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Cutting with Foam

We know you can use the Cricut Explore to cut paper, cardstock, fabric, and all sorts of materials. That's old news. BUT did you know you can also cut foam? Oh yes, friends. It's true! 

It might seem a little daunting to cut foam with your Cricut if you've never done it before, but never fear. I have a handy dandy how-to prepared for you! Let's get started. 

First thing you'll need (besides a Cricut Explore) is a Cricut Explore Deep Cut Blade. This is a handy little guy to have around and at less than $10, it's an investment that's well worth it. You can cut chipboard, posterboard, and all other sorts of thicker materials with this baby! Welcome it into your crafty family with open arms. 

For comparison's sake, you can see the standard blade and the deep cut blade are significantly different. The blade is absurdly easy to assemble and you can pop it easily in and out of your Cricut without any issues. 

All you do to insert the deep cut blade is lift that little gray lever sideways, which opens the slot. Take out the regular blade, put in the deep cut blade, and you're ready to roll! It is honestly that easy. Pinky promise. 

After you select the image you want to cut, stick the foam on the cutting mat (smooth side down, textured side up) and "load" it into the machine by clicking on the arrow button on your Cricut Explore.

This is important - turn your dial to "Custom" and the Explore will come up with a new prompt screen to allow you to select the exact foam product you're using! 

Under "select material", click on the drop down menu until you find the product you're using. I used the "distressed foam" so I clicked on "Foam, Distressed" that had the Cricut listed  next to it since it is an official Cricut product. There are SO MANY different products and materials out there - and this makes it CRAZY easy to make sure the settings are just right! 

Cut the foam! I used 2 colors (you probably don't want to use a complex image with the foam) that would really highlight the clean cut. This peeled right off of my cutting mat without leaving any residue and I had no issues cutting. Quick and easy!

Assemble! I used straight up Glue Dots to put these pieces of foam together and it worked like a charm. 

That's it! 
It's really that easy. 
I hope you enjoy getting to use this new material!
Let me know what you make (or plan to make) with the foam sheets!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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