Today is an exciting day! Why, you may ask? Well, today I am going through, in detail, the beautiful and brand-new Cricut Maker 3. Cricut has been making some huge moves in the crafting world, and this is definitely one of them that I am over the moon to be apart of.
What exactly is this machine? For all the newbies here, a Cricut is an incredibly cool device that helps take your crafting to the next level. They write, score, cut and help you create whatever, and fast. The best part is, Cricut machines work with a diverse range of materials from cardstock, to vinyl, to chipboard.
Cricut Maker 3
Okay, now that we know what Cricut machines…let’s dive into this specific machine: the Cricut Maker 3. Up until this month, I have been working with the Cricut Explore Air 2. What’s the difference? Well…let me tell you…
The Cricut Maker 3 takes crafting to a new level of cool. Read on to find out just how cool it truly is.
The Cricut Maker 3 cuts 300+ materials…300. That is a huge number. Of course, I can’t list them all for you here, but some of the materials that I am excited to try include aluminum, chipboard, leather and fabric. All materials that I was not able to use in my crafting with my Explore Air 2.
(The Cricut Maker 3 also engraves…which deserves an entirely different post, but how cool is that!?)
I truly could not believe how fast the Cricut Maker 3 cuts. When I began using my Explore Air 2, I was impressed with the speed (I’m sure because I had never owned or witnessed a Cricut machine before). However, the Cricut Maker 3 takes fast cuts to a new level.
Smart Materials came on the scene when Cricut released their mini machine: the Cricut Joy. However, due to the size, the project possibilities were limited by size. Well, voila! We now have access to FULL SIZE Smart Materials – in fact, rolls and rolls and rolls of it!
The Cricut Roll Holder keeps your Smart Materials aligned properly while cutting, while also featuring a built-in trimmer which leave a straight edge flawlessly. It hooks onto the Cricut Maker 3, to ensure a smooth experience. I opted to get this accessory (as an add on) as I know that for those big vinyl projects, this will be a lifesaver. This way, you don’t waste any material, and keep everything straight and aligned!!
Honestly, when I was unboxing this awesome robot of mine, I was intimidated. I felt it when I got my very first machine, and I continue to feel that sinking feeling each time I am introduced to a new one. It definitely takes some warming up to. However, once you get familiar…it is an unbelievable way to up your crafting game!
One of my favourite aspects of Cricut machines in general, is how sleek they look. They are clean, and look great in your space. Currently, the Cricut Maker 3 comes in one colour: a very toned down blue (to be honest, I don’t know what colour it is).
Smart Set Dial
If you are used to using Cricut Explore machines, you may be looking for a Smart Set dial – there is no dial. This is a feature that you will not find on any machines in the Maker family. This surprised me, as I am so used to using my Explore Air 2…however, you will find material selection in Design Space when you are working and cutting a project.
As a teacher, and a crafter…I like to remain organized. Especially when I am crafting. I am definitely not the spread out and get messy type. The storage features on each of the machines, really help to keep everything organized. You will find a storage area if you lift up the bottom of the machine, as well as a holder located on the top part of the machine to hold other tools.
I am so happy to add a Maker family machine to my Cricut family. As I warm up to this new member, and get more comfortable using more complex materials, I will definitely share more projects and DIYs, so stay tuned for that!
Welcome to the family Cricut Maker 3!!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.