The best Cricut pens in 2022 (2022)

By Joseph Foley

Contributions from

Ian Dean


Find the best Cricut pens for Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore and Cricut Joy.

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The best Cricut pens offer a huge range of creative possibilities, helping you to get the most out of the popular crafting machine. Adding a pen to the Cricut Maker, Joy or Explore turns them into writing and drawing machines.Doodle and scribble your designs in Cricut's Design Space software, send them to your machine, and the pen does its thing.

As you can tell, there's a lot to consider with Cricut's approach to craft and design. You can get up to speed on all of the craft cutting machines Cricut offers in our guide to the best Cricut machines as well as our review feature, Cricut Maker vs Cricut Maker 3.

Cricut itself produces a range of pens, from fine tip pens to markers, gel pens and more. Cricut's larger machines, the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore series, have interchangeable pens that you can use in either machine (though you'll need Cricut's Accessory Adapter if you have the older Cricut Explore One).

The smaller, more portable Cricut Joy, has its own line of pens. However, there are also other brands that design pens specifically to fit Cricut machines, and you can even use an adapter to fit your regular favourite pen in the machine (skip to the frequently asked questions at the end for more on that).

In the guide below, we'll look at the best Cricut pens whether you want to write, draw illustrations, add colour to designs or print onto textiles. We'll start with pens that are compatible with the Cricut Maker and Explore and then move on to the Cricut Joy. We'll cover the best Cricut pens for a range of different uses and styles, and also include some non-Cricut branded options.

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01. Cricut Classic Pen Set

The best Cricut pens for getting started.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore

Best for: getting started

Number of pens: 5

Thickness: 0.4mm

Colours: black, red, blue, green, yellow

Reasons to buy


Basic primary colours are good for getting started


Versatile uses

Reasons to avoid


Basic colours limit design possibilities

The Classic Cricut Pen Set contains five fine point (0.4mm) water-based pens in the basic colours that will be useful for making your first designs. If you're new to drawing and illustrating using a Cricut machine, you probably don't want to splash out a complete range of pens just yet.

These are ideal for designing event invitations, decorations or adding a message with a handwritten look to any project. The ink dries permanently in 24 hours, creating a long-lasting design.

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02. Cricut Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set

The best Cricut pens for fans.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: invitations, cards,

Number of pens: 30

Thickness: 0.4mm

Colours: multiple

Reasons to buy


A wide range of colours


More economical than buying separate packs

Reasons to avoid


More colours than some people will need

Cricut's Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set contains 30 0.4mm pens in probably every colour you could want, allowing you to personalise cards or invites with a handwritten font or add phrases to framed art or scrapbook pages.

Once you're sold on using your Cricut machine for adding text and illustrations to designs, it's probably time to invest in a larger collection of pens. Cricut pens are far from cheap and you can end up going through them fairly quickly (make sure you replace the caps on your pens as soon as you've finished using them to avoid them drying out).

This all means that the best Cricut pens for those who use their pens a lot come in collection packs, which work out a lot more economical than buying several smaller packs of five. If you use your Cricut machine to make a wide variety of different designs and want to experiment with colours, it also makes sense to have a wider variety of colours to give you more options when it comes to making a new design.

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03. Cricut Extra Fine Point Pen Set

The best Cricut pens for more precise designs.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: labels, gift cards

Number of pens: 30

Thickness: 0.3mm

Colours : multiple

Reasons to buy


Finer point for precise designs


Wide range of colours

Reasons to avoid


Possibly more colours than you need

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If you’re looking for a finer tip for more intricate designs and precise lettering, the Cricut Ultimate Extra Fine Point Pen Collection offers a similarly comprehensive range of colours as the collection above, but with finer 0.3mm nibs.

These are particularly useful if you want to write or draw on smaller projects and material areas, such as labels or gift tags. This is a great set of pens for incredibly fine and delicate precision, which makes them perfect for event invitations where you want that handwritten feel – remember, Cricut will write out dozens in one go.

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04. Cricut Gel Pen Set

The best Cricut pens to add extra personality to projects.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: invitations, cards

Number of pens: 30

Thickeness: 1.0mm

Colour: multiple

Reasons to buy


Bold vibrant colours


Wide range of colours

If you want to add an extra touch burst of colour to your projects, the Cricut Gel Pens are just the ticket. They have a roller ball instead of a felt tip and come in 1.0mm thickness. The ink looks bolder and is more vibrant, great for adding personality to projects on paper that have doodled illustrations or text – although they're not recommended for glossy or textured supports.

The pens are available in five packs designed around complementary colour palettes with intriguing names like "Peacock", "Urban Rainbow" and even "Suburbia Disturbia". The five packs might even inspire your choice of colour palette for your project. However, again, it works out cheaper in the long run to buy the larger multipack if you plan to use multiple colours.

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05. Cricut Martha Stewart Glitter Gel Pen Set

The best Cricut pens for adding glitz to designs.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: Special invitations that need some extra glitz

Number of pens: 3

Thickness: 0.8mm

Colours: Gold, silver, metallic grey

Reasons to buy


Great glitter colours for special pieces

Reasons to avoid


Quite expensive per pen

The Cricut Martha Stewart Glitter Gel Pen Set is a new Cricut range of glitter gel pens for adding some extra bling to your designs. Is there anything more sparkly than this three-pack inspired by celebrity crafter Martha Steward?

Coming in gold, silver and a darker metallic grey, these are guaranteed to add a special touch to wedding invites or anything else that needs an extra-special touch. Better still, they’re water-based, acid-free, nontoxic, permanent after drying so you can design and craft safe in the knowledge these are, well… safe.

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06. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

The best Cricut Pen for fabric.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: Fabric and clothing designs

Number of pens: 5

Thickness: 1.0mm

Colour/s: Blue

Reasons to buy


Great for marking patterns on fabric


Easy to control

Reasons to avoid


May not wash out of non-cotton fabric

The Cricut Washable Fabric Pen works, as the name suggests, with fabric. Chances are at some point you'll want to draw designs onto your material before you cut it, and you'll want to be able to wash the marks away.

Marking patterns and cutting out fabric is probably the least fun part of sewing, but using the Cricut Washable Fabric Pen can make it less of a chore. It's billed as an accessory for working with the Cricut Maker’s sewing patterns, but you can use it more generally to quickly draw pattern instructions for fabric crafts, clothing and much more.

It's easy to control using Cricut Design Space, but just bear in mind that it's designed for use on cotton. If you're working with another fabric, you'll have to test it for readability and for how well it washes out – and of course, you need to be sure the fabric you're using is washable too.

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07. Cricut Variety Pen Set

The best Cricut Joy pens for calligraphy.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: Calligraphy

Number of pens: 5

Thickness: 0.3mm, 1mm, 2mm

Colour/s: Black

Reasons to buy


A variety of thicknesses


The only pack with 2mm calligraphy markers

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Reasons to avoid


Only available in black and silver

If you want to vary the thickness of the texts and illustrations in your designs, then the Cricut Variety Pen Set offers that flexibility. This is particularly useful for calligraphy text designs.

While it's only available in black and silver, you get three different thicknesses of pen: two 0.3 pens (Cricut's Extra Fine Pen), one 1mm pen and two 2mm calligraphy pens. That means you can choose the perfect pen for the style you want to design a greeting card, personalise a banner, or anything else.

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08. Cricut Infusible Ink Markers

The best Cricut pens for making T-shirts.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: Printing designs onto fabric

Number of pens: 5

Thickness: 1.0mm or 0.4mm

Colour: Several packs available

Reasons to buy


Easy to use


Several colour options available

Reasons to avoid


Quite expensive

Infusible Ink pens and markers are the latest edition to the Cricut range. They use a heat-activated process to bind specially formulated ink to compatible materials, from T-shirts to bags and more. You use the Infusible Ink Pens and Markers in your Cricut Maker or Explore to draw a design onto laser copy paper. You then transfer it to your fabric using a heat press.

Of course, Cricut recommends using the pens with one of its own EasyPress heat press machines and its own Cricut Blanks range of substrates – it has a range of T-shirts, tote bags, coasters, and mugs tested to work with Cricut Infusible Ink products.

However, other heat presses and blank supports will likely work too. These pens are a quick, easy-to-use option for permanent transfers that don't wrinkle, crack or bleed, which makes them great for making T-shirts and other fabric items.

The five-pack of Cricut Infusible Ink pens is available in two sizes – a 0.4mm pen or 1.0mm marker, the latter probably being more suitable if you want a design that's legible from a distance, on a T-shirt for example.

There are also several choices of colour palettes. The basic pack, pictured above, offers blue, green, red, brown and black, but for livelier designs, there's also a set of neons and a set of deep "nostalgia shades".

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09. Craft World 0.4 Tip Fine Point Pens

The best non-Cricut pens for Cricut machines.


Reasons to buy


More economical than Cricut pens


Good range of colours

Reasons to avoid


Less vibrant colours

The Craft World 0.4 Tip Fine Point Pens are one of the best alternatives for your Cricut machines. Cricut pens are expensive, especially if you use them a lot, and there are other brands that make pens designed specifically with the dimensions to fit Cricut machines.

Using Cricut’s own pens, and as well as that making commercial sense for the company, also makes a lot of sense for customers since the pens are guaranteed to fit properly and to be able to take the pressure of Cricut's machine. But don’t fear trying other brand’s pens.

One of the most reliable sets for the Cricut Maker and Cricut Joy is this multipack from Craft World. Like Cricut's own Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set at number 2 in our list, this contains 30 pens in a wide range of colours – in fact the colours seem to have been chosen to mimic Cricut's own set as closely as possible.

Although you may notice the ink is not as vibrant as that of Cricut's own pens, these offer good value. You also get a sturdy plastic base to hold the pens, which is a nice touch depending on how you planned to store them. It's no use if you want to store your pens pointing downwards.

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10. Craverland Pen Adapters for Cricut

The best pen adapters for Cricut.


Compatible with: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Best for: adapting other brands of pen

Number of pens: 40 adapters

Thickness: N/A

Colours: N/A

Reasons to buy




Use you favourite brand of pen

Reasons to avoid


Could void your warranty

We've just mentioned the option of going for non-Cricut pens, but what about your regular favourite drawing or writing tool? That’s where you need the Craverland Pen Adapter for Cricut.

This comes in useful because most pens that haven't been specifically designed for Cricut's machines won't fit, but there are adapters – such as Craverland’s adapter – available that let you use other pens. Some resourceful Cricut users even make their own adapters.

If that sounds a bit risky, this set of 40 adapters from Craverland is as complete as they come, offering adaptors designed for a range of the most popular brands of pens, including Sharpie, Crayola, Papermate, Stabilo, Staedtler, BIC and Cricut itself.

Some users swear by the adapters, particularly fans of Sharpies, but Just be aware that such adapters are not endorsed by Cricut. Indeed, using any non-Cricut pen in your machine could void its warranty. So be aware of what you're doing before you jump in and use an adaptor.

Cricut pens for Cricut Joy

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10. Cricut Joy Pens

The best pens for starting with the Cricut Joy.


Compatible with: Cricut Joy

Best for: Getting started

Number of pens: 3

Thickness: 0.3

Colours: black, blue an red

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Reasons to buy


An affordable pack to start with


Fine enough for precise designs

Reasons to avoid


Only three colours

The smaller, more portable Cricut Joy machine has its own range of smaller pens, the official Cricut Joy Pens. Again, they're fairly expensive, so as we mentioned within our selection of the best pens for Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore, you probably don't want to invest in a huge collection if you're just starting to experiment with writing and drawing using the cutting machine.

This pack of Cricut Joy pens includes three basic colours to get you started. You might not be able to make a huge variety of designs with just red, blue and black, but it's enough for you to start to experiment with the process.

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11. Cricut Joy Gel Pen Variety Bundle

The best Cricut Joy pen set for value.


Compatible with: Cricut Joy

Best for: regular uses who need more colours

Number of pens: 12 (4 packs of 3)

Thickness: 1.0mm, 0.8mm

Colours: 12 colours

Reasons to buy


A variety of colours and two thicknesses


Gel pens offer vibrant colours

Reasons to avoid


Still not as many colours as the Cricut Maker and Explore 30 packs

We're not quite sure why, but unfortunately Cricut Joy pens only come in packs of three, whereas Cricut's pens for the Cricut Maker and Explore come in packs of five 15 and 30. This is why you need the Cricut Joy Gel Pen Variety Bundle.

This limited format means the Cricut Joy pens quickly become more expensive if you want to use a lot of colours, and it means selecting the colours you need carefully for each project and ordering new pens specifically.

Fortunately, this bundle of gel pens allows you to save a little on what these four separate packs of three would cost if you bought them separately. You also get two different thicknesses which can be useful for adding more variety to card designs, doodles and illustrations.

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12. Cricut Joy Metallic Markers

The best Cricut Joy pens for writing on dark card.


Compatible with: Cricut Joy

Best for: Writing on dark supports

Number of pens: 3

Thickness: 1.0

Colour: Violet, silver and copper or gold, silver and blue

Reasons to buy


Great for writing on dark backgrounds


Sharp, shiny colours

Reasons to avoid


Too thick to use for small type

If you want to write on dark paper or card, the Cricut Joy Metallic Markers show up wonderfully well, offering chances to create dramatic contrasts with shiny types. These have Cricut's 1.0 marker tip, so they're not suitable for small type, but they look great written large on cards, flyers or event invitations.

There are two packs available, both of them come with a silver marker, while one combines it with violet and copper and the other with gold and a shiny metallic blue. Both offer a nice, classy design choice for whatever project you have in mind.

13. Cricut Joy Infusible Ink Pens

The best Cricut Joy pens for textile designs.


Compatible with: Cricut Joy

Best for: textile designs

Number of pens: 3

Thickness: 0.3

Colour: several combinations available

Reasons to buy


Great for printing on to textiles


Range of colours available

Reasons to avoid



Cricut Joy Infusible Ink Pens are a great addition to Cricut’s accessories, as we mentioned in our selection for the best Cricut pens for the Maker and Explore machines, Cricut has developed a range of Infusible Inks pens designed for printing onto textiles using the Cricut EasyPress (another heat press should do the job too).

You print your design using the Cricut Joy and then press it onto your chosen support using a heat press. The pens are great for applying long-lasting designs to t-shirts, tote bags and more.

Again the downside with the Cricut Joy is that you only get three pens in each pack, so while there are a range of colour combinations available, from all black to 'Wild Aster, Bright Teal and Party Pink', it can get quite expensive if you use a lot of colours.

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14. Xinart Dual Tip Pens for Cricut Joy

The best non-Cricut pens for Cricut Joy.


Compatible with: Cricut Joy

Best for: general crafts

Number of pens: 36

Thickness: 0.4 and 1mm (dual ended)

Colours: multi

Reasons to buy


Wide variety of colours and two thicknesses


Good value

Reasons to avoid


Unconventional choice of colours

Talk about variety. With Xinart Dual Tip Pens for Cricut Joy you not only get 33 colours (there are 36 pens but four are black), but also each pen comes in two thicknesses thanks to the handy dual end design. It's the widest range in any of the best Cricut Pen sets we've seen, and the dual thicknesses make the set even better value.

The choices of colours they've included is a little unconventional and despite the wide range, you might find you don't have the colour you want, for example, there are several pastel shades but no real green or purple. All in all, it's a great value set when you consider that official Cricut Joy pens only come in packs of three.

Cricut pens: frequent questions

What pens work in Cricut?

The official answer to this question is only pens made by Cricut. Cricut makes a wide range of pens with different colours, thicknesses and types of ink. Each type of pen is identified by a different letter on the base.

Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore have interchangeable pens so you can use the same pens in either. Cricut Joy, however, has its own line of smaller pens – these say Cricut Joy on them, while pens for the other machines just say Cricut (some packets say Cricut Explore, but the pens will also work in the Cricut Maker series).

Using Cricut's own pens has its advantages. They're easy to fit since these are designed specifically for use in its machines, and the points can stand up to the pressure they're put under. That said, they are expensive. Other brands offer more economical options designed specifically to fit Cricut machines, but note that you could void your warranty if you use non-Cricut pens.

Can you use regular pens in Cricut?

Yes and no. To be able to fit a pen into a Cricut machine, you'll need it to be the right size, which means using pens specifically designed for Cricut machines, whether they're Cricut's own or the best pens for Cricut designed by another brand.

However, you may well find other pens that happen to be the right size, and if you don't, there are adapters that can allow you to fit some of the most popular brands of pen into the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. We've mentioned one such set of adapters at number 10 in our guide to the best Cricut pens above.

Note that while some non-Cricut pens will fit in a Cricut machine, you’ll need to mark them for depth so you know where to load them. Again, remember that using a non-Cricut pen in your machine could void your warranty.

Can I use Sharpies in my Cricut?

As we mentioned above, there are adapters that allow you to use a range of popular pens in a Cricut machine, and one of the most popular brands of all is Sharpie. The Craverland Pens Adapters for Cricut set at number 10 in our list of the best Cricut pens includes 40 adapters for a range of different pens, including adapters for the Sharpie Art Pen, Sharpie Fine Point, Sharpie Ultra Fine Point and Sharpie Paint Fine Point and Ultra Fine Point.

What is the purpose of Cricut pens?

The best Cricut pens can be used for all kinds of creative purposes, most commonly for drawing or writing text or illustrations onto craft pieces such as cards, invitations, labels, posters, banners and framed art work. Some of the pens are more suitable for some purposes than others, for example the fine point pen offers a 0.3mm tip for more precise writing or illustration, which is more suitable for work on small pieces, while the 1.0 marker tips are good for writing on larger pieces but won't be legible in small type.

How do I install Cricut pens?

It's very easy to install Cricut's own pens. In the Cricut Explore and Maker, insert an uncapped pen in auxiliary Clamp A while holding the bottom of the tool holder. Push down until the pen clicks – and make sure you hear the click! On the Cricut Joy, there's no separate clamp for the pen. You need to unclamp and remove the blade to fit the pen. In this case, don't push down or you could cause damage; simply set the pen in place then fasten the clamp.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.

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What is the newest Cricut for 2022? ›

The Cricut Joy is the newest Cricut model. It's a clever little cutting machine that's easy to set up and use. It can cut more than 50 materials, including paper, adhesive vinyl, and iron-on vinyl. It can even cut some thin faux leather sheets.

What was Cricut announcement 2022? ›

May 2022 Cricut Design Space Updates (v7.

The 7.8 updates increases the size of Cricut Print then Cut. Before, the largest paper you could use with Print then Cut was 8.5″ x 11″, but this update adds A4 paper, which is 8.3″ x 11.7″.

What's the difference between Cricut pens? ›

The only difference in the pens and markers is the tip size. Both sets of colors, neons and basic, come in a pen and a marker and you can use them interchangeably. The pens are a . 4mm fine point and the markers are 1mm thicker tip.

How long do Cricut pens last? ›

How long do Infusible Ink Pens/Markers last? Infusible Ink Pens/Markers will last a minimum of four full 8.5 in x 11 in pages of writing or drawing.

Is Cricut discontinuing the maker? ›

With the launch of Cricut Maker 3, many folks have wondered if the Cricut Maker being discontinued. According to my folks at Cricut, there are no plans to discontinue Cricut Maker any time soon, and support will continue.

Which Cricut is best for cutting wood? ›

As said earlier, the best Cricut machine for wood cutting is the Cricut Maker because it is the only one compatible with the knife blade. The knife blade can cut up to 2.44mm thick. It'll be easy to chop up some wood, specifically basswood and balsa wood.

Which is better Cricut maker or explore AIR 3? ›

As a general rule, the Maker 3 can do everything that the Explore 3 can. So in addition to the 100+ materials that the Explore 3 cuts, which includes different textured vinyls, cardstock, sticker paper, heat-transfer vinyl, Cricut's Infusible Ink, and foil transfers, the Maker 3 can cut around 200 more.

What Cricut machine can do everything? ›

When to choose the Cricut Maker 3: The Cricut Maker 3 can do everything the Cricut Explore can do, and so much more. I recommend upgrading to the Maker if you want the versatility to cut heavy-duty materials like wood and leather and delicate materials like crepe paper and fabric for sewing projects.

Which is the best Cricut for Beginners? ›

What is this? In summary, we recommend the Explore 3 as the best Cricut Machine for beginners unless your budget permits an upgrade to the Maker 3.

Is the Cricut Maker 3 better than the Cricut maker? ›

The main difference between the Maker and the Maker 3 is the addition of smart materials. Pairing Cricut's Smart Materials with your Maker 3 will mean you can cut twice as fast as any material you could cut with the original Maker.

What is the newest version of Cricut? ›

The latest and newest release is their beautiful Cricut Maker 3 and Explore 3 Machines. They were released in June 2021. Both the Cricut Maker 3 and Explore 3 machine are sleek and versatile cutting machines. The Cricut Explore 3 cutting machine is perfect for beginner hobbyists.

Can you use Cricut Design Space without a subscription 2022? ›

Design Space is free to use, and it's not optional: it's the only way to operate a Cricut machine. You do not need Cricut Access in order to use it. There are some limited free fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects already in Design Space that you can use without a Cricut Access subscription at all.

Why does Cricut Design Space keep crashing 2022? ›

This error generally will come up if you are offline and the app needs to verify cut permissions (i.e., you have a Cricut Access plan that just renewed, etc.). If you are offline, connect to the internet. The app will connect to our servers, verify your cut permissions, and then you can go back offline.

What is the difference between Cricut pens and infusible ink pens? ›

The only difference between the pens and markers is the nib size. The Infusible Ink Pens have a . 4mm tip and write and draw in thin, clean lines. Infusible Ink Markers, on the other hand, are 1mm thick and create thicker lines.

Are Cricut infusible ink pens worth it? ›

5.0 out of 5 starsWorks well for Cricut to draw outlines to color in. I'm having a blast with infusible ink. These fine-point markers are great when you want your Cricut to draw the outlines so you can color them in. I also bought the 1.0 markers (locally) and used those to fill in the outlines, by hand.

Do Cricut pens dry out? ›

**Learn how to use Infusible Ink Pens and Markers here. Cricut Joy Pens and Markers are water-based, acid free, nontoxic, and permanent after dry. They conform to ASTM D-4236.

Can I use Sharpies in my Cricut? ›

Product detailsProduct details. Compatible with Sharpie Fine Point Markers, Ultra Fine Point Markers, and Art Pens in Cricut Explore Air Series and Maker Series machines for more versatility than ever!

How do I get Cricut for free? ›

Go to Design Space, Once you're logged in, click on “Cricut Access” from category drop-down (located on the left-hand side navigation of Design Space). Follow the directions on the pop-up screen and it will walk you through the process to start your free trial.

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Some of the first projects every new Cricut owner should learn to make are vinyl stickers or decals. Luckily, learning how to make vinyl stickers with Cricut is very easy. We used this project in Cricut Design Space as our template and followed it step-by-step.

Is it worth upgrading to Cricut Maker 3? ›

Hands down Cricut Maker 3 is the best smart cutting machine on the market. It's fast, powerful and incredibly versatile in terms of what tools it can support and what materials it can handle. You can cut designs for any project on a Cricut Maker 3.

Can a Cricut engrave wood? ›

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Both the Cricut Explore Air and the Cricut Maker are great for making stickers. Both work with the Print Then Cut feature. The Cricut Joy, however, does not work with the Print Then Cut method.

Can the Explore 3 engrave? ›

The Maker tools can cut, write, score, foil, debs, engrave and more. The Explore 3 can cut, write, score and foil.

Which Cricut can engrave? ›

Which Cricut Machines are Compatible with the Engraving Tool? The Cricut Engraving Tip is only compatible with the Cricut Maker machine because the Maker is the only machine that uses the Adaptive Tool System and can apply the amount of pressure necessary to engrave.

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According to Cricut, the Explore 3 can cut over 100 materials. Taking a look at the materials guide, those include a wide variety of paper, cardboard, vinyl, iron-on materials, fabrics like silk, cloth, leather, and denim, and even stronger materials such as wood – as long as it is less than 2 mm thick.

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What does Cricut stand for? ›

Cricut is an American brand of cutting plotters, or computer-controlled cutting machines, designed for home crafters. The machines are used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, fabric and other materials such as leather, matboard, and wood.

Can Cricut make T-shirts? ›

Cricut can cut intricate designs from iron-on material that you can easily apply to blank t-shirts. Want to make a t-shirt with us? You can start with this t-shirt project in Cricut Design Space as your template.

What should I make first with my Cricut? ›

Beginner Cricut Paper Crafts

Card making is usually one of the first Cricut projects for beginners because you can make your own cards for any occasion! These Halloween lanterns are spooky and so easy to make! Use your Cricut machine to pre-cut all the pieces for this adorable baby Yoda paper bag puppet.

Which is better Cricut air or Cricut maker? ›

Cutting technology: The Cricut Maker features the innovative Adaptive Tool System, which offers 10x the cutting power of the Explore Air 2. This lets the Maker cut three times as many materials as an Explore machine. Price: The Explore Air 2 is a much better value, especially for cutting paper and vinyl.

Which Cricut is best for scrapbooking? ›

If you're looking to take your die cutting career to a whole new level, the Cricut 29-0001 might be the budget-friendly choice for you. This portable cutting machine is best suited for scrapbooks, greeting cards as well as other paper crafts.

Can a Cricut maker engrave metal? ›

Use the Cricut Maker Engraving Tool to expand the list of materials you can work with—metal, leather, acetate, and more! Here's everything you need to know about using the Engraving Tool, plus a Cricut Design Space project using it!

Does Cricut Maker 3 Use same blades as Maker? ›

Both machines are able to use the same blades with all of the Cricut cutting mats to create your own custom designs. Unlike the Maker, the Maker 3 is able to cut Smart Materials without using a mat.

Are Cricut smart materials worth it? ›

Smart Materials were introduced with the Cricut Joy machine and essentially allow you to cut without a cutting mat. You just need to load and go. They're especially effective for long, continuous cuts and do away with a lot of the faff that comes with using traditional materials and cutting mats.

Is Cricut design space down today 2022? ›

Current Cricut status is up.

What's the difference between Cricut maker and Cricut explore? ›

The Cricut Maker cuts about three times as many different materials as the Cricut Explore Air 2. There are also more than twice as many tools that you can put in the Maker, such as a Rotary Blade, Knife Blade, and more. You can also engrave and deboss with the Maker.

Is there a new Cricut coming out in 2022? ›

Watercolor, glow-in-the-dark, new labels and more now available at Cricut.

Why is Cricut trying to charge me for my own design? ›

If you are being charged in the app for images you have already purchased, have linked, or have access to through your Cricut Access plan we recommend signing out of the app. Then sign back in to refresh the account. Your images and fonts should appear without a charge.

Can you jailbreak a Cricut? ›

Random - has anyone ever considered and/or attempted to 'jailbreak' their cricut so outside software can be used? This can and has been done using an arduino Teensy. It involves soldering and desoldering inside your cricut, so if you aren't comfortable with that it's pretty risky.

What is new in Cricut Design Space 2022? ›

May 2022 Cricut Design Space Updates (v7.

Maximum print size for Print Then Cut is 6.75″ x 9.25″ (17.14cm x 23.4cm) on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, and 6.51″ x 9.93″ (16.54cm x 25.22cm) on A4 paper. You can change your paper size selection in the Settings Menu under the dropdown in the upper left.

Can you use a Cricut with an Iphone? ›

With a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine, you can use both Windows and Mac computers as well as Android or iOS devices. Both machines use Cricut Design Space to create designs your machine can use.

Why is my Cricut saying I need a longer mat? ›

If either the height or width of an image is greater than 11.5 in (29 cm) when you select Make It you will receive an alert that one of your images is too large for a 12 in x 12 in (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) mat. You will have the option to continue with a larger mat or return to the Canvas to resize your image.

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Can I use any pen in my Cricut? ›

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What materials can Cricut pens write on? ›

Cricut pens and markers can write on any material that normal pens can write on like paper, cardboard, textured cardstock and vinyl as well. Before using the marker or pen on your material, make sure you do a test sample to ensure that the ink does not rub off.

Do Sharpies work in Cricut maker? ›

If you own a Cricut® Maker or Explorer Air 2, you are limited in the number of pens or markers that your Cricut® can use and are required to use Cricut® branded supplies. Well now you can add Ultra Fine Point or Fine Point Sharpies to your tool list. With these adapters, you can now use any color Sharpies.

What markers are best for the Cricut maker? ›

9+ Best Cricut Pens in 2022
  • Cricut Gel Pen Set.
  • Cricut Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set.
  • Cricut Gold Multi Pen Set.
  • Cricut Extra Fine Point Pen Set.
  • Cricut Infusible Ink Markers.
  • Cricut Washable Fabric Pen.
  • Craft World 0.4 Tip Fine Point Pens.
  • Cricut Joy Metallic Markers.
14 Jul 2022

Are Cricut pens permanent on vinyl? ›

I think you will love to do it because what you write with the Cricut pen on the Smart label vinyl will not fade over time, it's permanent when the ink is dried.

Can Cricut draw a photo? ›

Sketch Photos with Cricut or Silhouette - YouTube

Why is my Cricut pen bleeding? ›

For example, Cricut markers tend to bleed when they come in contact with water or alcohol based markers (some colors more than others). So when I'm trying to make a card that requires these types of supplies, I need to use a marker that will keep the ink in tact.

Are Cricut pens permanent? ›

Cricut Joy Pens and Markers are water-based, acid free, nontoxic, and permanent after dry. They conform to ASTM D-4236. Tip: Always test pens before use to ensure ink is ready.

What markers work with Cricut without adapter? ›

Several other markers, including fine-line Crayola markers, can work in your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker without the need for an additional adapter.

Why is my Cricut pen not touching paper? ›

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.

Can the Cricut do calligraphy? ›

When you use your Cricut Calligraphy pen, you must put the tip in at a 45-degree angle to your machine so you get the pretty thick and thin lines associated with calligraphy. For the best results, angle your pen's tip so it's going off at an angle to the lower left corner of your machine.

What are Cricut Joy pens used for? ›

Pen Brands You Can Use with the Cricut Joy - YouTube

How do I get my Cricut to write instead of cut? ›

To get your Cricut to write instead of cut, insert the text you'd like to write. Select the text and then choose the “pen” operation instead of “cut”. If you are in the app select the text, choose edit, then scroll to the right to where you get to line type and select draw.


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