Make your Cricut work for you on a whole new level!  I will show you how to use Cricut pens, what pens work and how to set them up in Cricut Design space.  Cricut Pens can unlock another layer of creativity for you with your Cricut projects.  From cards to gift tags, invitations, labels and more!

How to use Cricut Pens with your Cricut Explore or Maker
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Your Cricut Explore Air, Explore Air 2, and Cricut Maker machines are capable of cutting and writing with the pen at the same time.  It’s really awesome.

If you have a Cricut Explore One you will need an adapter to use the Cricut Pens.

You don’t have to go out and buy pens to play around either, your machine has a pen in the box!

In this post I am going to share about:

  • The different types of Cricut Pens
  • How to convert text from Cut to Write in Cricut Design Space
  • How to load the Pen into your machine

A cricut Explore with Cricut Pens

Cricut Pens:

There are different types of Cricut Pens in regards to finish and point size.  Pens are acid-free, non-toxic, and permanent after drying.  There are extra-fine to medium tip to calligraphy tips and pens from glitter to metallic to classic!  There is a perfect pen for your project.

A selection of different types of Cricut Pens

A few of my favorites are:

  • Black Set (contains (2) 0.2 tip, (1) 0.8 medium tip, and (2) 2.0medium calligraphy tip pens.  You seem to write a lot in black!
  • Metallic Pen Set  (Gold, Silver, Copper, Blue, and Violet) I feel I use the gold and silver often and the colors are dreamy on darker cardstock papers
  • Classic Pen Set  As a mom of elementary school-aged kids I find that these come in very handy as we do lots of projects in classic colors!
  • Glitter Bright Set  (glitter!!)
Showing Different tips of the Cricut pens and calligraphy marker
From Left to Right: 0.4 Fine Tip, 0.8 Gel Tip Glitter, 1.0 Medium Tip, 2.0 Calligraphy

Do I have to use Cricut Pens?

If you have a pen that is the same size as the Cricut pens you can use those.  You may need to test on some scrap paper first.  There are adapters sold by 3rd parties that allow you to use other diameters of pens and markers.  You can find them on Etsy.  I have not used anything but Cricut Pens so I am not going to talk about the adapters in this post.

How to Specify Pen vs Cut in Cricut Design Space:

It is very easy to change any design or font into a pen drawing in Cricut Design Space.

Choose your design or wording.  In the Layers Panel on the right side of your screen, change the scissors icon to the write icon and choose the color of pen you are using.

Switch Font to Pen and Select Pen Color in Cricut Design Space to write

Note:  It is helpful to actually choose a color here if you have multiple colors in your design.  This tells the Cricut to let you change the pen color during writing!

It’s really that easy!

Choosing Fonts for Cricut Pens

Using System, Multi & Single Layer Fonts:

You can use any system font (a font downloaded onto your personal computer) with Cricut Design Space or any of the Cricut Fonts, or Cricut Access fonts, however, Design Space will write where it would normally cut giving you a written outline that font instead of using a single stroke.

Showing How Design Space will Outline non-writing fonts when using Cricut Pens

This can be a really cool effect for many projects!  All you need to do here is simply change the CUT icon to the WRITE icon and select your pen color and you are ready to write!

However, if you are looking for a style that resembles handwriting, read on.

Cricut Writing Fonts:

The pens are a great way to to get written text on your project!  You can utilize the steady flow of the Cricut to produce beautiful lettering that resembles handwriting on your cards, labels and more.  Using a Cricut Writing font you will not get an outline of the font but rather the actual writing as if you wrote it with your own hand.

  1.  Open a blank canvas screen in Cricut Design Space and using the Text Tool on the left toolbar, type the wording you would like to use.Write Wording in Cricut Design Space using the Text Tool
  2. In the Font Edit Toolbar (which will drop down when you have your text selected) Choose the FONT dropdown.Select Font Drop down Menu from Font Edit Toolbar
  3. A font selection box will open and on the upper right of that box will be the world FILTER.  Click Filter.Select Filter in the Upper Right Corner of the Font Box to Filter the Font results in Cricut Design Space
  4. Choose WRITING FONT filter.  This will filter the font results to only those that will write a single line in Cricut Design Space.Select Writing Filter
  5. Choose the font you would like to use for your project from the results!  I chose Algegra here:Text written in Cricut Writing Font
  6. Same as for system fonts, in the layers panel, change the scissors icon to a pen icon and choose your pen color.

Note:  When you are positioning writing on your project you will want to ATTACH the writing to your background design (card, label, etc.) so that the writing writes in the correct place.

Check out Cricut Access…the best way to enjoy Cricut designs and fonts!  There is a font only membership, a Standard and Premium Membership.  Options for all your needs!

Depending on membership, anything with the green Access symbol is yours to use in your projects!  This is a great option instead of purchasing designs and fonts separately!

How to Insert Cricut Pens into your Cricut Machine:

When you click MAKE IT in the upper right corner of your canvas page you will be taken to the Prepare Mat Screen.  Here you can note that it specifies DRAW on your Mat Thumbnail.

Click Continue in the bottom right corner.

You will then be prompted to insert your Pen into Clamp A on your machine.  Simply unlock the clamp, insert your pen until it clicks (the arrow on the pen will not be visible anymore), and relock the clamp in the closed position.  That easy!

How to Insert the Pens into your Cricut Machine

Note:  Do not forget to remove the pen and put the cap back on after you write!

You can find more Cricut tutorials here on my Everything Cricut Page!


Tutorial on how to use Cricut Pens with the machine.