Cricut is a paper-cutting machine that cuts out letters, shapes and designs used for scrapbooking, greeting cards, classroom decorations and other paper-based craft projects. To use the Cricut machine, insert a cartridge containing fully customizable designs, choose a design and press a button to cut out the image. From alphabet-only cartridges to holiday-themed designs, crafters have an endless array of creative possibilities with a Cricut machine.
Cricut shape cartridges contain images, icons, tags, layers and shadows revolving around a theme. Some shape cartridges also contain a font complementing its theme. As of March 2010, Cricut offers 66 shape cartridges. Highlights from Cricut's shape cartridge catalog include: the "Life's a Beach" cartridge, with tropical-themed images; the "Tie the Knot" cartridge, which centers around wedding-related graphics; and the "Sweet Treats" cartridge, which features a variety of dessert images.
Cricut font cartridges offer complete, fully customizable alphanumeric font sets revolving around a theme. Font cartridges typically do not contain any shapes or images, but most include a few word art images corresponding to the cartridge's subject. For example, the "Base Camp" font cartridge offers a dog-tag image imprinted with the words "I miss you." Other popular font cartridges include "ZooBalloo," a font with animal-shaped letters, "Street Sign," a basic font cartridge with street sign images included, and "Old West," a cartridge with two cowboy-themed font sets. As of March 2010, Circut offers 35 font cartridges.
As of March 2010, Cricut offers 12 classroom-themed cartridges in its "Classmate" collection--from cartridges helping young children learn how to read to cartridges containing images ideal for decorating a classroom. Noted by its green box, Cricut's "Classmate" collection includes the "50 States" cartridge, containing state images, flowers, flags and trees; the "Cursive 101" cartridge, showing the writing motions for each letter; and the "Ocean of Words" cartridge, which is designed to help children sound out words using a sea theme.
Cricut's "Solution" cartridges offer images, shapes and lettering at a lower price point than other Cricut cartridges. These cartridges do not offer as many images as their higher-priced counterparts but are a more economical option for crafters who need relatively fewer images in a theme for a project. They may cost as little as half the price of a full cartridge, so the savings is significant. As of March 2010, Cricut offers 16 "Solutions" cartridges. These cartridges include "Soccer Solutions," with soccer-related uniforms, phrases and equipment; "Camp Out," with nature-related images; and "Indie Art," with skulls, spiders and other unusual and edgy designs.
Create artwork with popular cartoon and television show characters using one of Cricut's licensed cartridges. As of March 2010, there are 17 available, including Disney princesses, Batman, Hello Kitty, Hannah Montana and even an entire cartridge dedicated to Elmo. These cartridges have the highest price point of all of Cricut's cartridges.
Cricut's seasonal cartridges have the lowest price point of all cartridges. These cartridges typically contain around 25 to 30 images related to a particular holiday. As of March 2010, six seasonal cartridges are available, including the "Love Struck" Valentine's Day cartridge and the "Very Merry Tags" cartridge used for creating Christmas gift tags. Mother's Day, Easter and general winter-themed design cartridges are also available.
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