When it comes to Cricut pen options you have the option of choosing Cricut Infusible Ink pens or markers.
Both of them do essentially the same thing but one may be better for your project than the other.
Let’s take a look at all the differences between Cricut Infusible Ink pens vs markers.
Cricut Ink Pens
Cricut Infusible ink pens allow you to write with ink and draw with them.
This is a great tool for making signs and banners, gift tags, t-shirt designs with small details, and other intricate projects!
You can also write on pattern pieces when tracing them onto your fabric to ensure that the design is correct.
These pens come in many different colors and have a fine point for thin lines and tiny designs.
Infusible ink pens are inserted into clamp A on your Cricut machine and are used to trace designs onto transferable paper.
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Cricut Infusible Ink markers are thicker tip pens that allow you to create detailed patterns and transfer them onto your material.
The ink is heated and fused with the fabric, so it can’t be removed. Once fused, the design is permanent.
This marker comes in different colors and is one of the most popular ways to transfer designs onto your project.
Like the pens, markers can be inserted into your Circut machine to trace designs onto transferable paper.
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Cricut Infusible Ink Pens vs Markers: What’s The Difference?
The only difference between the ink pens and makers is the tip size and shape.
- The tip on the markers is not as pointed as those in the pens.
- Ink pens are slightly thinner and softer, while markers are slightly longer and stiffer.
- Cricut Infusible Ink Pens are essentially the same as the markers but are used for much more detailed projects and writing.
Pens are more suitable for smaller projects such as greeting cards, note cards, and invitations.
Here’s a video showing how to use Cricut Infusible Ink pens and markers:
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Q: Can I use the ink pens to write on non-fabric items?
A: Technically yes, but a marker is more suitable.
With markers, you can write on wood and many other non-textile objects, but you cannot write on porous surfaces this type of marker.
Q: What kind of markers produce the best results?
A: The densest black markers are usually the best at producing crisp lines, while the lighter colors often don’t provide enough contrast.
Q. When Should I Use Markers?
A. You should choose the Cricut Markers if you want to do coloring by hand or if you want to have a thicker line and design for your project.
The main difference between Cricut infusible ink pens and markers is the thickness of the tip. Pens are great for fine lines and details, while markers are better for coloring patterns and thicker lines.