materials you can cut with cricut explore air 2
Cricut is well known to be used with vinyl and paper. As a matter of fact, some of the first project crafters begin using the machine with is with paper and vinyl before moving on to tougher materials.
The humble Cricut machine is actual powerhouses that can cut through more materials that are harder such as wood, fabrics as well as certain types of plastic. In this chapter, we will look at a list of specific Cricut materials, where you can find them as well as what blade works best with these materials.
Materials That Can Be Used with a Fine-Point Blade
The materials in this section work excellently well with a fine-point Cricut blade. You can easily adjust the pre-labeled settings either in the Design Space or in the dial to match what you would be using them on. Here are some settings:
Iron-on vinyl is commonly used on fabric from napkins, totes to the all-time favorite- t-shirts! When using iron-on vinyl, make sure to use set the Cricut to the iron-on setting. Also known as HTV or Heat-Transfer Vinyl, Iron-on is a favorite for Cricut users exploring the Cricut and working with a fine-point blade. Here is a list of the best iron-on types of vinyl to use:
- Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl – This vinyl type is easy to weed out, and they are a favorite among the Cricut community. They also have various options of vinyl, from glitter vinyl options, patterned vinyl, floral patterns as well as holographic options!
- Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl – These pieces of vinyl are made by Cricut, for Cricut, and its Cricut’s resource is an excellent place to get vinyl’s, which also comes in glitter too!
- My Vinyl Direct – This online store has plenty of patterns, colors, and textures and is a good place to look for something outside what is being offered in Cricut.
- Firefly Heat Transfer Vinyl – Also, a widely known and trusted brand to source for pieces of vinyl. It has excellent reviews and also an amazing selection of materials. They even have fuzzy flocked vinyl and a huge list of glitter vinyl’s as well.
- Fame Heat Transfer Vinyl – If you are looking for more colors for your vinyl, you can always check out this online place. What’s more, the prices are lower than the other alternatives online!
For any of the vinyl’s listed here, you can use the standard grip mat.
Adhesive Vinyl – Use Vinyl Setting- Another favorite type of material to use among crafters is adhesive vinyl. From invitations, ornaments, wall decal to wedding signage to personalized items, adhesive vinyl is practical and versatile. There are two kinds of adhesive vinyl – the permanent outdoor vinyl as well as the removable indoor kind. To ensure that vinyl is used correctly, you need to make sure you use the right one for the project you have. Here is where you can get your hands on some really good quality adhesive types of vinyl for your craft:
- Oracal Vinyl – A top choice for most crafters, Oracal is an industry leader for craft vinyl. It is also designed to last for several years and you can find rolls from matte to glossy!
- Cricut Adhesive Vinyl – It is another great resource for AV. Vinyl’s found on the Cricut website itself is a little pricey, but you can get any kind of shade you want from this site.
- Expressions Vinyl – This site has an amazing array of colors, as well as a large selection of glitter vinyl’s as well.
- Happy Crafters – You can get any kind of happy designs from happy crafters!
The Standard Grip Mat is the best mat to use when it comes to crafting vinyl!
Cardstock – Of course, cardstock is also among the commonly used items with a Cricut machine. You can make anything with cardstock from cards, paper flowers, decals, invitations and so on. When using cardstock, make sure to switch the settings to cardstock on the dial. Here are some amazing resources for cardstocks:
- Recollections cardstock – This brand is from Michael’s craft store which you can purchase from the landed store locations as well as their online store.
- Savage Universal paper rolls – Savage paper is amazing for paper crafting, and while it is a little on the pricey side, their cardstocks last much longer.
- Paper and More – They have amazing and unique colors. So, if you can’t find something on the other sides, look for your colors here.
- Cards and Pockets – This is another site that you can look at for color options as they have plenty to choose from!
You can use the Standard grip mat for most or all of your cardstock crafting!
Additional Fine-Point Blade Materials
Here are other materials that you can work with using a fine-point blade as well as a standard grip mat:
- Thin chipboard – This is an excellent choice for making wreaths or large letter or number cutouts. Just remember to set the dial to custom and select it to chipboard.
- Thin poster board –You can use these materials for background or large cutouts. Set your dial to the poster board.
- Stencil Sheets – Why not create your own stencils? You can use the cardstock setting for your stenciling, but if your board is thicker than 6mil, then you need to increase the pressure.
- Sticker paper or tattoo paper – You can make really fun planner stickers with sticker or tattoo paper. If you are using the print and cut feature, make sure to use your cardstock setting with the fine-point blade.
- Vellum – Vellum is just another type of paper that is usually made for lanterns and such because of their delicate and translucent nature. Set your dial to paper or vinyl when using vellum.
- Cellophane –For projects that require flexible and clear material, cellophane will work great! Use your Cricut to the lightest setting, which is usually paper or maybe one dot before that.
