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Cricut – noun, (pronounced just like the bug, “Cricket”), and pretty much the greatest crafting tool you could ever have.
I’ve written about Cricut machines for years – I even owned one of the original small ones all the way back in 2006. As much as I talk about it, there are still people who don’t know what it is (or how to say it!) But don’t worry, when I first read about it I thought it was “cry-CUT” too 🙂
It is an electronic die-cut machine that can cut a ton of different materials like paper, cardstock, vinyl, iron-on vinyl, fabric, and even leather and balsa wood!
The most current machine is a Cricut Explore Air 2. Here are some of its features:
- Write, or score, and cut in the same step with two tool holders
- Write and cut up to twice as fast (for some materials)
- Embedded Bluetooth for wireless cutting
- Smart Set Dial to easily select your material
- Upload your own fonts and images for free
- Works with Cricut cartridges (but you don’t need them)
- Works with Cricut Design Space – thousands of read- to-make projects and other designs (read about all the Cricut Access plans here)