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If my goal for last year was to add to my Cricut Project Library as often as possible than my goal for this year is to create as many Cricut Videos for YouTube as possible! Which means I’m getting more and more questions about Cricut terminology on my Cricut videos: what’s a brayer? what does it mean to print, cut, weed etc. what’s the difference in vinyl and iron-on.
When you’ve been making Cricut projects as long as I have you forget the days of confusion… where you had no idea what it meant to weed a design.
I mean aren’t weeds in a garden? Aren’t they bad? Don’t we pull them?
So I’m putting together a list. The most comprehensive list possible… of every single Cricut term I can think of. I’ll tell you what it means (whether it’s an action, a product, a design term or even a material) and when possible I’ll link to a tutorial that better showcases that term.
Of course, with the dozens of machines and materials Cricut offeres I’m sure I’ll miss a few terms along the way… if you can think of any Cricut terminology I should add to this little impromptu Cricut Dictionary then leave a comment down below. I’ll add it to the list so that our ultimate list of Cricut Vocabulary is as complete as possible.
And unlike middle school I won’t give you a pop quiz at the end of the post (you can put down the flash cards).
Let’s get started.
Cricut Design Space:
This is Cricut's software.... you'll use it to design projects, upload SVG's, go through the Cricut Access library and ultimately make your projects. It can be used on a desktop computer as well as on the Cricut Design Space app. However some features are only available on the desktop version.
This is cricut's library of fun design files and fonts. It's a subscription service that you can use if you want access to thousands of images and fonts without having to pay for each individual image. Sometimes you even get discounts on Cricut tools and supplies for being a cricut access member.
A type of image. While it is compatible with Cricut these images are pixelated and not your best option.
A type of image with a transparent background.
Used to keep your images in the same arrangement on your cutting mat as on your canvas. Also helps to keep writing/scoring lines in place.
Helps you line up different layers on your canvas.
When working in Design Space your you may have different layers. If so the arrange button will allow you to control which layer is at the front of the design and which layer is at the back of the design.
The work space in Cricut Design Space where you create your projects. It appears after you click "new project" on the main screen or "customize" on a Cricut Access project.
A tool in Design Space that allows you to delete/hide unwanted pieces from your projects.
Allows you to curve text from a simple arc all the way into a circle. This tool only works on desktop, not mobile devices.
Takes cut images and “flattens” them together. Can be used to create a print then cut image or one specific cut file.
Will take your image and rotate it over the horizontal or vertical axis. Basically it creates a reflection.
Will take layers and group them together in Cricut Design Space while letting them retain their individual actions (cut, foil, write, etc).
Will take a previously grouped layer and revert it back to single layers.
Each image on your Canvas is considered a layer. You can see each layer in the Layers Panel to the right of your Canvas. Next to each layer is an "eye icon that you can use to hide or reveal a layer.
After you click make it you'll be on the cutting mat screen… at this point you'll be offered the option of "mirroring" your design. Which is the basic act of flipping your design over the middle axis so that it's backwards. This is used when cutting iron-on or infusible inks so that the design is right-side up or readable once applied.
Where on your Canvas an image is located. If you upload an image and don’t see it on your canvas but you see it in the Layers Panel, try changing the position to X=0 / Y=0 and it will move the image to the top left of your Canvas.
When using the print then cut feature Cricut will add registration marks around your design that will print with the image. These will be bold black lines that your machine will use to orient it self with the
A tool that allows you to insert and manipulate one of ten shapes: square, circle, triangle, diamond, pentagon, hexagon, star, octagon, heart, score line.
Another word for a font or the different letter styles you can pick from when writing a word.
- Cricut Fonts: These are fonts that are already in Cricut Design Space and are readily available when creating projects. Some of them have an associated fee unless you have Cricut Access. They are designed to work with your Cricut and can be eas(ier) for your machine to cut if you're not good at picking out compatible fonts.
- System Fonts: These are fonts that are available on your personal computer that can be used to design projects.
