How to Cut Vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2

by Jane Melcher
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This tutorial will show you how to cut vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2. You will need a few things before we get started.

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Introduction

If you’re new to the world of vinyl cutting, the Cricut Explore Air 2 may be the perfect machine for you. This tutorial will show you how to cut vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2, so you can get started making your own custom vinyl decals, t-shirts, and more!

What You Need

To get started, you’ll need the following supplies:

-Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
-Vinyl of your choice
-Weeder tool
-Scraper tool (optional)
– transfer tape (optional)
-Piece of cardstock or paper

Tips for Cutting Vinyl

Here are some general tips for cutting vinyl with your Cricut Explore Air 2:

-Cut slow and steady. If you cut too fast, the vinyl can bunch up and throw off your cut.
-Make sure your mat is sticky. If it’s not, the vinyl won’t stick to it and will move around while you’re cutting, again throwing off your design.
-Use a Sharpie to mark your mat. Once you have your design placed on your mat, use a Sharpie to trace over the lines of your design. This will help you line up your vinyl later when weeding.
-Cut with the glossy side down. This is probably the most important tip! Always make sure the glossy side of the vinyl is facing DOWN when you load your mat into the machine. If you don’t, your design will be cut in reverse and it’ll be very difficult (if not impossible) to transfer it onto whatever surface you’re working with.

How to Cut Vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2

If you’ve ever wondered how to cut vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2, this post is for you! I’m sharing all my tips and tricks for getting perfect cuts every time.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, cutting vinyl can be a bit tricky. But with a little practice, you’ll be a vinyl cutting expert in no time!

Here are my top tips for how to cut vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2:

1. Make sure your vinyl is properly adhered to the cutting mat. If it’s not, it will shift during cutting and you’ll end up with wonky cuts.

2. Use the fine point blade for best results. The fine point blade is designed specifically for cutting vinyl and other thin materials.

3. Choose the correct setting for your vinyl type. If you’re unsure, err on the side of a slower cutting speed and deeper blade depth. You can always adjust as needed.

4. Cut slow and steady! If you go too fast, the vinyl can bunch up and cause problems with your cuts. Just take your time and let the machine do its job.

5., weed away any excess vinyl from your design using a weeding tool like this one from Cricut.. This step is important – trust me, you don’t want to skip it! Otherwise, all those tiny pieces of unwanted vinyl will end up stuck to your final product.
+6.. Once your design is fully weeded, use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer it to your desired surface.. Make sure to apply pressure evenly as you remove the backing paper to avoid any wrinkles or bubbles in your design.. And that’s it! Now you know how to cut vinyl like a pro using your Cricut Explore Air 2!.

Conclusion

Vinyl is a great material to use with your Cricut Explore Air 2. It’s easy to cut and can be used for a variety of projects. In this guide, we’ve shown you how to cut vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air 2. We’ve also shared some tips and tricks for getting the best results.

Now it’s time for you to start cutting vinyl! If you have any questions, be sure to ask us in the comments below.

About the author

Jane Melcher

Jane is a stay-at-home small business mom. She makes more than her husband selling her creations on Etsy.

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