Cricut Fearless Designers, Cricut Explore Air 2 Wild Rose

Step Into 2019 and Be a Fearless Creator!

February 8th, 2019 • Contributor: Team Cricut

Are you ready to be fearlessly Creative this year - learn a new skill, start a new big project? We’re banding together with some #fearless designers for a full year of exciting moments to make! Not only will you see free projects and images in Design Space, but join us as we explore their journeys to become Fearless Creators. And we want to know about your story too. Are you #fearless or #original or #momboss or #bold&beautiful or #selfmade… ?

Our Fearless Creators each have a unique design style and are partnering up with Cricut and JOANN Stores to launch exciting material kits in paper, vinyl, and iron-on for you to make amazing projects all year long.  Each collection will bring you new and exciting patterns.

Stay tuned to track their live appearances and online moments.  We featured Natalie Malan in a Facebook Live last week, so make sure to check that out!  You’re first chance to see them in person will be in Columbus, OH on March 3rd at the Polaris JOANN store. We would love to see you there or you can watch it live on our YouTube channel.

Have you ever started talking about taking your Fearless Creativity to the next level?  Do your friends tell you that you should start selling your creations? Well, these Fearless Creators are also hosting live webinars throughout the year to provide tips and tricks on being your own boss! Whether it is starting a blog, a small business or doing more on social media for your brand or your business, Natalie, Tara & Jenn have you covered! Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming months.


Natalie Malan

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Georgia peach, professional illustrator, and mom to four, Natalie Malan pushes the boundaries of pretty! She was told in high school that her art was “cute” and that she would never make it professionally. Undaunted, she persisted in her vision, graduated with a Fine Arts degree in illustration, and is now boasts a successful designer career.  Natalie took a big leap 10 years back to start her own business and be a Fearless Creator!

What inspires Natalie?

Natalie sees the world in watercolor -- sharp edges softened. She dreams in watercolors and florals and is inspired by the art all around her.  Her designs are meant for you to take risks and to bravely be boss of your own art.

You can see her new exclusive line of materials is now available on and coming to stores soon!

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Rad & Happy

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Tara is a hand letter and doodler at heart and mom of three. With her Graphic Design degree, she started Rad & Happy in 2010 with a dream of bringing smiles to people’s faces by spreading joy and gratitude. Tara has been doodling since the fifth grade, and she’s thrilled that she was able to take that gift and be a Fearless Creator, mom, and wife.

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What inspires Tara?

She thrives on inspiring people and making them laugh through her talents. Tara has turned it into something she loves wholeheartedly and hopes it always adds a special dose of real life rad and happy goodness to everyone who comes across it.

Her line of materials will be coming to JOANN Stores this summer!


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Jenn is a professional graphic designer, influencer, and mom of 2 with a passion for clever details -- the kind that surprise and delight! In 2006, she founded Hostess with the Mostess® (HWTM) with the purpose of sharing creative party inspiration. Her first step to becoming a Fearless Creator was pitching a “party styling" book, but the door closed as they told her she was a graphic designer, not a party planner. True to form, she kept styling events and continued writing about them. She’s still happily creating fearlessly and doing what she loves.

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What inspires Jenn?

She’s passionate about helping BRING THE FUN to celebrations and everyday moments with great design, doable DIY projects, and clever party ideas.

Her material line will be coming to JOANN Stores later this fall!


All three of these Fearless Creators have joined the Cricut + JOANN’s new #fearless creativity campaign that accompanies their new and exclusive Explore Air 2 in Wild Rose. This year, we hope to inspire you, empower you, connect with you and give you the tools to take the first steps to being your best Fearless Creator!  Whether you’re ready to start your own entrepreneurship, learn a new skill, or just enjoy making things every day, take the journey with us to explore your #fearless side!  Put your voice in and tell us if you’re #cricutmade #CricutWildRose +






Making things isn’t a just a hobby -- it’s a movement. Join our powerful community of Fearless Creators who are making a difference one project at a time!

INTRODUCING Wild Rose Explore Air 2

a JOANN Stores exclusive!

Made with fearless creators in mind, the popular Cricut Explore Air 2 debuted in a bold Wild Rose color with beautiful gold accents exclusively at JOANN Stores.  It comes with over $100 value of materials for you to be the most Fearless Creator: 40 SHEETS OF VINYL and 2 gold hand tools. (10 sheets of permanent vinyl, 10 sheets of removable vinyl, 10 sheets of shimmer vinyl PLUS 10 sheets of printable vinyl so you can be your own designer too!)

