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Paper Crafting with the Cricut Expression

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.

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  1. Donna VW
    September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for these last two posts. I just got the Expression and I am excited to try these techniques.

  2. September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    What cartridge did you use to make the layered flowers? Is that walk in my garden? Also what cartridge is used in the picture with the pink & yellow papers. I like the bubbles & tags.

    Thanks for all the info on the cricut. While I’ve had mine for just over a year, I’m kinda afraid to experiment on it.


  3. September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Hi Nerissa – I think I used the “Accent Essentials” cartridge for the flowers. This is the one that comes in the box with the Cricut Expression. Have fun playing with it! It’s just too much fun! 🙂

  4. Ariana
    September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Im using my cricut expressions to make vinyl stickers but after ive made them I have great difficulty removing the back to the vinyl off of the sticky cutting mat. Doesanyone have any suggestions?

  5. susie
    September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    I just got my cricut expression i wanted to know if you’ve used material yet and how it worked for you and if you have any suggestions or advise? susie

  6. Heather
    September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    In your first picture, you were putting vinyl on a wall. It shows a cursive font, is this a cricut font? If so which one? Thank you, Heather

  7. September 22nd, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Hi Heather – I think you might be talking about this post here: as there isn’t a picture as you describe in this post… If so, the picture you are talking about is a Cricut promo picture. You will have to ask them about what the font is as I don’t know.

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