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Following on from my Cricut Maker review, I am now turning my attention to the Cricut Easy Press 2 and giving you a full rundown of what it does, and also my thoughts having made a few projects with it. I’ve used a household iron, many years ago when applying iron-on, and it never gave me the kind of results I needed. I think a combination of the uneven heat an iron produces, and the fact you shouldn’t use steam has meant it didn’t stick how I would have liked. Well, Cricut has developed something that takes all of the guesswork out of iron-on the Cricut Easy Press.
What is the Cricut Easy Press 2?
Using the Cricut Easy Press 2
I dedicated a whole day to using the Cricut Easy Press 2, to both design some projects, cut out the iron-on and use test out my new easy press. As I wanted to really experiment with it, I’d done some research and wanted to try out using text, images and layering iron on. If you are new to Cricut or the Easy Press, I do recommend that you watch the YouTube videos that Cricut has on their channels for a real visual display of how to use it first.
It does come (as the Cricut Maker did) with a ready-made project. So you get to experiment before you do your own craft projects. In it, you do learn a few tips like pre-pressing your fabric to release any moisture that could be in it.
There’s also a really important step of ironing on the reverse too, that I’d never done before. All prompted by the interactive tool.
Another item I would recommend is the Easy Press mat (grey) that you can see I’m using. The mat is made of thick, high quality silicone that is heat-resistant. The foil membrane will reflect the heat onto your project while protecting moisture transfer and the silicone foam will protect your surface from heat damage. The bottom barrier is designed to seal layers together for your best results.
I found this brilliant, as I was worried about my work desk getting damaged, but it provided a good solid surface.
Really pleased with the result. A handy bag for me to store my iron-scraps in.
My projects using the Cricut Easy Press 2
For my project today with the Cricut Easy Press 2 I’m going to be combining two of my passions, organisation (I don’t function unless I’m tidy!) and make-up. I bought some blank make-up bags in different sizes, which I knew I’d be able to use around the home to keep things organised. I also bought a few extras that I could use as gifts…well once I’d had my craft way with them anyway!
First up, was using Cricut Design space to decide what I wanted to design, I went for a combination of preset designs and ones I made myself, to show the iron-on and Cricut Easy Press flexibility.
One thing you really do need to remember is to mirror the image before you cut it out.
Weeding of the iron-on fabric is an absolute dream. So quick and easy.
Once weeded (the process of getting rid of the excess material) you just need to place it on the item you’re decorating. I tried both doing this by eye and using my tape measure. If you are layering different colours I would recommend using the tape measure, I definitely got better results that way but the simple designs I just did it by eye.
So let me show you, some of the make I’ve been doing. First up, I wear contact lenses, and they are different prescriptions so I decorated these handy bags with glitter iron-on for me to store them in.
So hopefully no more blurry mornings where I have the contact lenses in the wrong eyes. This was super simple to do, using the glitter iron-on in a bold Cricut font.
I also wanted to try layering the iron-on, and I found a perfect phrase on design space to do it. Again it worked a treat and was much easier than I thought it would be.
This is going to be a Mothers day gift for my Mum.
As I’d used quite a lot of glitter iron-on, I also wanted to have a go with standard iron-on. Again it’s really easy to weed.
This is a gift for my Dad, who is a keen photographer.
I adore the glitter vinyl, but there’s something very cool about this matt navy iron-on. I think I’m going to expand on this with some more designs soon. There are so many designs to use when you are on Cricut Design Space, I was spoilt for choice doing my makeup bags.
This is just a few projects I’m going to show you today, I’ve made a few more, which I’ll share another time. Maybe I’ll do a giveaway of a personalised one? Let me know if you’d like me to.
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