I Want to Buy a Cricut Die-Cutting Machine to Make My Own Stencils.

I want to make my own cookie stencils. Do you think I need to buy the latest model or can I get away with one of the older models used? I would love to save some money and get a used one. I have seen some on Ebay and even Craigslist. My main goal is making cookie stencils. I want to upload my own images.

What model do you have? Suggestions appreciated.

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I bought one long ago and had trouble cutting through even thin acetate with it, so I gave up. But, obviously, other stencil makers started on one or another of the Cricut models and seemed to figure out how to get it to work. I just don't know what that model would be. My stencils are all now laser-cut on VERY expensive machines.

I am not a very sophisticated "cookier" but have made some successful  stencils for airbrushing cookies  on my "pazzles" cutting machine.  Certainly not as sophisticated as Julia's but worked for my needs. Machine had no trouble cutting the acetate. 

pazzles dot com

Caryn

Caryn posted:

I am not a very sophisticated "cookier" but have made some successful  stencils for airbrushing cookies  on my "pazzles" cutting machine.  Certainly not as sophisticated as Julia's but worked for my needs. Machine had no trouble cutting the acetate. 

pazzles dot com

Caryn

Awesome! Thanks for the tip!

I have the Cricut air and Love it. Some tips I have learned: I have the delicate cutting mat and a fine blade and cut a variety of designs out of wafer paper to use for cookies. I only use this mat and blade for food items. For acetate, you can add your own material to the software based on the thickness of the acetate and I use a deep cut blade for mine. I use a 4 cut for the thick plastic like Julia's, but a 2 cut works on regular acetate.  Works great! Julia's stencils are actually on a thicker plastic than most other stencils you can buy, so are definitely worth the purchase, but it's great to be able to make custom ones at home ��

Chris's Custom Cookies posted:

I have the Cricut air and Love it. Some tips I have learned: I have the delicate cutting mat and a fine blade and cut a variety of designs out of wafer paper to use for cookies. I only use this mat and blade for food items. For acetate, you can add your own material to the software based on the thickness of the acetate and I use a deep cut blade for mine. I use a 4 cut for the thick plastic like Julia's, but a 2 cut works on regular acetate.  Works great! Julia's stencils are actually on a thicker plastic than most other stencils you can buy, so are definitely worth the purchase, but it's great to be able to make custom ones at home ��

Thanks for the shout-out. Just to clarify: the stencils that I sell already laser-cut and ready-to-go ARE thick; they are 10 mil food-grade Mylar. However, the uncut sheets that are sold under the Accessories section of the new site (confectioncouturestencils.com) are actually made of thinner 4 mil Mylar so they can be more easily hand-cut.

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