The New Cricut Deluxe Papers are lovely! I am sharing this post as a part of the Cricut Ambassador Program, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Cricut did send this product for me to review and share with you all. This post contains affiliate links, which do not cost you extra, but helps support this site and bring future Cricut tutorials.
When I first began crafting with my Cricut, I made birthday invitations for my daughter. I created paper crafts for parties and classroom functions. Although I have expanded my Cricut usage to other mediums since then, I still adore paper crafting and checking out the different paper patterns. Cricut recently launched a new collection of Deluxe Papers, and they are lovely! I have a few favorite patterns, but I will leave it up to you to decide which one is your favorite. Disney lovers will squeal with delight over the new licensed Disney papers, and those who get heart eyes over watercolor designs will like the Natalie Malan Deluxe Paper packs.
Deluxe Paper Pack images used via permission from Cricut.com.
I’ve added the Pastel Geometric Paper, the Steel Plate Deluxe Paper, the Natalie Malan Brushed Bouquet Deluxe Paper, the Anna Griffin Deluxe Paper in Toile Heritage, the Sparkle Paper in Bejeweled Sampler, and the Shimmer Paper Classic Sampler to my card stock collection. I am excited to use them all, but I am thinking up something special for the watercolor patterns because they are ranking up there as a favorite!
Instead of trying to photograph each paper pack, I have made a quick YouTube video to showcase the above listed new Deluxe Papers. There are several more designs, all of which are available on the Cricut Deluxe Paper page.
Check out the below video as I flip through the paper packs. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Andrea D Stevens says
Greetings from Arizona! First, let me say how much I enjoy your site. Thank you for taking the time and absorbing the cost to compare and share your findings with everyone! I found your site after not finding answers on Cricut’s own site and when I Googled, you were amongst the results, “Take a Look at the New Cricut Deluxe Papers”.
A quick three things about me:
1. I am a newbie Cricut user, just got my first cutting machine ever this past Christmas. It is an Explore Air.
2. I am financially unable to purchase all the accessories and new materials as they come to the market, but I do have a wide variety of materials collected over the years purchased at stores and at garage sales made by a variety of manufacturers.
3. I am a learner, a researcher, meaning, I try to exhaust all avenues prior to calling or emailing for help. In regard to my Cricut, I use Cricut’s Help Center by reading articles and watching videos and sometimes I call or do online chat. But before I personally contact them, because I hate using their customer reps, (I always feel like I’ve wasted my time contacting them because after each encounter I leave without gaining any knowledge or satisfaction,) I will Google search and usually end up reading a half dozen articles/blogs and watch as many videos…that’s how I found your awesome site! 😊 I say this because I’ve learned a lot and really should not call myself a newbie, but in many ways, I still am, and that’s where you, an obvious expert, comes in! 😊
My questions today are in regard to materials and machine settings. I am experiencing an issue with my machine, no matter where I set the material dial, it registers a different material, I hope to hear back from Cricut in the next day or two, but in the meantime…if you have time to guide and educate a newbie…I would be eternally grateful! Or if you can direct me with links to other resources, that’d be super too! So, here goes…
I understand that some materials need the deep-cut blade and the machine will prompt me when to use it, but because I can’t always use “Cricut” brand materials, I don’t know how they compare to other brands. I am having these questions, because more often than not, when I have tried to pick the most appropriate cutting guide for my material, I have been wrong. I have had the machine almost shred a material and many, many times it barely makes a mark.
I am thinking if they listed the weight or thickness of all materials in their material list, that I could make more informed decisions as to which setting to choose.
Can you tell me the texture of the New Deluxe Paper or it’s weight/thickness?
And can you explain what the plus and minus signs mean that follow some materials on the material list (paper, light cardstock, cardstock, fabric, and poster board)?
I assume that the minus means the material is thinner than average and the plus means it is thicker. But what type of paper falls in between “paper” and “light cardstock”? And what am I to do with the cut pressure numbers? I’m guessing the higher the number, the more pressure, right? But I’ve never seen any place to adjust the pressure manually, the only option I have seen is “less, default or more”.
I guess my first issue is that I do not understand paper materials enough to know which are harder to cut than others. Currently I am only doing paper and vinyl projects…I’ll tackle other materials when I feel more comfortable understanding and controlling my machine. But for now, it is the various paper and cardstock settings I struggle with. I have wasted so much because I selected the wrong thing and the machine ruined my material. Well, to be honest, I also have had some problems with the various vinyl products as well, but if you can help me with paper, I’d be in a good place for now.
Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience through your website…I look forward to following you and hopefully hearing back. Have a great week!
Hi and welcome to my blog! Let’s see if I can answer any of your questions:
1) Can you tell me the texture of the New Deluxe Paper or it’s weight/thickness? This depends on which deluxe paper that you are looking to use. The different packs have different finishes, and this will make them varying weights. For the most part, the shimmer and sparkle papers are the heaviest out of this collection. The others are a standard card stock weight for Cricut (80 lb. stock -approx. 216 gsm).
2) And can you explain what the plus and minus signs mean that follow some materials on the material list (paper, light cardstock, cardstock, fabric, and poster board)? It means the varying weights of paper. Some paper weights are higher than others.
3) I assume that the minus means the material is thinner than average and the plus means it is thicker. But what type of paper falls in between “paper” and “light cardstock”? Paper has different weights. This site has a good section at the bottom that explains different weights and how they compare. https://www.paperpapers.com/paper-weights.html
4) And what am I to do with the cut pressure numbers? I’m guessing the higher the number, the more pressure, right? But I’ve never seen any place to adjust the pressure manually, the only option I have seen is “less, default or more”. This tells how to change the cut pressure/adding a new cutting material with a custom cut pressure. https://help.cricut.com/help/custom-setting-smart-set-dial
I mainly work with standard weight card stock. Be sure that you are using the blue light weight mat. I have ruined too much card stock by using the incorrect mat! If you haven’t changed your blade since Christmas and you’ve used your machine a lot, then you may want to look into changing your blade if it is dragging and making rough card stock cuts.