Have you wondered how to use Cricut Shimmer Paper? I’m sharing uses and tips for it today! This post contains affiliate links, which when purchased through add no extra cost to the consumer, but help support this site to bring more Cricut tutorials and posts.
Welcome to my new series! Last year, I went through the 12 Most Common Cricut Questions that beginners often have. I thought throughout the end of 2017 of what series I thought you guys would like this year, and I finally decided to do a Cricut Material Series.
There are so many materials that the Cricut machine can cut, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure them all out. Or maybe you’ve ordered a Cricut Mystery Box and have no idea what to do with something that came in the box? Throughout 2018, I’ll be sharing uses and tips for all sorts of Cricut materials. There’s no rhyme or reason to the order in which I share them. It will be based upon projects I’m working on or reader questions.
First up– Cricut Shimmer Paper!
What Is Cricut Shimmer Paper?
Cricut Shimmer Paper is a heavyweight paper with a shimmering finish on one side. It is white on the other side. It is not attached to the package (as in, it does not have a perforated side that you have to detach) and the pages are loose inside the pack. It comes in packages with 10 sheets (2 of each color), and crafters can currently order it in a Classic Sampler and a Bedazzled Sampler. The Shimmer Paper differs from the Sparkle paper in that the glitter elements on the Shimmer Paper are not as large as the ones on the Sparkle paper. Look for paper here!
What Cricut machines can use the Cricut Shimmer Paper?
Any Cricut machine, including the Cricut Explore series and the Cricut Maker.
What sorts of projects can I make with the Cricut Shimmer Paper?
The paper is perfect for adding a shine to paper crafts, cards, scrapbooking, mats for frames, or home decor projects. It is a good replacement for glitter vinyl when you want a shimmer material that will hold up on its own, like for this ornament project.
How do I cut the Cricut Shimmer Paper?
Design your project in Cricut Design Space. Place the Cricut Shimmer Paper onto the cutting mat. Load the mat into the Cricut machine. Send your image to the machine from Cricut Design Space. Set the cutting dial on the machine to “Custom.” Within Design Space, choose “Shimmer paper” as the material.
Additional cutting tips: If your StandardGrip Green Mat is fairly new (with lots of sticky!), then this mat will work for cutting. If it is not, then you’ll need a StrongGrip mat.
Here are two projects that I have made with the Shimmer Paper Classic Sampler. The snowflake in the Ornament Project is made with the Shimmer Paper, and two of letters in the “Let It Snow” on this door hanging are made with Shimmer Paper.
Are you looking for more Cricut related tutorials, tips, or projects? See my Cricut tutorial page!
Ooohhh I have never used the shimmer paper before! I will check it out.
My Maker won’t cut through this paper. I set it on ‘Shimmer Paper’ and asked it to use more pressure (The Maker automatically works out the settings, no dial to turn, should be good eh?) but it doesn’t cut right through and I have just wasted two sheets of this lovely paper. I am toying with using the deep cut blade but I don’t know if the Maker will reject this. I might try it on a small design before I try the project I really want to make.
Hi, have you tried mirroring the cut and cutting with the non-printed side up? You may have better results that way. Is your blade new?
Shannon Foster says
I don’t have the cricut shimmer paper but I have the paper studio brand and didn’t see shimmer paper as an option so chose glitter vinyl and more pressure I had to cut 4 times to get it to cut. I only had plain paper studio transfer tape so had to use my weeding tool to get it on the tape. I have some strong grip tape coming so will give it a try. Someone else mentioned using the deep cut blade. I wish I knew what settings to use to get it to only cut once.