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There are also fun gold vinyl hashtags that you can use to personalize your machine and take the first fearless step together. Choose which hashtag best represents you as a creator, add it to your machine (and any projects you want to shout from the rooftops), snap a pic and post it to show everyone what creator you are! We’d love seeing what you make and celebrating!!

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Let’s make our movement strong in 2019 - the year of #CricutWildRose #fearless #momboss #original #bold&beautiful #selfmade

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Linetype, Cricut Design Space, color fill, pattern fill

Important Changes to Design Space!

January 8th, 2019 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Thanks to great feedback from members like you, we’ve made a few exciting updates to Design Space®. In short, we moved Linetype (Cut, Draw, Score), Print Then Cut, and color selection from the layers panel to the edit toolbar. Here’s a quick overview of the changes so you can jump in and try ‘em out!

We included a video to a webinar at the bottom of this blog which will walk you through in great detail all you need to know about this exciting change in Design Space.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space


Use the Linetype dropdown to change your object to a Cut, Draw or Score object. Print is now found under the Fill dropdown, but we’ll share more about that in a moment.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

The swatch box next to Linetype opens the Linetype attributes panel. When you have a cut Linetype, use this to select your material color.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

… Or to select your pen type and color, if you’re working with a Draw Linetype.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space


To change your cut to a Print Then Cut object, use Fill. By default, cut objects have no fill. To add a print fill, from the Fill dropdown, select Print.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Now that you have a Print Then Cut object, you can change its color. Just click the Fill attributes swatch and select a new color. Your object will automatically update on the canvas.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

If you want to add a pattern, select Pattern from the Print type dropdown, then choose your pattern. Voila! Your object now has a pattern fill!

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Design Space has LOTS of print fill options. To search by color or ownership type, just use the Filter link to open a flyout window.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Once you find the perfect pattern, you can use the Edit Pattern link to refine it to your liking.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Want to undo the changes you made to a Print Then Cut image? No problem. Use the Restore button found on the Original Artwork Print type and it will revert back to its original design.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Multi-layer updates

Wait. Hold the phone. Did I just say multi-layer updates? Yes, I did! This new layout lets you manipulate more than one layer at a time. Simply select all of the objects you’d like to change and use the dropdowns and swatches as necessary.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Note: Not all functions can be changed at the same time. Available options will vary based on the Linetype and various attributes of your selected objects.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Image Information

To find image information, right click on the specific layer. You’ll find the image, font, or cartridge information at the bottom.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

That’s it. Enjoy the updates and be sure to let us know what you think!

If you want to learn more, watch this comprehensive webinar:

If you have even more questions, please visit:

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
Cricut Holiday Jammies Challenge

Holiday Jammies Challenge

November 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Show us your personalized jammies and enter to win a Cricut Maker® + Everything Materials Bundle, Maker Tools and Accessories worth over $700!

 Winner: Alex Baldi was the winner for her creative and unique Shake-It Buffalo Snowglobe PJs.

Dear Cricut Friend,

We are excited to announce our first ever Holiday Jammies Challenge! Time to get creative and show us your custom pajama designs and enter to win an amazing assortment of Cricut goodies!

What kind of jammies (AKA pajamas, PJs, sleepers) should I make?

We invite you to submit all kinds of customized pajama designs. They can be anything from simple iron-on projects to made-from-scratch ensembles—we just ask that they are original, creative, use Cricut Fonts and Images and capture your family’s holiday spirit! See the bottom of this post for some inspiration!

Here is how to participate:

For this challenge, we ask that you submit your designs through the Cricut Community in Design Space®. Follow the steps below to set up your Community profile and then share your project!

Share your project with the Cricut Community:
  • To start, you will need to log into Design Space with your Cricut ID.
  • Next, if you haven’t already, set up your personal profile in Cricut Community by uploading a profile photo and writing a short bio. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Design Space profile.
  • With your profile created, you are ready to make and share your Holiday Jammies project. Please include Cricut Fonts and Images
  • Take a photo of your finished jammies so you can upload it in Design Space. It can be a picture of the jammies themselves or your family members wearing them! Here are some handy photo tips to get the most out of your project photos.
  • With photos in hand, navigate to the My Projects page and click the Share icon below your project. Edit the project name, add a short description, and upload at least one photo of your finished project. Make sure the "Visible to Others" toggle is green and click Save. Now the project will appear on your profile! Here are complete instructions on how to share a project if needed.

