I can't tell you how many times I have been at the store, picked up the Cricut ink cartridges, then put them back down. I wasn't quite sure what they did or even how to use them! However, I recently discovered that I was missing out...
The Cricut color markers can be used in several ways. My favorite way to use them is to outline die cuts, but you can also used them to draw details or even make your own patterned paper (that coordinates with your cutouts, or course!). Here's a quick tutorial if you are wanting to experiment with them:
1. Remove the green blade assembly and load the markers into its place. Make sure you remove the marker cap prior to loading!
2. Adjust the speed and pressure. I find that a speed of 3 and pressure of 2 works well most of the time. However, you may want to play with this depending on (a) the type of material you are drawing on; and (b) the desired thickness of the drawing.
3. Place your paper on the mat, making certain that it is lined up with the top right corner. Then, load into your machine.
4. Select the images you want to draw and press "Cut". Instead of cutting, your machine will draw the selected images.
Now, if you want to go back and cut the outlined images, do the following:
5. Give the ink sufficient time to dry to avoid smearing.
6. Do NOT unload the paper or turn off the machine. Carefully remove the marker and reload the blade assembly.
7. Reset the speed and pressure on your machine to cut the selected material.
8. Press the "Load Paper" button. That's right - you never unloaded the paper, but this will take you back to the beginning where you started your drawing.
9. Press the "Repeat Last" button, then "Cut".
Let the machine do its thing - when it's finished, you should have a die cut with a colorful outline!
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your projects using the Cricut ink cartridges, I would love to hear them. Just leave a comment below...