Hello and thank for stopping by. Today I’d like to share my first attempt at using my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Design Space. After making the tutorial card that comes with the machine I was intrigued by how smooth the writing was. I have used pens in my Cameo, but they never seem to write very smooth. It could just be the combination of pen and paper that I used for each project, it could be the font that I used or it could just be me. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at making something in their software. In my opinion this is probably the biggest draw back of having a Cricut over a Cameo. Design Space is just not as good as Design Studio. Maybe it’s different if you have cartridges that you can import into it, but since I don’t have any I have to use what the software gives you.
The first thing I learned was that you can use any font that you have installed on your computer, but you can only use them to cut you can’t use them to write. When trying to find a font that would allow me the write function I could only find a couple of fonts that didn’t require a subscription or payment of 4.99 or 6.99. Once I found a font that I could use to write I had to adjust the spacing to make it look like it was handwritten. I couldn’t find an easy way to create a line that it would write out so I had to use dashes which made a line that wasn’t exactly smooth. Thinking about it now I may have been able to achieve it by using the square shape. I used the square shape to create the presents and the heart shape to make the ribbon loops. It took a bit for me to figure out that I had to attach the sentiment layer to the card front layer to be able to print it on the same piece of cardstock as the present cutouts. The machine itself is quieter than the Cameo and seems to cut a bit more accurate, but I’m not sure that’s enough for me to give up my Cameo. I will continue to use it because it was a gift from my hubby, but my Cameo will continue to be my beloved die cutting machine. Happy crafting!
- Recollections cardstock – Black & White
- Juslin glitter washi tape – Dark Blue, Light Blue, Red, Green, Silver and Gold
- Cricut pen – 0.4 tip, Black
- Font – Chloe Whimsy Font
- Shapes – Heart #M369884 and Square #M369896
- Swingline Guillotine Paper Trimmer
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Kokuyo Dotliner Long adhesive