When I was asked to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star competition last summer I admit that I hesitated. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to add to all of the e-cutting machine blog posts floating around online. In the end my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a shot but only if I was able to share with you my honest opinions about the machine as I went through the competition.
Now the competition is over and I’ve been using my machine constantly since August I thought I’d share with you what I love about the machine.
1- Precise cuts. I can cut tiny pieces, tinier than I thought possible.
2- It can cut a bigger variety of materials more easily. I’ve really pushed the machine and found the only thing I could not cut was corrugated cardboard. I’ve successfully cut chipboard, fabric, vinyl, freezer paper, plastic and leather.
3- Easy import from Illustrator. As someone who likes to work in Illustrator I love that I can design my project in Illustrator and import them into the design space with no other trace steps necessary.
4- Vast library of images to choose from. If I’m not in the mood to draw it myself in Illustrator there are plenty of great images already in the design space. Plus they have a license for Disney images. I used some to make easy t-shirts for a Disney Cruise we went on a few years ago.
and guess what’s next? FROZEN! – Yep, head over there, they are in the Design Space now they an online Exclusive which includes cut files and coloring pages.
5- I can use my existing cartridges. I have quite a few Cricut cartridges from the VERY first Cricut on the market. I love that I can easily add them to the design space and still use all of those images in my new machine. Plus I’ve got the extra added benefit of being able to manipulate the images digitally now.
6- iPad connectivity. Coming in January you can use the Cricut Explore with an iPad- NO other computer required! This means your Cricut and your machine can be in different rooms of your house, or you can take it all “on the go” with you easily.
7- Print and Cut that actually works! I’ve used it several times now and it’s worked the first time every time.
8- It can both cut and score. A great time saver when putting together 3D objects.
9- Great Make it Now section on their website. Sometimes you don’t want to “invent” a new project you just want to make something. You can click through and make what’s on the screen exactly as it is.
10- I’m not going to go into details but if you are wondering about the whole Cricut vs. Silhouette comparison this post has a lot of great information.
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