Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

5 Ways to Create with the Cricut BrightPad™

March 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I was here just a few weeks ago sharing my farmhouse inspired DIY sign. I hope you’ll check out that tutorial if you haven’t yet. It turned out so cute!

I’d also love for you to hop over to my blog sometime as well. I love sharing easy DIY projects with my Cricut. Today I am excited to be here introducing you to the Cricut BrightPad™ and sharing 5 creative ways to create with your Cricut BrightPad™.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

If you haven’t met the Cricut BrightPad™, let me introduce you!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad™ makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain. It illuminates fine lines for tracing, cut lines for weeding, and more.  

• Lightweight, durable Cricut BrightPad™ with adjustable LED light 
• 5 brightness settings 
• 6H Hardness* Surface (scratch resistant) 
• 9 in. x 11.5 in. lit area 
• 6-ft. USB power cord with wall power adapter 
• Nonslip base for ease of use on desk or table

I absolutely love this sleek little device! My favorite use for the Cricut BrightPad is for weeding iron-on. For any of you that have ever used iron-on before, you know how hard it is to see the cut lines! It’s tough! Annnnd the Cricut BrightPad™ makes this so much easier. You can see one of my cute iron-on projects here.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

The Cricut BrightPad™ comes in a nice, sturdy box with a place to store your power cord underneath. I would recommend saving the box and using it for storing your Cricut BrightPad™. Just as a side note, the cord is super long & makes weeding from the couch while watching your favorite show easy. Ha!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

Tip: I would also recommend picking up this weeding tool set. It has just about every weeding tool imaginable!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

The Cricut BrightPad™ has 5 brightness settings, so it’s easy to pick one that is perfect for your project. Above you can see what this piece of iron-on looks like just sitting on my craft table underneath my tools.

Can you see any cut lines? Not at all. Below you can see how it looks with the BrightPad lit up underneath. Those lines just pop! It makes it so much easier to weed.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

I’m not sure what I did before my Cricut BrightPad™.

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Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

I asked some of my favorite Cricut bloggers to share how they use their BrightPads to create. Below are their top 5 answers!

1: Weeding Glitter Vinyl and Glitter Iron-on

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

If you’ve ever used glitter vinyl, you know how tough it is to weed. Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain shows how easy it is weed glitter vinyl with her Cricut BrightPad™.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

Lindsay from See Lindsay shows us how the Cricut BrightPad™ helped her weed this very intricate glitter iron-on design.

2: Weeding Regular Vinyl Projects With Lots of Words or Intricate Designs

BrightPad uses

When you are weeding lots of words, it can be a struggle to get all those negative spaces out. Sydney from Tastefully Frugal shares how she used her Cricut BrightPad™  to weed her DIY Subway Art project.

3: Tracing Designs and Creating Your Own Custom Hand-lettering Cut Files

BrightPad uses

Liz from Liz on Call shares an amazing tutorial on how she created her own custom hand-lettering project using her BrightPad and iron-on to make this fabulous music bag.

BrightPad uses

4: As a Backlight for Small Crafting Projects (like when you are making handmade jewelry)

BrightPad Uses

Melanie from It Happens in a Blinks shares how she uses her Cricut BrightPad™ as a backlight for making her own custom jewelry. So clever!

5: For Tracing on Fabric to Make Embroidery Patterns

BrightPad Uses

For those of you who embroider or cross-stitch, you can see how Dani from Pop Fizz Paper uses her Cricut BrightPad™ to make custom embroidery patterns.

What creative uses to have for the Cricut BrightPad™? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear! Don’t forget to pin this post for later!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

2 thoughts on “5 Ways to Create with the Cricut BrightPad™

  1. I use mine for quilting – tracing appliqué pieces, foundation paper piecing, matching up seam lines. I also plan to use it to practice calligraphy.

  2. I recently purchased this for Bible Journaling. I cannot draw so I find drawings I like and trace them into my journaling bible and then color them. This bright pad is a lifesaver. Before purchasing this, I was using a magnet dying glass while wearing eyeglasses and still had a very hard time being able to trace. This is just what the doctor ordered!

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