A tour of the Knife Blade Gallery Wall for project inspiration

Take a Tour of Our New Knife Blade Gallery Wall

May 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Did you see?! The Knife Blade is here!

Now that you can get your hands on a Knife Blade, don’t you want to know what you can do with it?! The Cricut marketing team asked us, the Cricut Project Designers, to help them come up with a pretty way to show just how much the Knife Blade can truly do!

After some brainstorming, Meagan, Dezi, and I decided we wanted to create a gallery wall that showcased several different ways to use the Knife Blade to decorate your home.

We began with a rough sketch and ideated several projects that utilized the Knife Blade.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

We imagined chipboard words, shapes, and even a chandelier—all cut on the Cricut Maker! We sketched out 3D objects-vases, animals, and plant stands. Why not cut an entire globe out of basswood and chipboard? And while we wanted to focus mainly on the Knife Blade, we also wanted to highlight the fact that the Maker is a versatile tool that can also be used to cut vinyl, paper, and even delicate materials like crepe paper! We added in some framed art and a pillow to pull it all together.

After our sketch, we rendered our drawing in a 3D modeling software so that we could determine how big to make our projects.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

When working on larger lifestyle shoots, it is hard to make sure all the project designers have the same vision in mind. At this point we chose colors, patterns, and textiles to bring to life a cohesive final scene!

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

Once we are all set on the project, we head to the illustrators who draw our ideas to make them work with the Cricut! It is absolutely incredible watching them take an idea, create a drawing, and turn it into something three dimensional that fits together perfectly. One of our illustrators, Heather, created a “cake stand” that we used as a plant stand in this scene. It is so mind-blowing that we are going to write an entire post on it. You won’t believe how easy it is to put together. Can you believe we cut that with the Cricut Maker?! After the illustrators finish creating their file, they send the art to the Cricutizers who load it into Design Space and make sure it runs perfectly on your machine. You better believe they test cut every single image!

Did you have any idea all of that went into it? It is unbelievable how many people each project touches before it ever reaches you! We pride ourselves on making sure we have troubleshot everything before it goes “live!”

And then the fun begins—we began cutting and crossed our fingers hoping everything would come together as we planned. At the end of the week, we had all the pieces laid out and ready to be shot by our talented team of photographers and videographers.

We all are so excited about the results!

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour
Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

Dezi created these cute elephants because we all agreed that every room needs an elephant. It never gets old… I mean can we talk about the elephant in the room?

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

I made this “marble” vase. It is chipboard glued together covered in a glossy marble vinyl. The first version I made didn’t work out—but thankfully we perfected it so there is no guesswork on your end! Meagan made the flowers on the Maker with the rotary blade and crepe paper. She finished it off with pearl paper flowers and leaves.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

This chandelier is the pièce de résistance in my opinion! Noralee, our Art Team Manager, designed this and Dezi cut and assembled it.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

I still can’t get over the fact that we made everything you see here with the Cricut Maker and now YOU can too! The last step of it all, Erika, Cricut’s Project Support, loaded these and several other projects into Cricut Design Space to get you started on creating with your new knife blade!

This is just a glimpse behind the scenes of all who helped make this small shoot come to life. But before we even could use the Knife Blade, our Cricut product developers designed the blade, our engineers ensured that our software would operate the Knife Blade, our quality assurance team spent a year testing everything you could imagine, and it goes on and on! I am not exaggerating when I say the Knife Blade has touched every single employee at Cricut over the last year.

So, from all of us at Cricut, we know you waited a long time for this, and we are proud to say that we know you will love it!

What do you plan to make with the new Knife Blade?!

Links to projects:

Marble Vase

Basswood World Art

Explore Wall Word Art

3D Chipboard Elephants

Happy Crafting,

Karley Hall

35 thoughts on “Take a Tour of Our New Knife Blade Gallery Wall

  1. A great big WOW!!!!
    Thanks to everyone at Cricut for all your hard work and creativity. Cricut is truly an outstanding company!

  2. Where do you suggest we get balsa wood and basswood for these projects? Specifically looking or big sheets- 12 by 24

  3. Incredible!!! I can’t wait for all of these projects to be available. What materials is the light fixture made with?

  4. I too cannot wait for the cake stand. Need centerpieces for a wedding and these could be a great starting point for those.

  5. I am curious. Does the Cricut Maker connect to wifi or Bluetooth just as the Cricut Air 2 does to connect to Design Space? Does it scan images in as the other machines do? Is it capable of accepting svg files that are permitted? I already have a machine that capable, but it is older and I am trying to weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a new machine to get the best machine for the money on the market.

    • Yes, you can connect it also. None of our machines do scanning, but you can indeed upload SVG files (along with several other formats.) The Maker can handle a wider variety of materials.

  6. Hi I love all the card projects! However, how do I personalize the inside with my Cricut Maker using the pens? Thank you!

    • Hi. People are personalizing the insides of their machines with removable vinyl, so you could cut out your design, then apply.

  7. Beautiful designs! I’m so excited for this product. I held off on buying a cutting machine for years only because they couldn’t handle tougher materials like these… my new Maker has shipped and I’ll be ordering the Knife Blade soon 😀

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  9. Oh my!!! All the pieces are Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to try them out. Good work Design Team!

  10. Is the balsa wood something I can still do on my Cricut Explore Air 2? I am still very much in the learning phase and new to the Cricut community but eager to try it all!

    • You can cut some thicknesses of balsa wood with the Air 2. Since you can’t move the star wheels (the rollers) on an Air 2, there is the possibility of tracks since the wood is soft.

  11. Wow! That chandelier!! I’m getting a Cricut Maker just so I can make that immediately. I’m so serious…. Is that tutorial available?

    • They are working on adding a tutorial to Design Space. It is gorgeous, isn’t it? That department did a wonderful job in creating it.

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