Cricut Pens: Writing and Envelope Addressing Tutorial

Cricut Pens: Writing and Envelope Addressing Tutorial

– Hello everyone, my
name is Jennifer Maker and today we’re going to
talk about pens for your Cricut Explorer and Cricut Maker. (light ukulele music) Your Cricut comes with two tool clamps. Clamp A, clamp B. Clamp A is for accessories
and this is where we can put pens. To insert a pen, simply open
clamp A, take off the pen, and insert the pen tip down
with the arrow pointing towards you, hold the
bottom until it clicks. Now be sure to close the
clamp when you’re done, and that’s it, that’s it,
that’s all I have to do to insert a pen. And did you know that
you could insert pens other than Cricut pens? That’s right, not all pens
work but I’ll be showing you which ones work for me in this video. Also keep in mind the that
pens that aren’t Cricut pens won’t clip the same way, and
so the best way to insert a non-Cricut pen is to put
a craft stick underneath while you are inserting it. And it just barely kisses the craft stick, and if it does that you can take it off and then you’ll know
you’ve got it in position. Close the clamp and you’re ready to go. Tip, always put your pens,
test your pens on a scrap piece of paper before you
try them out on your Cricut, especially if they’re new. They might need to be primed
a bit to get the ink going. You’re going to want to do that before your Cricut uses them on your project. Now let’s do some writing on our Cricut. I prepared a test file
in Cricut Design Space that will let us try out
both the Cricut Explorer and the Cricut Maker and the Cricut pens and the non-Cricut pens,
including the extra fine point Cricut pen. And I’m gonna go through each of these so that you can see and get them all out. So we’re going to test the Extra, it’s actually right here. We’re going to test the
Extra Fine Point Cricut pen. The purple one. I found these at the craft
store, I can’t even find them online, I can’t tell
if they’re old or new. Anyways, this is Extra
Fine Point, it’s .3 tip. We’re gonna do this one in purple. Alright, so we’ll just set this over here so we have them all in our way. And then we’re gonna try
a Fine Point Cricut pen which is .4, a 0.4 tip and
we’re gonna do it in Jade. This one came with my Cricut
Explore Air Two originally. The next one we’re gonna
try is a gel Cricut pen in medium point, and
that’ll be a black one. And that comes in this set
which is the multi-pen set and this is a really
cool set because it’s got a .4 tip, a .8 tip, a one point tip and two two point tips
that are for calligraphy. So let’s get out the medium gel pen, which I believe is this one. And they all have the names and the sizes and the colors written right on the side, all the Cricut pens do at least. They’re written right on the side here. Okay, so that’s our glitter pen. Okay, and next we have the medium tip pin and we’re gonna use the
silver metallic one. Okay, and I believe that yes,
calligraphy pens are next. So we’re going to use, oh here it is. We’re gonna go back to this pen set and we’re going to use the two point tip thick calligraphy pen, all
calligraphy pens are thick. And then we’re also
going to use in this set, which is the multi-pen set gold, it is very similar, not exactly the same, but it’s very similar,
this is all gold metallic, these are very pretty. We’re going to use the
extra thick calligraphy pen which is the last one in this set. Right here, let’s make sure. Calligraphy 2.5 gold, yes. So these are the Cricut pens
that we’re going to use, this is all the Cricut pens,
this is all of the different sizes and metallic and glitter and gel, so this is everything
that I know of at least. Oh, but one more. Alright, so we’re also going
to use the Washable Fabric Pen. We’re going to try it
out so that you can see what it looks like, it
has a one point thickness. So we’ll sit this here. So how about some non-Cricut pens, yeah? You can definitely do them. Now which ones fit in your machine really depends on your machine. We had some discussion in
our Facebook group about this and some people could fit some pens and some others couldn’t. I am trying with three different machines, so hopefully what I’m telling
you is gonna work for you, so I’ve tried all of these pens on my Cricut Air Explorer Two
which is over at my computer you can’t see it right now, on this new Cricut Explore
Air which I just got like three or four days ago. And on my Cricut Maker. So we are going to try
a Staedtler Marker pen, and we’re going to try the red one. So that’s what this looks like. So these are really nice markers. And we’re also gonna try
