Cricut Gifts for Paper Crafters

10 Cricut Gift Ideas for the Paper Crafter

October 28th, 2018 • Contributor: Karley Hall, Cricut Team

Calling all paper crafters!!! I have 10 gift ideas for you to add to your own wish list or gift to your favorite paper crafters. If you don’t have a Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker just yet, love crafting, and are ready to take the plunge… don’t wait any longer! The holiday season is the best time of year to purchase a machine and craft your holiday socks off. If you are already team Cricut, but need additional gift ideas, read through this post and start adding gifts to your shopping cart! These tools and supplies will help you achieve Pinterest worthy paper crafts that you will be proud of for years to come.

1. Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker™

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

Okay—so you don’t own a cutting machine, but you know everyone recommends a Cricut! Which one should you buy? We wrote an entire blog post to help you choose.

Here is a peek at what that article shares-- “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. 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.”

Check out the entire article to help make your decision on what machine is right for you! There is no right or wrong or good or bad choice! With Cricut, there is no buyer’s remorse. Shop machines here.

2. TrueControl Knife

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

If you are anything like me, you have an embarrassing amount of craft knives. Well you may as well just toss those, because after you cut with this TrueControl Knife, you will not want to use anything else. This knife is the perfect complement to your Cricut machine. Trim your materials, cut intricate designs by hand, and power through 100s of materials with ease. My absolute favorite part, is that you do not have to touch the blade to change it. The blade replacements are easily swapped and you can safely store old blade or indicate which blade you use for what! Now you will have a sharp blade ready for every project.

Find the TrueControl Knife on shop.cricut.com.

3. Essential Tool Set

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

If you can swing it, invest in the entire Essential Tool Set! These tools will make paper crafting so much easier. You have your scissors for snipping ribbon to embellish your cards, a scraper to clear your mat off, a spatula and tweezers for lifting and holding small paper cuts, a weeder for poking out any details, a scoring stylus to score your cards and boxes, and a paper trimmer (with blade replacement and scoring blade) to easily trim down your materials.

Visit shop.cricut.com to purchase the tools in Rose.

4. XL Scraper

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

You may have noticed that a scraper comes in the tool set above, but I would recommend also investing in the XL Scraper. This tool will save you so much time clearing off all of your intricate paper cuts from your mat. I also love using this when making cards and boxes. Fold your paper on your score line, and then rub your scraper along the edge to make your fold lines extra crisp.

Find the XL Scraper on shop.cricut.com.

5. Paper Crafting Set

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

I feel like some elements of paper crafting are considered a lost art—like quilling! But with this Paper Craft Set, you can bring quilling back to life. The quilling tool helps you create tight curls or you can use it to roll up paper flowers. Use the piercer to help place intricate details or poke out material from your small paper cuts. The edge distresser adds texture and personality to your project. And the craft mat makes a great work space to cut and pierce into. Before you know it, you will be a quilling pro.

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

Visit shop.cricut.com to shop the Paper Crafting Set.

6. Cricut Cuttlebug® Machine, Mint

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

Are you looking to add more texture and life to your cards and paper projects? Have you heard of the Cricut Cuttlebug? This is a die cutting and embossing machine that is super portable and does not require any electricity. It comes with one A2 embossing folder and two metal dies to get started right away. Open your embossing folder, place your paper inside, use the included plates, and turn the knob. Once it is cranked through, the paper will be transformed into a textured piece of art that will make your paper crafts even more impressive.

You can find the Cuttlebug on shop.cricut.com.

7. Pen Sets

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

Did you know your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Maker can write and draw for you?! These Extra Fine Point Pens are my favorite. Use a font with a “writing” style or turn any image into a “write” line to add some extra pizzazz to your paper projects. Or create a 12 x 12 coloring page like this project! Create a whole coloring book and gift it to your favorite little ones.

Shop for this set at shop.cricut.com.

8. Printable Materials

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

At Cricut we offer a variety of materials that you can use to print on and then use your machine to cut it out! I love using Cricut’s Print then Cut option to add detail and color to my projects. Or if you can’t find the pattern paper you need, fill your images with a printable pattern in Design Space, and Print then Cut it with your machine! We have printable sticker page in clear and white, printable vinyl, printable magnet sheets, and printable fabric.

Find these printables at shop.cricut.com.

9. Paper

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

As a paper crafter, you will need lots of paper! We have you covered. Not only do we have patterned paper, but we also offer corrugated cardstock, foil embossed, kraftboard, pearl paper, poster board, sparkle/shimmer paper… so many fun options! And rest assured, all these materials have been testing by our Cricut Quality Assurance team so we can recommend the best possible cut settings to give your perfect cuts time after time.

Find our paper offerings on shop.cricut.com.

10. Mats

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

With such a wide variety of paper offerings, you want to make sure you have the correct mat to use with your materials! To see which mat we recommend for each material, check out this helpful article. Using the correct cutting mat will ensure that your material properly cuts and is not damaged when you try to remove it from the mat. Stock up on mats so that you always have a fresh one on hand for your marathon crafting sessions.

Shop this variety pack at shop.cricut.com.

 

This was so hard to choose my top 10! I have so many additional recommendations that could fill a list at least 50 items long! Since I only have 10, I tried my best to choose my must haves… but I will add, stock up on replacement blades too! These are great to have. When you notice your cuts aren’t as clean, replace the blade and your Cricut will be as good as new.

Okay—so there you have it, my top 11! These tools and materials will help you build amazing paper craft creations. And if you are shopping for a significant other, family member, or friend, any of these will make amazing gifts. A gift that encourages creating is really one of the best give you can give!

