Monday, May 8, 2017

What Materials Can I Cut With My Cricut Explore Machine?

If you are reading this blog post, chances are you have a Cricut Explore Machine, and not only are you ready to use it, but you are curious to what you can do with it. The Cricut line of cutting machines are top of the line, and the possibilities are really only limited to your imagination. Some buy the Cricut so they can design their own greeting cards, others use it to cut stencils for various DIY projects, and some use it for monogramming using various materials. If you are really new to Cricut or don't know much about it, you probably thought it was only useful for cutting images out using card stock. While this is a common material used for many Cricut projects, there are so many more materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machines.

 According to the Cricut Help Center these are the list of approved materials for using the Cricut Eplore cutting machine. This is what they say:

Which materials can I cut with my Cricut Explore machine?

Cricut Explore machines cut so many materials that the only limit is your imagination. From something as delicate as tissue paper to thick leather, this amazing machine can do it all! Some of the popular materials that the Cricut Explore can cut are:

  • Paper - Standard, Cardstock, Vellum, Poster Board
  • Vinyl - Standard, Premium, Dry Erase, Chalkboard
  • Iron-On - Heat-Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Craft Materials - Washi Tape, Craft Foam, Glitter Paper
  • Upcycled Materials - Chipboard, Cereal Boxes, Aluminum Cans
  • Fabric - Felt, Denim, Polyester, Burlap, Canvas
  • Plastic - Stencil, Window Acetate, Silicone
  • Thick Materials - Leather, Balsa Wood, Magnet Materials

This is a crap ton of materials right? But, there are still more materials that many people have also tired out and posted about. Even Cricut recommends trying out different materials as long as they are smaller than 2.0 mm in thickness.

For the most popular materials used in cutting on the Cricut Explore machines there is a preset dial to make cutting at the right depth simple. You can also save certain settings for materials that aren't listed on the dial by moving to custom settings and the Cricut will automatically adjust to that setting for you. Below is a snap shot of the settings listed on the Cricut website, but as I mentioned earlier you can adjust anything you need under the custom settings dial setting on your Cricut Explore.

The list above tells you the pressure setting you need your machine set on, and also tells you the best tools for the job, including the various Cricut mats and blades needed to get the job done with ease.

If you are following Cricut Facebook groups or Youtube video bloggers, chances are you can find all of the information that you need on cutting your materials, along with tips and tricks for getting it right the first time. If you aren't exactly sure where to look for other individuals who like the Cricut cutting machines as much as I do, you can check out my post HERE!

I have found that with some of  the thicker materials I have tried, sometimes you have to play around with even the settings that Cricut recommends on their help page. If you find that your design did not cut all the way through the first time, you can always repeat the cut by inserting the mat again. Certain materials do require multiple cuts with the machine, you can adjust this when you come to the final cut screen and choose multiple passes before you hit the "GO" button.

I hope this post has been helpful. Let me know what types of materials you have tried cutting and what settings you have found work best. Happy crafting and be blessed.

Geeks and Glitter

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