Hello again, this week on Maeraki we will be doing an Cricut EasyPress 2 review.
The team at Cricut was kind enough to send me an EasyPress 2 machine and this was my first time testing it out. The EasyPress 2 is the perfect machine to accompany your Explore Air so now you can add a list of iron-on projects to your list.
Unpackaging the EasyPress, my first thoughts are that it feels very durable and high quality. The design is simple and sleek. There are only buttons to adjust the timer and temperature which makes the machine approachable and not too daunting for beginners.
One of the positives of Cricut was that it has it's own program. Similarly, the EasyPress will allow you to input your materials and it'll show you how to press your item with step by step instructions. Heat Guide here. Simple things like this make the experience much more easy for the user and that's what I love about Cricut, they think of all the little things!
To test out the EasyPress 2, I've made a tote bag! Here are the materials I used:
Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Cutting Mat
Cricut EasyPress 2
Cricut EasyPress Mat, 20" x 16"
Cricut Everyday Iron On
Scissors and Weeder
iPad & iPencil
Firstly, as always; I designed my project using my iPad. I use an application called Procreate. Then, I printed it using my Cricut Explore Air 2. When doing this you must make sure you select the right material on the program (iron on) and make sure you mirror your image. When laying down your iron on, make sure the shiny side is stuck face down.
Next, I used my weeding tool to remove the excess sticker leaving just my design. I lay it perfectly in the centre of my tote bag. The design should be put exactly where you want it as this is the final position.
Using the Heat Guide, I put in the material of the tote bag and iron on. It should then tell you exactly what you need to do next.
Overall, if you're planning to do a lot of iron on projects, then this machine is very handy to have.
I mean you could use an iron to do your heat pressing but you will have to do a lot of guess work to figure out the times and temperatures yourself. This 12" x 10" press allows you to cover a big area too so you don't have to work in sections.
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Hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial. Hopefully I'll be doing a few more blog posts, let me know if you guys have any feedback or questions. :)
Love and light,