Product Review | Cricut Maker® 3, Cricut BrightPad™ Go & Cricut Card Mat™ 2 x 2

Promotion for Harvey Norman and Cricut

For those who love crafting at home, Cricut is synonymous with the ability to make do-it-yourself projects beautiful, fun, and easy.

Cricut and Harvey Norman have recently announced a new retail partnership that will bring Cricut products, including the existing range as well as new innovations, to a growing community of New Zealand creators and aspiring makers alike.

Harvey Norman stores across New Zealand will provide access to a great range of Cricut smart cutting machines that work with an easy-to-use app to help you design and personalise almost anything – custom cards, unique apparel, everyday items, and so much more.

Katie, our resident Kidspot creator was given a Cricut Maker® 3, Cricut BrightPad™ Go and Cricut Card Mat™ 2×2 to test out her creative skills on. She shares with us her thoughts.

Introducing Cricut

All about the Cricut products Katie used

Cricut maker 3

Cricut Maker® 3 – Quickly and accurately cuts 300+ materials from delicate paper and fabric to tougher stuff like matboard, leather, and balsa wood and has a wide range of tools for cutting, scoring, writing and adding decorative effects.

Cricut BrightPad Go

Cricut BrightPad™ GoIlluminates hard-to-see cut lines for faster, more accurate weeding of vinyl and heat-transfer projects.

Cricut mat 2x2

Cricut Card Mat™ 2×2 – Reusable mat that allows you to cut up to 4 unique cards at once

New Cricut products in NZ!

I have been using a Cricut machine now for a while and I have become totally addicted to it! There is so much you can do and if you need inspiration there are several Facebook groups you can join. These groups have been great for me since I started my Cricut journey. The only downside was seeing all the amazing Cricut products that are available overseas that we cannot get here in New Zealand – until now!

I was super excited when I heard that Harvey Norman will now be stocking Cricut machines and materials, especially the Cricut BrightPad Go and the new 2×2 Card Mat, both of which are exclusive to Harvey Norman, along with an enormous range of Cricut tools, accessories, and materials.

In conjunction with Harvey Norman, I was extremally lucky to try the Cricut flagship machine the Maker 3, a BrightPad Go and the 2×2 Card Mat.

The Maker 3 is compatible with 13 tools. You can write, draw, and cut 300+ materials with your Maker 3. So far, I have only used cardboard and vinyl, but I look forward to trying some different materials. The BrightPad Go is a cordless light pad that has five different brightness settings up to 4000 lumens. This is a game changer when it comes to weeding all your vinyl projects. The new 2×2 Card Mat allows you to make four cards at once using pre-folded cards.

Party time

Ella and cricut

My nearly 9-year-old (Ella) and I have been enjoying the evenings together using the Maker 3 and all the amazing Cricut products to create amazing decorations and props for her upcoming birthday party.

First Ella designed four invitations for her friends using the Cricut Design Space software. as well as Cricut’s pre-folded insert cards, Cricut pens, the new Cricut 2×2 Card Mat and the Maker 3. When you slot your pre-folded card into the Card Mat it provides a protective layer which means you can cut designs on the front of your card while the back remains untouched. If you do not have Cricut’s pre-folded cards you can easily create your own in Design Space to use with the 2×2 Card Mat. The Card Mat also works perfectly with the cut-away cards, as inside the card there’s an adhesive patch that you can stick your insert to. You then weed the excess material which leaves you with a professional-looking card.

Cricut creations

Party bags

One thing I have always tried to avoid when it comes to party bags is the cheap plastic toys that I know will be lost or thrown away within a couple of weeks. This year we have decided to swap the traditional party bags with personalised tote bags, coasters and drinking cups.

Ella designed the coasters in Design Space using the monogram feature. She made a unique design for each party guest.

For the coasters, we used Cricut’s infusible ink (this was a first for me) so rather than the ink sitting on top of the material, it’s infused (soaked) meaning your beautiful creations will look great for a long time. Harvey Norman stocks a huge range of beautiful infusible inks. I just know Ella’s friends are going to love the thought and effort she has put into each coaster.

I made the drinking cups using Cricut’s smart vinyl. With this product, you don’t need to use a mat which makes the project so much faster and helps save material (and therefore expense). Harvey Norman has a massive range of smart vinyl so you’re bound to find the colour you need for your next project.

Cricut creations

I also so made a cute little string bag for each guest. I decided to use a patterned vinyl on this and could not see where the image had been cut once the Cricut had worked its magic but the Cricut BrightPad Go came to my rescue! After placing my vinyl on the pad and turning it on I could easily see where the image was cut and where I needed to weed my design. This is truly a game changer and a must-have item for your craft room.

Katie and Ella

I loved using these amazing Cricut products. Being creative is incredibly rewarding and we loved how high quality our projects were. Pop into your local Harvey Norman store to get your Cricut machine today.

Katie was provided with Cricut products from Harvey Norman for the purpose of this review. All views are those of the reviewer.

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