It’s compatible with Cricut’s range of Smart Materials which allows it to work up to twice as fast as the original Maker and to perform cuts up to 12 foot long (versus just 24 inches for the Maker). It’s also compatible with 13 different tools so is an incredible versatile machine.
This will definitely be on the wish list of any serious crafters, hobbyists or small craft business owners.
The Explore 3 is Cricut’s latest release in the Explore Air line of vinyl cutters.
Positioned somewhere between the Explore Air 2 and the brand new Maker 3, the Explore 3 is the perfect machine for anyone looking for a mid-market cutter that gets the job done without breaking the bank. It’s still fast, accurate and versatile — exactly what most crafters need in a cutting machine.
The Explore 3 is twice as fast as the Explore Air 2 and can cut up to 12 feet of material in one go — a huge upgrade. It’s also compatible with Smart Materials, just like the Maker 3.
While not as brand sparkling new as the Maker 3, the original Cricut Maker is still at the top of many crafters’ gift lists.
It’s one of the premier cutting machine son the market thanks to its versatility, cutting accuracy and huge sewing pattern library. In fact, many sewists actually tell us that the Maker machines are their favorite products on the market right now — even more so than their best sewing machine!
The Portrait 3 was one of the only big releases of 2020 in the craft cutting world.
Smaller and cheaper than the Cameo 4, this is the machine to buy if you mostly work on smaller projects — saying that, its max cutting size is still an impressive 8 inches wide by 60 feet long. Plus it’s able to do two types of matless cutting.
The Cricut Joy is the more established competitor to the Portrait 3 and is probably the favorite machine among card makers nowadays.
Small, lightweight and with matless cutting capabilities, it’s very like the Portrait 3 although cuts a little smaller. It can be used with the fabulous CardMat which makes it so simple and quick to make custom cards.
Sticking with Cricut for a little while, another hot ticket item is the Cricut EasyPress 2 — a revolutionary iron meets heat press machine that promises professional results when using heat transfer vinyl.
It’s also a vital part of the brilliant Infusible Ink system — a heat transfer system by sublimation — that’s steadily grown in popularity since its release earlier this year.
The EasyPress 2 is a huge improvement on the original EasyPress, heating up faster than before and offering more accurate results. It’s also super safe thanks to its intuitive design.
If you’re interested in the art of 3D printing but aren’t yet ready to commit hundreds of dollars to buying a printer, you can test it out instead by buying a comparatively low-cost 3D pen instead.
It’s, of course, much smaller and has few capabilities than a regular printer, but is cheaper, safer and arguably much more easy to use. Newbies and even kids are likely to get a lot out of this bad boy.
We know that the various components of Cricut’s Infusible Ink system are likely to be on many crafters’ Christmas gift lists this year — including ours!
Take a look at the wide range of patterned transfer sheets currently available right now. There’s currently 27 patterns and colors on Amazon right now.
And the good thing is, once you’ve got your Cricut cutter and the EasyPress, these components (as well as the marker pens, blanks and transfer tape) are all available at a very good price — perfect for stocking fillers!
We normally stick religiously to the premium vinyl companies like Oracal and Siser Easyweed, but there’s something about this holographic opal craft vinyl that we just know we want on our Christmas list.
It comes in 7 different sheets of 12″ by 12″ and is water resistant, and apparently even durable outdoors.