Congratulations! You have shared your project and posted it to Cricut Community. Click on the link below to add your information and you will be entered to win the Jammies Challenge.

The Holiday Jammies Challenge closed on December 3, 2018 and we plan to announce the winner here on the blog on December 8, 2018. Be sure to check back to see if you have won!

Best of luck and have fun making your Holiday Jammies!


Check out this great blog post from Sugar Coated Housewife.

Sugar Coated Housewife Holiday Jammies
Sugar Coated Housewife Holiday Jammies

Check out this great blog post and jammies from GYCT Designs.

GYCT Holiday Jammies

Check out these DIY Christmas Lights Leggings in Design Space.

GYCT Holiday Jammies
Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™

Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™.

Cricut Maker is the most versatile smart cutting machine on the market and it’s tailor-made for sewing enthusiasts, whether you’re just starting out or have a lifetime of experience. With its expandable suite of tools and the ability to cut hundreds of materials and textiles, Cricut Maker is a sewer’s dream.

Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™

Sewing patterns made fun and easy.

You can access hundreds of digital patterns and templates in Design Space®, the cloud-based software that comes with your machine, or go all out and upload your own. Our pattern library includes designs and patterns from popular pattern makers, including Sew News and Simplicity®, so you’ll always be ready to create your next sewing masterpiece.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sewing crafts, simplified.

One of the most jaw-dropping features is how Cricut Maker handles patterns. It has the capability to transfer all of the pattern markings directly onto your fabric, so you’ll never miss a mark again. Design Space will even tell you which direction the grain of your fabric should go when you load your mats. And Cricut Maker cuts and marks your pattern pieces in just a few clicks, which means you’ll have plenty of time to focus on the fun part – sewing it all together!


Select your design or make it from scratch.

Sewing Cricut Maker


Place your material on a mat, load it in the machine, and press Go.

Cricut Maker handles the rest.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sew and Admire

Sew it all together and you’re done!

Optional: Play it cool when people ask you how you did it.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sew many tools.

Cricut offers a wide variety of tools to make sewing projects a breeze. Here are all your must-haves for Cricut Maker if you’re a sewing enthusiast.

Cricut Rotary Blade

Rotary Blade brings infinitely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. Use it to cut soft, flexible materials, like cotton, fleece, and denim. With its gliding, rolling action, it cuts virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material. Rotary Blade comes in the box with Cricut Maker. Shop Cricut Maker now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Bonded-Fabric Blade

Bonded-Fabric Blade + Housing is a drag blade made from German carbide steel. If you need to cut bonded, basted, fusible, or stabilized fabric, this blade’s your go-to. Bonded-Fabric Blade is sold separately. Shop Bonded-Fabric Blade now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

Cricut Maker has the technology to draw on your fabric so it’s easy to mark all of your pattern pieces before they’re cut out on the machine. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen has a water-soluble ink so you can wash your pieces after they’re sewn together. Washable Fabric Pen is sold separately. Shop Washable Fabric Pen now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut FabricGrip™ Mat, 12" x 12"

FabricGrip Mat combines increased strength and density with a light adhesive to create beautifully cut fabrics. Use with Cricut® machines and Rotary Blade or Bonded-Fabric Blade. Cricut FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 12" comes with Cricut Maker.

You can also purchase a FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 24" for larger-scale projects that is sold separately. Shop the FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 24" now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Curated fabrics from Cricut.

Get inspired to create with Cricut materials for the sewing obsessed.

Cricut Fusible Fabric

Fusible Fabric is simple, versatile, and great for creating sewing and quilting accents – no interfacing or stabilizing needed. Use it to create phenomenal appliques to customize quilts, totes, pillows, and more. Shop Fusible Fabric now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Designer Fabric

Designer Fabric is classic, easy-care cotton. Each sampler includes complementary patterns and colors curated by designers, including Riley Blake Designs. Mix and match to create accessories, toys, quilts, framed fabric accents, and more. Shop Designer Fabric now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Accessorize your sewing experience.

It’s not just fabric. Cricut Maker, our most versatile smart cutting machine, opens up a world of creative possibilities. Whether you’re vinyl obsessed, in love with leather, or can’t get enough of crafting with specialty materials like chipboard, basswood, balsa wood, craft board, mat board, and more, Cricut Maker gives you that creative edge. Find out more about Cricut Maker possibilities here.

