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Unread 05-18-2017, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hi, currently I am doing handmade tags and labels for my boss to decorate our boxes of chocolates. We find that the handmade touch sells well. We currently use punches and my Big Shot to cut out the circles and scalloped circles or tag and label shapes. This can be time prohibitive and we would like to get a something like a Circuit that would cut these things but would need to be able to size of set up out own design parameters. She has a Mac Pro computer system.
It looks like the Circuit Explore 2 might do what we need, but I am uncertain. Can someone help?
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Unread 05-19-2017, 06:10 AM   #2
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I am not that familiar with the Cricuit Explore but from the things I have read, it will do what you want. I have a Brother Scan N Cut and it will certainly do what you are looking for. It will be much faster than dies and punches because you can cut a whole page in one pass and size them to meet your needs. I have a Cricuit Expression, a Cameo and the Scan N Cut--love the Scan N Cut and never use the other two.
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I am not a fan of Cricut. I like the Scan N Cut. It has all you would need. Draw something (or find something you like and trace it) then scan it into the machine and then cut it out. Or go to their site and find free patterns.
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The silhouette cameo or portrait could also be something to look at. If you use A4 sized materials the less-expensive Portrait model would do.
There is a lot of free info about how to do things on the silhouette school blog. Melissa there has produced a little book that covers how to do print and cut stickers. (She uses a
Mac herself. ) Silhouette Planner Stickers ebook. I haven't got it myself but I have one of her other books and she explains everything well.
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Provocraft isn't my favorite company, but the Cricut Air is liked by many. It's web based and that's definitely a downfall for many. The Silhouette Cameo is a good choice unless you want to cut heavier material. There are powerful machines that can even cut thick acrylic or 1/8" wood, like the KNK Force. For a low learning curve, no internet required, and a more powerful machine than either a Circut or Cameo, I'm with Southgirl, you can't go wrong with a Brother Scan N Cut. Check them all out, and buy the one you feel you'll be happy with.
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I have a Cricut Explore Air, and I love it! Today I cut a stencil on mine out of stencil plastic. I've cut a lot of stencils, as well as many other projects with my Cricut machines.
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