(Closed) cricut?? im buying one on ebay and need help!!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You will probalby want to get a set of tools to use with it from Joanns or Michaels or another place that sells Cricut items. The tool kit has little tools to help you get the paper off of the mat. From the description, you will also need to purchase a mat. The mat size will depend on the Cricut you are getting. You are probably also going to want a few more cartridges. Also, get an extra blade. The description doesn’t say whether it comes with one or not. Hopefully, it will come with the blade housing, but if it doesn’t, you will need to buy one of those too. I suggest going to Michaels and/or Joanns and check out the Cricut items.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Honestly, if you’re going to buy one, buy the Expression.  They’re more expensive, yes, but they give you far more space to play with.  If you want to do bigger projects, you have the space to work with.

 

I also highly, highly recommend purchasing the “Make the Cut” software.  It completely eliminates the need for cartridges.  There’s another program called Sure Cuts A Lot, but Make the Cut was super easy with no learning curve.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

The software works with all the cricut machines.  You hook your cricut to your computer with a USB cable.  You need at least one cartridge to make the machine operate, but everything else you can cut out from images you find online.  You do have to change them to .svg format, but there’s a free program called Inkscape that allows you to do that (or if you have Adobe Illustrator).  I watched a 30 second video on youtube on how to use Inkscape, and I was cutting away.  I’ve only cut one thing with a cartridge.

The website is:

http://make-the-cut.com/

 

There are some videos on how it works on the website.  It basically gives you a template the size of your mat, and it allows you to import the images to place wherever you want on the mat.  I think it works well because it helps me reduce paper waste, too.  I’ve cut out all sorts of stuff.  Flowers, a viking ship for a project my Fiance was working on, baby shower decorations, etc.  I did notice that the machine cuts faster from a cartridge, but for the price of a single cartridge, you can pretty much cut out anything you want.

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