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5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Explore Air 2
I absolutely love my Cricut Explore Air 2! It allows me to be creative, is easy to travel with, there are tons of accessories to go with it (EasyPress 2, TrueControl Knife, pens, cutting mats, and more), and I can personalize just about everything in my life.
If you’re not familiar with the Cricut Explore Air 2, it is a smart cutting machine that cuts more than 100 materials (including cardstock, vinyl, iron-on, and cork). Together, with Cricut’s free design software, you can create stunning projects in record time. Create your own designs or choose from thousands of ready-to-make projects. Essentially, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is every crafter’s best friend.
Here are 5 reasons I love my Cricut Explore Air 2–written as 5 things I love making with it.
I make more t-shirts with my Cricut than anything else. I am a Walt Disney World Passholder and we go to the parks a lot. Typically, I create new shirts for each trip.
When it was time to announce my pregnancy and the baby’s gender, I used my Cricut to make onesies for our pictures. It was super easy they are a great keepsake.
Tip: Making t-shirts is much easier with the help of a Cricut EasyPress 2.
With Cricut, the possibilities for decals are endless. Put your monogram on everything you own. Make decorative plates for every holiday. Give personalized plates as a gift. Put quotes on every cup in the house. The list goes on and on!
3. Party Decorations
I made all of my daughter’s Wheel of Fortune 1st birthday party decorations using my Cricut. Everything was cut out of cardstock with my Cricut Explore Air 2 (aside from the ribbon used on the highchair banner). While it was time consuming, my Cricut made it really easy!
I love giving cards and Cricut allows me to create my own–making them even more special.
I definitely don’t have the patience to design a card, so I use Cricut Access’ designs. You can make the card exactly as is, or customize it and put your own spin on it.
5. Even More Cricut Fun!
As if all of that was not enough reason to love my Cricut Explore Air 2, it can create even more things!
To decorate my daughter’s nursery, I made paper flowers and used reverse weeded decals as stencils to paint quotes on canvas.
Instead of buying tab dividers for my card box, I made (and designed!) my own.
I have also made tote bags for vacations, more banners than I can count (bridal showers, holidays, birthdays), place cards, and gift tags. Can you tell that I love my Cricut Explore Air 2?
You will need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
- Computer or smartphone
- Bejeweled Sparkle Paper Sampler
- White, Tan, and Black Cardstock
- LightGrip Machine Mat
- Scoring Stylus
- Ribbon or string
1. Open Cricut Design Space on your computer. Click new project. Go to the projects tab on the left hand side of your screen. From the drop down menu at the top, select Cards and then type “balloon” in the search bar. We will be making the Balloon Card.
If you are using the suggested Brights Sampler Glitter Cardstock, click Make It and skip to step #3. Otherwise, click customize.
2. I used the Bejeweled Sparkle Paper Sampler, so I will only have five balloon colors as opposed to the six in the design. I have to change the balloon colors so my Cricut will cut accordingly.
Click through the balloon layers (on the right) and change the colors to those of your cardstock. When you’re happy with your design, click Make It.
Pro Tip: I want the top far right balloon to be pink so there are not two green balloons side by side. But since the balloons in the design are attached, I cannot change it here. As a result, I’m going to print that balloon layer twice–once on green cardstock and once on pink cardstock. Here is the link to my customized project.
Directions: Cutting Solid Color Cardstock
3. Now, it’s time to start cutting. Cricut wants you to prepare eight mats, but since I only have one LightGrip Machine Mat, I do them one at a time.
Start with your white cardstock (I used pale pink). Place it on your Machine Mat and click continue. Connect your Cricut Explore Air 2, turn the dial to the cardstock setting, and insert the Score Tool into clamp A. When you’re ready, load your mat and press the blinking C. When it’s finished cutting, unload the mat.
Repeat with the black cardstock (I used light gray) and tan cardstock for the envelope on mat 4 (skip mat 3 so you don’t have to change your Circuit cut settings).
Note: There are a lot of pieces to this design. It can be overwhelming. Just keep your pieces organized and it will all come together when it’s time to assemble the card.
Directions: Cutting Glitter Cardstock
4. Change your machine setting to custom. Set up mat 3 (red glitter). When you’re ready, choose Glitter Cardstock from the material list, load your mat, and press the blinking C. When it’s finished cutting, unload the mat. Keep all of these pieces together!
Repeat for mat 5 (green glitter), mat 6 (blue glitter), mat 7 (purple glitter), and mat 8 (pink glitter). Click Finish.
If you need an extra pink balloon like I did, go back to the layers tab. Click the eye to hide every design but the one that has the top far right balloon on it. Click Make It, Continue, choose Glitter Cardstock from the material list, load your mat, and press the blinking C. When it’s finished cutting, unload the mat.
Pro Tip: Make sure to save your design at this point in case anything happens and you need to come back and cut a piece again.
5. Now, it’s time to assemble your card. I used glue dots to put the cutout from mat 1 and 2 together. Then, I started putting the balloons and bottoms into the template. I used the image from Cricut Design Space as my guide.
Next, I put the small balloon design inside of the card, freehanded.
Now, it’s time to add the bow. Cricut Design Space recommended using ribbon, but I had these adhesive bows on hand and decided to use one of them instead.
When you’re finished, fold the envelope (mat 4) together on the score lines. And that’s it–you made a card using your Cricut!
Pro Tip: I like to handwrite the message inside of my card, but you can use the Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set to write in a beautiful font instead.
Love My Cricut Explore Air 2
I absolutely love my Cricut Explore Air 2. It has made DIY projects so much fun and super easy. I can’t wait to make even more with my Cricut as my daughter gets older.
What do you love about your Cricut Explore Air 2?
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.