I’m excited, we got a new Cricket Explore Air Two. If you don’t know, it’s a machine that makes custom cuts in paper and vinyl: crafters use them to scrapbook and make window stickers. But the first thing I thought of was replicating hole punches on “Buy X get one Free” cards. I found seven punchcards floating around the house, and it got quite easy to do after the first card. I ruined one (made the star-shaped holes too small). Took about five minutes each average on the others. It’ll get quicker with time.
The basic method, simplified: Download the Cricut Design App Take a picture of the best-quality hole Select that image in the app Deselect everything except the hole Save Open that shape in Canvas mode Move that shape to the two-inch hash mark Put the paper card on the cutting board, the place where you want the hole centered on the two-inch mark. Press go.
It took a while to set up. The machines are expensive, so this is not worth it if this is your only use. (but my wife wanted one anyway). I expect it’ll pay for itself eventually in free DQ blizzards, Tako Delmar burritos, and random salads and coffees, and bread from the bargain outlet.
If anyone can think of any other fraudulent use for these things, I’m all ears.
It would easily cut the custom shape of the free Starbicks recovery vouchers, and the free Hardey’s meal vouchers, but I’d need a nice enough printer to print the text on cardstock first, so that’s out for me.