How many of you out there that received a Cricut machine for Christmas? I know for a fact, that there will be lots of newbies searching for tips, tricks, hacks, ideas and all of the what’s this and what’s that, right?
So let’s talk about the basic tools and materials what you might need to know for starters.
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There are 4 different types of cutting mats. There’s a blue, green, purple and pink mats.
Each of these mats has their own purpose, and if you look at the top right corner of the mat. It will state what type of grip mats they are.
I have this basic set of tools from Cricut. And you don’t have to purchase this one, if you don’t have the money or don’t have the need for it. I will talk about the budget friendly tools here.
Image below is the Basic Tool Set and the Scoring Stylus Pen.
When I was a Cricut newbie, I did not purchase this trimmer right away. Because I wanted to see if my scissors itself will do. As it turns out when you have so many projects in line, a trimmer is a must-have. It saves you time and it makes the cutting so much faster and cleaner, so it’s totally worth it. I definitely would recommend having a cutter next to you.
By now you are probably a bit confused when it comes to which vinyl to use or how can you tell which is which and how to use it? Don’t worry, I will talk about it as simply as I can.
The companies that carries adhesive vinyls are Oracal and Cricut. These are the names of the company that are popular across the board when it comes to Cricut crafting groups. So let’s talk about the vinyls.
There are 2 kinds of vinyls that you will see in what most Cricut community uses and will be talked about.
– Adhesive Vinyl (there’s a permanent and removable)
– Heat Transfer Vinyl (aka HTV)
Adhesive vinyl comes in a permanent and a removable.
– Removable vinyl is recommended to be used on walls or any surface that you don’t want to be ruined.
– Permanent vinyl is used on mugs, tumblers, car decals, wood signs, food containers, any surfaces that you want to put it as permanent etc.
Transfer tape is what helps you transfer the adhesive vinyl image to the project (like mugs etc).
And there are tons of different kinds of transfer tapes that you can purchase. I personally have multiple different kinds, and I use each of them depending on what my project is. Big or small.
Heat transfer vinyl also known as HTV which it’s used for fabric like onesies, shirts, towels, blankets and so forth. And what most you will find what HTV Cricut crafters uses are manufactured by Siser or Cricut.
Teflon sheet, which it’s placed between the HTV and the press plate when pressing. This will protect the upper hot plate from any vinyl that may stick.
Cricut also carries pens (fine and medium) that you can use with your Cricut machines to write and draw.
If you have one of the Explore machines or the Maker, you will need to know which blades that belongs with your machine.
For Explore machines. See all blades below:
– Fine Point blade
– Deep Point blade
For Maker machines which it’s the ultimate cutting machine and has adaptive tool system. See all blades below:
– Scoring wheel (single/double)
– Fabric blade
– Fine Point blade
– Rotary blade
– Knife blade
– Perforation blade
– Engraving tip
– Deboss blade
– Wavy blade
The tools I mentioned above are for Cricut owners that wanting to know what starter tools that they many need. I didn’t want to talk about too many things and add on to the confusion. I wanted to focus on the simple things first, spread a little knowledge.
Please comment below if you have any questions.
Happy Cricuting and enjoy your machine!