Today is part two of our review on the Cricut Expression by Provo Craft! To read part one all about making vinyl stickers using the Cricut, please click here. For today’s post we’ll talk about paper crafting with this versatile die cutting machine.
When working with the Cricut Expression, I realized that I didn’t need to use full size papers on the full size mat. I could put scraps of paper on the mat and still come out with good results, providing the edges are pressed down well. There is one key though. It is best to reposition the cutting blade before beginning a cut if it looks like it will cut over a line. If you don’t do this, you risk having your design cut off the page.
In the photos below, you will see a leaf shape cut in several different patterned paper. I plan on using them to make a mini fall banner for the front door. For lifting off the cut designs, whether they are large or small, it is very helpful to use the spatula tool. This tool is completely flat on the end and provides just enough lift required to fully pull the design off without wrinkling the paper.
I am loving the fact that I can create my own tags, flowers, word bubbles, and other paper embellishments for my projects. I am completely in love with all the tag designs, as you can see by the photos below!
One other thing that worked out fairly well was to put actual pieces of text pulled from vintage books. If the paper is in good condition it should work out well. I found that I had to adjust the speed and pressure of the blade to prevent against tearing. In the photo below, you can see an example where I cut out a scalloped border from a page from a vintage book.
I am also excited about the idea of creating flowers in various sizes and patterns for layering purposes. You will see this in two examples below on cards.
One of the most useful things about the Cricut Expression has got to be the ability to cut out letters and other characters in sizes up to 23.5." I love the fact that you can easily cut out a shadow behind the letter in a different paper to make the letters really pop. It is now easier than ever to make large banners for your scrapbook pages, birthday parties and school functions. Teachers would get so much use out of this die cutting machine. Letter cue cards would be a cinch to make for children learning how to read.
Kids can have a lot of fun with this machine. The "Everyday Paper Dolls" cartridge is filled with so many different designs of paper dolls, for both boys and girls. There are also clothes and accessories to fit a variety of different themes such as the a construction worker, a baker, and many more. Two little examples are shown below that my 4 year old son and I made together. As well, he made the little camping scene on a card with envelope, also made using the Cricut Expression.
There are many more possibilities for exciting projects with the Cricut Expression. I’m wondering if anyone has tried cutting fabric yet? Maybe that will be my next experiment!
If you own a Cricut machine already, you may be interested in seeing the newest addition to the Cricut family, the Gypsy. Click here to see a video of this amazing portable design studio. Win a Gypsy in the Cricut Gypsy Escape Contest. On Sept 24th, the Gypsy will be formally launching on HSN. Learn more here.