Explore the upgraded crafting wonders of the Cricut Joy Xtra as we compare it to the original Joy. This post is sponsored by Cricut.
If you love crafting as much as I do, you probably know the magic that Cricut machines bring to our craft room. And now, the excitement reaches new heights with the introduction of the Cricut Joy Xtra! Let’s dive into this crafting adventure and explore the upgrades and features of this new addition to the Cricut family.
An Introduction to Cricut Machines
For those of you new to the crafting world, Cricut machines are smart cutting devices that can transform various materials into beautiful designs and intricate patterns. The machines use various blades and tips to cut, emboss, engrave, and write on a variety of materials. The original Cricut Joy quickly became a favorite due to its compact design and ease of use, making it perfect for small projects and crafting on the go. I was prepared to move overseas with just this handy little machine!
Cricut Joy vs. Cricut Joy Xtra
Enter the Cricut Joy Xtra—the bigger, bolder sibling that’s ready to tackle more significant projects while maintaining that compact size we love. This new machine brings upgraded features, making it a must-have for any DIY enthusiast.
The Cricut Joy Xtra is a remarkable evolution of the beloved Cricut Joy. While the original Joy won our hearts with its compact design and ease of use, the Joy Xtra takes crafting to new heights. The most significant difference lies in its ability to handle more extensive projects, thanks to its slightly larger size. Small but mighty – this new machine is about the size of a loaf of bread!
The Joy Xtra also brings in the Print Then Cut feature, allowing you to create vibrant full-color stickers. Additionally, it introduces new printable materials and comes compatible with valuable tools like the foil transfer kit, expanding your creative possibilities. Despite these enhancements, the Joy Xtra retains its compact design, making it a versatile and powerful companion for crafters, whether you’re a beginner or experienced DIY enthusiast.
Size Comparison: Cricut Joy, Joy Xtra, and Cricut Maker 3
When comparing machines, you’ll notice the Cricut Joy and Joy Xtra share many of the same features. The Joy Xtra is perfect for anyone with limited space who wants to create a bit larger projects than those on the original Cricut Joy, but doesn’t necessarily need all the cutting capabilities of the Cricut Maker 3. Of course, it also makes a fantastic companion machine to keep in your crafting arsenal!
I use 3 different Cricut machines – the Cricut Joy, Cricut Maker 3, and now the Cricut Joy Xtra. Here’s a table comparing the Cricut Joy, Cricut Joy Xtra, and Cricut Maker 3 based on their size, weight, maximum cutting size, and MSRP:
|Model||Size (in)||Weight (lb)||Max Cutting Size||MSRP|
|Cricut Joy||8.4 x 5.4 x 4.3||3.9||4.5 in x 4 ft||$149|
|Cricut Joy Xtra||12.5 x 6 x 5.5||6||8.5 in x 4 ft||$199|
|Cricut Maker 3||22.1 x 7.1 x 6.2||15.4||11.7 in x 12 ft||$429|
New Materials and Smart Features
The Cricut Joy Xtra is designed to work seamlessly with a wide range of materials, including the innovative smart materials. These materials allow for easy loading without a machine mat, simplifying your crafting process. From vinyl decals to iron-on transfers, this machine can handle it all. Both the Joy and Joy Xtra can work with 50+ materials!
Print and Cut
The Cricut Joy Xtra bring you print then cut functionality, enabling you to create full-color stickers using the printable sticker paper! The results are vibrant, eye-catching stickers that add a personalized touch to your projects.
- Printable Sticker Paper
- Printable Waterproof Sticker Set
- Printable Waterproof Holographic Sticker Set
Cricut Joy Xtra Fine-Point Pens
With the Cricut Joy Xtra, you can enjoy the precision of the fine-point blade in addition to an array of Cricut Joy pens. Create custom cards or add intricate details to your projects with a variety of pen colors, allowing you to truly bring your vision to life.
Cricut Joy Xtra Cards
A very popular use of the Cricut Joy was the card making ability. The new, larger Cricut Joy Xtra still allows you to use the same Cricut card making kits – just with a larger card mat!
Printable Iron On Materials
The Cricut Joy Xtra introduces new printable materials, including printable waterproof sticker sets and printable iron-on, expanding your creative possibilities.
Crafting, Anywhere and Everywhere: Compact Design and Portability
True to its Joy heritage, the Cricut Joy Xtra retains its compact size. This makes it the perfect companion for crafters with limited space, allowing you to set up a mini craft haven even in the coziest corners of your home. Don’t have a dedicated craft room? The Joy is easy to pull out and put away after you’re done with a project – no promise it won’t take over your dining room though!
The Joyful Future of Crafting
The Cricut Joy Xtra is a perfect machine for those looking to take their crafting to the next level. Its versatility, ease of use, and compatibility with a wide array of materials make it a standout choice for both beginners and experienced crafters.
So, grab your Cricut Joy Xtra and let your creativity run wild! Craft personalized stickers, create intricate designs, and make your crafting dreams come true. Happy crafting, everyone! 🌟
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