To get my feet wet with this bad boy, I’m going to conduct a series of three postings in which I collaborate with Cricut to make some fantastic creations. I can’t wait to share my initial thoughts about the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine with you!
Okay, let’s get the fundamentals out of the way. These are five fast facts about the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine I’m using in case you have no idea what “Cricut” implies.
How Does the Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine Work?
Here is the guide on how does cricut explore air 2 machine works:
What Does it Do?
You may be familiar with Cricut, a manufacturer of cutting machines. Well, you are correct in thinking that. This machine does more than just chop; it also types and keeps score.
If you need help with anything like addressing envelopes, check out the guide on Hey Let’s Build Something. There will be no more handwriting that appears like it was done by a 7-year-old (like mine).
How Do I Complete Projects?
The Cricut Design Space provides access to more than 3,000 premade craft ideas. Moreover, the Design Area allows you to develop your own designs and even import those made in other programs (like Adobe Illustrator, PicMonkey, etc.).
One more thing: you can add your own fonts by uploading them. Put items printed on a home printer through the machine’s precise cutter.
How Does the Machine Connect?
A working Internet connection is required. Quick and simple, the setup process walks you through connecting your PC.
Most of your time in the Design Space will be spent working on a computer (or tablet or phone) linked to the internet. Your plans will be transferred from your computer to the machine over the wireless connection.
What Can I Cut With the Cricut Explore Air 2?
Even with my limited familiarity with Cricut machines, I knew they could be used to cut various materials including card stock, paper, and vinyl. It surprised me to learn that they are a formidable cutting force.
This is a complete list of what can be cut with this machine (albeit some of them may require a “deep blade”):
What Can I Make?
The better question, in my opinion, is what can’t you make with your Cricut, as I’m just starting out with mine. I realize how corny it sounds, but the Cricut creations I’ve seen are truly amazing.
Also, I owe it to you all for being upfront and honest. Until I started using it, I assumed that most people who owned a Cricut were mothers who used it to make scrapbooks, crafts with their children, and adorable party decorations.
It’s true that you’re capable of doing all you’ve listed. But, there is so much more potential in your abilities.
How to Use the Cricut Explore Air 2: Getting Started
I’m a woman, and I’ll admit that a sewing machine scared me. Regardless, I immediately removed it from the packaging and had it set up after receiving it. I’m not going to describe how I set up my Cricut because Cricut does such a great job of bringing you through the process on your own.
Instead, I’ll tell you that the first thing I did was do a test project. The system came with everything I needed to get started, and it led me through each step of the Design Space process.
The test project was fantastic for getting me used to the machine and the Cricut software. But, I did not enjoy the practice assignment at all because of my many mistakes. I should have given myself more time to carefully follow each step, but instead I raced through it and made a mistake that gave me second thoughts.
As a result, the new computer was placed on my workstation. Daily, I would see it and think, “Ugh, I still have to figure you out.” So, I settled in one day, hit “Open,” and began testing.
To sum up, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is a versatile tool that can be used to cut, draw on, and score a wide range of materials. Choose from over three thousand premade projects or develop something entirely new in the Cricut design environment.
You can find everything you need, such as a list of materials and detailed instructions, in the pre-designed projects. Cricut Access Standard gives you unrestricted use of over 370 typefaces and over 30,000 images, including some that are exclusive to the service.
In addition, you’ll get a 10% discount on anything you buy. Really, how entertaining is that? The fact that it works via wireless connections is one of its best advantages. As a desktop user, this is a must-have function for me. As this system is hosted in the cloud, I can access it from any internet-connected device to create a design for a project.