a Gelly Roll Metallic pen, yeah these are really nice. So we’re gonna try a
green metallic gel pen. This is a Gelly Roll pen,
these are really cute. Alright, and we are gonna
try a Bic Round Stick ballpoint pen, that’s right. Nice super cheap pen. And then we’re gonna have a,
so we’re gonna do the Crayola Fine-Line marker in blue. Here we go, that’s everything. Now I should note that there are some pens that I can’t get to work but
other people claim to work. So for example, this is
the Pilot Precise v5. It’s like extra fine, whatever point. It does not work, let
me show you what I mean. So it just will not,
just will not go in there far enough to reach the paper. So it won’t work. Some people can get them to fit. I cannot, that was just too tight. The other one that I have that I’ve tried and I haven’t been able to
get is a Sharpie Fine-Line marker, same deal, it just
will not go in far enough. And I did try this on all of the machines, this one won’t even go anywhere near it, can’t even see the tip come out. So no go on these. However, all is not lost. If you really really want
to use these other pens or other pens that you
have, there is an option. So over on Etsy they have what they call the Ultimate Cricut Pen Adapter Set, and I will link the page
for this adapter set in the comments for this
video, but basically it’s a set of little plastic things. You take out this pen adapter
which is this round thing and you use their pen adapters instead and then you can use a huge
variety of different pens, quite a few. However, yeah I don’t
have that pen adaptor set. And I think this is a lot of
pens to be able to write from. So I don’t need to get it right now. But if I had a specific need for something that I really wanted, it’s
not really that expensive. But there’s so many pens to try. So I want to press the go
button on both of these machines and actually start writing,
and I want to show you how they write, so let’s do that. I have a piece of white
paper in both of these and they are both ready to go. Now these pens are going to all write in the same writing font
which is called Dear John, and this is a Cricut font that
is a part of Cricut Access. The only two fonts, the
only two pens that won’t be in Dear John are the
two calligraphy pens which are gonna be in
Emiline and they’re also a part of Cricut Access. So, and finding the writing
fonts that look good on the Cricut can be tricky. Your best bet is to use the fonts in Cricut Design Space that
are designated as writing ’cause they won’t create
the bubble letters when the pen tries to
outline a standard font. So when you’re searching for
fonts, just click the filter label on the far right
and then select writing from the drop down menu. Now Cricut will only show
you fonts that are good for writing, so there you go. So pick one that looks
good and mess with it. Now what if you find a font that you love but it’s not available as a writing font? There is a way to turn it into writing if you really really want. You can create text from it
in Inkscape or Illustrator by tracing the text you want
with a single vector line which is what is needed
for a proper writing font. So if you feel comfortable
using Inkscape or Illustrator, trace your text in that
pretty font you love and save it as an SVG file to
upload to Cricut Design Space. So let’s get started,
we’re gonna start with the Explore Air first and then
we’ll move over to the Maker, ’cause I’m not sure I can do at the same, I can try doing two at the same time but I think it might confuse
me with all the pen changes. Alright. I’m gonna go ahead and load this. So Cricut Design Space
will let you know which pen to put in and which color
if you pick the color right in the first place. So if you need any help
with picking colors I have a whole tutorial
on writing on your Cricut on my website. Okay, so we’re gonna start
with the Extra Fine Point Cricut pen, .3 tip, I’m
gonna put it right in here. This one has an arrow,
’cause all the Cricut pens have an arrow, we push
it in, hold the bottom, push it in til it clicks. Close the clamp, and then we press go. And I’m gonna move the
camera so that you can get a really good look at this. Alright, so Cricut Design
Space will prompt you when to change it and this
button will flash again. Let’s remove the pen, put the cap back on. And the next pen is not going
to be in order unfortunately. Despite my best attempts
I could not get this to go in exactly the order I
want, so this next pen is gonna be a non-Cricut pen. This is the Staedtler Marker
