Everything You Need to Know to Start Engraving with a Cricut in 2021

You bought the Cricut Engraving Tool or someone gave it to you, but you have NO IDEA where to even begin to figure out how to start engraving with a Cricut machine. OR you saw some super cool engraving projects on Facebook or Pinterest and are wondering how the heck they did that with a Cricut. Now you have questions about engraving with a Cricut that you’d like to find answers to but don’t want to spend all your time googling answers. In this post, I took the most common questions that I’m asked in FB groups, in comments, or in emails and answered them. If you get to the end of it and have more questions, please feel free to comment below or contact me. I’d love to help you start engraving with a Cricut!

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Example of how to engrave cricut Infusible inks with a Cricut Maker's Engraving tool

How to Engrave Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum

If you love color and want a way to make your engraving designs easier to see, then this technique is one you’re guaranteed to love. I first saw the potential in engraving through Infusible Ink when Karen L., one of the crafty and creative gals in my Engraving Metals Facebook group, started to play around with the technique a few weeks ago. Her results were nothing short of AH-MAZING. I totally had to figure it out! So in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to engrave Cricut Infusible Ink into Cricut Aluminum Sheets for a vibrant effect. You’ll see the best tip you NEED to know to make this work, a great technique for positioning your engravings, and I’ll give you a free design to use so you, too, will get out-of-this-world* engraving results. 

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Engrave a Cookie Spatula for Christmas with the Cricut Maker's Engraving Tip

How to Make Engraved Cookie Spatulas with a Cricut Maker- 2020 Update!

It really is a perfect gift for the neighbor or coworker who you’d love to give something nice to but you don’t want to put a huge amount of time, energy, or money into it. Fortunately, you have a Cricut Maker and because you do- you can make all kinds of handmade gifts that are quick, easy, and don’t break the bank with the cost of the supplies. And if you love gifts that are little kits, the cookie spatula pairs really well with a baking mitt, wooden spoon, and a maybe a jar or bag of cookie mix! This tutorial will make it simple for you to take your own designs or mine and make engraved cookies spatulas with a Cricut Maker.

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Engraved Snow Globe Photo Ornaments with a Cricut Maker

How to Make an Engraved Snow Globe Ornament

Although I can get lost in designing, I know that it’s the techniques I teach that have the most value to my readers. I like to think of it as everyone has a toolbox of their own skills and experiences, and every time you learn a new technique, you add to that toolbox. In this post, I build on the techniques you already learned in my Engraved Photo Cards with a Cricut Maker tutorial and expanded on it to show you how to cut custom metal shapes and manipulate your print then cut photos to look like they fit inside the globe. I also tell you how to glue and layer metal to create a two-toned version as an optional tweak after you make an engraved snow globe ornament or two!

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Cricut Engraved Photo Cards for Christmas

How to Make a Cricut Engraved Photo Card

Yes, there’s the food, the gifts, and the Christmas Carols, but what I like best about the season is the Christmas crafting. This year, I actually started working on this Holiday MakerFest Christmas project in July. I knew what I wanted the final products to be, but I had no idea how to get there. So it was weeks of testing and failing and developing new techniques. That crazy rollercoaster experience you get as you’re inventing something new. BUT, I was able to come out on the other side with THREE amazing new projects. I plan to publish all three projects as tutorials here, but I really recommend you go grab your free ticket for the workshop. Then you can watch how I make a Cricut engraved photo card for Christmas!

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Engrave mailable metal photo cards for Christmas with a Cricut

How to Spray Paint Metal for Engraving with the Cricut Maker

One of the biggest challenges with engraving on metal with your Cricut Maker is that it can be hard to see your design. You may think it needs to be deeper, but what you need is contrast. Usually, you would do that by adding black ink or enamel to darken the engraved area. But there is a flip solution, which darkens the metal around your engraving. In this post, I give the full step-by-step to spray paint metal for engraving with a Cricut so that you know what happens if you don’t let it dry long enough, how to test your dry times, and what to do to prep the metal so it bonds to your metal.

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what metals engrave with a Cricut Maker

The Best Tools and Supplies for Engraving with Your Cricut

The Cricut Engraving Tool allows you to do all kinds of projects with your Cricut Maker that you may never have dreamed are possible. It can engrave acrylic, wood, and my favorite, metals. I love engraving metals SO much, I just spent the summer writing a book all about it. And in the process of experimenting and crafting, I discovered what I think are the best tools and supplies for engraving with your Cricut Maker.

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what metals engrave with a Cricut Maker

14 Surprising Metals You can Engrave with the Cricut Maker!

It’s curious. If you look on the official Cricut website and read all about the Cricut Engraving Tool it only says it can engrave two metals. If you look at the Cricut Material Settings you’ll find six metal options are given. I wanted to figure out EXACTLY what metals you can engrave with the Cricut Engraving Tool. Through testing, I came up with a list of 14 metals you can engrave with a Cricut Maker. I also discovered that there is a way to determine the hardness of each metal and find it’s equivalent Material Setting!

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DIY Custom Engraved Desk Signs Well Crafted Studio Cricut

How to Make Engraved Desk Signs with a Cricut Maker

If you aren’t working from home yourself, you probably know someone who is. Remote work or online school, many of us are setting up our home offices right now. Liven up your space with these custom engraved (and a little snarky) desk signs that you can make with a Cricut. This tutorial will walk you through what to spray the metal with, how to cut and bend the metal, and how to engrave it. Once you see how easy creating these engraved desk signs with a Cricut Maker is, I KNOW you’ll want to make one for every at home worker or student, you know!

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Engraved Spoon Bookmarks | How to Use the Cricut Maker to Engrave Spoons | Use the Cricut Engraving Tip to Make Spoon Bookmarks

How to Engrave Spoon Bookmarks with a Cricut Maker

It may be the mad scientist in me, but I love to experiment with art and craft supplies. “Will it blend?” sort of questions are totally my jam. But instead of throwing sneakers in a Vitamix for fun, it’s more along the lines of what bonds metal and wood or what paint adheres to plastic. Adhesives? Love them. “What if” and “what’s possible” are two of my favorite questions to ask. So when the Engraving Tool came out for the Cricut Maker, my mad scientist took over. The results? This tutorial, How to Engrave Spoon Bookmarks with a Cricut Maker is one of my experiments with alternative engraving surfaces. I hope you’re as amazed as I am and as excited by the possibilities! No Cricut? No problem- you can use the same metal stamping techniques from my last project post, How to Make Key Necklaces to create these bookmarks I have a photo of how that looks at the bottom of this post.

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