Materials That Can Be Used with a Deep-Cut Blade
When using a deep-cut blade, you will want to set your machine to custom and search the name of the material so you can set it to the correct cut pressure.
- Chipboard – This is where your deep cut blade would work great! Where your fine-point blade cannot handle it, then this blade definitely can.
- Rubber – If you love making your own stamps, then the deep-cut blade can cut through the rubber.
- Wood veneer embellishments – If the wood veneer is thin enough, the fine-point blade would work but otherwise, stick with the deep blade. In any case, it is a trial and error kind of thing.
- Magnets – Another way to use the Cricut is to make really awesome magnets. Craft your using with the deep-cut blade and give it away as presents, sell it on Etsy or just create one for your collection.
- Leather – The deep-cut blade will cut leather cleanly and precisely!
- Craft foam – Using the Cricut, you can cut through Craft Foam easily and in a matter of seconds. You are no more using a foam blade!
- Matboard – Matboard is essential cardboard but more elegant. So, any project you want to use cardboard for can work with the deep cut blade!
- Felt sheets – Love felt flowers or crafts? Then let your Cricut do the work for you! You can also do stiffened felt sheets!
- Glitter cardstock – Some people have found it hard to cut glitter cardstocks with the fine-point blade, so your next solution would be to use the deep-cut one, which works great for chunky glitter paper.
For the various materials you use, you need to select ‘custom’ and then specify which materials you will be using in the cut screen of the Design Space. You will definitely find a setting for most of your options.
When it comes to mats, you can use the fabric mat for things like felt and leather, but if you are cutting up chipboards, wood veneer, chunky glitter, go with the standard mat or even a mat board. Rubber and magnet materials would require a strong grip mat.
Materials That Can Be Used with a Fabric Blade
The fabric blade is a specific blade used only for fabric, and on the dial, you would need to keep to the fabric dial. While you can cut your fabric with the blades discussed above, if the fabric is going to be used quite a lot in your crafting, then it is best to use the fabric blade. Here are a few places to shop for your fabric materials:
- Spoonflower – The Spoonflower is a great place to go to if you want a large amount of fabric to choose from or if you even want to make a custom design for your fabric. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the screen for customized fabric!
- Joann Fabrics – You’ve probably heard of Joann’s Fabrics. They are a household name in the fabric department, and you can shop at their store or even online!
- Fabric Direct – This is a huge site full of fabric choices at wholesale prices! This site is a great site if you want to purchase fabric in large quantities. They also have wonderful selections of velvet.
The best mat to use with fabrics would, of course, be the fabric grip mat or even the standard grip mat.
Materials That Can Be Used with a Knife Blade
Using the knife blade, you can cut plenty of the same materials which you would use with a deep blade. The only difference here is that the knife blade can cut 2 to 3x thicker. The knife blade can cut materials up to 3mm thick! It also produces a more accurate and clean precision cut compared to the deep cut blade.
- Thick balsa wood or basswood – Yup, it can cut wood! This material is great for making wood ornaments, wood frames, and small objects such as miniature furniture.
- Thick leather – The knife blade is definitely a preferred blade when it comes to cutting thicker leather materials and if you also want excellent clean-cut shapes. Been praised for how well and clean it cuts thicker leather materials.
- Thick chipboard – If you want a thicker chipboard material, the knife blade can handle it.
- Thick craft foam – You can use both the deep-cut blade as well as the knife blade to cut foams. Both of them will give you precise lines.
When using the knife blade, stick with the standard grip mat for materials that are thinner than 1mm, but if it is more than 1mm, use the strong grip mat, such as using balsa wood. If you want things to stay in place, use painter’s tape to ensure it does not slide while you are cutting it. Just make sure that you set ‘view all materials’ on your Design Space to select the appropriate setting for wood, chipboard, and leather.
Materials That Can Be Used with a Rotary Blade
- Washi Sheets – These specialty papers have cute prints and fun textures. You can use them to decorate almost anything from mason jars to furniture and cards.
- Crepe paper – Can you say easy crepe paper flowers?!
- Cork – Cork can be hard to cut sometimes, but with the rotary blade, this is a breeze
- Tissue paper – This is another textured material, while easy to cut can be troublesome. Make sure to choose a higher quality paper like the one linked here.
- Delicate fabrics – Tulle, organza, and lace are the perfect materials for the rotary blade!
For the rotary blade, you can use the fabric grip mats or even the light or standard grip mats. Make sure for delicate fabrics. You set your dial or design space to the fabric selection setting. For things like crepe, tissue, and washi paper, it should be placed in their own named setting, which you can find in the custom setting. This was definitely a long chapter, and hopefully, it gives you a good direction of which Cricut materials to use and which blades are perfect for it as well as the mats and appropriate settings.