Pen with a .3 tip in red. So to use this we’re going to want to use our craft stick. We’re gonna put it right underneath. And then we’re gonna
press down until the tip of the pen just kisses the craft stick. And then clamp it. Let’s put our cap back
on here, remove this, and press the go button. Alright, remove this one. Cap back on, tip down in the tool tray, Cricut now says to use the
medium point Cricut pen with a 1.0 tip in silver metallic. So find the arrow, push it in, close it and press the go button. So that was the silver metallic pen. Next pen is the Fine Point Cricut Pen .4 tip in jade. Put the cap there and press go. Alright, so that was the
Fine Point Cricut pen with the .4 tip in jade. Alright, now the next
one is the gold 2.5 tip calligraphy pen. Now this pen gets inserted differently than the other pens do. So we take off the cap, you look for the arrow. Now unlike the others where
you just had the arrow facing towards you, you
actually want to rotate this 45 degrees, so you want it, the arrow to be coming in at this angle. It could also be at this angle instead, so coming off here. For tonight we’re gonna
put it in at this angle, so coming off to the left, right? Okay, so I just put it in, now watch where the arrow is pointing. And close the clamp. Cap on here so we don’t
lose it and press go. Alright, so that was the 2.5
tip gold calligraphy pen. Very spiffy, okay next what we’re gonna do is this Gelly Role metallic gel pen, so this is a non-Cricut
pen, so we’re gonna want to use our craft stick again. So cap up there. Set that in there. Push it, open the clamp, push it down til it just
touches the craft stick. Close the clamp, and press go. Alright, so that was the
Gelly Roll metallic gel pen. Alright, the next one we’re
gonna do is an unusual one. This is the Washable Fabric
Marking Pen from Cricut. Now normally you wouldn’t
put this on paper, but I’m not gonna put a
piece of fabric in here right now and obviously
into my Cricut Explorer. But it works the same
way, there’s an arrow, you just put that in, close it up, put our cap on and press go. Now the Fabric Marking Pen
has a, I believe it’s a one point tip. It says on the side there. And as you can see it’s
really meant for fabric not for paper, I’ll show
you what it looks like on fabric too when we do our Maker. Alright, open that up. Alright, so now we’re
gonna do non-Cricut pen, we’re going to use a Crayola
Fine-Line market in blue. So we get our craft
stick, put it underneath, push it in until it just
touches the craft stick and close it up. And pres the go button. Alright, so that was the blue
Crayola Fine-Line Marker. This is the Gel Cricut pen with a .8 tip and it is black glitter. Alright, so that was the Gel
black glitter pen from Cricut. Alright, the next one is
the 2.0 tip calligraphy pen, a little smaller than
the gold one that we did just right here, and this one is in black. Again, you want the tip of your, let me find our arrow, you want the tip of your
pen to go at 45 degrees to your machine, so I’m
going to, instead of having it come this way, I’m gonna
have it come the other way so that you can see the
difference in what happens when we change the angle. So I’m gonna put it in
like this and press go. Looks quite a bit different, doesn’t it? Based on this font I
would definitely recommend that we put it at the angle
that we did initially, so your pen going off to the left, the angle going off to the left instead of going off to the right. And what looks good might differ a lot depending on what font you
use, so it’s definitely going to be worth a test. But for Emiline I would
recommend that your pen be going at the angle off to the right. Your arrow should be
pointing off to the right instead of off to the left, or excuse me. Your arrow should be
pointing off to the left instead of off to the right. When we do this on the Maker, we will switch the order
around so that we can compare the differences. Okay, let’s remove this one. And the last one is a very
simple Bic Round Stick ballpoint pen in black,
really really basic. Remember, make sure that you have primed your pens first, especially
these ballpoint pens, they don’t just work right out of the box the way a marker would. So let’s put our craft
stick down, close it. And start it. So there we have all of our
pens that we’re trying out. Let’s unload this and take a closer look. So here you can see all,
everything looks pretty good except for a couple, a couple
definitely had some issues. So the gel pen which I believe is, let’s find the gel pen,
this one right here. The Gel Cricut black pen,
