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How To Use Cricut Pens In Any Cricut Machine?

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Cricut pens are used to perform various tasks like coloring pages, illustrations, writing text, doodling, and many more. You can use the Cricut pen for multiple functionalities, like marking marks on fabrics and cutting different types of materials.

In this blog, we will be discussing in detail everything about the Cricut pens and about how to use Cricut pens. We will also be discussing various types of pens and the process of loading and unloading pens for different Cricut machines.

Which Machines Are Compatible With Cricut Pens?

Nowadays, all the latest models like Cricut Maker 3 and Explore 3 comes with the pen tool preinstalled in their packaging. Even the compact-size model Cricut Joy also comes equipped with a pen. The advantage of using a Cricut pen is that the pens can be interchangeably used for the Cricut Maker 3 machine and the Cricut Explore 3. Cricut also has a segment for small pens for compact machines like the Cricut Joy, but you cannot use it interchangeably with the other machines and vice versa.      

Different Types of Pens That Comes With Cricut

There are a variety of markers and pens available for different purposes. Cricut has smartly designed the barrels and caps of the pens for easy differentiation between different pens kept together in a rack. Here is the list of some of the available pens with Cricut for different tasks:

  • Extra Fine Point Pens
  • Fine Point Pens
  • Pen Markers
  • Fine Point Pens
  • Glitter pens
  • Gel Pens
  • Pen/Markers
  • Infusible Ink Pens
  • Calligraphy Pens
  • Infusible Ink Pens
  • Infusible Ink Markers

Using Non-Cricut Pens In Cricut Machine

Using of Non -Cricut pens is possible in Cricut machines. All you need is a specialized adapter for a particular Cricut machine, and you can use Non-Cricut pens.

How To Load And Unload A Pen In A Cricut Machine          

The loading and unloading process of a pen in a Cricut machine may vary slightly for different Cricut machines. Here is the following loading and unloading process of a pen for each Cricut machine:

  • Cricut Explore and Cricut marker machines: To load the pen inside the Maker or the Explore machine, put the uncapped pen in the auxiliary Clamp A, hold the pen from the bottom, and push the pen towards the Clamp. Push the button until it gives a click sound, which means that the pen is perfectly fitted into its desired place. After placing your pen in the rack, you can use your Cricut pen.
  • Cricut Joy: Just like the process of loading the pen in other Cricut machines, there is a dedicated clamp to insert the pen. You just need to insert the pen into the clamp and close it. After closing the clamp, you’re all good to write. The difference between the Cricut Joy and Explore and Maker loading process is that you do not need to push the pen down like the other Cricut machines in the Joy machine.   

How To Use Cricut Pens For Drawing Images

Drawing in Cricut is a very easy process. Many images are available in the Design Space library with the name “Writing Images.” You can search for the drawable images by filtering the search settings to “draw only” images. After you have filtered your searches, the results will come in three categories. To start the drawing process, follow the following instructions: 

  • Go to the “Draw” button in the Layers Panel on the left-hand side. And to select the line type selection go to the dropdown menu at the top of the “Edit Toolbar.”
  • Click on the colored square box next to the dropdown menu. Select the pen to use.

Final Words

In this blog, we have discussed everything you need to know about Cricut pens and how to use Cricut pens. We have tried to answer all your queries regarding Cricut pens. If you have any doubts regarding this, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Materials Can A Cricut Pen Write?

You can write on any material with the Cricut pens and markers, like cardboard, textured cardstock, paper, etc. We highly recommend you before using a pen on any material; always check the sample, so it doesn't spill off.    

Do You Need Cricut Pens In Your Cricut Machine?

A variety of pens can be used in Cricut machines like thin, thick, calligraphy, and many more types. Cricut pens come in a variety of colors, but you don’t necessarily need to use them in all projects. In fact, there are many projects you can make with the Cricut without needing to take the pen into use.     

What Is The Life Of A Cricut Pens

The infusible or markers roundly last for a minimum of four full 8.5 in x11 for drawing and writing pages.   

Does The Cricut Pens Stay Permanent On Vinyl

Anything that you write on the smart label vinyl will never fade over time, and the ink will stay permanent when dried.

How Do I Give My Cricut Machine “Write” Command Instead Of Cutting Command?

To tell your Cricut machine to write instead of cutting, you need to type the text you want to write. After that, you have to choose “Pen Operation,” which will change the cutting settings automatically. If you’re using the Design Space, select the text, click on the edit option, and then scroll your cursor to the right. Give the “Draw” command.  

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