Cricut offer an 'Essential Starter Kit' which includes spatula tool, tool kit, trimmer, pack of 2 replacement blades, pack of 2 replacement 6 x 12 cutting mats, Cricut paper, Cricut card stock.
I myself found that this kit was especially excellent value for money and incredibly effective. If you own a Cricut yourself or if you are searching for a Cricut gift then you can't get much better than this. It is so neat to have all of the bits you will require in one kit, blades and cutting mats along with the tools and spatula are as you would expect 'essential'. I would propose buying this package along with your new Cricut Machine buy so that you have everything there geared up for when you want to replace something. If you are a savvy shopper you might wish to obtain it now and keep it as a Christmas gift for anyone who uses Cricut.
What are the tools used for?
The tools are critical for prolonging the life span of your cutting mats and Cricut machine and of course making life easier for you.
Here is a review of the essentials kit;
Cricut Spatula Tool: This is a spatula tool for lifting your cuts off the cutting mat. If you have attempted to do this by hand then you will know that it is quite tricky to get the cut outs off the adesive cutting mat. With the spatula tool you would be able to remove your shape easily without causing any damage, and keeping it perfectly flat, creating perfect results every time.
Scoop Tool: Once more this is a tool for enabling you to lift your shapes off the cutting mat. This tool works a lot like a spoon and helps to lift up the corners of your shapes in order to lift them off the mat without damaging them.
Knife tool: This is a sharp edged tool used for slipping beneath the sides of your shapes and lifting away from the cutting mat.
Hook Tool: This tool has a hook on the end and is used for removing small circles of paper and cleaning little holes.
Scraper: This tool is used for scraping and cleaning your cutting mat and should be used between every cutting session to guarantee best results with no bumps or creases and save damaging your cutting mats.
Bone Folder: This versatile instrument scores paper, creases paper and marks paper.
Scissors: Precision scissors for use when cutting your paper or card stock.
Clear Ruler: For measuring paper or card stock.
All of the Cricut official tools come in the Cricut green color and possess soft rubber handles for comfort, grip and ease of use.
The 'Cricut Essentials' pack also includes a handy carry case for all of the tools, to hold everything together and in order.
You can get the Cricut Essentials kit for either the Cricut or Cricut Expression machine. The variation is that the cutting mats for the Cricut Expression are slightly larger at 12 x 12. So ensure you are choosing the right essentials package when you come to make your purchase.
You can also get an 'Expression bundle essentials kit' on eBay which contains all of the items in the 'Essentials' pack plus the 'Cricut Super Slab'.
The 'Super slab' contains 72 sheets of printed paper and 12 sheets of double-sided card stock, 6 sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock Die Cuts and 6 sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock stickers including 6 colours of alphabet letters. Enough to get you started and carrying out lots of projects.
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