Cricut Explore™ Out of the Box + Video

Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

I feel like it has been forever since I last filmed a video for the blog. I received the new Cricut Explore™ last week and finally had the chance to crack it open over the weekend. I filmed exactly how you will receive the Cricut Explore and all the pieces and parts you get. I also go over a few key features. Hope you enjoy seeing the Cricut Explore via video and not just pictures!

3 reasons you’ll love Cricut Explore™

1. Easy - Say goodbye to complicated materials settings. Now you can get the perfect cut on nearly any material—just turn the Smart Set™ dial. You can even create custom settings for different materials.

2. Precise - Cricut Explore™ features Cut Smart™ technology. With 11 patents pending, Cut Smart™ technology lets you cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional accuracy.

3. Versatile - Make just about anything you can think of! From home décor to fashion and accessories, Cricut Explore™ will help you make projects that show off your imagination.

Machine features and details

  • Smart Set™ Dial for material selection
  • Multi-use carriage
  • Integrated storage compartments
  • Compatible with PC/Mac (scroll to the bottom for the list of requirements)
  • Included in the box:
    • Cutting blade and housing
    • Drawing/writing pen and adapter
    • 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip Cricut® cutting mat
    • Storage bag
    • Power cord
    • USB cord
    • Black and jade Cricut® Cardstock
    • Silver Cricut® Vinyl
    • White Cricut® Iron-on
    • Duck Tape® sheets

Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

When you open up the box the first thing you see is the “start here” packet. It’s awesome and has all the contents that you need to know about the machine and the tips and tricks when getting started. It also has the customer service number on the packet. Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

Next packet has the “project materials”. Cricut is giving a few samples in every box of some of the different types of materials you can cut with. From the Iron-on Vinyl to the Duck Tape sheets.

Project Materials Included in the box:

  • Black and jade Cricut® Cardstock
  • Silver Cricut® Vinyl
  • White Cricut® Iron-on
  • Duck Tape® sheets

Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

When you open up the machine you can click on the bottom tray and up opens two compartments where you house your blades and tools! Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

To the left of the machine you’ll find the open button, the slot to place your existing cartridges in, and a cup to store your tools while crafting! Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

To the right of the machine you will find the Smart Set™ Dial, the button to load your mat, the “cut” button, and the pause button.

No settings required

Say goodbye to complicated materials settings. Now you can get the perfect cut on nearly any material—just turn the Smart Set™ dial. You can even create custom settings for different materials. There are three different types of mats recommended for the various settings: 

  • LightGrip - Paper
  • StandardGrip - Vinyl, Iron-On Vinyl, Light Cardstock, Cardstock
  • StrongGrip - Fabric, Poster Board

Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.com

Up close look at the dual housing. “A” is for the pen or scoring tool and “B” is where the cutting blade goes. You get one of the new cutting blades and housing and drawing/writing pen and adapter with your machine. What does not come with your machine is the pen sets and the scoring stylus.

Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Housing & Blade

The Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Housing & Blade makes it easy to cut a wider variety of materials for your projects.  Construct personalized wall calendars from chipboard, use rubber sheets to cut your own stamps, or even make custom magnets. The Cricut Explore™ machine can cut most materials up to 1.5mm thickness with the Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Blade, so you can cut heavy fabric, poster board, heavy cardstock, and more.

Includes

  • Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Housing
  • Cricut Deep Cut Blade

For use with

  • Cricut Explore™ machine

Cricut® Color Metallic Pen Set

Get beautiful results for invitations, banners, cards gift tags, and more with our medium-point Cricut® Color Metallic Pens. Cricut® Color pens work with the Cricut Explore™ machine to cut and write in one step. Pens are acid free, non-toxic, and permanent after drying.

Cricut® Color Metallic Pen Set includes:

  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Gold
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Silver
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Copper
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Blue
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Violet

Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen Set

Use a fine-point Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen to write a greeting on a card, journal your photo memories, personalize a gift tag, and much more. Cricut® Color pens work with the Cricut Explore™ machine to cut and write in one step. Pens are acid free, non-toxic, and permanent after drying.

Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen Set includes:

  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Midnight
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Jade
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Wine
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Gemstone Blue
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Crystal Pink

Cricut® Tools Scoring Stylus

The Cricut® Tools Scoring Stylus lets you use your Cricut Explore™ machine to score fold lines for cards, boxes, 3D projects, and more. The Cricut Explore™ can house the Scoring Stylus and a cutting blade at the same time, so you can cut and score in one step—without changing mats!

Includes

For use with

  • Cricut Explore™ machine

Watch the Video about the Cricut Explore Out of the Box from SewWoodsy.comThe machine will retail for $299 and will be available starting March 15, 2014.

Recommended minimum system requirements:

    • Windows® OS
      • OS: Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
      • CPU: 2.33 GHz
      • RAM: 1GB
      • Browsers: Internet Explorer® 9+, Mozilla® Firefox® 17, Google Chrome 20
      • Hard drive (HDD or SSD)
      • Available USB port
    • Mac® OS
      • OS: Requires Mac® OS X v.10.6, 10.7, 10.8
      • CPU: 1.83 GHz
      • RAM: 1GB
      • Browsers: Mozilla® Firefox® 17, Google Chrome 20, Safari® 5.1+
      • Hard drive (HDD or SSD)
      • Available USB port
    • Display
      • OS: Minimum 1024 x 768 screen resolution
    • Software
      • Current version of Adobe® Flash®
    • Internet
      • Broadband connection via PC or Mac

Leave a comment below if you have any questions. I have my own personal “Cricut Concierge” to help field questions as well. Her name is Kristy and she will be monitoring the post as well! What project would you make first using the new Cricut Explore™?

Disclaimer: I received a Cricut Explore™ from Cricut. I was not required nor paid to write this review/video. I love the brand and wanted to share with our readers. There are affiliate links in this post. That means if you purchase from one of these links we will make a percentage from the sale. As always all opinions are my own. 

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Comments

  1. Hi! Can i use that in Portugal? With 220v power

    • Hi. Yes, the power supply is switchable and can accept 220VAC or 110VAC. You just need a plug adapter, but won’t need a transformer.

  2. Can you use pens other than the Cricut branded pens with the Explore?

  3. I need to know if and how the Explore cuts images wider than 12 inches. For example, I etch mirrors and have been cutting the design with an exacto knife. Most mirrors I do are 20″ rounds so my question is will it cut “poster” much like the design comes out on a printer? Thank you

    • Cricut has 2 size mats for the Explore a 12×12 and a 12×24. So to answer your question, I believe the answer would be yes. You would still need to piece the two together if you wanted a round image since the 24 is only vertical not wide as well. Hope that helps answer your question.

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