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So, you want to know how to use Cricut Pens? This is the post for you! We are going to share just how to use those pens in your Cricut machine as well as share some Cricut pen projects to give this method of creating a try. We will cover how to use pens on a Cricut Explore Air 2 as well pens that work with the Cricut Maker. Get ready because you are about to be an expert on how to use pens on a Cricut.
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What Are Cricut Pens?
Cricut pens are a special size pen that will fit in the pen holder of your Cricut machine. They are the same for the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2. There are adapters to fit other pens in these machines but please note that these are not made by Cricut and use of these will void the warranty of your machine.
Official Cricut pens look like the image above and come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. You can see the full line of pens by clicking here. A few of the sizes and types you will see are as follows:
- Fine point
- Extra fine point
- Gel pens
- Washable fabric pen
- other widths and colors
TIP: Store your pens upside down to keep the tips full of ink.
How to Use Cricut Pens: Step-By-Step Video
I thought a video would be a great way to really show you how to use pens with your machine. Note that we show the Cricut Maker in the video but the process is the same for the Cricut Explore Air 2. We are also showing the screen on Cricut Design Space for turning your lines from cut to draw.
Want to see the cricut projects in the video? Try the links below!
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? You can follow along with our instructions below.
How to Use Pens on a Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
To put a pen in your Cricut machine, open up the clamp on the left then insert the pen with the cap off. Press down until you hear or feel it click. You will need to hold the clamp from the bottom to do this. Then close the clamp to use the pen.
You will then want to pull up Design Space and pick an image with draw lines or change your lines to draw. You can see how to do this in the video above. To change any line or text, pull down the “line type” drop down and pick draw instead of cut. Then click the square beside the line type drop down to pick the type of pen you are using. This is especially important if you are using more than one pen on a project. Your machine will prompt you to put your pen in the machine as well as change pens if applicable.
One note: if your pen is not drawing, there are a few troubleshooting steps to try first. Pull the pen out of your machine first and write on a scrap piece of paper. This will get the ink flowing and ensure that it is working. Next, make sure the pen is completely in the clamp until it clicks. To check this, watch when it draws and if the pen is not even touching the paper, you do not have it inserted all the way.
Find More Easy Cricut Pen Projects
Now that you know how to use Cricut pens, it is time to put them to the test with some projects! Here are a few Cricut pen projects to get your creative juices flowing.
- How to Make a Mother’s Day Card with Your Cricut
- Make a Pretty Mother’s Day Card with Your Cricut
- Strawberry Decor
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- How to Address Christmas Cards
- How to Draw SVGs
- Halloween Menus
- DIY Journal Tabs
- Custom Art with Cricut Pens
- Graduation Cap Cards
So many ideas so little time! Y’all enjoy these Cricut pen projects as well as this tutorial on how to use Cricut pens. Now that you know how to use pens on the Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Maker, the sky is the limit! How to use pens on the Cricut is so easy and opens up a whole new world of project ideas.
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