I am so excited to share this post with you today! Did you know that Cricut has a new Explore machine? It is called the Cricut Explore Air 2 and it cuts up to 2X faster. 

Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Comparison

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Thanksgiving is coming up right around the corner. Every year I host dinner at our house with family and sometimes close friends. I always say, the more the merrier! My husband barbecues the turkey, leaving me the oven to cook everything else. We have delicious food and wonderful company. This year, I thought it would be fun to create some Thanksgiving menu cards to put at each place setting.

Supplies needed:

To start with I created the design for my Thanksgiving menu card in Cricut Design Space™. I love that I can work on my iPad or my computer when creating projects.

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Cricut Design Space Project: Thanksgiving Menu Card

Note: You can customize the text to work with your own menu.

I sent my project to the Cricut Explore to write and cut. I selected for it to print 2X faster since I had so many to cut out. Be sure to select the number of projects you need before printing.  

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Once you click ‘GO’ it will cut out all the woodgrain background papers first. Then, it will prompt you to load the next mat and add your Candy Corn pen. 

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Once it finishes with the yellow pen it will prompt you to add the Sour Apple pen to draw the leaves. Then, it will cut out the shapes. 

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To assemble the cards, simply use a little adhesive on the back of the white cardstock and stick it to the woodgrain paper. 

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Create a Thanksgiving menu card with Cricut Explore Air 2

I wanted to test out how fast the new machine works compared to the old one. I have the original Cricut Explore One™ with a Cricut Explore® Wireless Bluetooth® Adapter. To test it out, I did four copies of the white cardstock mat that had the yellow and green writing on it. I first did it on the new machine using the 2x faster feature. Then, I tried it on my original machine. 

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The new Cricut Explore Air 2 took 26 minutes and 44 seconds to write and cut four menu cards. The older Cricut Explore One machine took 34 minutes and 13 seconds to write and cut the same cards. 

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That is a savings of 7 minutes and 29 seconds for four cards. This saves you almost 2 minutes per card. You can easily see how if you are cutting lots of projects this would save you quite a bit of time. I need at least 10 cards for our Thanksgiving dinner and with the new machine, I can easily save 20 minutes of time on this project.

This is fantastic! It can free you up to do even more crafting! And if you are only cutting without writing the new machine is even faster still. 

Thanksgiving menu card made with Cricut Explore Air 2

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Some of my favorite features of the new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine:

  • Up to 2X Faster. Select Fast Mode when you need to make every minute count.
  • Quick projects. Select from over 3,000 ready-to-make projects or make quick cuts from our extensive image library.
  • Create on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Embedded Bluetooth® for wireless cutting
  • Cut 100+ materials from vellum to leather
  • Smart Set® dial for easy material settings
  • Thousands of designs and ideas to kickstart virtually any project.
  • Cut Smart® technology for precision cutting and easy and pre-calibrated material selection
  • Upload and use your own image files or fonts for free
  • Cuts printable images

Right now at Cricut, you can get 10% off orders (excludes Cricut Access) + free standard shipping (through 10/31/2016).

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