you can see that there’s some letters that weren’t
fully formed here. And that might be the
nature of the gel tip or the glitter, I’m not sure. This pen was primed, so you can see that here at the beginning, here, and it looks like around
here it had some issues, it’s not terrible though. And it is glittery, so it’s pretty. This, so the 2.0 black calligraphy tip. So the angle that we
used for this one is not the right angle, it doesn’t
look good for this font. So we used the angle where
the arrow is going off to the right, and it
would have looked better if we had changed it so the arrow was going off to the right. Because that’s what we
did here with the gold and even though this gold is thicker, it looks much better because
the angle of its tip, which is chiseled right, is going off at the right angle for this font. So the angle was off here
to the left like this. And everything else looks pretty good. The Bic ballpoint pen is naturally lighter because it’s a ballpoint pen, right? And here you can see the
Crayola is very very strong and stands out really well. So those are the results of our Cricut pen and non-Cricut pen testing
on the Cricut Explore Air. Now let’s take a look at
what it does on the Maker. Okay, let’s come on over to the maker and do the exact same thing. We’re gonna load up out mat. Like before, we are going to start with the Extra Fine Point Cricut pen with the .3 tip in purple. So we’ll take off the
cap, open up clamp A, put it in. Snaps. Close it, and press the go button. Okay, it looks like the Bic popped up while we were doing it, it did not fit properly int he Cricut Maker. So let’s pull this, unload this
and see what happened here. Okay, so these look pretty good. That black gel Cricut pen
again had some issues. The calligraphy pen
definitely looks better at that other angle. So the opposite of what we did before, and you can see down here that the Bic pen popped up when it got to the
U and did not mark properly. It’s still there faintly,
but it didn’t stay in the holder like it should have. Now if we compare these two. So here we have the Maker,
here we have the Explore Air. So you can see they look very similar. You can see the difference
here in the black and the gold when they
were put in the machine at different angles. So the angle of the calligraphy pens are very very important. You can see over here when we compare these Bic Round Sticks. If you look at the B
over here on the Explore you can see it’s definitely clear which to me means that it
likely popped up as well, not enough to make it stop writing, whereas over here, you really
can’t see the rest of that. So that Bic Round Stick
ballpoint did not really work well in either the
Maker or the Explore. And of course the glitter
pen seems to be an issue. It’s hard to tell whether it’s
just the nature of that pen in particular or that I have a bad pen. Alright, so let’s do a real quick test of the Washable Fabric
Pen on felt on the Maker. So real quick I want to
show you this is an older mat and you can see down here it’s got the outline of
some things I’ve done, it’s not big deal, it still
works just like I said in a previous lesson. Okay, so let’s load this up. Get our fabric pen. Oh, wait still it starts moving, shall we. Alright, so we’ll put that in. Cap on, and go. There we go. That’s the Fabric Marking
pen on the Cricut Maker. It works really well actually,
I really like this pen, it’s awesome, just always
remember to put the cap back on this one because
these things do definitely dry out pretty quick. Alright, so we looked at
the Fabric Marking pen on a piece of felt. And as well as this is the Explore’s pen and the Maker’s pen. That kind of fits right there. So we saw that there’s some differences, a little bit, mostly
had to do with the pens. All of the Cricut pens other
than that black glitter pen worked really well. And I will put, I will
put good high resolution photos of these completed writing samples online so that you can see them. Alright, so that’s. Now one other thing I want to show you is something that you can do with this amazing writing on your Cricut. Address invitations. So I’ve prepared a pretend
invitation to my 50th birthday party. No I’m not really having a party but I am turning 50 this year. So I want to use the
pretty calligraphy pen, the black one in fact,
and I want you to watch as the Cricut addresses my envelope. Now remember to put
your calligraphy pen in at that 45 degree angle to your machine so you get the pretty thick and thin lines associated with calligraphy. And based on our test, we’re
