Cricut Tricks And Tips
Are you looking for little short cuts to make your Cricut experience a bit more smooth? Here are some of my favorite tricks and tips that NOBODY told me about. These small changes will save you time and money – which we can all use more of, right?
Some of these tricks might be common knowledge for any long time Cricut (or silhouette) users, but for anyone else who has had to navigate these crafting waters alone, I wanted to share some helpful tricks and tips that have made my life a bit easier.
When I first got my Cricut Explore machine I was so excited for all of the craft projects I could make, but was scared to even open the box and get started. It just seemed so overwhelming to start. Thankfully the box had a starter project and lots of help to get me going on my first project.
Cricut Hack #1 – No Curling Paper
When cutting paper or cardstock remove the mat from the material (rather that the material from the mat). This keeps your paper from curling up, especially when you have a brand new mat.
I have also tried using the spatula looking tool from the tool set (check out this post to see my favorites) to carefully pry up a corner of my cut project. I find it can lift the material without curling it as well.
Cricut Hack #2 – which side faces down?
What side of your material sticks to the cutting mat? When in doubt put the pretty side down. For iron on vinyl, place the shiny side on the mat (and make sure to mirror your image before cutting).
Cricut Hack #3 – get blades to last longer
Use separate cutting blades for each material to keep the blades sharp and the cuts precise. This will make your blades last longer.
You can use a drop of nail polish if you wish to color code them, but I just write on the blade housing with a sharpie. Vinyl and paper. Easy peasy.
Cricut Hack #4 – get your mats to last longer
Get more use from your cutting mat. If your mat is not sticking anymore there are a few things you can do to extend its life a bit more. First, you can tape down the edges of your material with painters tape or washi tape.
You can clean the mat by running it under lukewarm water. Gently tub the mat to remove any fibers and let it air dry. Do not use any spray adhesive because it will make the machine rollers sticky and wont cut properly (I did this once and it wasn’t pretty).
Cutting a piece of transfer tape the size of your mat and putting it sticky side down will re-stick your mat as well.
Just remember, a new cutting mat is less expensive than a new machine. So don’t use any glues or spray adhesives. Trust me on this one.
Cricut Hack #5 – re-cut when needed.
Re-cut with the Go button. If you are cutting through a thick material or any material and it doesn’t cut all the way through – WITHOUT unloading the cutting mat, hit the “Go” or “C” button and it will make another pass – cutting again in the exact same place.
Caution – if you unload the mat this trick will not work because it will cut again but not in the exact same place. So if you are hesitating at all, just hit go again and make sure it is cut all the way through.
So, have you used any of these tricks before? Are any of them new to you? If you have another trick to share I would LOVE to hear about it in the comments.
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