Cricut also makes thoughtfully designed hand tools to complement your cutting machine. From a hand-held Rotary Cutter to Self-Healing Mats and Acrylic Rulers in a gorgeous array of colors, these tools give you the best possible craft experience and add pops of color to your craft room.

Quilting Cricut Maker

Ready. Set. Make sewing magic.

Never run out of sewing inspiration. Design Space is packed with ready-to-make sewing projects, patterns, and templates. To access these projects, sign up for a Design Space account. Signing up is quick, easy, and free. Sign up now.

Sewing projects galore.

Getting started.

Please view this video introducing you to Cricut Maker. For more amazing videos and tutorials, visit Official Cricut Youtube channel.

Cricut EasyPress™ 2 or Heat Press–Which is right for you?

Cricut EasyPress™ 2 or Heat Press–Which Is Right for You?

November 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We often get the question: “I am trying to decide what to buy, a Cricut EasyPress 2 or a traditional heat press. What is the difference?” Read on … or if you want to skip to the punchline, we have an easy comparison chart at the end.

Making flawless iron-on projects requires first and foremost your creativity! That’s a given, but in terms of tools, top on the list is a machine that applies even heat across the design. Next is a hard and stable surface, and finally, some pressure. The myth of super-pressure arises because for optimal outcome you need a flat, stable surface, and not all projects are completely flat. T-shirts have seams, make-up bags have zippers, baby bibs have piping, and on and on. Typical heat press machines have no way to work around these features. In order to work correctly, they use high amounts of pressure to push the feature into padding which helps to create a flatter pressing surface. More on this below.

Let’s start with similarities.

How are EasyPress 2 and a typical Heat Press similar?

If you love working with iron-on (also known as Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV), or if your next must-have for your craft room is some kind of press, both EasyPress 2 and heat presses deliver professional results. Here’s how:

  • Both heat up to at least 400-degrees Fahrenheit, making it possible to work on a wide range of iron-on applications
  • Both have edge-to-edge even heating across their respective heat plates
  • Both are steam free (there are no holes in the heat plate; crucial for iron-on success)
  • Both have exact temperature controls and timers, so you know how long to press

That’s where the similarities end.

Let’s start with size, weight and portability differences.

  • Questions to ask: Is my craft table stable and large enough for a heat press? Will I be able to lift a heat press if necessary? Do I want a portable machine I can take from room-to-room or to a friend’s house:  think crafternoons, baby or wedding showers, birthday parties?
  • EasyPress 2: Fits easily in most craft rooms and spaces, can be stored on a shelf or in a cabinet, and comes with a convenient canvas travel tote. EasyPress 2 12” x 10” (our largest) weighs-in at only 8.6lbs. And, despite being really light, you do not need to press hard to get flawless iron-on. You only need the pressure of one or sometimes both hands, depending on your project, for optimal results. (See here for an overview on how to determine the right pressure for your projects and here for all weights and dimensions of all three sizes of EasyPress 2.)
  • Heat Press: Most heat presses weigh 45 lbs – or more – and take up considerable space on your craft table. A heat press is typically a permanent fixture; once it is placed in your workspace, you will likely not want to move it again.

Next, size of the heat plates

  • Questions to ask: The key questions is, “what size will work best for my typical projects?” Do you make small things for baby, t-shirts for tweens, teens or teams, or larger tote bags, towels or blankets? Ideally, the heat plate dimensions should be large enough to cover the area of your iron-on project, without seams, zippers or trim interfering in a successful outcome.
  • EasyPress 2: EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes so that you can select the right size for your projects. For example, the 6” x 7” EasyPress 2 is perfect for a small surface when making it flat is challenging, like on baby t-shirts or bodysuits. Seams create an uneven surface and can disrupt the successful application of iron-on – bummer. To learn more about the advantages of each size, see our blog: Which one is right for you?
  • Heat Press: Most heat press plates are 15” x 15” or larger (mostly for commercial purposes). The large surface area provides coverage for most iron-on projects that you can fit between the plates. They use a lot of pressure to compensate for squishing seams, collars or anything else that could get in the way of transferring your design onto a completely flat surface.

Types of projects possible with each press

  • Questions to ask: What types of projects will I be making? Do I want versatility to apply iron-on to rounded items like hats, household décor or dimensional projects like the wooden stool pictured above.
  • EasyPress 2: EasyPress 2 works on all types of materials, thicknesses, and dimensional projects, (like a hat, stool or sign). See the kid’s wooden stool project in Design Space as an example of applying iron-on to a larger object. Imagine trying to fit a wooden stool into a heat press … talk about a craft fail!
  • Heat Press: With a clamshell or swing arm design, projects need to lie flat so they can be pressed between two plates. Some machines come with add-ons that will help with applying iron-on to smaller rounder objects like hats.