gonna put our calligraphy pen in at the angle that’s going off to, let’s see, that would be your left, right? So we’re gonna want it to go like this, ’cause that definitely looked better when we did the tests, right? So let’s get an envelope. I have a pretty pink envelope here and we’re going to put it on our mat. Now when you set up to do an envelope in Cricut Design Space, you’re going to want to position the text to be in the right spot on your mitt, and the way you do that
is in your mat preview, or yes, your mat preview, and
you just click and drag it so it’s in the spot
that you want it to be. Okay, so we have our
envelope, we put it in the cutting mat, put it into
our Cricket Explore Air. And this is gonna work no
matter what machine you use, so this is fine. You can do this regardless of which one and we’re going to use
the black calligraphy pen and we’re going to put
it at a 45 degree angle going off to the left. So just like this. Make sure that’s at a good
angle, seems good, okay. Alright, let’s do this. Don’t forget to put your cap on your pen so you don’t lose it. And yeah I’m making this
a little big than maybe what you might want to do, but this is totally a way,
this big calligraphy like this. This is the sort of
calligraphy that you would have on your inner envelope of
your wedding invitation for example ’cause we
don’t have to worry about it being legible by the post office. If ever you’re going to do
calligraphy for a letter that’s going to be read,
you probably are gonna want a very legible font to make sure it actually reaches your recipient. So we’ll pretend this a
hand-delivered invitation. I intentionally picked this fancy font ’cause I
wanted to see what it would look like with a calligraphy tool, the calligraphy pen ’cause
that’s what it really is meant to do, is this sort of fancier font and you could do it with others. In fact, I did a whole test page which I will show you when we’re done of the different fonts that
are available in Cricut Access that we can use
with the calligraphy pen, so you can see what you think of them. This was my favorite,
Emiline, which is why I’m choosing this for my invitation. Alright, here we go. And there we go, it’s gorgeous isn’t it? I wouldn’t know that
this wasn’t hand-lettered by someone if it was just given to me. Also in addition to this black one, I want to show you that
I did one in the gold, so this is the gold with the 2.5 inch tip, this one right here. And this is the black, the
2.0 calligraphy tip pen. They look very pretty don’t you think? I am really impressed
with this and if I have some real invitations to send out, I will definitely be doing it this way because yeah, this is really gorgeous. So I did some other tests
of the calligraphy pen. So this is all at a 45 degree angle just like we did in our tests. And all of these were going
in the left direction, the direction that definitely
seems to look the best. So I can’t name all of
these fonts off the top of my head, however I have saved this file and this Cricut Design Space canvas. And I have linked it in
here if you would like to know what each of these fonts are. But I think that they look pretty good, but as you can see this top one here I think looks really the most like calligraphy, it really does. Some of the others are
kind of, I don’t know, maybe in a bigger size
they would look better, but at this 2.0 pen size
they get a little bit chunky. I can imagine that the 2.5 would probably be even chunkier. But a larger size it
would probably be amazing. So it really, which one you pick really is gonna depend on
what size pen you’re using, what the application is, the size of it and everything like that. Okay, and I want to make
a note that in order to get this pretty look on this envelope. I used one of the advanced
features of Design Space. I selected my text, clicked advance, and then chose group to letters. And this allowed me to
move each individual letter so I could position it
where it looked best. And when it was done, I just
selected all of the letters and click attach. And I got a perfect thing. So it worked out excellent. And if you would like
a step by step tutorial on how to create text in Design Space and change the font and
the size and the color and all of that, I have
one on my blog for you. So I hope that this has given
you some helpful insight on how to write with pens on your Cricut. If you’d like more video
tutorials please be sure to let me know and if you like this video, please give it a thumbs up
and subscribe to my channel for more videos. (light ukulele music) Until next time, bye.


