Cricut Materials that can be used with the Fine-point blade
The materials listed in the section below all work well with the fine-point Cricut blade. Easily adjust the pre-labeled settings on the dial or in Design Space to match what you are using. I will also note the settings below and we will discuss this further into the unit.
Iron-on vinyl is predominantly used on things that are fabric based in some way such as t-shirts, totes, cloth napkins, etc. Basically, iron-on vinyl is anything you would adhere to a cloth-like surface.
For iron-on vinyl be sure to use the iron-on setting on your Cricut (we will cover settings in more detail later).
Iron-on vinyl (a.k.a heat transfer vinyl or HTV) is an absolute favorite for most Cricut users and works well with a fine-point blade, but what are some of the very best iron-on vinyl to use?
1. Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl – Easy to weed and they have been around for a long time! Siser also has glitter vinyl options, patterned vinyl, floral patterns as well as holographic options! Shop them all here!
3. My Vinyl Direct – Vinyl Direct has a lot more than just HTV, so I will point you back to it more than once. They have plenty of patterns, colors, and textures to shop!
4. Firefly Heat Transfer Vinyl – Firefly is a widely known and trusted brand. Not only does it have great reviews but they also have a fantastic selection! And if you are looking for great fuzzy flocked vinyl or glitter vinyl they have you covered!
5. Fame Heat Transfer Vinyl – This brand is great when you are hunting for a wide selection of colors. The other benefit of this brand is that it is cheaper then some alternatives if you are on a budget!
Mat to use: Generally the standard grip mat will work with all vinyls.
Adhesive Vinyl – Use Vinyl Setting
Adhesive vinyl is a close favorite to the HTV. There are countless uses for adhesive vinyl such as wall decals, mugs, ornaments, containers, wall art etc. Here are some of the best brands below for AV!
There are basically 2 categories of adhesive vinyl – permanent outdoor and removable indoor – with various types within each category. Vinyl will always be clarified as one of those types and you should use accordingly to the project for best results.
For example, removable adhesive vinyl would work great as a removable wall decal while permanent vinyl will work better for a wood sign you plan to hang on your front door.
For adhesive vinyl, you will generally use the vinyl setting on your Cricut.
1. Oracal Vinyl – This vinyl is my personal top choice when I am thinking about starting an adhesive vinyl project. Oracal is regarded as the industry leader when it comes to craft vinyl. This vinyl is designed to last years. You can also find rolls of this on Vinyl Direct here in both glossy or matte!
2. Cricut Adhesive Vinyl – Cricut is still a great go-to resource for AV. As a whole Cricut does tend to be more pricey BUT there are times that I find a better shade in a color I am searching for with Cricut’s vinyl.
4. Happy Crafters – Honestly, this is just a happy place website – you will find vinyl of all sorts and many other craft-related supplies!
5. Printable Vinyl – You can print directly onto adhesive vinyl to with the print and cut feature.
6. Stencil Vinyl – Stencil vinyl is wonderful for achieving crisp paint lines!
Mat to use: Standard grip work as well for adhesive vinyl.
When crafting with cardstock, set the dial to cardstock or one setting further to your left on the dial for anything above 65-pound cardstock. Or if you are using Maker, set to heavy cardstock in Design Space. (We will cover settings in more detail later).
1. Recollections cardstock – Recollections is a brand by Michael’s craft store, but they can also be found online! I use this brand the most for my papercrafts.
2. Savage Universal paper rolls – I recently discovered how wonderful Savage paper works for paper crafting. Even though it seems a little pricey upfront, it lasts so much longer!
3. Paper and More – Paper and more is a trusted resource I have used and I love the more unique colors they have.
4. Cards and Pockets – This site has been with me for years and for good reason, the color options are unparalleled to most.
Additional Fine-Point Blade Materials
Thin poster board – use for projects with backgrounds or large cutouts. The dial should be set to the poster board.
Stencil Sheets – Create your own custom stencils with your Cricut! I generally have used the cardstock setting for stencil material but if you buy a different brand that is thicker then 6 mil you may to go up on the pressure.
Sticker paper or tattoo paper – If you are using the print and cut feature, consider doing it on sticker or tattoo paper for a fun project. I like to cut my own planner stickers! Use the cardstock setting for these as well with the fine-point blade.
Vellum – Vellum is just another type of paper that is usually delicate and translucent. It works great for any variety of papercrafts. For vellum, make sure to set the dial to paper or vinyl.
Cellophane – Every now and then I find a project I am creating needs a flexible and clear like material – cellophane works great for that and your Cricut can cut it! Cellophane will need to be cut at the lightest setting, usually paper or the one dot before it.
Acetate – Acetate is great because is it thicker than cellophane and works well for a “clear window” in a craft. In the course, we create a Shaker Cake Topper that using acetate for the purpose of seeing confetti move!
Again, we will cover settings in more detail later and you will be able to refer back to this when that point comes.
Deep-cut blade – What Can I Cut?
For each of the materials below, you will want to set you dial or machine to custom and search the name of the material to set the proper cut pressure. If you are using Maker you will be doing this in Design Space already.