  • Questions to ask: Do I have surge protection available or dedicated 20-amp circuit?  Does my workspace need to be kid-friendly?
  • EasyPress 2: EasyPress 2 comes with streamlined safety base, a safe-touch plastic shell, has an auto shut-off feature and does not require a dedicated power outlet.
  • Heat Press: Built for commercial purposes primarily, heat presses require dedicated power outlets to avoid tripping circuits. These machines generate a lot of heat and to operate them you are putting the item – not to mention your hands – between plates. You’ll also want to keep kids a safe distance away. Heat presses do not have an auto-off feature.

Time to complete projects

  • Questions to ask: How many iron-on projects will I most likely plan to make at one time? And, will I be producing repeat projects using the same design over-and-over (more than 10 at a time)?
  • EasyPress 2: In approximately three minutes, the 12” x 10” will heat up to 315 degrees Fahrenheit (the smaller sizes in the EasyPress 2 family take only a minute or two). It will beep to let you know it’s ready to go. Thirty to 45 seconds later, your iron-on project will be done!*
  • Heat Press: It can take up to 8 minutes or more for heat press to warm up to 315 degrees Fahrenheit. In the time it takes a heat press to warm up, it is possible to have applied iron-on to five t-shirts using an EasyPress 2. To be fair, once the heat press has reached the desired temperature, it is typically faster making the same project over-and-over as long as you are using the same design, iron-on material, and base: 10 or more t-shirts, for example.

*Cricut provides an interactive quick reference guide so you know the correct time and temperature settings and peel recommendations for your specific iron‑on project.

In Summary

If you have a small crafting business with plenty of space and want to produce the same projects over-and-over (over 10 times, for example), you might prefer a heat press. If you are a crafter who wants professional results using a lightweight, mobile, versatile and safety-first option, the EasyPress 2 is the clear choice.

Here is a handy comparison chart for easy reference:

If you are still not sure and have questions about Easy Press 2, please see our informative FAQ page or watch EasyPress 2 education videos. And, no matter which machine you own (or end up purchasing), be sure to consider high-quality Cricut Iron-on.

If you already have one or the other, please leave a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.

Cricut Access Update

What’s New in Cricut Access

October 26th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We are excited to announce new updates to our Cricut Access subscriptions that will help you get even more from your membership. If you are new to Cricut, Cricut Access is our subscription service (think Netflix for crafters) where you can sign-up for different levels that unlock thousands of digital images, fonts and projects in Design Space as well as promotions unique to Cricut Access subscribers on You can design anywhere on any device with Design Space and create with Cricut Access content.

Cricut Access gives you limitless design possibilities.

We are striving to make Cricut Access even better by giving you more digital images with the best subscriptions. This is why we’ve added 20,000+ new images into our Cricut Access library. Cricut Access now has more than 50,000 images and counting. We’re adding more and more so that you can create amazing projects.

50,000 images and counting with Cricut Access.

If you are a current Cricut Access member, there are changes that might impact your account, but we promise you, they are great changes! You will not lose access to any content but rather gain more, like digital images and ready-to-make projects.

There are two plans you can subscribe to:

  • Cricut Access Monthly for $9.99/month or Cricut Access Annual for $95.99 paid yearly (that equals $7.99 per month - saving you more $$’s to craft with!)
  • Cricut Access Premium for $119.88 paid yearly (a value of $9.99/month)

What are the benefits of these plans?

Both plans give you:

  • Unlimited use of more than 50,000 covet-worthy, cut-ready premium Cricut images, including exclusive designs, with more images to come
  • Unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts
  • Thousands of Ready-to-Make Projects
  • Priority Member Care Line (50% less wait time)
  • 10% savings on all product purchases on, including machines, accessories, materials, and more – including sale items!
  • 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects from brands like Disney, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin

If you sign-up for the Cricut Access Premium subscription you get two additional exclusive features:

  • Up to 50% savings on licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects
  • Free economy shipping on orders over $50

With Cricut Access Premium, you can create incredible ready-to-make licensed projects in Design Space for up to 50% off, including festive favorites from Anna Griffin.

What Cricut Access subscription is right for me?

