A Cricut machine can do a lot of things, and Cricut pens add more color and possibilities to your creativity. I’ve decided to pull together a list of information on how to use and what to know about Cricut Pens for the Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker and Cricut Joy and I’ve got a video tutorial for using pens with Cricut Design Space!
If you’re looking for other Cricut information and tutorials make sure you check out How to use Cricut Print then Cut, or Easypress 2 Settings. I’ve also got information on the Cricut Joy and How to use Infusible Ink!
Which Cricut Machines Use Cricut Pens?
What types of Projects use Cricut Pens?
The possibilities with pens are pretty endless, I’ve made gift tags, place cards, invitations, coloring pages, I even have a DIY Coloring shirt and coasters using the Infusible Ink pens! So many fun projects and ideas, but what’s the pen pen for my project is that can be difficult to figure out. So understanding the different pens is important.
Types of Cricut Pens and Markers
The collection of Cricut Pens and Markers for the Explore Air 2 and Maker is constantly growing, in terms of colors and specialty pens. They usually come in packs of 5, but there are some 15 and 30 packs. I’ve pulled together the list and how these pens write so you have an idea of what pens do what. A quick note all of these pens (minus the fabric pen) are permanent so keep this in mind when writing on things!
- Extra Fine (XF)
I don’t have this one on the paper, but it’s an extra fine, 0.3 line and you’ll know it’s extra fine as the bottom has EF on it. Extra Fine Pens
- Fine (F)
The fine pens are great, for writing out thin text. They are available in a ton of colors and there’s also fine Infusible Ink. Fine Pens
- Glitter Gel (GG)
The pens write with a bit of sparkle and are 0.8M. I like them as a contrast to the gel pens. Glitter Gel Pens
- Gel (G)
These have great bright colors and write super smooth! These are 1.0M Gel Pens
- Marker (M)
I love using markers for a thicker look. The 1.0M is noticeably different than the gel, and these are also permanent so make sure you’ve checked your spelling! Marker Pen Set
- Calligraphy (C)
These are great for a special invitation, place card or whatever idea you have. The tip is obviously different and there are 2 sizes (2.0 & 2.5) Calligraphy Marker Pen Set
- Fabric Pen (M)
A fabric pen is what is used for drawing your pattern on the fabric. The big difference is this is a washable pen, so you make your project and wash it the ink will disappear from the fabric. These are considered markers and only come in a blue color. If you plan to do any sewing these are key, and can be used without a machine for everyday sewing projects as well. Fabric Pen Set
How to use a pen in the Cricut Explore Air 2 or Maker
When it comes to using the pen it’s pretty easy to insert them. Both the Explore Air and Maker have a pen spot (A). You’ll insert the pen with the triangle facing the front. You’ll feel a little click, then close the case and click go.
Cricut Joy Pens
The Cricut Joy uses different pens and markers then the Explore Air and Maker. The size of the pens is shorter than the Cricut Maker and Explore pens, and they say Cricut Joy on the side so it’s pretty obvious that it belongs to the Joy. These pens also come in packs of 3, and you have the Fine, Gel, Marker, and Infusible Ink in an array of colors.
How to use a pen in the Cricut Joy
The Cricut Joy is a little different as the blade and pen share the same spot. You’ll need to pull the blade casing out, then insert/drop in the pen. These pens don’t have a front to them, and you don’t feel a click, but work wonderfully especially on cards!
How to Store Cricut Pens
I believe the way to store your pens in so they are tip down. As much a love using pens I don’t use them all often enough so making sure they ink of the tip doesn’t dry out is important. I also recommend you also test a pen on a sheet of paper before you insert it. Nothing is worse then realizing halfway through the start of your project wasn’t showing up.
How to write with Cricut Pens
Now that we’ve got the different kinds of pens and how they write covered it’s time to put them to work in Cricut Design Space and I’ve pulled together a video tutorial so you can easily follow along with how to write and set up your machine. I’ve even added a few extra tips for working with Cricut and pens!
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