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Round up of Cricut Explore 3 out of the box projects

It’s been a few days since Cricut Explore™ 3 and Cricut Maker™ 3 were unleashed into the wild. Here we’ve bought together a round-up showing members of our community getting their new Cricut Explore 3 machines out of the box and making their first projects. Don’t forget, these wonderful machines go on sale online at your favourite Cricut retailers on June 10 and will be in selected stores by the end of the month.

Out of the box

Rebecca let us watch as she took her machine out of the box, made her first cut, and showed us SmartMaterials™ all in under 10 minutes. Click here to watch.

Explore 3 out of the box

Ready, get set (up), go!

Paige shared her Cricut Explore 3 machine set up on her YouTube channel. Her video includes an unboxing, machine tour, and a quick project using the new offset feature in Design Space.

The Cricut Explore 3 Story

Emily at Make.e created an Instagram Story Highlight for her first Cricut Explore 3 projects. You can see what she made with her first cut here.

Explore 3 Out of the Box

Play the playlist

Jen at Crifty Crafty, who is a UK Cricut Product Expert, has created a series of videos for Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Maker 3, and Smart Materials and saved them all in this handy YouTube Playlist.

She also demonstrated her first long cut with this fun snakes and ladders board.

The reel thing

Emma Jewell got into the party spirit with this Instagram reel showing a super-cute, super-long cut. Watch to the end to see just how amazing it looks! And also this noteworthy creation showcasing Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock.

Speed queen

Kate just couldn’t wait to show you how fast the new machines can cut Smart Vinyl. She whipped up this 50cm version of her logo and couldn’t have been happier! Watch her speedy introduction to Explore 3 here.

Home is where the Cricut is

UK Cricut Product Expert Amelia posted a video to her Facebook Group showing the Cricut Explore 3 in action. She jumped straight to it and made a beautiful addition to her home. Join her group and find out what she made in her video here.

Craft room goals

Eimear opted to customise her craft room with her first Cricut Explore 3 project. In this Instagram reel she compares the new machine to the existing Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 and makes her first project.

Coming soon

Check your favourite Cricut retailers on June 10 when Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Maker 3, and Smart Materials will be available to purchase in the UK and Ireland.

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Meet illustrator, artist, and maker Cat Madeira

We’re delighted to announce that another UK artist’s work can now be found in Cricut Design Space.

Cat Madeira’s first image set is called ‘Cheeky Collection’ and you can find her images by searching for ‘Cat Madeira’ in the image sets section of the image library.

We caught up with Cat to ask her about her illustrations, her business – CorazonPomPom – and her favourite creative projects.

Tell us about you… who is Cat Madeira?

I am a crafter/designer/illustrator originally from Portugal but living in Nottingham, UK. I have a passion for crafts and punch needle at the moment, all things rainbow and colourful. 

Tell us a bit about your illustration style and the type of images we can find in your image sets.

My illustration style is cute, punny and quirky. You will be able to find lots of cool designs that can be used together such as the tiger with sunglasses on a T-shirt, the terrazzo shapes to make a mural for your home, or the layered shadow box style designs, and many more.  I mostly design things that I want for myself too, there needs to be that passion in the process of design. 

Anyone looking through your Etsy Shop or Instagram feed will immediately see you love colour. Explain to us where your love of colour comes from.

My love of colour comes from growing up surrounded with folk art, beautiful fabrics (my grandma was a seamstress) so I am naturally attracted to anything bright and colourful. Colour is life. 

Cliche question alert! Where do you take inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from everyday life, objects, cute animals and colour obviously. I also love projects with multiple textures. 

Have you always loved illustrating / drawing?

I was very lucky to grow up with a creative family that supported my love for the arts. I remember making my first poster at 7 years old for my school exhibition and I haven’t stopped since then. 

Tell us about your process – does it start on paper or do you work digitally?

It all starts in scraps of paper or on the notes of my phone. I try to write or draw all my ideas straight away even if silly. I will then turn them into digital works with the help of Adobe Illustrator or Procreate. Sometimes they don’t work but I keep everything just in case I can come back later and transform it into something good. Some of my illustrations are translated into punch needle projects too and my Cricut Maker comes very handy to draw onto the fabric. 

Where else can we find your illustrations?

You can find my works in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CorazonPompom and on my Instagram @corazonpompom. I share some of my processes there too. Of course you can now also find the images that I have designed in Design Space. 

What do you love creating with your Cricut?  

