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Find Out About the New Cricut Imagine from Provo Craft


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The Cricut Imagine was a hot seller on HSN during its launch party on September 14, 2010. Those who did not get to see this machine on HSN may wonder what the buzz is all about. Get the scoop here. . .

The Imagine die cut machine is an invention of the Provo Craft brand. If that name rings a bell, there is a good reason. Provo Craft has brought us innovative crafting products such as the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter, Create and Expression machines, Yudu screen printing system, CuttleBug embossing and manual die cutter, and the Knifty Knitter, just to name a few. It is a well-known company, popular with scrapbookers, paper crafters, and artists.

This new item from them is different in that it combines the power of a wide format printer with their electronic die cutting technology.

{No longer do crafters need piles of multicolored card stock and paper to make colorful Scrapbookers no longer need to keep on hand tons of scrapbooking paper and multi-colored card stock. {Instead, this machine can transform white cardstock into colorful Using this device, they can take standard white card stock, and make into a colorful stack of die cuts. These can either be printed and cut as flat images, or the pieces can be printed ala carte, allowing users to paper piece and glue them together in their own unique way.

No computer is needed to operate the Imagine die cut machine. Instead, die cuts can be made from their original cartridge series. These original cartridges can be used simultaneously with the new Imagine-only cartridges. {These contain patterns and images for printing, similar to the digital papers that many scrapbook artists use in their Whereas the original carts only contained images for cutting, these new Imagine-only ones also have patterns for printing. These digital patterns are similar to the digital paper that many scrapbookers use in their projects.

This machine can be used on a wide variety of materials, including not only paper and cardstock, but printable vinyl, thin wood veneer, iron on fabric, canvas and more. It can print and cut up to 11-1/2" x 11-1/2". Although the Cricut Imagine inks are not acid-free, they are close! Their pH levels are 6.5 to 7. Not only is it compatible with the original cartridges from Cricut, but it can also be used with the Gypsy handheld design studio and the Jukebox.

Operation of this device is very easy and straightforward. Users can browse through the different images on the cartridges, and select the designs they want to cut and print using the LCD touchscreen interface. Both a color wheel and and a color picker are included in this LCD interface, giving owners the opportunity to print paper and cardstock in virtually any color imaginable. For custom-colored paper, and RGB input area is also included.

Will the Cricut Imagine become the die cut machine of choice among crafters? Only time will tell, but it does offer a lot of versatility that is sure to be not only useful, but also a timesaver as well.


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