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Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Project
I’ve had a Cricut Explore one for probably a year and have made some really cute projects. One of my favorites is just below and it was a Christmas present that had to be “homemade”. So I set out to make a set of 7 with my trusty Cricut Explore and Cricut EasyPress mini and it was slow going because I needed a bigger press. It is totally doable, but there is a learning curve, and you have to be careful or the vinyl peels up. However, as we brought in 2020 the opportunity arose to work with Cricut I was elated and couldn’t wait to get started.
I’ve got a list of probably 20 craft projects that I want to make, but my first order of business after the first of the year was to set up a “craft” space in my office area. But we will talk more about that later, as I don't want to spoil everything for you all in one day!! Cricut sent me lots of goodies to make some projects but I’m most excited over having the newer machine, the Cricut Explore Air 2 as well as the Easy Press.
About the Cricut Explore Air 2
Today we are going to talk about the Cricut Explore Air 2 and all of the fun things you can do with it. The possibilities are endless in a lot of ways because if you can dream it, you can do it. The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut up to 100 different types of materials including vinyl, (all types), cardstock, felt, cardboard, material, and leather.
What’s in the box?
Included in the box you will get the following items:
Cricut Explore Air 2 machine (See above, the Mint color is to die for!)
Premium Fine-Point pen, Black
Light Grip Mat, 12” x12”
How much is Cricut Access?
Plus you get a Free trial membership to Cricut Access (For new subscribers), but it’s super affordable! No more paying for each image or font you want to use because your subscription to Cricut Access includes over 100,00+ images, hundreds of fonts, and of course a growing collection of ready-to-make projects. BUT you also get exclusive discounts on everything Cricut! After your trial is over, Cricut Access is $9.99 a month, if you pay monthly, or yearly you can save a little more and just pay $95.88 for the year unless you go to the premium subscription and that is also $9.99 a month but it’s billed annually at $119.88.
50 ready to make projects
AND Materials for a practice project which is completed in under 30 minutes, I think mine took around 10!
If you are like me and have the Cricut Explore, you are probably asking yourself why you should upgrade?
The Cricut Explore is the most “basic” of all of the machines that Cricut has to offer. Both the Cricut Explore and the Cricut Explore Air 2 have the ability to use your “older Cricut cartridges if you have them, which is a nice feature to have. But the differences are pretty subtle, but first and foremost is the “Fast Mode” which allows you to cut and write up to 2x faster. Using cut smart technology- The new Cricut Explore™ machine showcases a groundbreaking precision architecture. Cut Smart™ is an innovative technology that dramatically raises the standard for precision on DIY crafting systems. An interface makeover makes precision accessible.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 also has Other Great Features
It has Bluetooth wireless technology as well as free design apps for iOS, Android and the computer! And did I mention there are thousands of projects at your fingertips??
It even has storage compartments for convenient tool access, I can’t promise you won’t lose your tools, but I know I’m enjoying that feature. As well as easy to use settings, with NO guesswork! The Smart Set Dial makes picking the right material setting as easy as 1.2.3. **The dots between the indicated is a way to make the cut stronger.”
Just remember you will have to have High-Speed Internet connections and of course a compatible computer or mobile device in order to use it. Should I upgrade to the Cricut Air 2? My short answer is YES!
So now that I’ve got the new machine I had to take it for a test drive right? RIGHT! I spent the entire day (no lie, crafting, and some projects turned out really well, and others hit file 13. But it wasn’t the machine’s fault, most of them were in fact operator error. But what I’m sharing with you today is a fun way to help your kids celebrate Valentine’s Day.
As many of you know I was a public education school teacher for over 10 years, and I was never the Pinterest Mom. While I wanted to be, I just never had the time or the energy so when I decided to remake older Valentine’s Day post, I knew that this would be the perfect “home” for them.
So for today’s project, you will need the following materials:
Essential Tool Kit -Spatula to lift cuts from the mat, and the Scoring Stylus to make a fold line (not a necessity as you could use the black pen as it isn’t in the finished project.)
Project in Design Space I Mustache you a Question, Will you be my Valentine?
Project: I Mustache you a Question, Will you be my Valentine?
Pick your color of cardstock (I went with white because that is what I had on hand, but red would be striking as well. Place your cardstock on your Light Blue Mat. (Stick the protective film on the backside of the mat to help keep it clean, I used painters tape to hold it in place.
Load it into your Cricut Explore Air 2, and open the Project in Design Space and click make it, I took all of the guess work out for you. Then, of course, Cricut will arrange them onto the mat to minimize wasted products which I always appreciate!
Load your Scoring Stylus in first, and click your flashing Cricut button. It will score first and then, the computer screen will prompt you to place the black pen into that spot. Then, let your Cricut Explore Air 2 do the work for you! When prompted you will have to hit, cut as well, and once it is complete hit the arrow to unload your project and of course the mat.
Place it on your workspace, and use the spatula to “lift” the excess away.
Then, remove your Valentines from the mat and you are ready for the kids to sign them. There are 4 to a sheet, so you will have complete the process several times, but with the fast mode it doesn't take any time at all to complete them. I left plenty of room for you to add a piece of candy to them as well as a kid's signature because we all know how much room it takes for a kid to write their name, especially in their younger years.
Your project is now complete and you are ready to make your next one! I still have at least 19 on my list and a cart full of goodies to help me get started. So be sure to check back often and share your finished projects with me!