The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter is like no other die cut machine.
It is a portable die cutting machine that cuts letters, shapes, and phrases – all at the touch of a button. Without the need for a computer, the Cricut machine can cut characters from 1 inch up to 5-1/2 inches tall and 11-1/2 inches wide from a variety of materials, including paper, cardstock, vellum, and vinyl.
It uses small, lightweight cartridges to cut complete font or shape sets.
I’ve spoken to many owners of the Cricut Die Cut Machine, and they all told me it is very easy to use. Basically, you place your paper on the cutting mat, load it into the machine, insert your cartridge, make your selection, and press cut.
You can control the size and the style of the cut with the simple controls of the Cricut.
The Cricut weighs just 9 pounds and has a carry handle making it light and convenient for transportation.
Included in your initial purchase are the George and Basic Shapes cartridge, 1 6 by 12 inch cutting mat, 1 power adapter, and user manuals. Measures 17-4/5 by 9-2/3 by 12-8/9 inches.
There are currently 97 customer reviews on Amazon, giving it an average of 4 stars (but with many five star reviews). This is certainly a popular machine, and one that will be with you for a very long time.
Drawbacks: The Cricut does not accomodate dies and embossing folders from other die cut machines as it uses cartridges. So if you already own a Cuttlebug, Big Short, or similar, you won’t be able to use any of your current accessories with this machine.
However, the simplicity of the Cricut makes it extremely popular.
I’ve added a video here to give you an idea of what the Cricut can do.
Here’s a round up of the product features for the Cricut:
Portable electronic cutting machine for greeting cards, scrapbooks, and other paper crafts
Cut letters, shapes, or phrases; works with vellum, paper, cardstock, and vinyl
Cuts from 1 inch up to 5-1/2 inches tall
Cartridge-based system; no computer required; George and Basic Shapes cartridge included
Measures 17-4/5 by 9-2/3 by 12-8/9 inches; 1-year limited warranty