  • Stephanie Elizabeth says:

    Great tutorial! I just uploaded a photography/videography tutorial if you’d like to watch!

  • Baybeegirl1965 says:

    Hi Jennifer! Great tutorial!! You are right I have googled the Extra Fine Point Pen Set, Boheman and appears nowhere! lol. I don't see anything in that style (clear outer covering).

  • Sheila Rogers says:

    Amy Chomas sells the adapters

  • Rebecca Turinic says:

    So informative! I did not know that about the calligraphy pen. And I love the bold color of the Crayola markers. I need to get some.

  • harold Cavanaugh says:

    This is Ketah Cavanaugh. I can't find out why it comes in as my husbands name. The video was great, very informative.

  • Brittany Henson says:

    Where did you find the cricut gel pens and the cricut ultra fine point pens?

  • Annette Rodriguez says:

    Is the Jellyroll pen metallic spelled Gellyroll pen with a G

  • Linda Heithold says:

    I found this very helpful. Thank you so much for a great tutorial.

  • Janet Lance says:

    Good information and not to fast 2 thumbs up 👍👍

  • Dink Lakin says:

    I love that you don't have music in your video !!! I want to hear what you say !!! Also which mat do you use for paper/envelope? Also can i put more than one envelope at a time…. to do Christmas card mailings ?

  • Donna Poo says:

    I would love to see more videos on this! I have been struggling to 'write' properly with my Cricut Explore. I have the black pen set with the calligraphy pens and did not understand what was meant by placing it at a 45 degree angle. Your explanation helped a lot, Thanks!

  • jaxonater 123kill says:

    I love that "Dear John" font but I couldn't find it in Cricut fonts.

  • Mahree Ercolano says:

    Great Video Jen. Thank you.

  • Lynn Conroy says:

    For some reason, my machine writes a letter, then goes back over it, making it thicker. How do I get it to just do one pass on each letter? Is it the font I’m choosing?

  • Nancy Borden says:

    do you have a printable list of the pens used…I can't seem to find that information great video

  • Courtney Moore says:

    which font did you use for the mickey and minnie mouse envelope?! or did I miss you saying that? lol

  • Di Shaw says:

    Thank you for this video. I got the pen adapters nice price at Amazon​ for two.

  • Hibiscus Angel says:


  • Denise Maynard says:

    Very informative. TFS!

  • fast2renu says:

    Just curious… I’m just starting to learn about these amazing machines and want to purchase one. Why do you have three? Which one is the best to purchase? Which is the newest model? Thank you so much for your time

  • Andy Whiteing says:

    Overall video is a 95 percent awesome! I would edit the second printer section because it does not show well. I think you have creative skill with the machines and video making. I would cut this into two videos for user comfort. Great demo on the pens!

  • Sharon Fetters says:

    Great tutorial 👍 Thanks for sharing 😀

  • Cynthia Robinson says:

    How did you set this up to prompt you to change pens?

  • Ginette Legendre says:

    Thank you Jennifer for these information about the different kind of pens I could used on my cricut explore Thank you for sharing

  • Shelley Reynolds says:

    Thank you for testing the pens.

    I would like to find PERMANENT fabric markers that would work in the Maker.

    Has anyone had success in finding fabric markers that fit?

    My fabric markers by Tsukineko don't fit.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

  • Luann Martelli says:

    Would it be easier to mark the non cricket pen once you have it in properly? So you don’t have to use the stick?

