How to use the Card Making Mat with Cricut Joy


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Let me show you how easy it is to set up the Cricut Joy and cut handmade cards using the Card Making mat.

How to use the Card Making Mat with Cricut Joy

Have you discovered the joy of the Cricut Joy yet? I love my tiny but powerful machine...and it's perfect to use during this social distancing time. This little device is perfect for the beginner to expert crafter. The best part is the Card Making Mat, it's dynamite!

Let me show you how easy it is to set up the Cricut Joy and cut handmade cards using the Card Making mat.

Cricut sent me this machine as part of their blogger team. I am beyond thrilled and all opinions are mine. Affiliate links included.

The Cricut Joy with hand tools and how to get started using the cricut machine

The Cricut Joy measures 8x5x4 inches, so it slips into a cubby or stores easily when not in use.




Here's 5 Reasons to Get the Cricut Joy:

Space Saving: 
Takes up little space but still offers all the benefits of a cutting machine.

Budget Friendly:
Costs less for machine and supplies, so it is much more budget friendly.

On the Go Crafting:
Take your Cricut Joy to events, classes or on the road.

Bluetooth Connection to Mobile Device App:
No need to have a big computer or laptop! Just download the app and use bluetooth to run the device.

The Card Making Mat:
Cut a folded card without cutting through both layers of paper.


The Cricut Joy has a full line of supplies for the machine. The cutting blade is smaller than the blade for the Maker or Explore Air 2, so it's not interchangeable. The vinyl is cut to size for the Joy. The Joy mats cut 4.5 inches wide and can even cut without a mat. 

Long pieces of vinyl can be cut in 4 foot lengths, and can be repeated up to 20 feet long. This is much more than the Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2.

All the benefits of iron on vinyl, Infusible ink, vinyl, even printable vinyl for labels and stickers.

Cricut joy and the smart line of products to use with the newest cricut machine.

Let's get started with a perfect first project: How to use the Card Making Mat!

Plug in the machine. Enable bluetooth on your phone or device. Download the Cricut Design Space App. 

It's so simple! Don't be intimidated, this machine is made to use!

Cricut Joy how to use the card making mat to create insert cards in minutes

Begin by picking your card in Cricut Design Space. There are many that are FREE for use, some require additional purchases. I picked this tandem bike card, I love it. Follow the simple directions on your phone or device.

Remove the plastic cover over the Card Mat. Then insert the card into the mat and stick the top part down on the mat.

Insert the pen into the Cricut Joy and press go.

Connect the Cricut Joy to a mobile device through bluetooth using the Cricut Design Space app.

Then the device will let you know to replace the pen with the cutting blade. Then click go and it will cut out the design.

The Cricut Joy cutting machine comes with a cutting blade for powerful cutting and card making.

After the cutting is done, the device will prompt you to remove the mat. Go ahead and remove it.

The Cricut joy has a card making mat perfect for cutting the top layer of card but not the backside.

Then peel up the card and throw away the little pieces that were cut out.

Draw and cut a handmade card using the Card making mat and the Cricut Joy.

Then place the insert inside the card to show through spectacularly!

Card making with the Cricut joy.

I love the iridescent paper shimmering through! This cute card was made in mere minutes, it's perfect for a get well, birthday, anniversary, wedding, or Spring greetings card. Make a whole bunch to send out as needed...or just make them in a moments notice--it is so fast with the Cricut Joy!

Make an insert card with the Cricut joy and the Card making mat.

The card mat is my favorite feature about the Cricut Joy! Of course I love the portable size and my ability to take it to the local Girl Scouts troop or library class. I love it...plus it's so cute!

Cricut joy card making in mere minutes. How to get started with the Cricut Joy cutting machine.

Here's the size comparison to the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore Air 2. 

Even though I have the Cricut Maker, I can really see myself using the Cricut Joy more. It is so simple and doesn't require a lot of desk space, computer time or large supplies. I can just plug it in, connect and cut! It's perfect for beginner crafters and even the most advanced crafters.

The Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air 2 and the new Cricut Joy, size comparison

That's it!

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Tell me in the comments what you think of the Cricut Joy!

Make handmade cards using the Cricut Joy and the card making mat.


I bet you can make money using the Cricut Joy too--just like the Explore Air 2...check out this post for ideas:
5 Ways to Make Money with the Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker electronic cutting machine.






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