We want to make sure you pick the right subscription for you. If you Shop all the time and want to use more licensed content, like Disney and others, the Cricut Access Premium subscription is the right option for you. You will get all of the benefits and so much more.

If you are crafting all of the time using Cricut Access content but are not interested in licensed content, we recommend the Cricut Access Annual subscription because you will not have to worry about reassessing your options for a year.

If you are someone who prefers to go month-to-month because you’re not sure how often you will use Cricut Access content, the Cricut Access Monthly subscription is a great option for you.


What if I currently have the Fonts subscription (either monthly or annual)?

You are automatically upgraded! Moving forward, Cricut will no longer offer the Fonts subscription plan.

If you are currently Fonts subscriber (monthly or annual) you have been automatically upgraded to Cricut Access Monthly or Annual, whichever matches your current plan, at no additional cost. You will be able to access all your fonts plus all of the great images for the same price as your current subscription, until you cancel or change your plan.

To celebrate all of our new Cricut Access digital images, we have exciting promotions on Cricut Access pricing that you can see on Make sure you check it out!

If you love Cricut Access as much as we do, encourage your crafty friends to sign-up! Share this post with them if you think Cricut Access will make their craft experience so much more fun. #CricutMade

Cricut Access Update
Cricut Maker and Explore Differences

What Makes Cricut Maker Different From Cricut Explore Machines?

September 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We know many of you still have questions about what makes Cricut Maker different from our Cricut Explore family of machines. If you’re thinking about questions like…

What can Cricut Maker cut that my Cricut Explore machine can’t cut?

Can I use the new Cricut Maker tools, like the Knife Blade, in my Cricut Explore machine?

Is it worth upgrading from my Cricut Explore machine to Cricut Maker?

We hear you and we want to make sure you as many of your questions are answered. So let’s talk about Cricut Maker compared to the Cricut Explore family of machines. This includes the Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Explore One and Cricut Explore.

More Tools. More Materials. More Possibilities.

Let’s start with the biggest difference between the machines, Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System™. Cricut Maker has a completely different technology built into the machine, that we call the Adaptive Tool System, which allows for us to expand the suite of tools you can use for a number of cutting and scoring applications.

The Adaptive Tool System can control your tools to cut from side-to-side, move up and down, and lift and turn, so you can cut more materials with more pressure than ever before. This is what makes it easy to cut through fabric without a backer (right off of the bolt) using the all-new Rotary Blade. We’ll talk more about the Rotary Blade below. Cricut Maker can cut hundreds of materials from delicate papers and fabrics to denser materials like leather, chipboard and balsa wood. To see the full list of materials you can cut with Cricut Maker, follow this link.


Cricut Maker has 10X the cutting power


Our Cricut Explore family of machines has a drag blade technology system that moves up, down and cuts side-to-side. While you can still cut a number of amazing materials, they have to be stabilized otherwise the blade will get stuck in the fibers. It also makes it difficult to cut through dense materials like balsa wood, basswood, and leather because the Cricut Explore Family doesn’t have the same pressure as the Cricut Maker.

You can still cut up to a hundred materials like vinyl, iron-on, cardstock, and stabilized fabric, using the blades available with the Cricut Explore family of machines. To see the full list of materials the Cricut Explore family of machines can cut, follow this link.

What tools can be used with what machine?

Now that we’ve explained the technology differences between the Cricut machine lines, we want you to know what tools you can use with what machine.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Cricut Pens, Fine Point Blade, Rotary Blade, Single Scoring Wheel and Knife Blade.

All of the tools you love and use with your Cricut Explore family of machines also work with the Cricut Maker. This includes the Fine Point Blade, Deep Point Blade, Bonded Fabric Blade, Scoring Stylus and Cricut Pens.

The new tools that were designed specifically to work with Cricut Maker, because of the Adaptive Tool System, include the Rotary Blade, Knife Blade, and Single and Double Scoring Wheels.

Rotary Blade

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Knife Blade

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Single Scoring Wheel

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Double Scoring Wheel

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Rotary Blade

Rotary Blade brings infinitely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. Use it to cut cotton, fleece, denim, and more. With its gliding, rolling action, it cuts virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material. Rotary Blade comes in the box with Cricut Maker.

Knife Blade

The extra-deep Knife Blade cuts through dense materials up to 2.4 mm (3/32”) thick with unprecedented ease and safety, almost like an automated X-ACTO® blade. It’s ideal for thicker materials like balsa wood, mat board, and heavy leather. Check out more on the Knife Blade here.