  • Holli Haskins says:

    Can anyone link where I can download the Emiline font? TIA

  • Sheryl Troy says:

    Hi Jennifer! I was so excited to see you on YouTube. I said that name sounds familiar and I realize I subscribe to your newsletter through my email. That email about excuses was such a blessing to me. I should print off and read it again and again. Good to put a face to the name. Enjoyed this video! I will look to see if there are more. Thank you!

  • Raymond Dinkins says:

    Ok great video found your video on writing…….needed this….

  • Nicole Helmer says:

    Hi Jennifer, thank you for all the tutorials you have done. Just bought the book thing you made. I am having a really hard time getting my fonts to NOT be bubble letters. Any font i chose it comes out in bubble letters and not just a letter. Can you please help me with what fonts to use and not use?

  • Tracey Daniels says:

    If i buy a cricut, which do I choose? So many video’s all very confusing. Is it true you have to pay monthly to use the cricut software?

  • Veronica Mills says:

    You can buy adaptors on Etsy and eBay for about ten bucks

  • Veronica Mills says:

    I don’t like Cricut pens they bleed when they get wet making them non permanent they need to fix that

  • thndrmtn says:

    Hello Jennifer – just a word of caution, I was told by Cricut if I am using a non Cricut pen it will void my warrenty on my machine. Has this changed?

  • Andrea Johns says:

    You’ve created a great pen sampler. I think I’ll do this for practice and to get an idea of what my pens will look like. (Don’t tell but I know my husband bought me a Cricut Maker for Christmas.🤫) I’ve never used a Cricut before. I am so eager to get started so I’m devouring YouTube videos on every topic I can find. I know it took a while to compile this info, film it and edit it. Thank you very much.

  • Barbara Munn says:

    Jennifer, Thank you so much for doing these videos. I hope that you know how much you are helping those of us who aren’t so Cricut savvy. You actually teach from a beginners point of view and that is a tremendous help and you cover every detail. I appreciate your talent. Again, Thank you.

  • Simone Pendergraft says:

    Thanks so much for posting your videos! I've watched several recently and love every single one of them. Your detailed and organized videos make it so easy to follow. So very helpful!

  • Suzanne Mastrorilli says:

    Jennifer – I just found your channel a couple of weeks ago, and I LOVE IT!!… Thank you so much for the Cricut videos so, so very helpful!! I have had a Cricut for many years, and really only use any basic uses. I really excited to learn how to use many of it's fabulous features… 🙂

  • Davina Phillips says:

    Great video as always..💕I am trying to catch up on all of your videos now. Do you offer in person classes?

  • Elizabeth Vallely says:

    Great video Jennifer thank you very much fro sharing! Liz…

  • Gift Diva says:

    Great tutorial!

  • Tracy G says:

    Received My very first Cricut for Christmas, so am brand new to this whole thing. I found your video very helpful and informative. new sub! thank you

  • Gabi Stöver says:

    Thanks for the video. I need your help with something though. I have a cricut air and love the machine but everytime I use the pen feature my pen pops up out of the holder (yes I only use original cricut pens), also I put the pen in correcly. Is there something I can do?

  • Christine says:

    Hi Jennifer, I hope you can help me! I have blank cards i bought from Michael's and I want to write inside them. Im making birthday cards. Every attempt i try-fails. I make my text in ds and using shapes make my card. However, it never lines up when it writes. It always way off. how do i place my card on the mat and writing in ds so they line up? (sigh)

  • K E says:

    What font did you use for the calligraphy pens?

  • Caliwoodz Creations says:

    I have been thinking about getting a silhouette cameo but I'm rethinking that, it looks like the cricut maker and the cricut explorer do way more than the silhouette cameo am I correct, or do you know for sure if the cricut does more than the cameo?

  • mariezurn says:

    You can use either a rubberband around a pen or marker or one of those pencil grips instead of the pen housing

  • Darlene Mullins says:

    Thank you so much ❤️

  • Laurie Martin says:

    thanks for this video.. I just got the maker for Christmas.found out that not all fits the "maker". On the pens… if it only said for Maker is what you can use. I got a package of pens and it said for the "Explorer". but you just showed it works in the Maker too. thank you for the video, nice to know how others worked or not worked.. great job..