- Writable Fonts: When you load a pen into your Cricut machine for a writing project the Cricut will respond in one of two ways. It will write the project as one continuous line (if the font used is a writing font) or it will write the project as an outline of the font (similar to how the machine would cut the project with a blade). Writable fonts are made to work with your Cricut Pens and always write in a continuous line... they will always be a Cricut Font. They will say "writable" next to them.
This is up in the top toolbar and allows you to add or subtract space between letters.
The act of removing the negative space between the letters or shapes on a cut project. Typically this is the space inside letter's (like the area inside the e or o) but it can be any area inside an image that you don't need.
An action that takes more than one shape and turns them into a single shape. This is often used when uploading an SVG to take all the layers of a design and make them one layer.
The end result when you cut shapes into vinyl.
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Adaptive Housing Drive:
Similar to the housing this housing drive works with the adaptive system of the Cricut Maker. It has a gear at the top and a clear guard to protect the gear.
Bonded Fabric Blade:
This little pink blade is stronger than the fine point blade and works with the Cricut Explore Family to cut bonded fabrics and stiff felt. It is replaced by the rotary blade for the Cricut Maker.
The part of your Cricut machine that holds the blade and other tools. It moves back and forth along the roller bars.
A small (usually sharp!) piece that is inserted into a housing... this is what actually cuts your surface. You can have a fine point blade, a deep cut blade, bonded fabric blade, a knife blade, a wavy blade or a perforation blade.
The debossing tool pushes the material IN to create pretty effects — it’s the opposite of an embossing tool. This rolling ball has a wider range of motion and gives you free reign to customize, personalize, and design with incredible intricacy. Find the comprehensive overview of the debossing tip here.
The engraving tool lets you engrave on flat, soft metals (such as aluminum and copper), leather, acrylic, and paper. Find the comprehensive overview of the engraving tip here.
What holds the blade in place. On a fine, deep or fabric blade it is the smooth shank that the blade is inserted into.
The perfect way to tear quickly and effortlessly with precise perforation cuts for a wide variety of projects. This little tool creates uniform, finely perforated lines for any design. These evenly spaced perforation lines allow for clean, even tearing without the need to fold beforehand. Find the comprehensive overview of the perforation blade here.
On the Cricut Maker there is a small sensor located to the right of the inside chamber. When you load one of the adaptive cutting tools it may say "scanning for tool" the tool will slide into this chamber and the sensor will read that you have loaded the correct tool. It will calibrate it with the system and you'll be good to go.
The Adaptive Housing Drive is the same across 5 tools and allows you to quickly swap the wavy blade for the perforation blade with the push of a button.
This tool will create a wavy edge rather than a straight edge to give you a decorative edge faster. This is a special sculpted stainless steel blade that lets you make original vinyl decals, iron-on designs, envelopes, cards, gift tags, and collage projects, or any time you need fabulously finished edges and stylish design accents. Find the comprehensive overview of the wavy blade here.
Anything you can put Cricut materials on. This can be anything from a wooden sigh to a t-shirt or a pillow.
A rolling tool that lets you bond material securely to the mat.
This is what you'll put your material on to load into the machine. It's sticky (to different degrees!) on the top with grid marks to help you measure your materials.
- Light Grip: least sticky of the mats. Perfect for cardstock or vellum's.
- Standard Grip: your normal, everyday cutting mat. You'll use this mat with vinyl and iron-on.
- Strong Grip: the absolute stickiest... use this for woods and leather's.
- Fabric Grip: this one is fairly self explanatory. You'll use it for fabrics and felts.
- Card Mat: a special mat designed for the Cricut Joy. You can load cards onto this mat to cut the front of the card and leave the back blank. Check out this cricut joy card tutorial to see it in action.
Easy Press Mat:
This is the mat that goes with the Cricut Easy Press... not only is it thick enough to protect your work surface but it actually reflects heat back up towards your material. Score.
A handheld rotary cutter you can use to slice fabirc, felt, leather, etc.
A flat tool that you can use to secure material to a cutting mat or to clean little pieces of paper/left over material from the cutting mat after the cut is over.
True Control Knife:
Cricut's version of an exacto knife... it's super sharp and easy to change out the blades.
A hooked tool that lets you weed vinyl or other material with ease.
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