Let’s Talk About Cricut Pens

Cricut Pens are a great find for those who wish to use their Cricut for writing or creating hand-drawn images on their projects. They also work beautifully without Cricut machine and can be used like any other pen.  Today, I am going to spend just a few minutes talking about the Cricut pens that are currently available, how they can be used, and how to load them into the Cricut machine.  

In the video above, I take five minutes to show you the types of pens you can purchase for your Cricut Machine.  Most of the items in my craft space are duel purpose, so I like to use most of my Cricut pens for everyday doodling and drawing also.  There are quite a few pens available on the website right now, and it can be difficult to decide which ones you really need, so let me help you out by telling you what each of these pens is designed for. 


Fine Point Pens

Cricut’s Fine Point Pens are usually a 0.4 tip and can write and draw with any Cricut Explore machines. These pens come in a varity of colors and are water-based, acid-free, nontoxic, and are permanent after dry.  If you have these pens, you will see an “F” at the base of the pen identifying it as a FINE point pen.  

Extra Fine Point Pens

This tips on these pens are exactly as described.  The extra fine point is 0.3 and like the fine point pens they are water-based, acid-free, nontoxic, and permanent after dry. These are some of my favorite for doodling and drawing detailed images. If you have these pens, you will see an “XF” at the base of the pen identifying it as a EXTRA FINE point pen.  

Gel Pens

Gel Pens, Glitter Gel Pens, and Milky Gel Pens all fall under this category.  The Gel pens are a 1.0 that draw with silky-smooth gel ink.  Glitter Gel pens are 0.8 pens with glitter gel and the Milky Gel Pens are 1.0 silky-smooth milky gel ink.  Each one is a little different, and provide you with smooth free flowing lines when you write or draw. If you have these pens, you will see an “G”, “GG” or “MG” at the base of the pen identifying them as a gel pen.

Infusible Ink Pens & Freehand Markers

There are two types of infusible ink pens. The Ink Pens & Markers are designed to use in your Cricut Explore machine to draw images that can be transferred onto your project.  The Freehand markers are made to allow you to use your creative brain to draw onto printer paper, then transfer the image using a heat-press. Both require the use of  infusible ink blanks and an EasyPress.  


These are just a few of the pen types available. When you visit the Cricut website, you will also find Metallics, Calligraphy Pens, Markers, and more, but the ones listed above are the most commonly used in my craft space.  Not only have I used them for writing and drawing with my machine, they also come in handy when I am writing in my scrapbooks and cards. 

Now that you know a little more about these wonderful Cricut accessories, you can go choose the colors you need for your next project.  If you own a Cricut Explore One, you will need to also grab yourself an Accessory Adapter to use the pens.  

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It’s A Let It Shimmer Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to another Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of shimmery techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products!100609256_10157717189973096_3386834617750257664_n  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my shimmery Out of This World cards and  learning some Shimmer Brush techniques, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

For this blog hop, I had a hard time deciding what type to video to create – a tips & tricks or a process video – so I decided to do both.  I had so much fun using my Shimmer Brushes to create these three Out of This World cards and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  

Before we get into the tips & tricks portion of this post, I want to show you a few close-ups of those globe die cuts. These were cut using the Thin Cut from our Aurora Cardmaking kitAren’t those just stunning?? I just love the look of old globes. 

I used our Shimmer Brushes to create the splattered backgrounds and shade two of the globes.  If you would like to know how I made each one of these, you are in luck.  I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube Channel later in the week to go along with the video tutorial I have posted below.  

Today, I am going to give you a few Tips when it comes to using our Shimmer Brushes.  I have also included a short little five minute video for you to view. 

For those of you who may want to skip this tutorial and move on with the hop, you can click this link to move on to Melissa Robinson’s Blog.


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TIP #1: Store Shimmer Brushes Upright

This may seem obvious to some, but I realized recently that many people do not know that you should always store them upright.  When they are stored upside down, the ink can drip into the lid and create quite the mess when you open it. 

I like to store mine in our Workspace Wonder Tool Caddy, but I have also seen them stored in a Mason jar or coffee cup. 


TIP #2: Pull the Lid to Open – Do Not Twist

This is another little blunder I have seen commonly done with our Shimmer Brushes. Many people will “twist” the lid open, unsealing the ink within and creating quite the mess. (Just ask my 10 year old niece how fun that is.) 

Now, there are a few times that you might want to twist open that brush which leads us to my next tip. 


TIP #3: Twist to Release Pressure

I often travel to locations in the mountains where there is an increase in elevation and, when I take my Shimmer Brushes, the pressure increases in the base causing it to drip ink all over when I go to use it.  I have found that I can release that built-up pressure by carefully unscrewing the tip and pulling out the brush, then tightly screwing the tip back on. 

After I have replaced the brush tip, I will brush the excess ink off onto my All Purpose Mat or a scrap piece of paper before I begin to use it. 


There you have it.  Just a few tips & tricks for using those awesome Shimmer Brushes in your stash. Oh, by the way – our shimmer brushes are NOT labeled with the colors at the top. That is something I did using a label maker

I can’t wait to share with you how I made each one of those Out of This World cards. I will be posting the process video, later this week, showing you how I used a few of my Shimmer Brushes to create backgrounds, blend watercolors, and create a blended alcohol-ink-like look. Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Shimmer on your projects.  

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