I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of my favourite things about the Cricut Maker is how versatile it is – and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better they go ahead and release 4 new maker tools to take your DIYs to the next level!
I was so excited when I first heard about the new tools for the Maker machine. Between its ability to cut fabric and thicker materials like chipboard, leather and balsa wood the Maker already was the ultimate personal cutting machine.
The addition of the new tools open up a whole whack-load of new projects and materials, so I thought I would take some time to walk you through each of them and what they can do and show you some examples. The new tools are the debossing tip, perforation tip, wavy blade and the engraving tool.
First thing first, lets go over how you can swap out your regular blade for one of the new tools in case this is your first time doing so!
Step 1: Open the blade housing arm and remove the blade housing from your Cricut machine.
Step 2: Remove the protective cover from the new blade and insert the new blade into the housing.
Step 3: Replace the blade housing into your machine and snap the arm closed.
If you’re a visual person like I am, Cricut has a really helpful video on their website here that shows the whole process.
The wavy blade
The wavy blade creates a decorative edge in half the time a regular blade would. Cricut’s website describes it as a “blade that adds a whimsical wavy edge to any design.” It can be used on a variety of different materials, including: vinyl, iron-on, paper, cardstock, fabric, and more.
I tested this tool out on some cardstock that I had on hand. I think this tool is really versatile and I’m really excited to experiment with it on some different materials. To use the perforation blade, once you have your design loaded into the Cricut Design Space you will need to change your line type to “wavy” via the drop-down menu.
The perforation tool
If you are primarily a paper crafter, you’re going to go nuts over this new tool. The perforation tool creates the perfect tear quickly and effortlessly with precise perforation cuts for a wide variety of projects. It’s great for everything from creating your own tear-our booklets/pages, raffle tickets, journaling, gift tags, etc.
To use the perforation blade, once you have your design loaded into the Cricut Design Space you will need to change your line type to “perforation” via the drop-down menu.
The debossing tip
The debossing tip is the tool I didn’t know I needed. I’m so excited about this one. The debossing ball on this tool gives you a wide range of motion and free-reign to customize, personalize, and design with incredible intricacy. It can be used on a variety of materials: paper, foil, basswood, faux leather and more.
I’m really excited to make some gift cards and personalize some faux leather accessories with this one. To use the perforation blade, once you have your design loaded into the Cricut Design Space you will need to change your line type to “deboss” via the drop-down menu.
The engraving tool
I was personally most excited about this tool, to me it was just a total game-changer as to what I can do with my Cricut Maker. My brain is swimming with ideas for customized jewelry, plaques, metal art pieces and more. While I was really excited about this one, I was also a little nervous I would be let down as a result. This tool did not disappoint – it exceeded my expiations and gave professional-looking results!
You can use this tool on flat, soft metals, leather, acrylic, plastic, anodized aluminum, and more. To use the perforation blade, once you have your design loaded into the Cricut Design Space you will need to change your line type to “engrave” via the drop-down menu.
And there you have it! Which one of the new Maker Tools are you most excited to work with?
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