Which One??? Cricut Or Airbrush Machine?

Decorating By cb3 Updated 23 Nov 2016 , 6:00am by kristel7

cb3 Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 12:02am
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I am trying to decide on my next "big" purchase. Wanted some opinions on which would be a better pick: A Cricut Machine or an Airbrush Machine? I am leaning toward the airbrush machine. Not sure!

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costumeczar Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 2:25am
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Depends on what kinds of cakes you do. I have both items and never use the cricut. I use the airbrush all the time to do flowers, though. The cricut is useful if you don't know how to use an exacto knife icon_rolleyes.gif

Kitagrl Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 2:43am
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Airbrush, definitely.

alleykat1 Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:05am
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airbrush I have both and don't use my cricut but use my airbrush all the time

Curtsmin24 Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:06am
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Airbrush. I got the cricut as a gift. I use it mostly for lettering. I did a high school grad cake and the varsity letters looked so much better.

The airbrush you will use a lot more and it will be a much better investment. I guarantee it will be less frustrating to figure out and you will find more ways to use it.

cb3 Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 2:37pm
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Thanks so much! I think I will use the airbrush machine much more. Are there any good tutorials for learning about all you can do with an airbrush machine?? It looks as though you have to buy all those cartridges for the cricut with preloaded designs. Are you able to download on it, too? Like a logo or something? Or can you only use the patterns/letters on each cartridge?

Kiddiekakes Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 2:48pm
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Airbrush hands down..I use mine for every cake...I bought the cricut and had trouble trying to get it to work/cut...sold it 3 weeks after...

leah_s Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:10pm
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I have both. The Cricut was a total waste of money. I only use it to cut flowers from wafer paper. Do you already have an Agbay? icon_smile.gif

MayWest Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:29pm
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Airbrush

tonedna Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:34pm
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I say airbrush!
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Sorelle Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:49pm
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[quote="costumeczar"]Depends on what kinds of cakes you do. I have both items and never use the . I use the airbrush all the time to do flowers, though. The is useful if you don't know how to use an exacto knife icon_rolleyes.gif[/quote
Personally I would never be without my airbrush. However it does depend on the type of cake you want to do. I do a lot of cakes that don't look like cakes and an airbrush is vital in having a sculpted cake come alive.

If you are making more traditional cakes and want to embellish them them the cricut is nice. hth

Kimmaf Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 3:56pm
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Airbrush...I have the cricut and an airbrush and use the airbrush all the time!

The airbrush I bought is Aztek A4709
The compressor is Airbrush Depot Model TC-20T

I'm very happy with the airbrush and compressor.

bakerliz Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 4:00pm
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I have the Cricut but I wish I had the airbrush

amamamiq Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 4:02pm
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Great Question! I've been debating over the same thing and I'm leaning towards airbrush also. Which airbrush/ compressor do people recommend. I've considered the kopykake one, but don't know if I should get something smaller and more compact. Any suggestions?

tonedna Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 4:18pm
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Originally Posted by amamamiq

Great Question! I've been debating over the same thing and I'm leaning towards airbrush also. Which airbrush/ compressor do people recommend. I've considered the kopykake one, but don't know if I should get something smaller and more compact. Any suggestions?





This is my favorite one. It works as well as the Kopykake, but it has a moisture trap. It's small, fits almost in the palm of your hand. And is very quiet! Works beautifully.
http://www.designmeacake.com/catalog/i95.html

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Taterfink Posted 9 Jul 2011 , 11:53pm
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There is software that you can purchase that works with the Cricut that allows you to cut without buying all those cartridges. You can download freebies or design your own stuff to cut out.

I wasn't sure about posting a website on here but if it'd be ok, y'all let me know and I'll put it on here. I am in no way affiliated with them. I just purchased the software and really like it.

donnlara Posted 10 Jul 2011 , 12:19am
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I use my airbrush at least 3-4 times more often than my cricut!

cb3 Posted 10 Jul 2011 , 8:19pm
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Thanks for all the info. I am a little new to all of this and have been learning pretty much by trial and error! Can you put your own fondant through the cricut, or do you have to purchase special sheets for it? That seems pretty expensive. I'd love to see the website, Taterfink. I've seen other websites on here, but not sure what is allowed!

leah_s Posted 10 Jul 2011 , 9:00pm
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[quote="Taterfink"]There is software that you can purchase that works with the that allows you to cut without buying all those cartridges. You can download freebies or design your own stuff to cut out.

I wasn't sure about posting a website on here but if it'd be ok, y'all let me know and I'll put it on here. I am in no way affiliated with them. I just purchased the software and really like it.[/quote]

Not so much any more. ProvoCraft has sued the makers of that software and forced them to take those products off the market. If you have the software, don't ever update your Cricut because then it will be completely incompatible with the software.

ProvoCraft is not a nice company if you are aware of the long sordid history of the Cricut Cake machine.

costumeczar Posted 10 Jul 2011 , 11:07pm
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Hey, anyone who would partner up with Martha Stewart has shown themselves to be a jerk...

Is that true for both programs? There's the SCAL and another one can't rememebr.

Taterfink Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 2:06am
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leah_s.
I was not aware of a lawsuit. I haven't updated either the cricut nor the SCAL in a very long time. Guess I won't be doing it in the near future either. Thanks for the heads up. Now, I suppose I'll go looking for the back story as I feel as tho I've been left out of the loop!

bonniekaye Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 4:08am
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Originally Posted by Taterfink

leah_s.
I was not aware of a lawsuit. I haven't updated either the nor the SCAL in a very long time. Guess I won't be doing it in the near future either. Thanks for the heads up. Now, I suppose I'll go looking for the back story as I feel as tho I've been left out of the loop!




If you would like to know the back story about PC and the Cricut Cake you can find it at:

www. creativedesignsforcakes. blogspot .com you will need to go to the older posts from 2010 and it is called "The Real Story".

I know this technique is patent pending.

ycknits Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 4:25am
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Has anyone tried the Duff brand air brush? $129 at Michaels....

Taterfink Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 11:13am
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Thank you, I'll look t up.


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Originally Posted by bonniekaye



If you would like to know the back story about PC and the Cake you can find it at:

www. creativedesignsforcakes. blogspot .com you will need to go to the older posts from 2010 and it is called "The Real Story".

I know this technique is patent pending.


2xMiMi Posted 11 Jul 2011 , 11:41am
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I am considering airbrush as well but don't know anything about the various brands. I have thought about the Duff as when a coupon it is more in my budget. I have also seen one on ebay but can't find anyone that knows anything about it (Vogue Air). Any input will be greatly appreciated. icon_biggrin.gif

andilanz Posted 23 Nov 2016 , 1:05am
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I also want to purchase an airbrush machine, but I don't know anything about them - any insight to the best brand/type would be greatly appreciated!!


kristel7 Posted 23 Nov 2016 , 6:00am
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I suggest neither. Edible printer is the way to go. I got a cannon, buy food empty cartridges, fill with edible ink, frosting sheets (aLloyd available on amazon). I had the duff airbrush for 4 years now . it is not the greatest, but it does what I need it for .  if you're really into airbrushing your cakes I would suggest one that is more professional , mostly speaking of the gun. The colors are not cheap, they have to be thin enough not to clog gun. I'm not an artist so I use it for gold and silver  and pearl spraying my cakes. 

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