I have a Cricut Maker and I use it almost daily to make some of the packaging and tags for my Etsy shop. I also love to customise items in my house and clothes for my family. I hope to create a lot more things such as a mural one day (with lots of colours obviously). I might have influenced a few family members to make things with their Cricut too so it’s always lovely to be able to talk about what projects we are working on or ideas that we have. I can’t wait to see how everyone uses the images that I have designed! 

We couldn’t wait to get started with some of Cat’s images. Head to our Instragram feed to see a reel showing how we created these ‘roarsome’ cushion covers

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Introducing Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker™ 3 – The ultimate cutting machine, now smarter and faster than ever. 

After more than a year of hard work behind the scenes, we can now open the curtain on the most powerful smart cutting machine we’ve ever made: With up to 2X faster cutting speeds and compatibility with Smart Materials™, Cricut Maker 3 is the ultimate smart cutting machine — for every craft and every crafter.  

Just like the previous generation, Cricut Maker 3 can cut 300+ materials, from the most delicate paper to the tough stuff like leather and basswood.  

Unlike anything you’ve seen, however, is its ability to cut at jaw-dropping speeds as well as its ability to take on big cuts in one go. Let’s break that down. 

Make in record time

We’ve heard from you that the only thing that holds you back from making is time. While we can’t change the fact that there are 24 hours in a day, we can change how fast your cutting machine can work for you. The all-new Cricut Maker 3 has more powerful motors, which means you now have the ability to cut up to 2X faster than before when using Smart Materials — all without sacrificing power or precision.  

What’s so smart about Smart Materials? 

Cricut Maker 3 works with our all-new Smart Materials™. What makes these new materials unique? They easily load directly into the machine (without a cutting mat!) and stay aligned without any manual adjustment. That means — for the first time ever — you can make cuts up to 12 ft long in one go.  

Since there’s nothing to prep, you can keep your focus on the best part — making.   

Here’s a quick overview of the Smart Materials available at launch:  

Smart Vinyl™

Cricut Smart Vinyl is available in both permanent and removable varieties up to 75ft. In classic Cricut fashion, you can count on a wide array of colors, effects.  

Cricut Smart Materials - Vinyl

Smart Iron-On™

 Cut a single image up to 4 ft (1.2 m) or repeated shapes. Make a custom T-shirt for yourself or the entire team. Available in a variety of colors and effects. 

Cricut Smart Materials - Iron-On

Smart Paper™ Sticker Cardstock

That’s right — with Smart Paper, you’ll be able to just load a sheet into the machine without a mat. With the perfect kiss cut, all you need to do is peel and stick. Create fun cards, bold banners, and layered paper projects without the messy glue. 

Smart Materials - Adhesive paper

The most tools

Remember, Cricut Maker 3 works with 13 different tools, including Knife Blade for thicker materials, Rotary Blade for backed and unbacked fabric, and the QuickSwap™ family of tools for pro-level scoring, engraving, debossing, and adding decorative effects.  

It comes with Fine-Point Blade installed, so right out of the box, you’ll be ready to cut. Check out the full list of compatible tools here, sold separately.  

Cricut Maker 3

Print Then Cut on white and colored paper

Print images on your home printer, and let Cricut Maker 3 cut them out for you. An incredible feature for every sticker-maker out there. Learn more about Print Then Cut here.

Create in 3D

Cricut Maker 3 can cut thicker, denser materials with Knife Blade (sold separately). It’s the perfect match for dimensional projects, including models, home decor & so much more.  

Cricut Maker 3
Cricut Maker 3

Get creative with fabric

Do you sew or quilt? With the Rotary Blade (sold separately) as a part of your creative toolbox, Cricut Maker 3 can help with one of the most tedious tasks – marking and cutting pattern pieces. You can also use your Cricut Maker 3 to cut out appliqué and quilt pieces with precision. You’ll find plenty of fun patterns in Design Space

We thought of everything

Cricut Maker 3 will be available June 10th online and in your favorite Cricut retailers by the end of June. We can’t wait to get it into your hands. 

More questions?

Check out the FAQs for Cricut Explore 3 here.

Find out more about Smart Materials.

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Introducing Cricut Explore 3

Meet Cricut Explore™ 3 – the DIY dream machine, now smarter and faster than ever.

Cricut Explore 3

It’s been a year in the making, so we’re absolutely thrilled to announce the all-new Cricut Explore 3. You can cut, draw, score, and more with jaw-dropping speed and incredible precision.  

