When I was looking for a vinyl cutter, I compared several makes and models. All of them would cut adhesive vinyl, which is what I use for my screen printing projects, but I was drawn to the Cricut Maker for a few reason. I knew that the Maker’s ability to cut thick materials such as basswood, chipboard and fabrics would give me more possibilities with my vinyl cutter. Plus, with the QuickSwap tools, I knew that it would continue to grow in possibilities. Shortly after getting my machine, Cricut launched a perforated and fine debossing tip. My Maker continues to amaze me with the things it can cut!
Today, I’m sharing a round up of my top 5 most popular Cricut Maker tutorials.
1: Custom Hang Tags with Cricut Maker’s QuickSwap Toolset
Using the QuickSwap perforated tool and debossing tip in my Cricut Maker, I created hang tags for my screen printed t-shirts. The perforated tab made a tear-away spot for the price. The debossing tool made a nice detail border. After cutting the tags, I used my DIY screen printing method to print my logo on each tag. The acrylic screen printing ink gave it a slightly raised texture.
2: Cut and Screen Print on Felt with Your Cricut Maker
My Cricut Maker cut craft felt with ease using the Cricut Rotary Blade on the Fabric Mat. Within a few minutes I had a stack of perfectly cut felt hearts. I screen printed on the cut felt, making an easy DIY conversation heart banner decoration for Valentine’s Day.
3: Making T-Shirts with Your Cricut Maker
Cricut Infusible Ink vs. Screen Printing with Vinyl
My most popular tutorials at Pigskins & Pigtails are DIY screen printing projects using adhesive vinyl cut on my Cricut Maker. I use the adhesive vinyl as a stencil on my screen printing frame to make multiple prints of the same design.
If you like the feel of screen printed shirts, Cricut’s Infusible Ink gives you the same feel with less setup. You cut and apply the Infusible Ink just like you would iron-on vinyl. The Infusible Ink soaks into the fibers of the shirt just like screen printing to give you a soft, permanent design.
4: Leather Football Earrings Made with Cricut Maker
Leather was another one of those materials I was just amazed that the Cricut Maker could cut. I love cutting leather to make lightweight, durable earrings. The Maker will even cut the tiny hole in the top making it easy to add your earring hook. I also cut a piece of adhesive vinyl on my Cricut Maker to screen print on top of the leather. With screen printing on leather, you can make earrings in bulk to sell in your craft fair booth or stock your online store.
5: Basswood Ornaments Cut on Cricut Maker
The Cricut Maker’s ability to cut through basswood is amazing! I cut these key shaped ornaments for a local REALTOR. I added her logo by cutting a small piece of adhesive vinyl and screen printing on top of the basswood. The process worked similar to my tutorial on screen printing on wood signs.
I am still putting my Cricut Maker to the test daily – cutting a variety of materials. If you are comparing the Air2 or another brand vinyl cutter to the Cricut Maker, my choice is always the Maker. There are just so many crafting possibility with this amazing machine!