A few weeks back I was invited to take part in a bloggers event with the lovely people at Cricut, for the their UK launch.
I had never heard of Cricut before, let alone the Cricut Explore*. I’m so glad to have discovered this little beast of a machine!
The Cricut Explore is like the Apple of the crafting gadgetry out there. It looks great and is a powerhouse of crafty, gadget, creative, amazingness. Plus it’s easy to setup.
Perfect for producing professional-looking projects, the Cricut Explore, combined with an easy-to-use online design space, lets users create an array of items from home décor to interior design, fashion designs, party decorations or cards and gifts.
By simply designing, cutting, writing or scoring, a wide range of projects can be made in just minutes with a wide variety of materials including card, fabric, iron on, vinyl, denim, felt, poster board and even faux leather. For inspiration, there is a huge range of ‘ready to make’ projects on the Cricut Design Space.
Upload Your Own Design to the Cricut Explore
The best feature for me is the ability to upload your own designs. I decided to upload some of my illustrations as .svg files, to see what this little beastie could achieve. I’m very happy!
I’m still fine tuning my original drawings to get the best out of the machine. I’ve found that very complicated designs can go a bit awry or very fine lines can get lost. However even my first attempts have been really successful.
The two images above show my first attempts at a basic silhouette portrait illustration, in paper.
The image above shows something a little more ambitious. This time I’ve used the cut out areas to form the image and placed black card behind the silhouette portrait illustration. I’ve then added a tatted earring I made, with a Swarovski Crystal, for added interest and glamour!
Styling my photos has also become more enjoyable as I can use elements within the composition easily, to add interest. Such as the gold glitter hearts in the image above.
The Cricut Explore* has opened up a whole set of new possibilities. As a collage artist I was spending hours cutting out paper. I’m now saving hours. Plus I’m able to create a much more polished finished as a result of the precision of the technology.
You can purchase the Cricut Explore or any of the add-ons in the UK from the Cricut UK website*
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