Make in record time

We’ve heard from you that the only thing that holds you back from making is time. While we can’t change the fact that there are 24 hours in a day, we can change how fast your cutting machine can work for you. The all-new Cricut Explore 3 has more powerful motors, which means you now have the ability to cut up to 2X faster than before on Smart Materials™ — all without sacrificing power or precision.  

What’s so smart about Smart Materials? 

Cricut Explore 3 works with our all-new Smart Materials™. What makes these new materials unique? They easily load directly into the machine (without a cutting mat!) and stay aligned without any manual adjustment. That means — for the first time ever — you can make cuts up to 12 ft long in one go.  

Since there’s nothing to prep, you can keep your focus on the best part — making.   

Here’s a quick overview of the Smart Materials available at launch:  

Smart Vinyl™  

Go loooong with new Cricut Smart Vinyl! It comes in both permanent and removable varieties.  

It also comes in a wide array of colors, effects, and material lengths from 3 ft (0.9 m) to 75 ft (22.9 m)! 

Smart Vinyl

Smart Iron on

Available in a variety of colors and effects so you can create a custom shirt for yourself or the whole team. Cut a single image up to 4 ft (1.2 m) or repeated shapes up to 12 ft (3.6 m). Just load and go. 

Cricut Smart Materials - Iron-On

Smart Paper™ Sticker Cardstock  

Just cut, peel, and stick! Create fun cards, bold banners, punchy posters, and layered paper projects without messy glue. 

Smart Materials - Adhesive paper

Go the distance

Cricut Explore 3 can cut big banners or create an entire solar system of stars – the sky is the limit! With Smart Materials no mat is needed – just load & go.  

Cricut Explore 3

New sensors inside Cricut Explore 3 measure your material before cutting to ensure there is enough for your project. If more material is needed, our Design Space™ app will prompt you to load more. There are also material guides on the front and inside of the machine to keep your materials aligned from start to finish.  

A world of creative possibilities

Cricut Explore 3 works with 100+ materials – cut everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper and bonded fabric with incredible precision. Whether you’re making tees to outfit the entire team, or an extra-long banner to cheer them on, you’ve got this. Full list of compatible materials here

Cricut Explore 3

Embellish with ease

Add flawless text, detailed illustrations, foiled accents, or easy-to-fold creases for cards, and 3D projects. Check out the full list of compatible tools here, sold separately. 

Print Then Cut on white and colored paper

Print images on your home printer and let Cricut Explore 3 cut them out for you. An incredible feature for every sticker maker out there. Learn more about Print Then Cut here

Print then cut

Little details, big difference

More questions?

Check out the FAQs for Cricut Explore 3 here.

Find out more about Smart Materials.

 

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Meet the all-new Cricut Maker 3 & Cricut Explore 3

We’re thrilled to announce the latest generation of two of our industry-leading smart cutting machines.   

Introducing Cricut Maker™ 3, the most powerful smart cutting machine we’ve ever made.  (See our detailed post here.)

Cricut Maker 3

Also meet Cricut Explore™ 3, a perfect (and perfectly affordable) entry point into the world of pro-level crafting.  (See more here.)

Thanks to some incredible innovation and a lot of hard work from our development teams, not only can these machines do everything they can today, but now they have more performance and features packed into the same compact, home-friendly footprint you already know and love. 

Make in record time

We’ve heard from you that the only thing that holds you back from making is time. While we can’t change the fact that there are 24 hours in a day, we can change how fast your cutting machine can work for you. The all-new Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 have more powerful motors, which means you now have the ability to cut up to 2X faster than before, when using Smart Materials™ — all without sacrificing power or precision. 

Introducing Smart Materials

Both Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 work with our all-new Smart Materials. We designed these machines and Smart Materials to work together. The machines have special material guides, and the materials are engineered with a proprietary construction — all to keep your materials perfectly aligned and on track from start to finish. 

All of this adds up to a big new creative opportunity: For the first time ever, you can make cuts up to 12 ft (3.6 m) long in one go. Sensors inside the machines measure your material before cutting to ensure you have enough for your project. If more material is needed, Design Space™ will prompt you to load more. 

Since there’s nothing to prep, you can keep your focus on the best part — making.   

Go the distance 

With Smart Materials, Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 can cut up to 12 ft (3.6 m) in one go. Your time is precious, and you will save a lot of it – just load & go. 