Do you already own some of these Cricut products? Tell us in the comments which ones you have and already love. Or if you don’t own any, share which ones are on your wish list this year! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Happy Crafting,
Karley Hall

Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Crafters

These Creative Brides Will Amaze You

March 10, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

The Cricut wedding march continues! We had so much fun shining the blog spotlight on DIY bride Amy Voluckas on February 23 that we knew we just had to tell more of our amazing makers’ stories. So, meet Rebecca Lewis and Sylvanna Krawczyk, two talented DIYers who also used their Cricut machines to bring their own unique styles and personalities to their special days. From lovely and lyrical to a storybook adventure brought to life, these talented ladies have inspired us with their inventiveness and talent. Read on for all the details!

Love in Bloom: Rebecca Lewis

A little over three years ago, my friend and I were talking about how I was never going to get married because I was afraid I would never find “the one.” A few minutes later, she said, "If I set you up on a blind date with my friend, would you go?" Jokingly, I said “sure” and laughed it off.

Turns out, she was serious about it, and an hour later, she had made plans for me with one of her friends from a history course. She and “the guy” planned for me to meet him at the local bowling alley that weekend. So, nervous as anything, I went. When I showed up, my friend told me to look for a truck in the parking lot. Anxious, I looked around and there was no truck in sight. “Did I really get stood up?” I asked myself. I called my friend and said “WHERE IS HE? THERE IS NO TRUCK HERE AT ALL!” A few minutes later, a tall, handsome man walked up to my car. That had to be him I thought, and I was right! After bowling, it was clear we both didn't want the night to end. Now, the rest is history.

 

Bride

As I began wedding planning, I really wanted ways to make it unique. I thought about paper flowers at first, but they were a ton of work. I saw more and more paper flowers on Pinterest and found a blog that said they used the Cricut. I did some more research on the Cricut and my life was changed! Cutting the shapes out for the flowers became an easy task, and it made my dream of paper flowers a reality.

 

Paper Flowers

The response to my paper flowers was amazing! Nobody could believe that I made each and every single flower by hand. Guests loved that they were able to take the centerpieces home with them after the wedding and they didn't have to worry about the flowers ever dying.

 

Paper Flowers

My Cricut didn't just help me make the flowers for my wedding. It also made many small decoration pieces and even shirts for my bridesmaids, flower girl and myself to get ready in! I fell in love with heat transfer vinyl and started an Etsy shop in October making baby onesies. I can't wait to do more with my Cricut! 

 

Bridesmaids

Whimsical and Wonderful: Sylvanna Krawczyk

I am currently a tutor for all the math and statistics classes at a local community college, but I have been a lifetime crafter and maker. When I was finishing up my mathematics degree, I needed to take some programming classes, and I had never worked with a programming language before. A mutual acquaintance had mentioned his roommate, Daniel, was a software engineer, so I asked Daniel if he would be willing to tutor me once a week in my C programming class. It turned out that the class was ridiculously easy, so instead of tutoring once a week, we kind of fell into a pattern of just hanging out, which then became weekly dates, and the rest is history.

 

Wedding Couple

The Cricut has been essential for making my ideas come to life in a way that I am proud to put on display. We chose the Alice in Wonderland theme because of how well it inspired whimsical interpretations of traditional wedding elements like the cake, the decorations, even my wedding dress (I am going to be the red queen/queen of hearts!) Because it is such an uncommon wedding theme, most of what we wanted to see happen has to be DIYed.

Invitations are one of the first things your guests see, and they really set the tone for what to expect at the wedding, so ours were always going to have a funky vibe that I’d never seen before. The Cricut really came in handy in quickly prototyping sample invites so we could play around with different styles and designs. Ultimately, it streamlined the production of more than 50 utterly unique invites that look like they cost a ton but didn’t.

 

Wedding Invites

The bridesmaids dresses were trickier, because I knew I wanted my bridal party to be playing cards, but I didn’t quite know how to translate the idea elegantly. Finally, one of my bridesmaids suggested we start with a plain white dress and decorate it. Once that was decided, the first thing I thought of was making fabric iron-on appliques with the Cricut! Cutting them was a breeze, and once we had that done, we could play with their placement and create the style we didn’t even know we wanted when we started.

 

Wedding Dress

I am so excited to make flowers next. Being a mathematician, I want to use pages from an old textbook to cut my rose petals and put together a very personal bridal bouquet, and my bridesmaids will be sporting some very theme-appropriate playing card bouquets. For my bridal shower, we’re doing a DIY wine and paint night and all of my guests will be painting their own Cheshire cat canvases. For that, I’m going to be designing and cutting a cute stencil—I’ve discovered the Cricut is fantastic for making stencils out of Dollar Store plastic cutting boards!

 

Wedding Decor

The response to our DIY wedding has ranged from overwhelmingly positive to ecstatic! Our theme is so rich in material to draw from that I really went to town on coming up with DIY ways to transform our wedding venue into this alternate world. We’re even making a giant chess set from scratch! Family and friends are just blown away by these creative elements and how well we’re pulling them off—it’s definitely going to be one of those weddings that people will remember because of how unique it is.

 

Wedding

Congratulations are definitely in store for both Rebecca and Sylvanna. Their DIY weddings couldn’t be more different, and yet, they both found a way to use the Cricut to make their nuptial elements a true reflection of their individual love stories. We applaud their ingenuity!

Blushing bride or gushing guest? Show us some Cricut wedding magic you’ve made or seen using #MyCricutWedding on Facebook or Instagram and tell us in the comments below!