One of the reasons I love the Cricut Scraper Tool is its many uses. But I have to say it’s my all-time favorite tool to grab when making confetti!
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I’ve been a crafter for as long as I can remember and then fell in love with the Cricut world in 2017.
As you may know as creative souls, over time we figure out what works best for a particular project.
Well, spoiler alert….In my opinion, having the XL Cricut Scraper handy when making confetti is a must-have in my book!
So I’ve revealed the top reason I love my scraper and I’ll tell you why in a bit, but what else can this XL Cricut Scraper tool be used for?
- Quickly remove material bits from your Cricut mats (think small confetti pieces & small pieces from mandalas)
- Burnishing your vinyl projects (rubbing and smoothing the transfer tape onto the vinyl design)
- Helpful for larger vinyl projects (saves time over using the smaller scraper for larger projects)
- Keeps your mats cleaner longer (by removing unwanted scraps and debris)
HOW TO USE THE CRICUT SCRAPER
Let’s make some Halloween Confetti!
Nothing perks up a Seasonal Home Decor display quicker than confetti. It just adds the finishing touches to fill in empty spaces to complete a finished look.
You can use my Halloween Confetti Design Space project link. My project has “Access” design images in it. I absolutely love not only the thousands of images and over 700 fonts you get with Cricut Access Membership but you also get exclusive perks and discounts for being an Access Subscriber. You can find more info here!
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With the holidays coming it’s a great time of the year to try it out for a month or as long as you want.
You can easily make this project with one of the Cricut Explore’s, Cricut Maker’s, or even the Cricut Joy.
I used this beautiful color combination of cardstock for the confetti, perfect for Halloween or Fall.
Click on the Halloween Confetti Design Space Link and choose “Make It”
This will place your project on the “prepare mat” screen.
Use the “up arrow” to select how many copies of confetti you wish to make, then click on “apply”. This will add the same amount of copies to each color of paper.
I am making 10 copies of my confetti for each item in a color group.
As you can see below, there are now 10 each of the spider web, cat, bat, and dot that will cut out.
One more example of my Purple color is a witch hat and a dot. As noted below, there are now 10 hats and 10 dots.
These are the material settings I used for all 5 mats (colors)
Material Load Type: On mat
Material Size: 12 in X 12 in
Do not select “mirror”
Click on “continue” in the lower right-hand corner.
On the next screen, select the material you are using and your pressure setting. I chose
Medium Cardstock #80 and “default” pressure. Be sure to select “remember material settings” if all the material is the same type.
Load your “fine point” blade and press the “load” button to load your mat with your paper on it then “go”.
The buttons blink and light up when you need to select each one. So Easy! Yay!
Here it is cutting my 10 purple hats and dots
Only 2 more steps and we’ll be done!
Next, once you’ve finished cutting your confetti, you will press “unload” and then turn your mat upside down to carefully remove the paper.
This method helps prevent the paper from bending and curling (keeps it nice and flat)
As you can see below, the confetti is cut so precisely, that some of the confetti pieces are falling off the mat as I turn it over.
Simply peel the main piece of paper and gently remove it from the mat. Some of the confetti pieces will continue to fall off, and some will be stuck to your mat.
Now I’ll grab my XL Cricut Scraper to quickly and easily remove the remaining pieces of confetti.
Sometimes, I’ll use it while my mat is still upside down, to quickly bump off the pieces that are part-way pulled away from the mat.
Most of the time I simply turn my mat back right side up and lightly scrape using my Cricut Scraper tool from one side to the other or off to the closest edge of the Cricut mat.
I mention “lightly” scrape as it does not take muscle and you don’t want to damage your sticky to your mat. It’s just a gentle scrape, just enough to release the paper from your mat.
And here we have perfectly precise confetti!
Now, just for a moment, imagine cutting out 500 pieces of confetti! It’s completely doable and not hard to do providing you use the XL Cricut Scraper to speed up removing your confetti from the Cricut mat.
WHICH CRICUT SCRAPER IS MY FAVORITE?
Can you guess? It’s the XL Cricut Scraper. I have the small Cricut scraper which comes with some of the Cricut tool sets but I’ve found over time, I reach for the big one the most!
Plus, with the bigger size, you get it done faster!
WHAT SIZE IS THE XL CRICUT SCRAPER
The XL Scraper measures 5.5″ wide X 3.25″ high. The amazing part of the XL Scraper to me is the extremely thin edge which comes in super handy at 0.0295 thickness. This is exactly why you can gently scrape materials off your mat without damaging the materials.
Most of the tools that are marketed to “burnish” your vinyl and transfer tape have an average thickness such as 0.0670. This thickness could be damaging to your material when trying to use it as a scraper.
This is another reason why I love my XL Scraper so much. For me, it is a dual-purpose tool when you use it gently! Money saved!
Yes, the small and XL Scraper both have the same thickness, I just prefer the XL one!
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