but has some really cool specialty products like insert cards, labels and even longer cuts up to 4 foot long!
In addition to these machines they also carry hundreds of accessories and tools and materials as well as Easypress machines which allow you to take on heat-transfer projects with ease. The EasyPress machines come in 3 different sizes to help with a variety of projects. Allowing for even pressing, precise temperature control and easy to follow settings, an EasyPress is a great addition to your Cricut family.
Do You Need Experience?
The short answer is no. Cricut has made creating and cutting pretty foolproof. Compared to the early days when there was a definitely learning curve to figure out blade pressure, speed, spacing, size and more, Cricut launched Design Space which plays hosts to millions of images and designs and with a few simple clicks you can easily create whatever you can dream up.
I found it very easy to navigate through design space and find tutorials to design whatever ideas came to mind. After your design is created, Cricut Design Space walks you through setting up your cutting mats, choosing the material, getting the machine settings right and cutting. It is seriously so simple and I make far less mistakes with the new machines then I did with my 10 year old Cricut. Experience is not needed, just your imagination.
Why Should I buy a Cricut?
If there was a machine to make scrapbooking easy in the last 20 years, I owned it. Cricut is at the top of my list. I have a machine for every idea that I can drum up and the materials to go with it. Here are some reasons that I think you should by a Cricut:
- Versatility: Want to make vinyl decals for cars, what about some catchy shirts for a little girls night out, how about starting a small business designing foil invitations for weddings…Cricut can get you going and thriving. The variety of machines, accessories, products and design ideas surpass any competitors on the market.
- Ease of Use: Knowing that you do not need experience to operate these makes Cricut a great machine to invest in. I have to admit, I was nervous to take on a newer fancier machine, but the learner curve was null and I have yet to ruin any project I have worked on. Everything has came out exactly as planned and I feel like a lot of that was because Cricut listened to their consumers, created a software platform that walks users through and machines that guide you every step of the way.
- Price: Cricut wants people to have access to their products. They are not trying to price people out of their passions and therefore they are constantly running amazing sales and bundle packages. They know their consumers and know that offering a great quality product for a reasonable price is what consumers are looking for. My first Cricut machine still works…it is 11 years old. My newer machines work like they did the first day and I have seriously not ruined a single project or tool with them…which says a lot because I am the queen of breaking all the things.