Let’s introduce you to the Smart Materials available at launch

Smart Vinyl™ 

The all-new Cricut Smart Vinyl is available in both permanent and removable varieties. It also comes in a wide array of colors, effects, and material lengths from 3 ft (0.9 m) to 75 ft (22.9 m). 

Cricut Smart Materials - Vinyl
Smart Iron-On™ 

Cut a single image up to 4 ft (1.2 m) or repeated shapes up to 12 ft (3.6 m). Make a custom T-shirt for yourself or the entire team. Available in a variety of colors and effects. 

Cricut Smart Materials - Iron-on
Smart Paper™ Sticker Cardstock  

That’s right — with Smart Paper, you’ll be able to just load a sheet into the machine without a mat. With the perfect kiss cut, all you need to do is peel and stick. Create fun cards, bold banners, and layered paper projects without the messy glue. 

Smart Materials - Adhesive paper

New materials, new accessories

Both machines are compatible with Roll Holder (sold separately and coming soon after launch) to support rolls of Smart Materials up to 75 ft (22.9 m). It keeps your material tidy for a hands-free feed into the machine and even has a convenient built-in trimmer for super-clean finish. 

Cricut Roll Holder

You might also love our new 13 in (33 cm) Portable Trimmer (sold separately) to keep all of your materials neat, clean, and ready for the next cut.  

Cricut 13" trimmer

Beautiful from all angles

There’s one more obvious change to Cricut Explore 3 – no dial! Now, all material settings are in Design Space. Cricut Explore 3 also features a tray to hold your mobile device or tablet while working. 

We designed the new Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 machines to complement your workspace without dominating the room. Each sophisticated and sleek machine will look great in your space. 

Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 will be available from your favourite Cricut retailers online on June 10th and in stores later in June.

Introducing Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3

More questions?

We’ve introduced each machine in a separate blog post. Click here for Cricut Maker 3 and her for Cricut Explore 3.

Check out machine-specific FAQs for Cricut Explore 3  and Cricut Maker 3.  

Find out more about Smart Materials.

Introducing Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3
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How to use Kerning in Design Space   

Space matters when you’re crafting with fonts! We’ve now made working with fonts easier than ever with kerning in Cricut Design Space.

Kerning saves you time by automatically adjusting the spacing between letters, eliminating the time-consuming process of manually linking letters together. There are already many kerned fonts within Design Space, including system fonts and Cricut fonts. And more options will be added – just make sure the kerned font filter remains enabled to view available font options.

Note:  Kerning is available only in Design Space for Desktop.

Watch this video to learn how to view and use kerned fonts

FAQs for kerning in Design Space

When will this feature be available?

Starting 20th May 2021, kerning will be released with the latest Design Space update for Desktop (version 6.9 and higher).

How do I find kerned fonts?

When you use the Text tool and open the font menu, a kerned fonts filter in the upper right is applied by default. With that filter applied, only kerned fonts will show up in the list of fonts to use.

How do I apply kerned text to my saved projects? 

Simply double-click your text to open the text box. Then, make a minor edit, such as adding and deleting a character or space. If you’re using a font optimized for kerning, you’ll see the improved spacing apply to the text.

Will kerning work with fonts I installed on my device?

Yes, most fonts you download and install on your device will be kerned. However, there are some fonts that may not support kerning.

I don’t see my font in the font list. Where did it go? 

Because the font list is, by default, filtered for kerned fonts, other fonts will not appear in the list. Simply de-select the kerned fonts filter, then search or browse for the font you want.

Learn more about kerning, including step-by-step instructions in our Help pages.

Find out more about Design Space tools and functions in our helpful ‘How To’ series:

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Save the Date!

Join us this Saturday for an exciting announcement. We can’t share the details just yet, but mark your calendar & you’ll be the first to know!

You can watch the announcement live on Facebook, Instagram IGTV, or YouTube. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, we’ll share all the juicy details right here on the blog and our social channels.

We can’t wait to share this with you!

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DIY Summer Party Wildflower Glasses

It’s set to be the summer of reunions; meeting up with friends and family we haven’t seen for too long. So here’s a tutorial for customised glasses to make your party perfectly personalised!

Read on to learn how to create a set of stunning gasses and matching straws for your next party! 

Use your machine to customise plain glasses with a floral motif, then finish off your drinks with straws topped with a beautiful classic wildflower cut on your machine.

You will need:

Step One

Add the images #M25C00B and #MC250315 into a new Cricut Design Space canvas. Resize the floral image to fit the width and height of the glasses you would like to put it onto, making sure to leave space at the top of the glass for drinking.

