So, on Saturday I had a Cricut class with some awesome ladies. One of the ladies had an Imagine, probably the one Cricut machine that I know the least about. She was gracious enough to let me take it home and learn it, so I can come back and teach her.
Being Memorial Day weekend, I had some extra time and had fun figuring it out. I am not going to give you a whole bunch of my opinions on the machine -- I will just show what I did and what I made and highlight features of the machine.
First of all, this is what the Imagine machine looks like:
|The Cricut Imagine Machine|
The Imagine machine is basically a Cricut cutter and an HP printer in one machine. You can cut; you can print; or you can print then cut.
Here is a snapshot of the screen. The Imagine is all touch screen -- no need for overlays anymore.
|The Imagine's touch screen has a virtual mat.|
Here is what the machine looks like when has printed the project and then goes back and cuts the items out. (See the bottom of this post for an important note):
|The Imagine can print images, then goes back and cuts them out.|
Here is what I printed from the Imagine Nursery Tales cartridge, then cut out:
|A simple image printed by the Imagine machine.|
You also can print and cut a project, like the one above, then print and cut out layers to add dimension to your projects. Below is the printed version, next to the printed and layered version:
|Simple printed image on the left, printed and layered image on the right.|
Here is a photo of the layered one by itself:
|Printed and layered die cut bib from the Imagine.|
Now, you also can cut the basic images, minus the fancy printing. Below is a picture of the basic bib that did using layers, but with the settings on Cut Only:
|A bib made on the Imagine using the Cut-Only setting.|
I do have some quick notes about the Imagine machine:
1. The Imagine does work with the Gypsy device and the Cricut Craft Room.
2. The Imagine cartridges DO NOT work in the other Cricut machines; however, most of the other Cricut cartridges DO work in the Imagine -- but you can only cut the shapes (no printing available).
3. Using the Print and Cut feature will take some patience. The machine will need to be calibrated often to make sure the machine cuts in the right parts of the printed project.
Below is a picture of a project where I tried to cut the layers so I could stack them. But the Sweet Dreams layer was cut funny and it looked weird when I tried to stack all the pieces. I found that I either had to make sure my paper was in exactly the same place or I had to calibrate the machine nearly every time.
|The calibration was off and the machine cut the image funny.|
I am working on designing a class for the Imagine machine -- stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have an Imagine, please leave me your questions and/or tips for using this machine.