LEARN HOW TO USE THE WRITING FONTS IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE TO ADD SENTIMENTS TO YOUR CARDS AND OTHER PROJECTS
As you may know by now, I love to use my Cricut Pens. I think it is so amazing that your cutting machine can draw and write for you! I have terrible handwriting which is why I use writing fonts in Cricut Design Space as often as I can!
Recently, I have had readers of this blog ask me to write up a tutorial on how to use the pens and writing fonts to add sentiments to the cards that I have created. So, I thought I would show you the ways I go about doing this as well as how to avoid that dreaded “bubble effect” as often as possible.
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In this tutorial, I will be showing you my screen while using Cricut Design Space. I am a Cricut Access user and the fonts shown are part of that subscription. If you don't have Cricut Access, your font selection may differ. If you would like to sign up, you can subscribe to Cricut Access here.
USING WRITING FONTS IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
I will be using my Happy Birthday Insert Cards to demonstrate how to add a new card layer and text to your projects.
If you would like to make this card yourself, you can check out my full tutorial and free SVG file here.
STEP 1 – CREATE A NEW LAYER
Click the SHAPES tool from your tool bar. I am using my desktop for this tutorial and the tool bar is on the left. If you are using the Cricut mobile apps, the tool bar is on the bottom of your screen.
Select the square.
Click the lock icon to unlock the dimensions of the shape.
Resize the square accordingly. I am using my insert card so I am changing the dimensions to 5.25 inches wide by 4 inches high. The size of your layer will depend on the size card you are using.
I am bringing the card layer to the side and changing the color. I want the layer to be the same color as the outer card so I will be changing it to white. You can choose any color you wish to coordinate with your project.
STEP 2 – ADD YOUR TEXT
Next, click the TEXT tool.
Type your message.
Resize the text and position over your card layer.
STEP 3 – SELECT A WRITING FONT
Now, select the FONT drop down menu.
Click FILTER on the top right corner.
Then, select WRITING. This will display all the fonts Cricut has available that feature a writable option.
Select a font of your choice.
STEP 4 – ALIGN AND ATTACH YOUR TEXT
Align your text with your card layer by highlighting both layers and using the ALIGNMENT drop down menu.
With both layers still highlighted, select the ATTACH button in the layers panel.
You are now ready to click the MAKE IT button and cut out your card!
HOW TO AVOID THE BUBBLE EFFECT WHEN CHOOSING A WRITING FONT
I want to take a minute to show you how you can avoid that yucky bubble effect you can get when choosing fonts.
If you were to add your text, it automatically sets the layer to BASIC CUT.
Change that by selecting the layer.
Under the OPERATION drop down menu, select PEN.
You will then see the text change to a writing or draw layer but the font is “bubbled”.
To change this, click the STYLE drop down menu and choose WRITING.
Now, you can see that the font is still the same just a single line or single stroke font.
A FEW MORE THINGS ABOUT WRITING FONTS
- Not all fonts in Design Space have a writing style. That is why it is best to filter out the writing fonts in the drop down menu.
- Even fonts with the writing style may still have the bubble effect. Certain fonts just are stylized that way.
- If you prefer to look outside of Cricut Design Space, and Cricut Access, for fonts, make sure to look for single line or single stroke fonts.
- When using fonts from websites like DaFont.com or FontBundles.net, be aware of the licensing agreements. If the license is a personal license, you cannot sell anything using those fonts.
- If you need help uploading fonts into Cricut Design Space, take a look at my tutorial here.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! For more Cricut tips, check out the Cricut 101 section of the blog here.
Love and Happy Crafting,