Wood veneer embellishments – You might be able to use a fine-point blade with the wood veneer if it is thin enough, but probably will want the deep blade in most cases.
Magnets – Creating your own magnets can be really fun. A fabulous teacher appreciation gift in fact.
Leather – Leather is all the rage right now, especially those snazzy leather earrings!
Mat board – Matboard is essentially cardboard, but nicer. So any project you want to use cardboard for can work with the deep cut blade!
Glitter cardstock – I love my glitter cardstock for all sorts of projects. I have cut it with the fine-point blade but the deep works better especially with the chunky glitter paper. Craft stores often have some or use the link I provided!
Settings: For the materials in this section you will probably select custom for many of them and then specify in Design Space which one you are using on the cut screen. Design Space has a setting for most of these options anyways (we will cover settings in more detail later). Mats: For things like felt and leather, the fabric mat will be best. If you are cutting chipboard, glitter cardstock, wood veneer or mat board a standard mat will generally work fine. Rubber or magnets may require the strong grip mat.
Fabric Blade – What Can I Cut?
The fabric blade is pretty specific to fabric and you will generally keep the fabric setting in place on the dial or select specific types in Design Space. It is said you can cut fabric with the deep and fine point blades, however, to preserve the purpose of the other blades I recommend trying to stick to the fabric blade as often as possible.
Here are a few of my favorite fabric places to shop.
Joann Fabrics – Many of you have probably heard of Joann’s Fabrics. They have been around a long time and some of you may have a store nearby. If you don’t, you can shop online!
Fabric Direct – If you want a big website full of fabric and at wholesale prices, then be sure to check out fabric direct. I have purchased velvet from them and been pleased with the quality!
Mat to use: Fabric grip mat
Knife Blade (Cricut Maker only) – What Can I Cut?
With the knife blade (Cricut Maker only) you can cut a lot of similar Cricut materials as with the deep blade BUT the difference is that it can cut 2-3x thicker materials then the Explore can handle! In fact, the knife blade can cut material up to 3 mm thick! More importantly, it does it with a more accurate and clean precision cut then the deep cut blade with Explore.
The knife blade also works differently because of the number of passes it goes through a cut line. Think of it like an xacto knife, starting with shallow cuts and then deepening as it passes over again and again.
Note: the knife blade is not a one you want to use when you are rush to complete a project. This blade takes time.
Thick balsa wood or basswood – this material is excellent for cutting out wood frames, ornaments, or even building small objects like a birdhouse! In most cases, you can go up to 3 millimeters thick.
Thick leather – The knife blade has been praised for how well and clean it cuts thicker leather materials. So if you want to make those snazzy trending leather earrings or maybe a clutch purse then this is exciting! By the way, check out this gold and silver leather!
Thick chipboard – If you want a thicker chipboard material the knife blade can take can of that.
Thick craft foam – Up your thickness with the knife blade with using heavier craft foams!
Mat to use: A fresh standard grip mat will work for materials thinner than 1 mm but usually the knife blade is used on thicker materials, so I recommend the strong grip mat. If you’re using something like 3 mm balsa wood you may also need to use some painter’s tape around the edges to ensure it doesn’t slide mid-cut.
Settings: For the craft foam, wood, chipboard, and leather there are settings you can select with you click on “view all materials” in Design Space. We will cover this more in detail later.
Rotary Blade (Cricut Maker only) – What Can I Cut?
Washi Sheets – Washi Sheets are awesome specialty papers. Usually, they have fun textures or prints on them. They work beautifully for cards!
Crepe paper – Can you say easy crepe paper flowers?! Cutting crepe paper has long been desired and now it is possible with the Maker and rotary blade!
Cork – Cork can be delicate to cut so the rotary blade is ideal!
Settings: Delicate fabrics should be set to the fabric selection setting, while the tissue, crepe, and washi paper should be placed on their named setting within custom settings.
Okay, I know that was A LOT of info in this post. Don’t feel like you have to grasp it all right now. The purpose of this is to simply get you thinking about what is possible to craft with a Cricut and where to find the best materials.
In your course, you will find a printable chart for materials, blades and settings. While there may be occasional variances, this chart is a good resource to refer to when you are getting started. It is always important that when working with a new material you do a test cut first!
Additional Crafting Supplies You May Want
Tacky glue – This glue is great for craft projects in general. It dries clear and the bottle goes a long way.
Tombow liquid glue – I love this glue because the tip is super finite and allows me to get small dots of glue on intricate cuts.
Hot glue gun – Hot glue is my go-to choice if I am not working with an intricate project!
Wood dowel – I like to use wood dowels to curl paper with.
Bone paper curler – This is also an alternative to curling paper.
Paper Blooms shaping mat and toolset – A product of my own creation, perfect for cupping flower petals or embossing.
Painter’s tape – This tape comes in handy for wood or leather projects.
Elastic ribbon – Elastic ribbon works well for hair accessory crafts.
Heat and bond – If you are not able to use non-bonded fabrics with your machine you may need a heat and bond to be applied before cutting things like felt, denim, and standard fabrics.