Single and Double Scoring Wheels

Scoring Wheel makes a deep single-line score perfect for uncoated light materials like crepe paper, light cardstock and even acetate.

Double Scoring Wheel creates two deep, parallel score lines that are ideal for coated, heavier materials like poster board and cardboard.

We know many of you ask why you can’t use these new tools with your Cricut Explore family of machines. You can see at the top of the tools that were designed for Cricut Maker that they have the gold gear-like attachment. That is what directly connects to Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System so it can use the different controlled movements we discussed above. The tools aren’t compatible with the Cricut Explore Air family of machines because the housing technology is simply different.

What else is different between the Cricut machine lines?

Aside from the technology, there are some design differences. Cricut Maker does not have the materials dial like the Explore Family of machines. You now choose your material from Design SpaceⓇ once you get to the cut screen. We’ve also provided more storage space for your tools in the Cricut Maker, added a mobile device dock on the machine - so you can do hands-free designing - and a USB port for charging your mobile devices.

Cricut Maker comes in three colors: champagne, rose and blue.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

The Cricut Explore family of machines comes in a number of different colors across the different machine lines. Some colors you can only find at certain retailers like Michaels, JOANN, Hobby Lobby and more, so if you have a color palette you love, keep an eye out for where you can find the right one for you.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Cricut Explore Air™ 2 in mint, rose and glacier blue.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the all-new Bold Cricut Explore Air 2 machine lineup, make sure you learn more here.

To view Cricut Maker compared to the Cricut Explore family of machines and their differences, we also have a comparison chart on

Which machine is right for me? Should I upgrade?

First of all, we have to say we love both of our machine lines. Our best-selling Cricut Explore family of machines have opened up the possibilities of what crafters can make for more than five years. Cricut Maker takes those possibilities to the next level.

If you are a crafter, designer, sewer or really any type of creator, Cricut Maker gives you the possibilities to take on new projects you couldn't imagine you could do from your home.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Cutting and applying chipboard to make incredible 3D projects.
How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Like this 3D cake stand that was cut on Cricut Maker and painted over for a premium look.

If you love your Cricut Explore family machine and really stick to cardstock paper projects, iron-on and vinyl, the Explore lineup is a great option for you.

However, if you’re someone who likes to push the boundaries of what you can make - from 3D to sewing and fabric projects - and are looking for the next evolution in cutting machine technology, Cricut Maker is the right choice. We want to bring you more tools, more materials, and more possibilities so you can make anything you can imagine.

We hope this was a helpful guide to what differentiates Cricut Maker from the Cricut Explore family of machines. Tell us in the comments which machine you use and why, and we will answer your questions as they come in. #CricutMade

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
The new bold Cricut Explore Air 2 Family

The New Bold Cricut Explore Air 2 Family – There’s a Hue for You!

September 24th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Cricut is excited to announce a new lineup of beautifully bold Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 machines! With 8 new colorful additions to the family, you can express your personality like never before. Choose from colors like Sunflower, Cobalt, and the new Raspberry – to perfectly match your brand new Cricut EasyPress™ 2 machine – and you can cut in every color!

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

The colorful DIY dream machine: How It Works

No matter what hue says you, you can cut over 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. Whether you love making cards, custom T-shirts or home decor, these bold machines will not only create flawless projects, they’ll look good doing it.

Need more inspiration? Here are some of our favorite machines in action:

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection
Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection
Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Personality Quiz: What’s your craft colorology?

o   Do you love bold new ways to dress up your craft room?

o   Do you craft in color and love making T-shirts or other iron-on projects?

o   Do you love perfectly matched palettes that make your projects look flawless?

If you answered yes to any of the above, we know your taste: Bring home a match made in heaven with our Cricut Explore Air 2 in Raspberry to perfectly complement your brand-new Cricut EasyPress 2! This beautiful color adds just the right amount of pop to any craft room, whether you’re cutting, scoring, or pressing.

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

If Raspberry isn’t your jam (pun intended!), there are so many beautiful colors to choose from to find your color personality match. Whether you’re a late-night crafter who loves designing with a bit of Merlot, or a fashionista looking for next season’s pink (it’s Persimmon, by the way), we have just the right hue to highlight your creative corner:

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection


Find your dream color

These beautiful new colors from Cricut can be found online and in stores near you this fall. Each color has been thoughtfully placed in an exclusive retailer, so check out our list below to find your dream color.


