Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine

Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine

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by Cathie Rigby
     
 

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In a clear and accessible way, Cathie Rigby teaches the basics of the Cricut Expression™ machines (both the original and the new Cricut Expression™ 2) and cutting for beginners. For advanced crafters, this book instructs on features such as modes and functions, and teaches how to create with color, texture, and dimension. A cutting guide teaches the

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In a clear and accessible way, Cathie Rigby teaches the basics of the Cricut Expression™ machines (both the original and the new Cricut Expression™ 2) and cutting for beginners. For advanced crafters, this book instructs on features such as modes and functions, and teaches how to create with color, texture, and dimension. A cutting guide teaches the perfect settings to cut every type of material. A separate chapter introduces the new features of Cricut Expression™ 2 and explains how it differs from the original Expression machine. More than 50 creative projects inspire ideas for home décor, gifts, parties, cards, and scrapbook layouts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423623106
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
276,053
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Cutting Basics: A Beginner and Refresher’s Course

Each of the cutting exercises throughout this book will help you become familiar with the basic Cricut keypad buttons. These basic buttons are the same on every Cricut cartridge. Once you understand how to use these buttons and the shortcuts they provide, creating becomes a snap.

Cutting Exercise :

Load Paper, Unload Paper,

Shift, and Shift Lock

Materials

• Regular cardstock

• Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge or other font cartridge

Part 1

1. Place a 4" x 12" piece of cardstock on the mat in Home Position.

2. Plug in the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge (or any font cartridge) and place the keypad overlay in place on the top of the machine.

3. Turn on the machine.

4. Set the blade to 5, the speed to 4, and the pressure to 5.

5. Change the Size Dial on the far right to 2".

Note: The #2 will appear above the size on the display screen. 6. Hold the mat firmly with both hands and slide the mat under the blade. Note: Your mat should be aligned with the left side of the machine.

7. With the mat now in position, press the Load Paper button and help to guide the mat as it loads.

Note: Do not let go of the mat until after you have pressed the Load Paper button. Letting go before pressing Load Paper could cause the machine to load incorrectly. If this occurs, press Unload Paper and restart the loading process.

8. Type the word “welcome” on the keypad.

9. Press the Cut button.

Meet the Author

Cathie Rigby has taught Cricut, Design Studio and Gypsy classes for four years in the Salt Lake City area. She currently teaches at Roberts Arts & Crafts and Hobby Lobby stores and hosts Scrapbook Retreats and Cricut Cruises.

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Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Yana1980 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to also attend a class about this book with Cathie Rigby. This talented lady has put some great information in it to help us use the Cricut. She did all the trials and errors and has presented a great how-to book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago