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Today I got quite a few things done while Leila was at Preschool, it’s the first time in a while that I’ve been able to do that. Dishes, laundry, posts, project, errands. I can never get that much done in such little amount of time. That’s what I love about the new feature on the Cricut Explore. Print and Cut was just released on Wednesday this week and it’s the easiest thing you’ll do. The most difficult part for me was calibrating my machine and that wasn’t even hard, really – it was just a little time-consuming.
So I’ll walk you through it. Remember, you can do this with EVERY shape in the Cricut Design Space that you have access to. This isn’t limited to only a few shapes. You’ll first want to choose the shape that you want and then it’ll pull up in your screen. The next click you’ll make is the ‘Flatten’ button. This will make your shape one-dimensional. The largest that you can make your shape now is 8″x4″. Cricut has some excellent Vinyl and Sticker Paper available now! The Vinyl Paper is thinner and it gives you the opportunity to use it for home decor projects. The Sticker Paper is much thicker and is has a pretty firm grip so you’ll want to use it for things like I used it for my treat bags and cupcake topper, etc.
Next, you’ll select the shape and press ‘Go’. It’ll give you the option of how many you’d like to make. I wanted 12 cat stickers for my treat bags that I’ll be using additionally for another project. You’ll then click ‘start’. You’ll want to make sure that the paper is loaded in your printer the correct way to ensure the image is printed on the paper side of the Cricut Vinyl or Sticker Paper or whatever paper you’ve chosen. This does work best on white paper so that it can read the registration marks the best. Make sure NOT to close your cut window yet.
Once those are printed, it will let you know to now load it onto your Cricut Explore. You’ll have your Smart Cut Dial on Custom. Load your mat printed side up. Select in your cut settings your Cricut Vinyl or Sticker Paper and it will ‘kiss cut’ your paper. That means it will cut your paper at the right depth without cutting through the backing, just like actual vinyl. Once all your stickers or printables have been cut, you are done.
It is just that easy and you have a fabulous, professional looking project like these treat bags without a lot of work and layering and glueing, etc. I love this feature, I’m going to be using it a lot. I am still amazed at what I can do with this machine everyday and the precision that it cuts and all the materials I can cut.
Yes, I am an affiliate and yes if you do buy some of the items I will make a small percentage. I did decide however, when I started my blog that I would never mislead you and never try to lead you guys on in any way. All Things Thrifty has an excellent comparison article about how she compares the Silhouette vs. the Cricut. Yes, Silhouette has some cool shapes but you can combine the shapes in the Cricut Design Space to make cool shapes too. You can also see that they have some great artists working with them so a lot of their new stuff is cool. I love a good, clean line when I see one!
If you don’t believe me, make sure you check out my Design Space Challenges that I’ve entered and see what I’ve been able to do with their shapes and combining other shapes. Also, they do have an awesome sale going on! Now is the time to get one! They have FREE Shipping on all orders over $35 with the code FREESHIP35 and $10 off all machine bundles with the code SEPTSPECIAL until September 30. You can choose between the Starter Set Bundle or the Bluetooth Adapter Bundle which is perfect for the Print and Cut, you can just leave your machine right next to your printer! That’s already off the incredible bundle deals they have now.
This is a real great investment and if you haven’t noticed by now, I use mine everyday. It’s also a great gift for Christmas! Have fun and I hope you come back next week for some real fun tutorials!