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Learn to Use Your Cricut Explore

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This is the first of two classes taught at JoAnn for the Cricut Explore.  I thought it might be helpful to hear from the instructor about what you will learn in the class and what supplies you will need. 

Purpose of this class:

  • Learn how to set up and connect your Cricut machine.
  • Learn how to use the basic features of Design Space.
  • Learn how to make a multi-layered card.
  • Learn how to make a vinyl decal then cut and apply it to an item of your choice.

Supplies:

  • Your Cricut (along with the power supply and USB cord)
  • Your computer with its power cord (more on this below)
  • Your Cricut tools (the spatula, scoring stylus, scraper and weeder)
  • A Cricut pen (fine or medium point)
  • A Cricut mat
  • Two sheets of coordinating card stock at least one should be a solid color that your pen can write on. (never hurts to have an extra sheet or two)
  • Cricut vinyl
  • Cricut transfer tape (read your vinyl roll, some include the correct weight transfer tape)
  • An item to embellish with vinyl decal (many students embellish the top of their Cricut with this project)

Computer:

I have noticed that students in class have experienced problems when they bring a computer that they don’t know how to use or for which they don’t have passwords.  I went to the Cricut web site and copied this information on what kind of computers and devices will work for Design Space.  It’s pretty frustrating to not be able to learn to use your Cricut because  of your computer.

Here are the operating system requirements to run Design Space:

Window® OS*

  • OS: Windows® 8 or later
  • CPU: Intel™ Core series or equivalent AMD® processor
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Browsers: Latest version of Mozilla® Firefox®, Google Chrome™, Microsoft Edge™
  • 50MB free disk space
  • Available USB port or Bluetooth® connection
  • Display: Minimum 1024px x 768px screen resolution

Mac® OS*

  • OS: Mac® OS X 10.12 or later
  • CPU 1.83 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Browsers: Latest version of Safari®, Mozilla® Firefox®, Google Chrome™
  • 50MB free disk space
  • Available USB port or Bluetooth® connection
  • Display: Minimum 1024px x 768px screen resolution

Mobile Devices

  • iOS 10 or later
  • iPad
    • ​iPad® 3 or later
    • iPad mini™ 2 or later
    • iPad Pro™
    • iPad Air® or later
  • ​iPhone
    • ​iPhone® 5 or later
  • ​iPod
    • ​iPod® Touch 6th generation or later

Author: padenton1948

I am a retired High School Math Teacher from the suburbs of Chicago, currently living in Loveland, Colorado. I have a lifelong love of art, music, and crafts. My artistic hobbies include acrylic paintings on birdhouses and household items, (using the “One Stroke” method), such as : jewelry boxes, perfume trays, decorative door signs, wooden lamps, etc. My most recent interest is working with stained glass mosaics.

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