The Cricut Expression is the newest addition to the Cricut family of products. The new Cricut Expression is a much larger unit than the Cricut, meant to stay on the table or in a media room. The Cricut Expression machine accepts the existing line of Cricut cartridges, replacing the need to collect hundreds of heavy die cuts. You can use the Cricut Expression machine in your classroom, office, craft space, or home.
Are you frustrated with the Cricut DesignStudio software? It’s great software, and a great tool for the Cricut, but sometimes it can be confusing with all the options it offers. The manual is fine for the basics of installing and setup, but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the “How Do I” questions we all have. Once we have it installed, we are anxious to put those ideas we have into reality, and then get bogged down in trying to figure out what to click, where to slide, who to rotate… I’m sure you know what I mean.
I know when I ‘think’ I have it figured out, insert my paper, and waste another sheet of good stock I get a little… well…. peeved to put it mildly. The process of getting what’s in my head onto the screen and finally into a finished cut can be costly if the ‘trial and error’ method is used.
I have heard that well-known crafter and author Mark Montano has been using and writing about the Cricut Expression machine and the value it brings to his projects. I found his blog where he talks about how he used the Cricut Expression to take a recent home décor project to new heights of creativity.
This project is a Faux Wood Intarsia Headboard, made with various techniques, including the Cricut Expression. Below is an excerpt from his Blog post:
I’ve discovered a lot about myself while making this project. Yes, crafting is all about self-exploration, and that’s one of the reasons I love it so much. For those of you who know how I craft, I have to say that, with the exception of my Dremel, I’m not really a “machine” kind of crafter. I am an old school, make-it-work-with-whatever-is-under-the-kitchen-sink kind of guy. However, I recently discovered something that made this project sing, and I must write about. It’s called the Cricut Expression. I swear I’m not paid by this company; in fact, I have recently started stalking them and I’m sure they will be filing a restraining order any day now. My goal (if they don’t throw my crafty butt in jail) is to be their one and only spokes-crafter.
Paper Saving Tip
A lot of us want to know the dimensions of a shape before cutting it out. For instance, if you set the size dial at 3 inches, you can be sure that the shape will be 3 inches. However, does that mean that the shape will be 3 inches wide or does it mean the shape will be 3 inches long? To get around this issue, some have cut out each shape in each size and saved it in a book for future reference. This can be fun, but it is not necessary.
If you want to avoid wasting expensive paper, it is wise to know the orientation of the shape you desire to cut out and what its dimensions will be. To avoid an unexpected outcome, try cutting an “air shape” before you cut the actual shape on the paper of your choice. Here’s how to do this:
1. Set the blade depth to 1.
2. Set the pressure dial to 1.
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Here I will be sharing what I learn and like (as well as if I don’t like something) about anything and everything Cricut!
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