This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
What does the Cricut EasyPress 2 do?
I shared my review of the Cricut Maker a couple of weeks ago and today it’s the turn of the Cricut EasyPress 2. While I was familiar with the Maker and its cutting capabilities having being coveting one in my local Hobbycraft for a fair few months, the Cricut EasyPress 2 had completely passed me by.
So what is the EasyPress and what does it do?
Basically, it’s an extremely easy-to-use heat press. Hence, EasyPress. It might sound simple but it’s a really nifty machine. And pretty perfect for home crafters whose projects often involve iron-on materials. It offers the opportunity to go customisation-crazy, something I love!
The Cricut EasyPress 2 comes in three different sizes - 6” x 7”, 9” x 9”, and 12” x 10” - so the first two things you need to consider before investing in one are the type of projects you want to work on and how much space you have to store your machine. I have the 9” x 9” and it’s perfect to pop on the shelf in my office and bring out when I want to add cute touches to cushions, clothes and other home accessories. For larger scale customisation, I’d say opt for the 12” x 10”.
What are the key features of the Cricut EasyPress 2?
First and foremost, the Cricut EasyPress 2 gives you seriously professional iron-on results in super quick time … 60 seconds or less. And you can knock, wash, let your kids run riot with your projects, and the iron-on will still remain in place. That kind of lasting quality is so important when you live with two boys who treat nearly everything as a makeshift rugby ball.
The advance heat plate design combined with using the Cricut EasyPress Mat (purchasable separately) offers consistent edge-to-edge heat, meaning that no corner or section of the design you want to transfer will start to peel away. You simply need to check the handy Interactive Quick Reference Guide, and then enter the advised time and temperature (it offers a perfectly even heat up to 205°C). Press go and that’s it.
How do I get started with a Cricut EasyPress 2?
As with the Cricut Maker, the Cricut EasyPress 2 comes with a project to get you started … a cute drawstring bag and a glitter iron-on version of the Cricut logo. Following the comprehensive instructions results in a customised bag in minutes … and the confidence to move on to a more bespoke project.
How to make monogrammed napkins with the Cricut EasyPress 2
With my addiction to buying random fat quarters combined with my love of setting a pretty table and having friends around, my first proper project was always going to be something that married the two … monogrammed napkins for my afternoon tea guests.
I picked four not-quite-matching-but-complementary fat quarters and selected the sparkliest glitter iron-on - ideal for a tea party to welcome spring and the warmer weather. If you want to make napkins from fat quarters, I’d recommend following this tutorial from The Crafty Gemini - her method is exactly the same as mine and the video is so easy to sew along to.
I specifically wanted to use the Levitee font, so I created my initials in PicMonkey, saved them as a jpg and then uploaded them to the Cricut design space. I resized them to 3 inches wide, selected ‘Line type: Cut’ and ‘Fill: No fill’, and then pressed ‘Make It’.
I just about remembered to click on ‘Mirror’ (this ensures the design is the correct way up once ironed) before loading the vinyl face down on to the Cricut cutting mat. A minute later and out the letters came in all their glittery glory. Because the font has very thin lines in places, peeling away (or weeding … the official Cricut term) the excess vinyl was tricky in parts but worth it for the end result.
Cricut recommend using a stable surface for the EasyPress 2 as you need to apply a bit of pressure to it, so I put it - along with the EasyPress Mat - on my living room floor. I checked the interactive heat guide for the recommended temperature and timing, heated the fabric for a few seconds and the placed my vinyl on the fabric.
I pressed down for thirty seconds on the front of the napkin and fifteen seconds on the back and then left the vinyl to cool for a minute before peeling the backing away. Simple, right? And look at that sparkle!
Three napkins later and it was time to fill the teapot, unbox the cakes, and lay the table with the beautifully simple Portmeirion Choices range.
What do you think? The personalised napkins add that extra special little touch, don’t they? Care to join me for my next get-together? Let me know your initials and I’ll lay a place just for you.