  • my music says:

    I'm confused How you loaded the pens so the Cricut knew to only print one row for each pen at a time…and one pen didn't just write every line before it stopped…I noticed before each line the machine blinked to go…and not unload….Did the machine think it was separate mats?

  • monclagan says:

    i am trying to get that single line for script explore 2 but always have to fill in by hand. How can I get this pure line that you have achieved?

  • allowlove says:

    my cricut brand pens got bent going in and out of the cricut at the tip. please help!

  • Jeannie S says:

    I just discovered your videos…they are so clear and very well done. You are a great teacher and these are very easy to understand and follow.! Thank you from a newbie..

  • Aubby Whipple says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Keeping Up With Kailey says:

    this was so helpful for my wedding invites! thank you Jennifer!!

  • Beautiful St0rm says:

    OMG!! I just purchased your playbook.

  • Eleana 123 says:

    can you paint images with the cricut? let's say a minnie mouse or something like that?

  • Jennie Lin says:

    Omg!!! So exciting! It sounds like I don't need to buy adapters!

  • Valerie Juby says:

    This is my 3rd video on your site and I am loving them. I have had my cricut air 2 in the box since I bought it about a year ago and now I can't wait to use it. Thank you!!!!!

  • Susan Scheier says:

    Would you please reply with a link for the Staedtler Marker pen 3.0 that you demonstrated with. I purchased the Staedtler fineliner pen set and it pops out of my Cricut Maker. Thank you

  • Alecia Walter says:

    You can also take the adapter out of the pen holder. Then It can fit many more different sized pens and markers. I wrap some painters tape around the pen if you need to increase the diameter of the pen or marker.

  • Edith Avilez says:

    You can also use the ones from dollar tree 😊

  • Carrie Rushoway says:

    That was a lot of work. Thanks for sharing .

  • James Kankula says:

    Thank you so much for the demonstration. I just brought my CA2 home and will want to use a variety of pens. I really liked the look of the crayola markers.

  • Cassandra Mitchell says:

    Will these pens work for the cricut explore? I see things for explore air and air 1 but I have just the explorer.

  • Elizabeth Keller says:

    Hi Jennifer I am just getting started with my explore air 2. Can you explain about the fonts for writing. Like if I am getting a font from dafont what do I look for?

  • Jo East says:

    Received my very first Cricut (maker). Having trouble using fonts. I select ‘has writing style’ and still get bubble writing. I then go in to layers and change from cut to write but it doesn’t seem to make any difference. I can’t use the font you used (dear john) as I can’t get Cricut access in Australia (sad). Any help gratefully received. Thanks. Jo

  • Sandys Kreationz says:

    Im guessing we can create Christmas cards and their envelopes on the Explorer Air 2

  • Liz Sosa says:

    Why on my cricut maker do not see write just draw when I want to write something?

  • Mary Moore says:

    Jennifer I just love and really appreciate your Cricut tutorials! This one was very jam packed with great info, I truly thought you could only use Cricut pens.

  • shirley otero says:

    Thank you ,You always are so informative and I love all your tutorials.

  • Beverly Morey says:

    My forgot to tell you that my cricut is the maker

  • Hilary Fournier says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • Renee R says:

    Which font did you use?

  • Laynie Fingers says:

    I am so glad I found your site about cricut things. I got mine 3 days ago and have made several lovely custom (read: using my drawings) cards, but I know I'm barely scratching the tip of what it can do!

  • Laynie Fingers says:

    I got a Cricut Explore Air 2 a couple of weeks ago and have been obsessed since. I actually drew out my own .svg file because I wanted to see if that would work and produce writing instead of bubbling! Today I've been testing fonts and seeing what looks good and what looks not as good. I'm loving the Cricut… I even named it- Dottie!

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