Resize the print and cut flower image to just under 2 inches (5cm) wide. 

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Step Two

Head to the Make It screen. First cut the vinyl mat. Choose the appropriate vinyl setting for the type of vinyl you are using. Did you know you can use the search bar to find the exact material?

Then lay your sheet of vinyl face up onto the mat and load it into the machine to cut.

Step Three

Once cut, remove the vinyl sheet from the mat and use scissors to cut around the image so that you save the uncut vinyl for another project.

Then use your Weeding Tool to remove the excess vinyl leaving just your design behind on the backing sheet.

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Step Four

Use transfer tape to move your vinyl design onto your glass. 

Lay a piece of Transfer Tape on top of your design, and burnish with the Scraper Tool.

Turn the piece over and burnish the back before carefully peeling the white backing sheet away, leaving the vinyl design attached to the Transfer Tape. 

Step Five

You can now place your design onto your glass, making sure the design is stuck all the way around the glass, before peeling the transfer tape back on itself to remove it from the glass leaving the vinyl behind.

Step Six

Now the glasses are complete, we can move onto the straws. 

Print out the Print Then Cut design to your printer onto white card. Click here for help with Print Then Cut. Once printed, load the card onto your mat and into your machine. 

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Make sure to change the cut setting to cardstock.

The machine will read the black sensor lines around the design then proceed to cutting.

Step Seven

Once cut, remove the flowers from the mat then glue them into place on the top of the straws using a small blob of hot glue. 

Step Seven

You are now ready to make up your cocktails in the glasses and add the straws to finish off your party drinks! 

We have more outdoor party inspiration in this blog post: 8 DIY project ideas for an outdoor party.

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Round up of Father’s Day projects

Get set for Father’s Day with these fun gift ideas that Dad will love!! There’s something for every Dad in this Father’s Day project round-up.

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, so why not make a special gift this year with your Cricut Machine.? Whether you use Iron-on, vinyl, card stock or fabric, there are projects for all abilities that will create the perfect gift for every kind of dad (even the grumpy ones!)

Choose a keepsake like a bow tie, or a fun gift like a sign for your dad’s man cave, or create a gift that tells him he’s the best dad ever! Whatever you make your dad is sure to cherish his handmade gift.

Men’s Bow Tie

Stitch up a gift for Dad this year. This Bow Tie project is a timeless gift that Dad can wear time and time again. Cut the fabric on your Cricut Maker, then finish on your sewing machine. You could even make a matching one for your dad’s favourite pet!

Best Dad Wallet

We’re not saying this best dad wallet will help you get extra pay-outs from the bank of dad, but it’s worth a try, right? There are several wallet projects in Design Space; this one takes an existing wallet and adds a personal message. Search ‘wallet’ in projects to discover more.

Dad Hat

Customise a plain cap with Iron-on that dad will love! This quick-to-make project will earn long-lasting brownie points! Click here to make it.

Camping coolbox

For the chill dads, customise a cool box to accompany them on fishing trips, camping adventures or to keep beers cool at a BBQ.

Click here to make it.

Man Cave sign

One for the sawdust-covered dads who can whip up a storm in the shed! Create a man cave sign for the shed or garage using vinyl or use Infusible Ink with aluminium to create long-lasting sign to withstand all weathers. Click here to make it.

Coaster set

Whether it’s a place to pop a beer or a coffee, all dads need a coaster reminding everyone how great they are! Click here to make it.

Rambling man T shirt

For the dad who loves rambling about in the woods, create a personalised T-shirt for him to wear on his next adventure! Click here to make it.

Coupon Book

Use the Print Then Cut feature with Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker to create a coupon book for your dad that he can swap for breakfasts in bed and very big hugs!

Beard care kit

Bearded dads can never have enough beard oil! Fact! Click here to create a beard kit with personalised labels made with your machine.

Leather Keychain

Make an awesome keyring from leather, a present your dad will use day in day out! Click here to make it.

We’d love to see your Father’s Day projects! Just tag us on Instagram @officialcricut_uk or Facebook @officialcricuteurope!

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How to get the best results with Print Then Cut

The Print Then Cut feature on Cricut Design Space allows you to print your images on your home printer and then watch your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore cut them out with precision. No scissors required! This allows you to create stickers, toppers, and even cut round photos with ease. 

