Cricut Basics: Answers to the 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Cricut

Cricut Basics: Answers to the 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Cricut via Underground Crafter | Are you considering buying a Cricut? Or, do you have a Cricut already but you're feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities? In this post, I'll share answers to 12 Cricut FAQs and show you what's on my Cricut wish list right now!

In this Cricut Basics post, I’m sharing the answers to the twelve most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Cricut. I’m also sharing what’s on my Cricut wish list right now, since several new products have been released since I started this series. Read on for your chance to win your own Cricut (because everything is better with a giveaway).

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Answers to the 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Cricut

Cricut Basics: Answers to the 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Cricut via Underground Crafter | Are you considering buying a Cricut? Or, do you have a Cricut already but you're feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities? In this post, I'll share answers to 12 Cricut FAQs and show you what's on my Cricut wish list right now!

If you’re still contemplating whether you should buy a cutting machine, if you’ve decided to make the leap but aren’t sure what machine to buy, or if you already have a Cricut in hand but are still a newbie, you probably have loads of questions. Here are the answers to twelve Cricut FAQs.

Question 1: What is the Cricut machine and what can I do with it?

If you’re not familiar with Cricut (or with cutting machines in general), this post will give you a nice overview. I also reveal how to pronounce Cricut (so you can be in the know) and share more than 15 beginner-friendly projects that use the four major features of Cricut Explore machines: cutting, writing, printing then cutting, and scoring.

What's a Cricut and What Can I Do With It? via Underground Crafter | The Cricut Explore series machines are more than just cutting machines. They can also write, print then cut, and score. Find out more and get a roundup of over 15 beginner-friendly tutorials that you can make as soon as you get your machine out of the box!

Question 2: How does the Cricut machine work?

I almost feel this question isn’t necessary to answer because Cricut’s come packaged with a starter project that walks you through the machine’s features. But you wouldn’t know that before you actually buy the machine, so this photo tutorial will walk you through the process.

Cricut Basics - How Does the Cricut Machine Work? by Underground Crafter | Have you been wondering how easy it is to use a Cricut? I'll show you how beginner-friendly it is with this photo tutorial.

Question 3: Can I upload my own images with Cricut?

One of my favorite things about Cricut’s software, Design Space, is that I can upload my own images to write or cut. This post includes 40+ cut files. Choose one to make your next project.

Cricut Basics: Can I Upload Images with Design Space? (with 40+ Tutorials and Cut Files! for Cricut Users from Newbies to Pros) via Underground Crafter

Question 4: What different materials can I cut with the Cricut?

Cricut Explore machines can cut over 100 different materials. This post highlights just a few, and includes a write and cut project for a decorated magnetic photo frame.

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

Question 5: What different kinds of DIY projects can I make with the Cricut?

I think it’s fair to say that the possibilities are pretty much endless in terms of the different projects you can make with a Cricut. This post shares a few options and includes another write and cut tutorial with magnet sheets.

Cricut Basics: Cutting Magnet Sheets (and How To Write and Cut in Design Space) tutorial by Underground Crafter | Make your own magnetic organizer board with your Cricut!

Question 6: How easy is it to upload my own images with the Cricut?

In this tutorial, I show you how easy it is to upload your own images into Cricut Design Space (and how to design your own image using Canva, a free cloud-based program). You can use the same steps I did to make your own quotable t-shirt, tote, or other project with iron on.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter

Question 7: Will it be easy for me to use the Cricut software to create Make It Now projects?

The short answer is yes. But in this post you can see how I used a Make It Now project for a pencil roll to make my own crochet hook roll.

How To Make a Faux Leather Crochet Hook Roll with Cricut tutorial by Underground Crafter | Have you wondered if it will be easy to use Cricut Design Space? In this tutorial (including a quick video), I show how I used the "Leather Pencil Holder" project to make a faux leather crochet hook roll. This roll is perfect for gifting in a learn-to-crochet kit.

Question 8: Will it be easy for me to learn the Cricut Design Space software to create my own custom projects?

Learning Design Space is very straightforward. In this post, I share how I used customized Cricut Washi Sheets to decorate my craft supplies.

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

Question 9: How is the Cricut different from competitive cutting machines?

In this post, I share my own impressions based on working with other machines. I also interview and quote other bloggers who use cutting machines by different manufacturers.

Which Cutting Machine Should I Buy? on Underground Crafter - comparing Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, and Sizzix machines

Question 10: Will I be required to use cartridges with the Cricut?

The short answer is no, but if you already have cartridges from an older machine, this post will show you how you can use them with your new machine.

Cricut Basics: Do I Need Cartridges for Cricut Explore? by Underground Crafter

Question 11: What tools and accessories do I need to use a Cricut and how much do they cost?

I share my favorite tools and supplies for the Cricut in this post, along with a yarn lover cut file.

Cricut Basics: Tools and Supplies (with Yarn Lover Project Tutorial) by Underground Crafter | Have you wondered which tools and supplies you need for your Cricut Explore? In this post, I share my must-haves along with a fun project for crocheters and knitters in holographic vinyl with transfer tape.

Question 12: Will I use a Cricut machine enough to justify the price?

I think the answer is yes! I explain why in this post, and share 60+ tutorials and cut files for fabric and yarn lovers that will help you decide for yourself.

Will I Use the Cricut Enough to Justify the Price? (with 60+ Projects and Tutorials for Fabric and Yarn Lovers) via Underground Crafter - Cricut machines aren't just for paper crafters. Check out over 60 tutorials, projects, and cut files for fabric, faux leather, and yarn.

Do you have another question about Cricut machines? Let me know, and I may answer it in a future post.

What’s on my Cricut wish list now!

Since I started my Cricut Basics series, Cricut has released several new products that I’ve added to my wish list.

I kinda knew I was in love when I saw the Rolling Craft Tote and Machine Tote online, but seeing them in person at a Cricut Crafternoon in May sealed the deal. Since I frequently take my Cricut on the subway, this would be a great way to protect it. If you plan on traveling to craft nights or events with your Cricut, this could be a great investment.

Cricut Basics: Tools and Supplies (with Yarn Lover Project Tutorial) by Underground Crafter | Have you wondered which tools and supplies you need for your Cricut Explore? In this post, I share my must-haves along with a fun project for crocheters and knitters in holographic vinyl with transfer tape.

If you make projects that require a lot of weeding, like intricate vinyl or iron-on projects, you might want to look into the BrightPad. This is another product I had the chance to try out at the Crafternoon. It’s basically a lightweight, portable LED lightbox.

Cricut Basics: Answers to the 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Cricut via Underground Crafter | Are you considering buying a Cricut? Or, do you have a Cricut already but you're feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities? In this post, I'll share answers to 12 Cricut FAQs and show you what's on my Cricut wish list right now!

And, of course. If you haven’t already guessed from reading the last few posts in this series, I have a craft crush on the Cricut Maker. This is Cricut’s brand new machine (it just launched yesterday) that does everything the Cricut Explore machines do plus cutting fabric without a stabilizer. (If I added two hundred exclamation points here, would you hate me?) There’s also a washable fabric pen and access to hundreds of sewing patterns to cut. I haven’t tried the Maker yet, but I have chatted with a few of my friends who were able to try a sample before the launch. The news is good. But don’t believe me, see for yourself!

What do you think? Are you adding the Cricut Maker to your wish list, too?

Giveaway

Cricut Explore Air 2 giveaway on Underground Crafter

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2 Comments

  1. Lorene Thiessen
    May 26, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I would love to have a cricut.

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