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We have started a partnership with Cricut here on the blog and we will be sharing some really fun projects over the holidays. They have sent us the Cricut Explore Air 2 & the EasyPress to try out and use to create with. We are in love with the machines and wanted to share some of our favorite features with you. If you have not been able to use the Explore Air 2 or EasyPress yet then this will be a great guide for you to check out some of the awesome features in these products that you can utilize in all of your crafting and DIY projects.
The Cricut machine I had was pretty old so I have really enjoyed playing around this new machine and love some of the cool features they have included. It really seems like they have considered everyone’s wish list when creating the Explore Air 2.
All the Pretty Colors:
One of my favorite features is that they have tons of amazing colors to choose from with the Explore Air 2. I got a light mint green but they have lots to choose from. You can get your favorite color and match your craft room or other crafting tools. They are so pretty and vibrant and make the machines look great sitting in any crafting space.
Double the Tools:
Explore Air 2 has two tool settings. So you can use the blade and they now have a cool new feature that allows you to use writing tools. I have not been able to play with the writing tools yet but I can’t wait to try it out. The machine comes with one pen to try it out but they have lots of different types and colors of pens you can purchase to use with the machine. You can even play around with other writing instruments to see what fits in your machine. Add hand-written notes to your projects, journals, certificates, and any other project you might want to add writing to. LOVE THIS FEATURE! It’s new to me but it’s my favorite.
Tons of Storage:
I am one of those crafters that are always losing their tools. I lay them down then I can’t find them or I lay them down and when I need them they are just out of reach or across the table. The Explore machine has built-in storage compartments to keep your tools organized and handy. They have a small cup holder on the side of the machine to put your tools in so you can easily find them and grab them. They also have tray storage inside the door that you can store extra blades, tools, and anything else you might need. I love the storage in the door because you can pack it away and everything is all in one place. I don’t have to worry about finding a storage spot for my tools, pens, and blades. It’s perfect.
So Many Settings:
Explore Air 2 has a dial with all of your popular settings ready to go. You can simply turn the dial to the material you will be using and your machine will automatically cut out your design with the perfect pressure to get you that exact cut every single time. They even included a custom setting so if you are working with a material that they don’t have listed you can easily create your custom cutting settings to add to your wheel. It’s easy to work with and use. I love it because it takes all the guesswork out of getting that perfect cut.
Multiple Media Capabilities:
Explore Air 2 can be used with both the cartridges and the design studio. I had one of the super old machines that only took cartridges for a long time. So I have collected some cartridges. Then I got a machine that only used the design studio. So now I have the Explore Air 2 that I am able to use both on. This is one of the things I was most excited about when I got the machine. I love the design studio but sometimes it’s fun to dig out those old cartridges and create some fun projects with them again. Just pop in your cartridge and you can easily use the images to cut out some of your favorite designs.
Easy Iron-On Applications:
We also got the super cool (or should I say hot) EasyPress. This is a new machine to me, I had never tried it but after using it twice I’m totally in love with it. They come in a variety of sizes you can choose from, depending on what type of projects you like to do. I got the 9X9 and it’s perfect for shirts, totes, and a whole bunch of other projects. You can easily cover your entire iron-on and apply even pressure to get the perfect transfer in seconds. You can easily find the settings on the Cricut website for any materials you might be using. Just set your temperature and time, let it heat up and you are ready for the easy transferring. It’s so easy and my new favorite Cricut machine.
No More Burns:
The EasyPress comes with a tray to set your EasyPress in when you are not using it. I love the tray because unlike an iron your press with not fall over and burn you or your table. It’s secure and I don’t have to worry about knocking it over at all. It’s very safe to use and gives me some extra peace of mind when I am working on projects.
Padded Working Area:
In the past when I have worked on iron-on transfers I have had to use towels to protect my workspace. The EasyPress comes with a pad that you can use with your projects. Keeps your table safe from the heat and gives you a great work area when you are ironing on your transfers. It’s a great little feature that I personally find super helpful.
I hope you have enjoyed our review of the Explore Air 2 and the EasyPress. We have really enjoyed working with machines so far and have lots of ideas for future posts. Make sure to check out our Halloween treat bags that we posted last week and keep your eyes out for some fun holiday posts coming up soon. Let me know in the comments if you have this machine? Would you like to try this machine? Or if you have a favorite feature I didn’t mention?
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