What Tools Do I Need For A Cricut
What Kind Of Tools Do I Need For My Cricut Machine?
Making the decision to buy a Cricut is easy. Making the decision on what to make first is the hard part and what extra tools are needed.
You will need tools and accessories from 5 different categories
- Weeding Tools
- Cutting Blades
- Material to Cut
- Application Machines
Anyone and everyone will need a good set of weeding tools. You can get them bundled together (which always gets you the better deal) or purchase them separately.
Lets start of with the basics.
- What are the best Weeding Tools to use with the Cricut?
- Weeding Tool – There are some tools you can live without, but this is not one of them. Each tool is a little bit different which offers different levels of detail work. The tool with the sharpest point helps removing the excess material away from your newly cut design. This tool is specially designed to easily remove all the little negative pieces of vinyl from the cutting boar. It works on all vinyl and iron materials.
- Scraping Tool – This one tool that helps you stick and flatten your vinyl before you send it under the knife and then scrape the extra material off the mat when you are done. The scrapper first helps you smooth out and remove all the bubbles on the mat. Then after the cut you are going to find leftover material stuck to your mats that you are going to want to scrape it all away. The smaller ones work but if you want to coverage more surface area, I would buy the bigger one, it is well worth the price.
- Scoring Stylus Tool – If making cards are your passion then you will love this scoring tool. It helps you create fold lines to make cards, envelopes, boxes and more.
- Spatula – Who would of thought that a spatula would be a life saver? This little guy works wonders to help you to remove the design off the backing without tearing the material. It is thin and slips easily under paper projects, allowing you to carefully ease under paper projects allowing you to carefully remove them from the mat.
- Tweezers – They are my best friend when finger nails just won’t do. Perfect tool for adding lots of embellishment to cards or removing little tiny pieces of vinyl when creating a shirt. You won’t believe how many times you will reach for them. They do take a little bit of getting used to. The work the opposite of regular tweezer. You squeeze them open instead of squeezing them shut. With a little bit of practice, you will be a master at moving little pieces around When you just can pick up the vinyl piece with the weeder tool, these come in really handy to help applying small details to projects and help to remove small details to your projects, weeding vinyl / iron-on, or removing hot carrier sheets.
- Paper Trimmer – It’s time to set the scissors to the side, there is a new sheriff in town. I have never been able to cut a straight line intill now. There is no better tool to cut a straight line. One slice of the blade and you cant cut whatever size of vinyl you need. If nothing else it saves you money on vinyl, and we all know how expensive that can be when you are just a touch to short, or way too much.
Time to take tools to the next level
- Brayer – When you want to stick materials to the cutting mats, this tool works like a charm. The last thing you want is to send uneven vinyl, or material into the criuct cutter. It elements the bubbles and wrinkles and keeps everything in place and wont pop or peel away from the mat while the Cricut is doing its magic.
- Pens – Cricut Pens are not just for turning hand writing into beautiful cards, tags, and labels but can help you create stickers and more. They usually come in sets of five but you can find boxes of 30 and go wild. They come in different finishes and point size from extra fine for small lettering and medium tip for thicker lines. Use the glitter and metallic pens to add a special flare. Even though there are many options on colors, you will stick to paper and non-coated material for the basic pens. If you want to step up and try pens for T-Shirts, Coasters, etc you will want to reach for the Cricut Infusible Ink Pens.
- Aluminum Foil – Really? Aluminum Foil? When you start to notice that your cuts are not as clean as when you first started you can simply and easily keep your blades without the cost of replacing them.
- Transfer Tape – If you need to transfer vinyl designs from the cutting board to another surface like a t-shirt, mug, etc, it lets you move it without losing any spacing. You can resuse your transfer tape until it looses it stickiness.
- Infusible Inks – Infuse ink into shirts, tote bags and more giving you a professional looking project with forever results. Unlike heat transfer vinyl or iron-on vinyl that sit on top of the object, the ink is infused into the shirt and becomes part of the fabric.
- Acid Etching Cream – If you ever admired the personalized etched glass of wine glass, beer mugs or any type of glass, you are going to go crazy over this. First time I used this I made a wine glass that said “sip back and relax” with a bunch of grapes. To my surprise, it turned out great. I gave it to my friend as a gift and in no time, she put it to good use.