Here are our tips and tricks for getting the best results from Print Then Cut:

Turn any image into a printable

The Cricut image library contains thousands of printable images. These are pre-designed with decorative patterns and come onto the design screen ready to Print Then Cut. They show up in the Layers panel as a single layer and have a Print linetype, indicating the image will be printed on your home printer, then cut on the Cricut Explore or Maker machine.

You can find Printables by clicking on the Filters icon and checking the box marked Printables. Select a Printable image (a small printer icon will appear on the image tile), add it to your canvas.

You can also change any image in Design Space into a printable image by changing the linetype or by selecting the Flatten tool from the layers panel.

Changing the linetype to Print Then Cut will treat each layer as an individual cut. Flattening the image will combine multiple layers to print together.

Look at the image below. The linetype on the rainbow has been changed to Print Then Cut. You can see in the Layers panel that each of the three arcs are still separate layers. The rock stack image has been flattened, so instead of three layers – one for each colour – it’s now one combined layer.

Remember to Flatten a filled-in shape behind your image to avoid the machine cutting out all of the details if there are spaces in the image.

If you want to add a border around your sticker, add an offset layer and include that in the layers you flatten. Find out more about offset here: https://officialcricutblog.co.uk/offset-feature-in-cricut-design-space/

Get the most out of your material

The maximum image size for Print Then Cut is 9.25″ x 6.75″ (23.5cm x 17cm) and the default material is 11″ x 8.5″ (28cm x 21.5cm). To visualise this, create a template for this size on your canvas using a rectangle shape. You can then fit all of your cuts into the template. Remove the template before attaching your cuts in place. This will allow you to get the most out of your material. 

Keep it plain and simple  

Reflective materials, coloured materials, or materials containing any kind of pattern may interfere with the cut sensor marks being read by the Cricut Explore machine. 

We recommend using an Inkjet Printer and 8.5″ x 11″ white materials for all your Print Then Cut projects with Cricut Explore.

The Cricut Maker though, can Print Then Cut on light to medium coloured papers. 

Turn on System Dialogue 

On the print screen you’ll see an option to turn on System Dialogue. Switch this on to access your printer settings. Here you’ll be able to change the quality of the print and tell your printer the type of material it’s printing onto.  Sometimes the System Dialogue pop up can be hidden behind your Design Space window, so you may need to minimise it or move it to one side on your computer screen.

Image Bleed options

Each image is given a bleed by default. The bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. Although we recommend printing with a bleed for best cut results, you do have the option to turn the bleed on or off, from the Project Preview screen. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process, yielding a precisely cut image. Adding bleed means the machine will cut through a coloured section of the paper so it goes right over the edge of the cut and doesn’t have a white line where the colour abruptly stops.  

Prtin Then Cut in one session

The entire process, from creating the project to the final Print Then Cut, should all be done in the same browser and on the same computer to avoid error.

While you can save your Print Then Cut project within Design Space and come back to it, switching browsers or computers in the middle of printing and cutting or saving a Print Then Cut image as a PDF and printing it outside the Design Space flow will result in incorrectly sized cut sensor marks. For best results, Print Then Cut your project in a single Design Space session. 

Choose the right place on the mat

Place your printable material in the top left corner of your cutting mat, as seen in the mat preview screen below.

Position your material directly along the top left edge of the adhesive on the cutting mat. Be sure the material is straight and contains no wrinkles. This helps to ensure that the machine can properly detect the cut sensor marks around your image.

Use the Cricut LightGrip mat if you print on standard printer or copy paper. 

Repeat calibration

Cut not, quite right? Follow the Print Then Cut calibration steps in the settings menu. Make sure that the calibration sheet is printed in black and white and that it’s printed in ‘actual size’. 

Light up (or down)

If your machine isn’t reading the sensor marks, check the lighting. Direct sunlight, overhead reading lamps, or other lighting directed toward your machine may interfere with the machine’s sensors. You may need more, or less light, for the sensors to perform perfectly.

Suggested first projects

Here is some Print Then Cut inspiration to get you started:

Play food labels https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5756443dee508efa43323fae

Birthday Banner https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/57563613ee508efa43321e49

Matching journal and phone stickers https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/57562c77ee508efa433212f6

Planner stickers https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5792915f212426ff3e6c39f1

Zooey Deschanel’s Pamper Box labels https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/604be03e2ac7e5110c4c87bd

Good vibes only frame https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/59b1b3d753bdc841265c4e45

Afternoon Tea Menu https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5e5d5be2d7188a0f8cccdd39