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post #1 of 34
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My obsession with crafting started out in scrapbooking and there are alot of design ideas/principals that cross over to cake/cookie decorating.

Well I was super excited when I saw that the new Cricut Expression Cutting Machine (often used in scrapbooking) can cut through so many other materials than paper ie plastic, fabric, vinyl, a light bulb went off, I can use this to make my own culinary stencils!! Then I saw they had it up as an idea on the website.

I am so excited, just wondering if anyone has ever done this? The new machine can cut up to a 12"L x 24"W image. Andrea

http://www.getmycricut.com/
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post #2 of 34
I've been wanting one of those babies for a long time! This alone for me would be a great reason to get one! I LOVE doing stencils.

Do you know where to get the food grade plastic(acetate)? to use in it?

I've been thinking of trying my Sizzix, and sidekick to see how good it cuts.

The possibliites would be endless!
post #3 of 34
I've always wondered about the Cricut -- I'm not really familiar with it. I make my own templates a lot but I'd love to do stencils too. I have a simple stencil gun (the hot thing that cuts stencil pix) but I'd be more interested in hearing about this Cricut thing. What is it and how does it work?
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LOL Cookiemookie, that's exactly how I felt, I have been wanting one forever and I'm glad I waited now that the newest one does all of this extra stuff!

I ordered mine from HSN (it's craft month) and they have an awesome package deal going (plus 15% off for new customers), included 4 cartridges, tools, ink, etc, but since I will be using it for all kinds of stuff I want all of that, otherwise you can get the cutter by itself for a lot less thumbs_up.gif So once I saw it could cut plastic now I was sold! I ordered blank food grade stencil sheets from Confectionary House.

http://www.confectioneryhouse.com/product.php?productid=22&cat=0&page=1
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

I've always wondered about the Cricut -- I'm not really familiar with it. I make my own templates a lot but I'd love to do stencils too. I have a simple stencil gun (the hot thing that cuts stencil pix) but I'd be more interested in hearing about this Cricut thing. What is it and how does it work?



Oh Bobwonderbuns if you have been cutting templates and stuff by hand you would love the Cricut, it's a personal die cutting machine and they work beautifully, if you have a Michale's or somewhere that carries them near by ask for a demo, it's really cool. The reason I never bought my own before was I always did 12x12 scrapbook layouts and wished it would cut that size, now the newest model does. That being said you can get the smaller models now for much less so bonus all around. If I wasn't going to use it for bigger stuff I would get the smaller version, here's how it's listed; The Cricut Create Personal Electronic Cutter combines the portability of the original Cricut® machine with the functionality of the Cricut Expression machine.

Check out the video in my earlier post it, shows it pretty well! Andrea
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post #6 of 34
you can get large sheets of stencil plastic from designer stencil for $3 a sheet, its the thick stuff they use for their cake stencils.
post #7 of 34
you can get large sheets of stencil plastic from designer stencil for $3 a sheet, its the thick stuff they use for their cake stencils.
post #8 of 34
I cut my own with an exacto knife. icon_wink.gif
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post #9 of 34
Been wanting the mini one once i saw here that people use it for stencils. I'd love to see pics or get ideas of what you guys actually do with your machines. Thanks!
post #10 of 34
...so I watched the video of them making a plate, but I still dont get it. Does it only make letters?
How would you make stencils with this thing?
How could you program a pic in it of the stencil ya want?
Does it do that?
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post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by Wendoger

...so I watched the video of them making a plate, but I still dont get it. Does it only make letters?
How would you make stencils with this thing?
How could you program a pic in it of the stencil ya want?
Does it do that?



Oh I just went back and watched that video and they cut it off at just the plate etching thumbsdown.gif It can seriously cut anything you can imagine, words, letters, intricate shapes/designs, people, whatever.

There are hundreds of cartridges each has tons of different designs, and there is software that lets you use any font/dingbat on your computer. So to make a stencil you use the food grade plastic in place of the paper and have it cut whatever design you would want to stencil in the size you want.

Like I said the best way to really understand it is to see an in store demo/use one. There are a lot of videos on youtube too.
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post #13 of 34
andpotts do you have a link to any of the youtube demos for the newest cricut?
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

andpotts do you have a link to any of the youtube demos for the newest cricut?



Sure, some of them are kind of long because it's the whole sales pitch, but there are tons of instructional videos on using different features of the machines as well, which is how my friends and I really learned to use them for our scrapbooking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z74fevbqcC0&feature=PlayList&p=22E4ED7DB8E771CD&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyZLsHoNHkM&feature=PlayList&p=2BA006A8192A813F&index=4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnMaxNDv6_w
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post #15 of 34
Thanks! I can't wait to see what this baby can do! icon_biggrin.gif
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