Cutting Mats – There are 4 different mats that comes in different sizes, different colors to represent the grip of the mat. They come in 12 x 12 and 12 x 24 in size.
- Green Mat – This will be your everyday go-to mat. It is the perfect stickiness and perfect for a wide range of medium-weight materials including viny, iron-on and cardstock. The green mat will hold your design in place during the cutting process and then be easily removed from the mat with your weeding tools.
- Blue Mat – This light grip mat is designed for lightweight materials like office printer paper, construction paper, light cardstock, vellum, vinyl, washi tape sheets and wrapping paper. The light grip allows you to remove the design without tearing it.
- Pink Mat – Who would of thought you would be able to cut fabric with a cutting machine. The pink mat is made exclusively for fabric material like silk, canvas, burlap, cotton and more. You will want to use your brayer tool to smooth down and secure the fabric in place before you sent it to the cutter.Made for fabric.
- Purple Mat – It is time to take cutting to a new and exciting level. With this mat and the correct blade you can cut balsa wood, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, glitter stockstock, poster board, leather and magnet material. How cool is that?
Blades – You will need to calibrate your blades every single time you use your machine. Each blade is designed to cut different levels of dept.
- Engraving Tip – Make intricately engraved dog tags, name plates, jewelry monograms on soft metals, leather, acrylic, aluminum and much more.
- Fine Debossing Tip – Customize, personalize and design with incredible intricacy. Use this on Cardstock, Posterboard, Foil Poster Board, Chipboard, Kraft Board and more
- Wavy Blade – Perfect tool to add waves to any project like vinyl decals, iron-on designs, envelopes, cards, gift wrap, and so much more.
- Basic Perforation Blade – This will help you make perfect perforated lines. It helps you get the perfect tear. Use this on Cardstock, Poster Board, Acetate, Kraft Board and more
- Rotary Blade / Cutter – This is the one for fabric. Grab your fabric scissors, snips, seam ripper, measuring tape, thimble pins and pin cushion and get busy making quilts, patterned projects and much more. It works on all types of fabric to include cotton, cashmere, canvas, polyester and even silk.
- Scoring Wheel – If cards are your thing, then you will need this tool. It turns cardstock into a perfect fold by making on deep score line while the scoring wheel creates two parallel score lines. Perfect for heavier material like card stock, wrapper paper, construction paper and more.
Machines that make project easier.
- Easy Press – I live to turn a simple plain t-shirt into a fun and memorable shirt to give away for a present. I used my iron in the beginning and then crossed over to the Easy Press. It is the tool to use to apply heat transfer vinyl or iron-on. It is light and portable version of a heat press. It creates a strong bond within minutes. They come in 3 different sizes depending on the projects you want to make. Just when you thought t-shirts where the only thing you could use the easy press for, you can apply viny to notebooks. What a perfect way to add an inspirations quote to something you use every day.
- Brightpad – Here is a tool that you don’t think you need until you buy one and use it for the first time. Trying to remove the excess material from a newly cut design can be very time consuming and frustrating. Bright Pad helps with finding exactly what you need to remove before make the transfer step. The best part is that it is simple to use. Just plug it in and you are ready to go.
Materials to use
- Vinyl – the perfect product to put on anything that doesn’t move. Lol. You can put vinyl on signs, car windows, coffee mugs, tumblers and T-Shirts. There are 22 types of vinyl to choose from: permanent, removable, glitter, dry erase, chalkboard, stencil, holographic, printable and patterned.
- Fabric and Textiles– any type of fabric will work like cotton, burlap and even denim and silk.
- Paper and Cardstock – great for making cards, gift tags, gift boxes and scrapbooking.
- Faux Leather – great for making jewelry, key chains, hair bows and baby moccasins.
- Genuine Leather – great for making accessories, home décor and more
- Felt – great for making finger puppets, ornaments, dress up masks and headbands
- Window Cling – use for windows, fridge and other appliances.
- Adhesive Foil – similar to vinyl but has a nice shimmer.
We have only scratched the surface of all the different materials you can use and the projects you can make. Go over to my blog and see what’s new.