MSRP: $299

Raspberry –

Boysenberry – Michaels

Sunflower – Michaels

Peacock – Michaels

Cobalt – JOANN

Merlot – Hobby Lobby

Persimmon – Amazon

Fuchsia –


Learn more about Cricut, including the machine, Design Space®, supplies. We are so excited about these colors and would love to hear from you. Comment below with your favorite color!

Easy Press 2 Sizes

Which Cricut EasyPress™ 2 Size(s) Are Right for You?

September 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One size does not fit all! That is why we have 3 new EasyPress 2 sizes. And, we love every one of them for different reasons. This blog explains why size is important and the benefits of each EasyPress 2. We also take a look at different types of projects that will help you determine which EasyPress 2s will be right for you.

A few things to consider before reviewing each EasyPress 2 size:

  • When working with heat, size matters. Make sure to choose the EasyPress 2 size that is just right for your project(s)
    • A heat plate that is too big is awkward on small projects and risks uneven pressing over seams (learn more about iron-on and seams).
    • A heat plate that is too small may need multiple presses over the same spot and risks over-processing iron-on material
  • What are the dimensions of the projects you make most often?
    • Determine what are typical dimensions of your iron-on projects. Then, consider the dimensions of each EasyPress 2. Knowing this information is key to making the right decision for your needs.
  • Will you travel with your EasyPress 2?
    • If yes, the petite 6” might be perfect. Not only does it slide into many backpacks and other day-travel bags, but it is also lightweight at just 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg). You can certainly travel with the two larger EasyPress 2s, they will just take up more space and weigh your pack down a bit more.

Ok, let’s take a look at the different EasyPress 2 sizes.

EasyPress 2 6"x7": (15 cm x 17.5 cm), 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

Beyond being just adorable, this small guy is perfect for those wanting a lightweight, portable press that is easy to maneuver around smaller projects and apparel with cumbersome seams.

If you find yourself applying iron-on smaller than 6” wide or 7” tall, this could be ideal for you! Take into account some of these popular smaller projects:

EasyPress 2 Sizes - Mini
EasyPress 2 Sizes - Small Projects

Baby clothes







Storage containers

Small make-up accessories

Small sewing projects

EasyPress 2 9"x9": (22.5 cm x 22.5 cm), 5.73 lbs (2.6 kg)

If you find yourself making a variety of projects that are larger than 6” x 7” area and smaller than 9” x 9” space, then this could be your everyday workhorse! Consider some of these projects that are a good fit for this mid-size unit:

EasyPress 2 Sizes - Medium
EasyPress 2 Sizes - Medium Projects

Smaller T-shirts
Table runners

EasyPress 2 12"x10": (30 cm x 25 cm), 8.6 lbs. (3.9 kg)

Large, in charge, and ideal for jumbo-sized projects. For those of you who are consistently pressing iron-on projects larger than 9” x 9”, this is the one for you. This size reduces the chance of having to press multiple times across projects. For this reason alone, you may want to consider this machine. Consider these iron-on projects that are popular and often on the larger side:

EasyPress 2 Sizes - Large
EasyPress 2 Sizes - Large Projects

Larger T-shirts
Adult clothing

Lastly, be sure to consider your surface area after selecting your EasyPress 2 size

  • Use a firm, flat and solid surface that is heat resistant (like a marble-top kitchen island or wooden craft table)
  • Avoid flimsy tables or unsteady ironing boards
  • Protect your surface using a pressing mat (Cricut has created three mats that pair perfectly with each Cricut EasyPress. Always use one that is equal or larger in size than the machine you are using).

Cricut EasyPress temperature settings for use with the Cricut EasyPress Mat are different than settings for use with other pressing surfaces. Use our convenient Interactive Quick Reference Guide for more information.

EasyPress 2 Sizes

To sum up, from petite to XL, the Cricut EasyPress 2 family has every project covered just right, from pint-size onesies to everyday T-shirts to oversized hoodies, banners, blankets, and more. Determining the right size model(s) for your needs primarily comes down to the size of the projects you most often make. The larger you go with EasyPress 2 size, the less likely you will have to press iron-on material multiple times across one project. For some, like yours truly, owning multiple sizes is the best solution. For others, like new moms interested in making onesies primarily, the small EasyPress 2 is a great solution.

If you are still unsure, be sure to reference our FAQ page on and our YouTube channel, as well as reaching out to our member care with any questions you might have.

Which size are you most interested in using? Comment below!