Cricut Joy Matt Free Vinyl Cut Settings

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CRICUT JOY CUT SETTINGS FOR OUR GM CRAFTS MAT FREE JOY RANGE

See our tutorial on You Tube for how to adjust the Joy settings manually here

Please Test cut as described in the following information when using a new product. We would love to see what you make!  Have you found our You Tube channel yet? There is lots of  videos showing tutorials available on there, as well as exclusive demos, inspiration and more!  Join us for more inspiration on Facebook , Instagram or Tiktok or  send us an email to [email protected] we would love to hear from you! Do check our blog for free cut files, tutorials and handy helpful information, for both HTV, Self adhesive and of course papercrafts too!

The settings below are for the Cricut Joy  Please ensure you use a test cut on any new vinyl before using it for the first time, so you may check that the settings below work with your machine. Please be aware from time to time Cricut will change the pre-set settings as these are for their materials, and if a setting that worked suddenly doesn’t, please check your blade and if need be proceed to custom settings at the bottom of this page.

The software allows you to choose a small triangle, please shrink it down to a about 2.5cm size to perform your test cut.  Test the cut.  If it cuts too deep please reduce the pressure. If it doesn’t cut enough please increase the pressure and cut again, repeating the process if needed by adjusting in custom settings: instructions at the bottom of this page..  It is okay to change the pressure a few times, as all machines vary slightly due to many variables affecting calibration.

When using these cut settings it is worth bearing in mind the type of vinyl you are using, as some is more suited to fine, intricate detail. If the test cut works well and the design you are using struggles it may be worth changing the font or adding an offset line to widen it. All settings below use Cricut’s Fine point blade included with machine  and may vary if the blade is well used, chipped or if a new or different blade  is used so please always test cut if in doubt, or if a previous setting that had worked doesn’t please restart the test cut process before wasting any product. If you have issues, Please Photograph your blade like BELOW and zoom in to the tip to check for damage. The left blade is damaged in the photo below.

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Whilst pressure can be altered , we have the settings recommended below to extend your blade’s lifespan and excessive pressure can dull or chip your blade.

We always suggest peeling the corner of the sheet of HTV vinyl to check which side has the clear carrier (or paper sheet for self adhesive) and which corner side has the vinyl. The clear side always goes to the mat 9or paper if self adhesive) and the vinyl side always faces up.

 

ALL SETTINGS BELOW ARE MADE USING THE SMART MEDIA SETTING WITHOUT THE MAT, AND SHOULD YOU WISH YOU AN USE ANY SCRAPS OR LEFT OVERS WITH YOUR MAT, AND SETTINGS CAN BE FOUND FOR THIS BY CLICKING HERE.

HEAT TRANSFER VINYL

Brick Vinyl— Cut setting- Smart Paper sticker card stock ,  Pressure setting- Default

Brushed Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Iron on Glitter ,  Pressure setting-  More

Bubble up Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-   More

Chameleon Vinyl —- Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   More

Chrome Vinyl—— Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

Durapress—— Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

Eco press Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

Eco press Vented——- Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-  Default

Flock Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Vinyl Matte Metallic ,  Pressure setting-  More

Glitter  Vinyl—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on Glitter,  Pressure setting-   Default

Glitter Vented— Cut setting – Smart Iron on Glitter ,  Pressure setting-  Default

Glow in the dark— Cut setting –  Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-   Default

Heat Active Vinyl—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting- Default

High Gloss  Vinyl-——- Cut setting – Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-   Default

Holographic Vinyl Cut setting –  Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting- More

Holoshine Vinyl-—- Cut setting –Smart Paper sticker cardstock,  Pressure setting-   Default

Light Active—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-  Default

Metallic Stretch Vinyl—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

Nylon — Cut setting –Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-   Default

Pearlshine Vinyl—— Cut setting – Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-   Default

Premium Plus— Cut setting – Smart Iron on, Pressure setting-   Default

Reflective—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-  More

Soft Shell—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on,  Pressure setting-  Default

Stretch Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

Sublistop — Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

Turbo Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Iron on ,  Pressure setting-   Default

 

SELF ADHESIVE VINYL 

Blackboard Vinyl— Cut setting -Cut setting -Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Default

GM Chameleon vinyl— Cut setting Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Less

Fluorescent  Vinyl—- Cut setting Smart Iron on  ,  Pressure setting- Default

Gemstone Glitter Vinyl—— Cut setting -Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Default

Glass Etch Vinyl— Cut setting – Smart Iron on  ,  Pressure setting- Default

GM Fantasy Vinyl–—- Cut setting Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Less

Holographic Vinyl—— Cut setting -Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Default

Metallic Vinyl–Cut setting -Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Default

Oracal 651—- Cut setting – Smart Iron on  ,  Pressure setting- Default

Oracal 638– Cut setting –Smart Iron on  ,  Pressure setting- Default

Paint mask Vinyl——- Cut setting – Smart Iron on  ,  Pressure setting- Less

Rose Gold Vinyl— Cut setting -Smart vinyl Permanent – Pressure setting– Default

Stained Glass Vinyl—- Smart Iron on  ,  Pressure setting- Default

GM Crafty Vinyl —- Cut setting –Smart Vinyl Shimmer  Pressure setting- default

Using a Custom material setting

1. Sign in to Design Space and create/open a project. Ensure that your Cricut Joy machine is powered on and connected to your computer. Proceed to the Project Make screen.

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2. Select Browse All Materials in the top right of section 1. Then choose Material settings at the bottom left. This brings up your Custom  material settings menu. See below.

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3. Scroll to browse the list, click Edit to edit the one you want to edit, or create a new custom setting as below.

Creating a new custom material

4. You cannot add new Custom materials on the Cricut Design Space app for Android at this time. However, any new materials added from the Windows/Mac computer will be accessible on the Android app on your account. To create a custom setting follow above steps 1 and 2, instead choosing the custom setting from scrolling down in the above screen.

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5. Click Add new material and give it a name, click save.

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6. Adjust the setting slide, click save. Once the material is saved, you can adjust:

    • Cut Pressure (adjust the slider or use the +/- buttons)
    • Multi-cut (this directs the machine to cut multiple times over the same image and is recommended for thicker materials)
    • Blade Type (select from Premium Fine-Point Blade or Deep-Point Blade so that Design Space can prompt you accordingly)

and this will now appear in your menu of materials. Once configured, select Save to save your new custom material. Select the X in the top-right to close the materials screen. Your new material is now available in the list of materials and can be found using Search.

Tip: You can also select the star to add the material to your favorites.

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Editing or Deleting Custom Materials

7. To edit or delete a custom material, open the Menu as above in step 1 and 2.

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Tips for creating custom settings

  • When creating a new custom material setting, refer to the settings for the material which most closely matches yours to get an idea of the pressure and possible multi-cut setting needed for a successful experience
  • Thicker or denser materials may not always require more pressure, but may require a multi-cut in order to cut through completely
  • You may have to perform several tests and adjust pressure or multi-cut settings to achieve the desired result
  • The maximum thickness of your custom material should be less than 2.0 mm for Cricut Explore, and less than 2.4 mm for Cricut Maker
  • Non-rigid materials may be thicker (such as craft foam and leathers) but will be compacted when fed under the roller bars, and will be imprinted by the rubber rings on the roller bars that help to feed the mat through the machine.

Important: While Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore machines can cut a wide variety of materials, Cricut does not guarantee that they will be able to cut all materials.